Bold and Beautiful
From the current SOW:
Weekly: So is this Brooke and Ridge’s big reunion, forever and ever?
Bell: It appears as if this is the great reunion. There are always people who may want to get in their way. Stephanie is certainly one. Nick Marone may factor into it. But we’re getting incredibly close. We’re at a point where we just can’t imagine they’ve reached this level. They’ve been through so much. How can this not be forever?
Weekly: In your mind, are they each other’s soul mates?
Bell: So much of this series is about Brooke and Ridge, from early on until now. It’s amazing that we still have Ron and Kelly, that they look so beautiful, that their chemistry has not waned at all. This is an incredible climax to this whole saga.
Well now… from EARLY ON it’s been about Brooke and Ridge? From EARLY ON!?!?!? Ah… BINGO! Anyone who’s watched this show from the day it aired has known that. It was ‘the look’ that launched Bridge, and ‘the look’ between these characters that has kept so many fans hooked on this show.
The war on love between Brooke and Ridge has left behind a string of casualties, on and off the screen. On screen we have Eric, Thorne, Grant, Taylor, Ashley, James, and a host of others who came close, but never really close enough to keeping Brooke and Ridge apart. Off screen? The fans – those who are still watching, those who gave up on the writers long ago, who are victims of the BRidge tease. I still have my frustrations with the couple, namely Brooke – she drives me nuts and annoys the unholy hell out of me most of the time, and yet there’s a part of me that can’t get past what Brooke and Ridge are when they’re TOGETHER.
They have been the couple to ‘keep apart’ for over 21 years soap time. Taylor has manipulated and elbowed her way between them, Stephanie practically sits outside their bedroom door waiting for the chance to run in and steal Ridge away, Nick just sits by – waiting for a moment of vulnerability in order to slime his way in, Eric is always desperate and hopeful and inappropriate in his feelings for Brooke… the list goes on. In the end, they’ve only ever stood on the outside looking in and the writers have made it clear, far too many times, that the story was about BRidge love and the lengths all others would go to in order to keep them apart.
The big question is, are there enough fans still watching to trust that BRidge really can and will be happy this time? It’s hard to trust the BnB writers. Case in point? The 20th anniversary show. I’d recount what happened for those of you who missed it, but I don’t want to be responsible for making adults cry (a nod ando condolences to those of you who did watch it).
ALL My Children
There’s a great deal of maturity in the AMC writing for Reese and Bianca. I can remember Erica’s one time utter revulsion at the thought that her little Binks was a lesbian. She was so sickened at the thought that another woman would touch her daughter that it pushed her to the brink of madness. Now? Reese, the love of Bianca’s life, is going to get the ‘Kane treatment’. Oh yes, Reese, someone should have warned you about Erica’s rocky relationships with her childrens’ spouses.
The minute I heard Erica say that Bianca needed help and that she felt Reese was taking advantage of Bianca’s good nature, I knew there was trouble brewing. At some point, there will be scenes of Zach and Reese sharing a beer, wondering what awful thing they did in their past lives that brought them to the point of finding love and ending up with Erica as a mother-in-law. Maybe they’ll flip a coin to figure out which of them will get to be the hero(ine), taping Erica’s mouth shut and shoving her in a dark, locked room.
Oh! I do feel a little guilty for saying that. Erica scored huge mommy points for bringing not one but TWO nannies to help take care of the kiddos. Freakin’ awesome. What mother DOESN’T dream about an on-call staff of nannies?
About the show’s other soul mates, I’m still hanging on for the Jesse/Angie arc. I wish the writers would hurry up and end the Greenlee/Aidan/Annie/Ryan storyline to make more time for Jessie and Angie. My only remorse about the end of the quad storyline is that there weren’t MORE shirtless Aidan scene. Oh what a happy girl I would have been had that happened.
As The World Turns
Jack and Janet as soul mates? Eh! If by ‘soul mates’ that means that they’re both so vapid and empty that it takes the TWO of them to create something resembling one complete ‘soul’? Oh, sure.
How about Dusty and nu-sorta-Jen-but-let’s-call-her-Josie-for-now? Nah, not yet! Give them time and they will be, I’m sure.
Luke and Noah? BINGO! I think that the student election storyline is probably one of the most insipid, yawn inducing storyline the writers could have imagined for these two. The aftermath? BRILLIANT. Noah turns Luke in? They fight over Noah’s cut-and-run behavior? They make up and Luke realizes that he needs Noah and tells him so? Begs him not to leave? Is their relationships stagnant? SURE. It is, I don’t think anyone would deny that Luke and Noah are the show’s longest running “relationship virgins” – kissing cousins Parker and Liberty had sex faster than these two.
So what’s so brilliant about Nuke (Noah and Luke)? Their scenes are so sweet and tender that they can sometimes make you forget that the couple hasn’t been intimate. The actors deserve recognition for creating an intimacy that doesn’t require sexual contact between characters to be real. The strength of the Nuke relationship, and the audience’s overwhelmingly positive reaction to the couple, rests squarely on the shoulders of the remarkable Van Hansis (Luke) and Jake Sillbermann (Noah). It sure as hell ain’t the writing that keeps fans tuning in. Van and Jake are able to transform writing best left to an elementary school play and turn it into broadway worthy material. The writers owe these kids, BIG! Now… give them more screen time, thank you very much.
The Young and the Restless
Victor and Ashley? Folks, I’m a Vic-Ashley fan from Waaaaay back. I hated Nikki for teaching Victoria to call Ashley the ‘wicked witch of the west’. I despised her even more when she deceived Ashley, making Ash believe that she was dying, leading Ash to abort Victor’s child. Ashley thought she was giving Nikki the will to live, or at least the opportunity to die in peace, with her family. Am I happy to see Victor and Ash back together? YES! All is right in my YnR world.
Do I think it will last? No. Even I know that Victor and Nikki are the show’s star-crossed lovers no matter who else they love or how many children Victor keeps having with other women. I know it will end, but I will enjoy Victor and Ashley for as long as they are around.
I don’t want to see Ash or Victor stick it to Nikki – it would mean their relationship isn’t real, it’s more about making HER miserable than the two of them being together, and that would be far too sad for me. Oh sure, Ashley deserves to have a little fun… but not too much. I also don’t want to see Victor treat Ash the way he’s treated Nikki – he can be a cruel S.O.B. I just want a little romance from SOMEONE on this show – a romance worth watching, that is.
I wonder how the mini-mustaches are going to take it when Victor returns with Ashley? Nick won’t have the room to be too critical of Victor. Adam would have no room to talk, at all. Victoria? After her speech of always feeling loved by her mother, but no so much by her father, I have a feeling that Ashley had better hang on to Victor with both hands. If she’s written true to form, I have no doubt that Victoria will try to pry Ashley and her father apart. Let the games begin!