Wait…you mean you don’t celebrate Sark Week? You people are so weird! In case you’ve never watched Alias, it’s basically spies, government conspiracies, and a little bit of mythology and super-science thrown in for good measure.
And Mr. Sark was the second best part of it. (The best part was, of course, Irina Derevko, but this is not the place to gush about her).
Sark is the kind of villain I kind of like and kind of loathe at the same time. He’s the “cockroach” villain. No matter what you do to him, and no matter how thorough you think you’re being, he will survive to threaten your lives another day. He’s witty, and charming, and he has an accent. He, along with many of the villains on Alias, is a chess player. His plots are never just about the short term – there’s also something long term going on there, too.
So what can we learn from Mr. Sark? He’s a good example of a villain who is the hero of his own story. Sark will use anything and anyone to ensure that he survives to scheme another day. His survival is the most important thing, and he never loses sight of that goal. If that means turning tail and running like a chicken, well he’s going to do it. Because it means that he’ll be around for more schemes tomorrow.
Actually, I lied. A whole week of posts about Sark? That’s just silly and a whole lot of work. But enjoy the alternative to Shark Week!