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Sep 9 2008, 01:15 AM
I actually felt like her acting was off more then the writing. Other then playing the hesitancy of openly telling John about Trent's invitation, I felt she was all over the place. Say what you want about the writing but an actor's job is to make some sense out of what is given to them. I love Dee but she is not one to always rise above her material. JMO.
Which scenes or moments do you think she should have done differently, and how do you think she should have played them?

Sure, this isn't how J&M have been written this year because it's now John pursuing Marlena and not Marlena pursuing John. Up until a few weeks ago, the push was on Marlena's end. That is why it's different. I don't think Marlena is necessarily out of character. She's taking control and I think, more or less, she's pushing John away because she's afraid they will hurt each other. They were in this push-pull for so long and she got hurt and so did he because she kept comparing him to the "old" John. She and others drove him to take extreme measures to define himself because of those comparisons. It makes total sense. She realized that her obsession with trying to get this John to be her John or to try to get her John back caused her to lose herself. That was the whole idea of them focusing on her putting Stefano in a coma. To show she had been pushed to do things that weren't things she would do. I think Marlena really wants to give him a chance but is just fearful of what they will do to each other if she does. That is why she is forcing the Trent issue. I think he just came along at the right time. She needed to prove to herself she can do this and try to move on and needed to prove to John she is serious but it's only on the surface because, deep down, she's hurting like hell. That is why I liked the hesitancy when she spoke about Trent possibly taking her out. It fit.
Marlena had been hoping for months that John would give her a chance and acknowledge the fact that they're married. He finally did, and once she realized he was sincere, they kissed and made love. She cried as they kissed, and her tears were a mixture of love, joy and relief that John had such deep feelings for her. So you're telling me that just a few "Salem days" after that, Marlena can completely change her mind and decide to get back at John by seeing someone else? Not only that, but ask him for a divorce? John is saying the words she's waited so long to hear, and now she decides 'too little, too late', and that they should completely end their decades-long relationship?

As for the music. they did alter the Santeen thing. It doesn't have the Irish flutes anymore so I don't mind it. They actually used it during some of the flashbacks at John's funeral in October. Since he is Santeen's son, I think it's ok. The show can't go back to the old music because I believe the good stuff for the supercouples was all done by Marty Davich and he is no longer with the show. It's definitely a budget-related issue but I do like the music. It fit the scenes perfectly IMO.
Well, lol, that's why I said that the Santeen music isn't my taste - it is subjective. And lol I've hated every time that they've used it for J&M, not just this one. (I realize they've used it for them before.)
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