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Goon’s Top 6 TV Romances

As promised, Goon is coming at you with this list of the top 6 romances on television!

Consider it a Christmas treat for you all, or just a random Tuesday posting if you don’t celebrate Christmas.  (Admittidly yes, this list would probably be more at home around Valentines Day, but since I do not now nor have I ever celebrated that particular Holiday and have to fill time till my shows finish their midseason braek, you’re getting this now).  Before we begin let me share two quick things about this post:

1. The couples chosen for this list are all cannon pairings.  Fan pairings are not allowed, even if someone of then are pretty freaking sweet.
2. I’m not saying that these are the best examples of a romantic pairing that TV has to offer, they are simply the ones that I like the best.  Personal opinion and all that jazz.

There we go, now that’s out of the way, lets get to what you have been waiting for!

#6

That’s right, kicking this off with some DC comics action!

Wally and Artemis are firmly entrenched in the number six spot for one simple reason, their relationship is so much fun to see evolve over the course of the series.  When they first start these two practically hate each other.  Wally doesn’t trust her, she thinks he’s and idiot.  There banter and insults back and forth are often times some of the best parts of the episodes, made even better when they are able to put aside their mutual dislike and effectively work together.
Throughout most of the first season we see Wally almost relentlessly pursuing M’gann, who never returns his affections, and Artemis putting the moves on Conner, who just seems to not care.  These one sided romances trickle off into friendship as the season goes on and the two begin to really learn about each other, often times having other characters point out how they would be a good match (Kent Nelson aka Dr. Fate for one) and yet they fight it.  Until season two.  In the second season we see them living together, retired from superhero work, and living the normal life.  Granted their romances ends in tragedy with Wally’s death in the series finale (sad face) but it was still amazing as it added a more depth to a children’s show, the two characters having an actual mature relationship was one of the things that helped make this show appealing to adults as well as children, and that right there is why they made the list.  Their relationship added more to the show, and to the characters, and gave us some great dramatic scenes.  The only negative thing I can say about it is that we didn’t get enough, the season two episodes that had them were some of the best.

#5

You can’t have a list of top TV romances without including these two, they do have that whole true love thing going for them after all,  allowed them to produce a super powered savior daughter.

Honestly, the Snow/Charming relationship is one of the most fun parts of OUaT just because of how well the actors play off each other.  For those of you that read my reviews of OUaT you all know how much I dislike the flashbacks, but the ones that focus on Snow and Charming are almost always fun to watch.  The relationship is equal parts of drama and levity.  There is such a great deal of wit and love between them that its hard not to love this pairing.  A lot of this may very well come from the fact that the actors that play them are engaged in real life, so they have that real world love to draw on when playing the characters.  From their first meeting where she bashed him with a rock and stole from him, to their honeymoon spent fighting Medusa, the Snow/Charming dynamic is one of the strengths of this show and has earned them the number 5 spot on the Goon’s list.

#4

For those of you that may be unaware, Coupling is a British sitcom created by and written by Steven Moffat that ran from 2000-04, that’s right folks, good Mr. Moffat has done more than just Doctor Who and Sherlock.  Bascially this was England’s version of Friends,  only with more sex jokes.  A lot more sex jokes.

Why I love them?  Simple.  Their relationship is a constant throughout the series, with one minor hiccup in the season two finale/season three premier and are by far the funniest part of the show.  What we see in their relationship is a woman with her life together and looking to move her relationship with the man she loves onto the next level: marriage, house, kids, all that stuff.  In Steven we see a man that is very much in love with his girlfriend, but scared to death of taking that next step and is constantly flustered by the intelligence of his girlfriend, which she gleefully uses against him to help move their relationship forward.  Throughout the course of the series we see many discussions and arguments that all tie into that great big old battle of the sexes, and most of the time we see this played out through their relationship.   That is what makes it so great, they have so many different arguments or disagreements on all manner of topics, most random and hilarious.  Take this clip for example:

 

This is just one of many examples of the hilarious dysfunction of their relationship.  But despite all this, they make it work.  No matter what happens, what arguments they get into, it all comes back to the very simple fact that they love each other.  And this love persists all the way through to the show, the series ending with Susan giving birth to their son.  Their relationship is never want to for laughs and joy, even when the show is at its most dramatic, they still manage to bring the laughs.

#3

How can you not love the love between a Piemaker and a girl named Chuck?  Their relationship started when their just wee little kids, stomping play-doh city folk in monster costumes, to eventually become Ned defying death itself to be with her.  For those of you not in the know on the amazingness that  is Pushing Daisies, the show centers on Ned who has the ability to bring the dead back to life.  One touch brings them back, another puts them back to being dead, keep em alive for longer than a minute and someone else dies to take their place, balance issues and all that.  Ned’s love for Chuck, a girl he hasn’t seen in years, is so strong that he brings her back from the dead to be with her, even knowing he will never be able to touch her.  Their relationship is built up entirely around emotional support of each other, which makes sense.  They can never have much of a physical relationship even if they do have some clever workarounds they employ throughout the series, and their creativity adds some quirky fun to their relationship, but because of this lack of touching they build up their relationship around an entirely different concept, the desire to just connect to someone else.
When the series opens Ned is doesn’t have much in his life, he has his pie shop and side business helping a PI, his dog Digby, and that’s it.  For Chuck, she was practically a shut in, living with her two aunts who never left their home.  Both were desperate for something more, to have someone to connect too, and that is what they find in each other, their missing pieces, what they need to be whole.  I’ll be honest, Ned/Chuck was a strong contender for the #1 spot on this list, but the remaining two managed to nudge them down to 3 by ever so much.

#2

From childhood best friends, to crime fighting super teens, to the cutest couple at the prom, Kim and Ron are a solid choice for the #2 slot on this list.

Why do I love them so much?  Better question, why shouldn’t I love them so much?  Even before they got together in So the Drama, the second KP movie, they had a solid relationship built on friendship, trust, and respect.  It only makes sense that this would eventually grow into love.  There really isn’t much more to say than this.  Their relationship was a fantastic addition to the show, was actually a joy to watch as they went through the growing pains of friends to boyfriend/girlfriend, shown by Ron’s occasional freak out over Kim leaving him.   Nothing else to say, so we’ll just close it out with this.

 

And now, what you have all been waiting for, Goon’s #1 TV Romance is!

(Drum roll please)

#1

That’s right, every-man nerd turned spy Chuck Bartowski and super deadly, amazingly good looking, CIA badass Sarah Walker!

Honestly, I could go on forever over my love of this pairing, but I’ll do my best to keep it brief.  Why do I love them, and why are they number one on the list, its actually quite simple when you get down to it.  They need each other.
When Chuck first started, our title character was directionless in life, still reeling and trying to put his life back together after being expelled from Stanford and losing his girlfriend.  Sarah was a spy,  plain and simple.  Several times throughout the series she comments that before Chuck she was just a spy, had nothing else in her life.  What made them great is that even though their relationship was fake at first, it still forced them to grow as people.  Through getting the Intersect Chuck was thrown, head first, out of the comfort zone he had built around himself and through his experience with Sarah he was had no choice but to think about his future, find his direction and purpose in life.
When you think about her past, it makes sense that at the start of the series she would just be the closed off  killer and liar that the CIA turned her into.  She was taught by her father to never trust people, never reveal anything that could be used against her.  Two things that the CIA then deeply ingrained into her, made her truly believe was the only way that that was the only way she could live.  And then along comes Chuck.  Throughout the first season we see him trying to get know her, learn about her, get her to open up.  Chuck fell for her quick and hard, and through his pushing and prodding, trying to get to know her, helps Sarah to realize that she is more than just a spy.

While not a big fan of the “will they, won’t they” plot device, Chuck used it perfectly.  Chuck and Sarah needed that time to grow as people, reach a stage in their lives where they could actually be together and have a successful relationship.  This is why they are #1 on the list.  They are the perfect example of two people growing together, relying on one another to make themselves better people.
I believe these two scenes to a far better job showing just how amazing their relationship is than I ever could, and why they are my number one pick.

And there you have it folks.  Goon’s top 6 TV romances.   Do you agree with my choices, or diagree?  Leave a comment and let me know. I think its about time we started having a bit of two conversation here and not just me blabbing on and on.

Until next time,

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: American Hustle

Can't get much more 70s than that...

Can’t get much more 70s than that…

In which Snooty makes a Shakespearian faux pas, and Goon dislikes a character meant to be disliked.

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Playing Catch Up: Goon Reviews OUaT in Wonderland

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Gonna have to start this off with saying that I am ever so sorry for not keeping up on this, however in my defense, I am almost never home the night it airs, Thursday is game night with Snooty and others, can’t pass that up.

But here I am, back with my ramblings about Wonderland.  As I stated previously, this post is primarily going to be me summing up my general thoughts on the first half of the season.  So without further stalling, lets get into it.

I honestly I am still having some mixed feeling about this show, even with being halfway in.  It seems for every really good episode we got, it was followed up by two mediocre episodes, and this is very disappointing because the show does have so much potential to be a great adventure series, so why isn’t it?

Short answer, the villains.  While Jafar and the Red Queen aren’t terrible villains, or characters for that matter, but there is nothing overly great about them.  They very much fall into what I have come to realize is the cookie cutter Once villains, meaning they have magic and mommy/daddy issues.  Jafar is obviously the worst of the two.  I found myself rolling my eyes throughout his entire back story episode because it was just so dumb, allow the Goon a moment to paraphrase a few lines from that episode:

Jafar: Waaa, daddy why don’t you love me?

Sultan: You’re a bastard child, duh!  You are nothing more than the product of a bad choice with a servant girl.  But, because I am a decent bloke I will let you live in the palace, you’ll be a servant, but is better than starving in the streets, so buck up.

Jafar: Daddy look at me, I know more than your idiot son who is the prince, and my superior, and showing him up like that will totally make you love me!

Sultan: Yup, gonna have to kill you now.

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Nothing about this story was in any way original or even interesting.  For a story that is supposed to make the viewers feel sorry for Jafar, I just found him to be a moron.  Sultan clearly laid out the terms of his living in the palace, he should have followed the damn rules!  Jafar in the present day isn’t that much better because he is such a cliche’d villain!  Nothing about this character is in any way unique or outstanding.  The only strong point to him is Naveen Andrews’ portrayal of him.  I hate the character, but like him in the role.  Now our other baddie is a slight bit better, not her back story mind you, that is just as bad as Jafar’s, but her present self is actually proving to be a somewhat interesting character.  As it was revealed in the in mid-season finale her primary motivation seems to be get Will back.  I honestly didn’t expect that.  I was working of the assumption that her random acts of kindness towards him was just due to some lingering feelings that would be used as part of some sort of “there’s still good inside you, help us stop the baddie” cliche, but her wanting to rewrite the laws of magic to make up for a past wrong, interesting.  I am honestly starting to like her more as a character, could even make for an interesting reluctant hero if the latest episode was anything to go by.  So, to sum that up:
Jafer = Waste of a villain, nothing at all interesting or original about him.
Red Queen = Potential to be an interesting character.

Moving on to our heroes, Alice and Will.  I have commented on them in the past so I won’t spend to much time on them, but I am loving them both.  Alice is a strong, competent, has guts, but still has enough flaws to her character to prevent her from being a Mary Sue and allowing for character growth and making the audience be able to relate to her.  She is a character that I do find myself able to empathize with, she spent most of her life trying to prove Wonderland to her father, only causing her to  lose him in the process, then lost the man she loved, and when she tried to repair things with her father was sent away.  I would honestly say that one of the better episodes so far is the one that deals with her back in England after losing Cyrus, seeing her with her family was almost heart breaking to watch and I would be lying if I said I didn’t give out a little cheer when she and Cyrus were finally reunited in the last episode.  Alice is a solid character, enough said.

And that brings us to the Knave of Hearts, aka Will Scarlett.  Not gonna lie, he is my favorite character of the show thus far.  He does an excellent job of portraying the Honorable Scoundrel character.  Despite Alice needing to pay him with a wish to get his help, he has proven to legitimately care about her, and best of all, it is just a friendship caring! No stupid love triangle!  Will is smart, resourceful, and despite all appearances to the contrary, is a good person.  We still know so very little about his history, and that is what makes him so interesting, how did he become the Knave of Hearts, how did he end up in Storybrooke, whats the deal with his missing heart?  He is still very shrouded in mystery and I personally can’t wait to see more of his history.  The moment that cinched his character for me, his wish. Using his wish to save Alice and allow her and Cyrus to be together was amazing.  Him becoming a genie, even more so.  We know have a switch from Alice trying to save her love, to them trying to save her friend.   Michael Socha is nailing this role and I can’t wait to see what he does with in the future.

The supporting characters have proved to be interesting additions to the cast.  Cyrus, even having spent most of his time in a cage, was always fun to watch and showed a lot of ingenuity in his escape and how he helped Alice even while locked up.  As for the White Rabbit, I honestly feel sorry for him, granted that is the point so kudos to the writers to selling it well.  He falls into the double agent character, but is not a villain.  He iis a guy forced into an impossible situation where he must betray his friend to protect his family, this adds the good kind of drama to the show.  Best about this, it wasn’t a dragged out plot point, his family has been rescued and Alice and Will have forgiven him for his wrong doings.

That pretty much seemed to be the point of the mid season finale, to wrap up all the dangling plot threads, save of course for the main one, to allow way for a brand new ones, and that is why I am still watching this show.  The writers have set a solid pace for the series and the story is moving along well.  While it has stumbled at some points, I can chalk that up to its still trying to find its feet and the writers still trying to set the course for the show.

Overall, Wonderland has gotten off to a shaky start, the villains are less than awe inspiring, but the story is solid and the heroes are enjoyable characters.  The first half of the season ended on a very strong note.  Now to just sit back until March and hope the show can continue taking steps forward without having to take two back.

Goon out.

 

 

Belief is a Powerful Thing: Goon Reviews OUaT “Going Home”

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And thus we close this chapter of the storybook, not with a bang, but with a tear filled goodbye.

I think I can honestly say that this is the best episode of the season thus far, may even be one of the best of the series.  So lets get to it.

The flashbacks for this episode were surprisingly well done, and actually enjoyable.  They were used sparingly, each one was focused on a different, and they all helped to tie into what was happening in the greater plot of the episode.  This was a great way to use the flashbacks, limited and focusing on different things that help to enhance what is happening in the main plot.  I would say that I hope the writers keep this formula going for the future, but I know they won’t.

In the present, we pick up where last week left off and the heroes desperately plotting to stop Pan’s plot.  As it turns out, it all boils down to the curse, what started it all is apparently the key to ending it all.  There’s something a bit poetic about that.  In their attempt to stop Pan we are bombarded with one fantastic character moment  after the next.  Everyone bands together to stop Pan, the trust and sense of teamwork that has been built up over their time in Neverland is perfectly capitalized in these scenes.  Finally they are rid of any distrust or anger at each other and all are focused on saving each other.

That is what was great about this episode, while I have stated in the past I was hoping for some sort of epic battle between the good guys and Pan to close out this story arc, I can honestly say that the use of dramatically charged character scenes was a far superior way to wrap things up.  We had Tinkerbell’s belief causing her to get her wings back and defeat the Shadow, and finally getting accepted by Blue (still think she’s a bitch).  Which led to a fun bit between her and Hook, really showcasing their past relationship and how a friendship has developed from that.   From there it moved on to Rumple’s turn, and boy howdy was that amazing to see.  Rumple’s final confrontation with his father was amazing.  We saw Rumple at his lowest, deprived of his magic and unable to stop Pan from killing his loved ones, the desperation and rage we saw here was great.  I have always loved Robert Carlyle in this role, and this was one of his best moments as the character.  In the end we see Rumple finally accept his fate, what he has been fighting against for so long he now gladly accepts as what he must do to save the people he loves.  His goodbyes to Neal and Belle were perfectly done, and bit tear jerking.  Carlyle sold this perfectly, and his death scene was one of the best parts I have seen in this show.  Granted I don’t for a second believe he is actually dead dead, he’ll back.  No way is a character as great and popular as him going to be gone for long.

With the final defeat of Pan we move onto the climax of the episode.  Even with the villain dead, his plans are still in motion, the curse is bearing down on our heroes and time is running out.  I honestly don’t what to say about this apart from that it was amazing to watch.  Regina took her final step in her path to redemption, she willingly gave up her son to save  the others, and even came to peace with Emma at long last, lord knows she took her sweet time with that.  We had Emma heartbroken over having to leave her family again, and Snow and David sending her away, only this time knowing that she would be okay, that she didn’t need them anymore and could have her happiness without them.  Just gotta stop right there or I am just going to end up saying the same thing about this scene over and over again.  To break it down to bare bones, the final act of this episode was amazing to watch, and a perfect way to close things out for the first half of season 3.  Although I will be honest, with a couple of tweaks this could have also served as an amazing series finale, glad it didn’t mind you, but it could have.  Things close out with Emma and Henry driving off together as the ominous purple cloud envelops Storybrooke, and I will be honest, I teared up a bit as I saw the smoke roll over Henry’s story book.  We then have a time jump by one year.  Emma and Henry are happy together, no memory of Storybrooke and made up history of love and happiness care of Regina.  All things come to crashing halt when none other than our favorite pirate shows up at their door seeking her help, a claim that her family is in danger, and quick smooch that does all of nothing (ha ha Emma/Hook shippers, no happy couple for you yet!) and we cut to black.

This was a perfect close out to the first half of the season, and best of all, we have a brand new and completely unknown direction for the show.  Storybrooke is gone, all the characters are back in their own world, and Emma and Henry have no memory of anything that happened.  This show has been built up entirely around these fairy tale characters being in a world that was not their own, and even when they were back in their own world, they fought to get back to Storybrooke.  The mysterious small town in Maine has been a central point for the show, and now that its gone we have no idea what this show has in store for us, except for the Wicked Witch is the new baddie for the series, apparently that’s a thing.

Overall, this episode was perfect, I cannot think of a single thing wrong with it.  It was an amazing close out for the story thus far and leaves the show wide open for so many possibilities that we sadly won’t see played out till March.  Yeah, that sucks.

So, with a heavy heart to all my readers, guess this is goodbye for now.  I’ll see you in 4 months.

Goon out.

 

 

 

Joking, joking, joking.  Like I’m gonna leave you guys alone for that long.  What would you do without me? (probably a lot, lets be honest I don’t play that major of a role in your lives).  But we are left in a bit of a pickle as the shows that I review have now all entered their mid season breaks, but worry not, I got some things up my sleeves.

For starters, I have been a bit lacking in my Wonderland reviews for the past few weeks, so within the next few days I will be giving a wrap up/review of the last few episodes and my general thoughts on the series thus far.
After that I will be introducing a new thing I like to call “Getting to know the Goon” after all, how much do we really know about each other?  This will kick off with Goon’s list of the Top 6 TV Romances! (hold your applause) because the Goon does love a well done romantic subplot.  Also in store for you all is a couple of web series reviews I have been keeping in store, and maybe my thoughts on some of the video games that have come out recently.  Figure that should be enough to take us into mid January when Arrow picks up again.

Now for real this time,

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: The Hobbit 2

Here we see Bilbo Baggins sneaking into a higher tax bracket.

Here we see Bilbo Baggins sneaking into a higher tax bracket.

Goon lays the smack down on Peter Jackson and Co., and the debate of orcs vs. goblins is finally in no way resolved.

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Editor’s note: apologies for the background noise halfway through the episode.