Thank you very much for this bunch of episodes!
The Brooke's nightmare will come true very soon, also 1992 will end up as one of her worst years ever.
Also in a couple of days there will be one of the most important apperances in B&B history - Sheila will show up in LA! I believe it will be episode #1293, so hopefully I will see one of my favorite Sheila's intentional (uncommited) crimes, which is very rare and unavailable - pushing Brooke from the balcony. I really can't wait to see all of those crimes again! These few years were mostly exciting for me because of Sheila's presence and I loved it.
I assumed it was an ABC mandate to de age the character.
I think I read somewhere that Karen Gorney auditioned in 1981 for it..but she was deemed too old. I think she was 9 or 10 years older than Jayne...and 7 or 8 years younger than Maeve.
It’s exacerbated by the fact that Bradley Bell doesn’t give a damn about any of the black characters on this show. They have zero depth and don’t get any material to dig their teeth into. They are all outsiders and interlopers in the lives of the Forresters and Spencers. They have little agency. They have no history to dig into. They currently have no family ties (even Zende, who is a fûcking Forrester). They certainly aren’t to be trusted, but they rarely have the dignity of inner lives.
And yes, Justin is basically Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained. Going from one master to another…
(One huge problem is that Bradley has refused to invest in a black family. We keep cycling through new black sets of characters and Carter and Justin have made a home on the back burner. We don’t get the sense of depth that comes from seeing characters tackle many trials and tribulations over time.)
This cuckold storyline is literally the blackface of storylines.
Just like blackface, this is a trope that has a long hideous history of racism behind it and regardless of what a white person's intent is in using it now, they absolutely should not.
I don't believe Bell is racist but he is using a story whose subtext is a mix of poisonous cultural stereotypes that has fueled violence and hostility towards black men for centuries (from the overall objectification of People of Color reminiscent of, well slavery, to the "threatening" sexuality of black men and the tropes that go along with it) and I cannot comprehend how someone on his writing staff, on the technical crew, on the cast, at the network didn't stop to tell him that the subtext with those particular characters is just atrocious.
Not to mention that he is now adding a story where a black character is paid to tattle-tale on the sexual escapades of another black man with a white woman. I mean the historical parallels... Has he ever read a book about American history and the antebellum South before?
It is a no for me. A serious deep no.
And unlike most fans, I actually don't mind the cuckolding storyline in itself. It is sleazy but why not? But this is horribly offensive.
On the other hand, I will play Devil's Advocate on this.
While we have plenty of reasons to be skeptical, I think it is a bit early to declare it a bust.
I mean, building up Sheila as a threatening menacing lurking presence in Steffy's life slowly messing up things for her is exactly how it should be. Build up the tension and slowly draw out Sheila's evil tendencies and the feud between them.
I am not particularly interested in the Sheila return but so far they are playing it probably how they should be playing it - with the exception of the Paris/Finn subplot.
Bell might get bored and drop it soon as he has before and if this turns out to be the extent of it then, yeah, it'd be a bust. But if the story is going somewhere and is going to build up further over time, then this seems like a reasonable opening round to me.