This is my take. Everyone, especially the soap press, was so happy that Ron managed to keep GH from being cancelled and was bringing back forgotten favorites that they forgave or overlooked some of the problems with his writing. They praised lackluster material, for good reasons, but Ron began to believe his own press. This, in turn, created a monster. Now, I'm not naive enough to think that all of this is Ron's handiwork, soaps are done by committee, but it is the head writer's job to create the overall vision for the show.
My problem with Ron has always been that he has no vision for the show. Most of his GH is just a badly done rehash of the 80s with some Dynasty thrown in. While this may have worked for the 50th anniversary, now it's old and tired and very stale. I don't know what Ron's GH is other than something akin to that old Carol Burnett spoof of soaps As the Stomach Turns. I also find it odd that he focused on the over the top decade, when 90s GH, arguably, produced some of the best soap opera of the entire series run.
I would hate to think that he's burned out after 3 years, but maybe he just needs to figure out his own direction for the show, and stop retelling other writer's stories, badly.
Karen got more sound advice today from Althea. I hope she doesn't ignore it like she did Maggie's good advice. I love the fact that Matt and Maggie's wedding gift is still driving story for the Aldriches. One electric blanket and weeks of story.
Speaking of Maggie, how great was her outfit today. Love it! And those candles.
At this point, is Lydia Bruce a full contract player or is she still 'subbing' for Bethel Leslie?
Amen. Soaps gave up some of the things that only soaps can do well in order to complete with movies and primetime. If you have 250 episodes a year, use them to tell every beat of the story. Fast paced doesn't have to mean skipping the character building moments of the story. I think The Doctors runs at a very nice pace. We've seen about 200 episodes since Retro began airing the show. So everything that we've seen is about a year's worth of story and a lot has happened in that year.
I liked today's episodes, especially Carolee. I also like Ms. Bennett the PT lady. And Mike is very cute.
As a Karen fan, I really believed that she was going to take Maggie's advice and try to meet Steve half way. Steve is still trying to get through to her (in all the wrong ways), which leads me to believe that he really has feelings for her -- or has convinced himself that he does.
Thanks for posting that Mod Squad episode. I'm really interested in Rita Lakin now, she created some show called The Rookies, I'm going to get it from Amazon.
I really loved Maggie in today's episode. You really got to see her be, a woman, a wife, a friend, and an advisor. A fully realized person. This show should be required viewing for some of our current daytime executives on how to write a real woman who doesn't act like a reject from a Real Housewives franchise.
And, of course, I loved my Steve and Karen. Those two, what a mess.
I'm probably way off, but I do wonder if Matt and Maggie are going to somehow end up with Steve and Karen's baby. Even though I know the kid is raised by Steve and Carolee and grows up to be Ian Ziering. Hmmm....
I remember the message boards praising the Pollock and Marland eras as really good. I never recall anyone mentioning the Lakin/Edelstein era. If the Pollocks and Marland were better than this, I can't wait to see it.
Interesting that Lakin didn't do another soap, I bet she was in demand for daytime. Do you remember what the Starsky and Hutch rerun was about?
I got the impression that he is not only sexually frustrated but frustrated with the entire situation. He pointed out that Karen didn't take the electric blanket back. Then he pointed out that Karen sneaks into the bathroom to change so he won't see her. I think from Steven's point of view he's trying to make this a "real" marriage and Karen's is just not cooperating and the embarrassment of the Powers now knowing that it isn't a real marriage is just too much. I think all that he wants is for Karen to just meet him half way. He's tired of doing all of the heavy lifting.
Good episodes today. Mostly setup for what's coming. Poor Steve. I must have missed it, but is Mike pre-med or an intern or what? I believe Matt said, Technical Services, but I'm unclear of what that means.
One thing I want to praise is the long scenes. That model makes it feel like a lot happens in the span of the episode. Plus, you get those great character building moments, which is a great benefit for new characters. It's kind of a shame that we got away from that.