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9 hours ago, DemetriKane said:

I like Hunter on Amc. She was so pretty too, she looked completely different by the time she joined B&B

 

She did go through DAYS first for a couple of years in between AMC and BB, and from clips I’ve seen of her on DAYS, you can definitely see the similarities between both her AMC and BB looks.

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20 hours ago, OzFrog said:

 

She did go through DAYS first for a couple of years in between AMC and BB, and from clips I’ve seen of her on DAYS, you can definitely see the similarities between both her AMC and BB looks.

 

I like her better brown-haired but either way she was a gorgeous woman back then. 

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Oh good Lord. I am laughing hysterically at this La Kane line:

 

"You think I give a damn who you grope in the cemetery bushes?" 

 

Maria was no match for Erica. Erica wiped the floor with her.

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Been watching this playlist most of the weekend. As it states, it’s lot of Erica, but also a whole heap of other storylines in there, especially Natalie’s initial machinations against Erica and Jeremy.

 

What I found interesting is even back in December 1985, they were already mentioning Janet by name in scenes between Natalie and Alex Hunter, which indicates to me that they had a solid backstory set up to use for Natalie later down the line. But it was a real treat watching Natalie/Erica scenes - those two were quite matched on the rivalry stakes!

 

 

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Wow -- what a rich cast AMC had during that era !  The Erica-Natalie rivalry was one of my favorites of all time.  

 

I do have to wonder why TPTB even bothered recasting Nina...I feel sorry for Barbara Kearns, there was just no way anyone could make us forget Taylor Miller -- she was just too popular and too perfect in the role of fairy tale princess Nina.  There were enough other characters on the canvas, Nina just should have been written out until TM was ready to return.   

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15 hours ago, Jonathan said:

 

Oh good Lord. I am laughing hysterically at this La Kane line:

 

"You think I give a damn who you grope in the cemetery bushes?" 

 

Maria was no match for Erica. Erica wiped the floor with her.

 

Erica wiped the floor with both Maria and Brooke without breaking a sweat.

 

Natalie and Barbara were more evenly matched against Erica.

 

Although Annie in the late 2000s went a few rounds with Erica successfully.  Of the younger set..Annie and Erica could verbally spar.

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7 hours ago, gimmetoo said:

Wow -- what a rich cast AMC had during that era !  The Erica-Natalie rivalry was one of my favorites of all time.  

 

I do have to wonder why TPTB even bothered recasting Nina...I feel sorry for Barbara Kearns, there was just no way anyone could make us forget Taylor Miller -- she was just too popular and too perfect in the role of fairy tale princess Nina.  There were enough other characters on the canvas, Nina just should have been written out until TM was ready to return.   

The two crazy Nina recast. Were just weird. Thank goodness.  It didn't permanently hurt Nina's character.

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Taylor Miller is a really distinctive performer with those patrician features of hers and her all-around screen presence. The second Nina was physically right for the role, but they saddled her with some pretty horrible material. The third, dark-haired Nina might as well have landed from Mars, she seemed so alien.

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Speaking of Erica, here’s another episode I stumbled upon, from AMC’s 20th anniversary month in January 1990. Some gold in here - Chuck, Donna, Emily Ann, Phoebe, Billy Clyde, Travis, Jack, Erica, Natalie, Skye.

 

I love how fresh the episode looked here... it still feels somewhat contemporary compared to today’s standards!

 

 

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@OzFrog you ain’t the only one I been all over that channel lately.

 


I like the actress who played the crazy nutcase Nina . She was hysterical! Yes, I understand, she wasn’t Taylor Miller! but I enjoyed her pulling out guns at weddings and such.

 

La Kane was always written to win. Major problem I always had with the character. I chuckled anytime you read Brooke though, i could have written far better comebacks for Brooke against Erica. 
 

love me some Barbara, but that Natalie fascinated me the most. She was so complex, had chemistry with any men walking. Ross and Natalie had super couple potential. I enjoyed watching them sneak around more than Brooke/Adam courtship and Erica/Travis too! We would have completely different show if I was writing it.

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I'm still trying to get through 1991-92, but skipped ahead and watched some of that September 1994 episode.  I've also caught bits and pieces of what there is on YouTube from that "sequel" a few years later with Mattson's Janet pretending to be someone else in order to once again marry Trevor.

 

I say sequel intentionally, because it really has the vibe of one of the sequels to summer blockbusters from that era that were paint-by-numbers retreads of originals, which—love them or hate them—had real talent involved and were genuinely beloved by many, e.g., Home Alone 2, Addams Family Values, the many Jurassic Park sequels, etc.  Especially with that actress who played Janet and Natalie's mother, whom I feel like I saw in so many things in the '90s.  And I know Harold the Dog had an even more far-fetched arc, which I kind of wish I could find on YouTube.

 

And like those movie sequels, that story seemingly hinged on nobody having learned anything the first time.  Did they even try to explain why someone who had committed Janet's particular crimes would have ever been chosen for such an experiment, or why nobody knew Janet was out of jail and had a new face?

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As a teen I loved the return of Janet (and all her mirror talks) but that's a good point--I don't think they did ever explain why she was given the experimental surgery (and it's not like people would follow her later to see how the surgery worked out...)  But Jane Cox was great, and Harold figuring it out lol

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I was reading the weekly synopses of the introduction to the character of Stuart Chandler and it got me thinking.  I don't want to use the term "offensive" because I did not feel that way.  However, in retrospect, it was not just politically incorrect, but also poorly written and acted. 

 

First, it seems like a choice that Stuart's "mental problems" were always obtuse.  Was he psychotic?  Well, there were no hallucinations or delusions.  Did he have Autism?  Well, he maintained romantic relationships with two women, which would suggest that he did not have delays in socialization, and he did not display any restrictive interests or repetitive movements.  Was he intellectually deficient?  Well he seemed capable of taking care of his adaptive skills such as cooking and cleaning himself.  The lack of diagnosis seemed to be in the service of not having to advocate for any specific disease, but it left many open questions.

 

Second, his portrayal as being cute and immature was disrespectful of people with brain injuries.  Most men with brain injuries do not indicate their level of impairment by wearing crewneck sweaters.  And men with structural damage to their cortex don't speak like little boys or want to play with toys.  Writing and acting the character of Stuart as lovable because he seemed younger than his age was problematic.  Could he consent to a sexual relationship with Marion given his level of functioning?  Who knew, because it was so ill defined.

 

As I recall AMC got accolades for the portrayal of Stuart and fans enjoyed his romances with Cindy and Marion.  But, given my own experiences knowing people with head injuries, Autism, and chronic mental illness, it was just grossly out of touch.  AMC tried again with the characters of Lily Montgomery and Jonathan Lavery but the acting in both cases was atrocious.  Jonathan's miraculous recovery from a brain injury was worse than when soaps have people spontaneously walk after paralysis, or see after temporary blindness, because Jonathan inexplicably had to act as if he was still delayed in order to maintain his relationship, and then was found out when Jackson heard him speak "normally."  On what planet would that be considered sensitive or tasteful story telling?

 

I guess we should applaud the efforts to show intellectual diversity.  However, when the only stories for people with disabilities are either about being abused or trying to find love, writers have missed the opportunity to mine the real dramas in the lives of people with neurological differences and their families.

 

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