Archive for June 2010
AMC scares me because I actually <gulp> LIKE the show! After so long of not caring whether the show was on or not, something is happening, and it’s huge (for me at least):
1. Ryan Lavery has long been the bane of my existence. Since he dumped Kendall and married Greenlee that first time, I’ve despised the character with a flaming hot passion — which then makes it odd that he’s so often left me feeling cold. Each of his prior relationships has been about him being the ‘big man’ who rescues and saves each woman deemed ‘lucky’ enough to share his bed. With Madison it’s different. Whatever it is she brings to the screen (a strength that the others didn’t have, less need for rescue, the ability to ‘speak loudly’ even when she doesn’t say a word), it’s working for this show, and for Ryan. She makes him tolerable and I actually want to see more of them together!
I hope Binks is wrong and that Ryan isn’t still in love with Greenlee, only that he’s convinced himself that he is. It’s time to sink that ship for good. CM’s Ryan sinks to the level of the woman he’s with most of the time – despite the fact that he’s supposed to be the ‘good guy’, the ‘guiding force’ leading immature women into adulthood. With Greenlee (and Kendall, and Annie, and…) Ryan was equally immature, substituting obnoxious faux righteousness for maturity. With Madison he is open, and honest, and reflective. I’d like to see more of that from Ryan. I’d forgotten that I once liked the character, until this past week.
2. David and Greenlee. RB’s Greenlee has never been an interesting character to me – not one time EVER. Sure, I know it’s soap blasphemy to not whorship La Budig’s spoiled ill-tempered Greens, I get it. I just don’t get her appeal. The closest she’s ever come to working as a character is her relationship with Leo. So, it makes sense that as friends- or more, she’d work with David. Other than the difference in hair color and age, the brothers had a lot in common. Of course, Leo was reformed bad boy. David is a bad boy who became an unapologetic bad man… and did I thank you for that writers? Greenlee is, with David, who I’ve always seen her as – together they are a malicious and wicked good time. Thank you, again, writers.
4.NuBianca… Why not double down? I’m all about the soap blasphemy, today. I LOVE NuBianca. I love her for several reasons, the most important being that in this case a fresh face really does feel like a fresh start for the character. ER’s Bianca was lovely, but after some time her Bianca became a bit pious and tiresome. The writers worked too hard to make her a wide-eyed doe in need of protection no matter how many life experiences she’d had that should have toughened her up. NuBianca really sells it. Her confrontations with Greenlee/David over Erica and Fusion were priceless. This time I was rooting for Bianca simply because she was Bianca and not just because it was Greens she was in battle with – she felt like a young girl battling soul swallowing behemoths.
5. Erica and Jackson. I don’t care what the time or location is, I think I’ll always root for Erica and Jackson. I loved them when Jackson was in love with Erica even though she was married to his brother. While Travis wanted the perfect politician’s wife (and who was he fooling other than himself?), Jackson wanted Erica -mind, body, and soul. She didn’t have to ‘become’ the woman he could see himself living the rest of his life with – as Travis had. He already knew she was perfect for him.
The writers are teasing fans with the prospect of a reunion between the pair – after a battle between Jack and Erica’s mountain man rescuer, Caleb I’m sure … or is either man meant for Krystal… or should we expect a Krystal/Caleb/Erica/Jackson quadrangle? How will this work? Krystal will want Jackson, who’ll want Erica, who’ll want Caleb? And just who will Caleb want, in return?
Time will tell. It’s back to the drawing board for me. This storyline, and those mentioned above have me intrigued AMCers. What about you? What are you loving (or not loving so much) about AMC?
It’s not mystery that I’m no fan of GH’s Scooby Doo gang: Sonny, Jason, Carly, and their hangers on. Let’s not forget the air-head apparent, Michael Corinthos. While the plots are lousy, the dialogue has been as rich as Creosus!
Lucky to Nikolas (adding such a new complex layer to the stench of the relationship between the brothers, and between Lucky and Liz. Their betrayal of Lucky was about so much more than the sex):
Lucky: Take a look around, Nikolas. This is an underground dungeon. Your grandmother grabbed my dad and Tracy and tossed them down here like bags of garbage. Who the hell does that? Do you have any idea how sick and insane this is?
Nikolas: Yes, of course I do. But Helena’s not playing this game by herself. Luke’s playing right along. Come on, you know, they get off on this madness.
Lucky: Well, I didn’t. I was just going about my life. It was a good life, by the way. Then Helena took me out of it one day and made everyone think I was dead. She locked me up and messed with my head and my soul. She tried to break me down into something that she could control and then she sent me back to the people who loved me the most like a ticking time bomb.
Nikolas: I know that.
Lucky: There are pieces of me I never got back. And all this time, since your affair with Elizabeth blew up in our faces, did you ever ask yourself why I held on to her so tightly? Why I tried so hard to recreate a time when the love that we shared was real and pure, unmauled by someone who’s as cruel and sadistic as Helena? It’s because Elizabeth represented everything that was taken from me. And our past was the only thing that kept me grounded in our present. And then you came along… and you ruined it without a thought, other than your own self-gratification. So tell me, how can I look at you, knowing all of that… and not see an enemy?
Alexis to Sonny (note that Sonny is completely unaware, as usual. He’s heard this song before, he just keeps blocking it out… he’s suddenly clueless that he’s emotionally abusive):
Alexis: Okay, here we go. See, that’s kind of what I was talking about yesterday, that we need to keep the focus on Kristina, and it might be counterproductive if you get angry and defensive and make it about you.
Sonny: I’m going to this therapy session to support Kristina.
Alexis: Good. Thank you. And I am very sensitive to the fact that this abuse issue is a hot-button issue.
Sonny: And you know that, you know, my mother and I were, you know, abused, and that’s why I know a little bit of what Kristina’s goin’ through.
Alexis: Right. And you know we have to figure out why Kristina stayed in an abusive relationship, and, you know, through that process, you might hear some things about yourself that–
Sonny: No. No, no. No. Listen. Johnny lied on the stand. Kristina believed him. So that’s what we’re gonna work through.
Alexis: Well, actually no one really cares what Johnny said or didn’t say. I think what you might work through is that she’s seen your temper, and it’s been very disturbing.
Sonny: Do I have to tell you again that I don’t hit women?
Alexis: Well, but you do call them bitches and whores, and that kind of verbal abuse might–
Sonny: You’re either physically violent, or you’re not.
Alexis: Really? See, this is why it’s a good idea that you work this out with her in therapy.
Sonny: No, you know what needs to be done here? No, I don’t– all I know is that I’ve never abused a woman. We don’t have to talk about that anymore.
Alexis: Okay, let’s not.
Carly to Sonny: This one shocks me! Carly’s history has been bowing before Sonny’s imagined greatness and accepting responsibility for everything that’s gone wrong in their lives together. She seems to have remembered those things the rest of us remembered:
Carly: We are so much alike. I guess that’s what attracted us to each other. We’re impulsive, you know? We don’t realize the damage we’ve caused till it’s already done.
Sonny: You’re dodging the question. Do you honestly think that I abused you?
Carly: Kristina asked me that question.
Sonny: What do you mean Kristina? When?
Carly: After your outburst in court.
Sonny: What’d you say?
Carly: I told her the technical truth.
Sonny: I’m afraid to hear what that means.
Carly: I was as honest with Kristina as I felt was appropriate, Sonny. I’m not Kristina’s parent. There are questions that only you and Alexis should answer. But I did think she deserved the truth as much as I could give it. So I told her that, you know, our relationship was dysfunctional and volatile, that we genuinely loved each other, but we were toxic together. And that no, you never hit me.
Sonny: Thank God for that.
Carly: I mean, you shot me in the head once, but accidents happen. Can you…can you still hear us? I mean, I can. I can hear the yelling and things breaking. I can hear you calling me a faithless whore. Screaming at the top of your lungs that I’m worthless. I’ve never seen anyone get as angry as you. And your rage, Sonny, your rage is overwhelming. You zero in on what’s weak in someone, and you hammer away. You dismantle it piece by piece. And I look back, and I’m horrified at myself. I’m horrified that I put up with it, that I rationalized it, and I participated in it. But that was my illness. I stayed with you, and I let it happen over and over again. The vicious cycle. And you know what, Sonny? It’s called abuse.
Nah… Sonny’s not abusive… no sirree (at least not in his head)! Doesn’t every man repeatedly refer to his wife as a whore?
Sonny: I kinda expected you to understand the situation a little better, but…
Olivia: I do understand, Sonny. And I’m telling you right now, as someone who’s known you for a very long time, you need to change the way that you deal with women, okay? And there’s no shame in that. Talk to somebody. That’s what therapy’s for!
Sonny: But you’re acting like I’m some kind of animal like Kiefer. Yeah, I got a lot of rage inside of me. But I haven’t been that way with all the women I’ve been with. Just the ones that push me and push me. But I’ve never crossed the line. I love my daughter. I love her with everything I got. And I want to help her through this, but there’s no way that I’m going to say I’m an abuser when I’m not.
Olivia: I’m not saying you’re like Kiefer, Sonny. I know that you would never hit a woman. But there’s a lot of other ways to be abusive. Right?
Olivia: Okay. See, I know what you want through. I know what Deke did to you and your ma, and I can only imagine the things that you suffered through. And you were a little kid. I get that. But you survived, right?
Olivia: And you turned yourself into the kind of man that you wanted to be. You’re powerful, you’re successful, you got kids that mean the world to you. I mean, no one else would look at you and know what’s going on right under the surface.
Sonny: What’s the point?
Olivia: My point is, my point is, don’t believe your own hype. Sonny, okay, you can put one over on the whole rest of the world, but don’t put one over on yourself. Okay, don’t get caught up in believing that, because you made something out of your life, that that abuse didn’t have an effect on every part of you, okay? It directly affects everything, especially the way that you treat other people.
Sonny: You’re talking like I think I’m perfect, and I’m nowhere near perfect.
Olivia: Look, okay, you got Carly claiming that you abused her.
Olivia: Okay, maybe not physically, but in other ways. You’re gonna sit here and you’re gonna tell me that she’s lying, or she’s wrong, or what? What that bastard Deke did to you and your ma had a direct effect on your relationships with women. Okay? You need to admit that, and you need to get help.
Sonny: What Kiefer did to Kristina, I have not done to any woman. It’s not a fair comparison.
Olivia: I agree. I agree. And I know how much it must hurt you to know that your daughter thinks she saw the real you that night that you went off on Claudia. Okay. Or that she would ever compare you to anybody like Kiefer. But, Sonny, Kristina is confused right now. And that’s why you gotta get in there with her right now. You gotta show her that you’re willing to change, and that you can change. You gotta find a way to separate who you really are from all those ugly patterns that you grew up with.
Johnny to Kristina (just as you’re sitting there thinking ‘What kind of low life uses a girl who’s been traumatized by an abusive boyfriend?”… Johnny says THIS):
Kristina: Dad was so horrible brutal to Claudia, he shouldn’t you use me to do the same thing to him? It’s part of justice.
Johnny: Kristina, first of all, the idea of using you in any capacity for anything has no
Kristina: But I’m a willing participant. More than that, it was my idea. Come on, Johnny. The way to make it happen.
Johnny: And er of sonny Corinthos. This playing out, beyond sonny’s pain, of course?
Kristina: Does it matter?
Johnny: It does if I’m dead in the end, yeah.
Kristina: You won’t let my dad kill you, and if he tries, he’ll go to prison like he deserves.
Johnny: Ok. Kristina, I actually know where you’re coming from. I do. I know what it’s like to have a monster as a father. You lay in b late at night thinking of ways to bring the bastard to his knees while you stare at the ceiling. When what you should be doing in actuality is channeling that energy into something positive. I know I’m no shining example as to how that works, believe me, but maybe you can look at me and then use me as an example as to what you should avoid. At the end of the day, Kristina, the answer’s no. As much as I want to bring grief to your father, I’m not about to use you in order to get that.
Johnny: It’s because you’ve been through a very traumatic experience and you need time to heal. See, that–right there is even more of a reason for you not to put yourself in a situation that could backfire or hurt you.
Kristina: But I feel safe with you.
Kristina: I don’t know. I just do. It’s not sexual, please don’t misunderstand.
Johnny: Oh, believe me, there’s no misunderstanding here. Uh, hey…I suppose maybe at the end of the day, we’re kindred spirits. We both have the same immediate goal. But your hatred for sonny is not as black and white as mine. It’s wrapped up in all sorts of shades of gray and emotions of sonny being your father. Your issues with sonny go much deeper than just wanting to see him twist. This is like a bomb waiting to go off, in my face and yours, and I’m not willing to risk that.
Kristina: I figured it out. You’re noble. My father wouldn’t be. If someone went to him with an offer that could destroy you, he’d take it and not think twice. So never say you’re just like sonny. It’s not true. Well, if you change your mind, the offer’s still open.
As much as I hate the plot, the dialogue helped sell it and make sense of it… the children of mob monsters clinging to reclaiming their power by taking away (at least one of) their father’s power. It’s stupid and careless on their part, but it makes sense.
I’ve never heard of Tomato Jam, until NOW! If you’re looking for something to do to occupy your time while you’re not watching soaps, or something to do while you are — sometimes it’s better to just not directly at a soap when it’s on, than this is the project for you!
Why does the BnB’s taylor hayes jones have to be the dumbest woman alive — every single episode? No reprieve from her stupidity for fans, writers? Ever? How many more times can she be ignorant of how desperate and trashy Steffy is? At some point, when you’re proven wrong often enough, you just have to stop claiming you know ‘the truth’. The writers have taylor brag about her ‘skills’ as a psychiatrist, but she misses every big event to happen:
- Phoebe’s impending disgust with her relationship with Rick
- Tommy the car bomber, pump your son up with the false idea that you’ve been a victim and something bad had to happen.
- Steffy the psycho – which Brooke warned her about
- Steffy’s involvement in setting up Hope’s humiliation during her first big press conference
- Amber’s lie about the ABCD baby – which Brooke warned her about
- Ridge and Morgan and their unfinished business – which Brooke warned her about
- Stephanie’s psychotic tendencies – which she knew about and used to her own advantage
- that Ridge didn’t love her fully
- that Nick didn’t love her fully
- that Stephanie wouldn’t let go of Eric while she was sneaking around with him, etc, etc, etc). taylor smiled in Steph’s face, and then had to send Eric to break Stephanie’s heart.
No matter how many times she’s been proven wrong, taylor continues to deny the seriousness of daughter Steffy’s psychological problems. What fully functioning rational adult woman makes it her mission in life to compete with her barely legal stepsister? This is the same girl Steffy loved, until a few months ago. I’m sure some enterprising youtube surfer could find the video of Steffy, Phoebe, and Thomas crying and hugging their younger siblings as they had to say good bye to them (you know, during one of those times when Ridge was duped into marrying taylor and Ridge left his family with Brooke to be with the trudge family, despite Steffy’s false claims of having been abandoned by her father).
taylor is coming across as a VERY weak woman who is vicariously seeking vengeance via her emotionally disturbed daughter. She seems to find great delight in continuing to argue with Brooke as she calls herself ‘defending’ her daughter. She sits back, smirking and waiting to yell at Brooke for being ‘unfair’ to Steffy, all the while Steffy’s descent into madness makes not one bit of difference to taylor — only getting revenge on Brooke does. Anything that makes Brooke’s life miserable, even if it includes hurting a young woman like Hope and sacrificing Steffy to do it, appears to be her chief motivator.
I watch so little of the Bold and the Beautiful these days, and I’m never disappointed when I do… because I never expect more than the writers give me. Brooke seeks peace, taylor continues to cheer Steffy on in her insanity. I have wondered, is taylor hoping to rewrite history?
The Hope/Oliver/Steffy triangle seems to be a clear replay of the Brooke/Ridge/taylor triangle. Brooke and Ridge were young, in love, and Ridge was Brooke’s first sexual experience. No matter how clear it was that they wanted to be together, Stephanie and taylor plotted to keep them apart – once Stephanie realized that she had more to gain by siding with taylor than by hating her. Both women were sure that Ridge would ‘come around’ if they pressed hard enough – just as Steffy seems to believe the same will happen with Oliver. Ridge would learn to love taylor as much as he did Brooke, they believed, and in time he would forget her. The only problem was that Ridge could never forget Brooke and she would never stop loving Ridge.
Both Stephanie and taylor are back. This time they’re sitting on the sidelines and indulging Steffy’s fantasies of being loved by a man who doesn’t want her. They refuse to ask her to remember her mother’s lifestory and to learn from it. Oliver, Steffy wants to believe, will forget about Hope in time. Good luck with that. Neither her mother nor her grandmothers listens listens to her words, or reads her body language, or even keeps track of the lies she’s been caught telling. The only thing that would make this storyline interesting, rather than pathetic, is for Stephanie to wake up and realize that they’re using Steffy, and taking everything they claim they hold dear and trashing it in order to get back at ‘the Logan women’. They’re destroying Steffy, 18 year old Hope, and everything in between. Stephanie finally sees taylor for who she is when taylor not only refuses to acknowledge what they’re doing, but she refuses to stop
Two sides? Make it four:
1. The Logans vs. the EX/NON Forrester women
2. Stephanie vs. Taylor
3. Oliver and Hope vs. Steffy (as he tries to get her to stop chasing him and she refuses).
4. BnB writers vs. mediocrity. Everything they’re offering now is a storyline they’ve offered a zillion times before. Switch it up, writers. Give fans a real reason to come back for more — and sexually outlandish twists aren’t the way to go. We can get that on cable — and shows airing on cable do it better.
You’ve got to check out MDLC’s current column, if you haven’t already done so (snippet and link below):
When most longtime watchers get disenchanted or downright disgusted with their old soaps, they are usually angry. We’ve all invested years of our lives and our deep feelings in this genre.
Now, it’s gotten to the point where I’m not angry anymore. As we watch the final act of daytime soap opera, I just find myself very very sad to see them all so swiftly decline, and that sadness seems to make an appearance nearly every day when I watch shows or check in on news and happenings in our own little soap world.
You can read the rest HERE
You’ve read a million death of daytime articles already, I’m sure. They’re painful both because of the sheer number of them and the truth they’ve imparted about why daytime has continued to fall apart. Most of them weren’t written by the venerable soap press. The soap press continued to cheer on the inane and asinine storyline telling as ‘innovative’ and ‘original’. No holding a mirror to the naked emperor for the soap press, no sirree. Now that it’s been revealed that Soapnet goes off the air in 2012, fans, it seems, have given up hope that the rest of daytime can be saved, and with good reason, but more on that later.
The one network that was supposed to be fully dedicated to soaps gave up on the genre long ago as it cut back the daytime schedule and boasted about its acquisition of primetime shows. Now? Soaps will be replaced with more preschool friendly programming. Symbolic, don’t you think? The juvenile writing plaguing daytime over the last several years has worked wonders in driving away much of the adult audience but did little to attract the ever elusive 12 to 17 year olds TIIC of daytime couldn’t wait to bring on board – the same 12 to 17 year olds who didn’t give a damn about daytime. Now Disney can give the kids what they really want.
Unfortunately for daytime viewers, the network’s effort to stem to tide of revenue loss may have actually contributed to hastening the death of daytime. When the writing was bad on your favorite soap, you still had other choices. You could move on to something else – but that was before the network hacks decided that it was easier to systematically kill off daytime serials than support them and take them back to basics. When my once favorite Bold and Beautiful drove me absolutely nuts (as it does now with the whining non-”Forrester” women CONSTANTLY attacking the Logan women), I could always find another soap to watch that didn’t drive me batty. Now? The writing is so horrendous across the board and there are so few soaps, there is no where to go but cable and watching ‘primetime in the daytime’. (Which is oddly enough what Soapnet was trying to do, unsuccessfully). By killing off ‘lineups’, TPTB of daytime gave fans fewer and fewer reasons to tune in. Ah, but there were/are other problems:
1 – The soaperatti (on and off screen) is incestuous and keeps claiming that it’s such a ‘specialty’ field that no one outside of daytime can understand it — that’s because they’re so “speshul”, doncha know? And have I mentioned t they’re special? Somehow primetime and cable are surviving with infusing new blood and new ideas. Daytime only, it seems, needs specialists (because they’re special) and yet those specialists (who are special) still can’t figure out how to hang on to an audience. As a result, the same few burned out writers and executive producers are shifted from show to show. You can’t get away from them, as they keep trying to shove the same tired ideas at what they think is a ‘new’ audience every time they ‘quantum leap’ from show to show.
Daytimers typically watch multiple shows, so if you didn’t like a mother and daughter sleeping with the same man and beating each other up on one show, you sure as hell weren’t going to root for the hack writer and producers to bring that storyline to another show you’re watching. When there were more soaps (and more writers) there were also more ideas. and more places to escape to within the genre. That’s gone and the soaperatti have nothing left but false self-praise and careers on a downward slide. Does anyone know if any of the currently unemployed daytime writers have found work on any successful projects? I’d love to know, dear readers. I can’t think of any, and I can’t imagine there are producers out there lining up to grab any of the ‘elite’ in daytime. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but I just don’t know where they are. Who’d want to submit an e-portfolio of the worst of daytime as evidence of what you’re capable of offering?
2 – While probably not a popular opinion, I also think a huge problem in daytime is that TIIC are have extended the ideology of the “super special” to hiring actors. The ‘newer’ daytime actors have been treated as ‘speshul’ too. Instead of relying on tried and true and highly skilled vets, daytime PTB decided that a small group of select newbies were the future of genre. I won’t name names, but I think we can all list at least a half dozen actors who are shifted from show to show along with tired/burned out writers and executive producers.
The problem is that the pretty but pointless actors aren’t skilled enough to add new dimensions to their characters from show to show. The actors’ mannerisms and inflections are the same. On top of the same tired storylines, fans were cursed with the same actors, sporting new character names, but providing nothing that differentiated them. The ‘look’ of each show may differ, but the ‘content’ and ‘feel’ of all soaps is similar. thanks to the small cohort of shifting writers, producers, and actors. ABC and CBS could blend what’s left of their lineups and I don’t know that fans would notice the difference. ABC could offer “All My Children born at General Hospital embracing our One Life To Live” and CBS could offer the “Bold and Beautifully Young and Restless”. NBC, would of course, give us the “Days of Our Lives”. It’s all they have left to give having killed off so many daytime shows, already.
The warning signs of impending doom have been sounded for years by fans who’ve wanted nothing more than to save the genre. Unfortunately, it fell on hubristic and intentionally tone deaf ears. How tone deaf have TIIC been? Memorial Day would have been a keen opportunity for TIIC to remind soap fans that daytime is still around and that there’s potential to return to the formula that made the genre work. What did TPTB of GH offer?
Link that with THIS gem that oringally aired a week after the above clip:
On a day when we honor our war dead, and others who have valiantly served and protected this country, we were ‘treated’ to a repeat of an episode in which the soap world is proven to be turned upside down. Jason and Spinelli bleat on and on about how heartless cold and unfeeling OFFICER Dante Falconeri is to turn in his brother for killing a woman. Dante, of course, has no honor. Dante is an evil person. He’s too dense to understand why the mob covered up a woman’s death. It’s Dante’s fault for not understanding why what would have been a simple self-defense charge, which would have been cleared had Michael first told the truth, ended up with Michael looking guilty of murder, a cover up, and obstruction.
WHAT? You would be suspicious of a claim of self-defense if the people involved ‘disposed of’ the body, burned down the cabin where it happened – on a rainy night, no less – to get rid of evidence, and then lied on the stand and to the police for months at a time? I hear ya’! It’s just that TIIC don’t hear you. On a day when many of us are remembering our loved one who gave their lives – GH’s braintrust wants you to watch the mob squad talk about murdering police officers and activating the crooked cops on their payroll to protect the mob heir apparent. Spinelli has to tell Jason that Dante’s death, officer or not, would have grave impact (no pun intended) on those who love him, and those who serve with him. Color me stunned, and sickened, and tired, just tired of this dreck.
What could TIIC aired instead, to woo fans back?
Or even this:
But no… black is white, up is down…and we’re tuning out. Anyone know what’s planned for Disney Junior? My nieces and nephews visit me in the summer. I guess we’ll have something to watch together in 2012.