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Friend Science: Rhett & Link React to Ep. 2

August 12, 2021

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Suzanne R Teply on September 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm

I love the "professional Christian" statement. I was not Evangelical, but at one point very involved in my church. I saw so much hypocrisy. So much of what also took me away from church. I am always in awe of Rhett and Link's ability to own that and create possibly the most accepting community on YouTube. Their ability to embrace differences and celebrate our own flaws is what creates the safe place so many of us need in our lives.

Beverley Smith on August 19, 2021 at 3:38 pm

We enjoy Rhett and Link enjoying each other and I GENUINELY mean that in a friendship NOT romance way.....unless they're playing characters and farting it up in a car to a kiss. In that instance hell yeah romance is good too!! πŸ‘πŸ˜‚

Genny B. on August 18, 2021 at 8:10 pm

I've been watching Science Mike on GMM, and have loved his "ask science Mike" podcast and his Cozy Robot podcast. I'm so glad he is doing this weekly special. And can I just say, Mike, the world needs more people like you! Anyone that calls you friend is a lucky person.

Leena Pentti on August 18, 2021 at 12:49 pm

I have watched Bridgerton, and I think my initial reaction was very similar to Rhett and Link's.

Rebecca Hemmingson on August 14, 2021 at 5:37 am

I love this ep πŸ₯° so true that it can be related to any relationship too - also all this social analysis is right up my alley, so glad you guys have decided to do this 😁

Emilia Palo on August 13, 2021 at 10:59 am

Nah, you don't need Science Mike to create more fanfiction about you, you seem to do it perfectly fine yourselves.

Rachel Black on August 13, 2021 at 1:13 am

I'm really enjoying these reactions, thank you for doing them :)

Mike McHargue on August 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm

I didn't even know the fan fiction was a thing. XD

-Science Mike

Rachel Black on August 13, 2021 at 1:12 am

Oh Mike - yes, please watch the episode Susan referred to - it will open your eyes!

Susan Etheridge on August 13, 2021 at 4:50 am

Check out GMM 1696 - "We Read Our Own Fanfic"

It's one of their few age-restricted videos on YouTube.

Lindsay Wakelin on August 12, 2021 at 5:50 pm

Oh boy, have fun watching that episode! πŸ˜‚

Michelle Griffin on August 12, 2021 at 1:09 pm

It reminds me of when I was in the Navy. The obligation to work with those you trust and don’t trust. Or like and don’t like. There aren’t many options. Though when there is an accomplishment of goals that have a bigger picture end result does bring in bonds of professional respect that can lead to more joyful bonds during non stressful situations. Which is why having drinks is so prevalent in military bonding.

Kim Davidson on August 12, 2021 at 11:06 am

Now this is a gem πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ hahaha! I think there are layers to a friendship and that there can be different kinds of romance, doesn't necessarily have to be the kind that includes some form of sexual attraction. I very much believe in friendship romance which can be a love just as deep but without the physical aspect of it... except when it's cuddling, because we've all learned that's a part of it from the guys, lol. πŸ˜‰

Elmie K-E on August 12, 2021 at 10:53 am

Novel incoming. 'Scuse me. Analytical thoughts and theories abound.
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On the last video (episode 2), I fully wanted to comment about the fact that the two examples Mike used as Rhett and Link parallels were fictional friendships that later became romances. But then I thought, nah, better not. If Mike does that again in the next episode, though, I'd call that a pattern. :D
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(And now I'm no longer hesitant to bring up the thing I actually want to say, since y'all drew attention to what I was thinking anyway. Sidenote, I'm in New Zealand. I just say "y'all" because most of my friends are American... and it's a damn good word.)
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Okay, my point: I think the reason the examples Mike used are "friends to lovers" is because those relationships in fiction are often the ones written with intentional emotional depth.
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In both examples so far (Stranger Things and Bridgerton), each couple's relationship progression is constructed by writers who knew beforehand that they wanted to go in a romantic direction. Therefore they make it clear from the start that there's something fertile in that new friendship, with something quirky to build on, and trust and understanding has space to develop. And because romance is such a draw for an audience, the writers will give those romance-fated characters more screentime, and more character development, and therefore the fictional relationship provides enough minutes of content (in a limited-episode show) to draw from as a comparative example to Rhett and Link.
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I'll say from my experience as a consumer of media revolving around long-term friendships: it's hard to find a fictional relationship with anywhere near as much depth as Rhett and Link's relationship has - i.e. DECADES' worth of an emotionally intimate bond - unless looking at a romance, or a friendship often/easily interpreted as a romance. The strongest relationships in reality can be so much richer and more complex than what fiction could ever capture in a few scripts and scenes, since real people have all sorts of feelings intermingling, some left undefined, but by design, romantic love is where that richness is at when it comes to stories.
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And yes, Link, there is indeed hanky-panky in Bridgerton. A lot of it is between the two characters Mike discussed. But what would you have thought if Mike used hanky-panky as an example for you and Rhett? Ohhhh, boy.
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So... WHY are the intimate fictional friendships eventually romantic? Especially in fictional friendships between men, there is often a forced *lack* of intimacy because of how easily it would be interpreted as romance by a modern audience, and gay love is not often the writers' intention, so they make sure to avoid it. (Alternatively: the writers will queerbait, i.e. make it look like something gay is gonna happen when it's not. Rude.) Whereas with man/woman friendships in fiction, there'll almost always be a degree of heteronormativity and compulsory heterosexuality there - "oh, a girl and a boy who are good friends; obviously this will eventually become romance". So, yes, while Mike is (mainly) showing the part where a boy and a girl are friends and nothing else, the show writers' underlying intention of future romance is still there. If looking for examples with intense connection in the relationship, the romance is near unavoidable.
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The only other examples of non-romantic fictional friendship I can think of right now would be buddy cop duos, comedy duos, siblings, and similar. But those stories are focused mainly around the characters battling the content (the murder of the week, the child that needs babysitting, etc) rather than purely working on their relationship, and the relationship is likely already established. Mike is currently drawing from relationships that are in their initial stages, where the characters are focused primarily on each other, but I wouldn't be surprised if further into the Friend Science series he draws from examples of established relationships.
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Thanks again for this series. All this analysis is usually going on in my brain while I'm watching anything, but finally I have a place to put it that doesn't make it seem too weird. At least it's on topic, right?? I'm in my element typing this out, and I've missed being able to do this. If anything in here sounded absolutely ridiculous, please blame it on the fact I haven't typed something like this in years. And also it's 05:52am (up late, not early).
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Elmie x

Jessica Ross on August 12, 2021 at 10:53 am

Having watched the series, I can see where the fanfic came in. But I can also see why Mike chose it. Two people coming together to develop and work on a bond or friendship.
What I have loved about watching the friendship that is Rhett and link is how they are able to share it so naturally on the show. It is so genuine and not forced. They really have succeeded to give so many hope that it is possible.
This is such a wonderful series with Mike

Allison Daugherty on August 12, 2021 at 10:23 am

I find it utterly charming that you two find moments when you're "in it together" like the stun cane to be relationship building between the two of you.

As far as the fanfic/relationship potential inherent in a relationship with shared goals? It happens.πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Elizabeth on August 12, 2021 at 8:55 am

I think mike was playing towards the fanfiction because he knows you guys well enough to assume that lol. I love how mike works with his information on everything for these Friend Science Episodes lol. Plus also, He's autistic just like myself so it makes sense that laughter & playing with friends in that regard would be a part of it LOL.

Speaking of autism, there should be an ASD section of the discord or some sort of disabilities section of the discord so that fans aka MBs who have disabilities can go and talk to people & not run into bullies, etc.

Erica Darnell on August 12, 2021 at 3:45 pm

"You just did that thing you do..." Hahaha. It's neat that y'all know each other so deeply that you readily recognize those "things that you do". Candy is right, what you have is special. It truly is different and wonderful. It's rare, it's enviable, and it's a right beautiful thing. It touches my heart. Oh. I made myself emotional. πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­πŸ–€

A.D.D. moment: I HAVE THOSE COASTERS! Mine are homemade and even still have lichen on them. I adore your decor/aesthetic. I've always thought that bringing elements of nature indoors is essential to a cozy home. πŸ₯°πŸ‚ Off topic, I know. Sorry. I had to snap myself out of it somehow.πŸ˜…

Candace Underhill on August 12, 2021 at 1:35 pm

it's funny how the first thought was how Mike's example was potential fanfiction. As fans, we have discussed how your friendship is so different than most, partly because it's on display. It's easy to see how people can put you 2 together, in more than a platonic way. What you guys have is different and wonderful!

Shailey Letts on August 12, 2021 at 12:58 pm

this cracked me up something good at 7:30 am LOL

definitely agree this kind of thinking or mentality can be translated to many many types of relationships - platonic or otherwise. I was there with y'all wondering how he was going to "bridge" that gap between your friendship and Bridgerton but we got there in the end.

loved the joking around in this one and fun fandom pokes and nods πŸ˜‚ really enjoying both the science Mike series as well as your commentary. πŸ’•

Susan Etheridge on August 12, 2021 at 4:34 am

I was very amused how their minds went to wondering if Mike was playing to the fan fiction! I laughed so much.

Heather Pellegrini on August 13, 2021 at 4:37 am

lmao so was I ahaha 🀣