The Boyfriend of the Week

October 24, 2003

This week's Boyfriend is actually extremely ill-timed, and for that, I heartily apologize. I really needed to feature Peter O'Meara about three months ago, when his new television show, the terrific USA Network Western, "Peacemakers," first started to air. Now season one is already over, and you've missed it. And it's all my fault. No wonder the Boyfriends never call me -- I'm constantly letting them down!

However, the greatest thing about the USA Network, aside from it's amazing talent for creating fine new dramas starring total hunks (other USA Network Boyfriends include Anthony Michael Hall from "The Dead Zone" and Tony Shalhoub from "Monk"), is the fact that they never air something just once. In fact, most of the time, you'll be lucky to escape seeing the same show two dozen times in a single, two-week period. Before they were producing such great television, this fact made them the butt of many a joke from my stupid mouth. However, now that they've proven themselves to be the one network on the planet producing consistently great television, they have nothing but the utmost of my respect. USA Network, in short, is one of the greatest channels on TV right now. And if you haven't discovered its riches, you're really missing out.

The latest treasure is, as I said earlier, a mighty fine Western named "Peacemakers." But it's no lame ol' "Bonanza." Well, okay, it's a little lame-ol'-Bonanza. But it's more like Bonanza meets C.S.I. You've got your share of Hosses (note: Hoss was cool), but there's also a little Gil Grissom thrown in there to balance things out. And since there is just nothing sexier than a man who gets all excited about forensic science, a little Gil Grissom is never EVER a bad thing. On "Peacemakers," that Gil Grissom is actually "Larimer Finch," played by none other than this week's Boyfriend, Peter, whose rugged good looks (to use a cliché that's totally apt here) and 1800's Aristocratic accent (though I read somewhere else that it's actually a Scottish accent, it sure sounds like Snooty to me) combine to make a weapon more deadly than any six-shooter. A weapon we here at the Boyfriend web site called "irresistible charm." If you ever want to render me completely defenseless, just furrow your brow, mutter something incomprehensible about blood spatter, and then dip down to look into a microscope. I will melt into a tiny puddle at your feet.

It's actually quite sad, if you think about it. Blood spatter? That's all it takes? When did I turn into such a charm lightweight? It used to take crooked smiles and stubbly cheeks and accents and all kinds of underdogginess! Now all you need is to whip out the scientific method, and I'm practically begging to bear your children.

Pathetic, that's what I am. Pa-the-tic.

But anyway, the show is about an Old West town with an Old West marshal (Marshal Stone, played by Tom Berenger, who ain't so bad lookin' himself, I might add). In the first episode, a man is murdered on a train, and the railroad brings in a Pinkerton agent named Larimer Finch (Pinkerton was the first detective agency in the U.S. and was widely known for its cutting edge sleuthing skills). Finch is, as I said earlier, either an American snoot or a Scotsman, though I'm wondering if that Scotsman theory actually came from the fact it was mentioned in the pilot that he was trained at Scotland Yard (which, by the way, ain't in Scotland). He's got a sharp mind for science and forensics, as well as extremely sharp looks and, occasionally, extremely sharp-looking cheek stubble (hubba), and though he and Marshal Stone butt heads at first, they eventually discover that if they work together, combining their talents, they can catch all the little ol' bad guys they want. Larimer ends up having such a great time working with Stone that he agrees to stick around, and the two become partners. Along the way, they also pick up a third expert, Katie Owen (Third Watch's Amy Carlson), the town undertaker, who has a little medical school training. The three of them spend the rest of the series working together to solve a variety of interesting crimes.

What's great about this show is the way it highlights and combines three different types of investigative techniques. First you have the old-fashioned type of investigation -- Marshal Stone looks for clues, yes, but his greatest strength is reading people and getting people to talk. He's got the social skills, the history, the credibility. Then you have the newcomers -- Finch, who introduces Stone to ballistics, crime scene investigation, and other burgeoning forensic techniques (such as how to tell if blood found at a scene is human or animal), and Owen, who uses her medical knowledge to deduce cause of death, among other things. Yet no one technique shines on its own here -- you quickly realize how vital all three character's methods are to the resolution of each mystery. And the characters themselves are well-developed, entertaining, and extremely nice to spend time with.

But though all three characters are considered equal on the show, each one of them valuable and sassy in their own way, I have to confess to having the strongest feelings about Finch. I guess you probably figured that out already, what with the big pictures of him at the top of this page and all. Finch is exactly my type -- he's a big man with a big brain and a big accent. I love science, and I love learning about science. And, even more, I love learning about the history of science. Ooh, and even more? I love learning about the history of science from a gorgeous man who speaks with an accent. Scottish accent, Snoot accent, I'm not picky. Yes, Finch could talk to me all day and night about crime scenes, and I'd think I'd died and gone to heaven.

But then, I'm easy. I believe I've mentioned this before.

Now, while "Peacemakers" is the most long-term, serious job Pete's had so far, he has been in at least one other production that you may have seen (and if you haven't, you have one week to go rent it, because there WILL be a quiz next Friday). Remember a few months ago when I was raving about "Band of Brothers"? Well, for all you girls who kept pestering me to feature more BoB Boyfriends, here's another one for you! Pete's part wasn't quite on the same level as Damian Lewis's or Donnie Wahlberg's, but it was integral to the story nonetheless. He played Lt. Dike, and it's okay if you didn't remember that, because I didn't either. Dike was the officer who kept disappearing at all the crucial moments, presumably because he was what some might call "a coward," and what I might call "pretty legitimately scared out of his mind." It was a role I can imagine was fairly difficult for a man to play -- everyone else in that movie got to be a hero, but Peter had to play the man who let all the heroes down. The man who got some of the heroes killed. The man who could not be trusted. Yet, despite those characteristics, I have to confess that I found it hard not to feel sympathetic towards Dike, even while I recognize that it's considered "normal" to dislike a coward. Yes, I realize that everybody in war is terrified, and that most men are able to channel that fear into something more productive. Cowards are weak; they have no pride. . But it's pretty hard to fault a guy who doesn't want to get blasted into oblivion by a German. He never should've been there, obviously, and I had a hard time feeling like he was to blame for that.

But anyway, let's not get started on some political war rant kind of thing. Not my style, and besides. . .borrrrring! Instead, let's talk some more about Peter O'Meara. He was born on October 27, 1969, which makes him roughly the same age as my husband. Yes, 1969, you were a very good year for Boyfriends. However, much to my enormous dismay, that's really about all I know about the guy's real life. Nary a single fan site did I find with a decent biography (in fact, I didn't find a single fan site to begin with -- what's wrong with you people?). But, I did find a web page for a school in Ireland, the Glenstal Abbey School, that had several photographs of Peter in one of its on-line newsletters. From this, I think it's safe to assume that Pete is an alum, which I find very interesting. I always wanted to be a monk myself, and going to school with a bunch of Benedictines sounds like a pretty sweet deal, especially considering the fact the school advertises that it has a average class size of only 17 students. Little private schools interest me. Monks interest me. Peter O'Meara interests me. Oh, wait, I probably shouldn't talk about monks and the way Pete "interests" me all in the same paragraph. Seems sacrilegious in some way. So, hold on a second.

Okay, let's try that again. New paragraph, no monks. Oh crap! I just said "monks"! One more time. . .

Okay, this paragraph is totally safe. No mention of the M-word whatsoever. So, now, Peter, you know how I just said you "interest" me? I'm particularly interested in what you look like with no shirt on (you see? This is why I needed a new paragraph), and I also would be interested in seeing what it's like to smooch you. I'm willing to wait on pursuing that second interest, but I'd really appreciate it if you would have the writers slip a "torn-shirt" fight scene into a future episode of "Peacemakers" (a la Captain Kirk in "Star Trek" -- now, there's a man who can't keep a shirt on in a fight!). I like to know what to expect from a Boyfriend in the upper-body region. You know, just to avoid any babble-inducing surprises later ("Uh, you're, but, wow, it's, you, uh, man, you must really work out a lot!").

Career-wise, Peter primarily started out as a stage actor (by the way, did I mention that "Peter" is one of my all-time favorite boy names? Because it is). He began his training at the elite Samuel Becket Center at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and went on to play several roles in a variety of productions at Dublin's famous Abbey Theater stage. A starring role in the play "Philadelphia Here I Come" garnered him a nomination for Best Actor at the BBC's EMA awards, but his biggest stage break came when he was chosen to play Edmund in "King Lear" at the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. That role eventually took him to London, Tokyo, and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Shortly after that, he was chosen for the role in "Band of Brothers," his performance earning him great critical recognition, especially from director Tom Hanks and producer Steven Spielberg.

Up next for Petey? If there's a God, let the answer be season two of "Peacemakers." Quickly followed by seasons three, four, and five (at the very least). And, actually, while we're wishing for Godly interventions, we might as well mention that a really NICE God would not only ensure the success of such a great television show, but cement a guest-starring role in at least 3 episodes of season two for a cute, funny li'l girl named Meg. I could be a romantic interest for Larimer -- the first girl to come along who thinks blood spatter is "real neat." I think we'd be perfect for each other. So, hey, cross your fingers, get down on your knees, fold your hands in prayer, wind up your Nunzilla -- whatever it takes to get the Almighty to pay attention. Just, please, get me ONE SMOOCH.

And, when you're done with your incantations, turn on USA and catch a few of the season one episodes in rerun. You will not be sorry, trust me!

MacGyver Factor Score: 96.254%. Points off because if he'd'a just CALLED me two months ago, I would've had this dang thing up in time to really influence some of you into tuning into his show. I mean, honestly, guys, do I HAVE to do all the work around here? A little help, please? Sheesh.

Anyway, points back because his accent and soft smile make me feel all silly on the inside. What can I say? I'm easy.

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