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I recently decided to watch this from the beginning. I’d seen the arcs and years ago bought the premiere episodes through October. Now I’m midway through November which is my second month thats new to me. After a sluggish start I noticed things started actually moving and the storylines were changing so I checked the credits and it looks like Lynn Latham has taken over. From re-reading this thread I know her tenure wasn’t well received so I’m curious how this will all play out. 

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43 minutes ago, Chris B said:

I recently decided to watch this from the beginning. I’d seen the arcs and years ago bought the premiere episodes through October. Now I’m midway through November which is my second month thats new to me. After a sluggish start I noticed things started actually moving and the storylines were changing so I checked the credits and it looks like Lynn Latham has taken over. From re-reading this thread I know her tenure wasn’t well received so I’m curious how this will all play out. 

I remember thinking it did get better when she got there, but then I stopped watching it again.

 

I absolutely loved the period written by Karen Harris and Barbara Bloom.

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For me it was the endless permutations of the romantic quadrangles (Lucy, Kevin, Eve, & Scotty/Ian, and Alison, Livvy, Rafe & Caleb).  They ping ponged back and forth, in and out of each other's bedrooms, reciting lovey dovey dialogue that was only sped up by the chapter format. 

 

I also found Michael Easton and Brian Gaskill to being very unappealing, with their brooding personalities, beaded chokers, and bad haircuts, so the idea that those two engaging young women fought over these shlubs (who had to resort to magic to maintain their attraction) turned me off. 

 

No spoilers, but the loss of some of the original female cast was big blow to that show that was never supplanted by the later ensemble.  That being said, I made sure to watch the end of each arc, as well as the finale, mostly because I was intrigued by the novelty of the production format.

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I just finished December 1997 and the show keeps getting better. Now it could be that my standards have been lowered since I found it so slow at the beginning (not to mention the current state of soaps), but so far I'm impressed with Lynn Latham as HW. She's injected the show with so much energy and the stories are moving faster, but she's also taking time to develop the characters. Ellen in particular was about to become one with the wallpaper and now she has a mother and a brother and a mystery about why they seem to hate her. She's also getting the romantic pairings going with Karen/Joe and Scotty/Eve having some nice development. I also like that Lucy, Kevin and Scotty are starting to be more proactive when it comes to getting Rex out of Serena's life. It's nice to see Lucy scheming, especially since it's so obvious this is going to blow up in her face. 

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