What Just Happened? No Worries, OLTL Will Show You... Again and Again and Again!
Seriously, half the One Life to Live episodes for the last three months or so are flashbacks -- and sure, some of them make sense, like the flashbacks to Ford/Jess sex or Natalie/Brody sex, but more and more of them are from the episode prior or, worse yet, from earlier in the exact same episode! What gives? I know that soaps have traditionally had a lot of repetition and a lot of expository dialogue because, structurally, they were never really meant to be watched closely at every second -- viewers were supposed to be distracted by laundry, cleaning, child care, etc., much like the way that viewers today are distracted by the fast-forward button. But the same episode? The same flashbacks over and over and over? Yesterday, in case we had somehow forgotten that Eli is The All-Time Apex of the Utmost Evil (which is indeed pretty easy to forget these days since the show is so subtle and light-handed about it; it really is the understatement of the storyline that makes it so spectacular... yeah yeah, that's it), after listening to Ford's whole explanation of Eli's evil deeds and listening to most of the other characters on the show recount evil deeds committed by Eli, Ford thoughtfully flashed back to a time when he was confronted by a very sweaty Eli.
Now, what did this essential flashback establish that we very specifically needed to know? THAT ELI IS EVIL.
This is not a look that I understand. Shouldn't the entirety of each eyebrow just be scooched outward half an inch? I'm no aesthetician so I could be wrong, but it just looks... off.
Speaking of Starr, her cousin Jess (am I a segue genius or what) mentioned to Brody today that there's a chance she'd have twins since it runs in her family. At first this confused me, since I'm not sure fraternal twins by two different fathers is really something that's genetic, though I imagine that there simply haven't been enough instances of it to really do a genetic study that's conclusive since every time you'd have to take a pregnant woman who basically had sex with two men with no (or failed) protection within a very short amount of -- and then I finally got it. Natalie and Jessica could both be pregnant with twins, both by two different fathers. It runs in their family! This way, everyone gets a piece of the pie. Ford gets a kid, Brody gets two kids, John gets a kid. Everybody. Gets. A. Kid!
I love it. I look forward to this non-traditional giant family all moving into Llanfair.
Critical though I may be of this show, I can give props where props are due, and props are indeed due to the props department. We've all enjoyed the walls of Llanview Police Department for years now (the list of inside-joke and literary-reference names, the various awards and photos, etc), but lately they've been getting more and more thorough. I can't help but imagine that whole team amusing themselves to death every day.
Seriously, an entire detailed sign encouraging advertisers to purchase page space at The Sun, a very elaborate prop that serves (so far) absolutely no function whatsoever in terms of storyline, but is just a very thorough piece of awesome. This is just one tiny example, but I've been loving the set details lately. What are some of your favorites?