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Dec 10 2012, 12:06 PM
My issue with Caroline is that there's an implication that she may have made the wrong decision and paid for it later in life. That's not true and isn't at all what happened. Ultimately though, tptb's reliance on making sure to compare whatever couple Sami happens to be a part of at the time parallel to past stories is what kills all their potential. Safe isn't Tom and Alice or Shane and Kim. They're Sami and Rafe. Ejami aren't John and Marlena or Caroline and Victor. They're EJ and Sami. Write for their characters and stop trying to do piss poor imitations of past successes. It's not benefitting anyone.
I have slightly more mixed feelings. See, I don't mind using past experiences to provide connections between characters. One of my favorite scenes with Kayla and Caroline in 1986 is Caroline talking to Kayla about knowing what it is like to be drawn to the "wrong" man. The parallel isn't exact or perfect, but it provided this moment where Caroline was trying to caution her daughter not out of some unreasonable position, but from experience. Of course, I was happy that Kayla rejected that advice, but I liked that moment.

So, in the abstract, I can buy a connection between Caroline and Sami in this way. But, it needs to be handled with either a lighter touch, or with some actual appreciation for the differences in the story. Because what they actually did was both heavy handed and inaccurate. And, I agree with you, they need to write for the characters independent of past pairings. We need to know what (if anything) is special about EJami or Safe based on those characters, not trying to shoehorn them into some story we already know about.
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