Monday, December 10, 2012

The "FINALLY" Moment

The "Finally" moment is a major factor in the majority of TV shows, movies, and books with romance as a big element. That's the moment where two characters finally get together after a long period of sexual tension and beating around the bush and readers/viewers screaming "Just kiss already!" 

There's a fine line between dragging it out and building up to just the right moment. There's commonly a lot of "almost there" moments where it almost happens, but it's not quite the right time.

There needs to be tension and it needs to feel right, but there's always the potential that it's going to start dragging on forever.

A couple good examples of "Finally" moments that come to mind right now...

Ross and Rachel in the finale of Friends is the ultimate "Finally" moment. That's actually the scene that inspired this post. We always knew they would be together from the first moment to the last. It was a ten year span and, while it was frustrating, it wasn't over the top. They dated, they had moments together, they had a baby together. But it wasn't completely right until that final moment.

A more modern one is Castle and Beckett in Castle. I'm not going to say anything more because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but they've always been brilliant together and waiting for that "Finally" moment makes me want to explode from all the teasing.

In summary, the build-up to that "finally" moment has to have close misses and a lot of teasing. There needs to be moments where you know that they're going to be together and moments where you scream "COME ON KISS" even though you know the characters aren't going to listen. At the same time, it shouldn't be dragged on forever. When it feels right, it's time.