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.