And That Life Keeps On Livin'
Y'all, I have in no way calmed down or adjusted to this little fantasy world we're now living in where we can wake up to new episodes of One Life to Live every day.
And it's just getting better, really. The first episode really had to cram everyone in, have an event as a set-piece, and give at least basic teasers for all the major plotlines. Since then, they've settled in a bit and we're delving a little deeper without having to spread everyone too thin. Tuesday's episode had the odd hiccup of Victor's big "back from the dead" return being pretty much the most anticlimactic entrance of a zombie anyone's ever seen -- most people just looked a little surprised or unnerved that he was in town but, you know, not enough to actually ask him why or how. I mean come on! They even ask for I.D. on Amtrak now!
But today, they awesomely finally let someone think it was a big freakin' deal. To be fair, the long-time residents of Llanview probably see about three or four people come back from the dead in a slow year, so it's really more like getting a surprise phone call. Dani, however, has only been in town a few years so it's a little more shocking (though of course the last guy she thought was her dad before she thought Victor was her dad was also presumed dead and then turned up out of nowhere still alive, and then turned up one more time way shorter and promptly got very dead again).
Téa was so excited for Dani to see that Victor's alive that it didn't occur to her to, say, check with a doctor or even just tell her hospitalized, recently-overdosed daughter that she about to get a visit from The Walking Dead, but that's so very Téa of her, isn't it?
Dani's immediate reaction was not calm joy, which must have been confusing to her mother.
But she got over it pretty quickly and accepted his mortality, or immortality as the case may be. No questions asked, naturally!
Speaking of Dani's dads, her third one got the scenes I'd been dying for.
Todd and his big sister, together again! Erika Slezak and Roger Howarth have always just been dynamite in scenes together, and I love how Viki grounds him and tries to keep him in line and he just can't help but soften.
Love it! And they even got into their little newspaper-publishing competitive sibling rivalry. I think my favorite new thing about the reboot so far might be how it's positioned journalism as a central theme, and that had long been missing as a foundation of this show.
And Todd got to call Viki on her actual "bullshit!" And did I mention that yesterday Blair finally got to just tell it like it is and call Todd an "asshole" instead of the "YOU BASTARD" we've been hearing for decades? JOY. PURE JOY.
Todd filled Viki in on how he had a brief fling with a lady person back in Port Charles and pretended to be glad it's over since she was so high-maintenance (Carly is indeed that, my friend!), at which point Viki hilariously asked if he could say that about any woman after Blair. Yeah, Vikster, it was really Blair that was the high-maintenance one in that relationship! Love it. (Oh man, I'm really going to have to come up with variances on "love it," aren't I? IT'S JUST THAT I LOVE IT SO MUCH.)
Red letter day alert: Sam Manning is back in our lives! Little glasses and all!
My heart. And he has to teach David Vickers some better texting techniques because of course. (How are they going to explain his father's status among the living to him? Did he really much notice his dad was dead, and how quickly are we going to get Spidey Sam scenes between him and his Uncle Todd??)
And Dorian gave advice to one of her Cramer girls!
So sweet. And I can't even tell you how thrilled I am that La Boulaie is one of the core sets of the reboot. It feels good to know they understand the importance of that family on the OLTL canvas. (And functions just fine without her majesty Starr! Other Cramer women can totally drive story. Like a lot. And spectacularly.)
And Blair, David, and Dorian are getting up to "plans" together. I love when those three get into collective shenanigans!
Oh yeah, and the Two Todds!
The really exciting story that got off to such a great start but then got stopped dead in its track for a murder mystery instead? REMEMBER THAT ONE? It's being told now!
Todd also had some nice low-key scenes with Dani. Kelley Missal and Roger Howarth have a nice rapport, which they got very little chance to show the last time-around so this was a nice treat.
Speaking of nice parent-child rapport, Nora and Matthew also had a sweet little scene. Nora is, of course, being way too overbearing for the parent of a legal adult and all, but she provided Matthew with a nice explanation -- reminding us of all the hell that the family's been through and how frightening it is to worry about what could be happening to him. And hell, she did help cover up a murder he committed!
And I'm likin' this Robert Gorrie kid a lot so far. Nice casting choice.
And then Nora and Bo started to get it on.
That's right. Get it, Red!
Speaking of "red," though, where's Natalie? Tomorrow, perhaps? Soon, I'm sure!
Well, I really am just still like a kid in a candy store and am just a gleeful bag of happy. And I'm loving how much buzz the new shows are getting (and I'm super-psyched about OLTL's two Daytime Emmy nominations because maybe that'll help keep interest up!) and how happy the cast and crew seem to be. This is just damn fun, which is what soaps are for. Go figure!