I have two little boys and quite honestly, my tv viewing for the last few years had been filled mostly with Phinneus and Ferb. A friend suggested I check Revo out on Netflix and I did. This was January of 2014. For those who remember it well, you'll realize season 2 was well under way before I ever watched the pilot. In fact, blogs and tv critics were already warning of cancellation before I ever met Charlie, Bass, Miles or the rest.
I watched the pilot after tucking my kiddos in one night, and I was hooked. HOOKED. It took a week of late night binge watching to get caught up, but thanks to Netflix and Amazon instant streaming, I was able to do so.
Now, in the beginning I wasn't thinking about Charlie and Bass as a couple. At first I was simply intrigued by the show's premise and by the acting talent that was on display from the first scene. I fell in love with Bass and Miles. (I'm a sucker for Bad Boys, and with a few extreme exceptions in S1, I loved Bass from the beginning). Miles and Charlie together were amazing. Aaron was lovable and clever. The sword fights were top notch. Everything was wonderful. I was solidly living in my little Revolution bubble.
I'd joined twitter back in 2009 and had a chunk of followers. I didn't do much tweeting though, not until I started following Revo fans and making friends who shared my love for this show. Since January, I've tweeted over 17,000 times about Revolution. Is that extreme? Maybe. My husband thinks so. We all have our weaknesses. Revo is mine.
By the time Bass met Charlotte and watched her face down Strausser's gun, I had already learned that there were people who 'shipped' them. Maybe I'm a sucker for an unlikely romance (I am. It's true). Maybe I'm easily influenced by the thoughts of others (it's been known to happen). Maybe it was a combination or something else entirely. Whatever it was, after watching that scene I sought out the pairing on fan fiction. Oy vey. There was a lot of it. I soaked in as much as I could and then began writing myself. By the time the Olympic hiatus was over, I'd published a couple stories, and had others in the works.
You know what else? I firmly believed the writers would come through. Am I naïve? Probably. I'm also usually realistic, and it seemed to me that the writers and creators would have to be stupid to NOT do something with all that chemistry on display between Charlie & Bass (thank you Tracy and David, by the way for making that happen.) When instead, we got the Charlie/Connor hookup AND the icky Bass/Rachel kiss... I almost lost hope. Almost. But here's the thing... even after problems as big as those, the Charloe fan community survived. Did we suffer a little after Happy Endings and Sh#t Happens? Yes. Yes we did. BUT we bounced back, and by the time cancellation became reality, we'd prepared ourselves for the possibility that Charloe might not officially happen. le sigh.
The official Revo canon does not include a pairing of Bass and Charlie. This is the sad, but honest truth. However, the pairing is still alive and well on fan fiction and in fan videos even months after the 'final' episode aired. Do I wish we were watching Season 3 right now? Absolutely.... but with one caveat. If it's true that Bass and Rachel were to be explored in some way in S3, I'm less excited. In fact, if that 'exploration' amounted to ANYTHING more than briefly discussing details from the past, I'd have been done. My Revolution obsession would either continue, ignoring anything past 2x22 or I'd just move on to a new show and a new fandom.
Is that extreme? Maybe, but you see Rachel with Bass is about as appealing to me as Aaron with Horn. Did Rachel and Monroe have some history? Yes - a sick and twisted one that evidently included 'one night' of bachel bow chicka wow wow. (sorry. Even the thought of it makes me sick). I think the fact that it was only the ONCE means a lot. They were together geographically for years... they certainly COULD have repeated that night had they wanted to. So the bottom line is, the bow chicka wasn't all that wow wow or they would have been talking about 'all those years of banging in Philly' instead of 'one night'. Secondly (and most importantly) the Bass we came to know and love is Season 2 was not the same guy who tortured Nora or kept Rachel captive in S1. THIS Bass was on a mission. The mission was to find a way back to his lifelong friendship with Miles. By the end of S2 - the very end - we get the feeling that it's happening. There is hope in the way Bass comes through with Davis. There is hope in the fact that Miles says he's trusting Bass.... No way would Bass come out of THAT experience... the same experience in which he chose Miles over HIS SON, to screw around with Rachel - the 'love of Miles's life'. I just don't see it... at all.
Yes, the writers threw some weird stuff at us, but that would be so far beyond the realm of possibility and I think most people would turn off their TVs. I know I would. Hell, maybe THIS is why NBC chose to give the show a pass instead of renewal. Regardless, if there ever is a continuation or some sort of closure... I'd take no romance at all over Bachel or Aarhorn for that matter...
But of course if my little shipper heart had its way, S3 and beyond would most definitely include Charlie and Bass as a couple. Sigh. This is my happy place, and it's the reason I created this site. It's the reason I still read and write fan fiction. It's the reason I still do re-watches with Charloe fans and attend the weekly 'book club'. Take inventory, powers that be.... does any other non-canon couple (from a cancelled tv show, no less) come close to this kind of following? I don't need to tell you the answer.
You already know.
Christy (wicked_happy), USA