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Beach Climber

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  1. While Gina and Cruz were great characters, I don’t think they would have gotten the focus the did had they not had those ties to the Capwells. Brandon fueled a lot of stories for Gina throughout her time on the show and I could see the show losing interest in Cruz over time since he was as close to a perfect guy as you can get on a soap and needed more ambiguous characters to bounce off of.
  2. Was that a writer’s strike story? When I saw it during my rewatch, I assumed it was just a summer, let’s give Julia something to do while Lane Davies is on vacation storyline. I actually liked it thought that might be unpopular. It was also the only time Michael was remotely interesting for me as well because I found him to be a huge bore afterwards and he lasted on the show way too long. My theory is that it had to do with Capwell storylines being so front and center. They would introduce a character, give them one or two storylines, but if they weren’t tied to the Capwells in some fashion, they would disappear once the stories started cycling around and the writers would forget about them. They had some decent non-Capwell characters throughout the show but that’s why I believed that they never lasted for long. The Lockridges were probably the biggest exception to this but I think their feud with the Capwells helped and Julia’s ties to them didn’t hurt.
  3. I was a Cruz/Eden fan but they were definitely used too heavily. I think my main issue was the times the show had them be pretty much the entire story. Having them be the lead couple would have been fine but the other characters spent most of their scenes talking about them.
  4. There were a few reveals with Samantha. Victoria figured it out when Julia was still pregnant because of how Mason was acting towards her, CC found out when she was born because the hospital accidentally called him when Julia was in labor instead of Mason, and everyone else who didn’t know found out not too long after she was born after they located a kidnapped Mason. With Chip, the truth came out when he was sick and they needed Cruz to be his donor. I found it a bit lackluster though since it was so long after he was born and Mason and Tori were long divorced and he hardly acted like a father towards Chip by that point.
  5. Mason/Julia weren’t the plan but their baby contract scenes were a much more obvious build to a pairing for me than Mason and Tori were. I never bought the Tori/Mary comparison they were initially pushing and never got why Mason would have fallen for her. Of course, what little build they had died as soon as they actually got married which made it more baffling that they were the planned pairing.
  6. You know they never gave Cruz a chance for a decent romance post Eden. Eden was really omnipresent while he was with both Suzanne and Kelly. I assume that had A not left, they would have hooked him up with Jodie Walker but I saw some potential problems there as well. First was this whole backstory and this giant connection with someone that we didn’t know. Second was that she was the female Cruz. Same occupation, big hero moments, everyone loves her, spouse with flaws.
  7. Soap characters hook up with their exes’ siblings all of the time but it didn’t help matters that the show kept pushing how similar ED’s Kelly was to Eden when they never were before. It just made it more creepy.
  8. I do recall a lot of relatives for both Cruz and Gina popping up throughout their time on the show but I don’t think I took to any of those characters. I saw the attempt to expand their circles outside of the Capwells but they weren’t very successful at it. In that respect, Julia fared better since she had ties to the Lockridges via Augusta so she almost always had 1 relative or pseudo relative on the canvas.
  9. Some might disagree but I think Eden would have fared better. Cruz was the perfect SO and hero at all times so it was harder to see him move on. Eden was the soapier character who had flaws and I think there was more they could have done with her outside of that pairing.
  10. Does it seem like Santa Barbara recasted more than the other soaps? They all recast but it did feel like SB did it more often given the short time the show was on. Maybe it was a side effect of focusing on such a small amount of the cast since they wouldn’t have survived with losing 3/4 Capwell kids but we also had recasts for the Lockridge kids, Gina, Santana, and CC.
  11. I enjoyed it and thought the actress did well but her whole storyline brought major angst to Cruz/Eden and some forced separations so I could see why that would be unpopular with the general audience.
  12. I never bought Terry Lester as Mason but I did really like him with Julia. It’s with Mason’s other ties that I found a bit lacking. I found Mason/Julia to be one of the few soap couples to have chemistry across multiple recasts, which isn’t easy to do. I used to think Terry’s Mason was only comedic. To be fair, there were a lot of wacky hijinks involved with the Sasha storyline and trying to win Julia back, but upon my rewatch, he did really well with some of the more serious stuff too.
  13. If Mary gets discussed more, I think it’s because a lot of fans think the character left too soon and had such a memorable death. Plus with Lane’s Mason, the spector of Mary was always around. Of the 2 pairings, I preferred Mason/Julia but Julia was a more fully realized character since she was on much longer and got a semi-happy ending so the what if’s with the character and pairing aren’t there as much as with Mary.
  14. I think they sort of hinted at this but never fully. I don’t recall if they ever talked about where Augusta was getting her money from when she returned in 88 but they did talk about money being the reason she got involved with Anthony Tonnell when she returned in the 90s and not getting much in the will being the reason for her various business ventures. They also had her living on and off with Julia throughout her various returns, which made for good scenes, but I doubt she would have stayed at Julia’s tiny beach house if she was still wealthy. Alongside that, I can’t remember if they ever discussed why being wealthy was so integral to Augusta. Both she and Julia hinted at a tumultuous upbringing and poor relationships with their parents but I never got the impression that money was that important to Julia despite marrying into a wealthy family.
  15. I think it was mainly because they didn’t know what else to do with her character after the initial SLs, which seemed to be a trend with a lot of characters. Lane’s comments about her departure also suggest that part of the reason she was let go was that they didn’t know what to write for her while he was on vacation. He used to take the summers off so they would have needed to come up with a storyline for Mary while he was gone. I don’t think they wrote his absences in very well.
  16. That sounds dumb but I don’t recall a lot of those homes having kitchen sets. I know the Capwell mansion did but I’m struggling to come up with others that we saw. Normally, we just had the living room and bedroom sets for most of the houses. One thing I always see is that the biggest misstep on the show was killing off Mary. Admittedly I don’t feel the same connection that others do to Mary because I started watching SB after she died so I only saw her scenes for the first time during this rewatch I’m doing. Had they kept her, what direction could they have gone with her character? She was so earnest and good which doesn’t always make for an interesting soap character and I could see Lane getting bored with the happy relationship and family story since he later did with Mason/Julia.
  17. I think from what we saw, any character who wasn’t a Capwell or involved in their stories had a short shelf life. There were so many supporting characters who were on for a couple years and just disappeared
  18. Whatever happened with Victoria? I missed some episodes between when everyone found out that Chip was Cruz’s son instead of Mason. How did things change with Chip’s custody to the point where Cruz and Eden became his primary caregivers?
  19. Oh the other thing I recall with Lane is that he wanted Mary to stay as his true love and to be more unsure of Julia. We saw that to an extent with the constant push/pull and aggressively pursuing her when they weren’t together but being more commitment phobic once she was all in. I even remember someone asking him about GT’s Mason in an interview and said he liked the performance but he wouldn’t have played Mason so hopelessly in love with Julia with GT did. To be fair, I think he’s subsequently softened his stance on that. I’m not sure how others feel about that pairing but I think they needed Mason to be obsessively in love Julia to remain viable. It was toxic enough for Julia to stay with him without adding in Mason’s ambivalence or feeling caged in by her.
  20. The only thing I recall him wanting for Mason was conspiring against CC and acting shady. I can understand not wanting your character to become boring but that side of him got old fast and I hated when they resurrected it when the Dobsons returned in the 90s.
  21. I haven’t watched GH in a really long time but I recall them ironically giving NLG a Mason/Julia-lite pairing right after Lane was let go from the show. Feuding lawyers constantly bickering and facing off against each other.
  22. I can’t believe they were planning on having Augusta fall for the man who raped Julia. I’m glad Louise Sorel refused to play that story but sorry if that was in fact the reason she was written off. Julia and Augusta had their prickly moments but no way would Augusta not believe Julia or do that. To make matters worse, Augusta was the only character who knew Julia and questioned whether it really happened. Everyone else believed Julia, even people like Gina who didn’t like her. It was just gross all around.
  23. Lol are you watching that for the first time? I’ve always had questions about that SL but don’t want to spoil it.
  24. Oh I didn’t remotely like or root for Cassandra. Just meant that Mason’s motivations didn’t make sense in that story. Plotting against Cassandra would have worked for me too but I don’t think they were going for that either. I think they were just very intent on writing Mason as a cartoon villain that year without providing a real explanation why he was alienating everyone. Then they walked back on it without stating what caused the change and he suddenly won Julia back and was getting along with the other Capwells.
  25. I wouldn’t say I hated the story. I liked the 2nd generation of the Lockridge/Capwell feud in theory but they lost me because they said outright Mason never loved Cassandra. If he did, his scheming would have made more sense. Mason allowed Cassandra to believe she was in love with her nephew just to spite Warren and only told her the truth once he had a real chance of getting Julia back.
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