Nikki (nakeisha) wrote,

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There's been a discussion started today on an MFU list concerning where the loyalties of the partners rest. Are they first and foremost to one another, or first and foremost to U.N.C.L.E.

I was fascinated to see that a good friend of mine and I posted within minutes of one another, and actually had differing opinions - I was intrigued because we thus far have agreed pretty much over all aspects of things U.N.C.L.E.

However, that aside, it suddenly made me realise that the question of where loyalties rest is one of those hitherto-indefinable things that I 'have to have' in my partnerships in order to make them work for me.

Simply put for me their loyalties have to firstly and foremostly be with one another, i.e. they put each other before the organisation for whom they work.

Thus in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I see both Napoleon's and Illya's loyalties being as follows:

Firstly - each other
Secondly - Mr. Waverly
Thirdly - U.N.C.L.E.

And in The Professionals I see both Bodie and Doyle's loyalties as being:

Firstly - each other
Secondly - George Cowley
Thirdly - CI5

In Due South the second and third loyalties aren't as clear cut, as far as Benny is concerned.

Again, there is no doubt that their first loyalties are with one another.
Ray's second loyalties rest with Lieutenant Welsh and his third with The Chicago PD.
However, I'm not sure whether Benny would Inspector Thatcher before the RCMP in general, or vice versa - or indeed whether for Benny the two are impossible to separate.

I do believe that you can separate the head of the organisation from the organisation itself, even if it isn't always easy. And I do believe that the men generally are of the kind who are more loyal to an individual than to an organisation. I think that if push came to shove and Alexander Waverly or George Cowley asked their respective top team to do something that might appear, on the face of it, to be counter to the norms of the organisation that the respective top team would indeed follow the wishes of their boss. I don't mean blindly or without thought, but if the rationale seemed right to the team and the team agreed, then they would indeed behave in a way that could be seen as disloyal to the organisation itself.

So I am incredibly chuffed (but there isn't an icon for that, it being a British word) to be able to add another definable to my list of 'what makes a pairing work for me'.
Tags: fandom: due south, fandom: the man from u.n.c.l.e., fandom: the professionals, media fandom : general

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