Sunday, July 26, 2009
WTH are EJ's Balls?
Just like the late great Skork campaign of “WTH Are Steve and Kayla”, I have to ask “WTH are EJ’s Balls”? Last year, there was a Hoochie campaign where fans of Stefano, Tony and EJ Dimera all sent balls to the DAYS studio, requesting that the Dimeras please get their balls back. I don’t think we’ll ever see that happen. It’s bad enough that Tony is now dead. It’s bad enough that Stefano Dimera, one of the greatest soap villains of all time, is a doddering babysitting grandpa with high blood sugar. Now EJ, the last standing Dimera, is being spayed and neutered right in front of our eyes. If EJ’s not showing what a loving papa he is onscreen for the umpteenth time, he’s involved in Dimera business offscreen. Nicole has him completely whipped right now. Every once in a while, he’ll yell a bit just to remind us he’s a big bad Dimera and then he slinks back into his cave again. Fans are hoping that if and when the BIG REVEAL ever comes out about Baby Sydney, then we’ll see EJ back in his glory…but I worry that he’s becoming such a woose that it’s all going to turn out to be a crashing anti-climactic bore.
Whether you think EJ is one hot sexy British dish or that he’s just a nasty no-good rapist, one thing is for certain. His character was never meant to be boring. It’s just wrong when Sami opts for the dull-as-dishwater Rafe over EJ. It’s just wrong when Nicole the Golddigger has more brains than he has. I was hoping the whole Johnny Dimera custody battle would lead to some spicy EJAMI bloodfests, accompanied by intermittent scrumps when no one’s looking…but no, I guess that would be too passionate…too much what a successful soap opera is like. Slowly but surely, EJ is being pushed to the backburner. I’d hate to see EJ turn out like Jack Deveraux, meaning that he was a character that used to have teeth and was exciting to watch but then gets backburned and miswritten to the point where the less loyal viewers and the less committed headwriters forget what the character was about in the first place.
James Scott is still one of the most charismatic actors on DAYS right now. Maybe Gary Tomlin doesn’t have the hots for him like he does for Galen Gering or Eric Martsolf, but that’s a poor excuse to blow him off. I caution James Scott fans to fight to keep their man front and center. Best of luck to you.