My Top 5 OTPs

November 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM | Posted in Fandom, Movies, TV | Leave a comment
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A fangirl of a fandom will most likely to have her own OTP (One True Pairing) at some point or another. In fact, a fangirl is almost always synonymous with a shipper. There’s just something about an OTP that makes fangirls ship them obsessively. In Philippine showbiz, this pairing is called “loveteam.”

I myself am a shipper of several TV fandoms. And as a tribute to my favorite fandoms, here is a list of my five favorite OTPs of all time:

1. Mulder and Scully (a.k.a MSR, or Mulder and Scully Relationship)

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This OTP is the mother of all ships. Fans of The X-Files such as myself were the ones who invented the term “ship” back in the 90’s long before any other fandom. The Mulder and Scully relationship is my very first and most favorite ship of all time. But it didn’t start that way. I’m a fan of The X-Files since my college days but I didn’t initially ship MSR. I was a fencer back then. But when I first saw The X-Files: Fight the Future movie and seen the bee sting scene between Mulder and Scully, I instantly became a shipper. Since then I’ve been shipping them.

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Through the years I’ve come to love MSR because of their unique bond and unwavering support and belief in each other despite of adversities. They’ve been through a lot as FBI partners – from alien abductions and black oil virus outbreaks to government conspiracies. As a fangirl, I’ll never forget such memorable lines like, “Even when my world was falling apart, you were my constant. My touchstone.” and “You’re my one in five billion.” MSR is a classic you-and-me-against-the-world love story and I love it.

2. Donna and Harvey (a.k.a Darvey)

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Darvey is my most recent OTP. I’ve been a fan of Suits ever since its first season aired on local TV. But I didn’t ship Donna and Harvey until the show’s third season, although I already suspected that there was something going on between them when I saw season two. Donna and Harvey didn’t start out as a potential couple in the show. In season 1, they were presented to the audience as merely boss and employee, with Harvey being the boss and Donna as his secretary. But their story began to unravel in season 2, when the show hinted of their past together. Like many Darvey shippers, I’ve become fascinated with their dynamic relationship. Their witty banter, teasing innuendos, meaningful looks, and loyalty to each other keep me glued to the screen. Their scenes together are just oozing with UST. Not to mention that they have a weird and mysterious can opener ritual that viewers are not even privy to. Season 3 validated what Darvey shippers have long suspected about their past relationship, and that became a culminating point for me to become a full-pledged Darvey shipper.

3. Booth and Brennan

Bones is one of my favorite crime drama shows since CSI. Its main characters, Special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan, are reminiscent of the MSR dynamic – one is a skeptic and the other one is a believer. I love the fact that Booth and Brennan became a couple only after several seasons and the transition from crime partners to lovers was seamlessly woven into the story.

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Booth and Brennan complement each other. While Brennan likes to keep things objective and in the realms of science when solving crimes, Booth is the opposite. He is more emotionally invested in his work, relying on his guts and showing compassion to those who’ve been wronged. Over the years, they have influenced each other in a positive way. Their wedding scene was one of my favorite episodes of the show and every Booth and Brennan shippers’ dream coming true.

4. Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley

One cannot talk about Downton Abbey without mentioning the show’s main couple, Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley. I shipped these two since the beginning of the show. Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley were one of those classic couples who disliked each other at first but eventually ended up together. It reminded me of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Lady Mary was cold and snobbish towards Matthew when she first met him and he was wary of her initially because of her family’s attempts to pair him off. But she eventually warmed up to him and he to her and they tied the knot not long after.

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Unfortunately, this ship ended way too soon after the show decided to kill off Matthew. Like many Downton Abbey fans, I was shocked when I heard the news that Matthew had been killed off in the show’s Christmas special. I had to wait a few weeks after the Christmas special aired in the US to see for myself that Matthew was indeed gone. After that season, I had difficulty accepting that my favorite ship no longer existed. I could not even understand why Dan Stevens, the actor who played Matthew would want to leave the show.

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Now that the show is on its fifth season, I could not even bring myself to like Lady Mary’s new suitors, Lord Gillingham and Charles Blake. For me, Lady Mary and Matthew were the show’s ultimate OTP.

5. Michael and Nikita (a.k.a Mikita)

Of course when I say Nikita, I’m talking about the TV remake not the 90’s series nor the movie where the show was based on. Michael and Nikita started out as mentor and mentee but eventually evolved into something more. Both shared a troubled past that brought them closer together. What I love about Mikita is that they eventually joined forces after becoming adversaries. They knew they needed each other. They fought side by side against the Division, a secretive group of the CIA that trained assassins such as Nikita. They might had disagreements from time to time, especially when it comes to carrying out assignments but they would always resolve them eventually.

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That intense fight scene where Michael retrieved his stolen engagement ring from a bad guy and the look on Nikita’s face when she found out was priceless. And I love the fact that they remained a couple right up to the end of the show.

So there you have it. While one of these ships had a tragic ending, most of my OTPs already have a happy ending. Of course any shipper would want a happy ending in their OTPs. Who wouldn’t?

Holiday Binges

January 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM | Posted in TV | Leave a comment
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I had the opportunity to take a long Christmas break last December. And aside from visiting relatives and bingeing on food, I spent the holiday season binge- watching TV shows that I wasn’t able to watch for a long time. The holiday break was a chance for me to catch up on episodes of some of my favorite TV shows. Thus, I scheduled three shows to binge-watch:

1. Bones (season 8) – This has been a long time coming. I know I still have a lot to catch up on. I haven’t seen the first half of season 9 yet, especially that most-talked about wedding episode. I’ve been avoiding reading spoilers so hopefully I can catch up soon. Honestly, my interest in Bones has waned a little bit. The quality of the show has been receding and I think they jumped the shark when they did that Jersey Shore-like episode. But no matter, I’ll still watch season 9 for what it’s worth.

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2. Nikita (season 3 & 4) – Another favorite show of mine that unfortunately got axed too soon. While the third season wasn’t as fantastic and gripping as season 1 and 2, I enjoyed it immensely all the same. It’s just sad that the fourth season was the show’s last. This was the only good show worth watching on The CW. But at least the fans were justified with the fourth and last season. I got full closure after watching the action-packed season 4. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time and at least there was a happy ending, and for me that’s good enough.

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3. The Fall (season 1) – Finally, I was able to watch this critically-acclaimed British show. The show stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who was called to Belfast to solve a murder case that turned out to be linked to other violent murders by a disturbed serial killer. Of course, being a fan of Gillian Anderson, I just had to see this show. The serial killer is portrayed by Jamie Dornan, who I was familiar with as the sheriff in Once Upon a Time. Watching him, I think I understand why he was chosen to play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series. Gillian’s performance on the other hand, was perfect as always.

Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without me watching the Downton Abbey season 4 Christmas special. Thank God there was no death on the show that I had to deal with compared to the third season where Matthew met his untimely demise. Downton Abbey is one of my new favorite shows these days along with Suits. I also have a lineup of new shows I’ve been meaning to watch. If schedule permits, I’ll be watching them anytime soon.

Femme Fatale

September 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM | Posted in TV | 1 Comment
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I hate it whenever my new favorite TV shows get cancelled so early on. Either the network cancels it after the first season or the second. And this is usually the period when I get hooked on a show. But I am happy to know that my new favorite show, Nikita, got renewed for a second season.

I must admit that I caught on this show very late already. The first season of Nikita ended last May (I think) in the US and I wasn’t able to watch it because it wasn’t aired locally yet. Thank goodness ETC started airing it last month so I was able to watch the first season. And I instantly loved it! Maggie Q is perfect as Nikita because she can definitely kick ass! Her portrayal of the character is tough and sexy but still has that vulnerability underneath.

I’ve seen the original French film from which the TV show is based and even watched the Hollywood remake (which starred Bridget Fonda) years ago. But I must say that when it comes to the film, I enjoyed the Hollywood remake better than the original. I know. Those Nikita “purists” can shoot me now but I will stand my ground. There was just too much vulnerability in Anne Parillaud’s (the actress who played the character in the original film) portrayal of the character. It was almost child-like and I didn’t like that. I like my Nikita strong and can hold on her own, and that’s what I saw in the US version.

As for the TV series, this 2010 remake is better than La Femme Nikita in my opinion. I also used to watch LFN back in the 90’s and I really disliked the actors portraying Nikita and Michael. I only stuck with the show because of the stories, which declined in quality as the seasons passed. I didn’t even bother finishing it through its final season.

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In this 2010 remake, there is a mixture of elements from the original film and the 90’s TV series. Some elements from the original film can be seen (the look of each recruit’s bedroom, the use of the name Josephine as pseudonym, etc.) while names of the main characters in the remake are the same as the ones in La Femme Nikita. But this new take on the classic film entirely differs. Whereas the Nikita in the original film was a new recruit and LFN‘s version was already an old recruit and deeply involved with the black ops group’s missions, this 2010 remake’s Nikita is already a veteran and hardened assassin who escaped from the shadowy group that trained her. She has gone rogue and gotten an accomplice to infiltrate the syndicate.

This is a very interesting new angle that the writers of the show have created. It gives a fresh take on the old story with new plot twists that I find addicting. Now I just can’t wait to see the second season.

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