Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx on AMC’s NOS4A2. Even though I have mixed feelings on this series so far, I have been extremely impressed by Zachary Quinto’s performance. It’s like he was born to play the perfect villain and this role allows him to explore this further, creeping us out as an old man and as a vampire. Even though he will always be Sylar from Heroes for me, it seems like this role was made for him and I’m excited that he is finally getting some well deserved screen time, as we were only seeing glimpses of his potential in the first few episodes of the show. Please note that I have not included any major spoilers for your convenience.
I have always been a fan of Zachary Quinto, but it really takes an actor of extraordinary talent and range to basically take on two extreme roles at once, while capturing our undivided attention. Sure, he is Charlie Manx young and old, but he brings different elements to the character. I found myself being lured to Christmasland along with the children because there is something so hypnotic about his portrayal, which makes him a very dangerous villain. I am intrigued by our heroine, Vic McQueen, as well, but I’m not sure that I would be invested in the show at all without Zachary Quinto. He is just perfection and he creates these bone-chilling creepy moments that seem so natural for him. In fact, you almost forget that he is an actor playing a role.
What’s next for Charlie Manx? We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like we will finally get some type of showdown between our new favorite villain and our female protagonist. Manx vs. McQueen….place your bets now! It’s always interesting when you see the good vs. evil setup created and yet you are still far more invested in the evil side of things. Charlie Manx may be a monster, but he also has charisma, using manipulation strategically to enlist the help of other lost souls.
If he were just simply a vampire devouring small children, I’m not sure that we would be interested at all, but his thought provoking conversations during the car rides take us along for the journey, bringing us that much closer to the dark side. I’m personally leaning toward evil on the show because it is a lot more interesting, but I can’t wait to see what Charlie Manx does next! Which side will you wind up on?
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