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Lethal Weapon - Martin Riggs and Victoria
You could argue that the "love affair" resting at the heart of Richard Donner’s Lethal Weapon series exists between Detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). And that’s true, but the love story I connected with – tragic though it is – was the one wounding Riggs, in the first place. It’s the love he continues to feel for his late wife, Victoria Lynn.

When we first meet Riggs, he’s a suicidal mess… a shell of a man who’d prefer to eat a bullet than live another day without his late wife. He finds a new reason to live in his eventual partnership with Murtaugh, but that pain and emotional sadness underlies the tensions of the Lethal Weapon saga, even as Riggs begins to date again. In Lethal Weapon 2, he beds the beautiful South African Rika van den Haas – only to find out that the same son of a bitch who drowns Rika also killed Vicky. Double tragedy! But Riggs learns to love again in time, marrying "infernal affairs" agent Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) in parts three and four.

The romance I remember from Lethal Weapon is the one established in the original. Perhaps its because screenwriter Shane Black knows how to sketch with credible human colors. But Gibson was at or near his best portraying the devil-may-care attitude that came with Riggs’ shattered heart. I wanted to know why this crazy man had to be registered as a lethal weapon. And when I found out why, I just wanted to give him a hug. (By Sean O'Connell)

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