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Viewing Single Post From: SOW: John to Marlena: I want you back!
Ellie


esp13
Aug 14 2008, 11:27 AM
Well, I think that if they had not dragged out the story in the manner that they did, then just have Marlena be the only that could bring out John's emotions would have worked just fine. But having made the story choice that they did, it wouldn't make sense to me that John would suddenly have a change of heart and suddenly decide the can't live without Marlena (I'm sure it could be easily fanwanked by J&M fans, but I'm sort of looking at this as a more "neutral" observer I guess) without some kind of catalyst. And, I like the idea that the catalyst is as much a desire to bug Stefano as it is anything else (i.e. the visits from Santo and OldJohn). Because that's a motivation that fits with who NuJohn is right now. And then it allows J&M's relationship to change him further, if that makes any sense.
Yep, it does make sense. Very well put. I agree, it fits in very well with who John is now.


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As for the use of history, I agree. Although I do have to mention that in the course of watching the original Benjy storyline for S&K from 1988, I've seen the reappearance of Stefano in that story. And, in light of all that has happened over the last year, it's very interesting to me that even in 1988, the writers made it clear that Stefano had a grudge/vendetta against the whole Brady family. It was conveyed quite clearly through the dialogue and storyline. So, while I won't disagree that Stefano's obsession with Marlena is probably more true to history than the Santo/Colleen ridiculousness, the idea that Stefano had a vendetta against the entire Brady family for reasons not totally known isn't something that they made up in 2007. It's very present in 1988 as well.
Well, yes and no, I think. I agree it was present in 88, and it was present even before that, when Stefano became obsessed with Marlena in the early 80's, and then the Brady's were introduced as supporting characters for Roman after the Salem Strangler storyline in 82. But what I have a problem with is that Hogan took a theme that really had not been mentioned since 88 (as you say) and turned it into what drove the entire storyline for months. (And as Pagraves points out, J&M weren't even mentioned.) Stefano's schemes during the 90's weren't based on "Bradys vs. the Dimeras" at all. It was pretty much just Stefano (and Kristen, Lexie, et al) vs. J&M. But I do understand what you're saying, that Hogan didn't just pull it out of thin air.
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