I think you should look more deeply in to the fandom around QL.
Many of the participants that I've been talking about have been
following Scott Bakula's career since his days on Broadway. Dean
Stockwell's career since he was a child actor in the movies! I
guess we are addressing to very different groups of fans.
It appears that you think that I'm approaching the way fans think
of actors/characters as some crazed wish fulfillment this is far
from the case. What I'm delving into is how the triad between fan,
actor and character works. You might think it's far down the food
chain, but trying to understand why, how and what is a fan and how
fan's construct what they are fas of is important. Possibly this
could lead to understanding what makes one show better than another
(in terms of fan's opinion) or why people become fans in the first
place. Perhaps give insights into why audiences behave the way they
Another consideration is that the actor/character combination is a
major concern of the creators of any show or film. The
actor/character is packaged long before the show ever airs with an
eye to how the fans (audience) will respond.
I appreciate your skepticism, it keeps me on my toes, I also think
that your descriptions of Professionals(?) fandom points to a
possiblity that fandom and fan actions don't have one definitive
demonstration, rather that different fan groups have different ways
of understanding what they are fas of.