For those who don’t know much about the 1970s TV series Starsky & Hutch, it was noted for 3 things: tackling social issues and topics considered taboo on Prime Time TV, its levels of violence and the amazing chemistry between the two actors. In the pilot, the two characters are battling not just crime but also corruption within the police force and say (onscreen) to one another: “Out there, it is just Me and Thee.” A perfect recipe for both slash and RPS.
The amount of touching, hand holding and on screen caressing between the two actors was unusual and did raise some eyebrows. Because slash was still in its infancy in the 1970s,slash writers in SH fandom were deeply underground. RPF/RPS was so off the radar that when I came into the fandom in the 1990s, I did not know there had ever been any SH RPS until the late 2000s. No one wanted to talk about it.
In this video excerpt actor Paul Glaser talks about how he and his co-actor David Soul had intense feelings for one another, but were not comfortable with acknowledging them until much later in life. They essentially poured all their emotion into their characters on screen.
He also talks about how when real life parallels art (in this case what was happening on the TV screen), you create…. synergy.
If I had been into slash fandom in the 1970s and if RPS had not been such a taboo, I would have been all over that….synergy. It was not until Supernatural that I started reading RPS (”Supernatural: where RPS is the moral high ground.”) And Wincest. And wingfic. And MPREG. And A/B/O fic. And….
Ahem, I digress. Anyhow, I raise a glass to Starsky & Hutch. In a few days they will start their 2015 Advent Calendar.
Tags:starsky & hutch, early rpf, slash, DWCrosspost
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