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Oct 3 2013, 08:52 PM
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- August 8, 2008
JJ can have whatever feelings he wants, but those feelings are causing him to mess up his OWN life.
- Oct 3 2013, 08:16 PM
- Oct 3 2013, 07:47 PM
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- Oct 3 2013, 06:54 PM
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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.
I saw it as Kayla trying to get JJ to go home or talk to his Mom. JJ's the one making it about Daniel and how he'll never take his father's place, even though that's not what Daniel is trying to do. Kayla tried to reason with him that Daniel is not the problem here and that is when she let it slip about Jack not being so perfect. I didn't see it as Daniel propping either but then again neither do I dislike his character to the point of getting pissed every time someone mentions his name. I don't see any of JJ's problems as being Daniel's fault and Kayla has every right to feel the way she does about Jack.
Kayla's right to whatever feelings she has about Jack is not under debate. But neither should JJ's feelings about his father--or Daniel for that matter--be under debate. And I maintain that it's not anyone else's place to change this kid's mind or heart about either man. From a storytelling standpoint, I'm more concerned that no one in JJ's family has managed to get through to him because no one's asking the right questions. Namely, why are you doing this? And just what are you trying to accomplish by doing this? Too much attention is being paid to the behavior, and not the reasons for it. The symptoms are being treated, instead of the disease. And I doubt the emerging sturm und drang about Jack's past is going to change that approach, I'm sorry to say.
And Daniel isn't evil. He's often annoying. He's weak. He's rather self-centered on a regular basis. He's fickle. He's shallow. He has no self-awareness.
JJ shouldn't let negative feelings about Daniel affect his decision making in his own life.
He's not smart to give hating Daniel that much power.