|Garcia: Oracle of Quantico. Speak if you deign to hear the truth.|
It would be easy for the character to topple into self-parody and ridiculousness but the show and Vangsness have refused to allow her to become a farce. For every glib comeback, there is a moment of genuine passion and compassion. For every eccentric hairdo and wardrobe choice, there is a fierce drive to help others. And for every casual flirtation, she has shown a loyal and devoted heart to her friends and lovers.
That is the key to creating a character who becomes more than caricature. The more extreme a character trait that the writer assigns, the more balancing traits are needed to keep the character feeling real. Garcia might be flippant in how she speaks, but she also displays how deeply she is affected by the work she does. She doesn't want to look at the crime scene photos but can cross-check multiple databases to track down a serial killer in moments. She's dedicated to her work even though the audience gets the impression that it leaves nightmares in her mind. I've always felt that she does what she does because she knows that she is the best and if she didn't, then more people would be hurt by the horrible things in the world.
|Morgan: Garcia, baby girl, please tell me something I want to hear.|
Garcia: You are a statuesque god of sculpted chocolate thunder?
Morgan: How about something I don't already know?
Garcia: <pauses> I have a sweet tooth?
|Garcia: Penelope's House of "How May I Save Your Ass Today"|
|Garcia: He who seeks the Queen of All Knowledge, speak and be recognized.|
Join me for next month's Heroine Fix on March 9th, when I'll be celebrating the formidable Agent Melinda May from Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.