ATWT Opinion Article
In the world of soaps, sweeps months are usually the
time frames were most action takes place. Storylines are either wrapped
up and giving the viewer payoff for the loyalty of watching or stories
are sped up and taken in new, more exciting direction. Personally, I
look forward to sweeps months (February, May and November. August is a
minor sweeps month, but not as important as the three mentioned above)
and all the twists and turns the writers have in store for us that
November 2005 has to
be the most pathetic sweeps month ever for As The World Turns. All the
soapy goodness that makes soaps bubbly was missing. For those of you
that slept through the month hereís what happened:
BJ/Katie/Henry/Maddie/Mike: Upon revealing
himself as Byron Glass (Katieís former high school classmate) BJ Green
forced Katie to remain working at WOAK. Suspicious of BJís past Jack
Snyder tried to get a job with BJ without success, he later tried to
convince Henry to spy on BJ but he decline. Next, BJ drugged Henryís
martini and locked him in a wine cellar.
is where the story became total crap for me. People locked in cages,
basements, pits, wells, cellars or caves are usually redundant
storylines where nothing happens. The formula is always the same: 1.
Person is locked up. 2. Person is almost found by loved ones but is
never found. 3. Captor taunts the captive 4. Story usually puts viewers
fact that everyone except Maddie Coleman is blissfully unaware that
Henry could be in danger makes everything more boring and excruciatingly
wished this storyline couldíve played out differently. Making BJ a
creepy psycho dork so soon into his run was a foolish move. The
character is one-dimensional and very difficult to like. Iím sure the
Matie fans donít like him because heís messing with their couple, and
the rest of us donít like him because heís giving the stale, contrived,
boring Matie more airtime. I am beyond sick of this couple and every
stupid trial and tribulation they have to overcome. I hate Mike with a
passion, and Katie has become such a Stepford wife sheís unrecognizable.
Luke/Keith/Lily/Holden: After a brief
adventure I Mexico where Luke was almost chopped up and sold into the
black market everyone managed to make it back to town safe and sound.
Shortly after, Luke collapsed and fell gravely ill.
needed a kidney transplant fast or else he would die. Lily searched high
and low for a donor but came up empty handed. At the last minute Keith
made Lily an offer she couldnít refuse: A compatible kidney in exchange
for marriage. Lily gladly accepted and Luke was saved.
storyline gave new meaning to the word blackmail; I never thought anyone
would stoop so low as to hold an organ over someoneís head in exchange
for marriage- especially to such a boring character as Lily. This is
another stupid plot, if Lily is afraid of karma biting her all she has
to do is donate some huge amount to the hospital or any charity of her
choice. Keith and Lily donít have one molecule of chemistry together,
which makes this couple all the more horrible. Had Lily married Keith
before he gave her the kidney things would be more interesting, at this
point I donít think anyone can blame Lily for not marrying Keith. She
was desperate and wouldíve said anything at the time to save Luke.
a shame that Lucindaís cancer story, which has had some great moments
(Faith combing Lucindaís hair, Lucinda and Bob, Sierra holding Lucinda)
has faded away and turned into a story all about Lily and Holden.
Will/Gwen/Iris: November Sweeps further
solidified Will and Gwen as the showís next ďitĒ couple. Personally, I
donít like Gwen and Will together, I like Will alone and I donít like
Gwen either way. Anyway, Iris has successfully set up Will to go to
prison for poisoning her, (I knew that somewhere down the line Willís
past would resurface and work against him) and in doing so, will have
access to Billyís trust fund (in her own warped mind, anyway). First of
all, why is Iris dumping half the methanol bottle in her papaya juice?
She wants to get sick not DIE. And, most importantly how the heck is
Iris still alive? Rose DíAngelo DIED because she GARGLED with methanol,
how is it possible that Iris, who DRANK it, is still alive?
such a shame Iris is being written into a corner and leaving soon. I
love the character and Terri Garbo does a great job at playing trashy.
Hopefully Iris will return some dayÖ.
I jumped for joy when I saw Tom visiting Emily regarding Danielís
well being. When this baby switch ends Iím hoping beyond hope Tom takes
Daniel away from her. That bitch deserves nothing but pain and
Since when does Oakdale have yearly Fashion Awards? Anyway, Meg
looked beautiful in that black dressÖ
Iím loving Maddieís fantasies more and more. Theyíre cheesy, but
they fit the character and provide some needed comic relief.
Iím loving Maddie and Casey as a couple. These two are hot! Hot!
Iím sick of all these stupid projects that never happen: Will
taking a college tour, Jenn moving to Europe, Jenn opening a new company
with BarbaraÖ End the fake projects!
November Sweeps was a big disappointment; hopefully February Sweeps will
have better storylines in store for us.
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