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Background: Shane and Kim: Love and Romance

It's been awhile since I posted a background and I realize that the past few essays have been necessitated by some scenes I've posted.  As a result, I have not had as much opportunity to give more background about Shane and Kim.  My posts about early Shane and Kim and Victor provided some background, but what I don't think I've really addressed is what made the relationship work and gave it the spark.  After all, no matter how many obstacles are placed in the path of a couple, if the viewer does not feel the attraction between the characters, they won't care.

That was never a problem with Shane and Kim.  They had chemistry in spades.  The viewer did not just have to accept that these characters were attracted to one another because they were told they were in love; it was evident just from watching.  Shane and Kim were romantic, cute, funny, sexy and witty.  So I figured I'd find a few scenes to illustrate this aspect of their relationship, so anyone unfamiliar with their romance can understand why viewers demanded that they get a happy ending.

This < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD_cJaK8nug > is an early scene from when Shane comes back to Salem to testify at Marlena's trial.  Kim is still angry at him for leaving and upset that he did not come back just for her.  The party is for Marlena the night before the trial, and Shane realizes that his work is cut out for him.

Shortly after Kim came to England, they had this interlude < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmCs3R-7h7g >.  I think many Shane and Kim fans would consider this a definite favorite.  Some fun dialogue (the wannabe writer in me absolutely adores the "vocabulary" line), some nice romantic moments, and the cute/funny bit with the socks.  (The TV interlude was part of the plot that has Shane trying to catch the "Dragon," an anti-monarchist obsessed with wiping out the British royal family.  Warning to my British friends -- try to ignore the stereotype about the BBC; this is how American TV portrayed Britain in the 80s.)  I actually recommend watching the beginning of this clip < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqTp9OLjQWs >, which provides a little more context for the fireplace scene, but gets bogged down in the "Dragon" s/l.

Another great scene follows Kim's recovery of her sight. < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpLLvvA_CJw >.  There is mention of Victor, because this is when Kim was living at Victor's house (shortly before she sleeps with him to save Shane's life in Miami).  In Miami, Shane sneaks into Kim's bedroom at Victor's and gets an unwanted shower < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kBIA3mGAl0 > and then gives her "spy lessons" in bed < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBw1Q3D56GQ > (I like this last scene because they discuss how Shane makes light of the danger he faces.)

A few others: a rather sexy scene when Shane brings Kim breakfast in bed after they reunite following Andrew's birth <
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Ai8HWFzr0 >.  They had split up after Kim didn't tell Shane about sleeping with Victor, but reunited after Shane helped Kim deliver Andrew in the wilds of West Virginia -- even as the KGB and Victor were chasing after them.  (Remember what I said about the plots.)  Despite the set-up, the birth scene is extremely well done and explains Shane's strong attachment to Andrew even after Emma doctors the paternity test to make it  appear that Victor is Andrew's father.  The entire Andrew's birth sequence is on YouTube beginning here < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ7dvQMoYyk >.  If you want to skip most of the KGB and Victor stuff, start at part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdZE0h6gxcc >.

Shane's second proposal to Kim < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Ji-MuHWTs >.  They had divorced unwillingly as part of a case, a recurring theme in their relationship as the writers struggled to come up with new ways to break them up.  (Shane's first proposal in Vermont in December also is classic romance, marred by a few unexpected hiccups, that can be found here < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecgBQXeRTsc > and here < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCqPWKTBoR4 >.  Shane does prove resourceful in getting rid of two stranded skiers.  Also, the bed breaking was a blooper, but Patsy Pease ad-libbed a great line so they kept it in the show.)

I've already broken my intended plan to just provide a few clips, so here are some other nice ones.  After Kim is wrongly convicted of Emma's murder, Shane manages to free her the night before sentencing and they reconcile after another long separation.  This link starts with part 4 of the 8-part sequence < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MnIwgGAkRc&p=CE64DC67BF51604C >, which is both romantic and angsty.  (I recommend watching parts 4-7.)  Of course, consistent with their inimitable lack of timing, they get together just in time to be torn apart, continuing a trend that dominated their relationship.  Basically, if Kim and Shane were happy for more than five minutes, you knew that all hell would soon break loose.  Ahh, don't you love soap operas?

In the story and  an earlier essay, there have been some mentions of how Shane was believed dead for a time and returned with amnesia.  Here is a scene where he and Kim make love < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtXt1qPdvEo > unable to deny their attraction for each other, even though he still has no memories of his past. 

And a final scene.  This < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPkX1R18yDA > is from after Shane and Kim divorced for the second time and Kim is engaged to Philip Collier.  Kim and the kids are staying with Shane and being rather domestic.  It also explains the picture in the story, as well as the "green potatoes" that Andrew mentioned.  It's a bittersweet sequence, imo, because it is obvious that they still love each other, but it is probably too late to fix things.  (Shane is in leg braces because he is recovering from being paralyzed in a bomb explosion.)

I know those are a lot of clips, but they really are just the tip of the iceberg.  I'm sure others can add plenty of others of their favorite Shane and Kim scenes that illustrate the romance, playfulness and wittiness.  Feel free to do so.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Just to let you know, I've been hanging on your every word since this started and can't wait for more! I hope you don't get TOO busy with real life--I've loved that you've posted so frequently. I usually try not to read fanfics until they're finished because I am horribly impatient; but this one has been such a treat! Thanks!
~~kimdonovan
jwsel
Sep. 29th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you're reading. I have about 14 weeks of upcoming scenes written, so I will keep posting. I want to keep a buffer of about 10 scenes between what I've written and what I post, so when I get down to 10 scenes, I may only post a scene when I draft a new one.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 30th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Great commentary on the complex nature of Kim & Shane's relationship. If someone isn't a fan before reading this explanation of their past (which I think the show SHOULD have done before just throwing them back together), then these scenes you've chosen will do the trick! I too have been hanging on your every word as well... even checking the website while at work to see if there are any new chapters! I can't wait to see what's next.
jwsel
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the fabulous response. I've been enjoying writing these little essays, and hope they help people unfamiliar with Shane and Kim to appreciate these great characters. I think I will be writing a few more. I've barely touched on angst and also will need to write some of my thoughts on Shayla, a subject on which I suspect I have a slightly different take than most readers, namely, that while I don't like the pairing, I can also understand how it came about.

I really love your idea about how the show should have done something to reintroduce Shane and Kim to viewers before the reunion. After 18 years, to suddenly throw them into a room and have Kim start screaming at Shane made her look like a shrew and probably made a lot of viewers wonder why they should care about these two. But that seems consistent with the current writing on the show. It just leaps from one over-the-top moment to another, without spending time developing characters that you care about. A few scenes reminiscing about the "good old days" or some conversations that showed Kim still loved Shane despite what she might have been saying would have helped. (Shane, at least, had a couple of exchanges with Rafe that got this across a little, even though the subject invariably -- and ridiculously -- always seemed to be Sami. I nearly lost it when Rafe told Shane that Anna DiMera kidnapped Sami's child with EJ DiMera and Shane's first thought was "Sami had another DiMera child?" Seriously? Shane knew Anna. Wouldn't his first thought be "No way. That's not the Anna I knew.")

As for the story, I'm glad you're enjoying it. Maybe it's the antithesis of the show, since I seem to be spending a lot of time developing the characters and relationships before getting to Shane's escape or the reunion. Those will come in time, but I'm enjoying the ride getting there.

Thanks again for responding. It really is heartening to read that people are enjoying the story.
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