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06 March 2011 @ 03:18 pm
Due South Seasons 3-4 Slash Primer: Frasier/RayK  



OKAY GET READY FOR A DUE SOUTH FRASIER/RAYK SLASH PRIMER.

This primer is for those who want to read the slash for seasons 3-4, but haven't the time to watch all the relevant episodes (yet). 

This was prompted on Tumblr by a friend who asked, "Wait...do I need to watch the show to read the fanfiction?" since there are darned good authors in this fandom and not really enough time in the day to watch all the shows we want to. Because we want to watch ALL THE SHOWS.

PS, you now know the reason this post has so much caps lock is because it was born on Tumblr. 

zweelum  got me hooked on Due South and now I have to spread the word of gay. SADLY, IT IS NOT ACTUALLY GAY, but is fairly gay in all other respects, and also delightful in its off-beat humor.

If you just want to read the (excellent) fic in this fandom, I'll have you know that I started off just on YouTube clips, though now I have watched seasons 3 and 4. This show's quirky sensibilities are amazing, so I recommend you do get around to watching it.

If you do feel like watching the show, all 4 seasons are on YouTube. S3 starts here.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DUE SOUTH, some of which is totes copied from Wikipedia. Key words are bolded!

1. Benton Fraser is a Canadian Mountie who first came to Chicago on trail of the killers of his father, and for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, he stayed on as liaison to the Canadian Consulate. (This is word-for-word how he introduces himself on the show to anyone who asks.) Fraser is amazing at just about everything, including singing, apprehending criminals, smelling and licking evidence for clues, tangents about Canada, and politely evading the many women who hit on him. Fraser is not amazing at having a personal life.

2. Ray Vecchio was Fraser's partner and good friend in seasons 1&2, but has been now sent deep undercover with the mob. (aka Put On A Bus)

3. Detective Stanley Raymond Kowalski--just Ray--is brought in at the start of S3 to impersonate Vecchio for his own protection till Vecchio can return. (Lampshading the common trope on TV shows of bringing in a new actor after another leaves to play the same character, the two look nothing alike--RayV's super Italian, RayK is a spiky-haired blonde Polack.) This meant taking on Ray's friend and unofficial partner, Fraser, who was on vacation at the time of the "switch" and returned to find RayK at RayV's desk claiming to be Vecchio, and Fraser's confusion isn't cleared up until due hilarity ensues.  Ray's personality's as spiky as his hair, and despite a cool guy act, Ray's something of an outsider, just as Fraser is. They become true friends and partners.

  • [Longish, but worth watching to at least to 6:20 or so: "Meet RayK"]

4. EXES: Ray has an ex-wife named Stella who is the DA and I guess gets with Vecchio at the end of the series? Fraser was involved with a criminal, Victoria, with whom he had a brief torrid love affair until she got herself caught in season 1 or 2, IDK.

5. FRASER'S ASSOCIATES: Fraser has a deaf half-wolf named Diefenbaker (Dief), to whom Fraser talks, and who judging from Fraser's conversations with him appears to respond. Fraser's father is a ghost who has an office in Fraser's closet (it's bigger on the inside).

6. SIDE CHARACTERS: Frannie, Vecchio's sister, who works at the station and has the hots for Frase; Thatcher, Fraser's bossy boss at the Canadian Consulate; Turnbull, a fellow Mountie at the Canadian Consulate who is even more eccentric than Fraser is, and prone to weeping when moved; Welsh, the world-weary lieutenant at the Chicago police station; Huey and Duey, fellow Chicago cops and partners.

7. At the end of the series, Fraser and Ray decide to go on an expedition to quest for some Canadian artifact. They dogsled off into the Canadian sunset together.

* There is lots of fic that takes place post-series involving #7, much of which involves huddling for warmth.

RELEVANT YOUTUBE CLIPS

FIC TO GET YOU STARTED

A random fic that is good and fairly short seems a place to get started: Ping! by Speranza. I say random because any DS fic by her is good. Also, any by Resonant (for example, Housekeeping is a good post-series fic).

OKAY I'M A PSYCHO I'M DONE I'M DONE NOW

 
 
 
Polo Molo: dS: Duuuue Southslartibartfast on March 6th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
I LOVE SO HARD
issushaimlefcadio on March 7th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
Aha omg, it made my day seeing this on my flist ♥ So much love for DS! I grew up watching it because my Mum was a fan. So naturally it took me a while to warm to new Ray he appeared, but now I love him <3

Ah, I love Speranza's fic...
to be a treebeleafed on March 8th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
THE PRIMER SO NICE WE POSTED IT TWICE
to be a treebeleafed on March 8th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
...this was not my primary account
(Anonymous) on August 24th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Why are you brushing aside the Ray Vecchio seasons?

Due South did NOT begin with Season 3, even though you may want to believe otherwise because you consider them the "slashy" seasons (I don't; I don't see slash with Fraser and RayK). You really cannot truly understand the RayK seasons, particularly why Fraser acts as he does toward RayK and other characters, unless you have seen Seasons 1-2 with RayV first, so I would edit this to provide links to ALL of the seasons. They're all on YouTube, so there's no excuse for not watching the entire show. Remember - RayV was the one who taught Fraser to connect emotionally with others and care for them/love them, instead of holding them at a distance. So Fraser could NOT have reached out to RayK in friendship (and more, according to you) if RayV had not taught Fraser about friendship first and, yes, loved Fraser first.

Also - you've left out Angie, RayV's ex-wife, in the list of the exes (she does appear in only two episodes, but if Victoria is mentioned, then she should be, too). And you've left out some side characters from Seasons 1 and 2 - Elaine and Louis.

Finally, if you're going to pimp the entire series, and not just the so-called "slashy" seasons of Due South, then please be fair and include links to relevant YouTube clips from Seasons 1-2 (there are many) and relevant fanfiction that features RayV too.

I just don't consider this to be a great Due South primer because you've basically left out half of the series. You may not like Seasons 1-2 as much as the later seasons, and you may not like RayV as much as RayK, but there's no reason to ignore him and brush him off as "Fraser's partner and good friend" - he was actually Fraser's BEST FRIEND; Fraser said it! And there's no reason to ignore his seasons, and also to acknowledge that F/V slash exists and that some fans may prefer it more than F/K slash. Ray Vecchio and the first two seasons have been ignored far too much by this fandom, and it needs to stop!
(Anonymous) on February 6th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)

I think this should be called "Due South Seasons 3-4 Slash Primer," and not "Due South Primer," which gives the wrong impression about the entire series.
Lisa Mariewhirligigged on February 7th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
Ha, I never imagined anyone outside my friends list would ever see this post! Does it show up on Google or something? Anyway, title-change shall be implemented momentarily.
(Anonymous) on February 16th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)

I think anything on the Internet can be Googled - that's how I found your post when I was looking for information about "Due South." I'm one of those who doesn't see everything as "Super Gay," and I don't see anything gay about Fraser and the Rays in "Due South" episodes (and I've watched almost all of them, except for a few from Seasons 2 and 3).

Thank you for making the change in the title. To me, the most important thing is to introduce more people to "Due South." It doesn't matter if they see Fraser and/or one or both Rays as gay. They can enjoy the show however they want. If they're looking for gayness in the Fraser and RayK seasons, however, your post will be very helpful to them.
ride_4ever (or Ride_Forever: seen it both ways)ride_4ever on February 21st, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
<3 your dS Fraser/RayK slash primer! TYK for posting this!

\o/ Ride
beelzibubbles: Due Southbeelzibubbles on March 6th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
You got me re-addicted to TVtropes, and possibly Due South again.
Paul Gross had quite a crush on Callum Keith Rennie XD, he also said he wanted the two of them to be together in the end. Which, of course, they were.
Nice to find another fan
(Anonymous) on March 23rd, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)

I don't think I like Paul Gross very much if that was true. Admitting publicly that you have a crush on a same-sex friend or opposite-sex friend is being extremely disrespectful to your spouse!

And it was just dumb for PG to change the ending of "COTW" and alienate and piss off all the fans who don't like F/K slash. Non F/K shippers do exist! PG should give these fans a big apology.
Lisa Mariewhirligigged on March 24th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Hi Anon, while you're free to your opinions, I can't really see why you've come to a post on my journal about Frasier/RayK if you obviously don't like them, except to maybe start some sort of argument? I'm not interested in having that sort of debate on my personal journal, so I'm going to freeze this thread.

We are all aware other shippers/non-shippers exist, and I'm sure there are forums open to Due South discussions that are not related to F/K that you can bring this discussion to.