ZERO :: the Fool (annwyd) wrote,
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the pairings meme, days 12 + 13

Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?

Okay, I am not a big Pirates of the Caribbean fan, especially when it comes to the latter two movies. I don't ship in it. I mostly watched the whole trilogy for the lulz and for Johnny Depp being ridiculous. But nothing can top Will and Elizabeth's swashbuckling mid-fight pirate wedding. That was just awesome.

The fact that I actually remember it when I've forgotten most of the rest of the second and third movies testifies to that.

Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?

I rarely ship from live action television in the first place, so considering this is one of my favorite pairings ever, it's not exactly reaching. But where to begin?

Well, I ship mainly based on chemistry, and Garak and Bashir have plenty of that to burn. It's not an accident or a delusion, either: the actors knew what they were doing (and Andrew J. Robinson, Garak's actor, has openly stated this). So did some of the screenwriters. So you have a pairing that can't ever quite be explicit in the text, but which several people involved in the creation of the show and characters know of and encourage. Way to hit my button for subtlety and ambiguity, guys.

I also love the characters--especially Garak. He is a ruthless, badass spy with daddy issues! How could I not love him? He is my favorite Star Trek character, period. For me he steals every episode he's in. Bashir is less of a favorite of mine, but I like him too: his emotional and social stupidity coupled with his extreme intellectual intelligence, the masks he hides behind (although I would love him more if they'd been planned from the start instead of thrown in during the middle of the series, but don't get me started on that), his dorkiness, his progression from brilliant but clueless to sharp and seasoned by war.

The relationship itself hits several of my pings. There is, of course, my thing for ambiguity, which this pairing aces. Then there's the fact that Garak very much mentors Bashir, even if it's a slightly (at the very least) twisted mentorship. He teaches him how to distrust, how to suspect. The show shies away from actually saying it, but personally I have no doubt that his relationship with Garak played a strong part in making Bashir into the grimly determined sort-of-spy he is by the end of the series. Meanwhile, it's less obvious, but Bashir teaches Garak things too--about emotions and opening up to them, about compassion, about ingenuity. And Garak lets him in on some of his most private moments. Garak lets him in. This is an intensely closed-off man we're talking about.

I'll admit that I'm not big on these two making out or having sex. At the same time, I absolutely believe there's a romantic/sexual dimension to their relationship intended by the actors and some of the writers. It's just perpetually expressed through unresolved sexual tension. Which, hey! Is another ping of mine!

In short, this pairing was pretty much made for me.

Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship?
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - The best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - Why aren't these two married in real life?
Day 11 - What is your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?

Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The "can't stand the sexual tension anymore" pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?
Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever?
Tags: deep space 9, garak/bashir, memes, movies, pairings

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