I have in my rather large hands, season 1 of BSG and I am perfectly willing to be all converted for a show which has not actually been cancelled yet. Where should I go for shininess?
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The pairing meme:
Comment with any ship from a fandom that you know I like, or at least have some knowledge about. I will ramble for
Feel free to comment if you want. Will do any fandom.
JACK / DANIEL
I watched two hours of Stargate at tea time just in preparation for this. Well, okay, I watched it because I was eating my dinner (season three and garlic lamb stir-fry, thanks for asking). Daniel and Jack is another one of those cases of apparent opposites attracting that fandom just loves.
However, I see them as similar in many ways. I once read in some smart piece of XF fanfic or other about people not seeking their opposites but their isomers, all the same chemical formula, different order of atoms. Both Jack and Daniel are smart, though Jack plays stupid. Jack's career has given his intelligence a very practical bent, but Daniel's not too shabby in that department either.
Both have a willingness, even joy in evading the rules. Daniel seems to be the empath and more willing to admit his feelings -- but given a prod or forced into closeness that makes him uncomfortable, he can erect walls just as easily as Jack. As for Jack, sometimes you can almost see the invisible moat around the man. Calibrations of temperament and circumstance aside, they're pretty similar. Or at least they are when fanfiction writers don't make Daniel a 15-year-old girl stewing in hormones.
Are they a plausible couple? Hmmm. Yes, but it's take a lot to get them there, because I can't quite see how they would move from their spark-filled friendship to coupledom given the circumstances in which they find themselves and the aforementioned invisible moats.
I could far more easily see an OT3 with Sam (though I wouldn't want Teal'c to be left out). Possibly an OT3/4 with strandings, death, disaster and a bit of hurt/comfort. Feel free to point me in that sort of fanfic direction.
For leadensky JACK/KATE
I've watched maybe three hours of Lost, last year, so I know I am speaking from complete ignorance when I think of Jack and Kate as the Clark and Lana of Lost, the couple who are Made For Each Other and the ostensible star pairing of the show when really a lot of other relationships are far more interesting and less obvious. Luckily it seems that Lost is not
I am led to believe there is some sort of triangle thing going on with Kate, Sawyer and Jack and that Sawyer is a wrong 'un.
And that Charlie is cute and has many, many fans, who were very upset when he suffered from a bad case of dead a while back. Also, there is Naveen Andrews, who has been beautiful on TV screens since The Buddha of Suburbia. Terry O'Quinn! Hawaii! And now my slight knowledge of Lost is exhausted.
DIANA / MULDER
God, I hated all that Fowl One bollocks. What are we, five?
If this had been explored properly, it could have been a great addition to the show. Any person who was watching from the beginning could not fail to be intrigued by what Mulder was like when he was profiling wonder boy and he was with Diana right when he switched from that role to reassigning himself to the X-Files. The idea of Mulder's trust in others leading him up the garden path was played in a very conventional love triangle sort of way that was just annoying and a waste of a decent actress.
How much more fascinating would it have been if we were encouraged to like Diana, and found even Scully with nothing against her but suspicion and *then* we were smacked in the face with betrayal?
I may be alone in that I would have liked for Mulder and Diana to rekindle their romance slowly and then have it all go kaboom, but that would have required sophisticated arc plotting and a sense of how women operate that was not entirely drawn from the writers watching bad 1930s movies and reading a copy of Cosmo while taking a dump.
Also, it would have worked better if she hadn't been shot at the end of Season Five then turned up in season six with it barely being mentioned again.
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For unwinding, CJ/TOBY
This is a pairing I love, though all thoughts here come from S1-4. Don't have five on DVD, haven't seen six at all.
Sneaky hints in canon point to an affair in the past that ended in friendship but there's an loving friendship and occasional glimpse of glowing embers that suggests the affair could be rekindled as soon as the business of running the country is out of the way.
CJ likes and respects him, enjoys his idealism and respects his point of view even when she doesn't share it (she's much more pragmatic). The roadblock is, I think, Toby. I think he expects romantic love to be hard, relationships to be combative and difficult and he takes no prisoners. He puts the brutal in brutally honest at times and he's devoted to his job. In his interactions with Andy, you see that she's tired of the way his anger and intensity levels are set so high, even though it's not violent or necessarily directed at her. I think he was attracted to her because of the amount of fight in her and was probably surprised when she backed off.
CJ, on the other hand, is easy for him to love. She's smart and articulate -- those two attributes that he values so highly -- makes him laugh, shares his idealism and his values and once he gets past a certain point, she won't fight with him. It's not that she cedes ground necessarily, just that she sees he's moving towards being unreasonable and she won't fight.
If he could get past the point where he needs every day to be a battle in order to motivate himself, I think he could find a lasting happiness -- and perhaps more importantly, peace -- with CJ.
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And finally, saving my favourite to last, for comice
MULDER / SCULLY
I never did understand the people who were all "Mulder and Scully are just perfect for each other!" because if ever there was a pairing who were not perfect for each other, it's this one. Unable to be without each other, sure. Destined, possibly. Perfect, no. In fact Skinner's a better pairing for both of 'em, in terms of personality.
In the ways that they think and act, they're startlingly incompatible -- he can be careless, rash and offhand with the feelings of those who are close to him, she can be cold, unbending and dismissive -- but in the best episodes you see the meeting of lively minds and the shared structure of values that underpins a true and steadfast love that developed very early on and never really went away.
The thing I like about this relationship is that they so very work at understanding each other, it's a work in progress every day.
It's impossible to talk about this relationship without noting that the natural trajectory of the storylines about Mulder's search for family and Scully's search for a meaning to all their lives suggested that the culmination of the show should be about sorting out all that aliens malarkey *and* Mulder and Scully realising that sublimation wasn't going to cut it any longer.
If the show had ended at Redux II, with Mulder's search for Samantha reaching a conclusion, but him symbolically regaining his family in Scully and Scully regaining her faith, its critical reputation would be far less tarnished.
As it is, it stands as the perfect example of a showrunner not having a fucking clue *why* his show worked.