What do you all think of Salem’s Supernanny?
The whitewashing of EJ is driving me crazy. I love the actor and the character and would love to forgive him and root for him. But, instead of exploring a perfect, ready-made story—the fact that EJ was born to be a pawn, raised to be a soldier, to never question his father’s will—they are just whitewashing his whole history. James Scott is always great to look at, and I love to see the DiMeras as a family, but other than that I am getting nothing from these scenes.
What a waste. James Scott could absolutely rock a scene where he talks openly about the crimes he committed in the name of his father and how he never once questioned the rightness of his actions. Now when he looks at his son and sees the innocence there, he never wants his son to fear him the way he feared his father. He wants his son to know love and compassion and freedom—things EJ never knew. Are they afraid that if they mention EJ’s crimes, it will just make the viewers remember them and hate him more? The truth is that not mentioning them is far more damaging to the character’s ultimate redemption and acceptance.
Rewinding a bit, Steve’s redemption story in the 80’s was very well done soap. The show took its time, and redeemed him not just through him changing his behavior, but exploring why he behaved that way in the first place, and making him pay for past mistakes. (Paying, that is, in soapy ways, like being unfairly suspected of Britta’s murder—not by serving jail time.)
The key is that the show had to make Steve earn the right in the viewers’ eyes, not just in Kayla’s eyes, to be worthy of her love and trust. Now the writers don’t seem to have much empathy for what the audience might be feeling. EJ has done precious little to earn the right to be with Sami (nor, for that matter, has Lucas, but that’s a different botched redemption). We can all say that Sami might be more willing to forgive because of her past, and her knowledge of the importance of second chances. But the show needs to let us feel it too. Since I am not Marlena, just having EJ instrumental in the recovery of John is not enough to make me feel “unspeakably grateful” (quite the opposite, actually).
The ironic thing is that if they had rushed Steve into hero mode, rushed Steve and Kayla into couplehood, what then? Now you’ve got the established-couple problem, what to do with them when they’re in love and happy. That’s what bugs me about all this rushing—rushed redemptions, rushed love stories, and rushed reunions. What’s the hurry? What do you put on next week?
In fact, you’ve created two problems. You have also created a bunch of dissatisfied fans who are ticked about the rapid redemption or lack of payoff. Why should we invest in the next storyline or the next character, if that’s all we are going to get?