But just because I was on the boat, doesn't mean Charloe was even a blip on my radar. I will say I noticed how intensely he watched her when Strausser aimed a gun at her face, but nothing set off any bells in my head (though now I watch that scene and I can see SOMETHING going on there).
Honestly, David Lyons was one of the cast members that convinced me to watch the show. I was one of the few people who actually watched The Cape and I liked him. But I did spend the first season sort of wanting him dead....sadly. Until the night Emma got shot....then I realized there might be something more to Monroe than I thought. And I watched the rest of the season far more concerned with him staying alive.
Flash forward to S2, season premiere, everything is going along fine...shirtless Monroe makes it interesting. And then there's a badass Charlie ready to kill him. Hmmm. A week later, episode two, Charlie wakes up in the pool next to Monroe...I watch the scene and think, were they flirting with each other? Then episode three happens, and I'm starting to think, if I didn't know better, I'd think something was going on between Charlie and Monroe....after the opening scene of episode four, now I'm thinking, there IS something going on between Charlie and Monroe. When he blasted into that bar and rescued her, there was no way I could convince myself any longer that it was all about the fact that she was Miles's niece and Rachel's daughter. Something else interesting happened after that episode too. I no longer referred to him as Monroe...by the time he was about to be executed, my thought was if Bass dies, I'm outta here.
Bass and Charlie also have the distinction of something else special to me. I'm not the kind of person who randomly reads or writes fanfiction. Not saying I don't ship other couples, I do, but it takes a VERY SPECIAL couple to convince me to join in the fandom. To spend time reading about them and writing for them. In my life, I've been that invested in only one other couple (Buffy and Angel, if you care). And that's it. So Charloe is my second only I-can't-believe-I'm-crazy-enough-to-do-all-this couple.
The sad thing is the writers didn't have the gumption or the bravery it would have taken to capitalize on such amazing chemistry between David Lyons and Tracy Spiridakos (I wasn't a giant fan of Charlie in S1; for her to turn around and become one of my big three says a LOT). Chemistry is a strange thing; you never know exactly which actors or people are going to click with which. But once you have something that amazing laid out before you, you have to consider that a gift and snap it up. Especially if your show is struggling and something can create the much needed buzz your show is looking for. Charloe had a lot of people talking, on both sides of the fence. Charloe could have been an EVENT.
The nice thing is...I've met some amazing and wonderful people that I am proud to call my friends due to this pairing. And I've had one heck of a fun time with them too. I have run into haters, haven't we all, and sadly, I've had to realize that the world isn't as open-minded as I always think it is. But overall, the Charloe ship has been one heck of an experience.
Oh, and to the haters, who think Charloe isn't canon, and so it doesn't count...Revolution was cancelled....we will never know what might have happened three or four seasons down the road. When a show ends before it plans to, you can never say who might have hooked up in the future and what might have been a part of the show in the end. And so I say...yes, Charloe wasn't canon....