Marco has been enamored by Jackie for years, his speech in Sleepover is literally all about acknowledging this and saying he wants to get to know her better. It's not just because she's hot, he's been crushing on her since kindergarten. He's into her because she's always been nice and chill to everybody.>I've put her on this sort of pedestal. So do I like the image of her or who she really is? I mean, I like her enough to know that she deserves someone who wants to get to know her, which is definitely me.
His attraction was superficial, but he wanted to go beyond that.
I wouldn't call it shallow, it's at least a level deeper than Star's crush on Oskar was.
And I wouldn't describe Marco and Jackie as "in love" because even by Starcrushed their relationship hadn't progressed much, and certainly hasn't been tested by anything more serious than Marco's insecurity.
I would describe Star and Marco's relationship as love. Just not the romantic kind.>>93159258>She spoke two sentences to him in the episode with the teacher turning into a troll and he said "This is the most she's ever talked to me"
Yes and almost a year has passed since then, so using that as a benchmark for the current state of their relationship is pretty asinine.>superficial attraction to his idealized fantasy
The show itself addresses this.
Superficial =/= physical. I don't think Marco has once described his attraction to Jackie in physical terms, not even talking about her hair or eyes.