If I Could Turn Back Time, I'd Skip the Bad Music Video Editing
While I loved the first two numbers of Day 2 of One Life to Live the Musical (I especially loved the choreography in the first one... but sweet mercy the cross-fades and ugly digital images in "If I Could Turn Back Time" were a nightmare), it slowed down for me a bit after that. I wasn't familiar with any of the other songs they did, so I assume that's a huge part of it, as was the episode's over-focus on Starr and Cole as the greatest love that ever loved. It is pretty spectacular, though, to see so many of these people outside of their comfort zones. Bree Williamson (Jess) is clearly not a singer, bless her heart, but there she is fully committing to it regardless. Eddie Alderson (Matthew) is clearly not a singer... or a dancer... but at this point every time I see Matthew on my screen, my heart grows twelve sizes. He could not be more wonderful and, even though I feel a little icky saying this about teenagers, was it just me or was the Matthew/Dani makeout scene kind of hot?
The bad news: when the hell did Dorian become such a hardcore Starr and Cole 'shipper? From the way she was talking, you'd think half her awesome hats have "Sole 4evah!" embroidered on the inside of them. That's fine if she hopes they stay together, but the show was laying it on triple-thick. And now she's risking her position as mayor by facilitating a jail break (from a horrible jail with giant, private cells and free iPods, apparently) just so someone can go to the freakin' prom. It's just a prom, people. Seriously, I never went to a prom and look at me now! Oh wait. Bad example.
They are not doing Natalie any favors with her current storyline. John could've just lost a baby with his girlfriend Cruella DeVille, and it would still be freaking wildly inappropriate to give him some corny Cinderella ultimatum about declaring their feelings for each other at the stroke of midnight (speaking of which, Rodi's is apparently falling on some hard times since it's completely empty at midnight... no employees, even!). It made her look even worse that she started her letter by acknowledging how inappropriate it was, but that she "can't help how she feels." Someone needs to explain to me what not being able to change her feelings has to do with anything. She can help what she does. It also doesn't help that I don't love Melissa Archer in pining, shifty-eyed mode and much prefer her when Natalie is full of fire and feist. Is feist a word? I like it. At any rate, should we just assume that they didn't ask Melissa Archer or Michael Easton or Trevor St. John to give the singing and dancing a go? Because I would pay to see it.
Meanwhile Natalie's sister, Jessica, is in dire need of a sock to the face. Did anyone else cheer when Cristian finally told her in harsh, certain terms that there was no way in hell he was dancing with her? Brody seems to be finally realizing that this incarnation of Jessica just isn't worth it, but of course that doesn't bode well...
I was worried when Langston caught Ford and Karen (who apparently do the deed with the apartment door open and a half-eaten pizza decorating the building hallway), because the last thing I wanted was for her to drop Ford and just stay with Markko with no fallout, but thankfully Markko was across town getting a little info of his own. I hope the fallout for this is ugly. Good for them to remember to keep moving the story forward, since a musical alone is not enough for what we expect from sweeps on a soap!
So in summary, Jess sucks, poor Brody, Starr and Cole are not the greatest couple to ever live, Langston should hurt and hurt hard, Matthew is adorable, John is not worth it, Natalie needs to make better choices, Jason Tam and Tika Sumpter have got some serious pipes, Shenell Edmonds has got some serious moves (so does that kid who plays her date) and...