The Dangers of Unprocessed Foods
To say the least, it was a hilarious week on The Bold and the Beautiful. It's occurred to me that it might be a strange time to try to get back into this soap, since even though these "all the friends and enemies and frenemies and families temporary bury the hatchet in a life-or-death situation" scenarios are some of my favorite things on daytime serials, it's hard to learn that much about the characters and relationships and animosities and rivalries because they are temporarily suspended. Frankly, all these characters seem like lovely people at the moment. They all seem to really appreciate and respect each other. Lame!
I apologize for the stream-of-consciousness that's about to come, but it'll take a while before I'm back in this thing with enough experience to really unify a comprehensive commentary!
I spent much of the week frantically searching hands for wedding rings, and having little luck. Are Stephanie and Eric married to each other now, or someone else, or no one?
They finally mentioned the pilots of the plane! I'd been wondering how that plane had magically been flying itself when it crashed. Poor pilots, all kaput. But am I crazy, or was it a little odd that Brooke and Thomas were so comfortable walking around the cabin of an in-flight plane after having just barely survived a plane crash? Maybe I'm nuts, but I'd be wearing twelve seat belts. They also seem to be vacillating between being shivering and dehydrated to the point that they can barely move or communicate, to being lucid enough to be all shifty about whether they got all incest-y because of the ecstasy berries, to making smart alecky phone calls.
Big revelation for me this week: Katie is Katie. As in, Katie-and-Rocco, as in Katie-with-the-bad-skin-and-low-self-esteem!
I'd been a little lost up until now because Heather Tom seemed so much younger than that Katie, but now I've got it and I'm psyched. And Thorne is Thorne, though played by a different actor, and seen (I think) only once since my return. And Donna is Donna, though played by a different actress, and one that bears a seriously uncanny resemblance to Katherine Kelly Lang. The fog is starting to lift, y'all!
You know, I retract my earlier statement that everyone seems lovely because of the crisis. That girl Steffy does not seem lovely. Am I off-base here? It'd be one thing if the crisis and working together in an emergency brought her and this Bill guy closer together, but she's been putting the moves on him the entire time, practically getting turned on every time he mentions his wife. I hear she has a history of hating the Logans, so I suppose she wouldn't care about Katie's feelings, but is she after Bill just to hurt Katie or does she legitimately want him? All that sycophantic talk was making my skin crawl.
"Oh Bill, you've ruined me for all other men!" "Oh Bill, I don't just say I'll follow you to the ends of the Earth, I actually did it! And not at all just because I was in the right place at the right time and actually trying to rescue my brother!" "So the only other woman you've said 'I love you' to left you!" (Something tells me that whatever Katie most recently left Bill for was a little more serious than a broken dish or something.) And what is this huge experience they've allegedly gone through together? Mostly Bill looked at a screen while Steffy distracted him by trying to seduce him and flatter him. And I'm definitely unclear on what he sees in her. And wouldn't she be eleven in real time? Is her SORAS-ed age around twenty-five or so, does that sound right? When did her twin sister die?
Susan Flannery had so little to sink her teeth into this week and, once again, still managed to school everyone with her performance. It seems odd to talk about vets on such a young show, but Flannery's a vet from way back and has earned her stripes over and over again. While this show's old-fashioned uber-camp is exactly its appeal, she keeps it from being only a big joke by grounding it with some dignity.
At any rate, I'm glad that Thomas and Brooke have been rescued alive so I can delve back into what the various conflicts are on this show. Also, where's this guy I always hear about in the soap press named Texas Battle? I was looking forward to seeing if he lived up to such an epic name. I'm also looking forward to figuring how why Jack Wagner's hair got so blonde. But the best part? The fact that this "did we or didn't we" storyline with Brooke and Thomas means we're going to get get flashbacks to...
...for some time to come. And that is nothing short of amazing.