The Trauma of a Bad Pirate Costume: Pluses and Minuses
First of all, my apologies for being a little MIA recently -- I've been keeping up with the show but usually manage to squeeze it in at an hour in which my brain has retired quite completely; I'm finding that brain-retirement is actually a pretty decent condition in which to watch One Life to Live these days. But I digress. My life slows down a bit today so you'll hear from me more soon, but in the meantime, a few thoughts in quick list form on recent developments...
- Gigi's brief excellent moment yesterday: "Rex and Kelly! How can this be if nobody's naked?!"
- The fact that there seems to be at least some minimal effort to show that Ross isn't evil and legitimately wants his daughter back (even if he's using less-than-ethical means to achieve that goal), and that Dani actually does still love the man who raised her and who she knew as her father for most of her life.
- The welcome party on Monday's episode for former As the World Turns(R.I.P.) viewers -- not so much the barrel-full of implausible exposition, but really just John McBain spinning that globe right at the beginning. Snarky though I may be, I do want this show to stay on the air, and I do hope any new viewers we've inherited due to ATWT's sad demise will stick around -- in particular because it might mean they'll stop with the desperate (yet failed) attempts for ratings and go back to writing some decent character-driven drama (and comedy), which I happen to know they're quite capable of.
- Billy Warlock's (Ross) haircut, or rather the one he hasn't gotten:
- Clint. Okay, yes, I named him as a "plus" as well, but the one detail I can't quite get on board with is the idea that he'd put a blood relative of his in a Moroccan prison for twenty years. I get that he hates David Vickers (and he should), and I get that he can't really accept him as a Buchanan (neither can I), and I get that he's still angry at his brother Bo and wants revenge. I just don't buy this extreme. Clint can be shady and he can be ruthless, but he does love his family.
- The various Ford sob stories. Poor James had a lousy pirate costume as a kid because his mother abandoned him! So he cut class! Poor Inez feels super-duper-bad about abandoning her two eldest sons and allowing them to be raised by an abusive monster, so sometimes she cries at night! Aww!
- Ford and Nate bonding over Nate's sudden interest in film. Perhaps I've missed something, but I'd never once heard Nate mention being a major film buff. Yesterday's dialogue sounded like lines that once would've belonged to Markko, not Nate.
- There really aren't enough bullets in the world to make all the necessary bullet points to describe the minuses regarding the "Battle for Dani!" But to name a few -- Blair's fierce loyalty to Todd and belief in his spectacular fathering skills. No. Todd's list of Ross's crimes as if his list is not worse (and wait, what did I miss -- Ross has had two names? When?) (And even if he has, hasn't Todd as well?). As if Todd would never go on the run and bail on his children to save his own hide. Frankly I think this whole thing is a little admirable of Ross, considering he knows Dani is not his biological child. If Todd learned Dani were not his biological child, he would drop-kick her out of his life so fast (if he didn't actually hand her off to a stranger and say, "Get rid of her") since biology seems to be the only thing of relevance to Todd. Speaking of biology, what was with Blair saying she was the mother of two of Todd's other children? On what planet is she not Sam's mother? Oh right, biology's the only thing that matters. Even though Todd probably wouldn't recognize Sam at this point (though would we either?). But of course regardless of all this, we are being beaten over the head with Ross going on and on about how it's what Tea wanted and it's right there in the will -- because naturally we know the will is fake so he is a wee mean lying liar who lies and has a cartoon villain brother so he's even eviler than evil. Oh and I forgot! There are no stakes here because we know Tea is alive anyway. No stakes at all.
- Trevor St. John's portrayal of grief, loss, love-of-daughter, etc., etc. Wake up, dude! We know full well you're a good actor, so try showing it! Frankly I don't buy a damn thing he's selling lately, so it makes me even less invested in this storyline than I already am. I'm just rooting for Ross and somehow I doubt I'm supposed to. But when the alternative is a man who is perpetually at the precipice of a deep sleep, I will always root for Ross.
- That they played the fact that Tea is alive as some big, huge, unpredictably shocking "reveal" that warranted a Friday cliffhanger. Please. Was anyone surprised?
In "other works" news, I saw Florencia Lozano's (Tea) play underneathmybed this past weekend at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Go. I will 'fess up that I went in a little bitter -- you see, I myself am a playwright and sometimes have a bias against people with successful acting careers who "decide" to write plays, as if it's somehow presumptuous and entitled of them (which I know is completely ridiculous and unfair and only about jealousy, I know, I know!). But damn. Girl can write. It was dark and funny and moving and clever and creepy and engaging and theatrical and I really loved it. Oh, and she was there the night I went and was absolutely adorable in person -- she is a beautiful woman and is pretty on the show, of course, but a real knockout in person. Point is, if you're able to get to her show, make it happen!
So how's everyone been feeling about the show lately? What's your own list of pluses and minuses?