There are some of us here at H&H *cough* redline_ *cough* that will talk at length as to the merits of one Adama/Thrace (or Apollo/Starbuck if you are so inclined). But I would like to tell you about a couple that was saving the galaxy only to be tragically torn apart long before Miss Thrace and Adama Jr. set foot in a Viper. I present to you, the born-military Aeryn Sun and the ever so witty and indomitable John Crichton.
The date was the early 2000s and America had just received from Austrailia and The Jim Henson Company a new and exciting SciFi show called Farscape. The show was primarily about John Crichton, an astronaut/physicist specializing in the study of wormholes. During one of his experiments, he finds himself on the other side of the galaxy surrounded by various aliens and no way home.
When Chrichton first meets Aeryn, he finds out that despite looking quite human and attractive, she is also an alien, but when has interspeicies dating ever stood in the way of true love? He also finds out that Aeryn doesn’t take much in the way of crap from anybody.
For spending too much time with Crichton and saving his proverbial bacon a time or two, Aeryn Sun is stripped of her rank and must slum it with John and his misfit group of aliens aboard their living spaceship. The two don’t hit it off at first, but like any proper shipped couple, you know they are going to wind up in bed by the end if only because the two characters are constantly bickering over the tiniest of details.
Yes, John had flings with a few other aliens, as any post-Kirk space adventurer is wont to do, but it was Aeryn that was always there to ground him, bail him out when things hit the fan, or just smack him in the head when he was being an idiot, which was often.
Aeryn and John are repeatedly thrown against overwhelming odds while facing down sadistic aliens, renegade generals, space-plagues, various forms of madness—the list goes on. They escaped annihilation on a few separate occasions and it was always because of the delightful mix of Aeryn’s handiness with automatic weapons and John’s quick-thinking. You want tortured intellectual with a tough-as-hell bad-ass heroine? No need to go looking for a BSG remake; John and Aeryn are your couple.
As the series progresses, the couple realize their feelings for each other and John stops looking for a way home and instead looks for a life with Aeryn. Of course, the universe had other plans for them, but to find all that out you’ll have to check out the series for yourself.
What about you: Do you have a preferred sci-fi couple?