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My grandma used to say, when it took forever for someone
to get to the point of whatever they were saying, that getting them to
spit it out was harder than pulling a hen's teeth. Well, that's the
way I feel after this week on Passions. By the end of the week I was
practically standing, yelling at the TV, "Will you please just say,
doggone you?" Ok, those aren't the words I was using, but this
is a family site, so I've cleaned it up a bit.
Honestly, tho, how hard can it possibly be to say a
name? Just one word will do, since there aren't any two people on
the show who share a first name. Even on simple syllable would do -
"Sa..."; "T..."; "Ther....";
"Re...."; "E...."; "Gw...";
"Li...."; "Eve..."; "No...."....well, you
get it. How hard could that possibly be?
But no, we get grunts and groans, deep breaths,
panting, and gasps, but not one usable sound. And he couldn't even
manage to get a couple of letters of the name down on paper. Come
on, people, a stuttering moron could get enough of a clue out to identify
the person faster than this old goat has. Oh, but he sure can voice
threats and whole sentences with sexual connotations. Oh,
sure, those he can spout all day long, but a simple first name, or even
the first part of one? Heck, no! And they wonder why they
can't improve their ratings. Gee, what a mystery, huh?
I think I told you a couple of weeks back that I've
started watching Y&R and B&B again, and I have to tell you, it's
like jumping from a bullet train to a Galapagos Turtleback ride when the
NBC shows come on. I am amazed at the speed with which things get
resolved on those shows, and the realistic, believable way it's done.
What a pleasure after being stuck watching Passions and the
"new" Days for all these years. No wonder they are at the
top of the heap, while NBC is digging new, lower levels to the basement
they've become stuck in.
You know, I always thought it was some kind of bias
against NBC, that al these other shows couldn't possibly be so much better
than theirs, but now I know, at least where those two shows are concerned,
yes, they can. I am totally amazed. The acting isn't that much
better, for the most part, but the dialog is great, and the pace is
unbelievably more satisfying. So, my question is, hasn't JER ever
watched any of these shows either? I mean, if he had, it seems to me
he would have gotten the idea of how a really good show should be written.
Obviously he hasn't a clue.
One thing that has come out of the last couple of
weeks, however, is the lies Gwen is capable of spouting with a straight
face. We always knew she could lie, we've seen it a number of times,
but never so blatantly and so often. Theresa is a piker compared to
her, believe it or not, and that's saying a lot. It looked like Gwen
was on the verge of confessing the truth to Ethan this week, too, but of
course she backed out in the end. That would be too easy, wouldn't
it, as well as too darn fast for these writers.
Good Lord, Lauren was kidnapped, thought dead in a
boat explosion, shown to be alive and locked up with her mortal enemy,
Sheila, worked with her to get themselves out, and managed to get back
home before her memorial service began in the same amount of time it's
taken Alistair to get stabbed, filled with a deadly poison, saved by Eve,
and rescued by paramedics, and still no name of the attempted killer.
And I'm not sure we will ever hear it, anyway.
What does it take to get through to JER and his
merry writers? Complaints from viewers does nothing. Ratings
tanking to lower and lower levels, either. And certainly the threat
of cancellation makes no impression on them, so what will?
Obviously, nothing. Passions and Days will be dead and gone,
banished to the failed soaps can along with Another World, Sunset Beach,
Generations, Santa Barbara, The Doctors, and the other
attempted-and-rejected soaps NBC has brought us over the years.
You'd really think they'd learn, wouldn't you?
So, just what is it TPTB at NBC want, anyway? A day
full of Dr. Phil? Infomercials from 9 to 3? Reruns of old
sitcoms? What? Because it seems to me if they really wanted
soaps as part of their daytime lineup they'd do more to make sure
the ones they brought us were on a par with those of the other networks.
But in actuality, when they decide they are tired of a soap, they neglect
it, hire writers that should be ashamed to try to use the name, and
let them die an unnatural death on the vine. I guess it shows just
what they think of us, the viewers, right?
Ok, I know, this is another rant against TPTB and the
careless, uncaring way they treat us, but it's been a while, so I figure
it's due. And after a week like this last one, it just seemed like a
good time for it. You know I've been pretty happy with the show for
a while now, since things started moving and the stories, for the most
part, were working well, but having Alistair take so long to give us the
payoff we've been anxiously waiting for since the spoilers started
pointing to it last summer is the last straw.
They said he'd die, at least for a while. They said
the secrets would be revealed. They said it would be an Ethan and
Theresa Christmas. They said Luis is coming back, Gwen and Rebecca
would be outted, and Chadney would be back. Yeah, right. So
far they are 0 for 6, at least, and it doesn't look like it will get any
better any time soon. So much for what they say.
Once again, I'm not giving up just yet, but I swear, if
something doesn't change this next week, I will never believe anything
"they say" again. And I won't be hanging around to see if
it actually happens or not. I've had enough, thanks, and I won't go
back to the same old same old.
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