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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Why We Love Derek Morgan--And No, It's Not Just Because He's Hot!

Dark Remnants is being released today! Whaw-hoo!

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I've been a big fan of Criminal Minds, pretty much since the first season. It continually delivers mind-blowing "unsubs" that are so deliciously evil, it's hard to turn the t.v. off. 

As the 2012-13 season came to a close, I remember wondering how much longer the show would go on. After all, they've been around for a long time. Season 1 aired in 2005 and this year will begin its 9th season. Just by virtue of how long it's run, it may be in jeopardy of getting cancelled, right?

Nope. Not at all. Criminal Minds has some of the most solid weekly numbers for its network. It's not going anywhere. And understandably so. This show continues to crank out great episodes.

Each of the main characters is unique and lovable in their own way. Some have deep psychological issues; others fight heinous crime by day and go home to children at night. Let's face it: Penelope is just plain eccentric, but that's why we love her.

Derek Morgan, on the other hand, has the least amount of emotional baggage. Sure, he's got some bumpy spots in his past, but as an on-going character, he's the one who deals with everything the best and doesn't let things get to him. Makes for a boring character, right?


So why do we love him and his fine self so much? Let me count the bald-headed reasons. 

1) He never struggles with right and wrong. He has an inherent sense morality; of accountability. He's always on the right side of the law--both that of the land and of ethics. 

2) He's the physical one. Whenever a bad-guy needs chasing, or cuffing, or punching, Derek's right there, jumping in feet first to knock the evil wind out of the perp's sinister lungs. Let's face it: not all of us could do that, or even want to, but we love stories about people who are willing. We love to live vicariously through them while we sit on our over-stuffed couches and eat chocolate. Why? Because we all have the basic longing to do good in the world; good that reaches beyond our own, self-contained, mundane lives.

3) He never lets anything get to him. Though he had a bumpy childhood and some really rough teen years, he pulled himself up by his bootstraps and made it to the FBI. He doesn't sit around worrying or whining about his past. Oh, he doesn't take any crap from anyone. No. He'll punch you in your face if you try, but he takes life one situation at a time, and always comes up with a smile and a positive word. Uh, after the face punch, that is.

4) He's a gentleman. Despite everything, he's kind, courageous, and makes sure everyone on his team is all right. Even with the ladies, he's never condescending or anti-feminist. On the contrary, he's the guy you'd totally marry if you were a free woman.

So, why do we love Derek Morgan? Because he's the every-man's cop; the kind of person you want to be, who hunts evil with uber-cool nonchalance, then goes to get a bite with his friends and treats his dates to an old-fashioned dinner and dancing evening. He has the best of both worlds: the passion of fighting evil and the contentment of a man who lives life with faith, and no worries.

He's the kind of character that reminds us that we can have it all, too. We can have both passion and contentment; fight evil while still having peace; stare at a hot guy without actually cheating on our hubbies; and grow our characters by indulging in fantasy worlds, before returning to the real people we love in our own lives, who look after us, as well look after them. Just as Derek looks after his team.

He's Maurice Boscorelli, Danny Regan, Jim Malone, Elliot Ness, and John McClaine. (If you got all those references, you must be cop-character-lover indeed.)

So, too all those wonderful cop characters out there, keep fighting the good fight. Bring those bad guys to justice so that we can all sleep better at night, and be thoroughly entertained right before that.

And to those cops--both real and fictional--who lose their lives in the line of fire, as one heroic soul did in Draper, Utah over this past weekend, 

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
                                                                     --Traditional Gaelic Blessing

Happy reading, wonderful bloggers. May the bad guys always exude evil worth vanquishing. And may the world's blue-wearing finest always be one step ahead, and many brain cells above their criminal competition.

We love you, Derek Morgan. Please come back for many more seasons!

The ebook version of Dark Remnants is currently on sale for $0.99. A friendship price. I want everyone to be able to get to know Detective Gabe Nichols and Kyra Roberts if they're so inclined, no matter the economic times. I hope they become dear friends for you, as they have become for me.

Dark Remnants (Street Games, Book 1)

Available September 3, 2013

In the most dangerous city in the country, one controlled by a sadistic gang called the Sons of Ares, Kyra Roberts is searching the deep places for someone…

Kyra has come to Abstreuse city to find someone she’s lost, but walking the underbelly—a dark alley system residents call the Slip Mire—even in disguise, is rife with dangers. Kyra must stay on her toes if she intends to live. After crossing paths several times with the same detective, she wonders if his work and hers might be connected.

Gabe Nichols has worked homicide in Abstreuse for three years. Dead prostitutes and gang violence are part of the night shift. When a woman who looks like a street junkie but acts like an intellectual saves his life, he’s intrigued. Another woman shows up at his crime scene, and Gabe’s instincts kick into high gear when she clams up. Two cases involving strange women who won’t tell what they know are too coincidental.

If Gabe and Kyra can’t find a way to collaborate, they may not live to see the sunrise. Doomed, like so many others, to become gray, unmarked graves in a forgotten fracture of the Slip Mire.

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1 comment:

  1. First and foremost-- YAY on your book! That cover is fantastic and the story sounds like it would just suck a reader right in!

    I don't watch Criminal Minds, mainly because it's just a little too twisted for me. I didn't know the name of that actor, but when I saw his picture I immediately recognized him. Personally, he may be well loved for the character he plays, but I just think he's very easy on the eyes. I'm so shallow.