If you look at my list of ships, from Jate to B&B to, I don’t know, Carter and Abby, there’s one single reason why I ship those couples. It’s simple, really.
I was told to.
Not by Mae or Leigh or anybody else--but by the writers.
This scene is eight minutes into the pilot of Lost.
This ER scene is poignantly wedged between Abby’s first patient death in the ER and Carter getting stabbed downstairs.
Here’s Derek and Meredith in their pilot, fifteen minutes in and already experiencing some morning-after angst.
And of course, if Booth and Brennan's firing range scene in the pilot of Bones doesn’t scream “SHIP US!” then I don’t know what does.
To illustrate my point about latching on to what I feel I’m being fed, I’ll admit that at the beginning of Alias, I was very serious about Sydney/Will. (I know, right?) For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show, Will (Bradley Cooper) was Sydney’s best friend who helped her get through the death of her fiancé. As a journalist, he sought (and ultimately found) the truth about Danny’s murder, which would have been great if the truth wasn’t something that (A) Sydney already knew and/or (B) was gonna get Will murdered for knowing, too. Sydney/Will played prominently in the first three episodes (they even shared a kiss), but soon after that, the Sydney/Vaughn got played up, and I realized the error of my ways.
I hate to say that my ships are the easy ones to get behind, that I’ll only follow the ships that are being crammed down my throat. But there may be some truth to that. I don’t want to ship a couple who’s never going to end up together. (Sydney/Sark folks, I will never understand you.) I want the dreamy, savior-type leading man and the doe-eyed brunette with a fear of commitment. I mean, look, that’s pretty much all of those people pictured above. Plus, let's face it. Getting on board is about the easiest part of dealing with these people. Shipping Jate has never been easy.
It’s so hard to verbalize why this is okay. There are about a million other reasons why I ship Jack and Kate, a million glances and touches and Darlton quotes since that scene in the pilot, but there’s just something about those early, setup scenes that are reassuring as a Jater. This is the endgame; this is what you should ship.
Maybe that’s it. Maybe others are okay with accepting that their ship is just never going to happen and appreciate the AU fandom for what it is. I’m not. Having Carter and Abby collapse around my fandom, when they were so clearly heading toward Doug-and-Carol Land before Noah Wyle ditched the show, almost ruined me as a fangirl. I might stop watching television altogether if Jack and Kate don’t figure it out in the end.
Anyway, this blog is about the anti-ships. I mean that with all due respect, in the same way that anti-matter is still something. It's just not the foreground screaming and hollering, canon canon canon ship.
I’ve been engaged in a little Twitter back-and-forth about the ships of The Big Bang Theory. As a caveat, I should say that, while I watch this show every week, it’s not something I flail about. Except during the theme song. I honestly had never thought about this show’s ships until last week, when someone (Anna?) asked if I ship Sheldon/Penny.
Again, I’ve never been a flailing fangirl about this show, I’ve invested no time in analyzing these ships, but if there’s gonna be a romance on the show, isn’t it between Leonard and Penny?
I mean, I get the hilarity of Sheldon and Penny as friends. But I’m not sure how their chemistry is any different from, say, the love/hate dynamic of Sheldon and Raj or Sheldon and Wolowitz.
I highly doubt (and so does Jim Parsons) that something could ever happen there. And what’s the fun of that?
The real build is between Leonard and Penny. I’m incredibly curious to hear the other side of this argument, because I just don’t understand how you could disregard the fact that the emotional romantic arc of the show is blatantly, explicitly Leonard/Penny.
To me, this is similar to the debate over Liz and Jack on 30 Rock.
Tina Fey has said, explicitly, that that’s not going to happen. And yet, there are people out there shipping Liz/Jack. And, yes, there are hints there week-to-week (some might even call them anvils), but as someone who’s not shipping them, I don’t see any significance beyond feeding into the platonic chemistry.
So I guess that’s my question for those of you who do ship couples like Liz/Jack and Sheldon/Penny and Cam/Hodgins (and most slash pairings, too, I suppose)--do you think these couples will eventually hook up, or is it just fun to ship them as an aside?