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  1. I just finished watching the Cruise of Deception summer. WOW. One of the best adventure stories I have ever seen on daytime. I loved the balance of the cast with Julie and Victor drawn in, the Jack/Jennifer angst (really made me a fan) and the romance between Hope/Bo and Roman/Isabella. I also really enjoyed Ernesto Toscano-probably a Stefano clone more or less but I thought he was fun. Outside of her ending up with Stefano, did they delve into Hope's missing years? I could honestly see Ernesto's "magic trick" working and they somehow escaped the whole time. As for the rest of the show around this time-I wish they did more with Carrie and Sarah, Maggie seems so much younger than Mickey, Emilio/Melissa/recast Kimberly/Nick, etc. do not draw me in at all and its nice to see DAYS attempting an interracial romance with Marcus and Carly.
  2. Every time I try to watch this show I feel like I am watching some twilight zone version where Sonny and Carly were saints. Not even Guza wrote them so goody two shoes with a false narrative. I haven't enjoyed the show since the Ryan/Kevin arc and that was hard enough to enjoy when there is so much to skip.
  3. Was skimming through YouTube and came across a video from 1985 of a Pretros Cassadine that was identical to Mikkos? Was this an actual story or a plot device? I have never heard of a Mikkos and did not know the same actor returned in a different role.
  4. Finally caught up on the show and if it weren't for Laura and Kevin this show would be off the DVR. The Kevin/Ryan story has been one of the show's best in years for me aside from Felicia entering the story so late (though I loved Ava's inclusion) and Laura being so central to Port Charles the way she should have been for years now is nice to see. I do enjoy seeing Liz's family drama with the kids and if I pretend that Roger Howarth is not Franco I don't mind their relationship. They truly screwed up with that. Jason, Sam, Sonny and Carly continue to drag the show down and offer nothing. First Jason being inserted into the Ryan Chamberlain climax, Carly being pregnant (WTF?) and now Sam sleeping walking through the DOD story.
  5. Was Anita Santos still on the show in 2006? I'm rewatching the Mardi Gras Ball explosion and saw a nurse talking with Julia that seemed to be Anita but she was more like an extra. If it was Anita did they never try anything with her? And it is amazing how Reggie was treated like a background character at this point in the Montgomery family. Lily was given plenty of camera time and story with Jonathan throughout the ball while Reggie and Danielle were barely given anything to do aside from a quick camera pan.
  6. I finally finished the Natalie in a well storyline and I love how Natalie feels betrayed and is through with Trevor and never wants to see him again. Usually with soaps they instantly reunite and move on. Natalie and Dimitri seem to be simple friends (so far) but I must say Trevor really grates as he disrespects Dimitri trying to get Nat back at Wildwind. With Natalie and Trevor being such a big couple I was also expecting a bigger "reunion" moment instead of him walking into her room at Wildwind. I was expecting a location sequence at the mansion or something spectacular. While I certainly consider Ron Carlivati hit/miss some of the elements to the conclusion reminded me of Ron's early OLTL- Timmy's random letter, Mimi's investigation, Natalie attempting to leave town on time and the slow build up. I love how it slowly involved a good portion of the cast. You never get umbrella stories like that anymore.
  7. Was watching some past episodes from different eras of OLTL and it is amazing how much the show changed through the years with the exception of Viki and Buchanan's. August 1987- all in all the show was so good when it came to Clint/Viki/Tina/Cord/Maria but all the newbies just weren't working for me. Gabrielle was still a heroine and then the Sanders family was just blah. Wanda had a nice little story where she lost her diner to I guess the city and Judith Sanders helped stage a protest to help Wanda but a scene like that would have worked so much better with Larry, Viki and other written out characters like Carla, Ed, Jenny, etc. who would have known Wanda for years. I love the over the top Rauch era but I really wish he had maintained the diversity with different social classes and races. August 1992- my first time really getting into the Gottlieb years but the AIDS Quilt climax was some of the best episodes I have seen of OLTL. I finally see what people liked about Sloan & Viki and I wish Andrew had not become such an afterthought. Only thing I wasn't feeling in the 1992 episodes are Tina/Cain/Sarah but I was a big fan of Andrea Evans and Jensen Buchanan. And it is impressive how quickly they integrated the newer, more entertaining characters into Llanview. Rachel, Hank, Sheila, Marty, Jason just feel like they always belonged. November 2007- I did not realize at the time how much Carlivati did to improve the show between Viki being back at the forefront (I am loving Gigi, Moe, Noelle & Charlie) and the slight return to social conscious (Langston & the Cramer's facing the foster care system, Marcie on the run with drag queens & the New Orleans family) it is really a shame that outside of that I can only think of a few other times Carlivati kept this up (Rex having financial problems for medical bills around Christmas 2008, the beatbox gift for Shane was cheesy but I enjoyed it and the 2009 Kish story which I thought they over did with Dorian trying to marry a woman)
  8. Started randomly watching some December 1995 episodes. It is so nice to see the Michael Delaney stories. While cheesy at times it is a simple, realistic storyline that brings together the whole community versus some convoluted mess. I wish we had more of that towards the end. Was this teen scene Anita/Bobby/Laura/Scott/Kevin popular? I do enjoy Scott/Anita/Kevin. Laura is okay at times and Bobby I completely do not like. Wasn't Kelsey part of this teen scene or was she older? Skipped on to the Cutting Edge climax where Laurel ends up dead. Did the seemingly sensational ending give the show a ratings bump out of curiosity? Or was the event spoiled prior to airing?
  9. After years of never finding the time I have finally dug into the November 1979 episodes and this show was top notch. I did find some of the Marland episodes a drag but of the Dobson years available I have never seen a boring episode. It's a shame that they didn't keep the Dobsons at GL and post Marland at ATWT immediately. I am loving the drama of the the main story- Rita and Ed divorcing and Rita wanting an abortion. The build up of Roger being alive while Holly is in prison (already read spoilers to know where that's going) and Lucille plotting to poison Ben only to nearly kill Amanda. The episodes fly by and it is all based on the psychological motivations of the characters. I miss that and haven't seen it on a soap in my 12 years of viewing. The only drags to me are Dr. Greg Fairbanks and Peter Chapman. Both so dull. I also applaud them for keeping Sara and Bert among others an integral part of the fabric of the show. It's amazing how having the characters interact with multiple viewpoints and psychologically motivated storylines keep the show familiar and only a few years later they would lose half the cast. I have no interest in anything of GL from 1984-1991 maybe outside of the Sonni/Solita plot and Holly and Roger's return.
  10. Well that explains the lack of availability. Such a shame although none of this will ever be released by P&G anyway. Thanks!
  11. I have been looking for episodes from the fall of 1978/January 1979 with Sara/Dean but it seems that there are none available until late 1979. This seems to be her last major storyline and I would love to see some of it. Does anyone know of videos coded under anything more difficult to find?
  12. Killing Aly off destroyed the show for me. She wasn't a front burner character by any means but she could have fit in well alongside Nicole/Zende. Other things going on with the show at the time (summer 2015 maybe?) just soured it all for me. Tried again with Sheila's return but that was a waste of time. As was said in the main thread B&B is the one show that could play off the trashiness of reality TV with Steffy, Liam, Hope, Carter, etc in the workplace by day and clubs by night but doesn't.
  13. Glad to know I was wrong on the long term cast. It will be interesting to see how the tone of the show changes over the next several years. When did the show begin declining in the ratings and why?
  14. Just watched a 1963 episode available online. Can anyone give more insight to the Marian Rand/Alison Metcalf characters? I googled but could only find that Jo took Allison in after the death of Cornelia and that Marian sued Arthur for custody of her son? How long were Alison and Marian around?
  15. Thanks so much-sad that they will soon be gone. From what I have read the rest of the series is constant cast changes outside of Matt & Maggie.
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