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Favorite Spec-fic Couples on Screen

Posted by on February 11, 2015

We’ve discussed our Favorite Almost Couples in speculative fiction, Favorite Science-Fiction Couples, and we have yet to explore Favorite Epic Fantasy and Favorite Young Adult, but before we do I thought we should visit favorite spec-fic movie couples since many of us who have commented have favored film and TV couples.

So without further ado:

mummy returns

One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE movie couples is Rick and Evie from The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Not so sure about the Tomb of the Dragon Emperor one. Perhaps because Rachel Weisz didn’t return to play Evie. It just wasn’t the same.

BUT. Oh my goodness. Rick and Evie. I love that in the first movie we see them fall in love, and then in the second movie, we see them married and committed to each other even if meant dying together. And that ending?! That look on Imhotep’s face? Such an awesome contrast of committed love verses lust. Sigh.

pirates of the caribbean

And then there’s Will Turner and Elisabeth Swan. The misunderstandings, the self-sacrificing, the adventure, the reality of choices and their consequences, and loss. Yeah, the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies challenged my need for happy endings.

buffy

Buffy and Spike. Need I say more? These two probably should have been classified as an Almost Couple. Most of their relationship was a bit…weird, maybe self-serving, but their growth through it all was awesome, particularly Spike’s. And that ending of all endings? My heart is melting…

tangled

Rapunzel and Eugene! LOVE their story. How each one changes for the better and is willing to sacrifice for the other. OH, OH, and Anna & Kristof???

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Yeah, I have kids.

Some of these couples are difficult to categorize because some are based on books, and I have not read them. Yet. *cough*

So I mention, briefly, Arwen and Aragorn. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Buttercup and Wesley. Although, I find the movie more enjoyable on the whole than merely their relationships. Please don’t throw stones. Ha!

So what say you? Who are your favorite speculative fiction movie/TV show couples?

14 Responses to Favorite Spec-fic Couples on Screen

  1. sparksofember

    I’m really bad at thinking up couples – I read your lists and everyone’s suggestions and think, “oh yeah – them!” but I have a hard time thinking them up on my own. So the one’s I have thought up are going to show my extra-uniquely-nerdy side. lol

    Bob the Guardian and Dot Matrix from Reboot, the cgi-animated series from the 90’s set in the inner world of computers. Together they battle viruses and the user to keep their home, and eventually the entire Net safe. They don’t finally get together until the end of the 3rd season but it was worth the wait!

    My other favorites are all from South Korean TV dramas. What can I say – they really know how to do romantic specfic. 😉

    Do Min-joon & Cheon Song-yi in You From Another Star. He’s an alien with superpowers who’s been stranded here for 400 years. She’s a top Hallyu actress who just unwittingly made herself a target of a murderous sociopath. Their paths cross and sparks fly just when his chance to finally go home is about to occur.

    Choi Hee-jin & Kim Bung-do in Queen In-Hyun’s Man – an obscure actress who falls in love with a time-traveling scholar who jumps 300 years into the future to the 21st century. As he uses what he learns in the future to change the past, they learn that staying together at the end is going to be harder than they thought.

    Jang Hye-sung & Park Soo-ha from I Can hear Your Voice. A jaded lawyer and a young man who can read other people’s thoughts team up to solve cases. When the murderer of Park Soo-ha’s father is released from prison and seeks revenge against Jang-Hye-Sung, the witness who put him behind bars, they’re going to need every advantage they can get.

    Choi Kang-chi & Dam Yeo-wool in Gu Family Book. A melodrama historical epic about the struggles of a half-man, half-gumiho (werewolf-like forest guardian) to become human while trying to protect his loved ones from a power-hungry villain.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Awesome! I’ve not heard of any of them. One of these days I will have to check out a South Korean T.V. drama. Thanks for sharing!

      • sparksofember

        They’re becoming increasingly popular. When I first started watching 6-7 years ago, they were hard to find with subtitles. Now they are on Netflix, Hulu, viki.com, dramafever.com – so many choices! (Though I suspect the Netflix/Hulu options are just shortcuts to the dramafever videos.) I’ve been noticing more & more Bollywood videos, too. I need to check them out sometime. There’s also occasional Taiwanese dramas – those are frequently (but not always) less serious and much more cute & silly so I sometimes watch them with my daughter. The subtitles are good practice for her dyslexia. 😉

  2. Jenelle Leanne

    Faramir and Eowyn, definitely! Cimorene and Mendanbar. Lionheart and Rose Red… it’s gonna happen. It must! Taran and Eilonwy. Just to name a few. And I’m totally with you on the others you mentioned!

    Also, on Will and Elisabeth – they actually did get a happy ending. The film writers said so! Since Elisabeth stayed faithful to Will while he was gone, unlike Calypso and Davy Jones, he was freed from his duties as the captain of the Flying Dutchman, and now he is happily living out the rest of his days with his family (and, I’m guessing, Calypso has to ferry the souls of the dead, since it was HER JOB to begin with, and foisting it off on Davy wasn’t very nice).

    • sparksofember

      Yes, but as with books, it’s a flawed story when the writers have to explain something because no one got it in the movie. Their explanation doesn’t make up for the sinking depression that hit me at the end of the movie.

      And they still had to wait 10 years – he missed out on 10 years of seeing his son grow and spending time with his wife! Happy-eventual ending. Someone higher up needs to write Calypso up for that! 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Jenelle. I agree about Faramir and Eowyn, but since I’ve only seen the movie and you only glimpse at the end of the trilogy that they are a couple, I hadn’t made much of a connection with them until after the fact. I think the are perfect together. It would be awesome to see more of their storyline.

      And that whole thing with Will and Elisabeth, I agree with sparksofember. I watched those movies a lot and totally did not connect the dots. But now that you pointed it out, I can see that. If I had known that, then their commitment to each other…even better! Yeah, I think Calypso should get her comeuppance or something for that. ha!

      • Jenelle Leanne

        I agree it’s a flawed story. I tend to err on the side of believing in a happy ending, even if the story is left open, so I had decided there was a happy ending of some kind before the writers came out and explained.

        Or possibly I’m just too optimistic and nerdy for my own good… but I wrote a post about it way back when it first came out, and if you like greek mythology, you might enjoy reading it: http://thiswinterbelle.blogspot.com/2007/05/thoughts-on-pirates.html

        • Jenelle Leanne

          Oh, and Faramir and Eowyn of the books are SO much better than in the movie. PJ skipping over their love story was one of the very few things about the movies that truly disappointed me.

        • J.L. Mbewe

          Thanks Jenelle! I will have to check it out. I can’t believe I skipped over Lionheart and Rose Red. I probably should have featured them in the Almost Couple post. Not sure why I didn’t. Considering what they had been through, they would have been more deserving, in my opinion, than Eanrin and Imraldera. My feelings fluctuate on Eanrin, perhaps because he thinks he’s God’s Gift to the World. A bit like Pirate Jack as I think about it. Of course, he has mellowed some, wouldn’t you say?

          • Jenelle Leanne

            Yeah, Lionheart and Rose Red are far more compelling to me than Eanrin and Imraldera. I like Eanrin and Imraldera just fine, but a good 50-75% of the time I don’t feel that they are right for each other at all. Which makes us outliers, I guess, since the rest of the world ships them pretty adamantly. Eanrin is a tough one, since he’s always there no matter what the “present” is of the books, it can be easy to forget that we’re not always seeing him “grown up” or maturing in a linear fashion the way we see other characters.

  3. Jenelle Leanne

    Thanks for commenting on my Pirates post, by the way. I think I only made those connections because I am a complete mythology nerd, and I was teaching a unit on mythology to my 11/12th grade students at the time. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing! I love mythology, but it has been a while! I had no idea how deep the storyline of the POTC goes until I did some digging years ago. Like Captain Jack’s back story. It gives you a great appreciation for the character on screen.

  4. L. E. Carmichael

    Excellent choices, all. I will add Tristan and Yvane from Stardust, which I maintain is this generation’s Princess Bride.

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