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So, it would seem RetroTV is in the thick of THE DOCTORS' declining years, when the show was clearly desperate.

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3 hours ago, Khan said:

So, it would seem RetroTV is in the thick of THE DOCTORS' declining years, when the show was clearly desperate.

This Far Wind seems like such a departure from the typical Doctors stories. This must of been an act born out of desperation. 

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Cults also began to be "in" for pop culture in these years. Edge of Night had a cult story with Lee Godart that I believe was meant to run longer if not for Jonestown. 

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1 hour ago, Khan said:

 

You mean Far Winds?  Yes.  That's David Canary.  In fact, I'm not sure, but that might have been his first soap role after being on "Bonanza" for several years.

Previous to this he was on Search For Tomorrow as Arthur Benson, who was some sort of investor/producer in a movie based around Steve Kaslo's song 'You Can Love Again'.

3 minutes ago, DRW50 said:

Cults also began to be "in" for pop culture in these years. Edge of Night had a cult story with Lee Godart that I believe was meant to run longer if not for Jonestown. 

Yes, I think Sally Frame on AW was involved in some sort of hippie cult and then Nikki and Paul got involved with New World Commune. Can anyone think of other examples around that time?

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A few years prior, Laura Webber was living in a commune (I think that was the story that introduced Genie?). And if memory serves, around this time or shortly after, Karen Wolek briefly had Marco stay at a commune when he was wigging out over the stress of his double life.

 

Back to David Canary for a moment ... that's some caftan.

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7 minutes ago, Franko said:

A few years prior, Laura Webber was living in a commune (I think that was the story that introduced Genie?). And if memory serves, around this time or shortly after, Karen Wolek briefly had Marco stay at a commune when he was wigging out over the stress of his double life.

 

Back to David Canary for a moment ... that's some caftan.

With hair to match. He and James Storm are putting the ladies to shame with their manes.

 

The commune scenes had more extras than are ever seen at the hospital or the Medicine Man.

 

 

Maybe it would have come off less cheesy if the cult members had biblical or 'ancient' names rather than Moonchild/ Far Wind etc.

And dressed in simple clothing rather than flowing robes...

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1 hour ago, Khan said:

So, it would seem RetroTV is in the thick of THE DOCTORS' declining years, when the show was clearly desperate.

 

It gets worse. The last six months or so were an endless succession of "WTF was that?"

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1 hour ago, DRW50 said:

Edge of Night had a cult story with Lee Godart that I believe was meant to run longer if not for Jonestown. 

 

Correct.  EON's HW, Henry Slesar, had to alter the course of his "Children of the Earth" story, which introduced Eliot Dorn, turning him from a Jim Jones-like cult leader to a more gigolo-type character, because of the Jonestown tragedy happened right around the same time.

 

1 hour ago, Franko said:

A few years prior, Laura Webber was living in a commune (I think that was the story that introduced Genie?).

 

I think so, too.  IIRC, GF said they had plans to age Laura and have her do more than ask Lesley to plant some flowers on the patio.

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Besides EON, did any of the cults on soaps end in murder much like Jonestown or Manson's cult did? 

 

Plus, I am pretty sure that watching this in real time was scary as hell for viewers. 

 

And backtracking to EON, was Jonah Lockwood in a cult or was he just modeled after Manson? 

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47 minutes ago, BuckyB12 said:

It gets worse. The last six months or so were an endless succession of "WTF was that?"

 

THE DOCTORS seemed to suffer from the same combination of bad stories and even worse production values that all struggling soaps suffer from in their final days.  But, thank God they had a strong cast.  The actors might've been TD's only saving grace in its' later years.

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So today we had a location shot with Sara in a park. Was that the first time TD ventured outdoors?

 

There was no dialogue so pretty basic and cheap to tape I assume.

 

Later there will be another extended location shoot as the climax to a big story...I wonder if there will be visuals only?

 

 

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On 2/10/2020 at 11:25 PM, victoria foxton said:

This Far Wind seems like such a departure from the typical Doctors stories. This must of been an act born out of desperation. 

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They all look like refugees from the set of Kung Fu. 😂

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4 hours ago, amybrickwallace said:

 

They all look like refugees from the set of Kung Fu. 😂

I can't believe they had Carolee ask Steve who could have sent them that crow's foot.  Umm, how about the crazy cult you've been dealing with the last few days, lol.  This story seems extra-strange when it's being told alongside the whole death-with-dignity thing they've been doing with Sarah's death.

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