without a contextual element of seeing them interact the way they have for, as we have now learned, months and months before we met them... it's lacking that anchor
Agreed. It's also really hard to judge how committed they are to each other. Sometimes Tina seems more committed, sometimes Ty. Mind you, I suppose that's the way real relationships work. I certainly don't object to ambiguity in onscreen relationships but it's a bit frustrating when that ambiguity results from poor scripting.
And that could be balanced more often by the cocky side of Ty, which I'd love it if the show rolled out more often.
Oh yes, definitely!