Hazy Shade of Winter (Professionals vid)

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Title: Hazy Shade of Winter
Creator: Ancasta
Date: 2006
Format: wmv
Length: 02:51, 22mb
Music: "Hazy Shade of Winter" by The Bangles
Genre: character study
Fandom: The Professionals
Footage: original source material
*Vidder's YouTube Channel
*Vid on YouTube

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"Hazy Shade of Winter" is a The Professionals vid by Ancasta. It is a character study of Ray Doyle. It was posted to The Circuit Archive in July, 2006, and uploaded to the vidder's YouTube Channel on May 31, 2008.

Vidder's Notes: "I guess it's time I came clean--I'm a Doyle girl. Sure, Bodie is charming and buff and obviously adores his partner. But his partner is the one I'm watching. I think it's because Ray Doyle is such a contradiction. He is constantly worried about the toll the job is taking on his soul, yet he is the first to lose his temper, the first to act, often with violence. He is a crack shot, he fights dirty, and he never ever gives up. You don't want to be recipient of his wrath. But at the end of the day, he is harder on no one than himself, which makes this fierce individual all the more sympathetic. Poor guy. In some ways, it would have made more sense to use the Simon & Garfunkel version of this song, as it there would be two male voices singing instead of a girl group. But I like the guitar work in the Bangles' cover and that hard driving 80's beat seems a better fit for the lads.

(ORIGINAL NOTE: It seems to me one of The Pros' recurring character themes is Doyle's struggle to come to terms with the violence inside him. He knows that darkness is not all he is, yet he can't pretend it doesn't exist. The demands of the job often brings the less peaceable parts of poor Ray's psyche to the forefront, causing him guilt and making him hate himself and his situation. "Hazy Shade of Winter" is about that struggle.)