Quote Undeniable Truth: The actor who portrays Aiden appears to be more talented than a lot of other new additions to the cast as of late. The interaction here between Hope and Aiden was well done. There's a good potential there.
I just can't accept it though until something is done about Bo, and I think my expectations of how he'll be addressed are too high at this point. I realize that Peter Reckell doesn't intend to come back, but there could still be a fantastic story spun to end Bope without his presence. Could have been done already. If they just end it with a divorce via postal service I may throw an enormous (albeit futile) hissy.
I'm completely with you on this post!! Checked out the show today for the first time in over a year just to see if Hope would be on with the new guy! He does seem to be very talented which they did need for her since she's so amazing and he's very handsome - she definitely deserves that too! However, there's still a lot more out there that's totally necessary before a relationship can work (they certainly are doing the usual thing having the bantering first, so this obviously is the plan)! They HAVE to have chemistry & sparks, which may develop, so that's still out there (especially since Bope had more than most of many pairings)! IMO NOTHING will be as good as Bope, but I'll give it a chance IF they deal with Bo's absence acceptably & true to him over the life of the show & the Bope tru-love story. Remember, Bo only "replaced" Hope when he believed her to be dead & gone but ALWAYS got back with her when she returned & it was not ever easy for him to move on. He grieved and Hope needs to do that too. And in explaining we all know Bo would NEVER not return to his wife & child, so he'd NOT do a long-distance, off-screen divorce - having him "choose" not to return is 100% UNACCEPTABLE!! To me that would be trashing Bo & I don't think that would be honest to his character & not pleasing to their fans! Some don't like the "believed dead" sl's BUT, in this case & at this point that's about all that would be believable about the "real" Bo. He could've been being held hostage while making his occasional phone calls and then assumed killed now. It HAS to be done for Hope's future relationships to make sense (yes, it should've been done before now, but it's as necessary as ever with a story brewing out there for her now)!!
I always liked the idea of giving his character a send off, even if the character doesn't appear onscreen. I honestly thought when John left town they'd turn it into one big story where Bo, while off sailing around the world chasing DiMera evidence, went missing and John and the gang went off to find him in the Mystery Machine or something. Something. Anything! He's been out chasing leads all this time and hasn't found anything yet?
If I'm going to be completely honest here, I'm not even a Bope fan. I used to be in the beginning. I got tired of seeing Hope replaced over the years (I'll accept a presumed death...one...but that's about it),and seeing how easily their "true love" was blown to smithereens each and every time a stress factor came up in their personal lives. Each time they picked up the pieces, it seemed to me like they missed a few more here and there. The last Carly romp did me in. I couldn't believe in them as a couple after that, but all of this is beside the point.
After everything...all the years between them as a couple, if this is the end of Bope the pairing deserves a final sendoff story. A good one. Not just FedEx and forget it. I don't want her moving on with Aiden, even though I am looking forward to seeing more of him...dare I say "them"? until it's over. The Bope fans, past and present, deserve it. The Soap gods practically demand it as far as I'm concerned.