All My Children: I...Have Questions
As you have probably guessed, thanks to my habit of discussing AMC only on Sundays and only in brief, I have an almost pathological inability to write about All My Children in any sort of meaningful way. It isn't for a lack of trying--I always sit down and make a...well, maybe it's not a valiant attempt, but it's more than a half-hearted one! And I can only come up with the same things I always say (such as: "Why not pile even more melodrama on top of Kendall, who is once again having the worst year ever?" "Poor Denise Vasi" and "Ryan Lavery is the most horrific human being, and I don't even KNOW how accurate that is, to ever stomp douchiley across the planet to shout at people"), and if I am going to rail against the writers for their tendency to be repetitive, it would be hypocritical for me to do the same.
So in lieu of my usual comments, I have questions:
- Does this show have a shit sense of pacing or what? Kendall escapes from the hospital, runs through the woods, collapses, is rescued and then in an ambulance accident ALL IN ONE EPISODE? What the hell is that about? It's not that I wanted five full days of Kendall unconscious amidst the trees (although a week of Kendall moaning "Mama!" would be more entertaining than much, if not all, of the show. I'll let you judge whether or not that's a backhanded compliment), but throwing more and more stereotypically soapy plots into Kendall's story all at once makes her seem like the poor, put-upon heroine in a soap opera parody.
- Why was Griffin still driving the ambulance once Kendall was found? Shouldn't the heart doctor, you know, be treating the heart patient?
- And why did the Chief of Staff need to tag along? Also, does anyone else want to kick Jake in the face? I cannot stand him.
- Why does Melissa Claire Egan have to leave? I know I should be a kind person and want the best for her, and the best certainly isn't staying on this show, but...I am going to miss her. Her skill at playing demented is but one reason why (although that doesn't make it any less irksome that the writers are so quick to drive Annie crazy again when they need to spice things up).
- What are your thoughts on Sarah Glendening's Marissa? She has much more presence than Brittany Allen did, but her Marissa comes across as incredibly smug, so she's no more enjoyable than Allen was.
- Why did the show try so hard to make me care about Natalia's exit? "Remember that blatantly uninteresting character we created and then put on the backburner most of the time? She's leaving! So sad, aren't we all going to miss her? Sad face!"
- What does Natalia's exit mean for Brot? Will he see his (already minimal) screentime dwindle even more?
- Is there even a slight chance that something exciting will happen this week? I'll even settle for borderline interesting!