“The group spent nearly three years and more than $10 million trying to revive two canceled daytime dramas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” that ran for four decades on the ABC television network.”
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Prospect Park has been accused, by some soap fans, of not fully committing to bringing back the two popular soaps. This article details the impressive measures producers Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank took to revive to long-loved favorite shows. To use these shows to launch a completely online network was a bold and creative move and I wish it worked. Both shows seemed to prove that they could hold an audience by posting big numbers while airing on HULU with AMC becoming the highest rated show on Oprah’s OWN network when OWN also aired both showqaqwqq2s.
Unfortunately, between a lack of much needed nd the ongoing lawsuit with ABC over alleged sabotage both soaps are gone for good. Prospect park was my last hope, as a soap fan, that recently canceled fan-favorite daytime dramas could make a come back and that the remaining dramas would have a home in the future when/if they are canceled.
I am looking forward to seeing what comes from Prospect Park, once it rebounds – and I have not doubt that it will.
G’Day, readers! My “Walking Dead” recap for last night’s episode: “Alone” Is up at All About the Tea Don’t forget to check out the site for some of the best scoop on the net! What’s covered in the recap?
- Bob’s Backstory
- Daryl and Beth (ruh roh)
- Daryl makes new friends
- Sasha becomes Sasha Fierce! Sorry, Beyoncé
- Glenn is still alive?
It’s clear that the writers have more to tell us about Aly and what ails her, but for now I am confused, friends, simply befuddled. 1. She’s been to college. Why are her references about life left over from her high school days? Attacking Wyatt as one of the popular boys who liked to hang out at the lockers of the cheerleaders threw me for a loop. Exactly where in time is Aly stuck?
2 – She was headed into a law practice (either as a law school student or a recent pre-law graduate taking an internship – I can’t remember). Then she took the detour that led her to Forrester Creations. Was her initial interest in a law practice an indication of a larger trauma? Was she going to advocate for other survivors when the thought of opening her own life was too frightening so she dropped out, or was she just lonely and wanted to come home? I know it may be a stretch to read into the dialogue, but the BnB writers have been using dialogue so effectively to drop clues for the audience that I couldn’t ignore Aly’s statements. Is anyone else struck by how she uses the word “wrong” repeatedly, as if she’s stuck on the word and not what the word indicates? Wyatt is “wrong” for Hope. Hope is “wrong” for abandoning HFTF values. It’s so “wrong” that they had sex on the plane. Wyatt is “wrong” for Hope for the Future and Forrester Creations. Putting Stephanie’s legacy on display is “wrong”. No other character uses a single word so obsessively. Why does she? P.S. What a giggle that Stephanie’s “legacy” can be closed up in a box and carried around. Double giggle that a woman who wore pantsuits everywhere, probably to bed as well, had such an extensive jewelry collection and wore those jewels to so many amazing events).
Wyatt commented on Aly referring to him as “Mr. Popular”. It was very child-like and I wonder if it is noteworthy that the writers made a point of having Wyatt focus on the oddity of Aly’s use of language. Surely that has meaning most especially when you add it to her extreme reaction to seeing Wyatt with Hope in bed. That was more than bizarre! Not.Normal.Folks. She’s old enough to see two adults together and know what sex between consenting adults looks like and how it’s different from a woman who is being coerced. Her reaction was one of a young woman who was witnessing a sexual assault.
3 – Aly describes every interaction between Hope and Wyatt in such apocalyptic terms: He ruins you. He’s damaging your reputation. Wyatt and Quinn have ruined Liam’s life (really? ruined? He’s VP of an international conglomerate and owns a multi-million dollar beach house. A broken heart is not the sign of a ruined life). She is so over the top. What makes her go to such a deep dark place when her reactions should be basic?
4 – Is Aly suffering from delusions? The last time I checked, she was working in the mail room. Now she’s on a shadowing experience. Why does she think she can fire Wyatt and Quinn from FC? Her tantrums mean that the Fullers are gone for good? Shouldn’t she at least consult with someone, first. Ok, then, someone needs to sit this young woman down and help her figure her life out. I actually enjoyed the scenes of Brooke and Aly talking together. It reminds me that while Aly is missing her mother and had Darla in her life for such a short period of time, there is still an opportunity for her to have a mother figure. It was good to see Brooke with both Hope and Aly and supporting the younger generation of women. I will admit that it also made me wonder if Brooke and Aly were two survivors talking together, and that their developing friendship was an indication of something more - like Brooke helping Aly take the first step in recovering from a traumatic past.
Outside of that, I really like the vibe of switching back and forth between the Paris Office and the L.A. Office. I hope to see more of it – as long as it doesn’t include Aly flipping out on Hope and Wyatt.
Aly and Taylor
The person Aly can’t get help from is Taylor. It’s not just because Taylor killed her mother, though that should be enough. It’s not just that Taylor lied to her and deceived her and her father while trying to replace her mother, that’s just sick. It’s because Taylor, at best, is the WORST psychiatrist in history. At worst, Taylor has always known what she was doing and she manipulated those around her for personal gain from the moment she stepped foot in L.A. and that includes the numbers of time she’s taken advantage of her grieving male clients to get them in bed. I see Taylor as the latter.
This is the woman who outed her patient’s husband’s affair with her sister, as well as a resulting pregnancy, in a crowded room, during a family celebration. Damn Katie’s heart issues. Damn the fact that Katie was recovering from severe Postpartum. Damn the fact that under any other circumstance, that sort of news would be enough to push even the most stable person over the edge. Katie was already fighting with ever fiber of her being to pull her life back together. Taylor blew it apart in yet another fit of jealous rage directed at Brooke. DISQUALIFIED!
This is the woman who couldn’t see that Amber was being deceitful when she first brought Little Eric home (though others could) and offered her orange juice to calm her nerves. DISQUALIFIED!
This is the woman who, despite Stephanie’s increased aggression and violence, never figured out that it probably had its roots in the violence she experienced earlier in her life. Taylor used Stephanie’s abnormal rages against Brooke in her war to keep Ridge tied to her side. It was only when she and Ridge were apart, and Stephanie confided the truth about her violent childhood, that Taylor tried to help her. Someone who is supposed to be good at her job should have known. HELL, the AUDIENCE knew something was wrong with Stephanie’s escalating rage. DISQUALIFIED!
It was only when Stephanie stopped supporting her that Taylor realized that Stephanie’s relationship with Ridge, almost to the exclusion of all of her other children, was abnormal. Once Stephanie seemed to stop supporting her, not only did she comment on her newly found realization, she taunted Stephanie with her perception that Steph was sexually attracted to Ridge and backed her (Taylor) in the war against Brooke because unlike Brooke, she was not a threat, a sexual competitor, to Stephanie in the fight for Ridge’s affections. DISQUALIFIED!
The above is the short list of Taylor’s truly heinous behaviors. The ONLY reason Taylor still has a license to practice is that no one seems to be willing to bring her up on charges (the writers just won’t allow it). Maybe she’s fine working with people from whom she wants nothing or with whom she does not share a personal relationship. Outside of that? Walk away. No, RUN! Taylor is a bigger wreck than the patients she claims she’s trying to help. Seeing her back onscreen is a big reminder of the years of missed opportunities with what could have been an interesting character.
Up next: Ridge and Katie
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I love and loathe “Bitten”, the @Syfy series based on the “Women of the Otherworld” books by author Kelley Armstrong. Bitten is the story of Elena Michaels, who is on the run from her history as the first woman to survive a wolf bite and the resulting transformation – all while trying to protect her new life with new love, Phillip McAdams. He is, of course, in the dark – not knowing that during Elena’s various disappearances, which can include running off during love making sessions, she is out in the city, alone, stripping bare in order to turn into her true self – a wolf who needs to run wild. Elena is protecting Phillip from her secret, and from the scrutiny of her pack, including her former lover, Clay Danvers.
If you guessed that Clay is a stereotypical sex god man-wolf with boy band looks and heavy body hair, you would be right. The only twist in Clay’s persona is that in the human world, his muscular physique plays second fiddle to what we are supposed to believe is a stellar intellect, making him a rising star in the field of Anthropology. As Elena’s former employer and lover, he betrayed her by choosing to bite and turn her – knowing that death was the assured outcome. Yes, you are also correct if you also guessed that Elena is still incredibly attracted to Clay – despite a betrayal that should have cost her what’s left of a hard, but human, life.
Having never read Armstrong’s work, I am pleased that the producers have made Elena the lead she appears to be in the books, from everything I can gather via written summaries. If Elena is the first woman in history to survive the transformation it makes sense that she would be revered and thought of as extraordinary. Having said that, there is a silliness about this show that makes me feel a bit uneasy at the same time:
- Professor Clay Danver’s classes are what you would expect;, there are leagues of bewildered young men who seem confused by their female classmates swooning over him, unaware of his mysterious appeal. We get it, he’s so hot that women can barely keep their pants on. It’s a little too 80s and it’s hard to figure out how, in his human form, he is supposed to have this appeal when they are all supposed to be mere mortals. No other he-wolf seems to have such control over women. I’m guessing a swoon-inducing hair flip is his super power.
- Clay’s intellect plays second fiddle to his rage and aggression in his wolf pack world. It a trait that causes the scenes of him with “glasses on” in the lecture hall to incite fits of riotous laughter from me. (Another big 80s trick: glasses make you smart.) Clay behaves much like a wind up toy in his pack world – set him off and he’s on a tear and will rip anything in his path. It’s hard to buy this guy as educated or walking upright when he is supposed to be human. It wouldn’t be so hard to buy if there weren’t the contrast with Michael Xavier‘s Logan Jonsen to compare him to. Logan is an educated professional also making his way in the human world. Logan portrays a sense of calm intellect and rationality that’s often missing from Clay.
- Laura Vandervoort was so much fun as Arla Cogan on Haven, but Elena feels a bit sleepy and whiny to be such a strong lead. It would be great to see Elena played with a little more energy and authority. It would be nice if she were self-assured. LV plays Elena as if she is always in the midst of a nervous breakdown – complete with breathy utterances begging her onscreen pack members to let her go, let her be human. As if. I feel that I’m on the verge of tears watching Elena who appears to always be on the verge of tears, herself. If women are too weak (what a message) to survive transformation, at least make the one woman who has survived strong in her human form.
- It’s hard to get use to a pack that is killed off week by week. It’s not clear why the show’s producers/writers thought this was a good idea, unless they’re following Armstrong’s lead, and if that’s the case I have three words for them: The Walking Dead. So many characters that I liked as soon as I met them have been killed that I am not so sure that I want to know who gets killed off next week. If Greg Bryk‘s Jeremy Danvers is dead, I’m pretty much gone. His portrayal of a strong and wise Alpha was the only thing giving this show its credibility in my book.
- The use of the word “Mutts”. This too feels like a big 80s dirty attack to me. If you’re not part of the Danvers pack, or one of the other sanctioned packs, you are a mutt. You can never put down roots. You must stay on the run, and you must follow the laws of the packs but have no voice. There is something odd, in 2014, about a story being built on such a hierarchy, one in which those who are supposed to be the show’s heroic leads, refer to others with such disdain and in such a derogatory tone. The more it happens, the more unclear I am on who I am supposed to root for. This seems to be a battle between those who view themselves as Superior (such as the Danvers clan) against those who are fighting for their freedom from oppressive rule. The methods of the “Mutts” are unethical, and the writers went too far having them engage the services of a child predator – while the move appears to be meant to swing the audience in favor of the Danvers pack, it’s heavy handed and takes the nuance out of the conflict. It leaves me not liking anyone in particular.
While there are some real problems with “Bitten”, including the fact that the only new insights into Wolf Mythology are things that weaken characters instead of making them stronger, it can be an enjoyable way to spend an hour – when the plot is good. When I think about this show, in comparison to another show steeped in Wolf Mythology, the comparisons are night and day.
MTV’s re-imagined Teen Wolf is clearly geared to a younger audience that is meant to grow with the program, unlike “Bitten” which doesn’t seem to know who its audience is. The lesson of “Teen Wolf vs Bitten” is one for all genres looking to move forward and cultivate an audience that sees itself reflected in the characters whose stories are being told – yes, and that means you too, my beloved daytime genre! The lesson is not to become YOUNGER, it is to become BETTER – more inclusive.
In contrast to Bitten, MTV’s Teen Wolf is faster paced, it continues increasing the diversity of the cast, taps into intercultural mythology, treats sexual orientation as a non-issue, and shows women who are empowered in their own right – not because of some gift bestowed upon them by a male. You won’t hear the Teen Wolf crew referring to others as “Mutts”. Can women survive transformation in Teen Wolf’s world? You bet! They transform and then kick ass. Former alpha Derek Hale’s mother, Talia Hale (portrayed by ex-Another World Alum, Alicia Coppola), was a respected leader in her pack. Her strength and wisdom led to her being sought out by other packs.
It is also of note that young women in the Teen Wolf world are also powerful if they aren’t supernatural beings. Crystal Reed‘s Allison Argent was, unknown to her through most of her youth, raised in a family of werewolf hunters. More intriguing is the fact that her hunter clan is always led by women, who make the tough decisions and enforce the family code of honor. Allison continues to grow stronger, gather new skills and helps rescue her supernatural friends who are not always capable of rescuing themselves – male and female. Bianca Lawson‘s Ms. Morell, whose story has yet to be fully explained, manages to be in the right place at the right time, in order to kick a little backside and take names while doing it.
While it’s probably not fair to compare the ratings of a new show, such as Bitten to an established show, such as Teen Wolf, I will. Teen Wolf routinely pulls in 2 -3x’s the audience of Bitten, whose ratings have been trending down as the season progresses. Hopefully the audience will hang on until the show has a chance to find its groove. I am hoping that the series includes the growth of the female wolf population. I am hoping that we’ll get to learn who is behind setting Phillip up to become wise about who and what Elena is. I would love to know if Logan will tell Rachel, before their child is born, that she is most likely caring a hybrid wolf baby. I love individual scenes more than I am enjoying the show in its entirety. I may not especially enjoy what “Bitten” has to offer, now, but I do love the potential of the show to become something much better. Bring it on, writers! Drag this show into the 21st century and give fans something to root for!
The Young and the Restless: Crazy Like a Fox
Crazy is as crazy does, or so they say. Here’s what I see. Ian’s days are, for sure, numbered. Will he end up dead? Who knows? If he lives, it is not clear to me that his days will be worth living. He is one part cocky and two parts crazy! Than never bodes well for a villainous soap character.
Nikki’s unequivocal F-U to Ian and her glaring declaration that she is not afraid of him is the best thing that could have happened for viewers! Strength and courage, forget cowering and waiting for the big bad Newman men to save the day! Oh sure, it was a HUGE thrill to have Dylan and Nick show up at the door at the end – Ian’s facial expression was priceless. It was more of a thrill to know that Nikki didn’t need them.
Before their arrival, she charged into Ian’s office like she owned it. She batted his lies like flies. Someone should have warned Ian that Nikki has been married to Victor Newman, off and on, for more than 30 years soap time. She has already survived one big bad controlling and scary man (a man who leaves me alternating between hating and loving to hate him). Sir. Ian is a rank amateur by comparison — no matter how beautifully seamless Ray Wise’s Ian is as a villain. Someone should tell Ian to stick to mind-blanking young and vulnerable people who are “confused and searching” as he helps “put them on their paths”.
Someone should also tell him to avoid messing with the Newman clan. These people have killed before and they will kill again I’m sure. There is always the option of leaving him imprisoned in a basement cell where no one will find him! (What I wouldn’t give for Victor to build a cell for Ian!) I fully expected this storyline to continue on and on with Nikki being afraid for herself, or Dylan. Thank you writers, for letting Nikki be proactive in protecting Summer and the rest of her family.
Also, how good is it to see Paul, Lauren and Michael together? I won’t lie. There is a part of me that so fondly remembers Paul and Lauren as a couple (as well as Paul and Nikki) that having them find their way back to each other would feel like old home week for me. There are times when I, for a moment, wish for a Lauren and Paul reunion. I never thought that I could grow to love Lauren after her treatment of Tracy Abbott, but Paul was the beginning of her redemption. Lauren learned to become human, with Paul. It helped that Lauren was fed back some of the crap she dealt out to Tracy, in the form of Mary Williams (the working woman version of BnB’s Stephanie Forrester). Now when I see Lauren, I don’t see the mean spirited young adult who was filled with anger and ill will. I see the woman who became a wife and mother, who apologized to Tracy for having victimized her for many years, and I love the growth that YnR characters have made Lauren in particular. I have tried to avoid being dragged back into daytime, but the BnB and the YnR are making it tough for me to stay away.
The Bold and The Beautiful: The Douglas Problem
I’m not sure if it is intentional, but whatever the case, it is certainly interesting that there is a strong connective history when looking at the Douglas bloodline. Stephanie Forrester’s father was a cruel and nasty S.O.D. who abused and humiliated his eldest daughter for reasons that are still not clear (realistically so. Many survivors of abuse are left trying to make sense of their abusers’ cruelty – forced to try to give meaning to something so illogical and so vile). John Douglas was clearly a man who refused to control his impulses – giving way to his anger at his daughter for daring to have her own opinions and ideas. It is a tragic behavior pattern that Stephanie followed in her own later life. The revelation of Ally’s continued difficulties ties so neatly into the troubled Douglas history. Stephanie’s mother was as troubled as John and as troubled as Stephanie and Pam became over time. Not only did Mother Ann refuse to protect Stephanie, she accepted a lonely Ann’s devotion and watched as Ann gave up all dreams of a family and children to care for her mother.
At the time of the confrontation between mother and daughter, it seemed that Mother Douglas’ only goal was to protect herself and the memory of a perfect marriage and perfect family life. I now have to wonder if the writers want us to rethink the entire Douglas lineage! That Ally’s psychological issues are being addressed (and that Ally flips out in the presence of not just Wyatt, but the Stephanie Douglas Forrester jewelry collection was BRILLIANT!) It makes sense that a child who lost her mother at such a young age is so badly hurt by that loss and that the pain doesn’t simply dissipate.
Are Ally’s psychological problems the real reason she didn’t continue on to Law school and came home to join the family business? Had she had a break just before coming home? This kid has had so much to deal with in such a short life. Ally’s pain was compounded by the fact that the first woman she allowed to become her new mother was a woman who deceived her, only to try to replace the mother she was still grieving. Ally must have surely felt betrayed by the ease with which her father forgave the woman who left her mother dying on the highway.
Is that why Ally clings to Hope? An innocent Hope was the only person Ally could rely on and trust in, at that time. Everyone else behaved as if it was normal for your father to marry the woman who killed your mother. Hope told Ally the truth no one else would tell. Is Hope’s perfect life one Ally has imagined having for herself instead of the crap storm Taylor’s actions and her father’s thoughtlessness left her? Is she living vicariously through Hope to the point of imagining a happy Hope and Liam living the life that would have made her happy, too? From Vicious John Douglas, to Mother Ann Douglas to the psychotically violent Stephanie, the murderous Pam, and now the unhinged Ally Forrester. WOW!
I’d jokingly said before that if Ally starts wearing pantsuits and a brooch, I’m going to cry, and then fear for Hope’s safety. I now see that I will have to fear for Wyatt’s safety. I’m not sure what Wyatt triggers in Ally ( his deceit = taylor’s deceit?). Does watching Hope forgive Wyatt anger her because, as she lives vicariously through Hope, and it reminds her that she accepted Taylor’s lie? Whatever is it, the writers will let us know soon enough, but I have to say that it is beginning to become deliciously uncomfortable.
I can say that prior to Ally’s explosive rage, it was fun to watch a little innocent romance with #HOTT. They started strong and ended strong, today. I can’t wait for the next episode to see where this is headed. Something tells me to not expect an apology from Ms. Ally. Who stands with Wyatt if (when) the -ish hits the fan and the Forresters rally around Ally to protect her? How? Most likely by firing Wyatt to help Ally heal, if the question of whether Wyatt should be fired, posed in the twitterverse to fans, is any indication. The only supporter he has ever had prior to meeting Hope? His mother. She’s ride or die for her son so I’m sure she’ll stand with him, should it happen. Would Hope stand with him or would her loyalties be divided? Will his donor father come to his aid? Given Bill’s consistent trashing of Wyatt, I wouldn’t count on it. If it happens, I’m sure surprising battle lines will be drawn.
Soap crazy Part 2? Bill Spencer. Seriously, after today, this guy goes on my FastForward filter. He is such an loser that it’s hard to fathom where the writers feel this character fits in a genre that is about romance, a bit of cheesecake, and the occasional bit of insanity. How many times in one lifetime will a man get to say, “We’re not family, you’re just the mother of my child”? It’s a grotesque thing for him to say to a woman with whom he has had no serious conflict and who saved. loved, and nurtured a child he claims to now love, as well. Even referring to her as a very distant relative would have been better. (and yes, ship docked in the nearby harbor would have still worked).
Bill Spencer is exhausting. He is a combination low-rent comedic version of J.R. Ewing (original Dallas) and womanizing Don Draper of Mad Men. He’s anachronistic! Everyone else seems to be operating in the 21st century. Bill is almost 19th century in this thoughts and actions. I’m sick of his male equivalent “Forever 21″wardrobe, the ridiculously compulsive (and unnatural) grooming, and the tired juvenile dialogue – what grown ass man has to tell a woman that she’d better not show up in a couple of months pregnant with his child? (If you can’t control it? CAP IT!) People, I just can’t with this guy. I.can.NOT! (My comments are not about Don Diamont, who is a true hottie. His own look is so natural and gorgeous. Google him.) Bill Spencer is too much of a put on. It throws me every time I look at him.
Bill’s comment that Quinn was not his family was almost as repulsive as his line that Quinn didn’t give him a chance to be a father. As I recall, she did. He told her to abort their child. No matter how good looking he is with his shirt off, he is a little bit of a sidewinder, otherwise, and for a man who is such a misogynist to be treated as either a hero, or a man at all, runs counter to what a romantic lead is in daytime. Who the hell wants to spend their days battling the Bill Spencers of the world, only to watch them celebrated? Difficult men? Ok, outright misogynistic pigs? Keep ‘em, you can have ‘em. I have to paraphrase my new fave quote (THANKS @MrJeromeTrammel for articulating my thoughts better than I could have): ”There Is No Shortage Of Good Men, It’s Just That The Ignorance Of No-Good Men Is Promoted So Well.”
Quinn’s dialogue, returning fire for fire, was about the only useful thing to happen in the conversation between the two. I do believe she is right. Bill has never met a woman who is his match. Katie tried to humanize him, but was shut down. Brooke only gave in and gave him what he wanted – physical contact – no attempt to humanize him at all. Quinn is too good for Bill. I hope the guy either grows up or goes.
Sorry, folks, but as I said above, Bill has hit my FastForward Filter. He is too much of a bad thing. I can’t be bothered to watch this guy any more.
If anyone wondered why Ashlyn Pearce was cast in the role of Alexandria Forrester, I’m guessing that’s now officially answered! SO, in the event that you get out of line with comments or in email? Remember this face:
Don’t make me send Ally after you!
I was a Brooke fan from the day the show aired in 1987! Before the explosion of the internet and social media, many of us met on whatever internet/AOL space we could find to discuss the show and to flash our newly minted “Brookie Cards”. I found the group of BnB/Brooke fans to be fun, lively, and people whose passion for the wild half hour ride of this groundbreaking soap was, at times, even more enjoyable than the show. Brooke was a rare soap heroine, in my book. In some ways she was unique and incomparable. In other ways she was a combination of two of my favorite daytime heroines.
Rachel Davis Cory (Another World)
Soap writers have loved the working woman’s daughter who clawed her way to fame and fortune, often through manipulated marriages to the town’s wealthy and eligible (more often ineligible) scions. Was Another World’s Rachel Davis Cory a soap heroine? Yes. Eventually. Fans of the show may remember that Rachel was the hairdresser/cook/working woman Ada Davis’ daughter. She was a poor girl who dreamed of being rich, not so much of marrying her true love. To that end she pursued the very married Steven Frame and tormented his wife, Alice, with her pregnancy, given Alice’s difficulty having children of her own. It was bold and vicious, and behavior that led to Rachel learning quite a few life lessons before becoming part of one of soaps’ greatest love stories: Rachel and Mac Cory.
Reva Shayne Lewis (The Guiding Light)
Who could forget the self-proclaimed “slut of Springfield” Reva Shayne?
Reva was no slut. The purpose of that proclamation was to alert the world, most especially the ever-judgmental, equally loving, Josh Lewis that she knew just how the world saw her – when the world looked through her, not at her. Reva loved hard, played hard, and made a lot of mistakes. She alternated between being a bad girl and a good woman and I don’t think the audience could have loved her more – at least not those of us who loved her as she was. By the time she’d finally married her Joshua, and in the moments they were happy, Reva’s life was good. She never wanted his money or power. Those things were always substitutes for the man himself during the times when Joshua set her aside for a new love, or when she set him aside out of petty jealousy or anger.
Brooke Logan Forrester
I have always seen Brooke as a remarkable combination of these two women. She was no slut, not even the “slut from the valley” that Stephanie labeled her to be. That was the jaundiced view of her from a woman (Stephanie) whose unseemly rage had decades of back story and tragedy we would learn of, decades later. Stephanie looked through Brooke, never at her, in those early years. Brooke was the working class dreamer, who fell in love with the idea of Stephanie’s son, Ridge, and then later fell for the man himself. Brooke was no power/money hungry girl who dreamed of fame and fortune at any cost – a la Rachel Davis Cory.
The irony is that as Stephanie sat around in leisure – dreaming up conspiracies designed to rob her family of its wealth, Brooke paid her own way. She continued her education as a chemist. She worked, rather than let Ridge buy her a car or pay her tuition. She was her own woman. She was the working woman’s daughter who never made apologies for having dirt under her nails from hard work. She was PROUD of who her people were and the life her family created. Her mother ran her own catering business and her father-figure brother helped support the family as an attorney.
Brooke had Rachel’s drive to be something better, without taking Rachel’s dark road. She had Reva’s ability to make the world take notice, without the anger and bitterness of being “the help’s daughter” that at times swallowed Reva whole, making her want to prove to everyone that she was better than they’d given her credit for and smarter than any of them ever were.
Where did it all go wrong?
Where I get off the Brookie path is with the transition of Brooke for strong woman with a fragile heart underneath to a nearly erotomanic moppet! Brooke’s love for Ridge was something I understood. Reciprocating when Eric reached out to her was something I understood. She was young, alone, and being tormented by a woman whose hatred for Brooke and her mother, Beth (who was coincidentally Eric’s former fiancee), became stronger than the love Stephanie had for any other person, Eric included. Stephanie’s irrational hatred of Brooke was intensely epic.
By the time Brooke got together with Thorne, I became a bit weary, but held on for dear life. One innocent kiss from Thorne became an explosive awakening of hurt feelings and the possibility of healing them through Thorne’s kind embraces. I couldn’t believe I’d found myself in the position of doing so, but I was cheering on Brooke and Thorne’s happiness – feeling alternately sorry for and angry at Macy for faulting Brooke, alone, when Thorne left her. It didn’t matter, right? Brooke and Thorne would prove everyone wrong and be together for years. YEARS, I tell ya;! The soapgods have a sense of humor, I see.
Then came Deacon and I still held on. I held to my Brooke love, but let go of the show, waiting for the hot messiness of “Breacon” to be over. Sitting by the fire place, imbibing a glass of cognac, bourbon, Colt 45, or Schlitz Malt Liquor, I can’t remember, and it was done. Brooke was in love. I remember thinking that one glass of liquor and a kiss from her reprobate son-in-law shouldn’t have made it possible for Brooke to betray the daughter to whom she’d given birth and lovingly nurtured. Had it been one event, or it had even taken place prior to Deacon meeting Bridget, I could almost understand it as typical soap camp. This was something more. It was dark. The tragedy played out all over again with Nick Marone – equally pathetic reprobate son-in-law who traded Bridget’s love for lust with her mother.
I know, yes, soap daughters have betrayed their mothers (and soap sons have betrayed their fathers) – typically out of anger (see GL’s Blake Thorpe Marler. for example). Rarely will soaps have mothers cross that line and hurt their daughters or fathers their sons. That level of betrayal ends with serious consequences for many a parent dearest (DAYS – Addie Horton, who intentionally betrayed daughter Julie by stealing away and marrying Julie’s true love [and part-con man] Doug Williams. Doug and Julie were supposed to run away together for a Portofino honeymoon, but mama Addie ended up on the honeymoon, instead -having intentionally placed her happiness over her daughter’s. Addie and Doug become pregnant with Hope Williams Brady – a character created by the great man William J. Bell. How does it end? Surviving cancer during her pregnancy, Addie is killed in an accident shortly after Hope’s birth).
The worst sin a soap character can commit, for me as a viewer, is not and act of sin but the act of lacking depth in character. We see that in a parent’s betrayal of a child. What would make a parent do something so vile, other than sheer depravity? What would cause a parent to betray a child? Brooke repeatedly betrayed Bridget before, and all the way through, her pregnancy with BnB’s Hope – all while wringing her hands and claiming that the affair was based on true love with con-man Deacon Sharpe. It happened again with Bridget and Nick. There was the “accidental” betrayal of Hope with the “sex up a wall” with Brooke and Oliver. Now? Brooke and her psychologically weak brother-in-law call themselves in love after a balloon ride. No depth, no understanding, nothing left but the plot device – and to me, that is truly disappointing. Brooke has been playing out the Addie/Doug/Julie storyline over and over again, as if at some point the writers think that viewers will either become immune to the betrayal and deal with it, or as if the superficial betrayal will somehow become something magical. Currently, in place of Bridget, we have Katie – the sister Brooke raised as if Katie were her own. It is sadly no better.
Brooke not only betrayed Katie, but refused to take responsibility for it, or to have Bill take responsibility and faulted Katie for their actions. Note that neither Brooke nor Bill were so confident that what they’d done was right that they celebrated and told her about it. They continued to hide their actions – suggesting that something was truly heinous about their affair. They didn’t openly fight to be together. They hid and lied. When history repeats itself as often as it does here, viewers have to wonder if a character, as envisioned by the writers, is capable of growth.
That is sadly the place I find myself. I could never hate Brooke for who she was. I just don’t love Brooke for who she is, now.
I may, one day, become a Brooke fan, again. I do know that it won’t happen because of a pairing for the character with a hot male lead. Those parings are often too messy, too sloppy, and they have turned Brooke from the wide-eyed innocent girl who fell in love with a dream, to a woman who has her eyes wide-shut so that she can avoid looking at the destruction in her path, destruction of the women who have loved her and trusted her most. I don’t care about the conflict she’s had with Macy, Taylor, or anyone else. That’s just the path soap romances take – the battle for love. There is a line to avoid crossing, and I see BnB writers as having crossed it one too many times.. Katherine Kelly Lang is a remarkable actress who breathes life into Brooke with as much vigor as is possible for an actress to give. What she can’t do is give Brooke a “soul”. That trick is left to the writers and as I view it, BnB writers are determined to deny Brooke that. I am determined to not cheer on her continued destruction.
If Brooke becomes the loving matriarch of the Logan-Forrester clans she was meant to become – battling back threats while keeping her family in tact, I’m with her. If her only contribution is one more messy affair, and one more after that? Been there, done that, burned the t-shirt. I will mourn this once great character and find interest in whatever else the BnB has to offer.
Whether it is intentional or a matter of oversight, I wish the producers would change the opening sequence. The opener makes me long not for the “claimed” but for things I wish the survivors could re-claim – Sophia, Hershel, Dale, Otis and his family, the Farm, the feeling of peace and solitude they felt while there. I know that won’t happen, but there are some things I just miss and the opener is a constant reminder. The reclaimed thing that I was most happy to see? Carl’s smile. Like Rick, I was grateful for his laughter. It felt good to know that Carl is able to talk, happily, about memories he had before the plague. Instead of a man-child, Carl was just a child, this week. I am glad “mother” Michonne was able to make it safe for him to have and share those memories.
Michonne, the cheese thing? Not funny. My heart dropped at the thought of Michonne becoming a growling, flesh ripping zombie, and hoped the canned cheese dripping and the snarling weren’t an indication of things to come. The silver lining is how that scene was used to help Carl and Michionne on their road to emotionally healing one another. Even if it’s all in my head, I prefer to see the family with Rick, Carl, and Michionne forming. It’s the closest to normal this show has been in a long time and I think we could all use a little happiness. As it is, there are times when Rick needs saving, from himself and others.
Rick and the scavengers? What in the name of Karma keeps drawing the worst of the worst to Rick? How is it that the others are found by good people, and he appears to draw the attention of the likes of Shane, the Governor, and whoever else is one step away of insanity?
Abraham Ford? THANK YOU! Last week I questioned if Rick could be viewed as a failed leader. This week I marvel at how great a leader he was given what he had to work with, folks. Glenn went from being a true hero to a true asshole in a matter of a week. Yeah, I get it, he loves Maggie, in his heart knows she’s alive, he wants to be reunited with her, he would never desert her. Keep the following in mind: walkers roaming free, people at risk, chance for survival of entire the race. Had he chosen to simply keep moving? No problem. That he chose to start a fight with the man who saved him instead of leaving him on the road passed out? IDIOT! Like Rick, Ranger Ford has his own issues, including a tomb raider clad second in command (no one believes in walker-proof clothing?) and the “scientist” who shot up the truck missing almost every walker in his path.
It can’t be easy to try to save people who are barely capable of saving themselves.