You wanna know a similarity in fandom between The Librarians and Leverage?
The white female character in no established relationship has a lot more chemistry with the male non-white character, and yet fandom still primarily ships her with the Secondary White Male/Christian Kane.
I remember when I first started watching Leverage absolutely adoring Pardison. They had chemistry, and the writers clearly shipping it from episode 1. I’m not saying Eliot was disrespectful of Parker, but in the first episode he did refer to her as “20 pounds of crazy in a 5 pound bag.” Yeah, they grew to love and respect each other over the course of the show, but Pardison was there from the start. And yet, when I went online to read all of the Pardison fanfiction(!), I was able to do it in a day. Because there was so little of it.
And now it’s happening in The Librarians with Cassie and Zeke. They have a lot more chemistry that Cassie and Jake, and yet fandom still ships Cassie with Jake a lot more. Jake has stated multiple times that he doesn’t trust Cassie after what she did, even though what she did was understandable. She was/is dying and he faults her for being scared and desperate.
And then there’s Zeke. When Cassandra is guilty over what happened he tells her, “hey, I’m a thief, I’m not the most trustworthy person in the world. And you still gave up your one chance of a miracle cure to save Flynn, which makes you pretty trustworthy to me.” And even the “brain grape” thing was playful, and note how Zeke never used the term again after Cassie told him that it bothered her.
NOW HEAR ME OUT I STILL SHIP IT AS AN OT3. But that’s because of the last episode of season 1, when Cassie is going out on her own and both of the boys join her. But that is something that took a whole season.
But what bothers me the most about Cassie, Zeke, and Jake, is that very few people recognize that Zeke trusted Cassie from the beginning when Jake reinforced that he didn’t trust Cassie multiple times. Like, I have seen an irritating lack of Cassie/Zeke fics and zero OT3 fics.
Or I dunno, I’m just looking in the wrong places.
But with all of this being said, I’m looking forward to season 2 and seeing how it expands on their relationship.
Not to mention Lindy Booth looks like she’s barely in her twenties whereas Christian Kane looks like his age and if that’s reflected in the show then their age difference is weird to me.