Earlier this week Sage posted her Top 5 TV Boyfriends, so clearly I must do the same. It’s funny, because as I was putting list together, I realized that I not only have a physical type when it comes to my TV boyfriends, I clearly have an emotional type as well. All of these men are men who are SURE. They are SURE in their love for their partner, even when they are not in a relationship with them. Their love never wavers. Clearly, that says something about me, but that analysis is probably better left to a shrink.
There is a quote from Grey’s Anatomy that sums all of these guys up:
I am sure. I am steady. And I know that I am a heart man. I take them apart and I put them back together and I hold them in my hands. I am a heart man. So this I am sure, you are my partner, my lover, my very best friend, my heart…my heart beats for you. And on this day, the day of our wedding, I promise you this: I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands, I promise you me.
(Now, let’s IGNORE the fact that the above wedding didn’t actually happen. That’s neither here nor there.)
So let’s take a look at these men who have given women everywhere incredibly unrealistic expectations for relationships, shall we?
1) Seeley Booth – Bones
I’m just gonna go ahead and quote Angela Montenegro here: “Booth is a big, strong, hot guy who wants to save your life. I mean, you actually have a knight in shining FBI standard-issue body armor, so cut him some slack.”
Enough said. Next please.
Also I CANNOT with how he looks at Brennan. Boreanaz has TRULY perfected the “I love you so much it physically hurts me” look, no?
And if that’s not enough, as we saw in last week’s episode, he puts on carnivals for sick children and wants to remain anonymous about it. *DIES*
2) Pacey Witter – Dawson’s Creek
Pacey Witter treads the line between TV Bad Boy that we love anyway (our post about THOSE is coming in the next few weeks) and perfect TV Boyfriend. But come on. HE BOUGHT JOEY A WALL (well…rented it. BUT STILL). He counted to ten before kissing her again just in case she wanted to stop him. He “remembers everything”. He named his boat “True Love” for Joey. Basically, underneath all of his bravado, Pacey Witter was the world’s BIGGEST romantic.
Sure Pacey was very often self-destructive and plagued by feelings of unworthiness (UGH THE END OF SEASON FOUR). He always had the best of intentions, but often messed up in trying to carry them out. But his flaws are what made him perfect. No matter what, no matter how badly he would muck things up, you always cheered for him and wanted him to be happy. Even if it WAS with Joey Potter, who didn’t deserve his wonderfulness.
Yeah I said it.
Severing ties with a series is not something I take lightly. In fact, I usually hang on too long. I’ll get through an entire season and realize that I wasn’t really paying all that much attention.
Who’s Nancy Botwin married to now? Somehow, I missed that part.
JJ Abrams’s Fringe premiered on Fox in 2008 and is now in its final season. I’ve dutifully kept up with it since the start, Hulu-ing on Saturday mornings to see which parallel universe or time warp Peter, Walter, and Olivia find themselves in that week. It’s the home stretch. And I’ve given up.
On paper, Fringe is made for me: Joshua Jackson, time travel, sexual tension, Michael Cerveris, and an obvious homage to The X-Files. Now, after four years, I have to admit to myself (and to you) that Fringe and I just never connected emotionally. Peter and Olivia are separated by a dimension? Meh. Astrid and Walter bond over lab work? Ehhhh.
Also, I just have no earthly idea what’s going on anymore. What started out as a Monster-of-the-Week procedural with a hint of coming apocalyptic drama has reinvented itself so many times that I’ve completely lost track of the story. What universe are we in right now? What timeline? What ever happened to Fauxlivia and Walternate? I’m sure JJ has told us, but for the life of me, I can’t remember.
But none of the plot clusterfuck would matter, if only these characters prompted the teensiest emotional response. The Peter and Olivia love story has never felt urgent or vital. Peter and Walter’s strained and repaired father/son relationship is touching, but the show has gone back to that well so many times. Honestly, I was most invested in Olivia’s friendships with Lincoln and Charlie, who *spoilers*, are sadly no longer with us. Returning to The X-Files comparison, I’ll note that that the thread of that series also became tangled and impossible to follow in the later years. But character development and relationships remained crucial. I was so attached to Mulder and Scully that, for a time, I refused to watch the Doggett/Reyes episodes. That probably wasn’t the outcome Chris Carter intended, and I now think those seasons are some of the series’ best, but that’s how much I love those characters.
I’m sorry, Fringe and Fringies. I wanted to love it. I really did. But life is short and TV is great. It’s time to cut the fat, pare down the schedule, and move on to other things.