|November 23, 2007
Hallooooo my lovelies!
Please, pull up a barstool and let's hunker down to discuss the State
In some ways, OLTL is better than it has been for a long, LONG time.
I mean, seriously better! And in other ways, it still
has a ways to go - but that's okay, because unlike over at AMC, you
can actually SEE the positive turnaround.
Let's examine the positives:
Viki finally has her own storyline - one not revolving around propping
up her RIDICULOUS daughters! WOOOOOOOOT!!
The humanity in Todd (that I have always known to lurk under the
surface) is finally working its way to the surface. We are seeing
less of the Jerk!Todd and more of the layers that facade hides.
We are seeing more of the vets! That is always a good thing in my
David Vickers is back on canvas!
Alex Olanov is back and scheming in true Alex fashion!
We haven't seen a whole lot of Adri-YAWN-a lately.
Now, onto the complaining (which you all know that I do so well):
I say again... Bo missed the reading of the will to stay home and
"tend" to Lindsay?! WTF?! No, no, no, no, no!! Big mistake. It's
not that I have a problem with Bo and Lindsay friend-ing up again, I
don't - but for him to have stayed home when the rest of the clan
headed off to Texas? VERY, VERY out of character for Bo. And really,
what was he going to do for Lindsay in those few days? Or even one
day? She's already institutionalized, she's out of harm's way, what
more could have gone wrong for her in the day or two it took for Bo to
go back and forth from Texas?
Please, please, put us out of our agony here? Having Sarah on canvas
is simply pointless. Pairing her with Cristian does absolutely
nothing for either character. If they are not going to bring back
Tina, then Sarah needs to go back on the road, or to London to be with
Speaking of Cristian... Does he really have to have a relationship
with every Buchanan female?!
Nat, Jess, Nash, Jared...
Are we still in high school? While we're on the subject of Jared,
let's dish about a few rumors/spoilers out there, shall we? Jared now
knows that David Vickers is the long-lost Buchanan brother. He also
knows that Nigel doesn't want that revelation to see the light of
day. (Why, Nigel, WHY?!) What will he do now? Word has it that HE
is going to pretend to be the long-lost Buchanan brother himself -
even going so far as to steal some of David's hair for a DNA test to
I'm sorry... Haven't we done this before? You know, on the Lord side
of the family tree? Isn't that EXACTLY what David did years ago when
he pretended to be Victor Lord's long-lost son and Viki's brother? (I
have no doubt that David did it waaay better than Jared will be able
to pull off, BTW!)
Anyway, it's the SAME DAMN THING; right down to the part about being
in love/lust with a female "relative" at the same time! In David's
case, it was Tina. He couldn't very well BE a Lord and still be
bedding Tina - his supposed SISTER, could he?
Now we have Jared, who is supposedly enamored of Natalie who, if he
really WERE Asa's son and Clint's brother, would be Jared's NIECE!!
If they do go this route, we're going to have to endure the
squickiness of watching them fight off their "overwhelming" attraction
to one another because they're family.
Been there, done that, can we try something else? Oh yes, and while
you're at it, can we give Renee back her bullshit radar? She should
have been able to spot Jared coming from five miles away - grieving or
not. Please, we all know better.
Can we end the Marcie-Tommy-Todd fiasco THIS MONTH? Please? I'm
begging here! It's gone beyond ridiculous now and it has to stop! I
have to wonder if TPTB are trying to make Marcie irredeemable in the
eyes of OLTL viewers. Now, I know that there are some of you out
there who loathe Todd and are rooting for Marcie (to each their own)
but this has gone on long enough and it's doing nothing to make Marcie
look heroic or self-sacrificing. It does neither. It makes her look
selfish, unbalanced, and frankly, very much a bad mother.
I was nearly screaming at my TV when Marcie was telling her side of
the story to Gigi the other day. Note to Marcie, coming clean and
telling the truth means telling the WHOLE truth, not just the parts
that make you look good. I couldn't help but notice how she ommitted
pertinent facts, like the fact that Michael has known all year long
that Tommy was really Todd's and hid it. She also ommitted the fact
that she firmly believed that Todd had been wrongfully robbed of his
son and deserved to get him back... that she had no problem with Todd
being near or even HOLDING Tommy at times for her... right up to the
moment she learned that Tommy was the missing Manning son in
Suddenly, Todd didn't deserve to have anything to do with HER son.
Suddenly, he was a bad father with screwed up kids - ONE of whom she
trusted completely to babysit Tommy. Funny how she trusted and
admired and adored Starr right up to the time when Starr called her on
keeping her baby brother away from her and Jack as well as Todd. She
didn't think Starr was too screwed up until then. Another thing I
noticed was the glaringly apparent ommission of the fact that Tommy
had been STOLEN at birth from Todd AND Margaret. She mentioned Todd
trying to kill Margaret, but never mentioned the WHY of it. She never
admitted that Margaret was a complete psycho who had been terrorizing
(not to mention trying to kill) Todd and/or his family for quite a
while, or the fact that Margaret raped Todd in order to conceive
Tommy. Nope, cause that might have made Gigi change her mind about
helping her out.
The bottom line in this? Marcie isn't doing what she's doing to
PROTECT Tommy; she's doing it because she simply doesn't want to give
him up - PERIOD. She is being selfish to the point where she is
endangering Tommy's life, his health, his security/well-being. She
fully expects Michael to give up Tommy and to forget all about him -
and her - but she's not willing to do the same? She's not putting
Tommy's needs ahead of her own and that speaks volumes about her
To sum it up? Viki needs to bump into her in the hallway - I mean
they RIGHT across the freaking hall from each other for crying out
loud!!! Once she does bump into Marcie (and assuming that anyone has
bothered to tell her about the Tommy situation) Viki needs to get her
"Mama Bear" persona on and take Marcie to
Random thought: I have to wonder if Viki DOES know what's been
happening with regard to the Tommy sitch...? You would think that
Natty or Jess would have mentioned it to her, but then... there is
simply NO way that Viki would have stayed in Paris (Texas, y'all)
given everything that Todd was going through. She would have been
front and center at the custody hearing and; when Marcie took off with
Tommy, Viki would have been right there offering help and moral
support - no question. So, while part of me hopes that she knows
about Marcie absconding with Tommy; so that she can bitch-slap some
sense into the woman and take Tommy back to Llanview herself - there's
another part of me that hopes she doesn't know; else she will have
been behaving VERY out of character herself. (Least Bo would have
some company there!)
Onto Nora and Clint...
It's just too icky! Why, why, WHY are they going THERE?! Those Buch
men swap women too much as it is, but for Clint to fall for Bo's
ex-mother-of-his-only-child??!! Nonononononono! And, lest anyone
forget, Nora and Viki are FRIENDS! Close friends. (Moreso than they
have shown onscreen in some time.) Nora knows that Viki is still
wrestling with some unresolved feelings/issues where Clint is
concerned and she would NEVER go there with her friend's ex. Never.
Please... fix it? Now? Just...
In summation, my lovelies, in spite of my nitpicks here, OLTL is and
has been on the upswing ever since Carlivati has taken on more and
more of the writing and especially since her name disappeared from the
credits entirely. Yes, there have been some missteps, but they are
What say you? Toss back a few on the house and let me hear what you
think. Until next time - CHEERS!!
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