It’s like someone woke a sleeping giant! OLTL is showing big love to its fans once more! Prior to this lasted set of arcs, this show was on a huge downward shame spiral for some time now. The storylines stopped making sense, the characters became unlikable – or worse, BORING, and watching OLTL began to feel more like an obligation. Hey, I could have trashed the show without watching it, but how fair would that have been?
Trash it? Oh no, I’m here to PRAISE it! This show has found its mojo and it’s paying off in SPADES. My biggest gripe with daytime is that so few writers seem to do the unexpected any more. Most writers’ moves are telegraphed and therefore yawn producing. OLTL writers seem to be determined to offer viewers the unexpected. Fans have wondered if David’s conversion was real. Had he become a better man, or was this yet another Vicker’s scam? I’ll admit that I was waiting for the scam – when isn’t David pulling a con? We got our answer.
THIS time David is for real. He not only doesn’t want to harm the Buchanans, but the revelation that BO, not Asa is his father has led him to change his mind and being entitled to the Buchanan money. The old David would have fought tooth and nail for that money and not given Bo a second thought. David isn’t willing to hurt his family just to become a wealthy man. He wants to create his own life. He wants to feel good about who he is and not owe anyone anything. Of course, it sucks that we learned it as he was on his way out the door (Tuc Watkins why do you keep breaking my heart with each goodbye!?!?!) but we can’t blame the writers for that.
I’d expected Rex to somehow turn out to be Bo’s son (not Mitch Laurence’s- if the mystery man really is Mitch Laurence).
I never expected Bo to be so callous in learning about David’s paternity (WTH was that? Having lost one son, you’d think that Bo would have been reluctant to get to know David, but to want to know him anyway.)
I expected David to turn out not to be Asa’s, but instead to be Ned Truman’s son after all.
At the very least, I expected David to stick it to Dorian, who’d waged war against him during his marriage to Addie, by having her give up her fortune and then claiming his and not marrying her.
I’ve been happy to be proven wrong at every turn. The show is far more interesting this way.