Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ships That Aren't Shipping -- Post Season Follow Up

Its been some weeks now since I did my series of posts on ships that aren't shipping, but totally should be, and some of these relationships have developed in the final weeks of each show wrapping up for the year. So let's take a quick glimpse at how things have changed:

1) Oliver and Felicity on Arrow.
Oh, my GOD! I only just watched the last episode of Arrow last night, and I still want to rave about it. But before I get to that; in the last few weeks since Sarah left the picture, things between Oliver and Felicity have been getting nicely back on track. These two have shared lingering touches, poignant moments and intense looks enough to satisfy any fan shipping these two. There were a couple of times I was thinking "just KISS her already!" Its been very frustrating, but the writers are doing such a good job of it, I can't be too annoyed. 
And that brings us to the season finale. Olicity fans everywhere were no doubt screaming, as out of the blue, Oliver admitted to Felicity that he loved her. I'll admit, I was totally shocked. The intensity of the scene was so well executed, that it actually made my heart skip a beat. Okay, so they didn't follow this admission with any kind of kiss; passionate or tender, which did leave me wondering. And apparently I was right to be suspicious. Toward the end, it was reveled Oliver and Felicity had faked the whole thing to draw out Slade. Okay, so the Olicity fans were taken to the highest of highs, only to be crushed. But there was a reason to rally at the very closing scene, when Oliver and Felicity talked about what they had done, and Felicity said he had been so convincing, he'd almost had her fooled, and that it was ridiculous to think they would ever actually be together, to which Oliver very unpersuasively agreed. When it comes to deep emotion, Oliver is such a bad liar, which is why we all know he wasn't faking when he voiced those feelings to Felicity. Plus earlier in the season, he had already admitted to her in a round about way that he cared for her, which was why they could never be together, because it was too dangerous.
Details aside, its going to be very interesting to see where the writers run with Oliver and Felicity next season. I can see them drawing this ship out for a long time to come...

I don't care if its fake, I'll watch it over and over and over...

2) Charlie and Monroe on Revolution.
There's not much to say about these two, not that I expected much. I didn't think the writers were just suddenly going to get them together, but they could have at least given them a few scenes, for crying out loud. The total lack of Charloe action (especially compared to what we got at the start of the year) has been just one in a number of disappointments where this show is concerned. While other TV shows are ending with awesome, heart-pounding action Revolution has just kind of puttered to an end. This week there were a couple of saving scenes; where Rachel slapped Pracilla, aka the Nano, and then when Tom Neville decided he was going to try the whole killing-Charlie thing again. Miles stepped in front of Tom's gun, and then Monroe put his gun to the side of Tom's head and told him to stand down, or he'd drop him right there. Tom muttered something about "anything for your boy Miles" (not an exact quote) and as he started to pull the trigger, Monroe managed to grab him and send the bullet astray. Except Tom and everyone else standing there had all totally missed the point. Monroe hadn't done it for Miles, he'd done it for Charlie, and once everyone else was distracted elsewhere, Monroe and Charlie shared one of those long, intense Charloe looks that all the fans hope for every week, the ones where they both know what the other is thinking without words. I'd like to say I'm hopeful for the future of Charloe, but the unfortunate suckiness of the second half of this season doesn't bode well for being renewed for season 3. Plus, even if Revolution did happen to scrape in for another year, apparently the writers don't know how to use a good thing when they've got it, so Charloe is likely going to disappear into TV oblivion.
UPDATE: I have just found out that Revolution has been cancelled, though apparently fans are rallying in the hope that another network will pick it up. As sad as it is to say, I don't like their chances.

3) Emma and Hook on Once Upon a Time
Ah, the Captain Swan ship, this baby has definitely sailed! The entire season finale of OUAT was so rich with Emma and Hook scenes, its impossible to define them all. Hook was the ultimate hero in this final installment. He was there for Emma in every way that counted; emotionally when she was upset or feeling lost, and physically when a few bad guys needed dealing with.
In the end, when they'd gotten through everything together, the final piece of the puzzle feel into place when Hook admitted to Emma that he'd traded the Jolly Rodger (and everyone knows how much that damn ship means to him) so he could get back to her in New York. For Emma, and for all the fans who ship these two, I'm pretty sure that was just as good, if not better than Hook telling her he loved her. I absolutely cannot wait to see how things develop next season, though I have a feeling that since Emma accidentally ruined Regina's relationship, in much the same way her mother did all those years ago, then Regina will be out to make sure Emma is far from happy, which probably means that Hook and Emma will both end up suffering in who-knows-what ways. At least we won't be bored!

4) Skye and Ward from Agents of SHIELD
Now, some people might argue that the Skyeward ship is totally ruined, beyond all hope and redemption. But I actually think we're in for some juicy stuff! Ward and Skye pretty much got themselves together, about a nano second before it was revealed that Ward was actually working for the bad guys. So now Skye pretty much hates his guts, but Ward has stated several times that his feelings for her were not fabricated. In fact, they were probably about the only truth about Ward we got to see. At the end of the season, the bad guy in  Garrett has been bested, and now Ward is a prisoner of they newly emerging SHIELD under Coulson as director. The team plan on using him to find out all they can about Hydra, and also want to get some payback for the way he betrayed them.
While Skye might hate Ward now, when put to the test, she wasn't able to let him die, so that's got to give us some hope. I'm thinking that as the writers work to redeem Ward through the next season, Skye's feelings for him are going to start re-emerging, and she'll slowly learn to trust him again, though I'm sure she'll fight this development every step of the way. I can't wait to see what kind of ways the writers are going to torture Ward and us fans into season 2.

5) Wade and Zoe from Hart of Dixie
The writers on Hart of Dixie brought us full circle, with this season ending in symmetry with last season. Last year, Wade drove half way across the country to tell Zoe that he loved her, but she left anyway. When she eventually came back, she brought Joel with her, which totally threw Wade. But he didn't stay down for long, as he connected with Zoe's cousin Vivian. Despite Zoe and Wade's history, the four of them all kind of became friends and things were going quite smoothly, until Joel took a movie deal and left for L.A. Soon after, Vivian returned to her husband, and the couple of episodes where Wade realized he was losing her were quite interesting, as Zoe did her best to help him, only to get the blame once everything imploded.
This season it was Zoe putting herself out there in the final episode as she faced the prospect of Wade leaving. Of course, after everything that had happened this season, they weren't just going to fall back into each other's arms, and even though Wade decided not to leave Bluebell after all, he told Zoe he just didn't think they would work together, and she vowed to prove him wrong. I also liked that the writers brought both Joel and Vivian into the last episode to entirely wrap up those two relationships, and really pave the way for Zoe and Wade to move forward. It was a nice way to finish an entertaining season, and I can't wait to see what obstacles Zoe and Wade will have to get around next year before the do finally get back together.

a look at what's to come in season 5

6)  Aria and Ezra on Pretty Little Liars
We're actually only a few weeks away from Pretty Little Liars returning to our screens, and after the season finale, I'm actually feeling a little better about Aria and Ezra's relationship, even though it was totally destroyed. In the last few episodes of the season, Ezra decides he's going to prove himself to Aria, and starts trying to help the girls, beginning with the fact that he thinks A might actually be Ally's mom. Aria is reluctant to trust him, but it was easy to see she wanted to. The girls came up with a plan to trap A, and in the final moments of the show, Ezra turns up and puts himself in the middle of the confrontation, announcing he knows who A is, only to get shot. There's no better way to prove to someone how much you love them like taking a bullet, and Aria's panic in that moment show her true feelings for him, despite everything that had happpened between them. I think almost losing Ezra will force Aria to realize how much she really does still love him, and that she needs to find a way to forgive him. I doubt this will be an easy or simple road, though, and I have no doubt that going into season 5, we'll get to see lots and lots of Aria and Ezra angst.

7) The Tomorrow People Stephen/Cara/John/Astrid
First off I have to say that I loved the whole Stephan and Hillary thing, though there was no hint of that when I wrote the original post. It kind of came out of nowhere, but it worked so well. I wasn't all that surprised when it turned out Hillary had been spying on Stephan for the Founder, because her feelings for Stephan were so obviously real. But I was devastated when she blew herself up in attempt to kill the Founder as a way of trying to redeem herself for betraying him. 
John and Astrid? Totally called it. Considering the sparks from the first scenes they had together, I suppose it wasn't all that hard to guess. For a few minutes there, it looked like John and Cara were going to get back together, which I was really annoyed about. But then Astrid kept turning up, and when Jon lost his powers, Astrid was the one he turned to. The more time they spent together, the more their attraction grew. The moments they shared in the last two episodes were really great, and I'm so annoyed that The Tomorrow people got cancelled, while Beauty and the Beast (which I have stopped watching out of sheer disgust) got renewed for a third season. I thought the tomorrow people really rallied in the last half dozen episodes, but I suppose by then it was too late. There was a lot of potential wasted here, and this is going to be one of those cancelled shows that I'll always be so annoyed about.

8) Damon and Elena on The Vampire Diaries.
And the angst continues. I seriously could not believe how the writers ended this season of the Vampire Diaries. I'm actually kind of getting sick of the Damon and Elena drama. They spent half of this season not together over some stupid reason along the lines of they're not good together, or bad things happen when they're together, or some crap like that. Everyone else could see that they were better off together, but no, they had to be martyrs together... or martyrs apart anyway.
So in the last episode they were finally ready to concede that they should be together after all, except the 'other side' where dead supernatural creatures go was falling apart, and half of everyone they knew had been killed, including Stephan, so they needed to fix that, by getting themselves killed and going to the other side to bring everyone back. Of course, everyone made it, including Alaric (I'm really glad they've brought his character back!) but of course Damon was one second too late and got stuck on the other side. He and Elena had an emotional goodbye scene, not that Elena could see him, and then at the last second, he and Bonnie got sucked into the light.
I'm not stupid enough to believe that Damon is actually gone for good. Oh no, the writers wouldn't release us from the torture that is Damon and Elena's relationship so easily. Elena will spend half of next season trying to find a way to bring him back, while everyone tells her to let him go. It will be interesting to see how the writers fix the whole Damon being dead situation, and there are actually rumors online that in the meantime, Elena is going to turn to Alaric, which I'm actually very intrigued about. Despite my definite love/hate when it comes to this show, I won't miss an episode when it starts back later in the year. 

9) Sam and Andy on Rookie Blue
Not much to report on this show, since it hasn't started back yet. But from a preview of season 5, it seems there is definitely going to be some love triangle action between Sam, Andy and Nick. With an entire 22 episode arc to run, it'll be interesting to see where Sam and Andy take us over the next few months.

10) Elijah and Hayley on The Originals.
At last! Elijah and Hayley finally kissed, all be it very briefly.It seemed Elijah was still resisting their relationship, despite everything that had happened between them, and the fact that he'd announced to Klaus he wouldn't deny himself any longer and would take what he wanted.
As for the season finale... Oh my god, I spent the entire episode clutching a box of tissues. Hayley died, and Elijah was broken. It was devastating. He and Klaus couldn't get to the baby, and things were looking dire. But then Hayley came back, and the intensity of Elijah's reaction was perfect. They found the baby, and fought to get her from the witches, until at the last minute, Marcel, who'd actually come for Klaus, saved the day. But then things still didn't look ay brighter. Klaus, Hayley and Elijah realized the baby would never be safe, so thy pretended that she died and sent her off with Rebekah. Hayley is now a hybrid, and after Elijah admitted to Klaus how deeply he cared for Hayley when he thought she was gone, well, I can't wait to see where season 2 of The Originals takes us. This show is sitting near the top of my list at the moment, and after everything the writers gave us in season 1, I don't think I'll be disappointed when it returns.

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