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.
Within this piece, round 2 of the tournament is continuing and we’ve got a pair of duos who certainly bring many differences to the table. For example, Magnum & Higgins of Magnum PI are fairly lighthearted in their approach, even though they’re clearly went through a lot (such as the time they both almost drowned in the ocean). Meanwhile, Liz & Ressler of The Blacklist are a little more intense … and at the moment, a little more at odds. If there are two things that the duos have in common, it’s 1) the ability to stop bad guys and 2) a larger ‘shipping community supporting them. We’ll see who ends up emerging to the elite eight!
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 20 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. The winner here will be facing off against either Deeks & Kensi or NCIS: Los Angeles or Jane & Weller of Blindspot — two shows and duos that certainly have some dedicated followings of their own for some of the same reasons that Magnum/Higgins and Liz/Ressler have.
You can see the full bracket (including start dates for each individual round) in the graphic at the top of this article.
Liz & Ressler, The Blacklist (#6 seed) – We knew that there was a sizable support base out there for Megan Boone and Diego Klattenhoff’s characters, but even we didn’t see the total domination coming from them in the first round! These two are coming off of a dominant victory against a show in Absentia that has performed well in tournaments before, and with momentum now on their side, who knows how far they can go?
As we’ve alluded to already, there is a certain degree of irony in talking about Liz and Ressler as a dynamic duo when their friendship could be crumbling to bits. Think about what Ressler is doing, going behind Liz’s back for information on Katarina Rostova. While they’ve been through a hearty amount of conflict before, is this something that their relationship can really survive?
Magnum & Higgins, Blindspot (#7 seed) – Like Liz & Ressler, Magnum & Higgins started off this tournament as an underdog — but they clearly have a lot to be excited about now! Even though this show has only aired for one season, there is something about this relationship that appeals to a lot of people out there — think in terms of the back-and-forth, the conflict, and the goofy humor that the two possess in the same room. They bring different personalities out of each other and Higgins pushes Thomas to be his best.
Moving into season 2 now, the simple hope has to be that the writers find even more unique ways for them to spend time together, whether that be within the private-eye business or just as friends. It feels like there are ways for it to work either way.
Now, we turn this over to you
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