By Michele Dargan

Given the fact that Trevor St. John has brought so much to the role of Todd Manning over the past 8 years, I think it’s insulting that the One Life To Live writers have marginalized his contributions by

A. Trying to make us believe that he was brainwashed to be Todd all this time

And

B. Killing him off as Victor Lord Jr., thereby ending the realm of possibilities there could have been between him and Roger Howarth as his brother, Todd.

Isn’t it enough to take One Life To Live off of our television screen?

 

Trevor St. John

One would think that might spur the writers to go out with a bang….make these last few months spectacular!

Instead, the fabulous Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord is off our screen (I know there was back surgery involved), along with the equally fabulous Gina Tognoni as Kelly Cramer and the wonderful Tom Degnan as Joey Buchanan.

Now Trevor, as Todd, is gone….as in dead. I knew it was coming as TSJ put a message to his fans on his website saying that his last day of taping was the week of July 18. The guy is a class act.

Que Sera Sera! I see bigger things in Trevor’s future. He’s a great actor who has done lots of other things in primetime television and movies. So he will definitely be fine.

I was so happy to be able to see Trevor one last time after his fan luncheon last month, even though my plane landed too late for me to attend his event. He stayed one hour after the alotted time his event was supposed to end in order to spend as much time as he could with his fans….Now THAT’s a nice guy!

 

Trevor and me after his fan luncheon last month

Let me say upfront that this is NOT a Trevor vs. Roger column. I think both are wonderful actors and have each made the role of Todd Manning their own.

But let’s just say I was less than happy to hear Roger Howarth was coming back as Todd Manning…no slight to Roger at all.

It’s just that I have come to love the layers in the character that TSJ has brought to our screens.

And, I also have to say, that the more I watched the “Tale of Two Todds” unfold, I became intrigued…. There really WERE so many possibilities.

And when “the man with the scar” finally revealed himself to everyone – but we still weren’t sure who the real Todd was – I really enjoyed the onscreen repartee between Roger and Trevor. They were so much fun to watch together!

 

Roger Howarth and Trevor St. John "The Two Todds"

Once Irene Manning revealed the “story behind the story” of the brothers…that they were twins, Victor was brainwashed and Todd was held captive, etc. etc….the whole convoluted explanation was insulting to the me as a viewer.

After I invested myself for 8 years in TSJ as Todd – all of a sudden he’s not???

I really identified with Dani (Kelley Missal) and Jack (Andrew Trischetta), who didn’t know the other Todd as their father. I felt the abandonment they felt.

But I also realized that this twist of fate could turn into an incredible opportunity for some seriously great storylines in the struggles for control between Victor and Todd.

But, sadly, that was not to be.