Why Bob Why? (warning spoilers) Moxie and Kumar’s eye on soaps, observations and thoughts
The month of July will be a difficult one for Sonny fans. Kristina will barely dodge bodily harm when the car bomb meant for Johnny goes off. Not to worry though, Johnny bravo will save her! Jason, Spin and Dante will be off playing hero, hunting down Franco and saving their damsels in distress. What will Sonny fans get? After Sonny’s bomb plot goes awry he lies about it to Alexis and law enforcement. Michael will over hear him and be brought into Sonny’s conspiracy. And of course there’s the inevitable Jason tie in: if the police find out that Sonny was behind the car bomb Jason could be hauled back to jail! All this and at some point Warren Bauer goes on a rampage with a gun and Liz’s baby is kidnapped and the hospital goes on lock down.
Dear Bob, please do Sonny and his fans a favor and have Warren shoot him and put him into a coma. At least until mid August. Please spare us the agony of watching Sonny get blamed, be the foil, get trashed and drink more of the Guza stupid juice. Please leave us some semblance of the character we love.
Bob, you have stated that, “We need to get Sonny down as low as we can in order to pick him back up and Brenda will be the vehicle to do that”. To which Sonny fans can only ask, “Why Bob Why?”. Why is it necessary to turn Sonny into a bumbling, fumbling bad mobster whose kids hate him and whose friendships have dwindled down to zip? We can assure you that many Sonny fans would have welcomed a redux of S&B without having to watch him being chewed up and spit out by every other character on the show, made the foil in every situation and pimp the “good” mobster (Jason) and the “victim” mobster (Johnny).
In spite of running Sonny through the ringer, Bob, many viewers still love the character. All of the crap you have heaped upon him in the last six months has not diminished his popularity. THAT you owe to the charisma, talent and good looks of Maurice Benard. Any other character with this much “ish” thrown at him would have been long gone. However, Maurice manages to salvage Sonny by infusing him with vulnerability and pathos that sees Sonny through every crisis. But, Bob, you have stolen Sonny’s narrative and drawn and quartered it and given it to Jason, Johnny, Jax and to some extent Dante. In short, Bob, you use Sonny to give every other character a storyline but HIM. Your one-dimensional, plot driven writing for Sonny hinders Maurice from interjecting humor, romance, and flexibility that may layer the character and give us the Sonny back we know and love.
Bob, you say you are doing this to support your Sonny and Brenda story. What about fans who may not want “this” Sonny and Brenda? You have written Sonny in such a negative light and totally isolated him from friends, family that he has no point of view of his own. You leave nothing else for fans who may not want Sonny with Brenda. This was the same problem with Sonny and Carly ( in the beginning and then with Jarly it got worse), and Sonny and Kate. You left Sonny with nothing else. This is getting old and Sonny fans are beyond sick of it. When, if ever, will we see a layered, balanced, and “in charge” Sonny again? We miss him.
But Bob, here is the big question. Why does the Sonny we love have to totally be destroyed and reconstructed to re-introduce Brenda into his life? Do you do this because you know whatever you throw at Sonny his fans will continue to watch? Or do you do this to punish us for not swallowing your crap.
Have a day!
Moxie and Kumar