2017 Soaps Round-up(ish) and Round Table(ish)
I thought about trying to do some sort of year-end post since I've been a much more active viewer this year, but then I realized... not enough. I looked back through posts and I checked in on General Hospital in January and then again in May and I truly can't remember how much of The Bold and the Beautiful I watched because it's so repetitive that's it confusing to track time. And I believe I've been watching Days of Our Lives since late October. So I'm going to half-ass it, with just some random thoughts and the major disclaimer that this is by no means thorough. But let's take a look at a few bests and worsts.
GH: Did someone say "Ask Man Landers?" There's really no need to expand on that.
DAYS: Will's not dead. It involved so many people and Alison Sweeney, Deidre Hall, and Chandler Massey gave truly incredible performances. The best part was that it was told with compassion.
Honorable mention goes to GH for Jason's return, but points were deducted for the ridiculous preparation for it in which all the characters started announcing Jason just hadn't been the same since his new-faced return from the dead (in stark contrast to literally everything we saw over those years), and even more points deducted for playing it safe-and-boring by having Jason completely the same and unaffected by his five-year ordeal.
MOST UNDERUSED CHARACTERS/ACTORS
This one's surely a tie between two shows.
GH: Are you freaking kidding me with how little you use Dominic Zamprogna? There are literally dozens of ways Dante could be involved in every storyline, and they have one of their best actors just standing around delivering support and exposition.
B&B: Avants and Avant-adjacent people. Are Maya and Rick on this show anymore? They friggin' should be! And then they have actual legends playing Maya's parents and barely bother, because lord knows we need to see more of Steffy and Bill for some reason.
B&B: Katie and Wyatt. Don't even act like it's scandalous, it's a smaller age difference than most of the couples on that show and they are hot as hell. Now let's just give them more screentime.
GH: Hayden and Finn. They knew they were writing her off and all of a sudden knew how to write a great couple. It's a shame they ended it, but pretty quickly we'll get to why we can live with it. Kevin and Laura are an honorable mention, but The Olds don't get much attention. Drew and Sam are another honorable mention, but they only seemed to heat them up in service of the oncoming triangle with the Holy Hitman.
GH: Carly and Sonny. The full-on smug has returned and it's unbearable.
MOST DISAPPOINTING FALLOUT
GH: Nelle's scam. Months and months and months of the poor (very good) actress having to play virtually no context, and then it turned out she was just mad because her dad had also been Carly's adoptive dad and abandoned Carly? Huh? "What goes around comes around, bitch" should've been a line for the ages but it just sort of sputtered. We want "chickens coming home to roost" stories for Carly (and DEAR LORD FOR SONNY), but they never actually follow through. Even since then Nelle is a cipher. Here's hoping she and Ava actually become confidants so we know anything real.
B&B: Literally anything that happens with Bill. It's a friggin' joke.
GH: Anna and Finn. They are classic soap, and the build-up is so great. They feel so old-school, not forced, just having fun. And the actors are delivering, big-time.
DAYS: Will and Paul, who have way more chemistry than Sonny with either fella. And just watch the way Will looks at Paul. It's hot.
GH: Lulu. They (blissfully) did not write Emme Rylan's pregnancy into the show and made good visuals of it. God bless.
HOTTEST PEOPLE THE SHOWS DON'T SEEM TO TREAT AS THE HOTTEST
DAYS: Eli. Eve.
There's a lot more to discuss, like why we hate brunettes again or why GH and B&B so love to pair women with abusive men and ask us to swoon, or why DAYS attempted a "ripped from the headlines" type story about an unarmed black man being shot by a cop and focused it on all the white people in the story, or why B&B's 30th anniversary didn't do more nostalgia and sort of ruined Sheila's return. Feel free to discuss in the comments! But...
I also want to do a round-table topic. I was thinking about the scorn I've gotten over the years as a soap viewer. We all know people think we're ridiculous for it, and while (yup) some viewers are overinvested lunatics who yell at actors or tell writers they are bad people, those of us who have some brain activity have our own appreciation. So share your stories! Who has given you crap for being a soap viewer? Who have you hidden it from, and did they ever find out?
(And I remind you, you don't have to use your real email address to comment even though it asks for it. Just make something up!)