Nolan/Jack: Gilligan and his Skipper at the Hamptons
Posted Mar 1, 2012 @ 2:05 PM
One--and likely the only--spot of humour I found in the last episode was when Nolan was at the bar and urging Jack (yet again) to leave town right the fuck now, Jack did this little cute headpalm and said, "Does this mean you don't want a drink?" Nolan relented (as per usual) and ordered double, saying how they're now in for a long haul. There was this humour between them in the scene, and I loved the twinkle in Jack's eye (because you rarely get to see it anymore) at this moment. I'm not outright shipping the two, mostly enjoying the (comparably) uncomplicated friendship they share, but with Nolan being so protective of Jack all the time and Jack relying more and more on Nolan, maybe I should. Jack brings out complete selflessness from Nolan (totally unexpected and unprecedented in Nolan's case, which makes me love him even more), Jack gets to be funny and relaxed a lot more around Nolan, and together they provide the best bromance moments and so why not? And at this point, I feel like Jack would--or should--forgive Nolan in the end for all the deceptions because Nolan has always put Jack first (for whatever reasons we can speculate on) and has Jack's best interest at heart whereas with Emanda the same can't be said.
And my heart broke a little for Nolan when Jack found him at the poolside and told him that he was at the beach that night, looking for Amily. Nolan's head fell completely, knowing what all this meant for Jack. He really does care. Honestly, it's all very aww.
Posted Mar 1, 2012 @ 5:44 PM
I don't exactly ship it, but I definitely see something there from Nolan's side. He is so overprotective of Jack is is kind of adorably hilarious.
Posted Mar 1, 2012 @ 6:25 PM
Posted Mar 2, 2012 @ 2:49 AM
Posted Mar 2, 2012 @ 9:34 AM
Posted Mar 2, 2012 @ 9:42 AM
The why's don't really matter so much, what's important is that we see Nolan's kindest, most caring side with Jack, and Jack gets a twinkle in his eye when he's with Nolan.
Posted Mar 2, 2012 @ 11:56 AM
I agree! Nolan's affection/protectiveness toward Jack is written in the scripts, but the humour and the chemistry in their relationship seem to come from mostly how the actors decide to portray the relationship and characters. Nick Welchser especially did a wonderful job in the beginning with showing reluctant amusement toward Nolan, when the early scripts mostly dictated Jack to be annoyed with Nolan like every other character was.
They are one of my favorite pairings, too. I don't think of it as a sexual or potentially sexual thing (though I guess it could be), just more of a case of simple chemistry where two characters (and actors) mesh together so nicely.
I think it's interesting Nolan has more sexual tension with people he's antagonistic toward (Tyler, Ashley) than the people he clearly cares about (Jack, Emanda). I know a lot of people ship Nolan with Emanda, but I've mostly seen non-sexual chemistry between them, and Nolan's had plenty of UST, or RST, with Tyler or Ashley--even though it's more than obvious that he will throw Tyler or Ashley under the bus to help Emanda and Jack in a heartbeat. That adds to another interesting factor that Nolan tends to "ship" Emanda with Jack. He wants the people he cares about to be happy together and he's never made any kind of obvious sexual overture to either of them specifically, even though you'd think he would've made some sort of move by now. So either Nolan assumes he'd be rejected by them, or he actually does think Emanda and Jack would be better off with each other. Maybe he doesn't think he's good enough for them? Whichever it is, it is definitely intriguing.
And the fact that Nolan doesn't seem outright interested in Jack that way makes me love this relationship even more, because their friendship doesn't seem to come with much of hidden motivations (any more) on either part. In this show there isn't any relationship that seems uncomplicated--or, let's say uncalculated, and loyalty is divided in practically every relationship (and I'm not counting Jack & Declan and Daniel & Charlotte). Even with Nolan and Emanda, the show's main alliance couple, their relationship is strained with different underlying motivations running amok between the two characters and Emanda's own defence mechanism. With Nolan and Jack, though, there doesn't seem to be anything particularly calculated. In the beginning, maybe Nolan was attempting to get close to Jack only as a leverage against Emanda, but that's clearly gone out the window, as Nolan has almost gone to throwdown with Emanda over Jack's well being. And Jack--the poor boy never seems to approach any relationship with calculation of any kind, and Nolan's no exception.
And yes, Jack approached Nolan's "let's be friends, dude!" advance with obvious wariness (for a good reason, too) at first, but he does eventually responds to Nolan's genuine kindness with genuine appreciation. I really like that. Jack's warmth toward Nolan now has been properly earned, not through any manipulation on Nolan's part but through genuine interest and caring. The fact that Nolan does care actually came through to Jack. That doesn't happen often (or at all) in this show.
Posted Mar 7, 2012 @ 11:22 AM
It's weird; Nolan has some type of crush(?) on Jack, yet he "ships" him with Emanda.
I think it is less of a crush but rather hero worship. Nolan is so desperate to fit in, and yet with all the money in the world, he still struggles to be accepted. Whereas Jack is completely unaffected by this - he is who is. I think Nolan ships Emanda/Jack because he hopes that Emanda will remember the person she was when she first met him
Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 10:28 AM
For me, itís that neither of them seems to have an agenda for the other. Well, Nolan keeps trying to get Emanda with him, but thatís because heís a hopeless romantic. Thereís nothing underhanded in their relationship, and theyíre not using each other. It just makes their friendship seem more genuine, at least compared to the other relationships on this show. An admittedly low bar to jump over.
They are my favorite couple of the series. I don't know why.
Thatís one of the appealing parts of it. I think it probably started out with Nolan being attracted to Jack, but once Nolan realized that wasnít a possibility, he shifted to friendship mode. He didnít become a stalker or go all emo pining away for Jack.
I don't think of it as a sexual or potentially sexual thing (though I guess it could be)
Nolanís first scene was attempting to buy Jackís boat. They already knew each other, and were in the ďNolan wants to be friends but Jack barely tolerates himĒ stage. This all happened before Nolan even knew Emanda was in town.
In the beginning, maybe Nolan was attempting to get close to Jack only as a leverage against Emanda
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 10:45 PM
Me: I'll hug you, Nolan! *Hugs and kisses*
Edited by Bella, Apr 18, 2012 @ 10:45 PM.
Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 12:09 PM
It made me cringe when Jack denied Nolan a drink until he told him what he wanted to hear, and then later wouldn't give him a hug as he said goodbye.
Jack doesn't HAVE to be friends with Nolan, but don't say and act like you are if you don't really care about the guy.
Posted Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:31 PM
Posted Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:27 AM
Yes, and Sammy was his accomplice! :)
Just waiting for us to find out at the end of the series that 10 year old Jack was the real Big Bad who manipulated the Graysons into framing David Clark.
Posted Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:38 AM
The foundation has been set and I am convinced of the affection on both sides. I don't need Jack to slobber over Nolan each week to prove it.
Edited by angelita100, Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:40 AM.
Posted Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:28 AM
Your post has me in stitches. I love Nolan but he's a big boy. A little friendly teasing isn't going to send him into a heartbroken spiral although that might be an interesting fan-fic plot. I love the Nolan/Jack friendship in the show. Despite all the lies and secrets, I think it's the best, the "purest" in the show. I'm rooting for Nolan to help Jack discover that he's not quite as high on the Kinsey scale as he thought. -:)
I thought it was obviously friendly teasing. It's not unheard of between friends. Poor Jack can't ever catch a break. He's either Emanda's/Amanda's/Amily's creepy (and short!) stalker or he's just using Nolan. Just waiting for us to find out at the end of the series that 10 year old Jack was the real Big Bad who manipulated the Graysons into framing David Clark.
Posted Apr 29, 2012 @ 7:09 AM
It is true that Jack hasn't been his usual supportive self because he has been so wrapped up with finding Faux-Amanda, but he's started to acknowlegde that and make amends.
Posted May 3, 2012 @ 1:13 AM
I wish Jack had reciprocated the hug though. The hug did happen pretty quickly though and Nolan was trying to get out of there to get to Aunt Carol. But, at least Jack mutually hugged Nolan back when Jack was originally leaving for Haiti. As, Nolan would say, "Baby steps."
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 8:52 AM
Posted May 14, 2012 @ 3:42 PM
Posted Oct 1, 2012 @ 4:39 PM
Posted Oct 30, 2012 @ 4:41 AM
Posted Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:12 AM
Posted May 1, 2013 @ 8:11 AM
I loved Nolan's seriousness when he and Emanda found Jack passed out on his raft with a bullet wound in Sacrifice - I loved when Emanda asked Nolan if she could trust him to take of Jack, and Nolan responded along the lines that he would do anything for Jack.
Yes, but I really hated how when Jack briefly thought Nolan was the one who saved his life, he just berated him for keeping secrets -- without one measley thank you!