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Natali the Stayhomegoddess
Week Ending Friday, Jan. 6 2006
||On the Box this week I will explore the ins and outs of Sandy’s
Psyche, a new approach, why Guiding Light writers are determined to join
together Alan-Michael and Marina, New couples, and Rick and Mel and their ever
rapidly aging daughter Leah.
Debuting this week was Guiding Lights first ever “Inside the Light”, which
featured (big surprise) Beth Eller’s Harley. I wouldn’t have minded so much
except for the fact that I hate the storyline we have going on right now with
her as CEO, and Gus who may or may not be dead because Alan may or may not be a
threat to his wife and family. It was interesting though to see Guiding Light is
testing the waters in an effort to regain it’s status as a successful soap and
hopefully save the Light from being turned off for good. I think they will go in
order according to fan favorites, or at least writer favorites. As long as they
keep out the newbies such as Sandy I will be happy. Next week is Reva and Josh,
I look forward to seeing my favorite stars getting to carry an entire episode of
GL it’s a nice change so Kudos to GL for that!
I would like to give a special “shout out” to the joining of Dinah and Mallet. I
feel that the conversation Harley and AC had was the closure needed to allow
Mallet to move further with Dinah. I love this couple together, they compliment
each other perfectly and the love scenes have been steamy, in a very
tamed/respectful Guiding Light sort of way .I want to thank GL again for
bringing us Robert Bogue who is an amazing contribution to the Guiding Light
I was delighted to see the last standing Bauer’s featured on several episodes
this week. Rick and Mel are such a great couple and epitomize what the Bauer’s
mean to the show. Although I realize they are being featured to make way for a
new and improved “older Leah” (don’t get me started) and that the intention is
hopefully not to imply that Rick and Mel actually have valid marital problems,
but that they just need their little girl home to feel more like a family. I
look forward to seeing more Michael O’Leary (Rick) in 2006 and am also glad that
there will be some much needed ethnic diversity in featuring Mel and Leah and
hopefully uncle Remy can stop by every now and again. I’m jes sayin…
Ummm OK I consider myself to be a very hip person, open to just about anything
that GL can conjure up. (Tammathan for example) But, I refuse to get on board
with the Alan-Michael/Marina coupling. I was glad at New Years when it was made
clear to Marina by A.M. that she was a kid in his eyes and that it was just
harmless flirting. Silly me I assumed GL came to it’s senses and realized that
Marina just ain’t all that, oh and also that she is his ex-stepdaughter/niece
(by way of Harley and Lucy) and according to GL’s timeline 23 years her senior.
EEEW I know I know it’s a Soap, there are no rules, this new Alan-Michael is
clearly in his 30s while Marina (born onscreen in 1993) is supposed to be over
21 years old along with Tammy (born in 1990) and Lizzie (Born onscreen 1990 set
back to 86 when she turned 18 on screen in 2004) . It’s not even the age thing
that bothers me really, it’s the fact that I haven’t like a storyline starring
Marina since Aubrey Dollar filled the role out so nicely and had the pleasure of
driving Ben Reid to commit suicide. Since then the writers have scrambled to
figure out what kind of person Marina Cooper should be, settling on making her a
mini-Harley, all self-righteous and a Cop and always gotta have a man and fight
for what’s right. I think Mandy Bruno (Marina) is a beautiful girl and a very
good actress but she just doesn’t have chemistry with any of her leading men,
and doesn’t ooze the sexuality that the writers continue to press upon her. Just
Last but not least.. Psycho Sandy has got to go! I have “mentioned” how
unrealistic this character is. He is not likeable or unlikable just intolerable.
I could care less about the welfare of this character and the way they make it
seem as though he is unstable and dangerous is just laughable. The whole
obsessed with Tammy thing and trying to scare her back into loving him is so
cliché and sooo boring. I do not want to see another Cassie and Edmund story
played out through Cassie’s offspring. Tammy and Jonathan will have enough
problems trying to maintain their relationship without the wet blanket turned
villain, Sandy Foster getting all up in their mix. Word of advice for Sandy, “
Lose the full length, black, “scary” trench coat.. Put the motorcycle jacket
back on and hop on a Harley and get outta town!
Well that’s it for this week. I think there are some great story lines a brewing
for 2006. Jeffrey revealed, Inside the Lights, the birth of Tammathan, the death
of Sandy (God willing!) Leah comes home, Josh and Olivia give it another go, or
just drive Reva crazy in the process. And much, much more. Till next time, this
is Natali the Stayhomegoddess stepping off the SOAPBOX ,for now!
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