Yes, when isn't my blog my "opinion"?? LOL. I put that up there so people know I STILL LOVE THE Show even though I'm about to go on an all out bitch fest over what's happened to AJ.
It's Saturday, I have a TON of reports to do for work, so when better to obsess over a soap? ahaha. :)
So...back in the day, I was an AJ fan. Jason got all the glory and AJ got all the sheeze. I really liked Billy Warlock in the role, and although I missed SK, I embraced the recast. Guza and Co proceeded to turn the poor boy into..well:
A laughing stock
A punching bag
Kind of a whimp
A guy that women married for money or fraud.
When they put AJ on a meat hook that was it for me. Instead of making him a worthy adversary for Jason he became a joke. Then, he died and went away.
BUT!!! A new regime came on and suddenly --just when Jason is gone, AJ emerges as if from a cocoon (see how I used fancy imagery there?) AND HE'S SEAN KANAN!! The first AJ... and hopefully now the AJ that could have been. Ruthless business man, having Alan's edge and lady-killer ways. He was sober for a bazillion years in treatment! yeah!!
So, AJ comes back, bonds with his SON Michael and starts to reclaim the Q enterprise. Hell,we even get the Q offices!!! He sees Liz!! Liz, who used to hate AJ-- they start something together. That lasted a hot minute.
And then...everything starts to go wrong. I'm going to be honest here-- I had to think awhile as to WHY AJ was so mad at Connie he went in to strangle her. Even went to wikipedia. I watch the show daily and it seems like so long ago and so insignificant I didn't even burn it in my brain!
SO...that happened Then the shooting and the "AJ" initials drawn in blood on Connie's white dress.
Nothing... it was like a "commercial break" that stretched over months and months.
Finally...AJ comes back and has a trial we really don't care a lot about at this point. He gets found not guilty and instead of celebrating like a true ruthless Quartermaine HE FEELS SHAME and drinks.
And drinks..and...remembers a little then we don't see him for weeks. The elevator doors opened and SK went on a vacation? What?
He does remember--and has the key to the real killing and, instead of empowering him, it turns him into a further mess. He talks to a dead Connie. Who basically says not a hella lot.
NOW what? Does he get one over on Ava? Finally win a battle ONCE in his life? No...
he gets SHOT! by Sonny!
what a mess. AJ's the screw up that "made Sonny shoot him" by going after Ava.
By the way..when's the last time we saw the ELQ offices? (go ahead, take awhile) ... and Michael? Well, he's not turning into a junior business man, naw...he's "running" Sonny's Italian restaurant.
Well, no, actually.. instead of say, having Michael in the Q house and Morgan in the Corinthos' grasp.. Michael is stuck fighting with Kiki over FRANCO!
What the hell!? Come on.. there was so much potential. Such a waste. Why they didn't just let AJ flatline is beyond me. I'm sure he's being saved to carve up later on some platter to St. Jasus' memory or Sonny's lingering paranoid feud with him. NOTE: I need to see that moment when Sonny realizes "AJ" meant Ava Jerome. I NEED that Moment, and I'd better get it!!
GH's bloated cast is part of this problem. There's so much rotation that really important core stuff gets lost in the shuffle. And in the process, makes me not care. YAWN
Poor AJ. We hardly knew ye.