Thursday I watched “The King George Job” (3x12), wherein we got the inside look at John Douglas Keller, a smuggler and employee of the show’s main villain, Damien Moreau. Small presence, but WBI principles are still at work, my friends.
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Classification :: γ457$#
Role :: Body (representative of a larger infrastructure)
Motivation :: Insubordination (Moreau’s employee), lifestyle (art collector, history aficionado), gain (barony)
Bonus :: money, minions
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financier—he’s a rich guy, so we could potentially consider him a delta villain
body—for the purpose of the episode, Keller is a step up to a larger villain, Moreau; he essentially personifies a part of a bigger, faceless organization to create the episode’s manageable goal
employee—coincidentally, that relationship to Moreau is the reason the Leverage team is interested in Keller; he is a step up the ladder
smuggler—among other things, Keller using Iraqi children immigrating to America to smuggle goods that are sold; the money is then used to buy arms and men for his employer
cold—Keller is willing to leave a little girl in an immigration cell because she is an acceptable financial loss; the other things he smuggled are enough to cover his costs
collector—he collects trinkets from the Georgian era, not because they have monetary value, but rather their emotional value
expert—he can smell a statue and tell you where it came from; he knows his trade as an art dealer very well
ambitious—he has a slight obsession with royal titles, as in, he wants his own
disinterested in money—he already has money, he doesn’t need more; he opens a deal with the group because they offer him something money can’t buy—a barony
connected—he called up another duchess for tea merely to see if another duchess was for real; he knows people
driven—he was willing to buy a diary for $300,000 to get his barony (with a little neuro-linguistic programming from Sophie)
employer—although working within a large organization, it appears as though he hires men loyal to his own enterprise
colder—he freaking ordered his men to kill Eliot (my favorite character; don’t worry, he beat them all up)
not detail oriented—he didn’t notice that the box the diary was in was made of stolen Russian icons, which are eventually what got him caught
fallible—in the end, he was duped by a fake diary as the Hacker hacked history; his weaknesses brought him down flat
short stories need deep characters—we can wait to learn about the main characters because they’re there the whole show; for one-shot characters, the directors and writers take extra care to emphasize their traits. In general, Keller has fewer motivations and fewer traits, but the traits he did have were emphasized several times to give us the impression of a good, strong character we could hate, even for only one episode.
connect the dots—Keller has a lowercase gamma on this one; he’s a part of the Body, not a villain out on his own. Even though this is only one episode, he has played an important role because it has set us up for the next time we run into Moreau.
children melt hearts—here’s a pro tip: using wartorn families separated from their children as the victims is just going to make some people (*cough*) upset. You’ll win their sympathies and they’ll dislike the antagonist. Hit them where it hurts. Children, puppies, kittens. Don’t hold back.