I'm curious, for the transition from the Golden to the Silver era in 1994, do you have an specific time within that year in mind?
I do - June 1994 - two events happened... perhaps in the same week(?)... that cemented the transition for me.
1) The departure of April and Heather. April's return to me was a classic Bill Bell tale, with high emotional stakes for legacy character Paul. I know April wasn't necessarily a popular character... some people thought she just "cried all the time". Some of her behavior was cringe-worthy... but it was very realistic to the situation