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Shirley's Opinion #56
3/22 - 3/26/04
Do you ever wonder why things happen? You know, like
when someone walks into a store right behind you and bells go off, scaring
the bejeebers out of you, and you find out it's because they were the
gazillionth person to walk through the door so they won a shopping spree
or something. And you know that they were supposed to come in before
you but they stopped to look at something in their pocket and came in
right after you.....why? How come things worked out that way? It
could have been you, should have been you, but it was them instead. You
walk away shaking your head, wondering why, over and over and over, right?
Well, that's how I am beginning to feel about our favorite show.
Eve and Julian should have married way back when and
raised their child themselves. They should have been happy, whether
they had the Crane money or not. Yet they aren't. Not really.
Oh, Eve has been pretty happy, I guess, with TC and her girls, but
there has always been the memory of her son, thought to have died at
birth, and the memory of him being taken away, not really dying. And
Julian...well, he's had money and power and a beautiful wife, but never
love. And he became a hateful monster, able to do the most wicked
things to others without even blinking. Why? Both their
lives would have been so much happier the other way, yet it didn't happen
that way. Now they are both realizing what a mistake
they made, what they could have had if only......
Then there is Shuis. They should have been married a
long time ago. They should have two or three kids by now, living a
happy and productive life, secure in each other's love and in the basic
goodness of life. But, of course, it didn't happen that way. They
have been tortured over and over again, both almost dying several times
each, and now they are apart and miserable. It looks at though they
will never be happy again. Between Alistair, Beth, and Antonio, they
have been torn apart at the seams, tossed around like rag dolls, and left
feeling a deep and lasting pain that has no remedy in sight. Ok,
Sheridan isn't really aware of it, but she is feeling it. You and I
both know she is. Why?
The same can be said for Sam and Grace, Ethan and Theresa,
Miguel and Charity....all of them are with others, trying to be happy but
not able to. Not really, anyway. Sam has been snared by Ivy
like a rat in a trap, his heart shredded like cheese by the very woman he
is now getting closer to, while Grace has met the same fate. She is
now with a man she never met before in her life, yet she believes he was
her first husband, thanks to Ivy and David, and she is totally estranged
from the man she loves and her children, even though it is by her own
doing. I mean, she chose David over Sam, but she was trying to do
the right, moral thing. She never realized she has been had. Why?
Ethan is with Gwen, trying to be happy, but knowing his
heart really belongs to Theresa. She is now with his brother, Fox,
who has been very good to her, but who really loves Whitney, who is now
with Chad, her own half-brother....get the picture? Nothing works
right for anyone on this show. Ever. Even when it looks good,
it turns out to be awful. Why? And Charity gave Miguel up so
his baby daughter with Kay could live, but now she's miserable. She
has turned from being a really good, almost saintly young lady, to being
the town tramp, more or less. She has even stolen her cousin's true
love, Reese, because Little Endora gave him a body to die for.
Miguel, for his part, is still hurting by her rejection, but
seems to be turning toward Kay somewhat, which makes her very happy.
But how can you be happy in a one-sided relationship? I mean,
everyone knows he really loves Charity.
I don't know why I keep watching this show. I really
don't. It is the most depressing show I have ever watched in my
life. I have been watching soaps since the mid sixties, and before
that, I listened to them on the radio at my grandmother's house where, as
a small child, I was left while Mom and Dad went to work.
That's a long time, and I can tell you that in all that time I have
never seen or heard a soap that was as depressing as this one. Sure,
there was heartache and pain, couples falling in and out of love, etc.,
but it wasn't every couple on the show, all the time. There would be
one or two couples having problems, while the others would be in varying
stages of happiness in their lives. The writers on this show won't let
anyone be happy for more than a day or two, and haven't for several years.
I have heard there is a group of disgruntled fans out there who are
seriously thinking of filing a class action lawsuit against the show, the
writers, the network, etc., for causing them to be continually depressed,
ruining their lives. Now, I have no idea if that would work or not,
but hey......I am beginning to think it might be a good idea to join it.
I mean, sooner or later I am going to have to start taking some kind
of anti depressant to combat all this doom and gloom I am force-fed
every day, so I might as well make them pay the pharmacy bills, right?
Ok, so that's going a bit far, but you and I both know
this show is pathologically depressing. I don't think it's too much
to ask that the writers find a way to make some of the residents of
Harmony really, truly, happy. And not just the evil ones, like
Alistair, Ivy, David, Tabby, and Kay. No, it's time the good guys
got to be happy at last. As a matter of fact, it's way past time.
But, do I think there is a chance in heck that this show will change
for the better, and happiness will start breaking out all over Harmony any
time soon? No, not on your life. As a matter of fact, I am of
the opinion that they are planning to take this show off the air before
too much longer, and once the final air date has been set, then and only
then will the secrets start to be revealed and the couples start to
actually be happy. And then "The End" will flash across
the screen and it will all be over. All those years of pain and
unhappiness for maybe ten minutes of joy. I'm not sure it will all
have been worth it, so I have to ask what the reason was for starting this
show in the first place. Why did they think we would enjoy being
driven to Prozac day after day? I don't think we'll ever know the
answer to that question, but I can tell you one thing. At this
point, it looks like we will still be watching when the final curtain does
fall and Harmony fades back into sleepy little hollow it came from once
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