Sami Brady: Have you seen this woman?
by, 10-06-2012 at 06:24 PM (2851 Views)
I’ve loved Sami Brady since the second she eaves dropped on her first conversation. I watched her grow into a scheming diva and been entertained by her pluck all the way. But, now I find myself at a difficult roadblock. I still see the lovely Alison Sweeney on my screen. But, I don’t know who Sami is anymore.
The unfortunate reality is that somewhere along the line someone had the absurd idea to make Sami the next Hope Brady- a love story heroine destined to be with a hero. I don’t get it. That’s the equivalent of telling Billy Joel, “Hey, we know that you’ve gained tons of popularity being the piano man all those years, but starting now, we’re going to have you start dazzling people in your concerts by dancing!” Um, no. I want Billy Joel to play the piano. I want Sami to be an anti-hero. That’s why I’ve invested two decades in the character.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want Sami to be still scheming to land a man or get her parents together. She’s too old for that. But her constant proving herself to Rafe is inappropriate for the character. This week it was, “I lied to you about the text, but I’m telling you now!” Pretty soon it will be, “The other night I said that I liked red peppers on my pizza but I really like green peppers. I’m so sorry. Please forgive me for this monstrous character flaw on my part. Can I lick your shoes now?”
Furthermore, the idea that Sami can’t decide between two men is ridiculous. Sami, for all her faults, has never lacked decision making skills. She’s always known what guy she wanted and went after him, regardless of whether or not he wanted her! So, this idea that Sami can so easily waiver between two men is preposterous.
Regardless of which fella ends up with her, Sami desperately needs to be returned to her scheming self. There's no reason to think that maturing Sami equates to shutting her down. Characters like Kate, Victor, and Stefano have managed to show that it's possibly to still retain an edge at any age. Furthermore, characters like Roman, Lexie, and Maggie have proven that it's possible to still love these characters in spite of (or because of!) that edge.
Sami was never groomed to be a heroine. She was groomed for something much greater. I don't want to see that thrown away.