When you said you can see what ed are trying to achieve with the current sl, what do you think that is?
ok so i’m going to do my best not to have this turn into a massive essay, but i have Thoughts anon and u asked for them. i’m going to leave aside the issues i have with this sl (there are a lot, tbf) and just talk about what i believe it’s trying to achieve at its very core.
ok, so aaron and robert dived back into their relationship without having had addressed a lot of their major issues, right? like, don’t get me wrong, their reunion was amazing, and i had a proper little cry at those scenes in my tiny lil bedroom in belgium (on the night i moved in and didn’t even have a duvet so it was emotional) and i think those reunion scenes are gorgeous, but they did go back into their relationship without having had addressed their many issues, and the effect of that started to show when rebecca turned up (because, she’s not necessarily a character in her own right when you look at this sl, her entire characterisation seems to be focused on aaron and robert, more or less. like, we’ve had no scenes about her dealing with this pregnancy when aaron and robert weren’t around, so it just #confirms that she was brought in solely to bring their issues to the fore.)
you see it begin in november, right? with robert being all flirty with rebecca to get his own way, and aaron being insecure about roberts past with rebecca, and it continues until it hits boiling point in january. aaron’s insecurities are at the heart of why he did what he did to kasim, and that episode feels like its their breaking point, until its not. they plaster over the cracks and they keep going, and its not a good thing for their relationship.
so i think this storyline is forcing both aaron and robert to face up to their individual issues, and the issues that affect them as a unit. i don’t remember the exact quote, but didn’t danny say something about them facing up to the consequences of their actions in an interview? that’s what a lot of this sl is.
- so, aaron has long since talked with his fists, not his words. he’s a character with a canonically violent past and he’s got a temper, and it’s never really been fully addressed until he is sent down for punching kasim. aaron is forced to face the consequences of years of ignoring his own mental health issues because he’s sent down for a year - a year without robert, his family, his friends. thats the ultimate consequence for him, and we see him go through hell in prison (undeservedly so, really, because how can aaron help what he’s been through.) anyways, aaron’s prison sentence is the consequence of his temper and the way he tends to bottle things up and not talk about it or address his problems.
- then we have robert. robert is a character who’s long established in canon as a cheat, and a liar, and we’ve seen him try and change for the better over the past year or so, but his underlying tendency to flirt his way to what he wants is still there, and it makes aaron insecure, because aaron knows what robert is like. and, to quote robert’s own words, he hurts other people when he’s hurting, so when he’s angry, he decides to do what he does best and flirt someone into bed (something that has never had major consequence for him really, because despite losing chrissie, he did end up with aaron after the affair.) rebecca’s pregnancy is, for robert, the ultimate consequence of the way he lashes out, by cheating and manipulating. it’s turned out to be a situation he cannot cheat and manipulate his way out of - it’s something he’s going to have to deal with head on.
so this sl is bringing up their major individual issues and forcing them to address things neither of them have ever wanted to, but its also forcing them to communicate with each other. aaron and robert are bad at communicating. like, they tried in january, but in the end, they just ignored the root of their problems and kept carrying on as they were before, but now they’ve both faced these terrifying consequences of their actions, they’re forced to communicate in a way they never have done before. i think we saw that on thursday, when robert admitted his own guilt and told aaron what happened without being forced into it, and we saw it when aaron sat robert down and said he had questions he needed to ask.
baby aside, this storyline is all about the things that aaron and robert have never addressed in their relationship (the affair, robert’s history of infidelity, aaron’s temper, aarons mental health issues, his insecurities about robert and their relationship, roberts sexuality) and it’s forced them all to the forefront of their relationship when they’ve consistently been in the background of it, going unaddressed.
in my mind at least, this storyline is making them address the issues that are always going to stop them from being fully happy together. like i said, i’ve got issues with pacing and execution etc, but at its heart, i genuinely think thats what this storyline is, and what its trying to achieve.
i hope that made sense!!