Welcome to CarterMatt’s Crime Dynamic Duos for 2019! The goal for this tournament is pretty easy to explain: Recognizing some of the best crimefighters in all of television. The word “crimefighter” can at times have a loose interpretation, but for the sake of this tournament we’re referring to it mostly as cops, lawyers, or investigators who do their best to take down some pretty-bad people and fight to help others. They’re the sort of characters you typically admire, and they have an aspirational quality to them along with them being entertaining.
In the second battle we’re spotlighting today, we’ve got for you here a tale of two shows and pairs that are certainly different — and ironically, there’s only one actual police officer in the entire mix. That officer is Nicole Haught from Wynonna Earp, who is paired off for the second straight year alongside the title character. These two are facing off against Sherlock & Joan of Elementary, two characters who have been consultants now on both sides of the pond — and in a much less supernatural environment.
If you’ve been around for past editions of Crime Dynamic Duos, then you know a thing or two about how this works — at the bottom of this article is a poll to vote for who you want to see advance! One duo will, and at the end of the month, we’ll officially crown the champion in all of their glory.
How voting works – Vote however often you would like! (Technical instructions for multiple voting can be found right above the poll.) We will keep this poll open until Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. The winner here will have a chance to square off against either Danny & Baez of Blue Bloods or Garcia & Alvez of Criminal Minds — these two pairings are certainly a lot more traditional than what we’re bringing to the table here, but traditional doesn’t always equal best. The subjectivity of great dynamic duos is what makes this annual tradition so fun!
You can see the full bracket (including start dates for each individual round) in the graphic at the top of this article.
Wynonna and Nicole, Wynonna Earp (#2 seed) – It feels fitting to start off here by tackling the elephant in the room: Why these two characters, given that Wynonna/Waverly and Waverly/Nicole are perhaps more familiar duos? What about Wynonna/Doc? We’ve got with this for two years because 1) it’s nice to have an actual cop in here and Nicole and 2) we have enjoyed any WynHaught scenes we have gotten on the there. There’s an interesting juxtaposition between the ways these two stop crime — and yes, evil demons out to destroy Purgatory and/or the world do count as criminals to us.
While we’re certainly here to talk about these two characters, be prepared for a lot of reminders in this tournament that someone really needs to help to fund season 4 so that it ends up on the air. We need more adventures with these two!
Sherlock & Joan, Elementary (#7 seed) – These two characters are getting set now for their final run of episodes airing on CBS this summer, and what we’re expecting to see throughout those is a chance for some new adventures and hopefully, some big surprises. This relationship’s been nothing short of a joy to watch evolve just because they make each other better and stronger, and they’ve also proven to be as effective of a crime-solving duo as you’re going to find — even when compared to people with a badge.
Let’s also spend a moment or two here thanking the show’s producers, who have done a wonderful, respectful thing in keeping this relationship platonic for the entirety of the show’s run. It’s been a great reminder that male/female friendship is important, and relationships and life are so much more nuanced than having a man and a woman fall in love. They do love each other, and in some ways, that love is more complex than many TV romances.
Now, we turn this over to you
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