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Shirley's Opinion #77
8/16 - 8/20/04
Well, since there was no show this week, I'm just going to
use this space to talk about the show itself. There are a lot of things to
say about the way it's going, what the characters are doing, and other
things, so that's what I'm going to do for the next couple of weeks.
First, I have to say that the show has finally started
moving along. I was so tired of the same old stories, the same old dialog,
the same old same old, day after day, that I really had considered just
not watching any more. If I hadn't been writing this column every week and
leaving it for someone else to do, I would have stopped a long time ago.
But at this point I'm glad I stuck it out, because we are now getting the
payoff for all our years of faithful viewing. Sure, there are still a lot
of things that need to be dealt with, but you have to admit the show has
moved a long way over the last six months or so. Further than it had in
all the years before, really.
I am happy with the fact Eve's past has finally come out.
After five years, it was way past time, in my opinion. There are so many
stories that can come from this one simple act that it seems to me it
should have been done long ago. We could have had a lot of great stories
over the last few years instead of the same, stale, one-note story we did
have. Now that Eve and Julian's past is out in the open, we have all the
possibilities of things that could happen with her and TC, her and Julian,
her and her daughters, her and her long lost son, and her and her
"friends" that were allowed to suffer for years because she had
to protect her secrets. Oh, there is a gold mine of storyline
possibilities out there now, enough to keep us interested for years to
come. This is really the best thing to happen since the show began, in my
Now for the worst thing. Having Martin and Katherine turn
up alive and together, living for all these years with Martin's youngest
child, Paloma....now, that is just too much. How stupid does Maria have to
be not to know her own brother-in-law is living under her roof? Ok, he had
some facial changes made, but it's not enough to disguise who he is. And
there is no change in his voice. Pilar recognized it right away, as soon
as she heard it, so why didn't Maria notice it? She had to have talked to
him many, many times over the years, yet she didn't know his voice when he
moved down there, especially since he had just disappeared a little while
before from his home with her sister? No, that's taking it a little too
far. And another thing. He's lived there all those years, and the first
time he answered the phone was when Pilar called? That must be, since she
knew who he was as soon as he said hello. How could that have been the
first time they ever connected on the phone? And that's not even the worst
part of the story, anyway. The worst part is, he left his wife with five
young kids to run off with another woman, and never looked back. Worst of
all, he never sent any money to them in all those years, even though they
seem to be doing very well for themselves. Now, I understand that they had
to get away from Alistair, but to desert their kids and never contact them
again? They had to know the old man would take his anger out on those they
supposedly loved the most, so how on earth did they ever think their
leaving would protect the families they left behind? No, they are two of
the most selfish people in the history of soapdom, and I have no affection
for them at all. If Alistair does manage to do them in, I won't shed a
tear. I'll probably cheer, because my opinion of them is just that low.
It looks like the Chad/Whitney sibling thing is finally
coming to a head. It's about time! Actually, it is way past time. I hate
the thought that the writers have allowed these two to get so close and
for such a long time. Incest is not a great thing to promote, but that's
basically what they have been doing all along. We knew from the first who
Chad was, and watching him with her day after day was just too much to
contemplate. The hope was there that it would turn out to be wrong, that
they weren't really siblings, but we knew, way down deep, that it had to
be that way. It still doesn't make it any easier to take. Well, now it's
out, though, or will be once the show comes back, so maybe things will
work out ok. I don't know what will come of the baby she's carrying,
whether she will keep it or abort it, but that's going to be a painful
story no matter which way it goes. At least she will be free to be with
Fox now. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad one, though, since I
really enjoyed him with Theresa, but we all knew Theresa would somehow
manage to get back with Ethan at some point, so she and Fox never really
had a chance.
Last but not least, Luis and Sheridan are still in their
perpetual Polly Purebread storyline. I guess they will be that way
forever. First she dies, then he does. She comes back, eventually, and so
does he, but never soon enough. And I, for one, and sick and tired of it.
I have been for quite a while now, for all the good it does to feel that
way. How many times is a person supposed to be able to die and come back?
Sure, they haven't always been dead when they died, but still, there have
been times for each when they were dead, and I have to tell you, there are
only so many miracles to go around. These two have used up theirs and at
least ten other people's, too, at this point. My biggest wish is that the
writers will get these two together, get their son back to them, and then
let them live a normal, everyday life - well, in Harmony-style terms,
anyway. This had better be the last time either Luis or Sheridan dies, is
kidnapped, is locked up somewhere, is left on their deathbed for
days....you get the point. Enough already. Just let them be happy for a
My last wish for this show is that Alistair will be killed
by someone and we won't have to put up with him anymore. I mean, come on!
Does that man have the whole world wired? A camera in the middle of the
jungle? Where on earth did he hide it? Puh-leeze, kill this man as soon as
possible. Tabby's machinations are enough to cause turmoil for everyone,
so why do we need that evil old man and his lecherous ways? I am soooooo
tired of him. Please, please, please kill him and get it over with!!
Ok, enough ranting for now. I'll be back with more
thoughts on the show, and then after that it will be back on and we will
find out how many of my wishes are granted. Anyone want to take
"maybe one"? No? Ok, that's mine, then. We'll wait and see how
close my choice is to what happens. See you next week.
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