Amen! One of my biggest pet peeves is when a really great movie series feels that it has to either A) never let the romance resolve (like what happened in X-files), or B) kill the woman off.
Cases in point for B): pretty much every Bond movie; the Bourne movies; Chronicles of Riddick; Batman; Aliens (where it’s the male love interest that gets killed off… and Newt. Poor Newt. Why?! WHY?!)
At least some movies try to “get rid” of the love interest without KILLING her/him. Like (((Spoiler Alert)))) Mission Impossible (she’s not *really* dead!), or Die Hard (they’re divorced!), or Indiana Jones (where they don’t even bother to tell you what happened to the previous female love interest… except for the blonde Nazi. She deserved to die.).
There are a few movies that don’t do this, and they work just fine. Like Rocky, Back to the Future, Romancing the Stone, Toy Story (although they better bring Bo Beep back in part 4), Star Wars (Epis. IV-VI; I pretend the other 3 don’t exist)… but these movies are few and far between.
If more writer had the guts and the skills to do it, they’d be able to create much deeper stories and avoid the Bond-cliche. A male hero doesn’t HAVE to have a different chick in every movie in order to be sexy/heroic. In fact, it kinda makes him look shallow. (Even if they killed the girl off).” —Comment of the year from Laura Sheehan, on this week’s LTF.