What could possibly be better than UST between an OTP? UST between an OTP that gets disrupted by a BLT! Sorry, couldn’t resist the acronyms. In all seriousness, though, I’ve noticed that when shows bring in the whole love triangle chestnut, it is almost always the woman in the middle who has to choose her man. Everyone knows that it’s not compelling drama, good acting and concise writing that keeps viewers watching a show. It’s the romantic entanglements, and nothing says high romance like a love triangle.
Example BLT storylines:
Stargate SG-1: Sam apparently loves Jack. Jack’s her boss, and they’re military; it ain’t going to work out. Sam starts dating a sweet young thing named Pete. Sam looks to Jack several times to help her decide if she should be dating Pete or if she maybe has a chance with Jack after all. Pete does the unthinkable and asks Sam to marry him. Aha! Now she knows. She can’t marry Pete. Her heart “belongs” to Jack. Good thing Pete was there to act as a catalyst! Bonus points to Stargate’s PTB to upping the triangle to a quadrangle by adding a girlfriend for Jack…
Eureka: New sheriff in town Jack kind of digs DHS agent Allison. He’s separated (maybe divorced) from his wife. Allison kind of gives the impression she likes Jack…and then her soon-to-be ex husband Nathan enters the picture. Oh, the angst! Nothing’s happened between Jack and Allison, and Allison claims she doesn’t want anything to do with Nathan. But the UST between Jack and Allison is blatant…and so is the UST between Allison and Nathan. Whatever is a girl to do? (In this one, the POV we’re supposed to sympathise with is actually one of the guys…but Allison is not without her moments of whinging.)
Grey’s Anatomy: Okay, I don’t really watch much of this show. But what’s not to love about the skinny woman with long, scraggly blonde hair being torn between two different men: one she can’t have because he’s married and one who’s pretty much picture perfect? Don’t doubt for a minute that this isn’t the most important storyline the show’s got – despite some downright tragic events that happened to other characters, it was this cliffhanging “which will she choose?” moment that ended last season. (I won’t stick around to find out because, as I’ve mentioned before, I only watched GA at all to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Oh, and I won’t stick around because I DON’T CARE!)
The few times I can remember it with the guy in the middle, he still managed to not spend every waking moment hemming and hawing about the momentous decision he had to make. With the woman in the middle syndrome, everything else about her ceases to matter; it always seems to make her character be only about this one issue, which is, in my opinion, a pretty big disservice.