From “The Girl in Question,” Angel 5.20
This was the moment that I realized exactly how awesome Amy Acker is.
Why isn’t she in everything playing every part I don’t understand.
acker is a ph.d. in robotics (popular mechanics assures me this is a thing) at the largest bioengineering firm in the u.s., a mostly-underground facility in nebraska (popular mechanics is largely silent on this point). on the verge of being fired for failing to publish anything in the past two years, acker is desperate to prove the viability of her field: recreating the features and personality of the dead with artificial intelligence. she decides to make her point using the one person she knows inside and out—her husband, j. august richards, whom she met in undergrad and who died under mysterious circumstances right before she was offered her current job.
she’s successful. the prototype is a shining example of the potential and flexibility inherent to ai, and her dramatic results bring in an untold amount of research grants, securing her job for the forseeable future. she puts the prototype through its paces every day, powers it down for the few hours she’s off-site, and reboots when she returns, an unvarying schedule they maintain for months.
until she gets to her lab one day to find the lights on and coffee made to her preference (because her husband never drank the stuff, just liked to hold the mug until it went cold), and the prototype looking through her last paper.
“good morning, sweetheart,” it says.
and that’s when things get complicated.
Amy Acker as morally ambiguous scientists for always. Or at least she’s a scientist in a morally ambiguous field. And J. August Richards as her robot husband!! That Amy Acker simultaneously loves and makes hard, analytical eyes at. And oh, the twisty creator-robot love!!!!!!!!!
One time Joss Whedon said she was his favourite actress
(he should probably stop killing her then)
(I guess we all show affection in different ways)
#how good is she though #I’m always amazed #you know how you get those actors who are fantastic in one role but bring that role or aspects of it into every other part they play? #amy acker is not one of those actors #her physicality here is businesslike but oddly threatening; it’s even in every facial movement #as fred she goes from wacky and childlike to someone who wouldn’t look out of place either holding a book OR wielding a gun #and then Illyria - every step is calculated and controlled as if she’s out of place in her own skin #and her eyes look into your soul in the most unsettling way imaginable #and then BAM back to Fred like it’s a piece of cake #I have so many Amy feels #the literal best #she deserves her own show #ten of her own shows #and she is vastly underrated