You don't have to get forensic with the cuddle discourse to acknowledge that the amount of content and relevance to the story, romantic or otherwise, is heavily skewed toward the female romances, mainly Panam. I can't even track where the source of the pushback could possibly be on this.
I have low expectations already, but even lower for River. Normally when a character's survival is player determinant, which River's already is, you can notice once you save them how their relevance to the story diminishes. I always think of how saving Mordin Solus leads to him going into hiding and you never see or hear about him again anyway. If River's mentioned again, my money's on the big "fuck you" reverse of the Star ending where someone says him, Joss, and the kids left NC.Where do we put eddies on this? I'm down for equal amounts "writing River off with another woman" and "they just completely kill him dead for the emotional impact."