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Days needs interesting characters, sure...but they have them already don't they...it's the constant attempt to rewrite them to fit plot that truly hurts the characters individually and the show as a whole.
- The Scorpion
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I think when they try to change any character's personality just to pair them with somebody, it fails miserably. A character's evolution has to be natural and take time, which Days completely sucks at nowadays for pretty much all their characters. Historically though, some of my favorite couples involved mismatched pairings and redemptive arcs (Jack/Jen and Steve/Kayla), but TPTB seem unwilling to invest in this long-term writing now.
Anyway, I've actually found JS to be believable at portraying a romantic lead (in late 2007/early 2008 when they did EJ's first redemptive arc), as well as an evil villain (sweevil EJ of late 2006/early 2007). It's just that the pendulum has swung back and forth so many times that either end of the spectrum ends up being unbelievable. I neither shake in my boots when he makes threats, nor do I swoon when he professes his love, because I know he will probably be doing something completely the opposite a month down the road. The lack of consistency has made him an uncompelling character on both ends of the spectrum IMO.
And I think there is a big issue with taking EJ really dark - namely that JS is young, hot and does seduction scenes well, so there is a good chunk of the audience that will want him to be viable in a romantic pairing. That's pretty different from a 60-something JM terrorizing Salem as Stefano 20 years ago. Plus, they've given EJ little kids and JS has good chemistry with the Kunitz twins, so there is a chunk of the audience that likes seeing him as the doting daddy. Again, that is very different from Stefano in his hay day who only had adult children on the canvas. I just think it's hard to make EJ a pure villain because there's a sizable part of the audience that likes him in a different capacity. Ultimately, I think villains work the best when they can come in, do their dastardly deed, and then exit stage left. If you leave them hanging around the canvas, they end up getting neutered.
And I highly doubt they are going to remove EJ from the canvas anytime soon. So if they actually want to create a consistent persona for EJ, I think their best path is to make him a somewhat gray character (like esp13 said - business scheming and some manipulation - that's my preference) or take him down a realistic, long-term redemptive arc (which TPTB are way too lazy to do).
Here is the thing. Days needs villains more than they need good guys at the moment as Salem seems to be over saturated with those. The issue I think they have with Ej is they want to pretty much do both and they simply CAN'T. They want him in the romantic lead capacity while still being the lead villain. Tomlin and co have proven they simple CAN'T do the middle with Ej (or any character frankly). I think convincing the audience that Ej 'has changed' is probably the toughest part given all he's done throughout the years. As I said, IMHO the character works way better as a villain anyway, and Days needs them, so why even attempt to go there? Forget what some of the fans want....they should be writing what makes sense for the show, taking into account the history of the character. If they commit to a redemption arc, then go for it but don't turn back and screw that up about 5 months after the attempt, but they won't do that because....they need Ej in the villain capacity more than they need him in the romantic lead IMHO. Based solely on what I bolded in your post, that is exactly what has happened to EJ and what will continue to happen to Ej if they continue to attempt what they seem to want to do every 18-24 months since the sorased character was introduced. IMHO it would work better for them to have him come and go, which I still think was JER's original intent for the character. IMHO he was introduced in May of 2006 and he would have been 'off' by January of 2006, he would have popped up again at Lumi's wedding in 2007 with the revelation that maybe the kid she was carrying was in fact his, etc...then he would have likely come and gone some more.....I sometimes wish we knew exactly what plan JER had for Elvis Dimera....
I disagree( villains or good guys)? Days need interesting characters and actors who have charisma that can bring something to the scenes! IMO
Ej was NOT introduced as this grey character who loved beyond belief and was just misunderstood. He was introduced as the black glove criminal, purposely sent by Stefano to harm Salemites and plant his seed in a Brady to create a Dimera heir that could potentially also save his life. He also had a sweevil way about him that made the character compelling to watch. He WAS interesting back then. IMHO the character has regressed to the point that I can't find anything currently that would make me say the same things you see me saying about his introduction. Ej as yet another reformed bad guy is not who a Dimera should be, especially not one that is pretty much Stefano's successor. If this show is going to last longer than 5 years then they need to figure out what they will do with Ej and commit to it. If they redeem him, then bring another Dimera who'll be an asshole and let him run Salem crazy....Ej will soon be just another character like the rest of the good guys then....he won't have anything that special to him anymore.