Stefano definitely changed gears away from Marlena about 15 to 20 years ago, but I can still buy it? He was obsessed enough to kidnap her a billion different times so I'll give it a pass. I think Deidre Hall still looks stunning and Jarlena were great today. Ridiculous and OTT with a side of bad acting, but their scenes were still good soap to me. I squealed in my living room over John's dialogue and obviously I could tell it's a show on a shoe string budget but John and Marlena still resonate with me as a soap viewer.
The problem with Marlena is that she's saddled with John. Her being a therapist alone would open lots of story potential. Alas, fans and Ron C lack vision.
I've always wondered on B & B what the original plan was for the Logans long term back in 1987/8. Were they always meant to be phased out starting in the fall of 1988... or were they meant to be a long term family (yes, I'm aware the Logans returned in 2000s.. but they were pretty much off the canvas from the 1991 till like the mid 2000s).