I don't want to speak for SJB and I can't remember the details but she did say she was dropped from Cold Case and it had to do with Les Moonves and issues with her ex. I want to say there is a thread archived on here about it.
I think Guza tried a lot more early on to show Jason's "moral" center with his interactions with with Lila and Emily and they would show Jason had some memories with his medical training popping up time to time. This was also a time where the Q's were wacky and slightly evil and Ned had to fix problems or whatever and really never helped and I think we were supposed to want Jason to hate his family.
It would have been interesting seeing Jason get his memories back and turn his back on Sonny only to be drawn to that life again. But oh well. SBu is what he is, but he does humor and comedy well and does have chemistry with most of his love interests, family, friends. It will always be just a missed opportunity.
On the other hand, if they never changed Jason at all Steve probably would eventually been recast a bunch of times and ended up more bland like Kevin/Joey on OLTL through the years.
@DRW50 Logan was compelling. So much so that I wish we got more backstory.
I was watching the final episode of Nadine and Raven (no spoilers), and I appreciated that at the start of the Clown Puppet Murders, Slesar still took the time to fill in Raven's backstory. They talk about Nadine's neglect of Raven, particularly after the death of Raven's father. We got the story that Raven was placed into a boarding school at 7, following her father's demise at 6. We also got the other side of the tale, when Nadine defended herself by saying that she didn't wish to neglect Raven, but she was devastated by her husband's death. That episode is a great bookend to my aforementioned favorite episode when Raven drops Jamey with April and discussed how she got her nickname. It fills in all of the blanks of Raven's attitude toward Jamey and Logan, as well as setting up Raven's relationship with Sky and Geraldine.
However, correct me if I'm wrong, but we never got the same amount of details about Logan. I am interested in his attachment to Geraldine. Her desire for a replacement for Kevin makes sense, but what did he get out of the arraignment? I want to know more about what attracted him to the lethal women he dated, as well as how he developed his Madonna/Whore complex that compelled him toward both April and Raven. He was so much more interesting of a guy than Draper that I can see why woman were attracted to him, but it also made me wish we knew more about his motives.
@Soaplover It is funny that until I reviewed 1980, I always thought Molly was Emily's mother not her maid (she was an awfully devoted employee). There's something so cosmopolitan about Monticello that everyone (except Nancy) had household help. However, I was wondering what you meant about Emily's story being dropped? Are you referring to the fact that we never saw her again after the Bryson Clinic plot?
I thought it was a very good twist to change up Jason. But you lost that moral compass for the Q's. Emily was able to pick that up.
Jason should have 'blended' years and years ago. But I know Burton has fought against it. I think that's why I preferred Filler Miller's "Jason" because he wasn't just some bot who forced out a tear and pretended to give a damn about the Q's. Burton does better now, in some ways, less in others (the writing is bad for Jason, IMO - they aren't invested in him despite being on constantly) and he seems to appreciate Leslie Charleson and it shows.
lol great minds think alike