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1 minute ago, Faulkner said:

Too bad soaps *still* haven’t learned that lesson. That’s what is being glossed over here.

Right. GH addressing the rape in the late 90s is being presented as “making it right” even though more damage has been done and gone unaddressed since then.


This is nice, but it’s so all over the place. There’s no real flow from one topic to another.

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I'm appreciating the effort so far. I enjoy seeing some faces I haven't seen in some time, but those clips - wow some of these are so awful.

 

I remember back in the late 90s there was a special on soaps, I was young so I dont remember what channel it was on but it was similar in nature to this. I was hoping that this special would take a different perspective, but nonetheless it's nice to have something on soaps.

2 minutes ago, All My Shadows said:

Right. GH addressing the rape in the late 90s is being presented as “making it right” even though more damage has been done and gone unaddressed since then.


This is nice, but it’s so all over the place. There’s no real flow from one topic to another.

Yes, I also felt that way. It feels like there's no real direction and they're jumping around all over the place.

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Although I appreciate the Luke & Laura significance in history personally I think Victor & Nikki outdid then and outlasted them a popular supercouple while Tom & Margo on ATWT despite all the ups and downs never once divorced. 

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That segment on social issues got super intense with the loud “uplifting” music lol It feels like each segment was produced by a different group of interns or something.

 

For people wondering, the P&G soaps are going mostly unmentioned.

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4 minutes ago, GLATWT88 said:

I'm appreciating the effort so far. I enjoy seeing some faces I haven't seen in some time, but those clips - wow some of these are so awful.

 

I remember back in the late 90s there was a special on soaps, I was young so I dont remember what channel it was on but it was similar in nature to this. I was hoping that this special would take a different perspective, but nonetheless it's nice to have something on soaps.

Yes, I also felt that way. It feels like there's no real direction and they're jumping around all over the place.

Really, this could have been a five or 10-part series. They can’t help but skirt over things. They basically name-checked Generations with Vivica, which is more than I expected but still. No Angie and Jesse?

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3 minutes ago, soapfan770 said:

Although I appreciate the Luke & Laura significance in history personally I think Victor & Nikki outdid then and outlasted them a popular supercouple while Tom & Margo on ATWT despite all the ups and downs never once divorced. 

Awww Tom and Margo!

 

I do appreciate the story or Luke and Laura and I appreciate that they address it later on. I think that it was a reflection of the time and it was a mistake, but I think they made it right by addressing it later on. 

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1 minute ago, Faulkner said:

Really, this could have been a five or 10-part series. They can’t help but skirt over things. They basically name-checked Generations with Vivica, which is more than I expected but still. No Angie and Jesse?

Agreed

 

You need wayyy more than two hours to tell the story of soaps.

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4 minutes ago, All My Shadows said:

For people wondering, the P&G soaps are going mostly unmentioned.

Yep. Barely acknowledged. Aside from Julianne Moore, a few Reva clips, and the aforementioned Stephen Schnetzer.


Y&R and DAYS are getting a lot of love, but they are still on the air. Not much B&B love, though.

 

Edit: right when I posted that, Brad Bell appears as if on cue.

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1 minute ago, All My Shadows said:

I really can’t wait to see the closing credits for this to see who they credit for these ridiculous clips. Dynasty exists in crystal clear quality on Amazon Prime yet here we go with clearly a VHS copy of an episode. Embarrassing.

They blew their budget on all of these elaborate graphics. Which are great, but...

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7 minutes ago, Faulkner said:

Really, this could have been a five or 10-part series. They can’t help but skirt over things. They basically name-checked Generations with Vivica, which is more than I expected but still. No Angie and Jesse?

I was surprised to see Vivica, but I appreciate they got her on and even gave a nod to Generations.

 

I'm surprised Lisa Rinna didn't make an appearance considering Andy's on the special and Eileen and Denise who were or are also RHOBH castmembers were on.

 

Did anyone catch the couple that Andy mentioned as his favorite? 

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If there's a silver lining with COVID, it's been a great time for classic soap fans. First y&r and b&b air classics, now this!

 

The documentary is very ADHD, unfocused and jumping from topic to topic without slowing down and focusing on a subject for too long.

Understandably the ABC dramas are getting the most airtime (because it's ABC). Surprised I haven't seen any of the super veterans like Bob, Kim, Nancy, or Lisa.

 

Despite that, it's hitting all the right bullet points when it comes to daytime's rise and demise and it's a fun watch so far!

 

 

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