Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Muse -- Old School Style: Ben Browder as John Crichton on Farscape

Going back around fifteen years for today's Monday Muse.
Wow, has it really been fifteen years since Farscape first aired on TV? Now that makes me feel kind of old!
Back in the late 90's and early 2000's, sci-fi shows were actually doing okay. Maybe it was the turn of the new millennium or something, but there were a number of them on TV at the time, with Stargate SG1 leading the pack. Sure, we get new sci-fi shows popping up every year at the moment, but none of them seem to be catching on. Terra Nova only got one season (which I was really disappointed about) and this year, shows like Almost Human and Intelligence (which you could arguably say isn't technically sci-fi at all) haven't gotten very good ratings and don't look to be in contention for a second season. I think one of the only reasons Defiance got passable ratings and a second season was because of the game tie-in.
So the fact that Farscape, as whacky as it could be with all those puppets and what-not, managed to last for four season is pretty remarkable in the current cut-throat, ratings-driven television industry.
On a side note, Farscape was great for the Australian television industry, because despite being an American show, it was shot in Sydney. Similar to Terra Nova, which was filmed somewhere in Queensland, a northern Australian state. Of course, I think the expense of production in Australia was one of the reasons why Terra Nova didn't end up being viable for a second season.
Anyhoo, back to our Monday Muse.
One of the reason I decided on John Crichton today is because quite randomly the other day, I decided it was time for a Farscape re-watch. So far I've only gotten through the first four episodes, but its been so long since I've seen it, that I'm really enjoying seeing it through fresh eyes.
One of the things that really hooked me on this show in the beginning (and a lot of other people, I think) was the relationship between John and the ex-peacekeeper soldier Aeryn Sun. After having seen the first few eps again, now I remember why.
From the first moment these two laid eyes on one another, the chemistry sparked to life. In the first episode, even when they don't know each other, they both put the other first to detriment of their own well being. Aeryn speaks up for John when the villain, Crais, threatens to lock John up and experiment on him. Crais turns on Aeryn, and accuses her of being contaminated. When John realizes this means a death sentence for Aeryn, he risks his own life to take her with them when they escape.
From there the connection only deepened. I don't know if maybe the fact that they were the only two humans on board the ship Moya had anything to do with it or not, but John and Aeryn continually gravitated to one another.
The amount of body-on-body contact these two had in the first four episodes alone was more than some TV couples get in an entire season. They covered everything; when the ship was making an emergency landing on a planet (which structurally it wasn't designed to do), Aeryn and John wedged themselves in a corner and braced against one another. When the ship overheated and Aeryn started deteriorating from heat, because her people can't handle extreme high temperature, John lost it for a moment over the fact that Aeryn may die. When D'Argo put on a cuff that made him more aggressive and started shooting at them, they took cover in a corner, pressed up against one another. And let's not forget stuff blowing up and Aeryn landing on top of John. Yep, they were pretty much all over one another. Its exhausting to keep up with, but also awesome!
The relationship with Aeryn aside, I really loved the character of John Crichton. He started out as a scientist lost in space, who didn't know much about weapons or defending himself. In fact in the fourth episode, he blew up Aeryn's rifle when he tried to fire it. And there's been several times when he's run instead of fighting. But as the seasons progress on, and he has no choice but to fight in order to save himself and Aeryn, John becomes the Alpha male, but still retains that sensitive side, the one which fell in love with Aeryn so easily and could still hold out hope, even when things were looking so dark.
One other thing I loved so much about John, he was one of those tough guys who couldn't stop the tears. A bit like Dean Winchester on Supernatural. Yeah, they're tough guys who'll do anything to protect the ones they love, but if something really gets to them, they're not ashamed when a few manly tears roll down those handsome cheeks. And you always remember the first time. Like with Dean, when he made that desperate phone call to his dad, because he was worried about Sam.
For John, the first time we saw this depth of emotion was toward the end of the first season. Crais had been relentlessly chasing them all over the galaxy to get revenge for John killing his brother in the first episode (though, it was an accident, a collision that happened only moments after he first came through the wormhole).
The gang manage to capture Crais, and while he's locked up, John goes to confront him about why Crais wouldn't listen to reason and just leave them alone. Until that point, no matter what had happened, John had just gone with it, adapting as best he could. But I think in that moment, everything that had happened finally caught up with him, and the knowledge that he may never get home to see his friends and family again, that he was stuck in this deadly galaxy he still didn't quite understand, just trying to survive, overwhelmed him, and the emotion needed to come out.
Yeah, give me a tough guy who cries, and I'm a sucker.
If you happen to be a sci-fi fan and haven't watched Farscape, then you're seriously missing out. Yes, yes, I know the puppets and the hardcore costumes are a little much at first. But if you can manage to get past that, then you're in for some sci-fi romance gold. In fact, I wouldn't hesitate to say that Farscape has been to date the best example of sci-fi romance and how well it can work on TV, and will probably retain that title for a very long time. 
So I will be continuing on with my Farscape re-watch, and enjoying every moment of John, and his complicated relationship with Aeryn.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Reign -- When You Like the Other Guy Better, Version 2.0

So apparently I've really got a thing for the underdog at the moment.
In case you were wondering about my first When You Like the Other Guy Better post, I actually stopped watching Beauty and the Beast in sheer disgust a few weeks back.
The last episode I saw was 2x15, where the closing scene featured Vincent carrying Cat off to bed. I'm sure all the fans who ship those two were cheering, but I was pissed off that Cat was about to cheat on Gabe, who'd been so good to her. Plus I don't really want to watch the fallout from that. Let me guess, it will go something like this: Cat will be agonizing with guilt over what she did with Vincent, and not want to hurt either him, or Gabe. She might even decide it was a mistake (you know, just to string out the drama a little longer). Tess will probably find out and then they'll have the inevitable girl chat (probably while both holing cups of coffee) and Cat will make some decision, which won't be the right one and will no doubt make things worse. Vincent will be upset if Cat tells him it was a mistake, but determined to prove her wrong. Gabe will somehow find out and then he and Vincent will have some kind of Alpha male, beast and ex-beast showdown. At this point, Cat may decide she's better off on her own.
...Damn, now I'm going to have to watch it to see how close to right I got this. Anyway, the point is, I'm so not impressed with this turn of events. I knew the Gabe/Cat ship would eventually sink, but did she really have to cheat on him?

But on to the reason we're here today. I've been watching this new show, Reign, and despite the deluge of historical inaccuracies, I am totally loving the latest teen/new adult drama. For the fact that we've only been treated to eighteen episodes, they sure have crammed a lot in.
The series starts off with Queen Mary of Scotland being re-introduced to the Dauphin of France, Francis, her future husband. The two of them met as children, but then Mary was sent to live in a convent for her safety, since the English were bent on killing her.
Mary is open to falling in love with Francis right away, but he resists, I think on the basis that a king can't afford to be in love, or some misconception like that. This would be complicated enough, except Francis' half brother, Sebastian, or Bash, as they call him, the King's bastard, also lives at the castle. Since it turns out that Bash is a total heart-throb, Mary notices him almost right away...  but who can blame her?
Bash starts falling for Mary, though he tries to keep it under wraps because she's marrying his brother.
And slowly, Francis does start letting go of his preconceived ideas about his relationship with Mary to start falling for her. So Bash, being all noble like he is, tries to keep out of the way. Except somehow, whenever Mary really needs something, Bash is the one who comes through for her.
Through a series of events that are meant to save Francis, the heir apparent gets ousted from his own castle, while the king attempts to legitimize Bash and have him become the next ruler of France. Since Mary is destined to marry the future king of France, her betrothal is carried over to make her engaged to Bash.
Since the two had already acknowledged their feelings for one another, they weren't exactly unhappy with this change in circumstances, and didn't bother holding back their affection, especially once Francis left the castle. 
The series of episodes that came from this story line were great, with Bash and Mary getting closer all the time. Bash saved her several times, in several different ways, including when the Queen, Francis' mother, almost poisoned Mary.
Once again, I was on board with a ship that I knew couldn't last. Yes, Mary and Francis are good together, and I knew that somehow things would all turn around to bring them back together, but I thought Mary's relationship with Bash was so much better. The chemistry was hotter and Bash would do something that Francis never would: always put Mary first, even before the crown.
Of course, their relationship came to a swift end, with Francis returning and order being restored.
In some ways, this series has been able to do things others have not. As a future King and Queen, after Francis and Mary were married, the consummation of their union had to be witnessed. As punishment and a lesson, the King forced Bash into the room along with all the other officials who had to be present. I know this at least is actually accurate history-wise, but I totally cringed through that scene. And poor Bash, forced to see the woman he loves become intimate with his brother.
After that, Bash tried to bow out gracefully, despite the fact that he so obviously loved Mary, but events kept drawing him back to the castle, no matter how many times he said he was leaving for good.
For a while, Bash and Francis were at odds over what happened, and Francis was quite obviously jealous despite the fact that he had married Mary.
But this was neatly fixed when Francis almost drowned, and Bash desperately rescues him. Just when it seems order is about to be restored, the King gets involved. As it turns out, their father is starting to go mad, and forces Bash to wed his mistress, Kenna, who is also one of Mary's ladies.
This was a shocking plot twist I never saw coming. The hasty wedding scene was done so well. At first, everyone protests, but the king threatens their lives, and Bash realizes there really is no choice. As Kenna cries, Bash makes his vows, while sharing a desperate glance with Francis, who is standing by, just as powerless.
But, Bash being the character he is, has made the best of his situation in the two episodes since. Just as he promised to do for Mary, he has put Kenna as his wife first. When she confesses that she is terrified of the king, Bash starts trying to protect her, and she returns the sentiment in a tense stand-off scene in the throne room. At the end of the last episode, the two of them shared a kiss... and I think they actually might be more suited to one another than they both first assumed.
Although I preferred Mary and Bash being together, I'm now actually not too upset about Bash's marriage to Kenna. In actual fact, I really just love seeing Bash get all protective and intense. I also have to say Bash has a great sense of humor. In the episode after they were married, Kenna and Bash were discussing how they'd ended up with people they hadn't expected to;

Kenna: You make it sound as if I'm the most self-centered woman in France.
Bash: I can't say that, I haven't met all the women in France... You act as though this was my fault; I am no happier about it than you.
Kenna: You? What do you have to complain about? You're now married to a beautiful woman of noble birth.
Bash: Whose notorious for sleeping with my father. I see no awkwardness there...

Maybe not so funny on paper, but the way this was delivered had me laughing out loud. But I can't rest easy yet. While things are looking promising for Bash and Kenna, Francis literally just destroyed the hell out of his relationship with Mary. She wanted to return to Scotland to settle some unease, and Francis decided it was too dangerous for her to go without him, and he couldn't leave for several days until he tied up some other affairs. When Mary told him she was going anyway, he locked her in the freaking tower. Because locking your wife in a tower always works out so well... Anyway, my gut feeling on this is that Mary is going to turn back toward Bash, which of course is going to ruin his new relationship with Kenna. Whatever happens, the drama is far from over.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Agents of SHIELD 1x18 -- Twisting the Knife

I'll stop going on about this soon, I promise, but right now, it still hurts.
Once again, if you're not up to date with this show and don't want to know about it, then escape while you still can.
So my worst fears have come to pass; Agent Grant Ward was never really part of Coulson's team, he was planted there by Hydra and Garrett to find out how Coulson had been brought back from the dead after the battle of New York.
Logically you would think I'd be devastated over the big reveal that Ward is actually one of the bad guys, and the part of me who liked the guy we thought Ward was, is feeling pretty down about the fact that we don't actually know Ward at all (if that even is his real name).
Except the writer in me who loves those "gray" character is totally on board with this plot twist.
In this episode, although it was revealed that Ward had actually been playing for the other team from the start, I think the writers did a good job of subtly hinting that it didn't mean Ward was a bad guy. For a start, on some level it seems his feelings for Skye seem genuine -- he had a short argument with Garrett over the fact that Skye had been shot and it not being part of the plan. And later, when questioned by Raina, Ward confessed that he didn't necessarily agree with what Hydra were attempting, but that he owed everything to Garrett, who had pulled him out of hell, which I'm sure most of the audience took to be some kind of terrible childhood/family situation.
The team still don't know that Ward is a mole, and the episode ended with him joining them at a secret SHIELD base, with the sole intent of getting some information out of Skye.
From next week's promo, it seems things are going to get intimate between Ward and Skye, but whether this is Ward's way of getting what he needs from Skye, or something that just happens in the heat of the moment, it probably won't make any difference. Once they all work out who Ward is really working for, the fall out will be the same.
My hope is that at some critical moment, Ward will realize where his heart really is, and I'm not just talking romantically in terms of Skye. I think that every member of the team, especially Coulson, has probably had more of an impact on Ward than he can see, or is willing to admit. If he does make an honest move to join Coulson and the team to defeat Garrett, it will be a massive growth in character for Ward, and I can easily see it spurring many story lines into next season where he works to win back the trust and cooperation of the team.
However, my fear is that for the moment, Ward will stay and continue to be the villain beside Garrett, well into next season, and the presence of Agent Triplett on the bus might be acting as Ward's temporary replacement in terms of muscle and tactical ability. However, I can't be too upset about this, as I am intrigued by the interest Simmons is showing in him, and the resulting jealousy from Fitz. I'm always a sucker for shifting dynamics like this!
Whatever happens, right now I'm praying like crazy that this show will get a second season, and some internet chatter is indicating that a late renewal save is looking good. Until I get confirmation, I'll be watching the remaining few episodes with my fingers crossed.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Once Upon a Time 3x17 -- The Forbidden Kiss

Its getting toward the end of the TV season, and most shows are heading toward a big season finale climax. One of the shows building toward a great finish at the moment is Once Upon a Time. If you're not up to date with this show and don't want to know what's going on, then I suggest you avert your gaze.
The first half of season 3 was great, with the storyline of trying to get Henry back from Neverland, while a love triangle developed between Hook, Emma and Neal. I always thought Hook and Emma had the better chemistry, but Neal and Emma had history, which can often be just as, if not more compelling than new chemistry. I loved that Hook was the one who turned up to find Emma at the mid-season finale (see my post on ships that aren't shipping, but totally should be, part three for more Emma and Hook info) except when he tried to kiss her into remembering, that didn't turn out so well.
Fast forward to now, and the connection between them has steadily built, aided by the fact that the writers killed off Neal, neatly wrapping up the little love triangle, and leaving no competition for Hook. Honestly, even if Neal hadn't died, I still think Emma would have picked Hook. Yes, she and Neal had something many years ago, and they still shared Henry as their son, but I think Neal was Emma's past, and it wouldn't have worked if she'd gone back to him.
But that's all hearsay now that Neal is dead. Okay, it was a little bit sad, but in the scheme of characters the writers could have killed off, I think they made a good choice. 
But back to Emma and Hook. Obviously, Hook is keeping some secrets about what happened in the missing year that no one except him remembers and this week we got a peep into that story. Hook tried to forget about Emma, but his heart was quite obviously broken over the fact that he would probably never see her again. As one of those "gray" characters I love so much, he made some bad choices, which left him thinking he'd been responsible for the death of an innocent man. The guilt had apparently eaten at him ever since, but like a typical bad-boy, or stoic Alpha male, he buried all his feelings, got back on his ship, The Jolly Rodger, and I assume did his best to forget about it all.
Unfortunately for Hook, the show's current villain knew all about this and used it against him, tricking Hook into declaring his feelings for Emma and making a vow on her name.  

After it turned out the Wicked Witch was pretending to be Ariel to trick Hook, I was very impressed, totally didn't see that one coming. It was a great episode, with Hook in angst over what he'd done, only to find he'd been fooled. And the kicker? Now that the Wicked Witch has cursed him, if he kisses Emma, her powers will be taken away. And if he tries to tell her, or doesn't follow through with the nefarious scheme? Then the Wicked Witch would target Emma's family, starting with Henry.
So Hook has found himself in an untenable situation, without much room to move. Emma is beginning to see him as her hero, but ultimately, he could end up being her downfall.
My writer's mind came up with all sorts of scenarios to how this is all going to end, the most obvious that Hook tries to be noble and not kiss her, but inevitably the kiss will happen and then Emma will be left feeling betrayed, destroying their fledgling relationship. Second to this, I wondered if Hook would end up telling her, and then with Regina's help they would find a way to trick the Wicked Witch into thinking Emma's powers had failed, but they really haven't. Thirdly, I wonder if when the kiss does happen, it will be a kiss of true love, which will be stronger than the curse and ultimately break it. However, I wouldn't be surprised to find the writers come up with another scenario entirely which will surprise me with the ending, and those are the ones I love.
Whatever the case, the next few episodes can't come around fast enough, I'm on the edge of my seating, waiting to see what will happen. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Agents of SHIELD 1x17 -- Getting Slapped Upside the Head

If you haven't watched this latest episode of Agents of Shield, then I suggest you look away now unless you don't mind getting spoiler-slapped. Which is apparently a lot like getting story-twist-slapped like I did at the end of this episode.
First off, I just have to say that Joss Whedon, bless his soul, is one of the only TV writers who can actually surprise me, which is probably why I love him so much (as well as his innate ability to create awesome characters.) And I'm not just talking run-of-the-mill mild surprise, I mean pick-myself-up-off-the-ground surprise because I just got totally floored by a major plot twist.
Were there some people out there saying that SHIELD wouldn't get renewed, that it was dying a slow death, that nothing was really happening and who would want to watch a plot going nowhere? Well, hopefully this week's episode shut the critics up. I actually prefer Whedon's slow-burn approach, introducing us to all the element to lead us somewhere spectacular, as opposed to most instant-gratification shows these days that shove the obvious down your throat and wring out the drama and action week after week to the point of making things melodramatic.
But back to this week's episode. Last week we were left with the shocking revelation that Melinda May had been reporting on Coulson and the entire team since the start. I thought this was going to be the scandalous secret of the season, and was pretty satisfied with being served that twist, but oh boy, was I wrong.
At the beginning of the episode, this little hook is nicely resolved, May reveals that she's been reporting to Director Fury, but Coulson is still left feeling betrayed and understandably can't trust her any longer. But that has to be pushed aside to consider the bigger problem that HQ has hijacked their plane and is bringing them into the Hub. Through a series of reveals, it turns out Hydra, the big, bad organization that SHILED supposedly stopped sixty or seventy years ago had returned, bigger and more dangerous because they've filled SHIELD's ranks with sleeper agents.
So they arrive back at the Hub with the intention of saving Simmons, who had gone there earlier. The team thinks HQ has been taken over by Hydra, but it turns out the SHIELD agents still hanging onto the Hub think Coulson and his team are Hydra themselves.
So there's some fights, some stuff gets blown up, plus we were treated to a very nice moment between Ward and Skye (see my ships that aren't shipping post, part four for the skinny on these two). This wasn't too surprising, as in the last few episodes, it seemed Ward's feelings for Skye, which he had largely been denying and suppressing, were starting to get the better of him, and I think that began when Skye was almost killed. Anyway, last week he defied orders to kill a guy who he thought was a threat to Skye's safety (turned out it was the wrong guy, whoops!) and then this week, when Agent Garrett asked Ward if there was anything on the plane he didn't want Hydra getting their hands on, Ward pointedly, and very obviously looked at Skye. So all the shippers were probably cheering over that. Except it got better, when a bit later, Skye and Ward shared a moment before Ward had to face a dozen men on his own. Skye agreed to go on a pseudo-date with him if they got out alive,  kissed him, and then threw out the "what the hell, you said you might die" line.

After that, I pretty much thought the episode couldn't get any better. But it did. It just got more and more awesome.
It turned out that the unknown bad guy they'd been chasing for half the season was Agent Garrett, another twist I didn't see coming, but one I could appreciate. This hurt our team, partly becuase Garrett was one of Coulson's oldest friends, but also because he was Ward's SO, which is kind of like an important mentor type person. The devastation on Ward's face when he found out the truth was just done so well by Brett Dalton.
By now, I was pretty much thinking I hadn't enjoyed an episode of anything this much since the days of Buffy or Firefly, but Whedon manage to get one final hit in, and it was the hardest of them all.
Ward volunteered to accompany the flight taking Garrett to wherever he was going to get locked up for the rest of forever, and it all seemed fine and dandy -- well, as fine and dandy as it could be since SHIELD had fallen apart and people the team had trusted most had betrayed them.
This isn't a pic from this episode,
but I think the shirtless-ness justifies it being here
Mid way through the flight, Agent Hand (who now seemed to be the highest ranking surviving member of SHIELD) asked Ward if he thought they should kill Garrett instead of locking him up. Ward stood up and took out his gun, and I was thinking "no, Ward, don't do it, you already killed the wrong man, if you kill another, even the right one, you can't come back from that."
A whole lot of possibilities crossed my mind in the moments when Ward loaded a round into the chamber. But what happened next never even crossed my mind. Ward shot the two agents sitting on either side of Garrett, before turning to shoot Agent Hand.
And that was when my whole Agents of SHIELD world fell apart. The episode ended, and I couldn't believe what I'd just seen. It took a while for my brain to kick the shock and come up with scenarios where things weren't what they seemed. I couldn't believe that after everything, especially considering his feelings for Skye, that Ward would just throw everything away to side with Garrett. Or worse, that it had all been an elaborate ruse and he'd been a bad guy from the beginning.
At this point, I'm hoping (more like praying) that Ward is acting as a double agent to flush out higher-ranking Hydra members, and that killing Agent Hand and her two agents had been a fake to lull Garrett into a false sense of security. Whatever the case, next week's episode looks to be just as heart-pounding as this week's was.
One thing is for certain, I definitely won't be missing any of the few episodes of this season, and as soon as it comes out on DVD, I'll be buying it so I can enjoy every torturous moment over and over again.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ships That aren't Shipping -- Part Ten: Elijah and Haley on The Originals

Number ten and my final post of ships that aren't shipping, but totally should be. If you want to catch up on the nine couples before they were: Part One: Oliver and Felicity on Arrow, Part Two: Charlie and Monroe on Revolution, Part Three: Emma and Hook from Once Upon a Time, Part Four: Skye and Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Part Five: Wade and Zoe from Hart of Dixie, Part Six: Aria and Ezra on Pretty Little Liars, Part Seven: The Tomorrow People...Stephen/Cara/John/Astrid, Part Eight: Damon and Elena on the Vampire Diaries and Part Nine: Sam and Andy on Rookie Blue.
For our final couple, I'm visiting the most frustrating relationship out of all ten couples... hard to believe, because some of those previously mentioned relationships are pretty dam frustrating!

And the award for the most almost-but-not-quite kisses goes to...
When this spin-off show from the Vampire Diaries was announced, I'll admit I was skeptical. If it was going to be just another version of the Vampire Diaries, but with different characters in a different city, then I couldn't imagine it would be all that great. But I started watching because the "original" vampire family had always fascinated me. Within a couple of episodes, I was totally hooked and surprised to find I'd been wrong about how well the concept would work. The tone and intensity of The Originals is totally different to the Vampire Diaries, and dare I say it, in a lot of ways better.
The fact that Haley, as a werewolf, was pregnant with vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus' baby was interesting enough, but it soon became apparent there was something beginning to simmer between Hayley and Klaus' brother Elijah. The pregnancy was the result of one night and a few too many drinks, so Elijah technically wasn't stepping on anyone's toes with his interest in Haley, however it still did cause some jealousy and tension, with Klaus at one point making wild accusations about Elijah trying to replace him as a father figure in the baby's life.
The baby aside, it was revealed that Klaus' fixation on keeping his siblings close and jealousies whenever any outside element came into the picture had destroyed more than a few of Elijah's relationships. We already knew this to be true of their sister Rebecca, so it was interesting to discover Klaus had treated Elijah in the same manner.
Interestingly enough, while it is always made obvious that Klaus is the more extreme, cruel and callous brother, I actually think that secretly, Elijah is the more ruthless of the two, (especially where Hayley is concerned) but hides it under his suits and veneer of honor. This was highlight in an episode where the witches launched a mystical attack to make Hayley miscarry the baby.
Up to that point, Elijah had been fairly sympathetic to the witches and was diplomatically trying to find a way for everyone to live in peace. Elijah got Hayley through the worst of it, and it was one of those memorable scenes where the tension and drama were so perfectly balanced. After Hayley is safe, Elijah makes a promise to the witch who helped them that he wouldn't let Klaus kill the elder witch who'd been behind the attack. Elijah goes to track down Klaus, who was holding the witch at a church. When he arrived, Elijah took control of the situation, which pissed off Klaus, but as things unfolded, with Elijah pretty much killing everyone in the room, Klaus was quite obviously impressed with his brother's tactics. It was easily one of the most badass Elijah scene to date. Elijah said he'd promised that Klaus wouldn't kill the witch, but had said nothing about himself. Its those kind of brilliant, diabolical moments that we get to see Elijah can be totally brtual and merciless when it comes to people threatening the ones he loves.

Given the number of complications, Elijah has managed to resist Haley (and I'm talking heroic heights of resisting here) no matter what has happened between them.
 These two have almost kissed so many times, I've lost count. They can't be in the same room together without the making the temperature rise about a thousand degrees, and if they happen to be within touching distance, then it seems they can't help but get their hands on one another, even in the most innocent of brushes. And no matter what else is going on, Hayley always comes first for Elijah, no matter how he tries to hide or deny it. He's always making sure she's safe, or coming through for her in ways no one else can. There have been some great moments, like when a witch gave Elijah the choice between saving Klaus, Rebecca or Hayley, Elijah didn't even think twice before going to Hayley. Of course, when she called him on it later, he had a perfectly logical explanation, but even without those reasons, I still think his instincts would have sent him rescuing her. Elijah also helped Hayley break a curse that had been put on the other werewolves in her family, which made things more complicated for himself, and created another wedge that could drive them apart, but it was easy to see he never even thought twice about helping her. Elijah's devotion to Hayley, the little things he does that could go unnoticed in the grand scheme of things, I think those are the things that make him the perfect romance hero, and I'd love to be able to create a character like that.
It will be interesting to see where and how this relationship continues to develop. Judging by sneak peek clips for the next upcoming episode, it seems like Elijah has at last reached breaking point where Klaus and Hayley are concerned.

With only a handful of episodes left in the season, I'm hoping the writers will go some way to resolving Elijah and Hayley's feelings for one another. However, I'm sure they'll do it in some dramatic fashion that will leave us hanging for season 2.

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