Pine Valley Voice #4
By Amanda Reeves
Mystery no more…Jonboy is revealed, but did they have to kill him?
Ok, I know that Jonathan has been playing Dr. Evil for quite awhile
now, but why get rid of the character. I think that Jonathan provided
some much needed variety to a show that has been so focused on baby
switching in recent history. After he hit Maggie, there was huge
potential for a great character arch, but after Maggie left, it seems
like that potential for Jonathan just fizzled away.
Why bring back Braden just to make Jonathan worse? I was interested in
how AMC would try to redeem Jonathan, and with the constant mentioning
of Braden, I really thought that AMC had found a good angle to start
his path to redemption. Braden was already guilty of a violent crime,
so it was plausible that he was the one behind the crimes of late.
With Braden to blame, the only crime Jonathan would have been guilty
of was hitting Maggie, which is awful, but at least everyday people
get help for this and succeed. Domestic violence is real and could
have really been a great story for AMC to play out. Unfortunately, it
looks like this was not the intended direction for Jonathan’s
So we know Jonathan killed Edmund, poisoned Greenlee, and tried to
kill Ryan… whoopadeedo. This is drama, people, and it is what daytime
is all about. I know of many other characters that have done evil
deeds that can rival Jonathan’s actions and have done even worse.
These characters are still on our televisions day in and day out, or
at the very least, lived through a redemption period. I’m not saying
that everything was going to be easy, but honestly, when is anything
really easy in daytime that’s worth seeing? Killing Jonathan is an
easy way out, and I feel cheated. Frankly, I don’t care what happens
to Ryan. He couldn’t help his brother, boo hoo. I don’t like how this
is going to be all about him, now. He irked me after leaving his wife
to help Jonathan instead of getting him serious help. In my opinion,
Ryan needs a redemption period as well, and I will be sorely upset if
they just drop him back into his regular storyline of the all mighty
Ryan after his visions of Jonathan stop.
Even with Jonathan guilty and Braden dead, I would rather Jonathan
stay alive and stay on the show. I’m holding out hope that his body
will not be found, so that he can return. Since he was wacko when he
committed his crimes, it is feasible that he could get off on an
insanity plea, and then Jonathan could get the therapy he needs and
return a changed man. He could feel horrible for the things that he
has done, which can provide storylines for his family, Greenlee’s
family, and Maria’s family. Although, I would rather not see bratty
Sam – his over-the-top attitude is nauseating.
My choice this month is Ryan. He did not listen to anyone’s warnings
to get the police involved. He did not get Jonathan the real help that
he needed, and now I have this sinking feeling that I will be
subjected to his poor me crap for the duration of May sweeps, at the
very least. I miss Ryan and Gillian being together. She always brought
out the best in him. I still remember rushing home on my lunch hour to
watch them together because I could not wait to watch it when I got
home after work – ahhh memories.
As I’ve been saying all along, I think Ryan will feel guilty about
Jonathan, spiral out of control, and ultimately destroy his marriage
to Greenlee (I can hope, anyway). J.R. is going to continue with his
vendetta against the Babe clan – but will “Dixie” put him back in his
place? Zach will propose marriage, but not to the person he loves. I
think Ethan will have new reasons for hating his father. I think Maria
will continue to try and get Zach’s forgiveness, which I think he
should be dishing out some of those apologies to her.
Until next time, I’m off my Soapbox.
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