Regan Reax: Do I Really Feel Bad For One Life to Live's John McBain?



What in the world is going on? I actually feel bad for John McBain (Michael Easton) on One Life to Live! Now, I’m not completely heartless, the story alone can make anyone feel bad for the daddy in question. To have your almost wife, Natalie (Melissa Archer) lie to you about being a father and then to find out— on your wedding day no less— that the kid isn’t yours, but your best man’s, well that’s a doozy by anyone’s standards. But, to feel bad for John McBain, a character I normally detest? WTH?

Was it the writing? The acting? Typically, I find both Archer and Easton a tad bit dull. Yesterday, boy oh boy was Easton on something. Dare I say it, was he exhibiting a little bit of fire? The back and forth of the scenes between Natalie and John and Jessica (Bree Williamson) and Brody (Mark Lawson) really had one couple out-shining the other.

Maybe it’s due to the fact that we’ve seen Messica in this sort of mess before and the been there/done that feeling was overwhelming. It’s possible I just didn’t feel all that bad for Brody knowing  he was going to get the son he lost in the next episode.

So, when you think about it, in this equation, how can you not feel bad for John McBain? Lord in the morning, somebody help me.


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20 August 2009
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I am with you on this one Regan. I have never cared much for McBain, but my heart was breaking for him on this one. On the flip side, I LOVE Brody, but I have no sympathy for him on this one. What is also strange is that McBain is the ONLY one I really feel bad for.. and the babies of course. lol

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Is it me, or is McBain actually showing a range of emotions for a change. I do not recall McBain expressing this kind of emotion when Marty miscarried. This situation kind of makes me wonder if McBain is Llanview's 'Uncle Mac'. McBain is always helping out or even trying to raise someone else's kid.

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You know, there was a reason people loved him as Caleb. He wasn't mr. boring cop. He can bring it when he needs to, but the writing for him doesn't really bring it. Until now.

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I watched it this morning and I must admit, I needed a refill on a certain prescription so I wondered, could this be why I am feeling this way? It was a pleasant change for the character.

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Me too, I feel for John. ME has done a excellent job capturing the emotions and pain. I right now watching OLTL's repeat episode of "Blair & Todd" wedding. LOVING IT, I never saw when they got married, I was watching them after Starr was a baby or toddler. I love RH's Todd and that is not a smack on TSJ's Todd because both are good actors. Loving to see Patrick and Marty again, with Nora & her sister (didn't know she had one) and getting a kick out Alex.

PS...I just saw the new promo for OLTL...here we go again and again and again. Ron C. is the only thing you know how to write for Messica is the "Tess" storyline...ITS TIME TO BE CREATIVE RON, and if you can't write for character then it is time for a new HW!!! Angry .....I WILL FF THROUGH THAT UGLY MESS. THIS PISSES OFF AND IF IT GETS REALLY STUPID TAKES UP ALL THE SCREEN TIME AGAIN I WILL BE SERVING UP ATTITUDE. It hasn't been a complete year since last "mutiple personality" story finished and the last one was way to long and boring.

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I like John and i feel sorry for him, I really hope he doesn't reunite with Natalie because i love them separatly (especially Natalie) but i hate them so much with each other.

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I do not mine Tess, just worried about the rumors that redeeming Ford was for not. Agree Michael Brought it this week. I'm got a sense that Mark was not quite sure how to play the screens with Jessica, I waiting for him to rip into Nat through (hopefully)

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I loved how all the scenes played out with John/Natalie and Brody/Jessica. However, if this was another person on the show i would feel bad for them, but not John. I think this is exactly what John deserves considering how fast he forgot the baby he lost with Marty to rush back into a relationship with Natalie.

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Did anyone else see "The Suds Report" TV Guide Canada? Nelson is hearing from Soaps In Depth is reporting TSJ is leaving OLTL this spring when his contract is up in April...HMMMMM...it is interesting piece.

http://tvguide.ca/Soaps/Suds/Articles/110211_suds_report_NB.htm

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I don't feel sorry for John, I feel relieved for him, because he is free of Natalie...for now. He should go back and pop open a bottle of champagne. I know I went and got myself some Nestle Quik strawberry(my liquor)to celebrate his freedom.

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I would feel bad if I believed he actually cared about Natalie, but I never have.

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angrierblackerman wrote:
I don't feel sorry for John, I feel relieved for him, because he is free of Natalie...for now. He should go back and pop open a bottle of champagne. I know I went and got myself some Nestle Quik strawberry(my liquor)to celebrate his freedom.

Touche' Beer

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I was so shocked to see a ticked off McBain yesterday while talking with Natalie. I hope this is the final nail in the coffin and Jolie 2.0 will die a natural death.

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liason4real wrote:
I was so shocked to see a ticked off McBain yesterday while talking with Natalie. I hope this is the final nail in the coffin and Jolie 2.0 will die a natural death.

Amen.

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I like Natalie. I like John on rare occasions, but Jolie 2.0 was way too soon after Jared died and Marty's miscarriage. I would have been happy if Natalie's ONS had only included Brody, and she had to scramble to keep everyone from finding out who fathered her child.

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I like John and kinda felt bad for him, but the people I care most about in this situation are Natalie and Brody. Why can't they just get together, raise Liam and call it a day? Instead I'm afraid Mark Lawson is going to be fired so the Tess/Ford/Jess thing can happen. And Natalie will go back to begging John to love her. Ugh.

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Instead I'm afraid Mark Lawson is going to be fired so the Tess/Ford/Jess thing can happen. And Natalie will go back to begging John to love her. Ugh.
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Yuck. Ford, Nate and Inez should all leave town with Langston.

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I did feel bad for John, but I don't see any chemistry between him and Nat, so the continual forcing them together boggles my mind. MA has much more chemistry with ML, so let's see Nat and Brody together.

I think John is the only one to have any chemistry w/ Kellie...and even they are boring!