ATWT Opinion Article
Week of 6/27/05 thru
It’s been well over 3 months since I last wrote a
column for the ATWT Section for TV MegaSite. I’ve been away from both
the show and this column for personal reasons which are behind me now
and hopefully I can now return to write my columns, that is if Boo (the
fabulous manager of the Daytime Section of TV Megasite) will still have
me. Now on with the show…
Last time Meg Snyder
was onscreen I was barely a toddler, seeing her onscreen for the first
time left a good impression on me. Actress Marie Wilson is doing a very
good job with the role. However I don’t quite see a connection between
Meg and Dusty. I am sure the Meg and Dusty of years past (which were
played by Jennifer Ashe and Brian Bloom respectively) had good
chemistry, but with the recasts I don’t see any. To me, the problem lies
with Grayson McCouch (Dusty). I was not too fond of his pairing with
Lucy, nor his relationship with Sierra and Jenn and Meg. It is in my
humble opinion that I suggest the role be recast with an actor who is
more compatible with his onscreen ladies. Possibly, TPTB have not
created a storyline which will make me realize the potential McCouch has
as an actor, but in years past I have not been impressed by his work.
Speaking of Dusty,
he is too involved in the lives of Jennifer and Mike. He has a history
with Craig and knows how deadly he can be (Lucy anyone?), however it is
neither his job nor his mission to protect Jenn from evil, nasty Craig.
This is where Mike comes in; as her husband Mike has the right, make it
the OBLIGATION to defend his wife and her unborn baby from any harm that
might come their way. Dusty’s presence is not needed in this situation.
That being said, how foolish is Jennifer to risk her baby by staging the
fall at The Lakeview? I don’t care if her personal defense classes
taught her how to “take a fall”, she purposely endangered her child’s
life and there is no excuse for that. Her plan could not have worked
better: Sierra and Dusty were present, not to mention Bob and Kim who
are the pillar of Oakdale morality. It was nice to see Hal interact with
his daughter and show concern for her (Welcome Back Benjamin
Hendrickson!), although the “instant restraining order hearing” was
ridiculous. I don’t care how many influences Hal has, in real life it
would be next to impossible to have a court hearing and a verdict
that fast. Five years is way too long a sentence for Craig to be
distanced from his son, TPTB are setting the stage for Craig’s demise,
however he is being ruined for the sake of the storyline. Sure Craig
could be nasty and annoying at times but he was never downright vicious.
His actions always have a “good reason” in his mind but risking Jennifer
and the baby is not something Craig would do. At this point the
character has been wasted; the humorous Craig of the past is long gone.
On a different note,
Lucinda’s cancer storyline is being well written. Kudos to the writers
for keeping realism in this story. However I would like to see a scene
where some women of Oakdale such as Barbara, Kim, Lisa and Nancy have
mammograms themselves, to further make the point across that all women
need to be checked regularly. The flashbacks between Lucinda and Lily
were priceless; especially to relative newcomers like me (I’ve been
watching for about two years). The story is doing a good job of bringing
a family together. The hug between Lily, Lucinda and Sierra on Friday
was touching, and the conversation between her and Luke further
strengthened their bonds. However I am furious at Lily for yelling at
Keith the truth about Lucinda’s current medical state! She has no RIGHT
to tell strangers what is wrong with her mother!
is back in town. I must say I did not miss him in the weeks he was gone.
I may be reading too much into things but where did Keith get such a
huge wad of cash? It is illogical to assume his job with the new medical
company pays so well, considering he has not even began working for
them. Anyway, I was glad Lily stood him up at Metro. I can’t forgive him
for the horrible way in which he treated the Snyder Clan during Julia’s
Murder Mystery. Hopefully Lily will make her way back to Holden fast,
because Lily and Keith are the worst couple since Lucy and Rafael.
Another couple that
is not working for me is Paul and Emily. I am aware they have a history
together, but the chemistry is simply not there. Whenever they are
together I am distracted by the resemblance between both actors, and I
can’t help but mentally debate who has the best well kept hair (after
long thought I’ve come to realize Paul has the better locks, Emily’s
roots are just distracting). Hopefully the story will pick up now that
Barbara has discovered their affair, and Paul and Emily will have
something else to do rather than go at it like bunnies. I may be
grasping at straws here but I wouldn’t mind a possible Barbara-Hal
reunion, the age difference between Emily and Hal was a big pet peeve of
By far the most
interesting storyline is the Gwen-Will-Celia-Casey quadrangle. Honestly
I only care about Will and Gwen, Celia and Casey are completely
disposable. I am really enjoying the scenes between Barbara, Gwen and
Will. The idea of Barbara taking Gwen under her wing is excellent in a
twisted sort of way, but how will she react when she finds out Gwen’s
baby is not a Ryan? I’m guessing Gwen and the baby will be back in the
garage before you can say “haute couture”. The scene with Gwen seeing
the Ryan Clan bickering at Paul’s apartment showed Gwen what exactly she
was getting herself into and no surprise she ran for the hills.
nearly impossible for me to like Casey, his surfer look, bad attitude
and his constant snotty remarks to Gwen make him impossible to have any
sympathy for. I will be dancing when he finds out he is the father of
Gwen’s baby, and he better step up to the plate and take responsibility
for his actions. Celia has grown as a character since the sad day she
jumped out of that orange crate, she has taken the annoyance and
whininess down a few notches, but alas I still cannot tolerate her! I am
counting the days until her summer exit (supposedly scheduled for
August) comes around.
exactly does Hannah know about Carly’s father that could be so
devastating? I’m really interested by this story and so far the
execution is promising; my head is spinning with theories among them:
Gwen is Carly’s sister, Lisa is Carly’s mother (now that I would
love to see!), Ray Tenney is not Carly’s biological father and Bob or
James are, and many more which are too insane to mention. By the look of
the previews this story should be picking up next week.
- Katie and Henry are divorcing. So what? I’ve stopped caring for
either character a long time ago. I am praying to the soap Gods a
“Matie” reunion will not be taking place anytime soon. I like “Menn”
just where they are.
- I nearly fell out of my seat laughing when Jack and Carly got
busted by the cops for making out on Monday’s romance filled episode.
- Will the truth behind Meg and Josh’s break-up ever be revealed?
- I think Luke would make an addition to the teen scene. I want to see
him interact with people his own age, not just his parents and
- Congratulations to Head Writer Jean Passanante, the stories are
improving, the veterans are being used more. The improvement is
reflected in the increasing ratings. According to June 20-24 ratings
ATWT scored #3 out of the nine soaps, behind Y&R and B&B.
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