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21 February 2012 @ 02:11 pm
tv: top forty ships (part four)  
Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Leverage, Lost, NCIS, Sanctuary, Stargate, The West Wing.


#10; john/aeryn, farscape

My god. If this was a Top 40 Kissers list, they would be at the very, very top. That said, I never shipped these two as much as most other people do when they watch Farscape, and while I find the show absolutely brilliant, I never got into it as much as most others do. I think what was missing for me wasn't the emotional component (they have that in spades, dear god, my tear ducts will never forgive me), nor the part that is just utter fun, but I think I sort of expected more on the intellectual front. But in terms of quality, it's definitely among the top three sci-fi shows for me, and I will never deny that John/Aeryn is one epic ship. The quote really says it all; they love each other so much it almost hurts, but shit's happening and they can't just stay cooped up in a room screwing each other's brains out forever. Such a shame. And then stuff like Infinite Possibilities happens, and I cry until I drown in my own tears. Sob sob.

#09; kate/tony, ncis

Kate/Tony. First OTP. :'D Originally, they were going to be much further down the list; aside from three episodes (one for Mira Furlan, one for Claudia Black, and then this AU / flashback / whatever episode the other day), I haven't touched NCIS in years. But when I did watch that ep the other day, even though Kate wasn't technically in it (godawful work they did on that SWAK scene, el oh el), my feelings for this ship returned full force. That made me realise that I never really let go of them. I still love them as much now as I did seven years ago, even if I'm not active in the fandom anymore. That's not to say I don't multi-ship like crazy on NCIS (see also: Tony/Jenny somewhere on this list, and Kate/Gibbs occasionally, too), but Kate and Tony will always, always be my main ship on the show. Also, my post-Twilight (which I still haven't seen the last few minutes of, just so everyone knows) headcanon includes a witness protection program that Kate becomes part of. And they ooobviously meet again at some point.

#08; cj/toby, the west wing

See, normally, CJ/Toby and CJ/Danny are absolutely, irrevocably tied. But now, the other day, I found out the actors apparently played CJ and Toby like they were in love with each other? I JUST CANNOT. Because that's exactly what it feels like sometimes, that they're best friends, but also something more, and just. Headcanon says they had campaign sex back in the day, and maybe again during the second campaign. Nobody can ever convince me otherwise. And then take their very last scene together. My heart. I honestly cannot decide at that moment whether I want her to stay with Toby or go to Danny. It is impossible and I refuse. I'm in season six now in my rewatch, which means it's Danny time again soon, but for now, these two here own my heart. Every tiny bit of it. With their verbal sparring matches, and not being afraid to call the other one out on their bullshit. And with how much they care about each other, always. They are so, so beautiful together.

#07; sawyer/juliet, lost

I have so many issues with Lost as a show, but Sawyer and Juliet's relationship is not one of them. In fact, they're the most perfect thing about the entire show (and also the most attractive, which is very difficult because this show already has all the attractive people). I love the way their romance was handled, from clear antagonists to allies with a sort of truce, to friends, and then so much more. I'm not even sad that we didn't really get to see the development itself. And just, the way that she changed him by not trying to change him is so wonderful. And let's just talk about this moment here for a second. I waited for this one scene all of season six. And it was worth every execrutiating minute. Elizabeth Mitchell did such an incredible job showing Juliet's emotions. AND THEY GOT THEIR EVER AFTER. That's all that I wanted, basically. I don't even care who died and who lived, and what that whole last season was supposed to be. They're together and nothing else matters.

#06; helen/will, sanctuary

If Helen/Tesla is my fun ship on this show, Helen/Will is my all-the-feelings-anyone-has-ever-had-about-a-ship-anywhere ship. True story. It all started in the pilot. Yup, I shipped them from the minute Magnus ran Will over with her car. At first it wasn't really much, but then Reqiuem happened, and that's when things started to get really interesting for me in terms of shipping. But that was nothing compared to Next Tuesday. They know each other so much better by that episode, know exactly what to say to hurt one another. Don't even get me started on Carentan and Out of the Blue. ALL THE FEELINGS, seriously. I have a huge meta thing in my head re: Helen/John vs. Helen/Will in Out of the Blue, what the episode represents for both relationships (no matter if platonic or romantic), but this is not the time or the place. (Don't get me wrong, I do ship Helen/John, but only in the past? If that makes sense.) And then The Depths, ohhhboy. The thing about these two are the trust issues. I mean, Magnus has been alive for such a long time, and everybody she loves is always dying, so naturally, she doesn't trust anyone completely. But Will demands that, he wants that trust, wants her to trust in him as much as he does in her. So they push and push and neither is willing to give in. And it's completely screwed up, but so beautiful to watch. Especially when they start tearing each other apart, like they did in The Depths, but then fall back into place again. UGH I NEED THAT FIFTH SEASON LIKE THE AIR I BREATHE.

#05; helen/daniel, sanctuary/stargate

No, wait. Hear me out. Just put aside your shipping preferences for both shows for a minute, and imagine what would happen of Helen and Daniel met and worked together. ...hmm? HMM? Wouldn't it be magnificent? See, I don't usually crossover-ship. Yes, I have one or two ships that are from different Stargate shows, but they're all still in the same universe (ha. ha.) and have usually interacted at some point. Helen and Daniel obviously haven't (though I like to pretend 'Jimmy' was actually Daniel, in some fucked up alternate reality or something). I still have this giant AU 'verse for them in my head that I will write as fanfic at some point. Once I've figured out a plot, that is. In it, Daniel works at the Sanctuary before he goes to work at the SGC, and together, he and Magnus travel the world, look for abnormals, hunt bad guys, and all that jazz that Magnus now does, too. He'd be her protégé before Will, maybe, and they'd most likely start something, and dear lord it would just be really, really hot, okay? (Speaking of hot, I wasn't going to include any links in this spam, but if I've roused your interest (or other things), y'all should go here and read this delicious Helen/Daniel smutfic. You won't regret it, I promise.) Iiiii guess I should stop now, before I get too into this ship. I think of all the pairings on this list, I could talk about them the longest. PS. The graphic is, admittedly, a bit of a cop-out. I made the manip aaages ago and just shifted it around a bit and re-did only tiny parts, but I love it so much that I can't not include it.

#04; nate/sophie, leverage

Favourite backstory of all the ships on this list, ngl. Rooftops in Paris! European shenanigans! THIEVERY! As far as fucked up ships go, this one is #1, without a doubt. The honest man and the grifter. The thief and the imposter. Black king, white knight, etc etc. I don't think there's a definition for other of these characters (or anyone else on the team), with the goddamn Robin Hood complex. They've known each other forever and been half in love the entire time. And their development is so organic, you can't but love it. Because he picked her. Because he had to work with the others back then, but he went and got her for the con. And because he needs her (always). But she needs him, too. And wants him, more importantly. Sophie Devereaux doesn't want people. She wants things. And yes, she knows Nate is an alcoholic, a control freak, and so many other bad things, but he's alllllways going to be the good guy, and she will always love him. And no, he won't give up drinking for her. She doesn't expect him to. LONG STORY SHORT. How can you NOT love a pairing that, in their introductory scene, SHOOT EACH OTHER. I rest my case.

#03; sam/jack, stargate

Oh, the angst. I think of all the ships I've ever seen, these two have will-they-or-won't-they down to a T. It's so well done, and I absolutely love every step of it. Yes, even Pete. And yes, even redhead SomeAgencyOrAnother lady. (Espesh since she secretly ships Sam/Jack.) So, why do I ship Sam/Jack. Well, let's start with the forbiddenness of it. They're both military, Jack is Sam's CO, they work together every day. What happens it the inevitable: Feelings occur. And loadssss of them, too. Because they can't act on anything they feel. And they know that. UGH. And there are so many moments when it just can't be hidden anymore. But I love that, a few episodes notwithstanding, they never shoved their complicated relationship into our faces. First and foremost, Stargate is a show about the team. About the weird things they experience together. All of them, not just Sam and Jack. And I think that makes the shippy scenes even better. Because we don't get those all the time. And those that we get are absolutely worth the wait. And, sort of spoilering the ending a little bit, I am glad they left it a bit unfinished. Everything on this show is a tag unfinished, and I really like how much potential for fic and for personal headcanon this gives us. I, for one, am 100% convinced they ended up together after Threads / Moebius. And nobody can convince me otherwise.

#02; john/delenn, babylon 5

DISNEYOTP! They allllllmost made it to #1. They probably will, in the next few minutes months, but I've loved #1 for years now, and only discovered these two a while ago. But they iiiinstantly shot up into my top five easily, and have now almost reached the very top. I'm not even going to lie, this was one of the hardest decisions of my life, who should be #1. I mean, goddammit, I will never leave you, Delenn. Not if the whole universe stood between us. OPEN WEEPING. From the very first meeting, I shipped these two with the heat of all the suns in all the galaxies. They are so pure and wonderful and innocent, despire everything. And don't even get me started on Delenn's special relationship with the universe. It is the most beautiful thing. As far as ~ultimate OTPs go, I have this tendency to ship couples that are in some way destined to be together. And these two are. All the obstacles they had to overcome as individuals to end up where they even met, and then end up together... I love how much they love each other. More than life. More than anything. This all sounds terribly intense, and in a way it is, but my god, they're also so ridiculously adorable. You've never seen anything this adorable in your life, believe me. ...Clearly, I have a problem talking about my absolute favourite ships in anything but clichés.

#01; roslin/adama, battlestar galactica

Where do I even start? Every time I think I'm at least on the way to being over them, I see a picture, hear their theme, or even just think about them for three seconds, and it's all back. In a way, their ending has tainted all of BSG for me. Not necessarily in a bad way, but definitely in a way that makes it, at least for the past two years or so, impossible for me to watch any episode without tearing up. This is another couple that was absolutely definitely beyond the shadow of a doubt meant to be together. Not that that was apparent throughout the entire show, no. They've had their fair share of disagreements, some far worse than others (he threw her in the brig after she more or less caused mutiny against him), but in the end, they had only each other, there was never going to be anyone else. But they also didn't let that keep them from doing their respective jobs. They know what's at stake the entire time: the survival of the human race. But where a lot of people despair and give up, they find each other, and never would have if not for the destruction of the Colonies and the annihilation of most of humanity. I just. I don't want to talk about the ending here, in case someone hasn't seen it yet, but - haters out the airlock - I loved the finale. I know a lot of people don't, but I loved it completely. Every single bit. It was perfect in every way and, in my opinion, completely true to their characters. I JUST LOVE THESE TWO SO MUCH MY GOD. Somebody stop me.

11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40

a girl with the best intentions: tww • cj 2sellthelie on February 21st, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, CJ/Toby have my TWW heart. Completely! ♥ So many feelings with her just standing in his doorway, and them checking his place.

I don't know why I don't care for Sanctuary, I watch it, but I don't know why anymore. Maybe it's Helen/Will!
Halima: ∞ a place that doesn't existcartography on February 22nd, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
YES. That scene always gets me, too. The entire episode is such a back-and-forth for me, ship-wise, because I usually really do ship CJ/Toby and CJ/Danny in equal measure. Uuuusually. Hah.

Aww, a lot of people have said that, I think. I dunno. Season four really wasn't my cup of tea, but I loved the three seasons before it a lot, so I'll definitely keep watching if we get another season. But yeah, you're not alone. Even if you just look at it from a platonic standpoint, though, Helen and Will have such an interesting dynamic! It's entirely possible that's what's keeping you watching. ;)
pathosical: adama/roslinpathosical on February 21st, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Adama/Roslin has ruined me for so many other pairings, just everything the slow burn and then resolution and then my heart. I went down with that ship, and just OMG. I'm still having to try and not cry and it doesn't help when you're getting a newbie into BSG and they're always like OMG THEY ARE SO ADORABLE WHY AREN'T THEY TOGETHER? Me: Please excuse me as I try not to bawl my eyes out. And Daybreak, I'm trying to figure out how I can not watch that ep when we get to it because my heart. And I'm gonna stop word vomiting now.
Halima: ♥ this used to be the river mouthcartography on February 22nd, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Yup, that sounds about right. They just slay me completely. I'm not sure I can ever watch Daybreak again, which really sucks because it's a gorgeous, important episode. But I just cry too much during it.
Avulcanicity on February 21st, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)

I love that I guessed your top 3 so easily :')

I think I have to go and watch Upgrades/Divide and Conquer RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND!!! EVEN THOUGH I SHOULD BE WORKING!!! Ahh, I haven't watched any SG-1 in the longest time - none this year, and very few episodes last year NOW IS THE TIME TO REMEDY THAT, FUCK SCHOOL WORK.
Halima: Ω we're not zatarcs; we were lyingcartography on February 22nd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)

lol well you have known me for a while now. And it's not like I talk about much else on twitter, eh? Gonna have to re-arrange this whole thing (mentally, anyway) once I watch Star Trek, though.

I already know you had fun, but... I CARE ABOUT HER. A LOT MORE THAN I'M SUPPOSED TO. (You're welcome.)
A: sga | elizabeth weir is better than youvulcanicity on February 22nd, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
True, both true haha. YES. YOU WILL. THERE ARE SO MANY SHIPS. Especially in TNG, ahhh. And Voyager, too. And probably DS9, but I haven't watched that yet.

bitterbird on February 21st, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
omg so many amazing ships, how so amazing! Gosh I miss Lie to me :( why fox whyyyyy
Halima: ✿ on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeurcartography on February 22nd, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks. And ugh, I know, right? The worst. Especially since I hear they actually shot more episodes, but just didn't air them...
Shannon: bsg oath goodbyekungfuwaynewho on February 22nd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
First of all, your graphic for John/Delenn is absolutely divine. The two of them blended together in her silhouette? SHUT UP.

I think as late as last summer I was still waffling about John/Delenn being number one and overtaking some of my older ships, but I have finally given in. They are definitely and without a doubt my true OTP for all time. I just can't see ever loving any pairing as much as I love them.

But Roslin/Adama, man, they are right up there. I still find myself feeling faintly surprised that they ever did actually for real get together on the show, because there were definitely times when I thought that was never going to happen. I actually just rewatched The Oath/Blood on the Scales this weekend, and oh. Just. So many, many feelings.
Halima: ♥ in my blood like cheap winecartography on February 22nd, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! I had something completely different in mind. I was just going to have her silhouette and a screencap of him, but somehow, that didn't really work. But I'm glad you like itttt.

That's exactly what's happening to me, too. Pretty sure they'll become my ultimate OTP in the next few days months. But I've only loved B5 for a few months, whereas I've known, loved, and shipped Adama/Roslin for several years now. (I actually did lose half a night of sleep over this decision, not even gonna lie.)

Haha, yes, I remember that. I mean, we got so many little things like that kiss when she promoted him or that night on New Caprica, but then nothing much for a while, and I think I caught up just in time to see her tell him, finally, that she loved him. And I remember us all sitting there, all over the globe, watching the ep where they sleep together. That scene, my god. And yesss, The Oath/Blood on the Scales is probably my absolute favourite thing / mini-arc. Not least of all because of the kiss, ofc. Aaaand now I'll shut up. lol.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 22nd, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
See, I started watching BSG with Res Ship I, so my second episode they're being all flirty with "I can't see you as a blonde" and then he's kissing her and I was done for. But it really wasn't up until, like Sine Qua Non that I actually, seriously thought they were actually going to have them be a couple for real. And then The Hub? Calling my friend immediately after and spending, like, three hours on the phone hyperventilating over all of it is probably in my top five fannish, hell, maybe even overall, moments of all time.

Buuuuuuut, NGL. I have no doubt that if I had actually started watching the show from the beginning I would have been a Lee/Roslin shipper. :/

I have such a hard time deciding which is my favorite! It's generally whichever one I've watched the most recently. This weekend, I was just like, this is the best, this is the BEST TV EVER, oh god Chief crawling through the ship! Roslin's eye teeth speech! All of it!

And then in a few weeks I'll watch the Res Ship three-parter or the Exodus eps or Kobol's Last Gleaming and I'll be like, no, no, these are the best.
my name spells emergencymidnighthour on February 22nd, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ahh you finally got your words out after all :D
Duty & Devotion: fscp john/aeryn heartroseandheather on February 27th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)

Clo: Castle - Castle/Beckett - Dinnercitymusings on February 28th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
There are plans to watch Jack/Sam after SGA. I hope it's amazing. They should be allowed to be together in SGA.

Tony and Kate were lovely. Idk what that crap was in the 200th episode, but they are lovely.
Nenya Kanadka: [fandom] Delenn (human)nenya_kanadka on February 28th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
John/Delenn! ♥

I multiship, and adore Delenn, which means I ship her with everyone, but gosh those two are adorable.

*flails at your graphic, as well* Silhouette! ♥

(From your earlier posts: Spock/McCoy! Yes!)
Sbeyondthepen on March 5th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
This list was SO FLAWLESS, and the whole thing is AMAZING and basically just WHOA.