Thursday, January 26, 2012

Top 22 Best TV Kisses (Part Two)

And here we are, back again for part two of my Top 22 Best TV Kisses (as rated by me). As I said in Part One, some shows get a multiple mention and that is just because the awesomeness cannot be contained to just one kiss. So, read on for some more juicy lip smacking!

12) The Vampire Diaries - Damon and Elana
Damon Kisses Elana... And This Time Its Not A Trick
We were all shocked at the end of season one when Damon kissed Elana. No, we weren't surprised that Damon would try that, but that Elana actually kissed him back. Of course then it turned out to be Katherine and our moment of shocked joy fell burning to earth. There have been many Damon and Elana 'moments', many of which you can find fans spending way too much time obsessing over on the internet, moments that have brought them closer together. Little by little, Damon has become the sane brother (though he did some questionable things, we always knew that underneath, Damon had a true heart), while Stephan has gone totally dark-side. I must admit, I love Evil Stephan, similar to how I loved Angelus on Buffy. The only difference? I wanted Angel to come back eventually, despite my enjoyment of Angelus. While on Vampire Diaries, I'm happy to see Evil Stephan stick around as long as he wants. However, we saw this week, with the fall out of Elena telling Stephan she kissed Damon, that perhaps the old Stephan is hidden deep within Evil Stephan somewhere and he may be coming back sooner than we think. I haven't read the books, but have heard that Damon and Elana do get together in them. I'm hoping this transfers over to the TV series... if you can't tell, I'm totally Team Damon.

13) Farscape - John and Aeryn
At One Stage There Were Two John Crichtons and They Still Couldn't Get Their Relationship Straight
A bit like Lois and Clark, from episode one it seemed that John and Aeryn were meant for each other. I actually think their love story is one of the best archetypal romances stretched across a series I've ever seen. And like Lois and Clark, everything that could keep these two apart did until viewers were left wondering "is it too much to ask for a happy ending?" John wanted Aeryn from very early on, but she had issues. At one stage, there were two John Crichtons running around and he had the weird situation of being jealous of himself. One John went off with Aeryn, and at last the relationship between them evolved. Except that John died and Aeryn had to return to the other John who loved her, though she felt he wasn't the same man. Then she found out she was pregnant and the complications compounded. I loved that we got to see John die, even though he didn't really. And there was a great several-episode arc where they went to a planet that had a special formula that could tell you if two people were genetically compatible through a drop of this substance on the tongue followed by a kiss. At the end of a tortuous journey, where it seemed like John would get frozen for eighty years, John and Aeryn used the tester, but then never said whether they matched or not. From the goofy grin on John's face, I have to assume they did. Truly, this relationship kept me glued to the screen. And I think I also feel another Farscape re-watch coming!

14) Pretty Little Liars - Aria and Ezra
Slow Motion Running Into His Arms
Okay, Pretty Little Liars is my guilty secret. I freaking love this show! Aria and Ezra are easily my favorite on-screen couple of the moment. In some ways its wrong, yes. He was her teacher and they always knew they'd be in a serious amount of trouble if anyone found out. But they met and got together before either of them realized he was her new English teacher. And though they tried to stay away from each other, they fell in love quickly and neither could deny what they felt, no matter the seriously complicated (and possibly illegal) nature of their relationship. In this kiss, Ezra had decided to leave his teaching position because of Aria, he knew he couldn't be her teacher and keep seeing her. So to have Aria, he took a teaching position at the local college instead. There was a misunderstanding between them about why he was leaving and for a while it looked like they might break up. But then on the last day of school, as he's packing his car to leave, Aria realizes she can't be without him and rushes to find him.
Yes, the Slow Motion Running Into His Arms To Be Passionately Kissed thing could be considered cliche, but it was actually done very well by the writers and production team, making for a heart wrenching moment.
These guys have been lucky enough to have some great kisses. Just this week past, we saw a romantic Kissing In The Rain reunion scene. After Ezra decided to tell Aria's parents about them, things went (unsurprisingly) bad, with Aria's parents forbidding her to see him any more. So they'd had some time apart, with Ezra wondering what the right thing to do was. Obviously, in the end his love for Aria won out. Can't wait to see where things go for them in the coming weeks.

15) Pretty Little Liars - Toby and Spencer
Spencer Defies Her Family And Chooses Toby
Again with my guilty secret show. I'm going to give the cutest couple award to Toby and Spencer. For me, this union was a surprise one, but one that works fantastically. Spencer is the straight-A, always wanting to do things right girl, while Toby is the black sheep of the entire town. He spent some time at a juvenile detention center for lighting a fire he didn't light and then ended up as suspect number one in the case of Allison's murder. He and Spencer unite to investigate their suspicions against his step-sister, Jenna, (for Allison's murder. And Spencer also believes Jenna could be 'A' who is blackmailing the four girls), in which time they come to see each other in a new light. A few episodes later, Spencer is attacked at a carnival. Her mom (and I think her sister) had warned her to stay away from Toby, because much of the town still believes the worst of him. As they're leaving the carnival, Spencer sees Toby waiting for her. At first, she starts to walk away as her mother tells her. But then after a tense moment (where Toby stands there looking heartbroken) Spencer defies her mother and goes to Toby for comfort after her ordeal, leaving her mother and sister looking on in shock.

16) Battlestar Galactica - Kara and Lee
What Never Was But Should Have Been
Right from the beginning of this series, Kara and Lee had history. Deep history, complete with her being engaged to marry Lee's bother before he died. When I started watching Battlestar Galactica on DVD, I hoped that I was going to get another John and Aeryn type romance. But a short bit of googling revealed the disappointing truth. Though it seemed like they should have been together, Kara and Lee never quite got there. At one stage they were both with different people, even though they clearly had feelings for one another. In season four (correct me if I'm wrong) we find out that one night, soon after the settlement on New Caprica, Lee and Kara give into their feelings, with Lee going so far as to admitting he loves Kara. All excited for the future, he vows to tell Dee (the woman he was seeing at the time) if Kara will tell Sam (her boyfriend). The following morning, Lee wakes up alone and shortly after, discovers that Kara has rushed off to marry Sam. Heartbroken much? Hell yeah! The pair eventually come full circle as both their spouses die in different circumstances, yet even with the end of the series, nothing was really resolved between them. We got even more history, that Lee and Kara had almost had drunken sex while she was still engaged to his bother, on the first night Lee and Kara met no less! However, in the last moments of the show, Kara literally disappears into thin air, leaving more questions than answers.

17) Stargate SG1 - Jack and Sam
Even Though She'll Never Remember
The Groundhog Day episode of Stargate (circa season 4 I believe) goes on my list of best episodes of anything ever. I love it. The first time I watched it, I laughed so much I cried. The writers and actors just pulled it off so well. It had been obvious for a while that Jack and Sam had feelings for one another. Jack even goes so far as to admit his feelings at one point, during an interrogation to discover a Goa'uld assassin. Throughout the seasons, the emotional tension was done quite well, but to stay true to the military basis of the Stargate program, there was no way they could ever be together and still remain in the SG1 team together. And what sort of series would it have made if not for Jack, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c?  Well, still a good one, as we later found out when Jack left. But back to the kiss. In the episode, Window of Opportunity, where Jack and Teal'c get caught in a time loop, at first they do everything they can to escape it. But then Daniel makes the off-handed comment that they could do ANYTHING they wanted and know that in a matter of hours, things would go back to the way they were. Well, the party was on after that. But even in the throes of Groundhog-Dayness, Jack still did things by the book, giving General Hammond his resignation just so he could kiss Sam. And she'll never remember.

18) Stargate SG1 - Daniel and Vala
Sexual Tension Much?
Ah, Daniel and Vala. Talk about a love/hate relationship. These two played off each other so brilliantly right from the word go. I loved that Daniel got another chance at love after the whole Sha're disaster. Technically, by the end of the two movies that wrapped up the series, Daniel and Vala weren't together (I don't think... can't remember clearly now. Add it to the re-watch list), but in fact, the two of them did live an entire lifetime together.
Late in season 10, Daniel, Vala, Sam and Teal'c get trapped on a ship. It takes them like fifty years to find a way out of the time dilation field they're stuck in (or whatever it was) in which time Daniel and Vala are together. When they save themselves, they all revert back to the age they were when first trapped, except for Teal'c because he was the one to set off the device. Unsurprisingly, Teal'c never tells either Daniel or Vala what developed between them during those years, leaving them to start the process of discovering each other all over again.

19) Castle - Rick and Kate
She's Pretending But He's So Not.
This show is a perfect example of a series where we are constantly wondering "will they/won't they?" Everyone knows Castle and Beckett are in love with each other. In the end of season three, when Kate got shot and things were looking bad, Castle even told her he loved her (to which she now claims she doesn't remember anything that happened when she got shot). Yet the two of them are so stubborn, neither will give an inch toward getting together. Sometimes they'll date other people, which inevitable makes the green-eyed-monster appear. Yet none of their other relationships ever work out. They just keep circling back to one another. The only kiss these two have ever had was when they were attempting to sneak into a building and trying to convince the guard outside that they were no threat. When the security guy came over, appearing all suspicious of them, Beckett went for her gun. But just like a scene he'd put in one of his books, Castle pulled her into his arms for a heart-stopping kiss. For him, it was all too real. Yet Beckett kept her cool, never giving any hint that she'd felt anything from the lip action. The moment after, when she turned away and Castle had to collect himself was done brilliantly by Nathan Fillion, who, coincidentally is one of my favorite actors (Firefly. What can I say? I can also say "Doctor Horrible." Brilliance!) These two are so much fun to watch, they work so well off one another. I choose to believe that eventually Castle and Beckett will get their act together. Or course, I can see where the writers might fear it'll be the beginning of the end for the show. Unfortunately, often when the lead characters sleep together, it ruins the dynamics and viewers are lost in droves.

20) Warehouse 13 - Pete and Myka
Would It Ever Work?
That's the million dollar question. These guys go so well together as friends. They're so close, there's a lot of trust and yes, a lot of love between them. I can see the potential for them to develop that friendship into something stronger, but I don't necessarily think it will take the show to the next level. However I stand ready to be proven wrong. So prove me wrong, Warehouse 13 writers! But back to Pete and Myka. There was one episode where they woke up naked in bed together and couldn't work out what they'd done the night before. Hilarity ensued, as it does in a lot of Warehouse 13 episodes. That's one of the things I really love about this show. It can be serious, and touching, or poignant. And then sometimes its laugh-out-loud funny. For me, that's what makes a well rounded, fantastic show that I'll come back to again and again. Like Castle and Beckett, the kiss between Pete and Myka wasn't a real kiss at all. Myka had body-swapped with a mirror, so technically it wasn't even Myka that kissed Pete! Still, he got totally whammied when, to cover the fact they were lurking outside the potential-bad-guy's room in a hotel, Fake Myka laid one on Pete. And just like Castle, it totally bowled him over. But I had to laugh toward the end of the episode, when he had worked out it wasn't really Myka. One of his reasonings was "because Myka never would have kissed me!" I would like to see some episodes where these two do get together, but just for the duration of the episode -- something like a love-spell relic that tricks them into deciding they're going to get married. Or an alternate universe relic where they meet a Pete and Myka who are together. Something that gets them together, but will ultimately result in them not being together at the end of the show. There I go again, telling the writers what to do... And while I'm here, I just want to say that Warehouse 13 have had some really great guest actors on, from other shows I love to watch, which just makes it even better!

21) Dark Angel - Max and Logan
I Wish It Had of Been Alec But I'll Take What I Can Get
Don't get me started on shows that were cancelled before they really got a chance. Okay, so Dark Angel got two seasons (Firefly got half a season. Brutal, Fox. Really brutal.) but still, the last episode of season 2 was a cliff hanger that will never be resolved. Max and Logan kind of had a star-crossed-lovers thing going on. Things happened which meant they couldn't ever be together, namely a DNA specific virus given to Logan that would kill him if Max so much as touched him. Yeah, it was sad, but I was never that upset about it. Because along came Alec (Jesen Ackles, you can do no wrong... except when you think its a good idea to be on a show like Dawsons Creek... let's just forget that, shall we?) and then I was more interested in seeing something develop between Max and Alec.
Of course, there was that one episode when they'd been ordered to... *ahem* make the next generation of little baby super-soldiers, but nothing really came of that.
From some of the hints dropped, I really think the writers may have moved in that direction, the tension between Max, Logan and Alec was already becoming apparent toward the end of season 2, with Logan believing at one stage that Max and Alec had spent the night together. But alas, the axe fell and we were left forever wondering.

22) NCIS - Tony and Ziva
Okay, So Technically They Were Undercover And Faking It
I must admit, despite how much I enjoy NCIS, my viewing of it has been a bit spotty, I've missed episodes all over the place. It always gets put up against other shows I want to watch (like Supernatural... as good as it is, it's not going to beat the Winchesters). Still, the relationship between Tony and Ziva remains one of the most entertaining on TV at the moment. Yes, we all know they have feelings for one another, but like Jack and Sam, protocol keeps them apart (among other things). In season 3, us poor saps of viewers momentarily got tricked into thinking Tony and Ziva were finally getting together... only to later find out they were undercover... figuratively as well as literally. Still, the moments they spent together were all too real, leaving fans wanting more, more, MORE! They're up to season 9, with no sign of ending the show yet. The question on every fan's lips is will Tony and Ziva ever actually get together?

Well, there you have it. My top 22 Best TV Kisses. Hope you enjoyed the show. I've got some thoughts on other tv/movie based posts I'd like to do, including season 5 quotes of Supernatural. So keep an eye out for those coming up this year.


Eleni Konstantine said...

Oh, you listed my favourite all time scifi couple - John and Aeryn. Just absolutely loved Farscape and the way they handled the storyline between these two. LOVED Peacekeeper Wars where we get to see the birth of their baby.

And don't get me started on the Apollo and Starbuck storyline. I think Michael Moore went out of his way to make it unexpected and not have the HEA with these two. Sad face. Well we think at the end that Starbuck is an Angel sent to help them find Earth as she found her body. Freaky stuff. Really would love to see the commentary on this. Still big disappointment though they had the symbolism of Lee needing to let her fly away. Though one second she's there and then next she's gone. Sad he's left alone and says - you won't be forgotten. Heck! Tears or what!

Jess Anastasi said...

Come on, who DIDN'T love John and Aeryn? :)
And I dunno about the Starbuck/Apollo thing. I found the angel concept hard to swallow. I was pretty disappointed with how it all ended really. And hell yeah were there a lot of tears!

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