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  1. Old/Classic B&B discussion&articles

    Another crazy era. All these "stars" in random roles. Βut at least it felt more like B&B back then with Stephanie and Ridge around.
  2. Y&R: Old Articles

    These 1982 episodes! Thank you so much! Now this is a soap opera. Jill's journey from the 1974 episode where she dreams about being rich and is introduced to Kay for the first time to these scenes where she is ready to marry another older rich man after the Phillip tragedy. She is not as naive anymore, she knows what she has to do. And she still believes that the answer to all her problems is finding a father figure to replace Bill Foster. Jill Foster was a fascinating character. It is so sad that she is an afterthought these days. She should be involved in the Billy stories and the Abbott drama. And the Jack-Ashley scenes. 35 years later we still have the Abbott siblings in the family living room dealing with another family crisis. This is why I love soap operas. I love JLB. Lori is fascinating, too bad that she didn't become the Newman matriarch instead of Nikki. I find the Nikki scenes the least interesting from the 1982 episodes. Kevin is also rather boring. It is nice to see Kay involved though. Patty is someone I expected to be bland and boring, but the actress was very good. Too bad that she didn't stay longer with the show. Characters like Karen, Carolyn, Robert, Claire, Angela, Cindy came and went without leaving a mark. Those crazy transitional Y&R years with all these random people. I still don't understand how the show survived this era. The Lance/Leslie/Brooks scenes were something I enjoyed a lot. They felt like a seventies romance novel and their tone was completely different than the rest of the show.
  3. Dynasty: Discussion Thread

    It was horrible. For a show called Dynasty, something we have been waiting for decades. If it was presented as a new version of Titans it might be ok. No style, so substance, no drama, no emotion, no conflict, no surprise. The thing I hated most was this harmless version of Steven, which belongs to a play from the 60s. Always holding a drink, talking about Fallon's hair or helping her with it, always trying to be witty. One of the most fascinating characters in the original was Steven, a tortured soul, a sexual creature, adoring his sister, trying to prove himself to his father, trying to make it in a difficult working arena, always getting in trouble, missing his mother, being nice to Krystle, trying to hide his pain and his sensitivities. Someone I adored and someone I felt really close to me as a viewer. And we get this? Fallon did nothing for me. Basic spoiled girl from a 2007 teen series. Blake should be less horndog, more cruel businessman. His new bride Melania served no purpose. Not nice enough to root for her, not mean enough to hate her. Just a woman for the catfight scenes, someone who has never watched Dynasty might this this is enough. And then we have the boring guy from Revenge and the primetime soap twink that gets to sleep with the rich son is back for another show. I don't feel that the new PTB ever watched the original. Just read a synopsis and watched some classic clips. Then they decided to bring the show to 2017 by making the new Mrs Carrington a Latina and make Fallon's love interests black. Plus a gay stereotype from a 60s play. How modern and open-minded are we? I don't get why this show had to be called Dynasty, just because of some similiarities in the structure. It might as well have been Another World with Mac, Raquel, Iris, gay Sandy, gay Jamie, and Steven with Alice instead of Matthew and Claudia. No opening. No tribute to the original. Nothing smart. Nothing creative. Nobody said something interesting within the episode, they were walking bad soap opera cliches with even worse music background. No fun. I don't think I will watch again, unless I am bored to death and not a single person answers my calls.
  4. Almost a decade ago I followed a link to a "classic Y&R episode" and I was certain that once again I would not be allowed to watch it outside the U.S. I pressed play and expected the usual message to show up: "This video is not available in your country." And then I saw a young Jill Foster with her mother and brothers talking about the return of her father. I was ecstatic! This was my first memory of YouTube.
  5. So Brad Bell decides to replace Thomas with Thorne since the younger ladies will always be busy with Liam. How about Trevor St. John? Perhaps he wants to replace Eric with Thorne in the Quinn/Sheila stories. I was about to say that Susan Walters is rather young to play Margo (I am still dreaming of Anna Stuart playing the part) But soaps don't care about ages anymore. The days where EON's Nicole desorasing and DOOL's Mike Horton never aging felt weird seem to be over. Susan Walters could be Taylor though, since Brad loves bringing back familiar names with a new face.
  6. September GH Thread

    Perhaps Jonny, Jerry and the Marcy Walker Rape Guy are the soap opera gods way of punishing us for making really nice posters leave SON, because they had a different opinion.
  7. Patty Lutz's Ava was more like Nola, since Douglas Marland created her. At least this is how a remember her. She was a construction worker, the last kid of many, living with her widowed mother who ran a boarding house. Roya's Ava was mini-Ava and Lisa's was more like OLTL Tina.
  8. September GH Thread

    Another thread about Jonny where people can't stop talking about how much they hate talking about his posts. There are worse things than being repeating yourself all and having a (very!) different opininion than the majority of posters on the SON soap board. Let's say Jonny is banned. What is next? Will the people who love picking fights and are very rude to the others be the next to go? And then? The Marcy Walker-rape guy?
  9. OLTL Tribute Thread

    I am fascinated by early 80s OLTL, there is a balance between old and new soap that seems to be lost in the Tina/Gabrielle era.
  10. Most Ridiculous Soap Moments

    Days episodes in the mid--00s ending like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TQ2v1_S-_A (01:16) Just in case someone hadn't understood it was all a joke.
  11. When I mentioned the Tessa rewrites, I meant the change in direction. She showed up as someone Nikki befriended, Reed's music teacher and she was growing closer to Noah. She had some sort of a secret and we speculated a Sheila or Adam connection. I doupt that the original plan was for her to get involved with Cassiah, who was involved in a very prominent triangle at that time. Or to turn her from a homeless person to a recording artist, living with the richest people in town and dating their grandson. Soaps do it all the time and I hate it. It took years and years for Jill Foster to make her dream come true. Where was the struggle in Tessa's story? They did the same with Hilary. When you have such an ambitious character and have her marry and divorce a billionaire and now present a gossip show? Hilary's husband should have been a nice middle class guy who is not interested in money and power. She should by tempted by her rich playboy boss (Billy?). How about her husband wanting babies? Hilary considering an abortion? You care for characters who have to make decisions. Who might lose something. Things were so easy for Tessa that she now considers becoming a lesbian out of boredom. Don't get me started on her Crystal drama. That story was stolen from a SORASed Faith
  12. Who lives in Katherine's mansion these days? Have we seen the last of Devon's condo? I really hate the fact that Jill gets the Traci Abbott treatment after years and years of story. She deserves more than these visits. And at one point the show has to erase the Jill Fenmore stupidity. So after that survey the one thing that TPTB understood is that we love Michael and Lauren?? This Tessa situation has become too big too soon for no real reason. She started ok, but it is clear that there have been rewrites. If she deserves a sister, a "groundbreaking" romance, the Newmans falling in love with her and the trafficking drama, Hilary should at least have a kid sister (involved with Charlie?) and a nosy aunt in town.
  13. From what I remember Juliet was involved in the Jack/Stacey/Rick story and the woman tied to the Dan Hollister story was Carrie.
  14. I was shocked that Abrill lasted 2-3 years on this show. When she first showed up, she seemed like one of those characters who would be gone in six months. Another Colby, April, Juliet, Sasha, Dolly.
  15. Another Loving era! These episodes look a little bit wilder than usual. The dramatic funeral clothes, Ava's fantasy (inspired by Nola's fantasies?), the Clay/Gwyneth scene with the knife, Trisha's baby drama etc. If these episodes were from 1995, I'd say that they were inspired by JER's Days.
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