If you’ve followed my site long enough (and if you look in the left sidebar), you’ll have noticed that I write for Entertainment Weekly as a part of the Community blog. I’ve recapped Tyrant, Almost Human, black-ish, and I’ve interviewed some stars, like Michael Ealy, Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner. But apart from all that stuff, I also introduce EW readers to the world of niche fandom topics like shipping.
Shipping is more than a passing fancy; it’s a way of life for many fans of TV and film. Even though there are several canonical pairings that are awesome, there are tons more that are unofficial, despite fierce followings and a surprisingly tall amount of evidence leaning in their favor.
In my post “Five Fandom Pairings Who Should Be Together, But Aren’t,” I highlight five of my favorite fandom pairings and I give my reasons as to why they might not ever get together. Included in my post are Captain America and the Falcon, the subjects of my latest Queer Coded post. You can read about that here. But, if you want to read what I wrote about Sleepy Hollow‘s Jenny and Irving, here’s a snippet:
This, apart from Ichabbie, was the ship to beat on Sleepy Hollow. The first season seemed to vehemently support it, since there were breadcrumbs along the way. Jenny and Irving were the second wave of force for Team Witness, both knowing their way around arsenals, hand-to-hand combat, and witty repartee. Both also got along well together—so well that Irving’s then-ex-wife, Cynthia, wasn’t sure if they were already an item. Even Orlando Jones, who played Irving, was all about Irving and Jenny, coining the couple name “Mr. and Mrs. Bamf.” The fandom eagerly followed suit, creating fan works of Jenny and Irving as the power couple du jour.
But then season two happened, and we all know what occured there: Not only did the show go downhill, but every crumb of storyline left from the first season went by the wayside. Season three promises the return of the Sleepy Hollow we know and love, but sadly, Irving (who was saved at the end of the second season) won’t be around to reap the benefits of Len Wiseman, Alex Kurtzman, and Heather Kadin coming back to the writers’ room.