Auteur, auteur!

Joel: That’s the movies, Ed. Try reality.
Ed: No thanks.

We’re closing out this trip down Cicely, Alaska’s memory lanes with, yup, my favorite of the Northern Exposure hotties we’ve had on display all week.  How could there be any doubt?  I mean…Ed Chigliack!  What’s not to love?

Those eyes.
Those lips.
That hair.
That extensive film library!


But in such an accessible way.  Whereas Chris was hottern’ hell but too loopy to have more than a quick fling with, and Joel is better but some of his habits (golf?? those pleated pants?? voting Republican? Errrm.) might make a long-term relationship difficult, Ed is the guy you marry.

He was kind, curious, always thinking of others, quietly determined to pursue his Art, and had classic taste in clothes (Chuck Taylors, torn jeans, biker jacket, awww.)  Yes, Ed was pretty spacey and eventually became a shaman on the show, but he expressed his mystical thoughts in monosyllables not speeches (unlike Chris.)  Ed Chigliack lived in his own little world….but it was such a good world…a world made of beloved movie images always flickering away on the screen of his mind’s eye.  I GET that on a deep level because that’s the world I live in too.   (In those days, when I’d start one of my unprovoked movie rants, my mom would say, “You sound like Ed.”  I took/take that as flattery.)  Ed was a film geek of the highest order, and what could be better than that?  An evening cozy on a couch with Ed, some popcorn, cocoa, Woody Allen, and Ingmar Bergmam…now that’s the stuff that dreams are made of.  ;)

Sadly, we haven’t seen much of Darren Burrows since NEX went off the air.  I read that he took time to be a stay-at-home-dad, which is respectable, I guess.  He’s made a few indie movies here and there, some tv appearances, but nothing major.  I hope his kids are grown up enough now that he can get back to more work, because I miss him.  His IMDB profile pics show him to still be a serious cutie.

Eyes? Check.
Lips? Check.
Hair? Hasn’t lost any, he could grow it out again. :)

Can we get a mini-series about Ed Chigliack living in Hollywood as a semi-successful movie director?  It could chronicle his struggles against the studio suits who want to compromise his artistic vision, show you some of the weird people he meets, and his adjustments to living in L.A.  Sort of a charming, quirky, fish-out-of-water story…a little drama…a little comedy.  Sounds pretty good, huh?

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