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Old October 10 2009, 10:17 AM   #1
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Your least favorite TV romances & why?

What TV romances do you hate or were just plain bad ideas?

Gwen Cooper/Owen Harper, Torchwood
What a terrible mistake. Gwen loses all of her likability by cheating on her husband. Owen makes himself even more unlikable than usual by acting like a total ass the whole time. Two characters that aren't attractive and have no sexual chemistry. And the plotline just kinda fizzed out after only a few episodes, leaving nothing but a bitter aftertaste. The only saving grace is that, in Season 2, the writers tried to forget that it ever happened.

Clark Kent/Lana Lang, Smallville
Lana Lang is probably the worst character in TV history. I have no idea what a decent farmboy like Clark sees in this bitchy drama queen, particularly when the much cuter Chloe Sullivan is practically throwing herself at him.

Tru Davies/her asshole college professor, Tru Calling
Title says it all. That college professor was an asshole who got off on sleeping with his students. Thankfully, the show ditched him after only 2 episodes. (Ironically, the actor who played him ended up starring on his own series, North Shore, which stole Tru Calling's timeslot at the last minute.)

Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Tara was a redundant character. They took Willow, the meekest character on the show, and decided to make her the dominant one? Tara's characterization was so muted, I practically had to turn up the volume on the TV whenever she was on screen. I miss Oz. (Still, I'll take Tara over Kennedy.)
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Old October 10 2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

Hm. This one's hard for me, because I rarely find myself disliking a TV romantic couple. Crichton/Aeryn grated on me at times, but nowhere near enough for me to peg it as one of my least favourites.

Er. Uh. Hm. Talia Winters/Susan Ivanova on B5. Not because they're both women, but Talia Winters was frankly always a rather obnoxious and annoying character, and paring her with probably the dullest human character wasn't a move I was that keen on. Well, it was short lived, hurrah.
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Old October 10 2009, 09:12 PM   #3
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

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Clark Kent/Lana Lang, Smallville
Lana Lang is probably the worst character in TV history. I have no idea what a decent farmboy like Clark sees in this bitchy drama queen, particularly when the much cuter Chloe Sullivan is practically throwing herself at him.
Works for me. If I was Clark, I would have picked Chole in a heartbeat.

Hell, I'm not Clark, and I'd still pick Chole in a heartbeat.
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Old October 10 2009, 10:41 PM   #4
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Clark Kent/Lana Lang, Smallville
Lana Lang is probably the worst character in TV history. I have no idea what a decent farmboy like Clark sees in this bitchy drama queen, particularly when the much cuter Chloe Sullivan is practically throwing herself at him.
Works for me. If I was Clark, I would have picked Chole in a heartbeat.

Hell, I'm not Clark, and I'd still pick Chole in a heartbeat.


I hated Clark/Lana because that is not the way I picture this relationship working, the writers really screwed it up bad. Chloe was aweful Season 1-3 1/2...I think Chloe Starting Season 5 would have been good for Clark.

Buffy/Angel I hated Angel from the begining, this relationship was doomed from the start and it was like watching paint dry. I always thought Buffy/Spike had more energy.

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Old October 10 2009, 10:58 PM   #5
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

Gwen Cooper/Owen Harper, Torchwood.
She cheated on her boyfriend, who was really great and didn't deserve that shit, and Owen was an ass. I've never liked the hints about her and Jack either.

Rose/Doctor 10, Doctor Who
I can see why she's attracted, but him? She's an immature teenager.

Kara/Lee, Battlestar Galactia
She was engaged to his brother.

There are more, but that's all I can think of right now.
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Old October 10 2009, 11:30 PM   #6
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

Gwen Cooper/Owen Harper, Torchwood
Yeah, that was terrible. It almost made me stop watching the show right there. If someone had not told me to just skip ahead to the second season, which was a huge improvement, I would have given up on the show. Which is sad, because I'm a big John Barrowman/Captain Jack Harkness fan and I think the character deserves a better vehicle honestly.

Anyway here's mine:

Spike and Buffy. Because evil, soulless, baby killing, mass murdering, misogynistic, rapists have feelings too. Anyone who's been witness to my legendary rants in Sci Fi/Fantasy know my opinion on the matter.

Except for Adama/Roslin(which was tolerable but preposterous) and Billy/Dee(which was really cute, but ultimately pointless. Kind of like the show in general) most relationships on NuBSG were horrible. But the two worst offenders were Starbuck and Baltar. Starbuck becomes a much more tolerable character if you imagine she's played by Jammie Presley from My Name is Earl and she's in her Joy Hickey persona, redneck accent and all. Because everything about Starbuck is pure, 100% Poor White Trash. "Hey Lee! Whatchu doin' over dere fuckin' that colored bitch? I'm gonna put my cheetah-skinned pumps up her ass so fast her grandkids are gonna feel it. Oh, Sweet Jesus I'm fuckin' drunk! Hey I think another kid just popped out!". Because that's the only way I can watch that stupid Lee/Kara/Anders/Dee/Leoben love saga and take it somewhat seriously.

And with Baltar? Apparently skinny little metro-sexual nerds who cry and piss their pants all the time are irresistible to all women. Who knew.

Sawyer/Kate: I hated Wolverine/Jean Grey the first time around. Not really digging the redo.

Tara/Willow: 1) Because Willow is straight, and no amount of retconning by Whedon will convince me other wise and

2)Because how the hell do you make two chicks making out boring.
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Old October 10 2009, 11:49 PM   #7
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

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Rose/Doctor 10, Doctor Who
I can see why she's attracted, but him? She's an immature teenager.
Agreed. Rose was an actual (albeit sometimes annoying) person in the first season of new Who, and then spent the second season dribbling over the Doctor like a clichéd infatuated teenager. That was bad enough, but having the Doctor behave like a clichéd infatuated teenager as well - and over the immature and dull person that was S2 Rose - was grotesque.

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Sawyer/Kate: I hated Wolverine/Jean Grey the first time around. Not really digging the redo.


I hadn't thought of it that way, but I'm inclined to agree. I'm one of the (apparently very) few people who cannot stand Sawyer (21st century cavemen just don't do anything for me) and I'm damned if I can work out what Kate sees / saw in him. The fact she's so incredibly dull doesn't help much, either.

Even worse was Juliet / Sawyer, though. What the hell was wrong with her??
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Old October 11 2009, 12:06 AM   #8
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

Daria/Tom in Daria. The introduction of Tom in this 90s MTV cartoon has always been controversial among fans. I never cared much for him - he's bland and doesn't have any distinctive character traits of his own. He first dated Daria's (only) pal Jane, causing tension between the two, and then cheated on Jane with Daria. An attempt at character development that completely changed the direction and tone of the show, and not for the better; it became too melodramatic and, a lot of the time, not as funny.

Kim/Ron in Kim Possible. One thing I really liked about this show was that Kim and Ron were very close friends - and that was that. I actually enjoyed some aspects of their developing romance at the time but, in retrospect, it would have been better to have kept it the way it was. And why the writers decided to "ship" Drakken and Shego out of nowhere in the last episode is truly beyond me.
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Old October 11 2009, 12:07 AM   #9
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

Chakotay/Seven - Came from absolutely nowhere right at the end of the series, it was more of a distraction than anything else in the finale with them trying to put some sort of relevance on a relationship that the audience was not invested in at all.

Michael/Jan from The Office - This was ok until they turned Jan from a professional business woman into a complete nutjob. It would have been more interesting to have her keep her job and try to juggle the relationship with a guy she had to manage.

Rodney McKay/Jennifer Keller from Stargate Atlantis - I liked the Katie Brown/Rodney relationship better. There was more chemestry between them.
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Old October 11 2009, 12:17 AM   #10
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Rose/Doctor 10, Doctor Who
I can see why she's attracted, but him? She's an immature teenager.
Agreed. Rose was an actual (albeit sometimes annoying) person in the first season of new Who, and then spent the second season dribbling over the Doctor like a clichéd infatuated teenager. That was bad enough, but having the Doctor behave like a clichéd infatuated teenager as well - and over the immature and dull person that was S2 Rose - was grotesque.
I liked the interaction between Rose and Doctor 9 better. It felt like the writers were trying to force something because the actor for 10 was younger. The character is still 1,000 years old and has tons of baggage. I just didn't buy it. What they did with 10 and Martha, with him not noticing, is what they should have done in season two.
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Old October 11 2009, 12:18 AM   #11
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Chakotay/Seven - Came from absolutely nowhere right at the end of the series, it was more of a distraction than anything else in the finale with them trying to put some sort of relevance on a relationship that the audience was not invested in at all.

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Amen. You beat me to the punch.
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Old October 11 2009, 12:21 AM   #12
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

Troi/Worf.

Because Troi is simply destined to be with Riker, we all knew that from day one.

Jadzia was the best match for Worf that Trek ever had. Troi? No way.
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Old October 11 2009, 12:24 AM   #13
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

Jack/Kate and Sawyer/Kate. Kate is such a terrible person that it boggles the mind as to why they'd want her.
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Old October 11 2009, 12:43 AM   #14
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Re: Your least favorite TV romances & why?

Anything where the wedge between the lovers is contrived and makes them look like dolts. This is so common that I could type my fingers bloody listing examples, but here's a few:

Ezri/Bashir/Worf love triangle - maintained by the writers only by the expedient of making the characters act like they're in the fourth grade.

Chuck/Sarah - if the writers are playing fair with
then there should be no obstacle to Chuck and Sarah hooking up. If the writers contrive another obstacle this season, it had better be a good one. Why can't they just forgo the UST and let them have sex, if that's what's natural for the plot?
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Old October 11 2009, 12:46 AM   #15
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Jack/Kate and Sawyer/Kate. Kate is such a terrible person that it boggles the mind as to why they'd want her.
Yeah---I think the whole love-triangle is the LEAST interesting part of the entire show. I don't CARE Kate. Nothing she does makes sense, or makes me like her very much.
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