My mantra in fandoms is that you don’t choose the ship, the ship chooses you, and I’m sure other fans would agree. There’s just something about two characters – and the two actors that play them – that just grabs you and refuses to let go; refuses to let you just casually like them together; refuses to let you stop thinking about them no matter what the fandom canon tells you. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you wanted, and then there are those instances when it does.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is still six months away from its series premiere, and yet I find myself already shipping two characters who made their debut on Arrow and are the unlikeliest of pairings: Sara Lance and Ray Palmer.
But aren’t those unlikely pairings – the ones that don’t make sense but just work – some of the best?
To be honest, I don’t know if I’ll ship Sara and Ray romantically or simply as friends (I’m not gonna lie, it’s going to be the former), but the fact of the matter is that I just want to see more of them together. I am already begging for tons of scenes between the two of them when Legends of Tomorrow premieres next year.
Here’s the thing, I ship Sara and Nyssa. I love that relationship for everything that it is; everything we’ve gotten to see and everything we’ve yet to see (regarding their past in the League of Assassins). And yet here I am loving the potential of Sara and Ray. So I stopped to ask myself, why? And the answer was simple: Caity Lotz and Brandon Routh.
It’s one thing for a pairing to work on paper, and it’s an entirely different thing to watch organic chemistry flourish on screen as the actors bring the relationship to life. If a pairing is to be that of legend (hehe) then the actors must have a rapport and chemistry that the fans can not only see but feel. It’s worked for Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards on Arrow, and I just know Caity and Brandon will bring something similar on Legends with their friendship and insane chemistry that will leave me with another ship to destroy my life (in the best way possible).
Just look at these two cupcakes…
Hell, Sara and Ray had one (speaking) scene together in the Legends promo, and yet that was all it took for me to say, “I want more.” Caity and Brandon’s chemistry was instant on screen. There’s something there that has yet to be explored, but the possibilities that their relationship presents makes me excited for where the writers decide to take Sara and Ray, be it romantically or strictly platonic.
But two actors’ chemistry isn’t enough to sustain a successful relationship on screen. It also requires great development from the writers. Sara and Ray couldn’t be more polar opposites, which is why I think that this relationship might actually work.
Even before Sara was killed and (soon to be) resurrected via the Lazarus Pit, she’s seen an incredible amount of darkness that only Oliver Queen can imagine. She’s had her struggles with darkness and doing what’s right, but she managed to come through it a hero. But with the teases that Sara will be a darker character than we’ve seen on Arrow because of the effects of the Pit, she’s going to need someone to help her harness the light that’s still inside of her.
I believe the person that can help her with that is Ray, and I believe that it’s being set up that way. I have no proof, but from what I’ve seen from Arrow in the past, call it a gut feeling. Ray has seen his share of darkness (although not nearly as much as Sara), but he’s managed to not let the darkness overtake him. He’s maintained a sense of levity and been able to inspire hope. His lightness is the perfect match to Sara’s darkness.
While we know next to nothing about what’s going to happen on Legends of Tomorrow, there’s a ton of potential regarding storyline and character relationships. That’s the exciting thing about a new show involving mostly existing characters that we already have been introduced to on Arrow and The Flash. While we’ve yet to hear about anything involving Sara and Ray’s relationship – be it romantic or platonic – the potential of what could be with these two characters is quite exciting.
When I heard about Legends of Tomorrow, all I knew was that I was excited to see Sara’s return and more focus on some of the characters that played smaller roles on Arrow and The Flash. I didn’t head into it wanting this romance between Sara and Ray. It just happened. Like most of my ships do. I never see it coming, and that’s part of the excitement. Sometimes the best things are those that you can’t plan for.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres midseason on The CW.