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Oct 3 2013, 07:10 PM
Oct 3 2013, 06:54 PM
Oct 3 2013, 05:46 PM
I don't see where anyone, except you, has called Kayla "the villain of the play." I don't see her as the villain, although I did find her Daniel/Fetch-propping today made her a less sympathetic figure to me than she might otherwise have been.
But what I don't understand is the idea that she is propping Daniel. She told JJ she wasn't selling Daniel to him. And all she said to Daniel is that he wasn't a monster. How the hell is that propping. Not to mention she has a good reason to like Daniel better. And even if she was propping him how does that make her "less sympathetic"? She was clearly upset by her slip and didn't want JJ to know what she meant. I just, for the life of me, can't figure out what the fact that she is friends with Daniel has to do with whether she is sympathetic or not.
Does subjectivity really need to qualified to this extent? My being irritated by Kayla and Daniel's interaction today is as individual to me--and to viewers who had a similar reaction--as your championing of Kayla is to you and the character's other fans. Agreed, Kayla was not--at the moment--attempting to sell Daniel to JJ, but I contend that she was being put in the position of trying to sell Daniel to the audience. Which is more the fault of TPTB, but I tend to find all characters less sympathetic when they push Daniel at me, not just Kayla. It's as obnoxious as a door-to-door salesman who just Won't. Go. Away.
Exactly! My problems with Daniel have far more to do with the writers' desperate, flailing insistence that Daniel is the greatest character ever created than anything the character has or has not done (laying hands on JJ three times was not okay, though). In fact, this is the first time I can think of in my long history of tv watching that I sense palatable contempt from the writers because a character is not universally beloved, and I react badly to that.

While I agree that so far, the Kayla story could have been worse as far as Daniel propping goes, it shouldn't have had anything to do with Daniel at all and would be far better if it wasn't.

I don't begrudge anyone a chance to see and enjoy MBE shine, especially in scenes with Casey Moss, however.

I do, however, think that there is a level of selling Daniel to the audience by the writers, and I don't like it.
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