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|tomsawyer||Dec 21 2012, 12:53 PM|
Yes, it's my least favorite aspect of how they've often written Ejami. I didn't mind EJ's pursuit of her initially because it was a pretty fresh angle for Sami back in 2006, but it's long since lost it's charm for me. That's why I actually somewhat enjoyed the Spring-Summer 2012 Ejami story because they were writing Sami as drawn to EJ in spite of herself and EJ as the confident, sexy seducer who knew he could reel her in. That made him and the pairing much more attractive IMO. Right now, EJ looks desperate which is so not sexy. But I assume that is what Tomlin wants since I think odds are decent he will have Rafe/Safe prevail in the end.
While I agree that the triangle doesn't work for me as it's currently being written, I think they could write a good triangle and retain the core of the characters if they wanted to. To me, EJ and Rafe could and should represent two different sides to Sami. She should be drawn to EJ because he represents her desire for power, to get what she wants even if it hurts others and her questionable moral compass. At the same time, she should be leary of EJ because of their violent history and his tendency to lead her down a dark path that isn't what she wants for her life now. On the flip side, she should be drawn to Rafe because he represents her desire for a stable family, the fairytale romance and to be with a man who makes her family proud. At the same time, she should be leary of Rafe because he doesn't trust her and tends to try to make her somebody she's not.
To me, the most frustrating aspect of the Ejami-Safe triangle is that it actually COULD have been a good triangle. The core of the characters is enough to present a legitimate choice for Sami without writing anybody inconsistently or dumbing them down. In fact, a well-written Ejami-Safe triangle could have been used to explore who the characters really are, who they want to be and to bring some consistency to them. Instead, we got the Sydnap, summer of suck, the shooting and R2 - a bunch of disjointed plots without any sort of character consistency, insight or growth. Don't get me wrong, I love plots and drama, but the best ones are those rooted in the characters and their development.
Edited by tomsawyer, Dec 21 2012, 12:56 PM.
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