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Flirting With Disaster: The Top Ten ’24’ Romances

This week’s episode of 24, perhaps more than any other this season, contained a great deal of palpable romantic tension. After Chloe decides to kiss Morris in order to check his breath for alcohol, Morris said it best: “Gotta love this place.” The episode was filled with reminders of those romantic tensions: Jack’s revelation regarding Audrey’s apparent death in China, Marilyn’s attempt to get herself some Jack lovin’, Milo’s attraction to Nadia being brought into question, and, of course, Chloe’s snogging of Morris.

24, despite being quite the serious show dealing with international disasters, thrilling action scenes, and large explosions, has always had a certain romantic component to it. While it has never been arrested by these romantic endeavors, overcome by the sheer love of its characters, some of these relationships stand as memorable moments from seasons past and present. There might not be the level of shipping that is seen on other shows, since a lot of these people proceeded to be killed, but there is certainly some affairs to root for.

So, without further adieu, the Top Ten ‘24’ Romances. I’d like to acknowledge that, although not a conscious ripoff, I have to send props over to Erin and Matt over at “BE Something” for their fantastic Top 10 lists and television discussion.

10. Mandy and Everything That Moves

She blew up an airplane to open the show’s very first episode. She attempted to assassinate President Palmer with a crazy hand virus in Season Two. She withheld information from an important investigation into Marwan’s location in Season Four. Mandy has certainly had her fair share of involvement in 24’s more serious plot points.

And yet, she’ll always be the hot lesbian. She’ll always be the one who uses her sexuality to get the job done, and the one whose return illicits sweaty palms across the world. Her romance with every single character she encounters is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the show’s most interesting, and most pervasive. With her presidential pardon in place, she’s capable of returning whenever the producers desire to have her to do so. I can’t wait to see who she seduces next.

9. Chase and Kim

I figure we had to work Kim in here somewhere; although I was much more tempted to include the Cougar or the crazed bomb shelter maniac, her relationship with Chase was one that played a fairly substantial role in Season Three’s storyline. It had a small child involved, some inter-office tension, and the whole issue of dating your father’s partner.

In a season which was all about personal relationships, this one actually managed to make a fair amount more impact than Kim’s other relationships. It never seemed to get in the way of the storyline outside of its normal dramatic intervention, which is what’s best for these type of romances.

8. Jack and Audrey

Most relevant this week, these two certainly faced quite a few difficult situations over the span of two seasons. They were always a little disconnected, but their relationship was threatened when Jack basically killed her ex-husband by forcing doctors to operate on another man instead. That’s kind of a buzzkill, when you think about it.

And yet, their love survived that and so much more. Perhaps more than any other of Jack’s post-season one romances, these two actually seemed to gain traction; this week alone, Jack was suddenly struck with a desire to speak to Audrey, even while Marilyn offered to sex him up. That shows a sense of commitment that we’ll be seeing more of for the future.

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Shipper’s Log: Valentine’s Day Trauma Centre

On this the day of greeting cards and flowers, one has to think of the ones they love…and I, not really finding one in my thoughts, instead settled on the TV couples to which I am incredibly emotionally attached. I guess this is just how my life works, I might as well get used to it.

However, I was most concerned to find that some of my favourite Shipping subjects were in grave medical condition on this beloved holiday. So, it’s time for the good doctor to head out on a special Valentine’s Day edition of the Shipper’s Log to prescribe the proper remedies for these relationships that are suffering during this season of cold and flu. As a result, I made sure that the Shipmobile picked up the three most critical couples and brought them to Shipper’s Log General Hospital.

More specifically, they brought them to the Trauma Centre. This is their story.

 

Case One

 

 

Everything was going so well for Henry and Betty. Walter, Betty’s annoying and childish boyfriend agrees to move away and never grace our screens again. Henry tries to go on a date with Betty to go see Wicked, which Betty fumbles but prepares to recover at the episode’s end. The whole Christmas scenario was dealt with recently, everything was lining up, and we know Christopher Gorham is likely coming back next season.

But, then the Ex shows up. Honestly, an ex-girlfriend? Please. This is a dire situation, although I think a little bit of surgery will clear things up. We need to immediately do an X-Ray to find out who’s playing this girlfriend, and then figure out what level of a threat they represent. We can only hope that it is a benign tumour, able to be excised with little effort on our parts here at the Trauma Centre.

There isn’t any other barriers now that Walter is gone, so we need to make sure Betty stays on track. The show has plenty of characters to ignore this drama for awhile, but Betty is now without a storyline, so she needs to remain committed to making this relationship work, and Henry needs to get his act together. This girlfriend better be worth it, Henry, your Trauma Centre bill will be substantial. Should have bought insurance, tsk tsk. Continue reading

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Shipper’s Log: Gilmore Girls

Shipper’s Log – Stardate 020607

This is the beginning of a long-gestating series where, basically, I talk about relationships in TV series. How civilized. Really, though, they’re integral to understanding the appeal, success, and sometimes failures of TV shows.

Anyways, watching Gilmore Girls this evening was quite honestly difficult. I don’t know what it is about Luke and Lorelai, this pair of star-crossed lovers. One runs an Inn, the other a Diner. One talks faster than the speed of sound, and the other one stutters over a majority of their words. They’ve been married to other people, engaged to one another, and yet somehow their relationship has always stayed the same.

It’s one of the considerations of any show coming to its conclusion, these relationships that are established in a show’s pilot and continue to gestate (Used it twice in one post, fancy that). In the case of Luke and Lorelai, the departure of showrunner Amy-Sherman Palladino was a huge blow to the cause. In her final episode, knowing that she wouldn’t be back the following season, she had Lorelai sleep with former flame Christopher and break off their engagement. Palladino introduced Luke’s long-lost daughter, which drove them apart, and nothing made sense in terms of their relationship.

It’s really a good argument as to why shows like Gilmore Girls shouldn’t even bother to have these relationships, because they become a burden as the series moves on into later seasons. In the same way that a show like Lost has a long-gestating mystery (Which I’ll be getting to tomorrow morning) that fans want to have dealt with as soon as possible, viewers of a show like Gilmore Girls want to see Luke and Lorelai together sooner rather than later. Continue reading

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Shippers Anonymous

An Open Letter to the World:

Hi, my name is Myles. (This is where you all say “Hi, Myles!” With exclamation mark, too, I want excited listeners). I have a problem. (Here you give me helpful, reassuring looks).

You see, I watch a lot of television. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem, really, it’s not like I have proposals to write or applications to complete or novels to read. I could watch dozens of TV shows a day, really, except that…well, you see, I get a bit emotionally connected to the shows. Too emotionally connected, really. And, I can’t keep on convincing myself that it’s not true, lying to myself and others does nothing good. Thus, I have to fess up.

I…am a shipper.

While that Wikipedia link quite honestly frightens the crap out of me, and makes me quite glad I am now openly shipping so I can avoid that particular road, I still must explain my shipping problem. For, you see, I get far too emotionally connected to the romantic fate of television characters. I become hopelessly enraptured by their innocent looks, their…I can’t even talk about it.

I don’t really get it; it’s not as if I have any particular reason to live vicariously through these characters, but I can’t help but care about their futures. Maybe it’s that I watch shows too late in the evening, when I’m not yet awake enough to contain emotions.

What’s drawing me into the open at this point? It’s entirely Mac’s fault.

I honestly think I care more about her happiness in the world of Veronica Mars than my own. Last season she fell in love with a seemingly innocent boy…who ended up being both a rapist and a mass murderer. She was emotionally crushed, and forever scarred, and she has spent much of this season dealing with her issues. I can’t help but feel for her, her situation. How can you not root for someone who was left naked in a hotel room while her boyfriend went up to the roof to murder Veronica…who he had raped a year and a half earlier?

It’s impossible to not relate to this, to root for her. And her new love interest, PHAT chapter president Bronson, is innocent, active in environmental causes, and seems the perfect fodder for Mac’s own insecurities. It’s far too adorable, too cute, and too easy to become attached to.

And, I’m coming clean because I can’t keep doing this. This is Veronica Mars we’re talking about, where no character is introduced for a simple reason. I had though Mac and Beaver (The aforementioned rapist/murderer) were adorable too, the epitome of the innocent teenage romance, but then the show ripped the rug out from under me. This isn’t some fantasy world, and in time I’m sure Bronson will be revealed to be some sort of environmental terrorist wanted on charges in some foreign country. And then Veronica will have to break the news to Mac, and she will be heartbroken, and her “Libidon’t” will kick in again. And I just can’t have this keep happening. I can’t keep getting attached to these characters’ romances knowing that one of them isn’t a series regular, and could disappear at any time.

So, world, help me out. Please, save me from myself. It’ll only keep spreading, unless you help me remain disconnected from the romantic entanglements of the television world.

Sincerely,

Myles McNutt

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