Kendall Hart Is Having The Worst Year Ever
Obviously, waking from your coma is something to celebrate, but Kendall's happiness at being alive is going to be short-lived when she finally wakes up and finds out that:
- She was in a coma for months
- Babe died (yes, this is something to actually be celebrated, but there is no way the show is going to let a moment go by without a Babe memorial)
- Myrtle died
- Her brother died...
- ....because her husband shot him
- ....to get her a heart. 'Sup, survivor's guilt?
- Her husband donated sperm to her sister and neither of them decided to tell her because, you know, she's a totally laid-back person in general
- Her sister is engaged to the worst person in the universe
Consciousness is totally going to suck for her! I know this because I have lived through all of the things currently polluting the screen and it has sucked for me.
The saddest part of all is that Charles Pratt didn't even have to exert much effort to be better than the previous AMC writing regimes. He pretty much had to show up to work and not drool. And he couldn't even do that! EVERYTHING about this show right now is terrible.
Several people have emailed me for my thoughts on the Josh/Zach clusterfuck of a story. Half of the emails have been pro-Josh, the other half pro-Zach and almost all of them anti-AMC writers, which I am totally on board with because all sense of logic, quality and entertainment went out the window as soon as pen was put to paper.
I have already complained about the mess that was Josh's exit story and I need to say, again, that when people start complaining about the character assassination of an ABORTED FETUS, you know the writing is bad. And the execution (no pun intended) of this story was similarly bungled: none of the characters had any sort of layers at all, everybody was too cold-blooded (really...I get that Zach is a man at the end of his rope, but the way that he badgered Erica was just cruel) and it happened WAY TOO FAST. On an actual soap with a decent sense of pacing, the standoff and ensuing fallout would have taken at least a week. But here, it's wham, bam, WTF did I just watch, ma'am?
I hated it, in case that part was unclear.
I feel like the writers were so overcome with glee at the fact that they came up with the idea to have a family member die and donate an organ to their ailing family member (and by "came up with", I mean "blatantly ripped off from programs that did it first, did it better, and did it far less squickily") that they paid no attention to character, dialogue or history to make it happen. If there were ANY SORT OF INKLING that Josh was going off the deep end, it would have made sense; why couldn't there have been weeks of watching him slowly unravel due to [insert reason here, such as owing a debt to a badass alien overlord]? I know that would have taken time away from watching JR mourn Babe again, some more, but still (did he mourn Dixie's multiple deaths this much?). And how about a little more of Zach's emotional fallout? Yes, there was one day when he was depressed, but on a real soap, there should have been DAYS, at least, of guilt and doubt. ALSO, while I am complaining, I feel like, if done properly in a perfect world (i.e., a world where Charles Pratt and Julie Hannan Carruthers are not in charger), this could have been a moving story BUT! It is already coming on top of the secret of Gabrielle's parentage, so it is just waaaaay too much. I'd call it overkill, if I hadn't already used the execution pun above...
In other Pine Valley news...
- I am not saying that I'd enjoy Amanda's Who's The Daddy story, because I dislike Who's The Daddy stories in general, but I'd enjoy it more if David weren't such a mustache-twirling evil villain. Is it leftover sleaze from his time as David Chow on The Young and the Restless? There is just something so off about him since this return and it makes me miss the old David.
- Although David being so over-the-top bad has led to an amusing rivalry with Angie, so at least something good has come out of that. I loved Jesse arresting her.
Sweet at it was that Colby smacked down her friends for making fun of Brot...who above the age of four stares at people like that and mocks them in public? I know that there are terrible people in the world, but they are usually a bit more subtle in their terribleness.
Really, I am obsessing over this, I know, and it's nice to see someone on soap die and not immediately be forgotten and written out of the show's history (JULIA), but the mourning of Babe is so ludicrous that it has become campy. When JR was wailing that he should have died instead, I could barely keep watching because I was so embarrassed for everyone involved.
Melissa Claire Egan continues to build up amazing Emmy reels and I'd hope for her to win one if I weren't such an Emmy jinx (see: Bergman, Peter; Storms, Kirsten; etc.). How great has she been lately? It's so disappointing that Annie was bland for so long and that AMC waited until now to tap into her awesomeness.