This blog entry is alternately titled, “Killing Soaps Softly… from The Inside” or “Good bye Cruel Soap World”. If you’re not a soap fan – when you read the title you were probably thinking something like this:
The above is the Fugees remake of the Roberta Flack original.
If you’re a soap fan, you were probably thinking this:
Or possibly this:
Thank YOU to the soapoperanetwork.com posters who found and posted the vids. No thanks to the responsible network execs. The network exec/s who came up with that brilliant idea, and approved the above ad (or even that prior Emmy performance) should be GONE from daytime… not just fired, but permanently banned from the entertainment field. Daytime isn’t just dying because of the OJ trial, cable television,syndication, the Internet, etc… it’s being slowly killed from the inside. Add to the above cases the case of The Bold and The Beautiful. You’ve heard me refer to it as my favorite soap in the past. You’ll never hear that comment from me again, I’m sure. Add me as another “Day One” viewer who is finally fed up enough with this show to take if off the ‘occasional view’ list and dump it.
As I’ve stated before, many fans work full time (at home and outside the home) and often want to spend time with entertainment that is ‘relaxing’. We don’t mind entertainment that challenges us and keeps us working when its smart and edgy. LOST was a huge hit because it kept fans guessing and looking toward the future. Entertainment that causes you to work but gives you nothing in return is not worth watching. Fans figured out long ago that Brooke was worth more than a good sex scene and subsequent sex ‘scandals’. It seems clear that the writers haven’t figured that out. There is no future to look toward with this show. We know what the future is… it’s been the same storyline for Brooke for nearly a decade, with an occasional diversion thrown in. She’s twice betrayed her oldest daughter by having slept with not ONE, but TWO of Bridget’s husbands. She has a child with each form son-in-law, one of whom is being raised by Bridget.
The first child Brooke had with a son-in-law is in love with a young man fans once found adorable, Oliver Jones – as played by the adorable Zack Conroy (ex-James Spaulding, The Guiding Light). Anti-Brooke fans joked, when Hope was born, that it would only be a matter of time before Brooke slept with Hope’s lovers, too. That seemed like the most improbable of storylines given the fact that each time the writers had Brooke sleep with one of Bridget’s husbands, the ratings tanked. After the third dalliance (once with SIL Deacon Sharpe, twice with Nick Marone) the writers seemed to finally get it. Brooke + Daughter’s lovers = Disaster. They went through the trouble of having her declared a ‘new woman’, a woman who would never again betray her children. Now this.
Fans, the writers seem to believe, are supposed to forgive Brooke for sleeping with Oliver because despite the fact that his 20 year old body is no where nearly as developed as that of her 50 year old husbands’ body. She couldn’t tell the difference when she had sex with him up a wall, just outside of a room full of teens. He apparently didn’t feel shorter, thinner, or sound different during the tryst.
The room was dark. They were wearing masks. Brooke and Oliver were overcome with passion – Oliver, believing he was having sex with a virginal Hope – who must have at some point told him that she didn’t want her first time to be special, any place and any time would do. She must have also told him she as practicing her moves in the mirror because Oliver didn’t seem to notice that Hope didn’t move like an inexperienced woman. He too, was unable to tell that his partner was older, taller, and didn’t feel the same as the numerous times before when he kissed her. Even if the writers managed to undo this horror of a storyline, they can’t undo their tacit acknowledgement that there is no future for Brooke, and most characters on this show, that doesn’t involve sex with the wrong person, for whatever reason, at any place and time.
Peace to Ms. Katherine Kelly Lang, portrayer of long suffering heroine Brooke Logan, because she (Ronn Moss, Susan Flannery, John McCook, Ashley Jones, and much of the cast) have made this show worth watching during some of its darkest times, but there are limits. I’m not writing, or calling, or begging or pleading. I’m not enraged by the storyline itself, but what it represents. I am also not engaged by thei storyline, I’m just done with the BnB. This show is not my second job. I shouldn’t have to put any effort into enjoying what was once great entertainment.
While the writers, producers, directors, and network executives work hard to make daytime into the huge joke those outside the genre think it is, it’s time for this soap fan to move on. Two of the six soaps (BnB and DAYS) are unwatchable because of the outrageous storylines they tell. The other four are occaasionally passable. Syndication isn’t the problem for daytime, it’s the solution. Fans prefer to watch shows that provide some payoff — and we’re getting less and less of that in daytime.