Friday, November 8, 2019

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 60! | Character Discussion on Baldwin Montclair

"Baldwin had been made a vampire in Roman times and had been Philippe’s favorite."

Take 60 - The One With the Favorite Son

Description: We've landed on an episode "on the tens!" We are diving into what we know, think, and speculate about Matthew's older brother, and Philippe's favorite son, Baldwin.

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Trystan Gravelle as Baldwin Monclair on A Discovery of Witches TV
In this episode:
By the segment . . .
  • (00:15) Intro/Patreon sponsorship
  • (03:20) Main discussion - see topic below - Sponsored by Meriad Mills
  • (44:20) Housekeeping - Thank you,  Chloe and reviewer Majahswish! Sponsored by Zoe Gibson
  • (49:40) Save It For the Show - Topic: Future Book Speculation! Sponsored by Cynthia Poch
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  • (1:00:55) Last thoughts/Outro. 
Character Study - Baldwin Montclair 
  • We discuss Baldwin’s crashing into A Discovery of Witches (the novel), and Angela and Jean are forever changed.
  • Hot Ginger Vampire is born!
  • Michael Fassbender — what’s he got to do with this?! πŸ’•
  • Our fan-casting adventures in 2012 ...
  • The Knights of Lazarus speech - it was full of history, and it gave us a picture of the Knight's duties and responsibilities; “The Knights don’t come to their master’s aid because of a love affair gone wrong, Matthew. We fought at the Battle of Acre. We helped the Albigensian heretics resist the northerners. [...]”
  • The gambit speech did it for Jean. “The Congregation let you go for some reason of their own. Make your next move before they make theirs. Don’t wait your turn like a good girl, and don’t be duped into thinking your current freedom means you’re safe. Decide what to do to survive, and do it.”
  • How we all relate to Baldwin
  • We discuss the times we see Baldwin have emotions.
  • We talk about Matthew’s non-reactions at some of Baldwin’s actions.
  • Being made in Roman Times - Jean gives us a historical synopsis around the time Baldwin was turned.
  • His love life! What we don’t know…what we do know!
  • He was 30 when he was turned, he’s a Leo . . . there! We started his Tinder profile!
  • Baldwin at some point grew tired of fighting, and started crushing empires via financial markets.
  • We decided that in A Discovery of Witches, Baldwin was Philippe’s proxy.
  • We talk about Baldwin’s personality vs. Philippe’s charm.
  • Baldwin’s beliefs vs. Matthew's.
  • Baldwin’s mind-set, and how he doesn’t prioritize emotions - low EQ is our diagnosis πŸ€”
  • Our introduction to TV Baldwin!
  • Trystan is rather expressive, facially.
  • His entry into the congregation — that was a wonderful scene!
  • The TV show bringing us new perspective into the book.
  • Who on his phone contact list is labeled “What now?!” - we guess Ysabeau! πŸ˜‚
  • Jean wonders what triggered Baldwin to give up war and head to numbers . . .
  • Angela cannot wait to get to the Book of Life and examine Baldwin some more. That's coming sooner than we think!
Can't help but wonder if this is what one of Baldwin's relationships looks like?
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