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The Ups and Downs of One Life to Live
Written 6/8/03 by Suzanne originally for
One Life to Live has improved a lot this year. The stories are more
exciting and, frankly, make more sense. A lot of interesting characters
have been brought back or have been brought into the front. Some deadwood
(Sami, Liz and Keri) has been cut away and thing runs more smoothly.
Not that the show is perfect. The recent episode where five women were
held hostage is a good example. Many of the scenes were fantastic when
showing how each of the characters—Nora, Flash, Marcie, Natalie &
Carlotta—dealt with the situation. It was fascinating to watch each reveal
personal stories about motherhood as Nora tried to get the bad guy, Cole,
to remember his mother and give up his gun.
What went wrong: Troy inexplicably came in to deal with Carlotta's heart
attack. Why would the police department put another civilian in danger?
Surely they must have a cop with medical experience for situations like
these. Even a paramedic would make more sense than a doctor from the
hospital. Troy was pretty useless anyway. He gave Cole some drug that was
supposed to knock him out, but instead it did nothing. Troy is leaving the
show so it would have been better if he had been killed while trying to
rescue the women, and thus earning Nora's eternal forgiveness.
After the hostages were let go, did we really need to see he and Antonio
fighting? It was so anti-climatic at that point. It would have been
greater if Natalie had saved the day when she hit him on the head (why is
it that people on TV only hit the bad guy ONCE and then don't immediately
tie him up, run for help, or hit him again?) For once it would have been
nice to see a woman save the day instead of a man.
I've heard other fans complain that the show has been too violent (I don't
think it's any more violent than GH, but perhaps that's a bad example), or
that it's become the Mitch Lawrence Show.
Soaps are struggling right now for ratings and the networks want faster
stories that appeal to younger people. That means more “action”, and on
TV, action usually means violence. It did seem like OLTL killed off a lot
of people in a short time, but Victor was already thought to be dead for
years, Sam and Liz were very boring, and we know that Keri and her baby
didn't really die. That pales in comparison to Faith's multiple homicides
and attempted homicides on GH, I think (not even counting all of the times
Zander gets beat up, someone blows up something, or Jason shoots someone).
It's true that Mitch has become the center of the show, in a way. Really
he's become a common enemy. That gives all of the characters a common
story, drawing them all in together. It brought Dorian back, and that in
itself is a good enough reason to put up with Mitch (personally I love
Roscoe Born). My only complaint is, it would have been nice to see Mitch
show more of his human side this time around, since he has Jessica and
Walker. Now that Mitch seems to be going over the edge mentally, maybe
he'll wind up in St. Anne's next to Lindsay! Or perhaps he has DID like
Viki, so she'll have to feel sorry for him and excuse him for everything
he's done (after all, one of her alters “killed” Victor and burned down
Llanfair, yet she didn't go to jail). Wouldn't that be a hoot?
I applaud the show for cutting some actors and concentrating on the
Cramers and Buchanans. But I don't like to see Troy leave (isn't he the
only doctor in town? Will we get to see Larry again?) and I'm concerned
that Max and Hank are being taken off-contract. I've always liked both
characters. If Hank goes, where does that leave R.J. If Max goes, what
about Al and Gabrielle? I'm already worried that Bo and Nora will
reunited, leaving poor Gabi alone. With no Max to turn to, will they just
writer her out? I sure hope not. I will grant you that Troy and Hank can
be “boring” because they are such good guys most of the time. Hank has
always been very straight-laced, but they could write him more interesting
by having him have a mid-life crisis or develop a drinking problem. Troy
has already shown himself to be flawed, so he is not always such a good
guy. He needed another bizarre love interest like Lindsay (but with fewer
Well, I will wait and see how it all turns out…
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