Humping the Shark

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  1. stj

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    A gloriously felicitous typo made me wonder: What television series have inadvertently mocked themselves with an incongruous or preposterous or simply icky sexual pairing?

    In scifi, Samantha Carter and Pete the Cop was pretty grim.

    Going back a little, Sybill Sheppard's Maddie and the guy played by Dennis Dugan was completely WTF?

    Luke & Leia. 'Nuff said.
     
  2. DevilEyes

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    BSG's Caprica Six/Tigh was a huge WTF? pairing that made no sense, was never properly explained and never went anywhere. But for sheer ickiness, nothing beats Boomer/Cavil. :eek:
     
  3. TemporalFlux

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    Back in 1998, Marc Scott Zicree mentioned one of these during a DragonCon panel. He thought that Tom Paris and B'elanna Torres didn't make sense. I can't argue with it.
     
  4. RoJoHen

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    Really? Tom and B'Elanna are probably my favorite Trek couple.
     
  5. Hermiod

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    Spike and Buffy. Oh, and Seven and Chakotay.
     
  6. Mojochi

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    Almost every pairing on LOST makes no sense, but in that respect, what does make sense on LOST?

    Least of all Sayid & Shannon
     
  7. Hermiod

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    ^Good looking girl, good looking guy, stuck on an island together. Doesn't need to make much more sense than that, really.
     
  8. Hugo Rune

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    I'd go with Cavil/Ellen... given the fact that Ellen based his design on her father and Cavil knew that Ellen was his creator/mother.

    That's a whole lot of fucked up right there.


    Hugo - I don't want to be human! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I want to - I want to smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity of what I am?
     
  9. Starkers

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    But isn't it likely Cavil did that because it was fucked up? And at the time (forgive me if I'm wrong cos I only every watched BSG once) but Ellen didn't know who she and he really were, and she was only doing him to try and save Saul? Cavil obviously knew but I imagine there was a perverse need to screw/humiliate his creator. It's fucked up but makes perfect sense.

    Six/Tigh made no sense at all.

    Tom and B'Elanna came out of left field a bit, but it never felt really wrong, Chakotay and Seven was odd, but I think if there'd been more lead up it would have made more sense in an opposite attracts kind of way (he's spiritual she's very rational)

    For me its Willow and whoever that potential she ended up with was (who I hated so much I've blanked her name from my mind!) she was obnoxious and I never saw what Willow could possibly see in her!

    Worf/Deanna was a trifle odd but seemed to work at the time, glad it didn't go anywhere and she ended up with Riker though.
     
  10. Deckerd

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    Donkey and the dragon
     
  11. Starkers

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    Ok you win! :guffaw:
     
  12. Roko's Basilisk

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    Dr. Rodney McKay and Dr. Jennifer Keller -- didn't find that credible for some reason.

    I suspect a possible revelation about the marriage of the Doctor and River Song will be a serious WTF moment for some viewers. The hints are strong but they might be deliberately misleading.
     
  13. DevilEyes

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    Trek certainly has its 'humping the shark' moments: Seven and Chakotay, Uhura and Scotty in TFF, Spock and the chick from "The Cloud Minders"... and I would of course say Neelix and Kes, but since they were 'an item' (sorta) since the pilot, it's hard to call it as 'humping the shark' moment, unless VOY humped the shark from the beginning. (Not to mention that they weren't even really humping...) :cardie:
     
  14. Roko's Basilisk

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    Odo and Kira Nerys -- not buying it.
     
  15. Admiral_Young

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    How about Spock and Uhura from 2009 Star Trek? I didn't have a problem with their relationship personally but many fans seem to be against it. Spike and Buffy (hated them together). Chakotay and Seven of Nine just because it seemed to come and bash us over the head out of no where! I agree with the BSG pairings mentioned.
     
  16. Hermiod

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    Spock and Uhura was no problem for me. While it wasn't as overt as Chapel, there were occasional hints that Uhura found Spock attractive in TOS.
     
  17. Orintho

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    7 of 9 and Chakotay: an out-of-the-blue pairing which seemed to have occurred as a cliched convenience for the writers.
     
  18. milo bloom

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    Paris-Torres was wonderful, one of the bright spots of VOY. Seven-Chakotay, ehh, could have been worse, as noted it was the whole "out of left field" aspect to it that made it bad.
     
  19. Christopher

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    I feel the same way about Chloe-Oliver in the current season of Smallville. Out of the blue is right. It seems they were paired off solely because they were the only unattached characters left of their respective genders in the regular cast.
     
  20. The Borgified Corpse

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    I had a hard time dealing with Angel/Cordelia on Angel. It kinda felt like the writers just sorta slapped 'em together because they were the two highest billed characters of the opposite gender. (But then, I liked them together in "You're Welcome." I seem to only like Angel's relationships once they are over, like Angel/Buffy in "I Will Remember You.")

    Of course, Cordelia/Connor on Angel was absolutely appalling. In the end, it was revealed that she wasn't really Cordelia anymore, but for some people, that doesn't make it any better.

    On Torchwood, they dropped some Jack/Gwen hints early in the series. Then, the series suddenly made a very bizarre left turn when Gwen ended up having an affair with Owen for a couple episodes. That was just a bad move. It felt very mean-spirited, even for Torchwood. Thankfully, in Season 2 it seemed like the writers were content to forget that it ever happened. (Otherwise, I would have expected at least some awkwardness from Gwen or Owen when Owen first met Rhys.)

    In the deliberately gross category: In the final episode of Arrested Development, after Lindsay discovered that she was not biologically related to Michael, she tried to seduce him in one of the most awkward, grossest attempted seductions in TV history.