Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Hole in the Heart, Indeed

It's been a week.

One whole, long, dreadful week.

Seven gloomy, cloud-over-everything days since the precious and precocious squintern Vincent Nigel-Murray was brutally gunned down by that vicious, despicable sniper on Bones.

I still can't believe it.

All right, so, yes. I admit it. I'm an Anglophile. I'm also a Geekophile. And let's be honest - brilliant, adorable actor Ryan Cartwright made Vincent Nigel-Murray just about as endearing as could be. For his blinding intelligence, social awkwardness, posh accent, over-the-top enthusiasm, and everything else that made him the ineffable Mr. Nigel-Murray, he was my favorite character on television right now, and, arguably, ever.

Every Thursday, I'd excitedly turn on Bones to see if he was on that night. I loved his wit, his glibness, his factoids, his charm. His smile was infectious and his childlike wonder irresistible. What can I say? He made me happy.

Now, I may perchance get too involved with television shows, but when that bullet the size of the Eiffel Tower that could have easily taken down an actual dinosaur ripped into his chest and he lay in a pool of blood begging for his life, well, I lost it like nobody's business.

It might be sappy to admit all this, but his death really got to me. I totally went through the five stages of grief for Vincent. It really hit me in the shower last Friday. I got angry. I kept thinking, why? WHY?? They can't just do this! They can't just up and change things. They can't just take him away from me. He made me happy! It's not fair!!

(Now, there may be an ever-so-slight chance that the strength of my reaction is about more than just a television character, but I am choosing not to focus on that right now. Ahem.)

Turns out, the actual reason it happened isn't so tragic at all - the amazingly talented Ryan Cartwright got his own show, Alphas, on Syfy. It's set to premiere on July 11th. I'm cable-less at the moment, but I've got to find a way to watch. I'm nothing if not a loyal -phile!

Bones creator Hart Hanson said that they'd known about Ryan's departure for awhile, so they had to work it into the show's storyline somehow. He said that Vincent was a well-loved character, "so we decided to kill him for the heartbreak."


The hole in the heart, indeed.

RIP, Vincent Nigel-Murray. You will be deeply, sorely missed. And Ryan Cartwright, you are an incredible actor and you deserve all the success in the world. I know you'll be phenomenal on Alphas, and I can't wait to watch!


Unknown said...

I had a terrible feeling about what might happen to him after I read your post of facebook. I rarely get involved in television shows for just that reason. Eventually - something is going to bring the show or a character to an end, and that's too painful sometimes. Even if it is just a character. I cried too. Then I went and watched Castle and cried even more over another tv show.

RIP Mr. Nigel-Murray, you will be missed.

Unknown said...

I just read this now, and I laughed out loud. :P

Hannah said...

Vincent was my absolute favourite character of all time!
When i saw him lying on the floor, i just lost it completely.
He was so adorable, and made Bones just that much better.
Whenever an episode of Bones was about to come on i would always get so exited because i could not wait to see what was going to happen.
I truely cried my eyes out when i watched it. My sister was at afriends at the time and so i decided not to tell her what had happened. Then she surched him up on youtube and saw it all anyway.
He will truely be missed by all Bones fans, and, anyone who did not like him can go jump of a bridge. :(
I was more sad about Vincent dying then i was at any other point in my life.
R.I.P Mr. Vincent Nigel-Murray,
you will be missed by all, now, and forever.
Bones will never be the same without you.