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|PhoenixRising05||Dec 4 2008, 01:24 PM|
It's not about the looks, Tripp. I see Nick as the same type of character as Jack. He is complex.
Max could've been complex too with his character's history but the writer's botched that and made him a generic soap character who can be a bit of a player at times but also a heroic figure. They have him on the same path as Roman, Bo, etc.
Nick is complex because he isn't the average character. Hogan set him up that way. Here we have an intelligent scientist who has a quirky charm about him when written right. He goes against the traditional soap hunk grain. Not everyone can write for that. In fact, I think most writers can't unless they actually created him. I knew Higley couldn't, especially since she didn't have much to go on. Whenever a character is created by the previous writer's regime, they are in danger when said writer leaves unless they have a strong fanbase and have been involved in many stories or are currently involved in many stories. Nick has fans but he had nothing when Higley started. Even Hogan barely wrote for him after summer 2007. Therefore, Higley just sort of left him alone and I think he would've been gone around the time Chelsea took up with Daniel if not for Ed. I think Ed kept him around and I think he was in favor of Nick/Melanie and the triangle but it got dropped when his stuff stopped airing and Higley was able to finally get rid of him since it seems Tomlin agreed with that direction. They clearly want to go with more traditional, generic soap characters. I'm not completely on board with that either but it is what it is.
As I said, I compare Nick to Jack. They had a similar vibe and weren't the traditional soap hunk. Only certain writers get Jack. In the 90's, Jack become a bit buffoonish at times. JER and Langan did not like Matt so they axed him and brought the character back as more traditional looking for a soap in the form of Mark Valley. They made Jack more serious and made him a normal hero rather then a atypical one. Of course, Steve Wilder's Jack was a a traditional soap hunk cutout. That one was the worst. When Jack returned under Langan he buffoonery continued. It occurred to a lesser extent under B&C but they slowly got him out of it and put him back at The Spectator in his element. They seem to get J&J for the most part as a couple and Jack as a character. Then Higley came on and made Jack too silly again only to have JER return and kill off Jack several times. I will give JER credit though...when Jack was onscreen he actually "got" him the second time around. The best stuff Jack and J&J had was under Beth Milstein right around the time they were leaving. She clearly got them in spades.
I guess what I'm saying is that the character of Nick isn't understood by many writers, like Jack isn't, and I could see the character being recasted with a more traditional looking soap actor (like Jack was twice) before I can see most writers writing him the way he should be. I think Higley did write him as a normal character. He lost what made him special and I think Hogan was verging down that road too at the end. I didn't mind the character changing but I do think the character was lost a bit. It is hard to write for him. Max you can throw anything at but Nick is a different type of character and not everything will work unless you completely change the character and I would rather he go then seeing that happen.
I think the key too is DB got an Emmy nod. He is talented but he isn't Blake. I will hate to see him go but I do like Max. I just wish they would try to salvage the development of him as a character a bit. I also hope that Nick returns some day under a writer that can write well for him but I can't see it happening. I think he will end up being a forgotten Horton that we only see mentioned on Christmas. You will see Jeremy, Sarah, etc back before he is. The Fallon's were never mentioned for years before Hogan and I think that will happen again. I don't think Nick is viewed as important enough. I think Hogan viewed him as that early on but even at the end I got the sense he was in limbo when it came to him.
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