Live Blogging the BnB/OLTL – July 25, 2008

OLTL blog:  Thank YOU David Vickers!  Every David scene is worth TWICE the time spent viewing it.  Odd, Nora (you know, who loves the law and all) doesn’t have a problem with bribery?  Clint!  Pa would be proud!

Blair/John…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  One morose character is enough.  Take your pick, writers.

Update 1:  Todd wants forgiveness.. got it… this isn’t the way to get it.  I miss the mischievious Todd.  Antisocial Todd is a bit too scary.

Tell the truth, Todd, PLEASE, tell the truth (what an unexpected surprise from the writers if that happens).

Uh, Addie and Charlie?  I like it.  That could be interesting.  Will Charlie violate the rules of AA?  Wow, what an uncomfortable situation he’s been placed in.  I actually feel sorry for the character.  Charlie finally does the right thing and it will still land him in hot water.

Brody?  Why do I love him so much!  He could go either way… Todd Manning or Rex Balsom.  “Gigi Marasco’… what a pleasant surprise.  She’s really coming into her own as a character!

Update 2. Why do I love Dorian, even when she’s behaving badly?  Dorian and Brody?  Nah!  That would be too much!

Dorian keeping her promise to Mel (beloved Mel)?  NO!  I can’t believe it (rather, I’ll believe it when I see it!)  There could be hope for her afterall… SHE DID IT!  Sorta…. she didn’t tell the whole truth.  There’s “some” hope for her afterall.  Good, I don’t think I could take a completely redeemed Dorian.

Update 3.  Love the Viki/Dorian clips.  Thanks for that, PTB.

Update 4.  Such great comedic writing for Dorian, such great timing.  Love the throw away line about her being ‘fine’ as Charlie rushed to Viki’s side, not asking Dorian how she felt.

Another reason Starr and Cole are ‘squicky’.  Their parents/parental figures on both sides are a little too close for comfort.   Has there ever been a time that Blair didn’t heal her broken heart by being with another man?  When has that ever worked out for her?

 BnB Blog

My 13 year old niece watched ‘In Plain Sight’ with me.  She watched the younger sister flirt with Mary’s boyfriend.  Her reaction?  “She’s nasty”.   No, she’s not a soap fan.  Watching Beth Logan smile at Nick and Katie made me think of that.  If that was my family, my mother wouldn’t be smiling.  Gotta’ love soap characters’ reactions.

Update 1.  Why does Ridge allow Nick near Hope?  Why would Katie WANT Nick to be in love with her?  Aye ye ye.

Update 2.  Bridget is the most NORMAL child Eric has.  It’s interesting that she feels inferior to the rest.  Great parenting, Eric.

I could really enjoy the tenderness between Bridget and Nick if it weren’t for the Katie scenes earlier.

Update 3. YIKES!  Donna almost won me over for a second with the question about whether Eric’s children love him.  The Owen reveal?  Big WHOOP! Brandon Beemer?  HAWT!  What a great choice for the role of Owen.  Why hasn’t he fallen for Bridget, yet?

Is this supposed to be a replay of when Brooke took over the company?  It PALES in comparison!  Brooke earned the company with hard work and sheer brilliance.  Donna slimed her way into Eric’s bed.   Not hard to do there, chica, Eric is a sleaze bag.

BTW, what does Owen do for a living again?  What makes him qualified to help run FC?

Update 4.  So everyone pays for Felicia’s actions?  How does that make sense?  After Donna’s treatment of Thorne – taking a suicidal man and making him thing that he had sex with her while passed out, trying to turn him against his own mother?  I’m just not sympathetic to the woman in this case.

She failed as a model because she didn’t understand the fashion world, HOW can she make it as a CEO?  Yeah, her comatose ‘honeybear’ is gonna love it that she’s proven his children right with her actions.  Nothing says ‘love’ like letting your husband wake up to the fact that his children have been disinherited (thanks to his stupidity) and have be ousted from the family business.

Update 5.  No fun, today, how about a blast from the past? Remember when Stephanie knew the truth?  Remember when she warned Taylor that Ridge would never give her his whole heart?  She was right, THEN:

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Jumping the Shark

That’s my favorite scene from the movie Soapdish – what started out as a spoof of daytime turned out to not be a spoof, after all!  A soap writer asked to write the impossible, a ‘back from the dead’ character who couldn’t logically come back from the dead since the audience witnessed the horrifc act and everything that followed (a la Taylor Forrester, Bold and Beautiful) ? Taylor laid in her casket for THREE DAYS before being buried.  Her return was explained by the return of an obsessed Moroccan Prince who somehow made it to her deathbed within hours of her shooting and who then noticed that she was only in a coma, while an entire hospital staff and the husband who held her while she died missed it.  The Prince then replaced her body with a wax dummy that was buried in her coffin – and no one noticed.  

Many storylines that were once thought of as ‘spoofs’ have become mainstays in daytime storytelling.  There’s so much about daytime I still love, and a hell of a lot that gives me pause for concern.  I promise, I’ll soon write about what I love.  Today is just not that day. 

I’ve been such a HUGE fan of One Life to Live, lately, that it pains me to call it out as the one show doing the most it can to jump the shark after such a beautiful rebound.  I loved the first part of the 40th anniversary episode, in part because of the return of so many beloved characters (why WHY did Mel Hayes have to die?).  Another reason I enjoyed the 40th was the inventive use of the current cast in retelling the show’s history.  I also liked the fact that the show seems to be opening up the issue of Bo and Rex’s relationship.  If Bo isn’t Rex’s father, he should be.  Natalie and Rex, cousins instead of siblings?  Something about that seems to restore the balance that was lost when ‘Nattie’ became a Buchanan.

The second part of the 40th anniversary?  Not so much.  I can’t say that I enjoyed it.  Much of it seemed to be used to pimp current storylines rather than celebrate the show’s 40 glorious years.  Ben sending ‘Blondie’ back to Charlie, because he needed her?  Megan and ‘Aunt Megan’ making sure Viki realized that her place was with Charlie?  Jared and Natalie as Clint and Maria?   It’s sure sign, to me, that the writers realize that they have to work hard to sell this paring (maybe with both pairings).  Not for nothing, but would it have killed TPTB to hire, I dunno, a LATINA to play a LATINA?  It’s 2008, people.   How could TPTB believe that a black wig, a bit of bronzer, and a forced accent would be enough?  I was embarrassed for Melissa Archer (Natalie), to be placed in that position.  The ‘Maria’ casting, in my opinion, was careless and indicative of the movement away from clean, crisp storytelling and production that has this show has been leaving behind in its trend toward ‘jumping the shark’.  Other problems include:

1.  Marcie’s desperation.   I’ve always believed that Marcie’s relationship with Starr is predatory, and this past week’s shows have only reaffirmed my belief.  Not many of us can fully appreciate Marcie’s circumstances – who could criticize her for wanting to be a mother?   My only earlier concerns were her desire to raise Todd’s grandchild, and her inability to stand back and have Starr ask her if this was the best option for her baby.  If Starr truly loves the child, why turn it over to a woman for whom her father has such hatred?  Does she honestly believe Todd will EVER give up on trying to destroy Marcie’s connection to that baby?  It’s just all heartache waiting to happen.

This week, my concerns about Marcie’s actions grew.  It’s disturbing to have Marcie ask if her marriage to Michael ‘is all there is’ in life.  It’s disturbing to have no one counter her statements that she’s not choosing motherhood over her marriage.  It’s DEEPLY disturbing to hear her comment that people leave you but that your child will always be there for you.  I don’t think Marcie SHOULD be a mother, and not because she can’t have children, but because she’s not yet adult enough to realize that children aren’t supposed to make YOU happy as a parent, or give your life meaning. It should be the other way around.  (So glad to see the writers on Guiding Light get this one right in their story of a couple that was desperate to become parents for pretty much the same reasons).  if the writers’ intent is to have Marcie come slowly unglued and unlikable, good job! 

If that’s not the intent, this plot has been pushed to its limits.  Marcie hasn’t shown, at least to this viewer, any compelling reasons to root for her and it’s dragging this show down to keep focusing on her obsession.

2.  Root for Marcie because she’s not Todd? I can’t.   I’m still holding out hope that the writers will redeem Todd though that’s becoming more and more unlikely.  I’m disturbed by Todd’s interactions with Marty, even more disturbed by him than by Marcie.  The writers have taken a once great character and reduced him to a serial violator.  I’ve already commented on why it’s never made sense for Todd, who was a battered child, to become violently aggressive with Starr and her friends.  There was never any history of aggression toward children from Todd.  As much as he hated Margaret Cochran, he couldn’t bring himself to kill her and their unborn child.  Not only is he now attacking teens, he’s unremorseful for his actions.  I believe his views are understandable. His actions?  Not at all.

Capping that off by having Todd take advantage of Marty’s amnesia?  The writers couldn’t have painted him as more of a cartoon villain if they tried!  The Fourth of July scenes crossed the line – if kidnapping her hadn’t already pushed the envelope.  There’s no way Todd should have been in a darkened room with the woman he raped, no matter how innocent the act of watching fireworks.  Todd had begun to understand what he did to Marty when Margaret kept him captive, and forced herself on him by threatening to kill his family.  How could he not realize how deeply painful the memory of that darkened room and his ‘gentle massages’ will be when she fully recovers?

Ruining Todd to advance the adoption storyline, and to force a pairing between John and Blair (and who didn’t see that one coming) won’t work.  I’m sure this is all part of Cole’s ‘comeuppance’ for daring to trust Todd.  Thanks, but no.

3 – Romeo and Juliet (with child).   The Baby Borrowers  this storyline ain’t.  There’s no redeeming social value in the Starr-Cole pregnancy storyline.  Daytime has shifted from creating summer love storylines it used to try to draw teens in, to creating more explicit teen sex storylines that are turning adult viewers off.  I cringed when One Life decided to show a ‘seduction’ scene between Cole and Starr when they were ‘on the run’.  I don’t think I’ve stopped cringing. 

Rather than dealing with the difficulty of pregnancy, Starr and Cole are still being treated like a modern day Romeo and Juliet.  There’s just the little matter of her pregnancy coming between them. So little focus on the child, so much focus on how to get the ‘lovebirds’ back together.  The pregnancy is trivialized and I think I understand why.  For most teens pregnancy limits their options – going to college, finding  employment that allows them to be self-sufficient, finding adequate housing, purchasing medical care/health insurance.  Clearly, none of the above are serious issues for Starr or Cole – which is probably why this storyline hasn’t been useful as a vehicle for this couple, but surely there is some sort of emotional consequence?  Most of the ancillary storylines building up around the pregnancy could have been played out without Starr or her child.  In fact, it probably would have been better if they had.

The cruel irony?  Teens aren’t watching!  Daytime has been unsuccessful in replacing the adult viewers who’ve tuned out with the teens so many soaps have heavily courted.  Thanks for nothing!

There’s so much to love about OLTL:  David Vickers, David and Addie, the burgeoning Rex/Gigi/Brody triangle, the corporate battle, and Tess – long may she reign, to name a few.  When comparing the above three storylines to the rest of the show and what it has to offer, I’m looking forward to the end of all three.  Besides, David Vickers could use a little more airtime!