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What Hooked You on Your Ships?

Just curious to see what folks out there pinpoint as the episode or the moment or even the fic that hooked you on a particular pairing.  

Someone commented recently at ff.net about an ancient JAG story I wrote and it got me thinking about when I became a diehard Harm/Mac shipper - it was after reading a really great fic.  

So I was wondering what got everyone on the Booth/Brennan bandwagon.  Was it a particular ep?  For me it was watching the first episode the summer after Season 1.  Something about that ep, after I had watched bits and pieces during that first season, hooked me on the show and on the ship.  

For Harry Potter, I never cared at all about the relationships until I read the entries in the



I was hooked on Jack/Elizabeth from the first ten minutes of the Pirates of the Carribean franchise.  

Anyway, enough of my ramblings.  I'm really curious to read other's responses.  Particularly about Booth/Brennan, but I'd love to hear about what turned on the light for other ships as well.



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Jul. 13th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
I think I had a very similar experience to you - I remember catching bit and pieces of eps on Sky over here and thinking, oh.. David Boreanaz, should check this out properly... but finally managing to see the start of Season 2 - I was intrigued by the whole thing with Brennan visiting her mum's grave and I remember being hooked to the ship with the bit at the end where she holds the dolphin Max has left, and says it is beautiful and Booth is all 'Yeah' - clearly so not looking at the little silver fish thing.. ;)

I bought both box sets as soon as I could. And the rest *le sigh* is history :)

Jul. 13th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
clearly so not looking at the little silver fish thing
haha I agree he wasn't looking at the silver/dolphin thing! =]
Jul. 13th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, the box set did it for me for sure. I only saw about half of S1, mostly the summer after during re-runs, and started cruising around the net for fics right before S2. Then I got the S1 box set and my obsession began.
Jul. 13th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Hee :) I think I devoured the entire first season in three days as soon as I owned the box set. I realised that I didn't really explain what drew me to BB - then Lerdo wrote it so well! :)
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
hhhmmmmmmm??????? I think it was about half-way through season 1 of Bones, that's when I first noticed that "their chemistry" and the way they started looking at each other a little differently, more intimate, pervy kinda lol
Jul. 13th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
The Season 1 chemistry was smokin'. Back when they really didn't like each other, but they were obviously attracted to each other? That's why watching the pilot for the first time, after I had seen bits and pieces before did it for me. That scene after he picked her up in the airport? In the car? Crackled with electricity.
Jul. 13th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Booth/Brennan [Bones]: They intrigued me from the very beginning because I have a thing for bickering, push/pull, semingly-different-on-the-surface-but-actually-kindred-souls fictional couples. The writers set it up so that both had a growing respect for and understanding of each other starting with the pilot ep. Watch the way Booth goes to bat for Brennan with Cullen -- and she knows it. Look at the expression on Brennan's face when she goes to Booth's office and spies him watching that home video of Cleo Eller and her family.

Then there's their scene in the cemetary:

Booth: You know, if it weren’t for you, those people would never have known what happened to their daughter. That’s got to be worse than the truth.

Brennan: I know exactly how the Eller’s felt about Cleo. My parents disappeared when I was fifteen and nobody knows what happened to them.

Booth: You know, being a sniper I took, a lot of lives, What I’d like to do before I’m done is try and catch at least that many murderers.

Brennan: [Laughing] Please! You don’t think there’s some kind of cosmic balance sheet… I’d like to help you with that.

Booth: [Smirking] Ehhhh….

These are people who've been banged up by life, but they've kept pushing to do the right thing, to try and make the world a safer and more just place. That sealed it for me; I knew those two could be something very special.

Buffy/Angel [Buffy the Vampire Slayer]: I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but I fell in love with them fairly early on. They're totally star-crossed, and a vampire and a slayer are not supposed to fall in love. And yet there's this pull, and they can't stay away from each other.

Buffy is Angel's light. He's been wandering around in NY, lost and eating rats to survive -- until Whistler finds him and takes him to CA -- and he sees this girl struggling to accept her destiny. *sighs*

They're both warriors. They understand each other and the responsibilities that each of them shoulder.

Lee/Kara (Apollo/Starbuck) [Battlestar Galactica 2003]: These two are another pair of warriors. They're both battered and bruised and so fucking brave in the face of crazy odds. Kara's no damsel in distress. That woman can take care of herself. She's full of bluster and bravado, and yet there's this vulnerability that Lee sees -- and gets. They banter and fight, and yes, sometimes they hurt each other; but there's so much genuine liking and affection between them. They see through each others' facades in ways no one else can. What they feel for each other scares them.
Jul. 13th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, Booth and Brennan - all of that!!
Jul. 13th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of my pairings are like yours: there's always a push/pull element, and more often than not a thousand reasons why it wouldn't work. I mean, Buffy/Angel is the quintessential star-crossed pairing, which is a huge part of the appeal. And most of the women in ships that I root for are really strong personalities or women that have overcome a lot of adversity.
Jul. 14th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
{Bones, Booth/Brennan}
Well, Lerdo's comment here states really well what I like about Booth & Brennan - they have this push/pull chemistry thing going that is so cool to watch, and they have such a huge amount of respect for each other. Their bantering is just so fun, and you can tell they really care about each other.

I'm not really sure when I got hooked onto B/B, but it was probably about from the time I started watching Bones. I had watched probably bits and pieces of episodes from the first season, and a couple episodes of the second season before I really got hooked. Somewhere in the middle of second season I started watching Bones regularly, but I still can't pinpoint the exact episode/date no matter how hard I try ;)
Another factor in my addiction? Probably all the lovely fanfic I've found that make the characters even more real.

{Gilmore Girls, Luke/Lorelai}

I was also a latecomer to Gilmore Girls, and I did not start watching it weekly until it was in its 6th season, at which point Luke and Lorelai were already a couple. But of course, I devoured the seasons on DVD, and I would have been rooting for them all along anyways. I think there's a similar attraction with Luke/Lorelai as with Booth/Brennan, in Luke and Lorelai have the bickering/bantering thing going for them too, as well as being fairly different in personalities (ex. Luke's more quiet and Lorelai's extremely outgoing).

I guess part of it's just that I'm a sucker for romance, and I really like the 'opposites attract' type of thing :)
Jul. 16th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm such an 'opposites attract' fan. I'll take that every time and it always becomes my favorite ship. Maybe I'm a closet angst junkie :)
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