Jack Harkness...John Barrowman...today we're gonna discuss the Jack Harkness look. His clothes, his hair, his general Barrow-ness that makes him, well, HOT! See what I did there? Hot topic? Oh you guys thought I was going to be serious today, admit it!
Today I went shopping, which got me thinking about clothes and then as my mind generally does it related it back to Barrowman. I got to thinking about the fabulous look that has come to be our Captain's signature. I think we can all agree that the go-to outfit consists of the following: Dark trousers, blue shirt (light or dark), braces & a belt, THE COAT and the occasional waistcoat if Jack's feeling showy. What we end up with is something like this...
But as accustomed as we are, the fact remains he's not a cartoon character, this is not his only outfit and he has worn other things in this role. Through Doctor Who certainly he was not so constant in his attire and there were rare moments of differentiation in Torchwood as well. Here's a few examples:
My point, and I do have one, is that Jack is capable of change. He can switch up the outfits, he does cut and style his hair, and dare I say it, he even ages (very slowly). So what I am wondering about is the decision to keep him almost entirely the same throughout Torchwood. I get the practical reasons, I do. Save money on wardrobe changes (although as I understand it they have a number of copies of the coat), it's an iconic look and one associated with the character, what wearing a uniform of sorts represents for the Jack, and of course, because he looks great in it! I mean really why fix what's not broken?
And yet, I like the idea that a character changes and it's reflected outwardly. I think they did a bang up job in transition from Doctor Who to Torchwood to show us, visually, Jack has changed and matured quite a bit. I guess what I wished is that there would be some similar shake-up, if not so dramatic, to indicate Jack has really been through a lot and he has changed. I mean, wouldn't COE have fundamentally changed Jack at least to the point where he switched his shirt? No. Don't answer that, I actually have that topic on my "to blog" list. This is getting off topic and to be fair, he DOES have a new haircut in Miracle Day!
Before I stop my ramble I have something to confess. I am just gonna lay it out there. And you can tear into me as need be, but please do not misjudge my next statement.
I think Jack looks better without the coat.
I LOVE THE COAT and I would never get rid of it, but he could get hot in LA and take it off on occasion. I am a sucker for those braces. And if we're talking about preferences, I really wish we had series 2 Jack happening, his hair was the perfect length.
Time to shut up and hear from you. Do you have a favorite look Jack has donned? Do you like his hair long or short? Should I just shut up about messing with that level of perfection? xx
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