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Oct 14 2008, 12:31 AM
Kyrai, it's the writers. They could perfectly well write a decent story for John and Marlena out of all of this without resorting to this ground hog day approach and having John revert instead of progress. It isn't the characters, it's the writers, because it doesn't matter who they are writing for, something is missing. Splitting up John and Marlena will change nothing. There have been glimpses of what could be in Jan/Feb and during the Olympics, so someone, somewhere has a clue, but instead of running with it, they seem to be scared to write an in depth, heartfelt, character driven story for J&M. Why drop the Stefano connection? It set up great conflict for both characters. Why not let Marlena 'see' how John is trying to change instead of him telling her second hand. And I'm tired of Marlena being used as a sounding board for Sami without regard for the character of Marlena. Marlena would so realize that Sami was pregnant. It's just insulting. And I'm tired of John only being able to relate to characters like Sami/Nicole/Ava, who all seem to have a hard time relating in a mature way to anyone. Yes, they seem to be trying to have the character of Nicole grow up a bit, but look who had to tell Nicole what the right thing to do was..... John. John and Marlena have/had more in common then most people in Salem. Marlena was used and abused by Stefano herself. Why haven't they bonded over this? or had a conversation about this?
ICA!! I was okay with Marlena deciding to move on. I can understand her having an epiphany after her vision of meeating Sam, and deciding that the relationship she was having with John was not good for her, and needing to rediscover herself. But then have her move on, but let her see John growing and developing for herself, and then having the two of them find their way back to each other. Don't make John out to be some poor bumbling fool, desperate for Marlena's love and approval.

The Phillip/Melanie interactions are very confusing. If they want to have them interact, wouldn't it make at least some sense if they would show the reason Phillip is involved, is because his brother Bo, is upset at his mom being arrested for murder, and now Phillip has gotten at least a little bit of information conerning Melanie's involvement, and he just wants to help his brother now that they have bonded. Especcially since Bo put his life and career on the line for Phillip. If the writers could put that sort of spin on the story I would be okay, otherwise it justs seems too random and wierd.
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