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Aug 10 2008, 06:03 PM
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Well, even though I do NOT want them together, I would say "It's a start, isn't it?"
Bringing bad ass Stefano back to seek revenge on Marlena...that's a step in the right direction.

Having John say that he doesn't want Marlena to leave him, as he gives her CPR...that's a step in the right direction.

John saying he only cares for Marlena because Stefano went after her...that's not what I would call a step in the right direction. We're 8 months into this story. It's time John admit he has feeling for her, as playing that emotionless card is gettin' just a wee bit old.
But there are people still enjoying the emotionless card, and actually, John is not emotional-less. Claire proved that.
What emotions would you say would lead him to blow his wife off at pub, ask her to dinner, then pork other chick? [Aside from a high-paid guest actress' guarantee?]

And what twisted condition would lead one to order liver smothered in assorted fruit?

Look, it is a soap, and we are dealing with laveneder shit coming out of hospital vents-- I don't wanna be too serious.

But John, I am not computing. I have watched the dude for MORE than half my life and this is the first time I found myself going, 'wha'???? ' one day. Then then next day, I was more confused and thinking, 'but didn't you say,wha????' And in the back of my mind I started thinking, 'No, I mean the empty skulls in the writers room couldn't let you say this, even before the ratings for this week were aggregated, could they? They gotta track the stuff that works and doesn't by the numbers, no?''

And then, 'wha?????????' eventually got followed by a 20+ yr historic first-- I pressed off. [More modernly, I also cancelled my season pass DVR program]. John started to make me think my own mother sounded sane by comparison. Lemme just say, that is saying sumptin'.

Honest-- I can see him being hurt, even can see the producers trying out how the porking w the high paid guest actress worked-- but I CANNOT understand his motivation or character integrity from one SCENE to the next-- much less one show or one twist to the next.

Cheers to hoping the damage is spackled and patched starting Monday.

Either that, or I have a bad feeling those sands gonna run dry f-a-s-t.
it doesn't necessarily have to compute with you to mean that others can't enjoy this new John, including the actor himself. A lot of John's inner turmoil, it seems to me, is confusion, which is an emotion. He's also pissed at people trying to tell him what he's supposed to be. Claire never did that. Claire just accepted him for him. Reminds me a lot of the kids at school who rebel when trying to be shoehorned into something they're not.

And, yeah, it's a soap. So there's over-reaction. And? Other characters over-react all the time. I was never so madly in love with the old John that I can't accept this new John. In fact, old John's simpering over Marlena just.....blech. It was a huge turn-off to me. But, I suppose I can understand why J&M fans are upset. Agree with it? Naw.

And, maybe, just MAYBE if they write Marlena starting with him from WHERE he is and taking him at that value, she might go further with him. There's some good potential storytelling here. Remember Marlena and Alex North? She wasn't exactly evil, but she was turning John away. A lot of similiarities here. Oh, yeah, and Marlena the serial killer? Marlena the possessed? Those Marlenas were evil. More stories of love redeeming all. It's just John's turn to be saved, but not by force. As a psychiatrist, Marlena should know better.

By the way......a lot of what he is doing is because of Stefano's treatment of him (I'll wager). So, now John wants to the be the boss and in control because he WASN'T in control when Stefano took his memories.

Sometimes, you just need to delve into the human psyche a little bit more.......... ;) (note I said PSYCHE, not PSYCHO!) :P

And, yeah, I'm gonna keep enjoying Jawn, even though I do wish Claire was still here for him.
Great post!

I loved Old John, but I love New John too. I don't blame John for how he is. I blame Stefano, AND the friends who didn't stand by him after what Stefano did to him. He wasn't bad just emotionless (and programmed to kill Colleen) after he was rescued. (Neither of which were his fault).

His friends told him they were his friends, but they cuffed him to a hospital bed for how long because he attacked Stefano, the man holding him hostage and deleting his memories? I think I'd be suspicious of what they tell me too. Heck, if they had arrested him at least he could have got out on bail, but they can keep him locked to a hospital bed indefinitely? I think based on that auspicious start, I don't blame John for being defensive and I think he's done the best he can with very little real support and no memories to guide him. The empathetic kind loving Marlena that I know and love and who could reach John has been long gone (imo due to bad writing). I don't blame him for letting her go after she keeps telling him she can never love him and telling him how disappointed she is in him all the time. It's a shame that a man that has done so much for everyone in Salem only had his baby granddaughter and someone who didn't even know old John give him emotional acceptance.

I'm really hoping the story is going to turn around now, and Marlena and his friends and family will start to accept him for who he is. Then I think that acceptance will lead John into being more of the man we know and love. And hopefully, I'll get the wonderful love story I've been dreaming of ever since Jan of this year.
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