D.I.D. Edition, Part 1: I Love This Show
So much to cover, so little time.
Fair warning: this is going to be very, very long. Hence the two-part format. Feel free to skip all my tangents! I do have to apologize for not posting constantly, because the last several episodes have warranted (nay, demanded!) commentary, but I have been utterly baseball-obsessed. I do have to share this anecdote: so I'm out at a bar to watch Game 6 of the ALCS and some random other baseball fan strikes up a conversation with me about how everyone is divided between the baseball game on some of the screens and the football game on some others. The inevitable baseball-vs-football discussion ensues, and I'm talking about how so many of my football-loving friends think that baseball is about as exciting as watching paint dry and they find it unbearable that the teams play almost every single day. We're both saying we can't relate to that point of view, but that maybe if you don't watch enough baseball to get really invested in the nuance, a low-scoring game might seem dull while to us it's a riveting pitchers' duel. So he says it must be how daytime soap opera fans feel when people don't understand why they're so interested. Naturally since baseball and daytime soaps are my two biggest obsessions (and so many people find those mutually exclusive), I find this comparison thrilling. It's apt -- they both happen almost every day, they are both ostensibly slow-moving but ultimately are often about nuance, they both take an enormous amount of investment and dedication, they both make fans have rage episodes and (in rare and wonderful moments) stand up and cheer, and neither would really grip anyone if taken for the first time in just one dose. I am a dork, because finding these similarities makes me giddy.
There are some players on my team that I really don't like. There's one in particular I think is a complete tool. This doesn't make me love my team any less, or want my team to win any less. And while I completely understand the myriad reasons why so many people hate my team (with a deep, abiding, all-consuming passion), it doesn't make me care less or root for them less. There are good innings that make me happy and bad innings that make me sleepy or angry. I'm going to push this metaphor as far as it can go, people, because it's pretty perfect for my feelings about One Life to Live. At the end of last week, I was thinking this show had really gone down the toilet and was no longer that much better than the other ABC shows. At the beginning of this week, it's as if the joy had never left.
Poor Nick (but this is hilarious) --
The boys always run away when you come on too strong, sweetie, didn't anyone ever tell you that?
I admit I'm a little confused by the logic on this, and I'm already suspending a ridiculous amount of disbelief (ah, Llanview, the gayest town in North America, with only two people in it who oppose legalizing gay marriage -- Markko's dad, and the imprisoned ex-mayor...oh, and and a gaggle of two-day extras); all pretty amazing for a group of townspeople who nearly burned Starr at the stake for her teen pregnancy). But a commitment ceremony happened, and if Dorian were to be elected mayor, she'd give all the couples marriage licenses. Okay. My understanding is that that's not the same thing as waving a magic wand and making all of those couples legally married. And since Amelia knows full well her "marriage" to Dorian was a campaign strategy (and said outright that she's fine with Dorian continuing a relationship with David), I'm not sure why we had to endure all the puppy-dog eyes and "Oh no, David can't run to Angel Square and stop the wedding!" moments. However, I'm willing to accept it if it was just an excuse to show that excellent series of Dorian/David flashbacks. I don't buy them as a love for the ages (she was far better with Mel and even Ray), but as two people in a scene together, they never disappoint.
Fish and Kyle are about the most adorable ever, all time. I am staunchly opposed to mid-wedding theatrics like that because leaving someone "at the altar" is unspeakably cruel, even when the marrying couple is not one I want to see married, but damn if I didn't get misty-eyed when Kyle finally confessed his love to Fish. I can't say enough about what a great actor Brett Claywell is; he has sold every moment of this. And even though it was completely inorganic (not to mention unprofessional, especially from a cop who only just came back to work after being put on leave), Fish's big speech to the protesters was a nice relief. I think this was a well-told story, but it's time for the Oliver's inward-turned-homophia storyline to come to a close. Especially since he's surrounded by the most supportive friends and neighbors in the history of ever. Side note:
Why did Kyle keep referring to what he's wearing here as a tux?
Roxy planting one on Eunice was a good time, and even though Eunice's reaction was about as corny as it gets, it was a fun exclamation point on all the festivities (plus I always love it when Jackie Hoffman's on this show -- she rocks!). Shane showing up for the Big Gay Wedding (in a Flyers jersey?) to cheer everyone on was also a nice touch. I honestly don't read that much about behind-the-scenes machinations, but I will say that I noticed several of those background actors in the wedding scenes are pretty well-known out-and-proud-activist types in the musical theatre scene. I wonder if they had a little more fun than the usual extras-casting for this event, because some of them are really not people who would normally do background work on a daytime soap. I was pretty moved by the whole thing, especially since it was the day before Election Day (though, uh, apparently not that many people in Maine were so moved).
I... have nothing at all to say about the Rex/Gigi/Schuyler triangle because it bores me to tears. Scott Clifton deserves so much better than this, and I hope that Ron works his Carlivatian magic lickety-split by tying Schuyler into some other storyline. He and Kyle are both in medical school now, I guess, so I'm holding out hope that that'll provide some opportunities. Everything Marty touches is pretty dull right now (including her boyfriend), too, so way to go, show, for rewarding your Emmy winner with absolutely nothing! Please stop thinking that tying her to the albatross that is Todd's storyline is going to boost her character! Pretty please?
The segments on Tuesday's episode regarding the stalker storyline were so deliciously old-school OLTL that I don't even mind Rex's presence. I am spoiler-free, but I'd say it's pretty clear why Brody's sister and Rex's aunt and the random motel dude are all in on this, and if I am even in the ballpark (more baseball metaphors!) of being correct, then I cannot freaking wait.
I know in my last post I freaked out about Bo and Nora's decision regarding Matthew, but I have to say that it's led to some good soap. Kathleen Chalfant rockin' her awesomely intense self as the archetypal English boarding school headmistress combined with the (temporary) return of Kevin, the most benign incarnation yet (???), added to Nora and Bo finally confessing their love for each other after about one million years, the inclusion of David and Destiny in the London leg of the story, and Matthew finally having an ally that he doesn't feel sorry for and doesn't feel sorry for him... I can't complain. I still hate what Bo and Nora did (and the writing isn't helping by portraying them as stupid enough to be just plain shocked that Matthew's so angry), but I couldn't help it, I wept openly when they finally admitted their true feelings for one another.
But this brings me from the bits I love, like, or don't care about, to the parts of this show I hate without reservation.
(See D.I.D. Edition, Part 2: I Hate This Show.)