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« Top Reasons NOT to Watch the New AMC and OLTL | Main | Our Shows Are BACK And Our Excitement Level Is At (At Least) 11 »

April 29, 2013

The Second Life to Live

Okay, this is just surreal. It might be the ridiculous amounts of coffee, but my hands are a little shaky as I sit down to type this out and I actually clicked on the "One Life to Live" category for this post and it wasn't about anticipation and it wasn't about OLTL characters on another show, but about today's new episode.

Today's new episode!

There's so much to say and it's nearly impossible not just to offer up a blow-by-blow account with lots of squealing and every single frame screencapped, but that would be silly so let's just dive into a few major points. Like this one: speaking of blow-by-blow, here's my favorite "no more network censors!" moment....

Ha1

Ha2

Ha3

Love it. Love it!

And another thing I'm super-psyched about right off the bat? Somebody's finally realized that Melissa Archer is insanely hot and dressing her like it. Those of you who were with me here for the last couple years of the ABC version of the show might recall how annoyed I'd get when they mysteriously made her frumpy so often when the woman is just lightning hot. Someone realized!

Natty in her skivvies

Cutter and nat in credits

Nat lookin' all hot and stuff

And oh yeah, I'm pretty much already a hardcore Natalie/Cutter 'shipper. That was fast!

Natcutter

Lord they were hot.

The cold open was fabulous. Just fabulous. In fact, the episode quite specifically followed the exact structure of the ABC's version series finale, starting with a shot of The Banner just outside Llanfair's front door....

The banner

The vikster picks up the paper

....and, of course, ending with a big Victor "reveal."

Victor!

So we've already got some intrigue in the works as he's clearly not just hanging out doing okay and making himself known.

And can we talk about the tinkly piano music at the beginning playing the melody of the old Peabo Bryson theme song? I'll give you tomorrow! AND THEY WILL BECAUSE THERE WILL BE ANOTHER NEW EPISODE TOMORROW. Holy crap, y'all.

Let's just take a joyful moment here....

Tea's not doing so well

Nigel!

Liam's so big now!

Bo will be his bro's best man

Dorian rockin' it

Viki and clint, happy and in looooooove

I don't even know how to handle this right now, y'all. It's just so damn LOVELY.

Oh, uh, there's a new Destiny.

Here's why she was cast, i suppose

So that happened.

Wait, no, I'm going to stay positive because I am so happy! I did really like the new Matthew (I adore Eddie Alderson and there's just no replacing him, but hey, he wasn't available and I'm willing to accept a re-invention of the role if the actor is good, and Rob Gorrie certainly seems to be thus far!)

Oh right, and these two shared a screen again. In Llanview!

Todd and blair

Lookin' at his lady love

Oh those two

They certainly did not miss a beat. All that history and love and hate and all of it, right there right away.

I'm emotionally exhausted right now. I am also really effing tired. That's an early premiere! Obviously I'm not going to get up to watch it every morning at 5am, but it's cool that it's now something I can watch while I'm getting ready for work on weekday mornings. And I think the running time is more than enough for the content! I'm hoping as we move forward, we get to linger in scenes a little longer. I assume they just had to cram everyone into that first episode to give us little snippets on everyone's status (David mentioning Roxy made me very happy and hopeful, by the way!). And mercy, I hope not every episode is at the club. Techno music seriously makes my stomach hurt. I forgive everything today, but I'm well aware that would start to drive me crazy in the future if every scene is underscored with that club music.

Well, this whole silly "employment" thing precludes me from just sitting here going on and on about OLTL all day long, which is really all I want to do. How am I supposed to concentrate on anything else? Alas, it's sort of mandatory. So what did everyone else think? Does it still feel surreal to you guys? I can hardly believe it. I can't wait to dive into more story the rest of this week. And I'm just ridiculously giddy-happy for the cast and crew right now.

I wonder if I can cram AMC in before I leave my house. Can't wait, can't wait!

Aww

Our show is back, baby! 

Comments

Our people are back!!!!! I loved it!

OLTL is back and better than ever! I seriously got choked up during the first scene. Viki! Oh, how I've missed you.

On a totally shallow note, Cutter is hot, and the chemistry between him and Natalie was palpable. I also noticed a spark with Rama.

And Todd and Blair. Yeah, I'm biased. I love them, and the chemistry between them is as explosive as ever. From the opening montage to their first meeting in Shelter. I can't wait to see what happens between them and I hope Roger comes back to shoot for the second arc. I need some Todd and Blair!

Fucking fantastic. That's pretty much all I've got. The camera work and the sets are even better than they were on ABC-- not totally sure how that one happened, but I'm loving it.

Also, apparently having a baby does wonders for the female physique. Between Natalie and Destiny, I'm kind of convinced that pregnancy automatically makes you hot. Was that not the message I was supposed to get?

Oh, and how old is Dani? I couldn't really tell. But I'm already liking what they're doing with her character, cause I always thought ABC underused her. Plus, I like that they can swear now cause the idea of teenagers at a club getting hammered and NOT swearing is sort of ludicrous to me.

OLTL IS BACK, BABY!!!!

The show was GREAT. In every aspect. Wow wow WOW!
I'll admit that I was never a Natalie fan - and I take it all back. MA seems to FINALLY be in the hands of writers/directors who know what she's got. And man does she have it!
Vicki, Dorian, Clint, Bo, Nora - and NIGEL!!
And no Gigi or Rex there to fluck it up.
Todd, Blair, Tea.......my God how great!
And then Victor???!! Had no idea, none.
And I think I'm going to stay spoiler free from here on out.
IT'S BACK and IT'S GREAT.

So so so happy, teared up with that sign at the end "FOR OUR FANS"...I mean, who does that? I was expecting it to say some peoples names who gave money or something, but when i saw, TO OUR FANS in huge italic font, it seriously warmed the cockles of my heart!

Never thought much of Dani but after today I think she'll be a favorite-girls got chops and rocked every single scene. I love the cussing, lol. And Natalie and Cutter? yes. Worlds better than her and John, IMO. I am team Vickerman FOR LIFE and I was so psyched to see Nigel! Roxy & Alex? yes please! T&B - THANK YOU JEBUS!
SOOO STOKED ON THIS. Can't wait to watch err day, any time I want!

OLTL on ABC already had a simulated blow job scene a few years ago when Dorian went down there with David Vickers.

Another complaint I have seen is that Matthew has turned into a jerk. On OLTL on ABC Matthew was a feisty little brat before he went into the coma but when he came out of his coma and found out he had impregnated Destiny he was a real little piece of work. So that is very much in character.

I hope there's a bit more fill in on what they've all been up to the last year or so, but it's great so far.

Downward Spiral Dani for most improved character -- glad they found a way to make her marginally less boring.

OMG, Victor! I was totally unspoiled, did NOT expect that! For a sec as he walked into the club and I saw the stubble, I thought he was John McBain. So I was totally screaming OMG! And then the credit to the fans and I screamed some more.

I am so silly excited to have this show back, I just blurted it out to a friend who called a few minutes ago when she asked how things were going! LOL! but I don't care. I got my Viki back. And my Dorian. Life is as it should be.

Judy, I thought that it was McBain, too, for a moment. And being unspoiled made that reveal that much better.

I'm impressed by everything about the show so far. And I can definitely get behind a Cutter/Nat pairing. I wouldn't mind seeing a lot more of Cutter in general. In a number of different ways. ;)

I'm so excited, and still not quite believing, that the show is back!!

I love the idea of Natalie and Cutter, just because their squashname would be...Nutter!!!!

I like not this new Destiny. Part of the nice thing about the old one was showing that a big girl can end up with a hot rich guy. Now it's all about squeezing her into the tight dresses. Bleah.

"Well then, gimme shelter." Any time, Todd, any time.

OLTL was WAY BETTER than I was expecting!
I almost wet my pants when I saw the library at Llanfair! That set is what I picture when people say "Go to your Happy Place"... to see it again after already having said goodbye... I don't have a word for that feeling.
I did NOT like Blair hittin' on that kid... way more likely she would go after one of those hot bouncers at her club! Blair Cramer wants a MEAL, not a snack!!!
I was most impressed with Dani! She has grown as an actress & I'm excited to see where she goes from here!
I was fearful of the Destiny recast... the STRENGTH of the character was how REAL the previous actress was! But damn, this new actress IS sexy!
LOVED Tea's scene in the nursery!
EXCITED that David mentioned Roxy; that means there's a chance Ilene Kristen could come back!

Honestly, if they keep the cast the size as is for a while, I'd love it.
While I always liked both actresses I was never a fan of Jessica the character and only her relationships with her uncles and sister made her interesting.
And Brody. Dear lord, figure out a way to get us Brody back Prospect Park. I don't know how he left as, as soon as I realized just how much they were going to crap on the character/actor to push the McBain/Natalie & Ford/Jessica crap I left, it was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. But if Todd and Victor, can come back after all the bs they've pulled, separately and together, then they can figure out how to bring Brody back.
But back to Jessica: outside of the above character has never really stood on her own IMO so the fact that Natalie, a character who had so many layers and is played by a phenomenal actress, is front and center was worth it to me.
That scene of her coming home and just laying on the couch. I straight up started tearing up. The look of utter pain and sadness in her eyes, you could see how much she missed Jared in her eyes and how scared she was to let Cutter anywhere near her. And all without one word. Well done show and well done Melissa Archer.
Same with Tea. That little scene. Bloody hell.
Thanks for remembering to show us, not tell us, writers/directors. It's nice not to be condescended to.
And I was unspoiled so getting first Todd and then Victor sent me into a screaming fit of OMG, OMG, OMG which my poor husband was like, 'What is happening???'.

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