We are family… I got all my sisters with me…
only, in daytime, if you have all of your sisters with you it could get pretty crowded since daytime males procreate at the same rate that the national debt grows. It could also get crowded if you had to accommodate your sister’s dual relationship to you: sister-stepmother, sister-cousin, sister – biological mother, sister – aunt, sister -husband’s ex-wife, sister – father’s ex-wife. OY! In spite of twisted, tangled and mangled family trees, and mixed up family relationships, there has been quite a dramatic change in the focus of daytime writers across the board. Writers are now telling the story of families, not just individual characters. The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, and One Life to Live have been leading the way. All I can say is ‘more please’.
Soapgod bless Lulu Spencer. First she rips Liz a new one to defend Lucky, and then rips into Sonny for shooting Dominic/Dante in the same ONE WEEK time frame! What the hell? Don’t you people know Christmas is over? Nevermind. Keep writing the show like you’ve just seen your first snow of the season. It’s working for you.
I’m even going to forgive you for being silly enough to think that having women call one another whores takes the sting out of the fact that you’re still writing those lines. For now. I get it… it’s not as bad as having the men do it? Wrong, but we’ll save that for another time. For the record, I remember Lulu’s flaws. I remember that she’s made a mess of her own life, and Georgie’s in the past, but what sister – no matter her mistakes, wouldn’t be as angry at Liz and Nikolas as she was? It’s only too bad that Lulu spared Nikolas as much as she has.
Lulu said pretty much what I wanted her to say to Elizabeth, however. Saint Elizabeth, the preachy, has betrayed her fiance (the man who has loved her with his whole heart from the time they were teens) and the family they created -with the children he’s loved as his own. For what? A man who thinks she’s so dirty that he’ll sleep with her any where, any time, but won’t respect her or his own brother enough to wait for her to walk away freely and cleanly? S-T-U-P-I-D. Nikolas treats her like he paid for her (er, and not in that ‘off the corner’ kinda’ way… more in the ‘off the shelf – she’s nothing but a toy’ kinda’ way).
The only sympathy I’ve had for Liz is in hearing Carly try to convince Saint Jaysus that Jake now belongs with him. Jaysus kills people whose loved ones come gunning for him – or gunning for those he loves. Liz lies and sleeps around, and destroys the only real family the boys have known. Yeah, that sucks, but with Liz the kids will stay alive. Are we to believe that Carly TRULY believes that Liz is an unfit mother or does misery just loves company? The writers should explore whether or not Carly finally realizes that she would feel less guilty if other women were in her shoes, putting their children’s lives at risk by handing them over on a silver platter to the mob boys. It’s the only thing that makes sense of her dialogue.
BRAVA/O to the writers for giving Kristina enough intellect for herself and for big brother Michael – she is definitely her mother’s daughter. The writers are overdoing it on the ‘brain injury’ excuse with the Jr. Suckprano. Yes, Michael is impulsive and has an explosive anger, but STUPID!?!? He thinks his father was justified in shooting a police officer for investigating his illegal behavior? Only Sonny’s children who’ve spent less time with him have seen the light? They see their father for the criminal he is? Why won’t the writers allow the rest of the town to open their eyes – Steven Webber who should have slapped Sonny when he threatened his life if Steven didn’t repair the gaping hole Sonny shot into Dom’s chest, or Olivia and Robin who agreed that it wouldn’t have happened had Olivia told him all along that Dominic was his — you know, because then he wouldn’t have shot Dom at close range and would only have tried to kill someone else’s child, not his own.
How about the sympathy everyone is feeling for Sonny? If Dominic/Dante wakes up forgiving Sonny and hating his mother, or forgiving Sonny and forgiving his mother – as if she needs it, or forgiving Sonny and wanting his parents together, I’m officially DONE and no amount of SCRUBS love or Mac and Alexis will bring me back, folks. I’ll become a strictly ‘read and shrug’ GHer.
The Bold and The Beautiful
I’m typically never happy when writers SORAS child characters. It’s almost always for a pointless storyline that would have been better served with a new, adult, character in a separate role. I’m still bummed about GL replacing the beloved Rachel Miner with Rebecca Budig’s “Michelle Bauer”. Michelle was transformed from a sweet and adorable child to a teen who couldn’t wait to lose her virginity. Michelle’s catchphrase became ‘make love to me <insert the name of the new male lead>” I can’t say that the same is true for the BnB’s Hope Logan. The transition from child to teen character has been flawless. The writers are milking this one for what it’s worth and working as many angles on it as they can.
Long term viewers will remember that when taylor returned from the dead… AGAIN… Thomas, Phoebe and Steffy were torn. They loved their stepmother, Brooke, and their younger siblings Hope and RJ. While all three were saddened at losing their family, Thomas in particular vowed to remain a good big brother. Ridge, devastated by his choice to give up his family daydreamed of Hope and RJ calling out for their ‘daddy’ in the home they shared. Hope, who is Ridge’s daughter by choice and love, though not by blood, has added an interesting dynamic.
Ridge is the only father Hope has ever known. Other than ONCE (and only ONCE) calling ‘Uncle Nick’ daddy, that name has been almost exclusively reserved for Ridge. Unfortunately for Hope, she’s also been calling Stephanie ‘Grandma’ since she was a toddler. Hope has never known her biological father, Deacon Sharpe. So what does it mean, for Hope, when her daddy is torn between his two daughters? What does it mean when he doesn’t want to take sides, despite the fact that his daughter Steffy is clearly out of control?
The writers were initially all over the place with this storyline – as if they hadn’t made up their mind about which choices Ridge would make. While Hope was still calling him ‘daddy’, he’d at one point referred to her as ‘Brooke’s daughter’ – an awful betrayal of fans who’d watched Ridge embrace Hope as his child and even watched him fight for custody of her when he felt that she was at risk living in Brooke’s home. We watched Ridge put his mother in her place when she tried to use his children with Brooke to destroy her. He made sure Brooke could see the children as often as she liked.
Betrayal over (for now, anyway). All that crap about Hope being Brooke’s daughter is gone. We see Ridge fight for his girl, work hard to protect her, and remind the world that his family is off limits. Any attack on them is an attack on him. The scene of Brooke and Ridge each on cell phones calling all of Hope’s friends while looking for her painted the picture of a mother and father who knows their daughter well, and is close enough with her to know how to track her down if they need her. I did choke a little when Brooke credited Nick for saving Hope (again). Doesn’t she remember that Hope nearly died, TWICE thanks to Nick’s neglect? Don’t worry, writers, we’ll remember for you. You can’t give a man credit for saving the girl when she nearly drowned because he turned his back on her to fight with another man over Bridget.
Also, bonus points for allowing Steffy to semi- escape the poisoned well her mother created, pitting her at odds with the younger sister she’s always known and loved. Steffy is still a loser, having her loserdom encoded in her mitochondrial DNA no less, but she’s learning. I do think it’s odd that the soap fashion press would glom on to Hope’s history and her paternal DNA (despite the fact that it’s been no real secret since she was a child. Ridge was going to take Deacon’s document signing away his paternity rights to court with him some years ago).
Teen Hope matters that much, but the soap fashion press ignores Steffy dating the man who was her uncle most of her life, after he dated her now deceased sister and after he bedded her mother who was engaged to him? Those Hayes women have no luck at all. Nothing they do, no matter how salacious, gets them any attention. The story of their lives. Will steffy and taylor ever have scenes that show them bonding over something other than their obsession with the Logans?????
Days of Our Lives
In no particular order:
EJ sucks for continuing to let little Syd cry in agony, without her mother’s touch. I can’t believe the writers are dragging this kidnapping (called the ‘Sydnapping’ storyline by fans) go on for so long. Each day makes EJ seem move inhuman.
Bo sucks for never being able to move on as a SINGLE man not just a separated man. What is it about divorce ink that Bo is so deathly afraid of? Would it really hurt the guy to not have a wife and a girlfriend at the same time?
Lucas always rocks – on screen, off screen, in Salem, far away… it sucks that the writers are taking him from us.
Maggie and Melanie rock and I’m almost saddened by the news that Carly is Mel’s mom. I’d hate to see the writers push Maggie into the shadows to develop the Mel-Carly relationship. The only thing I am enjoying about the story, rightnow, is how quickly Viv caught on to the fact that Carly had a secret child and that Viv is such a schemer. I have to wonder if it’s not Vivian who has something to worry, not Melanie. I think she may be expecting a kinder-gentler version of Carly in Melanie. That would be a mistake. BTW, is it me or is it just a little scary that Viv smiles so gleefully when she remember burying Carly and thinks of it as just reliving ‘good times’? Egads.
Daniel and Carly or Daniel and Chloe? Chloe/Daniel/Carly? If he ends up with Carly, she’d better watch out, I could see the writers having Daniel repeat the Kate-Chloe fiasco – of sorts and Daniel could end up with Melanie, next. I can’t imagine which scenario Victor would hate worse. On second thought? Bring it on!
One Life to Live
Two words: JUST WATCH. There’s not one family angle OLTL doesn’t cover.
Couples in love. Couples in lust. Couples in trouble.
Brothers fighting over the same woman. One of them turning to a woman who is surely bad news – just to ease his pain.
Sisters fighting over the same man. One sister lying about the paternity of her unborn child to hang on to that man.
Sisters united by the father they despise who wants to control them.
A long lost (of sorts) brother and sister united by the unstable, psychologically deranged father who wants to own them.
Husbands and wives separated by addiction.
This show is everything a soap was meant to be in the best soap tradition. Even when OLTL walks up to the edge and risks going too far, it’s the one soap in daytime that knows how to talk itself back down.
It’s the show with something for everyone.