Exam prep, research, and applications are monopolizing my time these days, so I apologize for the lack of reviews or posts in general. I’ll be here regularly towards the end of October, but until then, I hope you bear with me. I do, however, have an awesome Fantastic Five Friday post for you today!
“Fantastic Five Friday” is a weekly meme hosted by Anna @ The Weekly Enthusiast. Each Friday a new list will be posted about five things related to television and film. You can join in on the awesomeness even if you don’t have a blog by commenting on Anna’s FFF post here.
This week’s topic is:
Five Favorite TV Relationships
(I’m leaving anime off this list, not because I don’t want to count it as television, but because I have too many anime ships I ship and also, because you’re probably sick of seeing Usagi and Mamoru on every list ever.)
5. Marshall Eriksen/Lily Aldrin (How I Met Your Mother)
|“…I realized the perfect moment wasn’t some needle lost in the haystack of their ten years together. The perfect Lily and Marshall moment happened two nights ago. Turns out, all week long he’d been sneaking out to a hotel on 72nd, to meet Lily. And so Lily and Marshall failed in their experiment with apartness, but they succeeded in getting Lily into her dress. You know, there really are a million things I could tell you about Lily and Marshall, but really, the only thing you need to know is that ten years into their relationship, they still couldn’t spend a single night apart.”|
Marshall and Lily have the kind of relationship I want. They’ve been together ten years, and yeah, they sometimes argue and get into fights, but there is also a deep understanding between them, and you’d have to be blind not to see that they truly love each other. Hell, they even break up one season, and it’s obvious that the only person either of them really wants to be with is each other. If you look at their cute nicknames for each other (Marshmallow and Lilypad!), their adorable traditions (lunch time phone calls, traveling city six packs and welcome home signs, etc.), and how… in sync they are with each other, they basically define “adorable”.
4. Cory Matthews/Topanga Lawrence (Boy Meets World)
|“…Then when I was 13, she put me up against my locker and she kissed me. I mean, she gave me my first kiss. She taught me how to dance. She was always talking about these crazy things and I never understood a word she said. All I understood was that she was the girl I sat up every night thinking about, and when I’m with her I feel happy to be alive. Like I can do anything. Even talk to you like this. So that’s… what I feel. Is love, Mom… When I’m better because she’s here.”|
Cory/Topanga was probably one of my first television ships. Like Marshall and Lily, these two belong together, but also, like Declan and Holly J, they keep each other balanced. Cory’s a hopeless romantic, and Topanga’s more level-headed. Together, they’re a little too cute, but what’s not to love about that?
The only other relationship I really adored in this show (even more than Cory and Topanga’s) was Cory and Shawn’s, only because their bromance transcended everything (social norms, class differences, romantic entanglements, etc.), and even Topanga knew not to come between a boy and his best friend/not-related-but-still brother.
3. Leo Wyatt/Piper Halliwell (Charmed)
|“Remember when I told you you just have to trust me? This is the only way…”
“The only way? Piper…”
“I have to lose you to save you… It’s just a screwed up destiny and you kind of got caught in the middle. I’m so sorry.”
“It’s alright. We’ve been through worse…”
“No….. we haven’t.”
“We’re going to get through this.”
“Of course we will.”
“I love you.”
“I love you, too.”
Though I hate that no one lets them be happy, I love relationships that defy the odds because they are just that strong, that stable, that much more epic. Piper and Lep had me from their season one days of adorable flirtation to their challenging the Elders and being together no matter what, to their facing their own trials with Leo as an Elder and depression and never getting a break from the supernatural beings constantly disrupting their lives. I love that even when they’re enduring issues, it’s obvious they still care about each other, that in the end, it’s Piper and Leo who primarily carry on the Halliwell line. He supports her as her Whitelighter guardian, but also as her husband, her best friend, and he also knows when to step aside and let her be the awesome, powerful witch she ends up being.
2. Declan Coyne/Holly J. Sinclair (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
|“You have to help me. I need the deets on Holly J. Sinclair.”
“The Dragon Lady of Degrassi? Why?”
“Because she says I don’t know her, whatever that means. I have her on Facebook, her Twitter I.D.”
“You’re digging up info on the internet? Bit pathetic for you.”
“What? She’s amazing, Fi. She’s a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do.”
Degrassi seems to have a neverending, revolving door of ships, but Declan and Holly J are the ship that most stole my heart (and the one ship I strongly supported that actually, partially off-screen but still within canon, made it). I love that he’s awful with relationships because his last attempt ended with his heart smashed, but he’s still willing to pursue and court her (seriously, there is no other way to describe the way he continuously asked her to give him a chance), and I love that initially, she crushed on him but turned him down knowing his reputation. So I have a thing for characters who are intelligent and clearly attracted to each other, but won’t easily go out with each other for reasons (I call it the Lily Evans/James Potter Complex), but all of this aside, seeing Declan and Holly J as an actual couple who communicated well, had random fashion shows with sunglasses and hats in the street, and bonded over all the nerdy things makes it easy to fall in love with them. She helps him stay focused and supports his goals/projects; he helps her relax and have fun instead of drowning in structure and perfectionism all the time. They just balance each other out really well. (And seriously, how can you not fall for a guy who skips to a strawberry stand with you, constantly offers you helicopter rides because he does not understand normal dating, and loves to lift you from the ground to slow-motion-while-spinning-kiss-in-the-air you?)
1. Michael/Nikita (Nikita)
I only started watching Nikita (review here) a few months ago, but Michael and Nikita quickly climbed to the top of my “MUST SHIP” list. Because how could I not when even in the first episode, Michael is hesitating attacking her, as ordered by his boss, and basically lets her get away, and then Nikita turns around and shoots him (slightly, on the shoulder) to make it look like he actively attempted to do his job? I love the fact that in season one, though they can’t be together for numerous reasons (Michael is high up in Division because he owes his life to it, and Nikita wants to take Division down), there is so much sexual tension between them, and it’s obvious that they care about each other deeply, even when they’re aiming weapons in each other’s faces. There’s also a trust between them, and even when they’re “enemies,” they’re constantly saving each other and thinking about each other and unable to do each other serious harm (unless they think the other has somehow betrayed them). Though the relationship changes in season 2 because of circumstances, its nature remains the same. Michael and Nikita are there for each other no matter what, obstacles and missions be damned, and they maturely find ways to make it work, whatever it takes. (They also kick some serious ass when they’re on the same team.)
Tommy Quincy/Jude Harrison (Instant Star)
But sometimes you come out with something beautiful.”
If you knew me when Instant Star was still on the air, then you know that I shipped Tommy and Jude insanely. They’re on the “honorable mention” list, however, because
I had to find a way to stick them on this list somehow they’re (somehow) not a ship at the end of the show (Instant Star’s OTP has always been Jude/music, so I should have expected it, but it doesn’t make this show’s end any easier to accept). I shipped Tommy and Jude since the first episode, when she made fun of him for once being a member of a boyband, and he tried to push her to make better, more personal music. Their flirtation is on and off for the better half of the first season, and he even dates her sister to get her out of his head (because of the age difference, and the fact that he’s her producer), until they finally allow themselves to deal with those feelings and start a relationship. Record labels, closet skeletons, and friend drama keep the on-and-off relationship thing alive, but it’s obvious by the second to last episode that they were going to end up together, even after Jude/music continued to grow, because I don’t know, I don’t think independence/.musical growth and love had to be thrown against each other. But I guess that’s just me, Epitome Pictures. (This is where I plug everything Alexz Johnson because the girl can sing, and her music is amazing.)
Chad Dylan Cooper/Sonny Monroe (Sonny With a Chance)
|“Hey. I see you finally made it.”
“Chad? What are you still doing here? I thought you’d be the first to go.”
“Which is exactly why I had to be the last to go.”
“Chad, you were right. All proms end in disaster.”
“Do they, Sonny? Do they really? Because sometimes, I heard you get to have that perfect dance with that one special person. You’re just going to have to settle for me.”
Yet another couple that stole my heart, whose show was prematurely canceled, and who should have ended up together (especially because this show was on the Disney Channel, and if you can’t expect a happy ending there, where CAN you expect it?). I love the banter between Sonny and Chad – he liked her almost immediately because she wasn’t like the Hollywood girls he was used to – she was innocent, honest sincere, kind, in a way that was probably out of his league, despite the fact that he’s the established TV drama star. And she sees him for more than what he shows the world – he’s not just some shallow, self-absorbed, rude pretty boy; there’s more to him than meets the eye. So there’s a ton of sexual tension every time they clash, and when they finally get together, though they still have their arguments, they’re sickeningly adorable, in that way you can’t help but adore. I understand the ending, really I do, but I wish that Disney had added more because the Chad towards the end of the series is not really the Chad at the beginning, and… maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic, but I feel that he should have been able to apologize, prove himself, and win her over somehow.
Alek Petrov/Chloe King (The Nine Lives of Chloe King)
“You were here the whole time?”
The Nine Lives of Chloe King was one of those shows that I wish had been promoted better because it was canceled after only ten episodes, and despite its sort of campy-ness, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters and this ship that only kind of happened, but definitely would have (or so I tell myself) once it gave the characters more time to develop. I can’t put into coherent words what I love about this ship. He trains her, he’s essentially her bodyguard and despite his arrogant/cocky attitude, he believes in her and he trusts her, even when he’s concerned about her safety and he thinks she’s not keeping her guard up enough. He’s risked his life for her several times, and underneath the excessive flirtation is just a guy who cares about a girl, but doesn’t want to throw his heart out there too much because she’s not sure how she feels, and he doesn’t want to get hurt. (Until he takes a chance and gets hurt anyway.) *sigh* Alek Petrov, you deserve happiness. And Nine Lives of Chloe King, you deserved better.
Amy and Rory Pond (Doctor Who)
“2,000 years. The boy who waited. Good on you, mate.”
I am incredibly behind in my Doctor Who watching, which is why I’m not writing an essay on how epic I find the Ponds, but ugh, I blame Angel @ Mermaid Vision Books for the fact that I am hopelessly infatuated with the boy and girl who waited, and I’m looking forward to falling in love with them even more (when I finally have the time to catch up with this awesome show).