Is Clint Going Too Far on One Life to Live?




Recently, Clint Buchanan has gone through a major shift in character. When I began watching OLTL in mid-2008, Clint seemed to have a shady side to him but it was nothing like it is now. At first, I really enjoyed Clint embracing his inner Asa Buchanan. However, over the past few weeks I feel like he’s starting to go a little overboard. I understand that Clint wants to get revenge on the people who have done him wrong, but does he have to so cruel about it? It’s one thing to get revenge on someone but it’s a whole other to do it so ruthlessly, so quickly.

Honestly, is it necessary for Clint to get revenge on everyone at the same time? I think one of the problems I’m having with Clint at the moment is that he’s doing too much at once. So far, he’s had David Vickers thrown in a foreign prison, changed two paternity test results, had his brother’s wife kidnapped, deliberately sent a woman to seduce his brother, and told more lies than devil himself. I’d rather these vindictive actions be spread out so it doesn’t look like he’s in such a rush to get every one back. If the show doesn’t slow Clint’s revenge down a good bit, the character could get written into a corner. I know there are exceptions to the rule currently thriving on daytime, but I fear this unfortunate fate could happen to Clint.

This circumstance also brings about the question of when will he get caught? I understand that this show needs some way to fill the Asa void and Clint has been doing a great job so far. However, as his actions start to get out of control it could cause some serious redemption problems. Don’t get me wrong. I love my soap villains, but I come from the world of Bill Bell, where villains get their comeuppance in a timely fashion. I just hope Ron C. and company can find a way to redeem Clint for all of his dastardly actions because it’s going to be difficult.

Nevertheless, Clint going off the deep end has finally given Jerry verDorn some material to truly shine. He portrays a vengeful Clint with a poker face, a calm voice, and a certain smirk that can only spell upcoming disaster. The way verDorn makes Clint almost emotionless while doing some pretty despicable things is a nice touch to the degree of Clint’s “I don’t care” attitude. It’s been an exciting ride to see how verDorn can make Clint “that” much more cold. I love seeing a veteran actor in a story with several other veterans on the front burner, where they belong. With the acting being on this level, I can only aspire that the writing for Clint’s new personality doesn’t cross too far over to the dark side in the future.


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I was good w/ his actions until he started going at his little brother Bo! You married his ex-wife, the love of his life and now you're going crazy because they wanted to be together again! **This is why you don't do your brother's girl**
It's ok to want to be like Asa to even act like him but Clint is going to far and what's worse is that every one of his "beefs" are over a year old, get over it already maaaaaaaan!!!!
BTW, I can't wait until Rex find's out his a Buchannon!

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I don't think this was a quick transformation at all. Since Nora's betrayal, Clint has become bitter. He got some relief from that bitterness when Kim came into the picture but then David sent her packing which made Clint even more bitter. After that he spent his time alone or searching for Kim with no results. Maybe he's becoming more Asa like but, Asa was his father and his role model so viewers should accept that comparison. Clint's been simmering in the background slowly setting up his revenge and now his plan is comming to fruition.

Personally I'll take this version of Clint over the 2008 version any day. He's much more interesting to watch and I think JVD has been very patient with OLTL in waiting for a Clint-centric storyline.

Asa was always doing dastardly deeds and I never held it against him. He (Phil Carey) used his considerable charisma to charm the audience and I think JVD also has that ability. Even if Clint is was out of control with what he's doing to Nora, I look forward to what Clint has in store for the rest of Llanview and I'm not fast forwarding.

Does he need to be redeemed? I'd rather they not make excuses for his behavior, it would be a refreshing change of pace- no mental illness, no abusive daddy, no my mommy was a rape victim. The only other current character on OLTL that never needed redemtion is Dorian. She may get punished for her misdeeds but she is never really redeemed. The people of Llanview just accept that its Dorian, just like they did with Asa and the character lives on to reek havoc another day. I think that puts Clint in pretty good company.

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No Daisy I couldn't have said it better.

My fear is that at some point he is going to team up with echo, to break up Viki and Charlie. Because if he can't have Kim, Viki has always been the one for him. Asa thought so, and now he is Asa 2.0. I wouldn't mind seeing him and Viki, but I don't know how it would all play when his secrets come pouring out. I have faith in Ron C. I didn't like the Rapemance, but the fall out was amazing. I didn't care for Mitch's antics, but the fallout was terrific. I may not like how far Clint is going so quickly, but I will anxiously await the fallout when his lies come falling down around him. Probably in the Next Sweeps period.

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Wow...I must be the only OLTL viewer who is not worried one bit about this sudden thirst for revenge becoming something from which the writers cannot return. I am LOVING this revenge streak in Clint, and I will love the fallout with his family. I think it will make for great soap opera. If the writers play this out, it could end up something that propells Clint to reevaluate his life, and may end up being something that forces him to reclaim his identity apart from the looming spector that is Asa Buchanan. I see some great story possibilities here.

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I know I've been in the minority for months about this, but I'm not loving this nuClint. I don't even know where to begin; I mean, he's doing this because his brother "stole" his wife and ruined his marriage? I realize TPTB feel they need to fill the Asa void, but I think this is a pretty extreme character shift; it's one thing to operate in that "gray" area of morality, but some of the stunts he's pulling are simply not very nice, to put it mildly. I thought the whole putting-David-in-a-foreign-prison debacle was beyond petty considering he was married to Kim for all of about five minutes and some change; this new scenario is just plain disturbing in my book.

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I have been watching OLTL for a long time and I have to say, I am enjoying Clint's new nasty streak. I have always like the character of Clint, but have felt he needed a stronger edge. I hope they don't go to far, making him maniacal or crazy, but I hope they continue to show that Clint isn't going to take crap from anyone.

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The issue I'm having is that Clint knows enough about Eddie's past that trusting him not to hurt Nora is not good judgment on Clint's part. If he wants to make Nora miserable (like she made him), fine, but Eddie is a gun-wielding, alcoholic, child-abusing crazy. Clint should have had one of his goons from BE take this job.

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Clint is doing a lot right now, but I'm glad it's him rather than some poorly re-imagined Carlo Hesser or Mitch Lawrence.

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Clint's turn to the dark side has been building for a long time -- ever since Dorian staged that hostile takeover of Buchanan Enterprises in the summer of '08. Clint brought convicted murderer Ray Montez to Llanview to take back his teenage niece, just to get back at Dorian. That was pretty heartless and cold, so turning to Eddie now is just par for the course. BTW, as someone who has been watching OLTL since 1984 and remembers Clint Ritchie's portrayal of Clint very well, I am absolutely loving Clint's newfound mean streak. The show needed someone to fill Asa's boots and has been developing Clint for the role for several years now. You can tell the actor is absolutely loving it.

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I LOVE the nuClint. I don't fully understand his hating Rex so much that he deny's his paternity and his own grandson, but I I'm not too upset about it. As far as him paying people back; well, he is not going after innocent people who have done nothing wrong to him I don't begrudge a bit of good soap opera payback. Yes Eddie is crazy, abusive, etc., but I am sure Clint knows he would not physically hurt Nora. I don't like that he turned David Vickers Buchanan over to Moroccan authorities to put him in jail; BUT, he didn't make the charges up and David did ruin the fun he was having with Kim. I am only upset because it means David is not on my screen, but i blame Marc Cherry for that more than evil Clint.

I think having an Asa figure on again is great. Yes what Clint has done has been mean, but its nothing that need to necessarily be redeemed. I don't see him as doing anything worse than what Asa would have done. No Asa wouldn't have had Nora kidnapped, but that is just because of his relationship with her. Clint would not hurt anyone he cares about either.

So do I think Clint is going too far?-NOPE!

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I am loving Clint's descent into Asa-dom for a couple of reasons not the least of which is that I have been a fan of Jerry ver Dorn since he first rolled into Springfield as Ross Marler on GUIDING LIGHT. It's nice to see a veteran actor be given meaty material and to see how much eh is enjoying himself playing this role.
The other reason why I am liking Clint more and more is because I have always been a fan of the wealthy bad guy and every soap needs to have this type of character. Adam on AMC, Alan on GL, Victor on DAYS; all of them are these titans of industry who scheme and scheme for various reasons (love, revenge, power, spite) but who always end up getting their comeuppance in the way that hurts them most...by having their family turn on them. That is the type of villain I am hoping OLTL is setting Clint up to be, one that is around for the long haul and not some temporary bump in the road that goes too far and then has to be written off the show for some reason.

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JvD is rocking the role of Clint right now, but that's about the only thing I am enjoying. The kidnapping of Nora by a violently abusive psycho is going too far, I think. Yes, he was hurt...but like someone mentioned, he did marry his brother's former wife...so who took who's girl?
Asa had shades of gray...I don't see any gray in Clint right now, and I don't think Asa ever denied family, which Clint is doing with Rex and his grandson Shane.

Ok, and I find it really hard to believe that he can get David thrown into a Morrocan prison, have Nora kidnapped, change paternity tests and invade every inch of the Ford Family's lives, but he cannot find Kim?? He's Clint Buchanan with a crap load of money and connections, but can't find one former stripper?? Please!

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I remember that Asa sent Maria away because he didn't want Clint to be with her. I can't remember if Asa knew she was pregnant with Cord at the time. Anyone?

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I'm loving Jerry Ver Dorn in the part now, he's having a blast. I'm not against Clint being a bit of a bastard, but having his ex-wife and current sister-in-law kidnapped by a psycho is more than a bit much, especially if online spoilers about the story prove correct.

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I see it as a nicve progression....Nora cheated with Bo,so he went all ASA on them..i love it. Why not allow him to go all bad? I love Victor on Days and Young and restless they are bad with a motive of family to explain why they did it..

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sunnydays25 wrote:
JvD is rocking the role of Clint right now, but that's about the only thing I am enjoying. The kidnapping of Nora by a violently abusive psycho is going too far, I think. Yes, he was hurt...but like someone mentioned, he did marry his brother's former wife...so who took who's girl?
Asa had shades of gray...I don't see any gray in Clint right now, and I don't think Asa ever denied family, which Clint is doing with Rex and his grandson Shane.

Nora and Clint got together long after Bo and Nora had ended their romantic relationship so in no way did Clint "steal" her from Bo. And this is a soap, everybody has been in a relationship with someone that their brother/sister/father/mother/aunt has been involved in. Bo and Nora falling back in love with one another while Nora was married to Clint was all kinds of wrong though and there is no excuse for it. Of course that doesn't mean I agree with Clint's plan to get revenge but I do understand why he would be angry at them both.
As for Clint's denying Rex...well I loved old Asa a lot too but think people are recollecting the character with rose colored glasses because Asa was a horrible S.O.B. at times. Just to name a few of Asa's bigger sins: Asa knew about Cord but he kept it a secret, hired someone to kill Ben, framed Max (someone he always claimed to love like a son) for murder, and he held Bo and Clint's mom Olympia captive for years.
Clint has some scheming to do before he gets anywhere near what his Pa was capable of.

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I'm loving Clint!

The only thing that doesnt make sense, is him not wanting to claim his son and grand son? WTF?

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I do not watch soaps for the nice characters like Bo or a Viki. I watch for the villains, the gray character. My problem comes when the writing fails and I think this writer, in particular, fails when it comes to penning a villain. Know the boundaries of the character and the act, don't go so far that it makes no sense for anyone to forgive your villain or understand their acts and try to avoid your audience crying foul because they know this character would never do that.

First, with all the major characters save the teens and the awful Fords disappearing for weeks without explanation, the writer is not SHOWING me what has driven or how Clint has come to want such revenge on the people he has targetted.

Ok, to an extent I understand David--but, again, as David is a mere joke and since he became Bo's "son" with that ridiculous rewrite, David has made NO move on the Buchanan fortune (hell even Dorian stopped going after it at David's request and has shown no further interest). Even his explanation to David in Morocco as to why he stuck him in that jail failed-- people run marathons longer than Clint was with that stripper and Jared was the one who "killed" Nash (and the show certainly has NOT had Clint mourning or speaking of that character since he died).

Clint was shown to forgive his brother and Nora, not hold any grudge, especially after Bo was shot. Why does he have issues with Rex? Show me, let me see it. Let me see his motivations, why he despises the likes of Rex or how he wasn't over Nora or the fact she wanted Bo. Show me, don't tell me.

I am loving Clint and to a certain degree am willing to ignore some of the "huh, why" moments of this story and JVD has been great. But, for me, why not have a story where the villain's actions have a better basis because I do not see how his prey have committed such crimes to warrant such actions. Why not let David be the artful, money-grubbing con he should always have remained--let us see he was going after the Buchanan fortune and planned to take a role in the company with Dorian (instead of hookers and myface nonsense). We should have seen or at least heard how Clint was under attack at B.E. We should have seen Clnt having a hard time as his former wife lived it up with his brother. Show the audience why Rex is so undesireable (actually I get that, but...)

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I think Clint started going too far when he had Nora kidnapped by someone who he knows has violent tendencies. I can't see him doing that. Of course I know it is all fiction but I think it is a bit too far out there. However, I agree that I would rather see Clint as a villian than someone who has already "died" about 12 times like Mitch Lawrence.

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I agree with you, Melodie. Clint is almost turning into a cartoon character. Did he really have to get reveng on both Brody and Ford at the same time? I think this is going to backfire on him in a big way.

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Daniel St. John wrote:
...well I loved old Asa a lot too but think people are recollecting the character with rose colored glasses because Asa was a horrible S.O.B. at times. Just to name a few of Asa's bigger sins: Asa knew about Cord but he kept it a secret, hired someone to kill Ben, framed Max (someone he always claimed to love like a son) for murder, and he held Bo and Clint's mom Olympia captive for years. Clint has some scheming to do before he gets anywhere near what his Pa was capable of.

THANK YOU, DSJ, for your post. I couldn't have said it better myself. QED.

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I actually like the new darker Clint, and you can tell that JVD is having fun being him. Listen Asa's gone, someone has to fill that void.

I agree, I do find it odd that Clint doesn't want to claim Rex and Shane that's weird.