The explanation for why Irene Manning and the CIA did what they did was convoluted and confusing but the storyline was exciting. OLTL may have went downhill after the mid 90s and especially after 2002 but it was never boring. It was like GH junior, alot of crime and action, and decent attempts at addressing social issues. I agree with the person who said OLTL was better than AMC. However I'm now getting an appreciation for all my children because I started watching it growing up in the mid-2000s when the show was on its last leg.
I like Vicky, and I like the concept of multiple personalities despite the numerous confusing rewrites, but some of her scenes as the other alters were cringe. 'Nikki' in 2001 onwards especially! Some of her moments as 'Princesss' as well.
I thought Dave Kriezman was decent his first couple of years on Guiding Light
He breathed new life into a stale institution, but no matter how great the head writer is you can't get past the hurdles of backstage politics and a limited budget
I almost wrote a similar comment yesterday that included people like Kim Zimmer in the mix as well. While there are tons of amazing actors on soaps, a LOT of the "legendary" headliners are not great actors per se, simply people whose character is just a version of them. And, hey, being a good fit for your character goes a long way so I am not mad at it.
But I tend to think of Braeden being in that category too. I believe that's why I like Slezak as Viki and cringe when she plays the alters. Etc.
Inspired by Joseph's comment in the Unpopular Opinion thread... why do we think that Victoria W. was so consistently snubbed by the Emmys (only got nominated in 78/79 and then twenty years of nothing)?
Susan Lucci was over-rated AF. She just played herself.
One Life to Live was boring and uninspiring
Victor Newman should've remained off-canvas when Eric Braeden, who is also over-rated, left in 2009.
Despite horrible writing, Maura West was perfectly cast as Diane Jenkins.
Mal Young was entertaining as both executive producer and head writer, but should not have held both positions at the same time.
Cruz & Eden were probably the worst coupling on Santa Barbara.
Nikki & Victor do not belong together. Nikki belongs with Jack.
Never sold on Robin Wright as Kelly Capwell.
Just to name a few right now.