On re-reading the posts - I did notice that we haven't expounded the RS story in great detail.
With the current story form - which I would have to say I have finally caught up with everyone's thinking. (I hope it wasn't too frustrating for having me be around 2 weeks behind everyone else's thought processes.)
Regarding the Relationship Story
"A robot romance" concerning way of thinking.
RS Domain: Manipulation
I would hazard a guess that the problems stem from the way each see the other throughout the film. Wall-E at the start wants to drive the relationship into romance - yet Eve, at first, completely ignores him, driven only by her directive. Then upon spending some time with him in his container, warms to him a little - but it is still platonic.
Through the middle of the film, we see points where Wall-E still holds a flame, and wants Eve to reciprocate, whereas Eve is driven by her Directive - and wants Wall-E to help her fulfil it. The battle of wills is about what is important.
Things swap near the end, when Wall-E no longer has the ability to love, and Eve is the one wanting to establish the romantic relationship.
RS Concern: Playing a Role
Do we see this when Wall-E takes on the role of protector/boyfriend.
- Holding the umbrella over her head in the thunderstorm.
- Taking her to watch a romantic sunset - while she is unresponsive?
- Wall-E takes on role of protector again when Eve is sent to repair station. He busts out to protect her. Causing all sort of problems.
- Relationship has a down turn when Eve reassumes her programmed role as "life finder". And puts Wall-E back in shuttle for Earth.
RS Issue: Desire
Definition: The central thematic topic of the Relationship as it concerns the motivation toward something better.
- Wall-E wants the relationship to be something it isn't. He seems to be forcing the issue.
- At the end - it is the other way around. Eve is wanting Wall-E to be romantically involved - but his circuits were fried and he just doesn't exist.
RS Problem: Cause
The relationship suffers because Eve is stuck in her Cause of finding life (her directive).
The relationship suffers when Wall-E reverts to the factory settings - as originally programmed. He no longer has the ability to love.
RS Solution: Effect
- The relationship finally resolves when Eve sparks Wall-E - bringing him back to life
RS Symptom: Non-Accurate
Wall-E sees Eve's responses to him as wrong (she doesn't want to hold his hand). He seems perplexed as to her responses to his romantic overtures while in the container.
Eve sees Wall-E's romantic overtones out-of-sync with her desire to fulfil her directive once back on the ship after the flying in space sequence. Wall-E plays romantic music. Eve turns it off- "Directive"
RS Response: Accurate
- Eve's response is to bring things back to her directive. This is what she should be doing. This is correct, this is her programming.