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DAYS OF OUR LIVES
I look at the accompanying photo and I don’t even wonder: “Is Jennifer Horton going for the [naughty librarian] look?”
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
I’m not watching, so I’ll take fans word for it that Brooke and Thomas eat “mystery berries” and start hallucinating. From there it seems that Thomas puts the move on Brooke and they may end up sleeping together. Who the hell do the writers think they’re writing for, TAYLOR? Taylor slept with Rick, fooled around with his father, had sex with his brother, slept with his grandfather and may have been the ‘lover’ of his uncle (it’s the description the writers used when for Storm when he returned). Either way? This show is screwed.
The BnB is my pick for the next soap to hit the cancellation rack. It offers nothing new, just different circumstances used to tell the SAME story… each telling more grotesque than the last time it was told.
Most of you have heard or read, by now, that U.S. soaps are one step closer to being a part of our American past. I have been saying for some time that I wish that the powers that be (TPTB) at the networks would either fix daytime or kill it off, but that anything in between is unfair to fans, and a clear disrespect for the genre. I am not celebrating the loss of All My Children and One Life To Live. In fact, it saddens me for two reasons. The first is that I believe that both shows were a damned sight better than General Hospital and were far more ‘history rich’ in their current forms than GH. The second is that I believe that both shows could have lasted years longer if ABC had the courage to infuse the genre with new writers and executive producers/energetic writers and executive producers who would have respected the genre’s history, but not become bogged down in the repetitive storyline telling, and the lack of attention to detail that drove fans away.
AMC and OLTL were the ‘class acts’ of daytime, and to lose these two shows won’t improve the chances of the remaining shows to survive by picking up their audiences. The loss of these two shows will only serve to illuminate how much weaker the plots and plot devices of the remaining shows are.
The Young and the Restless: The actress replacing Drucilla (whose name I’m not even motivated to look up) once gave an interview stating that most Drucilla fans were fans of the show first, not of the character. Uh… ok. She also stated that she wasn’t hired to create a character to replace Dru… and how’s that workin’ for ya? Where is the character she plays now? In Dru’s old storyline… pregnant, by one of the Winters brothers and she’s not exactly sure which. Adam, who burned a fetus in a damned fireplace, never giving its mother the chance to grieve its loss is a romantic hero, involved with a woman whose child he stole. Go. AWAY!
The Bold and the Beautiful: Where to begin? There are so many problems with this show that between it and DOOL, that either could be the next to go (yeah, even over GH)! I wish Bell’s ‘bad girls’ weren’t so one-dimensional, like Steffy and her faux ’good girl’ mother, Taylor- who is as much a daytime bitch as ever there was one. Both Steffy and Taylor highlight the weakness of Bell’s writing for bad girl characters. I miss the real bad girls, women with a method to their madness and whose actions were explained through their backstory (pain, unhappiness, abuse, abandonment). You always knew that their desperate actions were about fighting back in the only way they knew how and it left you hating them and loving them at the same time. Steffy is just a selfish, pampered, snotty little girl who thinks life owes it to her to give her whatever she wants – even after having such a privileged life and a father who sacrificed his happiness for hers.
Her constant attempt to draw a distinction between herself and the ‘human trash from the valley’ makes her as useless as her grandmother. Most soap bad girls didn’t offer the social class argument for their superiority and since social class is the only type of class Steffy has – any argument she makes in her favor is moot. She is everything she despises in others… the ultimate hypocrite.
Steffy’s character lacks depth and a backstory gives definition to her character.
Days Of Our Lives: Rape is NOT SEXY! EJ? NOT SEXY! I don’t care how attractive EJ’s portrayer James Scott is. JS is not EJ, and EJ is a rapist with no redeeming qualities. His sole mission in life it to own and manipulate the woman he raped, to control her life and to continue to impregnate her through violence and/or deceit. I gave up on this show a very long time ago. DOOL, and EJ as a character, are better suited to a soap titled, “The Land that Time Forgot”. The titled references a book, screenplay, and several movies. Why not a soap? Women are smarter, better educated, focused on informing themselves and their daughters and sons about sexual assault – yet, sexual assault is still the foundation for romance and ‘good times’ on Days of our Lives. Not. good.
General Hospital: Need I say more? Nice guys really DO finish last. OLTL and AMC focused on family ties, the ups and downs of relationships, and in the end the mob boys and weak guest appearances win out. Sorry, James Franco fans, I thought GH’s artist Franco sucked and that the actor treated the character as a caricature. His vision of what a soap character was supposed to be left me cringing and I was shocked that TPTB backstage allowed it to happen.
Daytime writers and executives of the four remaining shows have to become more protective of the genre. They have to remember daytime’s illustrious history and send the remaining four shows out as a bright flame, and not sending it up as a weak puff of smoke. They owe the fans no less.
Oddly enough, I was a daytime fan who, when this blog began as a column for Darcy Fourier’s ”The Soapscope” website, watched more daytime than primetime television. My primetime viewership was nearly non-existent. When I became disenchanted with daytime, I switched to primetime viewership almost exclusively. Even still, I will miss soaps for lots of reasons, but primarily for their history in total. I can’t say that I will soaps in their current incarnation, I hated and still hate most of what’s airing in daytime. I will miss daytime for what it was, and for the missed opportunity to make it something great, again. I’m not interesting in more daytime talk, more scripted reality, or more game shows and can’t imagine their appeal over even the worst of daytime dramas, much less the best of it. To the Cast and Crew at All My Children and One Life to Live, thank you for the decades of memories. You are irreplaceable and you will be missed.
Loving a man (and being dumped) makes women in daytime C-RA-ZY!
Hannah attempts an overdose after Ford dumps her – this storyline should have been further developed. Despite its origin, it actually has redeeming social value. So it won’t surprise you that instead the writers seem determine to create a Starr-Cole-Hannah triangle just weeks after Hannah’s suicide attempt:
DAYS’ above board top cop Hope Brady decides to terrorize the men of Salem to make up for the fact that she’s been hurt and tossed aside one too many times – of course she’s under the influence of drugs. (Ignore the part where Sami is overly concerned about her rapist – repulsive, I know):
BnB’s Stephanie Forrester can’t stand the fact that Eric has never gotten over Brooke (er, long before he married Brooke’s sister) – jealousy is apparently synonymous with being homicidal in Bell’s ficitionalized L.A.:
To think… one of the first times Eric dumped Steph, she had a mini-stroke, lost her memory, and lived on the streets using Brooke’s mother’s name… Liz… yes, the same ‘Liz’ (Beth) whose death she’s now implicated in.
Way to go turning all that hatred outward, sister… if only the writers would either let Steph seek help and be cured OR be incarcerated. I’ll take either.
This one is a double feature! Stacy Haiduk as AMC’s Hannah Nichols (who may as well give up her life to save the man who didn’t want her, right? Hannah’s death follows what seemed to be an endless stream of mischief and mayhem when Zack refused to allow her to have his child, to replace the adult son they’d lost. It’s even weirder because he later became the donor for his wife’s sister, Bianca, and Bianca’s fiancee Reese – without telling his own wife of course. Where’s the fun in that? He’s not exactly protective with the seed. The man was giving his seed away… to everyone but Hannah that is… who then gave her life for him… see the circular thing going on here? Hannah should have either taken him over the edge with her, on sent him in her place.
Shortly after Hannah’s death, Haiduk re-appears in the form of YnR’s Patty Williams. Patty had her face surgically altered to look like her psychiatrist. Why? To get into bed with the man who married and then betrayed her, causing her to have an accident and miscarriage decades earlier. Those crazy romantic writers of daytime. Man do they understand a woman’s heart!:
Doesn’t every woman lose it when the man who cheated on her and even cheated with his father’s wife, marries another woman?
Patty becomes Emily and then returns to being Patty, who becomes Emily again – oh yeah, you read that right!:
The ultimate classic love starved psycho on the loose! The YnR’s/BnB’s Sheila Carter:
Does this blog really need a closing statment? I think I’ve made my point.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Watching soaps today, alone, would make you question, 1 - whether writers were aware of the significance of this month, 2 – if they would care if they were aware of it. According to RAINN, every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. Click the RAINN symbol to learn more about SAAP month, and to find events taking place in your local area. Today, on almost every soap left on air, a woman was nearly sexually assaulted, emotionally assaulted, or physically assaulted – almost none for the sake of furthering a discussion about sexual and other violent assaults. Almost all for the sake of ‘entertainment’. Check the ratings, writers, we – your primarily female audience, are not amused or entertained by such storylines.
1. Days of Our lives. I’ve thought of EJ as a coward for quite a long time. Today’s episode just made things a heck of a lot worse. If your father is a murderous psychopath and you’re quickly following in his footsteps, then it makes sense that you don’t care to protect your partner in crime from your father’s tyrannical wrath. It makes you appear to be less human, as well. Too busy trying to cover his own arse, EJ has made no moves to stop others from thinking of Anna as a vile kidnapper who tormented a young infant girl for months after she’d already lost the only mother she’d ever known. If you were watching today’s episode, you witnessed Stefano Dimera, EJ’s father, physically assault his former daughter-in-law, his deceased son’s wife. Tony might have killed Stefano for slapping his wife.
The excuse is supposed to be, I’m sure, that Stefano had no idea that Anna wasn’t alone in kidnapping his granddaughter when he slapped her. My response? WHO CARES!?!?! She as alone, half dressed and defenseless against him and the goons he brought with him. That scene was heartbreaking from beginning to end. It was in fact EJ, the child’s father, who concocted the scheme and convinced Anna to become his partner in crime. It was his son EJ, who got the ‘bright’ idea to cover the child’s clothing in blood and make everyone think the infant had been murdered. Will Stefano slap him across the face? Will he have his son dragged off with threats of death? Is that behavior reserved only for women ‘who have it coming’?
While EJ sat home, basking in the glow of being complimented for being a ‘great dad’, Anna was being slapped around, manhandled by Stefano’s goons, and had to plead for her life, as Stefano promised her that she would not be alive much longer. DAYS has done a lot of things right, but this was dead wrong and made it clear how parasitic the Dimera men’s relationships with women are. EJ professes love, two children later, to the woman he raped at gunpoint, and while he sat with her trying to convince her he was a new man, Anna faced violence and certain death.
2. The Bold and the Beautiful. I watched the last 10 minutes of the show, today – apparently ten minutes too many! It was a continuation of Donna Logan Forrester being treated as if she was disposable by her husband, Eric Forrester. This follows an earlier discussion in which he screamed at her in front of his ex wife and his former sister-in-law (both of whom have attacked Donna physically and verbally). Earlier he’d faulted Donna for never being on his side – a full-throated lie. He’s clearly ‘finished’ with Donna and finds excuses to scream and yell at her, including faulting Donna for her brother-in-law’s partnership with his WILLING ex-wife, who helped weaken his company before Bill Spencer bought it out from from under him. Eric accepts no responsibility for being a lousy businessperson. He also gives Donna ZERO credit for being willing to deceive her own sister to help him get his company back. He screams at her, demeans her, and then she returns home to beg for his forgiveness for not being tolerant enough of his needs. If she was a friend of mine in a marriage like that, I would be advising her on thinking about how to get out of it, or at least how to protect herself from a man like Eric Forrester.
3. One Life to Live. Schuyler Joplin has been just about as perfect a man as one can be in daytime. He’s thoughtful, loving, kind, and patient… which means that when he had to be torn down to prop the show’s resident snooze producing couple – the writers took the lowest possible route to try to make him unlikable to fans. His soap day started with him being a loving father who only wanted the best for his child. He finds out the child he’s been loving isn’t his and just a few hours later he’s holding Gigi Morasco hostage at gunpoint, trying to force her to undress so they can have sex and he could prove to her that they still have a special relationship. He doesn’t want to be alone.
Soaps use to write rape storylines to sway fans’ sympathy in the direction of ‘bad girls who needed redeeming’. Now they use rape as a way of trying to sway fans’ ire at male characters they want to get rid of — most of the time. Sometimes they decide that the rapist isn’t all that bad and try to redeem him or try to get the audience to accept his attempt to get his victim to fall in love with him. It’s that sort of clumsy and careless storytelling that makes soap fans ashamed of the genre.
4. General Hospital. Kristina, after ignoring Ethan’s pleas to not allow the entire town, most especially her murderous mob father, believe that he’d beaten her up- as he was innocent – was beaten again today by her boyfriend, Kiefer. I’d watched DAYS’ Anna being slapped around, DAYS’ Sami talking about her lovelife with her rapist, OLTL’s Gigi held at gunpoint and potentially raped, BnB’s Donna beg forgiveness for being treated poorly, and then Kristina. I am emotionally drained and most especially because it’s clear that daytime writers still don’t get it.
As usual, the storyline hasn’t been about this poor teenage girl who is being harmed, it’s about the adults around her – her mother who took the time to run down her attacker with her car while on the way to the hospital to get help for Kristina, her angry mob boss father, Ethan -the wrongfully accused… but very little about the survivor.
I’m hoping we’ll see more of Kristina, in therapy to learn that it’s not her fault she’s been attacked, or that we’ll get to see her confront Kiefer and make him realize how badly he’s hurt her. As I’ve written about before, it would be best to see HIM in therapy – helping him figure out why he’s so violent towards women.
Soaps do a lot with the ‘assault’ part, nothing much with the ‘prevention’. Were women victims of assault and violence on the other two soaps? Probably, I’m just glad I missed it – I’ve had more than my fill in just a single day. It’s depressing.
It’s not often that I actually praise a soap in its entirety. OLTL is good, and I enjoy more of the show than I dislike of it… but it’s not GREAT. Which soap is, in my opinion? Hands down, Days of Our Lives has to be the best overall soap in daytime! It’s such a great soap that the things I hate about it are the things you’re SUPPOSED to hate about a soap or about the show’s characters. What makes DAYS such a great soap? Two words: consistency and BALANCE!
What can drive you crazy about some soaps (YnR, BnB, and GH) is that they lack balance. On the Bell soaps especially, the soap winds blow in only one direction. Either most characters are happy, or they’re all miserable. Bell soaps are tragic drama… minus the drama. Can you think of a week in which BnB spoilers didn’t suggests that a ‘couple would be torn apart’? Can you think of a week, on the BnB especially, in which characters weren’t uttering dialogue that is deeply inconsistent from the week before? How does Thorne Forrester shift from being tired of always being thought of as a last place loser in his family, to applauding having his ex-sister-in-law/former fiancee becoming a quarter owner in his FAMILY’S company? The YnR? Between the cancer storyline, the switched identities, Ashley having yet another breakdown, and the dead-for-live baby swap, watching the YnR could counteract the strongest prescribed anti-depressant. GH? There’s hope for the show… just very little of it. GH may as well have been taped in a dark studio, with night vision cameras. Given how heavy the show is, the change in lighting couldn’t possibly hurt. For these three soaps, it’s the same stuff, different day.
One Life to Live, All My Children and As The World Turns are shows that have balance, but lack consistency. The storylines change too quickly and by the time you become use to the direction of a storyline, it changes gear – in some cases that’s a good thing. I don’t know how many more months of Dorian knuckling under to Mitch Lawrence’s demands I could stand. Another week of JPL’s ‘Rex’ trying to emote as a ‘troubled and angry’ man and I really would have needed stitches from laughing. What was the point of introducing Allison Perkins? On ATWT, the ‘spare tissue’ pregnancy Janet suggested and was then shot down almost immediately? EH! (and who doesn’t already know that Janet will end up pregnant, anyway?) There’s a lot going on with the three shows above, but it’s almost as if the writers are overwhelmed and aren’t keeping track of who said what, and when.
While DAYS held on far too long to the ‘Sydnapping’ storyline, overall, the fact that the show has been consistent and balanced allowed fans, like myself, who were tired of the storyline to focus on something else. Knowing, last month, that the storyline would continue a while longer, I began tuning it out and focusing on other big onscreen news. I don’t know what it is about ‘Daniel’ and ‘Melanie’, but I think it’s sheer genius to pair them together as father and daughter (and yes, I’ve been reminded that she once flirted with him when neither knew they were related). Something about his presence in her life finishes Mel’s character profile out nicely. She’s been two characters in one during her tenure at DAYS. There is the manipulating and selfish Mel, and then there is the vulnerable and melancholy Mel. In some ways he softens Mel, but she does the same for him. Shawn Christian (as Daniel) hit his stride perfectly in the hospital visitation scenes, after finding out that Melanie was his child. His eyes were soft and a bit weepy, his tone of voice was relaxed, and it was easy to believe that he was in awe of the young woman in front of him, one he’d only recently found carried his genes in her DNA. That he was the doctor who operated on her and saved her life made the scene all the more meaningful. Melanie looked vulnerable and frail and in need of someone to protect her. He looked ready for the job. Priceless.
And if it must be mentioned…
The kidnapping storyline is done, sorta’. Anna will finally wise up and realize that EJ is capable of using and abusing anyone, until he no longer needs them, and she’s included in that number. When he’s done with you, you’re on your own. Too bad for EJ (but great for fans) that Anna isn’t a willing victim. For those of you who don’t know (spoiler alert, stop reading here… I warned ya’!), it’s Anna who will make sure that Nicole is freed of all charges and allowed to resume her life in Salem. Ej, you schmuck! You had it coming. So the question is, with Nicole’s return, how does EJ get busted for the kidnapping of his infant daughter?
1. Rafe, hottie hot hot, to the rescue? Rafe figures it all out and makes sure Sami knows what a low life EJ is? Sami tends to forget that fact of life when she allows EJ to play on her desperation.
2. Nicole is redeemed, to a degree, by joining forces with Brady and they bring the news to Sami and Rafe? Sorry Arianne Hernandez, with Nicole’s return, I’m hoping your DAYS are numbered… Phillip will probably be free soon – give him a call.
3. A dark horse candidate emerges. Stefano learns from Anna – who is by now hiding out in a bunker and out of Dimera reach, about EJ’s dastardly plan. He realizes that his son was willing to hurt him in among the worst ways possible and decides to deal with EJ his own way…by throwing him to the wolves!
I’m partial to the third option. I’d love to see Stefano strip Ej of his money and power. DAYS’ writers have been relatively creative in their storytelling. What could they do with a powerless EJ, who no longer has the ability to manipulate and/or offend the women of Salem? The writers could continue to move EJ on to the next storyline but in the end what good would it do if Ej isn’t completely deconstructed and rebuilt? He’s currently an (evil) freakshow! What would life look like from the other side, a man without resources at the mercy of the power brokers? Nothing could give him greater insight into what his negative influence has been over others than having him fend for himself against the next ‘Ej Dimera’. His deconstruction could also lead him to find real love for the first time, a woman he doesn’t have to force to have sex with him.
Other DAYS questions:
Can Chloe and Daniel survive his strong-willed adult daughter? Chloe isn’t too much older than Melanie and she may not think his penchant for younger women is so cute now that she can’t date him (and excuse me… EWWWW!) At some point, Melanie will most likely forgive Carly for allowing Lawrence to give her away and leave her at the mercy of her adoptive father. When she does, will she want to see her parents together and fulfill a childhood fantasy of having a mother and father who love her and are part of a complete and loving family?
Will the writers break up Phillip and Melanie for Nathan and Melanie, or will Melanie begin to realize that she does love Phillip. I’m on Team Nathan, but I do think it would be a more interesting storyline to have Phillip be a ‘good guy’ who genuinely loves Mel and wants to save his marriage to her without resorting to going to his ‘dark place’ to make it happen. The best triangles keep you rooting for everyone involved.
With Hope defending Bo and asserting that he is (professionally) an ethical man, will Bo begin to realize that he may be professionally ethical but that he’s lacking personally? For most of their adult lives, Hope has been defending their marriage against each of Bo’s new ‘great loves’ and any children that are born or resurface as a result. He has yet to have to do the same because she has centered her life around him. Is there some point in his life when he realizes that he’s taken more from his marriage than he’s ever given to Hope?
I could do this all day with Days of Our Lives. Each storyline offered is one that poetnitally generates an entirely new group of storylines. Days writers thank you for the use of both veterans balanced against the introduction of newbies. My only criticism… Abe… Lexie… MORE please! DAYS is the only show consistently posting large gains in viewership over the year before. Daytime writers… watch… learn… emulate!
From The Bold and The Beautiful:
What makes JOWEN work? Daytime has finally gotten it right. While older men have been seducing and romancing younger women for decades, soaps have treated older women involved with younger men as desperate and emotionally weak women who cling to men who could never really love them. Older women have served as bedmates and bank accounts to their younger lovers and little else (AMC’s Marian and Tad, ATWT’s Lucinda and Craig, for example). Jackie Marone is a woman who is vivacious, seductive, and powerful. She’s also in charge of her emotions and her bank account. Owen is with her because he loves her, not because she pays for him. I was most proud of the moment when Jackie realized that not even for Owen was she willing to attempt to become a mother again. She was well on her way to becoming a grandmother and expected Owen to be the man he said he was when he married her – not someone who’d suddenly developed a passion for parenting. She held firm to her desire to enjoy life and be the woman she’d always wanted to be and Owen realized that loving her was his only real passion.
What does JOWEN helps me forget? Pretty much all of the rest of the BnB – emasculated Forrester males genuflecting before their bitter ex-wives, the Forrester family penchant for pimping their young (my 20 something kid can’t come home with spare change in his pocket without explaining where it came from – Steffy brings home a multimillioin dollar company that no one else could win back and everyone celebrates?). Jowen helps me forget the inconsistency in writing – Stephanie Forrester is now a ‘heroine’ for ‘saving’ the company she gleefully helped Bill Spencer destroy? JOWEN helps me forget the new lie that the Logans have ‘ruined’ FC when even Steffy bragged about how the company made money hand over fist thanks to the ‘Royalty’ collection beating out the JM’s ‘Indulge’ line. JOWEN even helps me forget that the writers have been trying to find a place to force Sarah Brown’s “Sandy/Aggie” (Saggie) to fit and are undoing months/years of great work in the process. In the end, even if Nick doesn’t end up with Sags – everything will have been undone for no reason at all.
From General Hopsital:
What makes Mac and Alexis work? Despite Alexis’ lapse of sanity leading her to sleep with Sonny Corinthos, both Mac and Alexis have both maintained their integrity in the long term. There’s something so likable about both characters that the combined effect of their presence pushes my happy meter off the charts! The writers have picked up on whatever the genuine quality is that John J. York and Nancy Lee Grahn lend to their lovelorn, law and order loving characters. Scenes with Mac and Alexis tend to be a mixture of being sweet and funny. While the couple doesn’t get nearly the screen time they deserve, they make you grateful for the screen time they’ve been given. If the writers ever figure out that we need less of the doom and gloom, and more of the ‘heeeeyyyyyy’, this show could be on to something HUGE. I’m most looking forward to the possiblity of Mac and Alexis bringing their families together -and opening the Scorpio home once again. Kristina and Molly would have a father/stepfather they could respect. Kristina, especially, shows promise of joining Robin in being the future of soap heroines on a show that desperately needs them. To have the Scorpio-Drake-Davis clans coming together could just give us the ‘balance’ this show has been lacking.
What does the Mac and Alexis pairing make me forget? Other than Scrubs, Maxelli, and the powerhouse acting of JJ’s Lucky and RH’s Liz… pretty much everything else… the soapgods have been good to me.
From the Days of Our Lives:
What makes Rafe and Sami work? What DOESN’T work about this couple? I’ve been cautiously optimistic about Rafe and Sami. I’m an old Lumi fan. No one knows like a Lumi fan how Sami is capable of throwing real love away for the horror of a relationship with a man like EJ. Rafe is one of the few men in Sami’s life (Lucas included) who actually loves her and wants nothing in return. The writers have sold me on the idea that Rafe is the man who would love Sami even if she didn’t love him in return, and would never stop fighting for what’s in her best interest. With a man like EJ, loving her if she didn’t love him in return would mean forcing himself on her. With a man like Rafe? It means loving her from afar, protecting her at all costs, and laying his life on the line because the thought of a world without her in it is something he just couldn’t bear. I’m SOLD! Count me in as a ‘SAFE’ fan!
AS IF that’s all DAYS had to offer:
What makes the Phillip/Melanie/Nathan triangle work? Each potential pairing impacts me as a viewer in different ways. Why does Phillip even deserve a second chance? If you made it to 7:40 into the video, you’d hear Phillip say, as part of his vows, that if she’d said that he was going to marry her about a year ago, he would have told her she was crazy… BINGO! That’s the Phillip I’ve hated while Mel loved him. That’s the man who always thought he was too good for her and that she was nothing more than a consolation prize whenever he lost ‘the good girl’ (Stephanie). Mel, in return, admits to loving him from the beginning. Despite the lopsided relationship they share, this is a couple with HEAT! They are moths to a flame, and it’s hard not to watch when they’re together. Mel and Nathan on the other hand? What a delicious redux of Mel and Nicky. This time, the smart and ‘geeky’ guy should win. Melanie and Nathan remind me a great deal of Sami and Rafe. Nathan is a man who knows Melanie at her core, and loves who she is – warts and all. This triangle works because it seems possible for Melanie to be happy with either. In the end, I have to give the edge to Nathan. I tend to root for the good guy, and heaven knows that in soapdom, the good guy is always the underdog.
What do Sami and Rafe as well as this triangle help me forget? Bo and Carly. Carly’s incessant whining. Hope being destroyed to try to force Bo and Carly. Carly and Daniel (See where this is going?) That’s about it, though… everything else about DAYS simply ROCKS!
One Life to Live
While I’m generally not a fan of rap, something about Snoop is AMAZING and I love to see most of the cast together enjoying themselves and allowing us to enjoy them, the show, and this performance.
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.
You’re probably thinking of DAYS’ Marlena Evans. In her defense we should remember that when Marlena was a venom-spewing cold-hearted, mean- spirited psych0, she was possessed by the devil. The ‘Worst Psychiatrist’ award goes to someone who is supposed to be ‘healthy’, and has yet to show a reasonable example of good mental health. For my money, The BnB’s Taylor Hayes tops the list of daytime’s professional mental health malcontents. While daytime demeans the work of almost all individuals in all professions, you’d think that daytime writers would be more careful about the portrayals of those in the helping professions.
Instead, police officers are ‘stupid’ and never catch real criminals – unless the guilty are recurring characters or day players. Nurses are typically women who are looking to move up the social ladder by latching on to a hot eligible physician, or his married successful ‘businessman’ brother/father – all of whom are usually womanizers (how very 1960s). Mental Health professionals typically need more help than they’re capable of dispensing.
Which brings us back to Taylor Hayes.
It makes sense to me that the writers have penned the new Forrester Creations campaign ‘Hope for the Future’. Near death experiences, actual death, Alzheimer’s, sexual assault, physical attack, lost love, miscarriages, public humiliation, you name it and the Logans have experienced it. Those experiences have made them stronger,and they push forward after their greatest calamities, continuing to love life and rebuild from what’s left – seeking happiness along the way. It’s why they resonate with fans in a way the writers haven’t been able to understand as they’ve tried to push them to the margins as the show’s bad girls, but not being able to take the audience along for the ride. We see them for who they are and the term ‘bad girls’ doesn’t describe them adequately. It doesn’t describe them at all.
The Logan women are a lot like many of the viewers who’ve been knocked for a loop on occasion and have had to fight their way back up. Many soap fans have had to bootstrap after losing someone they love, a home they cared for, children who weren’t theirs by blood- but by deed. In real life, you do it without complaining about how horrible life is, or moaning that you’re a victim. So, we have very little patience for people who do pretty stupid things and then whine that they were the victims of others. We don’t like those who can’t take responsibility for their bullspittle, especially when they keep piling it higher and deeper – or when they fling it at others .
While the writers reveled in the ‘mean girls’ storyline this past year with Stephanie and Taylor plotting to destroy Brooke and Ridge’s happiness, viewers most likely remembered the ‘mean girls’ in their own lives who spent more time tearing others down rather than building themselves up. These mean girls aren’t ‘pretty’ women frustrated by boredome. They’re not ‘smart’. They’re not even likable. They’re just mean. Every time Stephanie ‘mean girl’ Douglas, Taylor ‘mean girl’ Hayes, and now Steffy ‘mean girl’ Forrester-Marone starts attacking the Logans as ‘whores and sluts’ with no redeeming value, they remind us of who they are at their core.
The writers can try to tell us that they are women of good character, but the picture they paint through the characters’ actions tell a different story. I find myself doing one of two things when they’re on, lately – turning the channel or muting the sound. What can they say that tthey haven’t already said a million times before? The writers aren’t even creative at coming up with new ways for this legion of doom and gloom to refer to the Logans as ‘cheap’.
Taylor is the worst of the ‘mean girls’ legion for the obvious reason. She’s supposed to know better! As a psychiatrist, she’s supposed to be the one who helps her children realize that their irrational fears are no threat to them. Her job as a mother, if nothing else, is to help them become better and happier people. For Taylor to encourage Steffy’s asinine sniveling over the ‘Forresters vs. the Logans’ is a true travesty. At one time, she considered herself ‘another mother’ to Brooke’s children, and taunted Brooke with that view. After having taken a huge Oedipal leap into Rick’s arms, and into his bed, taylor has decided that Brooke’s children are ‘the enemy’ and that Brooke’s children are replacing her children at Forrester Creations and in Ridge’s heart. She’s decided that it’s ok for her to encourage discord in the Logan-Forrester household by supporting Steffy’s delusions of entitlement and calls to hatred. She’s doing exactly what Brooke’s accused her of doing, helping to spread poison to the next generation. Stephanie Douglas couldn’t do it with her own children – who had no quarrel with the Logans, so she created a ‘proxy’ in taylor who helped pick up the call to arms.
If your son is a car bomber, your daughter slept with her ‘uncle’ and is now foolish enough to think that her ‘sweet sweet lovin’ will make a billionaire give back the family company he stole – if she could only get him away from his wife – you might not want to encourage volatile levels of uncontrollable rage in your children. You might remind them that while they’re screaming about being ‘outnumbered’, there are actually more Forresters than Logans and even then it doesn’t matter. You might want to remind them that the children they’re railing against are as much part of the ‘Forrester clan’ as they are – given the fact that their biological father is not a biological Forrester – but a biological Marone. Ridge is a Forrester out of love, as are Brooke’s children. You might want to remind your children that if they pull together as a family – they’re stronger, and more likely to kick Bill Spencer’s butt out of the company. Rather than helping her children step outside of their self-pity and other- loathing, Taylor would rather encourage them to despise their own siblings.
This storyline has shown us why taylor will never be anything more than window dressing. She’s a club the writers pull out of the closet to hit the Logans over the head with, and then put away. The writers don’t care to give her depth, and that’s the real tragedy of the Bold and the Beautiful wasting the fan’s time with a gravely unbalanced show. Given the fact that the BnB is the second highest rated show in daytime and the most watched soap in the world, I would expect more from the writing. For whatever reason the BnB’s dialogue writers have remained the weakest in the field for my money. I don’t know if their hands are routinely tied by the head writer or if they’ve figured out that the BnB has survived almost purely on the shock value of its plots, and that the dialogue may not matter.
Whatever the issue, watching the BnB is like eating empty calories. Sure, it’s a thrill at the moment, but when it’s over, you’re still hungry and a little less healthy for the trouble. I’ve always maintained that the BnB should be the most watched soap in the U.S., as well. It has all the elements: great production values, iconic actors and characters, fabulous costuming whenever wardrobe is prevented from going too wild, and a neverending supply of lust filled story arcs. Lust filled? WAIT! Forget the ‘empty calories’ analogy. Watching The Bold and The Beautiful is more like watching soft core porn.
I don’t watch porn, but I understand what it is. Lots of sex, weak plots, incomplete dialogue that does little more than lead the characters to the path of lots of sex? Why is that NOT like the BnB?
Rather than make the Logans passive (which the writers treat the same as passive), and willing to take all the crap the mean girls throw at them, why not allow them, and those who love them, to respond with a truth meant to break the mean girl delusions?
Steffy: The Logans are taking over this place! There’s no room for REAL Forresters.
Rick: You mean Forresters like Bridget, Felicia, Thorne, Kristen, their children and Me? Since our father is Eric Forrester and YOUR father is a Marone? What else do you have to say about REAL Forresters, Steffy?
Stephanie: You stole my husband you BITCH!
Brooke: Sure, because you were happily married before I came along… unless you’ve forgotten that Eric was engaged to my mother after he left you, he dated a slew of Forrester models, and didn’t tell me he loved me until AFTER he was done with you for good – you hateful spiteful miserable self-deluding liar.
I didn’t steal your husband, you pushed him away with your hatred and he did the rest by refusing to allow you to draw him back in. You blame me for losing him, but you haven’t explained why he turned to every other woman in L.A. BUT you when we were no longer together. It’s time you stopped blaming me and started looking at why Eric has chosen everyone but you!
and then she walks away!
Taylor: RIDGE! our children feel unloved. They feel replaced and you’re not doing anything to make them feel better.
Ridge: No taylor, YOU’RE not doing anything to make them feel better. My relationship with our children hasn’t changed. Why would you encourage them to believe that they have to fight to be loved? What’s in it for YOU? When will you put our children first?
Steffy to Thomas: If only I could get Bill away from Katie. I could get him to give the company back.
Hope (who overhears them): That trust fund you freely spend? My mother and father’s hard work put that money in your account. My mother made this company the success it was when she ran it, one of the most successful fashion houses in the history of the business. She’s forgotten more about this business than you’ll ever know, Steffy.
The next time you even think of calling my mother a whore, think about the fact that the only contribution you have to offer the company requires you to get on your back to do it.
Wouldn’ t it be grand to have the mean girl characters get back the hell they give back to others? We instead get BnB porn:
Steffy to Brooke: You’re a whore.
Ridge to Brooke: She made you feel bad? (Disrobes her) let me make you feel better.
Taylor to Rick: I’ve lost my child. I had to give him away.
Rick to Taylor (as he disrobes her): Let me make it better.
See? No logical response. No exchanged heated enough to burn the remote out of your hands making it impossible to change the channel. Bad psychiatry and almost-porn. If you like either, you’d LOVE the BnB.