Loz (lozenger8) wrote,
Loz
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Hornblower Caps and Captions...

The second fandom I ever got involved in online was for the Hornblower telemovies starring Ioan Gruffudd. I joined hh100 (drabbles! yay!) and I was obsessed. Boy, was I obsessed. CoS friends will still make jokes about me and Action Archie. Hornblower was how I fell in love with Philip Glenister - leading me to avidly watch him in everything I could get my hands on (and there's still so much I am missing!) He's the reason I watched Life on Mars.

In short, I owe my new obsession to an old one, and that is why I was compelled to do a cap and caption of Hornblower - "Mutiny" and "Retribution". Spoilers are minimal. This is predominantly Phil Glenister-centric, but also includes Ioan Gruffudd, Jamie Bamber, Paul McGann, Terence Corrigan, Nicholas Jones, David Warner, Sean Gilder, Paul Copley, Robert Lindsay and Gilly Gilchrist. There is a backview of a naked male body (Ioan's) so it's probably Not Safe For Work.

There are 82 caps in this post, each cap is 400 by 300 pixels (so, if you're on a low-speed connection, you may want to go make something to drink and eat.) I have 153 full size caps of 768 by 576 pixels available, with all caps being in a 40mb zip file I'll upload for anyone and I am happy to upload individual fullsize caps if you want specific shots.



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So, as I said, I was obsessed with Hornblower. Initially, I was madly in love with Ioan and Jamie. Look at them;

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Who wouldn't be?

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I also loved Paul McGann.

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And then, I saw "Mutiny" and "Retribution" for the second time, and somehow, managed to fall in love with Phil.

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And it wasn't just his acting that I liked - although I really am a huge fan because he's just so good.

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Really. He's subtle.

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No. I found him physically appealing.

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Now, this is a little more confusing.

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Because Phil? Not so much with the conventionally handsome.

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The boy has terrible skin - which was especially set off by the sea air.

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And he's cuddly!

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Although he truly does have beautiful eyes.

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Somehow, I liked all of this about him. And continue to like it.

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Yes, you're a sexy bitch, aren't you?

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His character, Hobbs, also won me over. He's ambiguously antagonistic!

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I love his uniform.

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Especially his dorky, dorky hat.

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And the pony-tail.

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In his spare time, Hobbs eats the heads off Midshipmen.

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He teaches Archie how it's done.

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Looks can be deceiving.

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He's not a sweetheart.

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He's a total bastard to darling Wellard, played by Terence Corrigan.

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Actually, I'd just like to take this moment to say that Corrigan is one of those actors who you expected to see appearing in everything because he's a good actor and, you know, cute.

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But he didn't, exactly. He acts on stage, and I hope he's super popular there, because his television and film career have been non-existent.

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Which is a shame, I think.

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Because he was very good at playing off of Ioan and Jamie and David and, of course, Phil.

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So, okay, back to Phil.

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Hobbs.

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As I mentioned, Hobbs is antagonistic to our heroes.

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Action Archie doesn't really care.

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But Horatio is sad.

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And the reason Hobbs is a mean grump has to do with his captain.

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Captain Sawyer, AKA Captain Crazycakes.

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See, Captain Crazycakes isn't acting quite like he normally would, and Hornblower and friends want to relieve him of his duties. But Hobbs is fiercely loyal and this narks him off.

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This is one of my favourite scenes. It's so tender.

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See, I can't actually dislike Hobbs, even though he's going against our protagonists, because loyalty wins me over every time.

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Seriously! It's a huge thing for me.

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Hobbs constantly has his Captain's back.

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He's his great protector.

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In fact, I kind of love Hobbs because of it.

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Despite his crispy coating of bastard.

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It's reminiscent of the respect Hornblower shows Pellew.

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Or Pellew shows Hornblower.

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But back to Hobbs.

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We have Action Hobbs too! Go in low. Grab the argos.

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Yay for Action Hobbs!

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He's a fighting machine.

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He's strong.

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And kind of... elegant in a way.

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Admit it. You, too, think Hobbs is made of awesome.

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I kind of desperately want Hobbs to stand like this throughout the entire two episodes.

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Although, this stance is also cool.

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And when Hobbs is actually helping our protagonists?

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He rocks majorly.

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Now that we've established the coolness of Hobbs. Let's have some nudity.

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I have to admit, I couldn't go through this episode and not capture this moment, even though I was concentrating on Phil.

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Though - look at Phil in the background. He's not looking at Ioan, he's looking at the water pumpers.

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That amuses me.

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The whole scene amuses Jamie, Paul and Nicholas.

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Doesn't it look like Jamie and Paul are going to join in?

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I forgot to mention that Hobbs has a friend in Randall.

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They're good friends.

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Yes, really.

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They spend a lot of time together.

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Bad things happen! Rocks fall!

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Hobbs is sad.

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He and Randall were close like Matthews and Styles are close.

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Pure, pure friendship.

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Styles and Hobbs do not get along at all.

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Styles spits on Hobbs.

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Hobbs is sad.

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He gets injured at one point.

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I want to pet him.

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Actually, you should know, Hobbs spends the entire two episodes looking either grumpy or miserable.

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Because he's a complex little bugger.

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Who is clearly conflicted due to his loyalty.

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Yes.

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Oh, Hobbs.

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Tongue!

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We're going to end with the only part of the entire two episodes where Phil even comes close to smiling.



Well, that was fun.
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