TV Fanatic is asking readers to vote on the Most Dynamic TV Duo. But as you do, over the next week and a half, we're making the case for various tandems our staff members believe deserve the designation.
One staff writer argued for Revenge's Emily and Nolan yesterday. Another lobbied hard for Mike and Harvey from Suits. Now it's time for my personal favorites in this category: Kensi Blye and Marty Deeks.
Why should these NCIS: Los Angeles agents win? I'll tell you.
Plenty of TV pairings have palpable chemistry, but Kensi and Deeks may be unique among our contenders because theirs is more bromantic than romantic ... and they're straight members of the opposite sex.
Both are easy on the eyes (or so I've been told, in Deeks' case, by certain people I'm married to), and there's sexual tension there. But there's also almost a sibling-like rivalry and camaraderie between them.
I think the reason I like Deeks and Kensi so much is just that - they're hard to put your finger on.
G. Callen and Sam Hanna (Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J) form quite a duo themselves, one worthy of this contest. You'd probably call them first if you were about to die. But they don't match Densi to me.
Tomboyish Kensi is more masculine in some respects than Deeks, who highlights his hair (come on, it's obvious) and is definitely not the alpha male of the group. That makes for an interesting juxtaposition.
She's also the more highly trained of the two. Deeks' detective skills are superb, and he's LAPD's finest on his worst day. But compared to his own partner, he's often struggling to keep up. Which is awesome.
Point being, they don't fit a stereotype. He frequently flirts with her, then use her as a wingman in the same breath. He denies that he has "a thing" for Kensi, but his body language often says otherwise.
She'll ridicule him endlessly, but turn on a dime and get jealous if she doesn't have his full attention. How deep do their feelings go? It's as if the characters themselves couldn't answer that conclusively.
This much is undeniable, though: On a show predicated on partnerships, there's none better. Trading barbs with each other or trading shots at terrorists, they have each other's backs come what may.
Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah both do a terrific job of portraying their characters individually and collectively with an authenticity that extends beyond dialogue. Every scene they're in feels so real.
Both alternate between dramatic and comedic moments seamlessly, with even the slightest facial expressions conveying the depth of their relationship - underrated talents for a so-called procedural.
So pull the virtual lever for Shaggy and Kens below if you know what's good for you. If you're still not convinced, these modern day ninjas could off you and make sure no one notices. Just saying.
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