I've noticed a lot of people fussing about it, ever since Omniverse began. And recently there's supposedly "proof" that it's no longer part of the series because the UAF writers "didn't care about the Benlie pairing to begin with" (which I think is a bit of a stretch, but I digress).
So, upon seeing that, I had a bit of an epiphany. While I do not consider myself a shipper, I was supportive of the pairing in the beginning.
Alas... now I think otherwise.
From Ultimate Alien and on, (yes, Ultimate Alien, not OV) I no longer support Benlie.
Listen folks, while these two are fictional characters, Ben and Julie's chemistry no longer works for each other, it hasn't for a long time. I guess I say this because I highly respect Julie as a character, and I think it's VERY unfair how fans treat her as opposed to Ben and his actions.
By the way, how many love interests/crushes did he have from Alien Force and on besides her?
Oh yeah, ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN. But CLEARLY Julie's in the wrong for dating one another guy, right? Right?
*ahem* What I'm saying is that these two were perfect in the first two seasons of Alien Force, and something went very, VERY wrong afterwards (for those of you who disagree, I'd like to direct you to the UA ep "Duped"). As many of you may have noticed Ben's behavior severely changed, making him more pompous and, apparently, unable to identify/keep up a wholesome relationship.
TL;DR version: Ladies, just ask yourself: If your boyfriend started acting like that, would you really, really want to go back to him? Wouldn't you much rather at least take some time away from each other to rethink things? I know I would.
So, then, why are we pushing to put them back together? I'm not saying Ben/Kai would be any better, but if they became THAT unhappy as they broke up (which Ben apparently can't identify either), they'd be even worse if they were shoved back together. It just won't fix anything!
So, yes, from then on, I can't support Benlie outside of those two seasons of Alien Force.
So now... *straps on protective gear* COME AT ME, SHIPPERS! I CAN TAKE YOUR HATE!