002. mike and chuck (motorcity)
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.
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