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Chosen One of the Day: Jason Priestley, Angel of Death

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Feb 5, 2018

Of all the actors to play an evil supernatural being bent on the death and destruction of mankind, Jason Priestley might not be high on your list. The former teen heartthrob, who once played the conscientious good boy against Luke Perry's rebel without a cause on Beverly Hills, 90210, doesn't immediately strike you as a killer — though he was often a buzzkill — but in 2004, he did play one on TV.

Okay, fine, Tru Calling's Jack Harper was less a murderer and more an antihero, determined to keep "order" by stopping Tru from saving the people who ask her to help. He was still the villain, though.

Wait, do you not remember Tru Calling? I would understand. The series only lasted 1.5 seasons on Fox before it was abruptly pulled right after Christmas. If you've never seen it, though, you owe it to yourself to track it down. Post-Buffy Eliza Dushku plays Tru Davies, a med student who ends up working in a morgue with pre-Hangover Zach Galifianakis. Oh, and she talks to dead people. Or rather, they talk to her. Every so often one of the bodies in the morgue wakes up and asks for help and Tru has to live the day over again, but this time she has to find and save them before they die ... again.

It also had the greatest theme song of all time.

In the second season, Priestley's Jack Harper shows up and we discover that he's basically the Angel of Death. He also relives the day, only it's up to him to make sure she fails in saving the person, because while she's saving lives he is keeping the BALANCE OF THE UNIVERSE in check. You can't just go saving lives all willy-nilly. Think of the scales!

Of course, he's also part of some nefarious Death Angel cabal and they're somehow involved in the death of Tru's mom, who also talked to dead people.

The thing is ... evil works for him. I was not really a Brandon fan — because come on, Luke Perry existed — but if Brandon Walsh had walked around all darkly confident and trying to thwart various do-gooders at West Beverly High because of the BALANCE OF THE UNIVERSE, he could have gotten it. 

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