Welcome to CarterMatt’s Crime Dynamic Duos for 2019! The goal for this tournament is pretty easy to explain: Recognizing some of the best crime fighters 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.
For this particular battle, we’ve got two duos from two longrunning shows in Gibbs & Sloane from NCIS facing off against Burgess & Ruzek from Chicago PD. What do they have going for them? Think along the lines of intelligence, know-how, great performances, and also legions of people eager to see the relationships evolve into something more. There’s no guarantee that anything will happen; even if it doesn’t, the foundation here remains outstanding. These are duos that you want to watch, no matter the circumstance.
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 Tuesday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. Whoever wins here is going to face off against one particularly-edgy duo — think in terms of Lucifer & Chloe of Lucifer or Luther & Alice of Luther, who are both currently facing off to move forward.
You can see the full bracket (including start dates for each individual round) in the graphic at the top of this article.
Gibbs & Sloane, NCIS (#4 seed) – Jack Sloane is relatively new to the NCIS world, at least comparison to characters like Gibbs and McGee who have seemingly been around each other for an eternity. Yet, Maria Bello’s character has found a way to naturally fit in with that larger surrounding world and beyond just that, found a way to feel right at home working alongside Gibbs.
While these two are not traditional partners in that Sloane doesn’t often go out into the field with him, she’s shown an ability to help him take on problems in a way few others can. She understands how he ticks and gets him on an emotional level. She also challenges him in a way beyond some of the traditional rules that guide his life. While there’s no guarantee these two are going to have a larger future beyond what we’ve seen, we certainly aren’t opposed to it just because of the shared smiles and chemistry that we see.
Burgess & Ruzek, Chicago PD (#5 seed) – For those who remain devoted fans of Burzek, the struggle is often real. These are two characters with an off-and-on romantic history who seem to be more on the “off” side these days, even though we know that there’s still feelings and a whole lot of care there. They want to see each other happy, and we’re at least glad that they’ve still found a way to work together despite all they’ve been through.
Romance aside, what we do like about the two working together is that they represent different investigative extremes. Burgess tends to be a little bit more by the book, though she will listen to the emotions and thoughts of some of the persons of interest in a case. Adam can be more of a bull in a china shop, taking bigger risks and towing the line of what’s right and wrong. Together, they’re basically able to eliminate whatever weaknesses that they have!
Now, we turn this over to you
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