These two were actually the reason for this blog’s creation.
*Contains spoilers(?) for Warehouse 13.*
Claudia Donovan and Steve “Jinsky” Jinks are one of the most heart warming examples of people finding family outside of blood. Steve was actually introduced rather late in Warehouse 13, in the third season of five. However, the speed at which he and Claudia became “BFFEWYLIONs” (“best friend forever and ever, whether you like it or not”) warmed both other Warehouse agents and the audience to Steve remarkably quickly. And there friendship does develop remarkably quickly. By the end of Steve’s introductory season, he and Claudia are already closer than family and have entrusted each other with some of their own darkest, most painful memories (for example, the death of Steve’s sister and Claudia’s stints in mental institutions).
However, it’s the loss of Steve that really pushes their relationship to the next level. The discovery of Steve’s body at the end of season three is absolutely heart-rending and that string of episodes pushes the series in general into somewhat darker territory.
This just makes Steve and Claudia’s relationship even stronger, however. After Steve’s resurrection, Claudia literally takes on all of Steve’s pain in exchange for just having him back.
Part of what makes their friendship so great is the how sacrificial they are to each other. They’re both ready to take on pain and death just for the sake of the other. Also, the fact that Steve is homosexual (and his character is treated wonderfully in this aspect, by the way. No stereotypes in sight…) allows the two to become incredibly close to each other without any tedious “will they-won’t they” dance. Their friendship is pure love. Just no romance.
If ever one wanted a series showcasing the image of supportive and selfless friendship, it’s Motorcity. The relationship between all of the show’s leads - the Burners - is incredible. However, the pair that stands out the most is Mike and Chuck. Mike is a confident risk-taker and incredible fighter. Chuck is neither of these, though incredibly bright and brave when it counts. And Mike is really good at pulling the best out of his friend. Mike encourages Chuck to take risks, but respects his friend’s boundaries as well. They’re supportive to each other in everything that they do (unless,of course, it’s detrimental to their health). Mike finds out his friend LARPs? His response isn’t to laugh. Rather, he joins in and plays along because it makes his friend happy and that makes him happy. He finds out Chuck can’t drive, days before Chuck has to compete in a race with Mike’s own car on the line as the prize? He a) keeps his promise not to tell the others and b) does not get mad and instead throws himself into teaching his friend as best he can. And Chuck, for his part, continues to drive with Mike and offers him technological support despite the fact that being in a car terrifies him. He also act as a voice of counsel if Mike’s plans stray too far towards brashness. Basically, you won’t find a more supportive pair of bros around.
ALSO: Bonus points to Motorcity for making the only female Burner a fully rounded out character and not a part of any contrived love triangle. Or any “obligatory” romance at all, actually. One could argue that Mike and Julie are attracted to each other, but even their relationship remains canonically as strong, platonic friendship throughout the entirety of the series.
Please… watch this show. The main character’s weapon is a gearshift/chainsaw/bo-staff thingy, for God’s sake.
Arguably one of the things that made Star Trek so memorable and such a cultural staple was the strong bond between its three leads. They are all very different from each other. Captain Kirk is all instinctual. He makes plans in the swing of the second and his many romantic conquests speak of his impulsive nature. He takes the chances Spock’s logical nature wouldn’t dream of pursuing. Spock is cool, calm, and critical. He helps temper Kirk’s fire and adds a pragmatic point of view to Dr. McCoy’s typically emotional responses to situations. Plus he’s sassy as fuck. Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy thinks with his heart. Yes, he can come off as grumpy, but he also is the one who breathes some emotional warmth into some of Spock’s more coldly analytic plans and consistently reminds both of his friends of their worth. And he’s also sassy as fuck.
All three of them complete each other and the depth of their devotion to each other is instantly clear. This affection, while remaining entirely platonic in the show, was one of the things that sparked the emergence of slash fiction (as well as fanfiction in general) as part of fandom.
Plus, the banter between these three is amazing. Yes, the 1960’s show can occasionally be corny and nonsensical and overly dramatic and whatever else you want to call it… but the snappy writing between these three is incentive enough to watch it.