Nuke…just a ratings tease?
Posted by jenn on February 21, 2008
This begs the question: where is the Nuke storyline going? And is it simply there to keep ratings up with their popular presence? One thing certainly seems to be driving the ratings up – soap fans have become obsessed with the subject of Luke and Noah kissing. Leading up to Valentine’s Day, it was all the discussion board posts about Nuke could talk about – estimating how likely it was that there would be Nuke liplock on the 14th. Apparently, fans have gone so far as to send hershey’s kisses to CBS in an effort to induce an onscreen kiss. Youtube is full of Nuke videos – many of them catching moments of “almost kisses” or “cheek kisses” and even more devoted to displaying the two onscreen kisses they have enjoyed thusfar, the first of which happened to be the first gay male kiss on American daytime television, (according to wikipedia and a few other articles – I am still trying to confirm). And while one can watch all 6 minutes and 47 seconds of Nuke airtime in the Valentine’s Day episode combined into one video, fans do not get to see what they so desire – instead, Luke goes in for the kiss but turns away when he sees someone walking by, once again teasing the audience. I even came across a video that one fan had made, commenting on the lack of a Valentine’s Day kiss for Luke and Noah when all of the other couples featured in the episode had better luck.
It seems pretty clear to me that the writers and CBS are trying to drag out the Nuke storyline as long as it continues to raise ratings, without actually having anything new happen. Fans will keep coming back to the show to see if Luke and Noah will finally kiss again (or heaven forbid, take their relationship even further – maybe they will decide to go hang out in that friend’s hottub after all!). And while CBS has brought in the possibility of future damage to the relationship with the introduction of a possible future rival for Noah’s affections, their relationship is currently simply plugging along, drama-free.
Perhaps to many viewers, and the writers themselves, the drama involved in the Nuke storyline is simply that it exists. They are, after all, one of the first gay male couples on American daytime television, and the kiss they’ve shared was the first gay male kiss in daytime history. Is that enough? Does their relationship need to progress even further? Or will fans be appeased by their relationship lasting, just as ATWT fans who are offended by the storyline will put up with it as long as it doesn’t go any further (or as long as they can watch episodes where any Nuke moments have been cut out, thus eliminating the story from their radar)? Either way, I feel that fans will start getting antsy about the lack of action and development with the Nuke storyline, and soon, the writers will have to actually do something. The question is, will they risk the ratings and give Luke and Noah a storyline typical of soap operas (as they experienced months ago when Noah’s father shot Luke), bringing tragedy to the couple, or will they simply allow the happy couple to continue to flourish?