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jmhm
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07:38:37 AM Dec 1st 2010
A little confused?

Per the Main topic, shipping arcs are the gift that keep on giving because viewers will watch even when the show is boring or disappointing just in case the OTP finally do something. Writers cling to the endless spinning out of UST for just this reason, and ending it will end the show because fans will lose interest.

I'm not sure I see it. It seems to me to require ignoring the fact that by the time the show failed, it was a boring show which was disappointing to watch.

Looking at the same body of examples, you could make equally as compelling an anecdotal case that the introduction of UST signals the point where the writers who came up with the witty dialogue and interesting plots you watched for in the first place started phoning it in.

Like, for instance, they did in Moonlighting, when they bothered to show up.
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