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Patricia Holm, Meet Fiona Glenanne

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Patricia Holm, Meet Fiona Glenanne

Fiona Glenanne is a fictional character (portrayed by Gabrielle Anwar) in the television series Burn Notice. She was affiliated with the IRA for 14 years, but ran afoul of her old organization because she didn't like being told what to do. She has since gone out on her own, picking up odd jobs and using her skills in explosives, lock picking, tracking, weapons, and hand-to-hand combat to make a living. Fiona picked up Michael Westen in Miami, and has since helped him numerous times in his various jobs. Fiona and Michael had a past relationship, which Michael ended, apparently due to a fear of commitment. Since she has met up with Michael again, Fiona has continued to pressure Michael into a relationship.

While The Saint's girlfriend, Patricia Holm has a very different background, there is something about the interaction between Fiona Glenanne and Michael Westen that is reminiscent of The Saint's relationship with Pat. It has been written that Leslie Charteris wrote Patricia to portray his ideal of the perfect male/female relationship, and while that aspect isn't quite as apparent, there are similarities:
  • Both Pat and Fiona are strong women who are equal to the tasks that face their male counterparts.
  • Simon Templar and Michael Westen avoid commitment due to job dangers.
  • The dialog between the two has affection, humor, and intelligence.
  • Both Simon and Michael trust their girlfriends to do even the most dangerous jobs without hesitation.
  • Watch the interaction between the two on Burn Notice; it compares favorably to how Simon Templar and Patricia Holm might act together in this current day and age.
All in all, if there is to be a Patricia Holm in the forthcoming TV series of The Saint, it would be great if the dialog was as sharp as the writing on Burn Notice!

Thoughts? Discuss!

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2 comments for Patricia Holm, Meet Fiona Glenanne

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Blogger chikkiboo said...

When I first began reading the Saint stories, I didn't really like Patricia, although when I thought about it I couldn't think of a single decent reason for it. But she really started to grow on me over time, and now the Simon/Pat relationship is one of my favourite aspects of it. In fact, I've come to realize that it's rather like my own relationship with my fiancé - complete with witty banter and both of us being free to pursue outside interests while knowing that we will always be there for each other.

Of course, we commit a lot fewer crimes.

Sunday, September 09, 2007  
Blogger Dan Bodenheimer said...

For some great quotes about Patricia Holm from the Saint books by Leslie Charteris, see http://www.greatestjournal.com/users/saintlysimon/4092.html

What could be better than the words of the author?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007  

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