When The Actors Are Acting
Ah, Sunday morning with the soaps. It's been a traumatic weekend (y'all, I endured the Spiderman musical and I'm still standing and only mildly scarred-for-life), but Friday's One Life to Live is some small comfort food. Very small, because seriously? No Clint or Matthew or Bo or Nora or Viki?
Blair dressing down John for the fact that he should be looking for Marty and Liam rather than grilling her about her boyfriend was kind of awesome. I mean of course John's right that something's up with Thomas and his reaction to the name "Patrick Thornhart," but that's only because John always has to know everything and be totally omniscient. Still nice to see him get called out for brooding over a cup of coffee digging about Thomas while he's supposed to be leading a search for a kidnapped infant and a crazed murderous lunatic.
And may I just say: please, please, please let TSJTodd be the fake. I don't know how he knows Patrick, which he said Friday he did, but he barely reacted at all to the news he's alive and then went on nonchalantly about how Marty's had "bad luck" with men.
I loved that Marty was trying to run off and TSJTodd came to tell her about Patrick and instead of doing the usual soapy, "I have something to tell you. No, it's really important. No, I swear, this is big news and it's really important and you're walking away but you really shouldn't because there's something I have to tell you, and I would tell you this two-word sentence if you would just stop talking and come back here. I could just say it but I won't because I have to use up all my word space trying to convince you not to walk away, etc, etc," he just said, "Patrick's alive." Good.
Am I crazy, or is everything TSJTodd (or whoever Trevor St. John's character is) does all of a sudden a million times more interesting than it's been in years because this new mystery and (potential) identity is coloring every single choice he makes so differently? I've always thought St. John was a very good actor but I just couldn't reconcile his choices the last couple of years with the character we were being told he was, so I'm really excited to see him digging into something new. It's kind of like he woke back up. (Of course I'll take it all back if he does turn out to still be the real Todd. But frankly, St. John probably doesn't know how this'll play out yet, so he's making interesting choices regardless.)
His scenes Friday with Marty were fascinating, in a weird skin-crawling, bone-chilling kind of way. No matter who his character is. Unfortunately, TSJTodd has now been roped into the boring-ass "OMG JOHN IS LIAM'S DAD THISCHANGESEVERYTHING!" plot.
So they got a photo of Patrick taken yesterday? Jesus, whoever Thomas is working with moves fast. Do they take pictures of their prisoners every single day, just in case?
Natalie rolling around face-down on the ground screaming outside Todd's poolhouse was pretty hysterical.
The way they block these poor actors when they're not supposed to see someone else in the frame with them is often a little embarrassing.
But can someone explain to me why we had to watch a mother and daughter have a conversation with each other about how their respective sex plans got interrupted the night before (and no, I don't mean Starr and Hope, because that would be ridiculous even for this show)? I do enjoy Blair/Starr scenes and it's all good that they discuss their romantic relationships with each other, but must they delve into the sexual details? Ever? It's just icky.
I find Bree Williamson to usually be pretty decent at playing Jessica and Tess (please note not to interpret that as my thinking that the actual characters of Jessica and Tess are "pretty decent" or even mildly interesting, as that is certainly not what I think), but as Bess?
No. Just no. They should retire all the alters ASAP for story reasons, of course, but if we simply must be mucking around in alter territory, Bess needs to go. (Also, isn't Bess supposed to be the one who can't understand emotions? Why was she so preoccupied with what Tess feels for some guy we won't mention?)