The 5 most fascinating Asian male TV characters right now (Part 2 of 2)

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

If you missed it, check out part 1 of this post from yesterday, which includes numbers 4 and 5, as well as my honorable mentions.

3. Vince Masuka on Dexter

Played by: C.S. Lee
You can watch it: Sunday nights on Showtime. The season just wrapped up but I’m sure they’re doing reruns now.

If you haven’t been watching Dexter, you’re missing one the best shows on TV right now. It’s smart, creepy, complex, moving – and you never know what’s coming next.

One of my favorite characters on the show is Vince Masuka. He’s one of the forensics on Dexter’s squad. For much of the show, he’s been sort of an Asian-American (with no accent!) version of Quagmire on Family Guy: a total perv who’s constantly talking about sex and making gross jokes. Oh, and he actually gets laid!

But Masuka’s character has evolved a bit over the season. In the episode when Angel Batista gets injured, we see another side of him: he passes up the perfect opening for a pervy joke because he’s too distraught over his friend’s injuries. I’m really looking forward to see how this character develops over time.

2. Hiro Nakamura on Heroes

Played by: Masi Oka
You can watch it: Mondays on NBC but much to my dismay, they’re on hiatus right now until January sometime.

Hiro is one of the most lovable characters on Heroes. Masi Oka has somehow managed to portray this time-travelling, geeky computer programmer without ever straying into buffoonery territory. For that alone, he deserves a Golden Globe.

The episode where he travels back in time to try and save Charlie from Sylar was so good. It was great to see how Charlie developed feelings for Hiro, and even though I would usually complain about the fact that they didn’t get to consummate their kiss, I actually thought it made the story that much more poignant.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us with Hiro. What’s up with that sword? Is he really going to fight dinosaurs? Or will that turn out to be a trip to the museum of natural history?

1. Agent Bill Kim on Prison Break

Played by: Reggie Lee
You can watch it: Mondays on Fox but the season just finished

Bill Kim might just be the scariest mothashutyourmouth on TV right now. It seemed like he came out of nowhere and turned everything upside down. He seems to know everyone and everything. Agent Paul Kellerman now has to report to Kim instead of directly to President Reynolds as in the past. But judging from the plot twist right at the end of the last season, things will change.

Kim’s ruthless efficiency is what makes him so menacing. And the fact that he always has a half smile when he talks just makes it that much creepier. I can’t get enough of Bill Kim, and I hope they keep him on as a regular character. He’s a badass!

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