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Shirley's Opinion #67
6/14 - 6/18/04
What a week. Oh, not that it was all that good, but
it was a good mixture, and that's something to cheer about, right?
We all know there have been many, many weeks of nothing good at all, so I
think we need to cheer when we have the chance, even if only
First of all, hooray for Shuis!! Sheridan finally
remembered she really loves Luis, at last. But.....was anyone else
as unimpressed with her "remembery" as I was? I mean,
after all the things he has done to help her remember, even taking her on
a sexy get-away (ok, he kidnapped her) to a deserted island, and all it
took was watching him walk through the door on his way to jail to do it?
Don't get me wrong. I loved the flashback montage. I really
did. But it just seemed like such an anemic method of remembering to
me. I know, I'm being entirely too picky about it, but it just
wasn't the big Oomph I was waiting for. It just doesn't seem as good
as I thought it would be. And of course we already know they aren't
really going to be together for a while, yet, so maybe that's what's
dampening it. It just feels too much like the big reveal of what's
in TC's shed. The same kind of "Is that all there is?"
feeling of the kid who only gets one present for Christmas and it's a pair
of new underwear.
I'm still trying to figure out why Theresa broke up with
Fox. I thought she was going to confess what she had done, or at
least the general outline of it, and then Fox would get angry and run to
Whitney, but no. She told him she can't be with him anymore because
she loves someone else more. Now, all of us know she meant Little
Ethan, and that simply makes no sense without being said in the context of
her having done something horrible but it's only because she loves him so
much. I simply have the feeling that the writers aren't even trying
anymore. They say "Let's take the story this way" and then
either take the shortest path, or else simply transport the characters to
where they want them, leaving us with no explanation of how they got
there. It just feels like they are skipping steps at every turn.
I'm not sure what the outcome will be for these six characters (Fox,
Theresa, Ethan, Gwen, Whitney, and Chad) but I sure hope they do a better
job of giving us the story from here on out.
Now, I'm really confused here. Just when did Liz
become Eve's half sister? Oh, yeah. When the writers decided
to have Aunt Irma be the pivotal character in the secret-leaking game.
Well, once again, the writers have taken a short cut from left field.
I really wish they would stop that, you know? Anyway, now we find
out that Eve has locked up her poor old Aunt Irma to keep her quiet.
First off, let me say I think Aunty is right where she belongs,
personally. That lady is wacko! But at the same time I keep
asking myself how Liz, even as a half sister, wouldn't have known
something about her at all, especially since Aunt Irma supposedly was
around Eve quite a bit while she was growing up and knows about everything
that happened to her. It just doesn't make sense and is another
example of loose writing habits. I mean, since Liz has been gone all
those years, it isn't surprising she wouldn't know their Aunt was in a
nursing home, or that Eve had secreted her away when she really doesn't
need to be there. Why take the step of changing them to half sisters
after all this time? Well, it's just one of those things that will
never have a satisfactory explanation, like why it rains every time you
wash your car.
I did love the connection between Julian and Ivy this
week. I thought it was one of the better written scenes, actually,
and fit quite nicely into both their old personalities and their new ones.
I like the way they could finally resolve the fact that neither of
them wanted to be in the marriage in the first place, and they need to get
over it and get on with their lives now. I loved how Ivy finally
showed some interest in what's going on with Fox, too. Poor kid
certainly never had a mother's love growing up, but I guess maybe it's
better late than never. It has brought back the Ivy that began the
show, and I have really missed her a lot. While Julian's
transformation has been an enjoyable one, the changes in Ivy have really
bugged me, since I started out admiring her and the person she was and
ended up seeing her as an evil, selfish, heartless witch, with a capital
"B". I certainly like the original better, in her case.
Finally, what can I say about Kay? I know she's done
horrible things, but I also know she did it out of her immense craving to
be loved, and I can't overlook that fact. All she's ever wanted is
to be loved, and she never felt it from her mother, especially since
Charity came to live with them. She placed all her hopes for love on
Miguel, and has tried to guard them very jealously, and that's what caused
her to do the things she's done. I really do feel sorry for her.
Now she will never be able to have the family she wanted to have because
of that all-consuming need to keep Miguel. I hope this means she
will be through with him for good. I also hope it doesn't turn her
even more bitter and resentful. I would love to see Kay turn her
desire for a family into a driving need to help kids whose lives aren't
very happy. You know, like a foster mother, or something like that.
And I really want someone to come to town who will love her like she needs
to be loved. And in light of what has happened to her, I hope more
than ever that the rumors going around of Charity and Miguel leaving and
taking Maria with them are untrue. That would be too much to bear,
in my opinion, and as tired as I am of the things going on already with
this show, it might just be the straw that sends me looking for something
else to watch.
Well, next week seems as if it could be an exciting one,
so I'm looking forward to it with some anticipation. Hopefully it
will be somewhere near as good as it seems it could be.
I will let you know whether I think it is or not next time.
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