The Sad & the Slogging
For those of you who missed my mildly melodramatic declaration on Serial Drama's Facebook page, I'm taking a hiatus from covering most of The Bold & the Beautiful. I'm flying through and watching Dayzee's storyline and also keeping tabs on any other developments (come back, Karen and Dani!), but it had honestly become self-torture to watch anything else in not only the Steffy/Liam/Hope Triangle of Death, but also anything related to the surrounding Taylor's-family-vs-the-Logans nonsense. That's been the driving force of the show for over a year and half now and I feel like that's giving it enough of a chance, and I feel like it's only gotten worse. I don't mean because there's a lack of writing talent or a lack of dynamic and compelling actors. And I have a healthy sense of humor about silly soap rivalries and catfights. I really do! But I just can't watch all these pathetic women behave so horribly anymore. There's just nothing left to balance it out right now and I can't even find a character I like at the moment, much less feel like I can actively root for. I'm offended as a woman but also as, you know, an actual human.
There I go getting melodramatic again. Oops. Point is, I can't take it anymore and I'm going to stop forcing myself to do something that makes my stomach hurt so much!
My apologies to those of you who've stuck with these B&B posts, and I hope that things change and I also hope that the other storylines get enough air time that there's still something to talk about!
Today they had a cheesy plug for the new season of Survivor (which I admit is my one reality TV addiction, so I'm not complaining) in the form of returning competitor Malcolm Freburg, who played a Forrester Creations employee named... Malcolm. Malcolm is adorable.
He looks so douchey there! If you're not a Survivor viewer, I promise you he does not look douchey on that island. I promise.
Anyway, they had some super eye-rolly dialogue about how Rick had the "right alliance" (oh so subtle, CBS!) in the design competition that won him the CEO position. A competition that Malcolm's awkwardly-delivered dialogue implied that he was there for. Yeah,there were like four people in that room. And about as many designs. Lamest competition ever.
Anyway, Rick shared a smug smirk with him and that was the end of that.
Otherwise I fast-forwarded anything unrelated to Dayzee, so I guess all I can feel about the episode is sad. Dayzee called Maya to tell her to come by for information about her daughter, and Maya was so excited it just broke my heart.
But it was not to be.
It's hard to make us care about a storyline that's gotten so little development, but I got really choked up after Maya learned about her daughter's death and just kept crying, "But I'm here, I'm here now!" The best touch in this story is that Maya was exonerated. Not that she was some down-and-out girl who changed her mind on a whim, not that she served her time and regretted having put her child up for adoption. But that she really did think she would be in prison for far too long to ever even know her child, so she tried to do the right thing by her daughter. And then in a miracle of miracles, she was exonerated and released several years before she'd expected. It gave her new hope.
Marcus kind of... grunted out some words of sympathy that probably didn't help much.
All right, I'm being a little snarky -- it was actually quite stellar acting on everyone's part, particularly Kristolyn Lloyd and Karla Mosley. I don't know where they'll go from here, but I assume that somehow Maya will hold Dayzee responsible for this because really, otherwise? Where does the story go from here? And I really don't want this story to begin and end as quickly as Marcus's horrible non-plot last year about texting and driving.
Man. And that's it! I can't tell you what a load it is off my shoulders to have gone two straight days just fast-forwarding straight through all those other awful people. (I did see the last shot of the episode, though, and uh....
Yeah. I made the right choice.)