Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Top 22 Best TV Kisses (Part One)

As rated by me!
So the other day I randomly decided to do a post on my favorite TV kisses. At some stage I'll have to do an updated list as I'm discovering a whole new bunch of great shows I love at the moment. So here goes. Some shows get multiple mentions, but that's because they're so brilliant. These are in no particular order.

1) Once Upon A Time - David/Prince Charming and Mary-Margaret/Snow White
We All Knew It Was Coming But It Was Still So Damn Good. 
This show had me hooked from minute one. Seriously, I love it. Fairytale characters living in our world, not knowing who they are? Romance, action, mystery? Sign me up! Mary-Margaret (aka Snow White) and David (aka Prince Charming) couldn't stay away from each other. Only problem? In this world, David Charming is married to someone else. I had wondered how long the writers were going to draw their story out to keep them apart. So I was very glad to see this past week the characters were brought together. They spent all episode trying to come to terms with the fact that they couldn't be together, yet fate kept throwing them in each others path. In the end, they both realized they couldn't resist any longer, which made for an emoitionally intense (and watcher satisfied) kiss.

2) True Blood - Eric and Sookie
Eric Kisses Sookie... For Real This Time!
This was a kiss worth waiting for and if I had of tried to put this list in order, this one would have made my top five. The writers had teased us a few times with either Sookie or Eric dreaming about one another, so it wasn't the first time we'd seen these two with their lips on each other. But this first real kiss was something apart from those dream-kisses. At first, Sookie tried to resist, but Eric was having none of that. The kiss really showed the passion between them they'd been trying to deny. And I really loved how it ended, with Sookie saying "okay, I get it, I'm irresistible..." with Pam interrupting to say "Blah Blah Vampire emergency Blah." Which consiquently had to be one of her best lines ever. The writers broke the tension between Eric and Sookie really well with that, and left us wondering where that kiss would lead. Of course, most of us knew where. I must admit, I liked this kiss when Eric was still cold, distant bad-ass Eric. He became a bit less Alpha when he lost his memory and while I enjoyed his devotion to Sookie, I didn't like the way he'd totally changed by the end of the season. And I also didn't like Sookie's decision that she loved both he and Bill, meaning she could be with neither of them. Can't wait to see where the writers take us in season 5.

3) True Blood - Jason and Jessica
Finally Give In
I really loved that in season 4 of True Blood, Jason came into his own as a character, cementing his position in the dynamics of the show. Making him a cop was a brilliant idea by the writers, it gave him much more depth and an important role. When Jessica and Hoyt didn't work out, at first I wasn't very impressed. But then when things started developing between Jessica and Jason, I was more than satisfied. Didn't see that coming until Jessica gave Jason her blood. Of course, as per the True Blood world rules, that meant he started having hot dreams about her. Jason did try to do the right thing and stay away, after all, Hoyt was his best friend. But circumstances kept pushing them together and every time Jason saved Jessica (as above, sorry about the blood-spatter) it brought them closer and closer until they both gave in. The first kiss, when Jessica knocks Jason to the floor, was one of those ones that makes you laugh and feel happy for the couple all at the same time.

4) Smallville - Lois and Clark
Well, It Was Destiny After All
With so many kisses to choose from, how was I meant to pick just one? These two had everything; kisses that almost happened but didn't, kisses where they thought they were kissing someone else (when Clark pretended to be Green Arrow to cover for Oliver... which technically I think was their first kiss) kisses under the influence of mind-altering substances, kisses in other dimensions. Its exhausting, really. But okay, truthfully I do have an easy favorite. I think the best one was at the end of season 9, when Clark thought he'd be dying to save Earth from the Kandorians. He asked Lois to meet him as the Blur and ended up kissing her goodbye. It was at that point that Lois worked out the Blur was really Clark.

5) Supernatural - Dean And Jo
Dean Kisses Jo Goodbye And Breaks My Heart 
You know, when Jo was first introduced to Supernatural, I didn't really like her character. She was young, thought she knew everything and wouldn't listen to reason. The attraction between her and Dean was instant, but for a whole lot of reasons that were never explored (mainly I think because Dean knew what sort of guy he was and couldn't give Jo what she wanted or deserved.
Plus he was scared of her mom, Ellen) the two of them never got together, despite some great tension between them. After the episode where Sam goes dark-side, possessed by Meg, and tracks Jo down, I started to change my mind about her. I had hoped that something would come of her and Dean. I didn't necessarily expect them to get together, but at least hoped she'd feature in some more episodes. I think the writers missed a good opportunity by not utilizing her more. Anyway, she never appeared again until the episode where she dies. The goodbye kiss between her and Dean was heartbreaking. Yes, I cried. And wished again that they'd been given a chance. You could say that considering how things ended between Dean and Lisa, it was probably a good thing Dean and Jo didn't get a chance to screw up each other's lives. But since Jo was a Hunter and knew all about the life, I think a relationship between them would have been far different.

6) Supernatural - Sam and Ruby
Its So Bad Its Good
Oh, we all know Sam getting it on with a demon can't be a good thing, but it was just done so gosh darn well. At this point, we're all hoping Ruby really is the good-bad-guy she seems to be. And poor Sam is so broken since Dean went to hell and Sam can't do anything about it. Sam wants salvation, but as we find out later, this was just Ruby putting Sam where she needs him to be for the Grand Evil Plan To Free Lucifer. 
I think both the actors, Padalecki in particular, portrayed this really well. You could see every nuance of Sam's struggle. He knew he shouldn't, yet his grief, frustrations, the fact that he'd gotten so damn lost all collided into this one moment where Ruby saw his vulnerability and struck. The complexities of Sam's internal battle resulted in a highly intense scene. Maybe one of the best in Supernatural to date. That, and when Dean finds out Sam is exorcizing demons WITH HIS MIND and the resulting confrontation between them where Dean takes a few swings. I think this story arc really made the show.

7) Supernatural - Castiel and Meg
What He Learned From The Pizza Man
Okay, so this kiss isn't in here for the romance. It's here simply because I killed myself laughing over this. Meg kissed Castiel to distract him while she nicked his Angel-Killing-Sword-of-Awesomeness, but after, Castiel decided to take matters into his own hands. He turned the tables on her, going so far as to push her up against the wall and kiss her like there was no tomorrow (which, for Cas, sadly he didn't have that many tomorows left.). He finished by saying "I learned that from the Pizza man" in reference to the porn he'd been watching earlier in the episode. 
I think Misha Collins played Castiel brilliantly. He and Dean worked off each other almost too well, which made for some really great Supernatural moments. In this scene in particular, Dean's reaction is half of what makes it so funny. He doesn't know where to look or what to think. Dean's face at one point was a perfect example of WTF? I only wish I could have found a better picture to show that!

8) Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Buffy and Angel
Kissing A Vampire Isn't A Good Idea... Unless He Has A Soul
Oh, Buffy and Angel. I grew up on these guys, Buffy was the same age as me through high school and I lived for a new episode every week. There were so many kisses I could have chosen from, and truthfully, its been a few years since I've watched my Buffy DVDs (I think I feel a re-watch coming on). Some of the most memorable were their first kiss, of course. And also the one where he changes back from Angelus just in time for Buffy to stab him and send him to hell. I think the best moment though, which isn't a kiss at all, was when Faith poisoned Angel and the only thing that would save him was the blood of a slayer. Buffy tried to catch Faith, but it didn't work out. When she returned empty handed, it was to find Angel close to death. With no other hope, she offered herself to save him. And we see that maybe, despite everything that's happened between them, they'll end up back together... Until Angel got his own show and took himself off to L.A.

9) Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Buffy and Angelus
For A Moment, Love Conquered Evil 
Unfortunately I couldn't find the actual picture of when Buffy and Angelus, while possessed by the ghosts of two dead lovers at Sunnydale High, kiss reenacting the final moments the two spent together. Because Angel can't die, the haunting loop is broken and the two ghosts are able to resolve their differences, ending in a kiss. After the ghosts leaves, for a moment the kiss continues on and you see the spark of Angel still in Angelus, before he realizes whats happening and runs off. Buffy is left confused and probably a little more hurt that she has lost the man/vampire she loves. Yet from that moment, hope is kindled that somehow, they will find a way to overcome Angelus and have Angel returned.

10) Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Buffy and Spike
Geez, Get A Room Already
And a bit of shirtless action doesn't hurt. Buffy and Spike... they loathed, they fought, they sung and at last they kissed. The rest of the relationship was very up and down, especially after Spike attacked her in the bathroom. Then he went and got his soul back, which made the dynamics even more interesting. While I loved the Spike and Buffy relationship, they didn't have the star-crossed-lovers thing going on that Angel and Buffy did. And I don't know that Buffy every really loved Spike, a realization he comes to at the very end of the whole show, when he sacrifices himself to save her and the others. And aren't we glad he did? Because when Spike transferred over the Angel, it made for some of the best moments in the whole Angel series (Spike fighting the Angel puppet? Classic!). But back to Spike and Buffy. The episode they first kissed in (for real I mean. There was that extremely hilarious episode where something whammied them with some magic mojo and they thought they were getting married), Once More With Feeling, is my favorite episode of anything ever. I can get it out and watch it over and over. It never looses its fun. And yes, I do sing along!

11) Angel - Angel and Cordelia
Draw It Out A Bit Longer, Won't You?
I was always a bit sad that the whole Angel and Cordelia thing never worked out, then of course she died... (she did die, didn't she? My memory is spotty). It just seemed as if fate had a different idea. Every time they seemed to be getting somewhere, something would crop up to force them apart again. It was a relationship rife with landmines. Still, the moments they did get together were usually very sweet and poignant. And the viewers reveled in every single one of them. 

Phew! I think we've had enough emotional highs and lows for one day. Tune in for part two of my top TV kisses, coming soon! 

2 comments:

Eleni Konstantine said...

I agree about the Dean-Jo storyline. So heartbreaking in the end, but it's always going to be that way for those guys (I'm up to the beginning of season 6).

There was a really gorgeous Angel-Buffy kiss in an episode of Angel, where Angel becomes human. He gets the Powers That Be to turn back time because he can't fight evil anymore and must sacrifice his love. Very sad. I always wondered if somehow Buffy would get the memory of those 24 hours they had together. Only Angel remembers. Ouch.

Jess Anastasi said...

I don't want to believe it always had to be that way with Jo and Dean *sniff*! But yes, you're right.
As for that Angel/Buffy kiss, I did think about mentioning it, but to this day it still upsets me. I think that was a really significant ending between them, buffy doesn't remember and something about it seemed so final. I also loved that ep where he got that ring and could walk around in the sun. Is that the same one where Spike is on the building above him while Angel did a rescue commentating with "how can i thank you, you mysterious, black clad hunk of a knight thing? No need little lady, your tears of gratitude are enough for me. You see, I was once a bad ass vampire, but love and a pesky curse de-fanged me. And now I'm just a big fluffy puppy with bad teeth. But there must be some way I can show my appreciation. No, helping those in need is my job, and working up a load of sexual tension, and prancing away like a magnificent poof is truly thanks enough. I understand, I have a nephew who's gay, so-- say no more! Evil's afoot and I'm almost out of that nancy boy hair gel I like so much. Quickly! To the angel-mobile! Away!"