Remember when Days of Our Lives‘ JJ was a complicated guy with attitude and a chip on his shoulder?
Well, it’s time to bring back his inner bad boy, and fast. The once-intriguing character is on the verge of becoming a bore.
In the Beginning
When Casey Moss made his debut as Jack and Jennifer’s (Melissa Reeves) rebellious teenage son, he walked a fine line between belligerent brat and troubled misunderstood teen.
Moss found a way to keep the character likable, while JJ acted out, sold pot, and participated in an array of other crimes and misdemeanors.
The character was raw and real and compelling. It was hard to keep your eyes off him as he fell in love with Paige (True O’Brien), then had a red-hot affair with her mother Eve (Kassie DePaiva).
Coming of Age
After Paige’s murder, JJ underwent a metamorphosis, as well he should. He started dating her half-sister Gabi (Camila Banus), became a cop, and, eventually, fell for Lani (Sal Stowers).
Theo’s (Kyler Pettis) tragic shooting storyline followed, giving Moss the opportunity to flex his acting muscles, as a broken JJ contemplated suicide.
Later, Lani’s surprise pregnancy gave Moss the chance to pick JJ up and get back to the land of the living as he eagerly anticipated fatherhood and doted on his girlfriend hand and foot.
That is, until JJ learned Eli (Lamon Archey) was actually Lani’s baby daddy, and he’d been duped.
Time for A Change
As JJ’s emerged from teenager to young man, his vulnerable sweet side has totally taken over to the point where it’s eradicated the edgy and intriguing bad boy he used to be.
There’s nothing wrong with a man in tune with his emotions. In fact, it describes JJ’s Uncle Steve (Stephen Nichols) to a T. The thing is–Steve’s still a tough manly man at his core, while JJ’s on the brink of dissolving into a wimp.
Casey Moss is too young and vital to go down that road. He’s a powerful actor who needs to be molded into a strong leading man. The soap needs to revive JJ’s inner bad boy and get the character back to his fiery unpredictable roots. And the time to do it is now.
Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for air times.