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Shirley's Opinions

By Shirley

6/19/06 - 6/23/06

I think I'll call this week the Week When The Promises Died.  Yeah, that sounds about right.  I mean, we've been hearing for a couple of months now that all these exciting things were going to happen, and yet, once again, the reality fizzles in comparison to the promise.

We were told Vendetta would be exciting, that lots of secrets would be revealed, that it would bring the reunion of Ethan and Theresa, the end of Alistair, the reuniting of Sheridan and Marty - all that, and yet so far, not much has really happened.  Well, ok, a lot has happened, but basically it's been more of the same old stuff in a new surroundings.

Now, I guess we could look at it this way:  next week could be the best in years for Passions fans, because it's the last week of June so all the promises should come to pass, making it a really, really amazing time.  But, if the secrets that have come out so far are any indication, it's more likely to be just another in a long line of duds.

How many of us didn't know from pretty much the start that Alistair was behind the God and Whitney story?  Or the stolen paintings escapade?  Or even the Lena/Noah/Maya mess?  It was so painfully obvious to any of us who've been around any length of time that the only mystery was just how long would it be before they revealed it.  I mean, come on, the Three Stoogettes find Alistair's hidden secrets stash, plus a box full of money to help them get to Rome?  "God" appears to Whitney in the convent?  A mystery woman appears, wanting answers to something that happened years ago, and one of the conditions for leaving Noah alive is that he has to pretend he's back with an old girlfriend?

What really bugs me is the fact that JER and his merry band of ?writers? still seem to think we are all dumber than a box of rocks, and continue to show just how little they value and respect us.  They keep force-feeding us stories that are stupid, banal, and never-ending, and totally ignore what we have been screaming for since the show began, so if that doesn't show a total lack of respect for us, what does?  But then, we just keep watching anyway, don't we?  Does that mean we deserve what we get?

I don't think so.  I think we all realize the promise of this show, the possibilities of what it could be if someone - anyone - would make an effort to make it so.  We all continue to watch because we simply can't believe The Powers That Be wouldn't want to make the show as good as possible, since it is in their own best interests to do so.  However, they simply don't seem to be able to understand that.  They don't seem to know what they have in their hands, or what to do with it.

I've waited for weeks for Theresa to come up with the proof she needs to convince Ethan she's been telling the truth all along.  Well, actually it's been years, but this was supposed to be "the time".  We were promised it would happen, it was hinted at each week, and in every way, yet so far we've got nothing.  Oh, sure, she found the guy, and she found the evidence, but getting it from him to Ethan seems to be an insurmountable problem.  It just never happens.

I am so tired of watching Gwen and Rebecca smirking about having dashed Theresa's hopes over and over again that I'm about to scream.  And having to watch Gwen slobbering all over Ethan in bed every chance she gets makes my stomach turn.  Honestly, there is something so gross about those two in bed that it's truly hard to watch, so I usually don't.  If I have the show taped, I fast forward through it, and if it's live, I leave the room.  That's how gross I find those scenes.  The only thing worse is Alistair with anyone, and Spike with Jessica.

Speaking of which, can you believe Jessica is so stupid that she actually married Spike?  Did she really think that would keep her out of jail, or disarm Alistair's supposed evidence of her killing all those johns?  Honestly, the stupidity of that girl never ceases to amaze me.  Why, oh why wasn't she caught in one of those ever-present catacomb cave-ins so we could be put out of our misery where she's concerned?  No such luck.

The rest of the Vendetta stories are barely standable (is that a word?).  Boring, insipid, mind-numbing....just a few of the descriptions that come to mind.  I know I sound very picky here, but I just haven't seen the point in all this yet, and it's almost over.  Like I said, next week had better be the best week in Passions history, or else this will be just another in a long line of broken promises.  Yes, it's that bad.

Now, back in Harmony we had another story with promise.  Kay can't make up her mind whether she wants Fox or Miguel, Miguel has his mermaid who can't wait to get him into bed, and Endora just keeps being the cutest part of the whole show, but even that can't make it better.  Oh, if they'd just follow up on all the things that are going on, move them along, it could be a really fun and funny story.  It has it's moments now, but they are few and far between at this point, and there's just so much of the repeatitis that's infected this show since the beginning that you can't really enjoy the fun parts when they're there.

Have you ever known a man that lagged so badly at bedding a willing - more than willing! - woman?  How many weeks has Miguel been kissing and fondling Siren every chance he gets, yet he never quite gets to the goal line.  And it's not for lack of trying on her part, mind you.  She is ready, willing, and able to finish the deed, the sooner the better, but all he seems to be able to do is kiss her passionately for days, nothing else.  I wonder if they have Viagra in Harmony?  He seems to be in need of a few doses.

Now we have Kay getting zapped by a faulty washing machine, waking up to pull Miguel into a really passionate kiss, and ending up with Fox, Siren, and Tabitha walking in on that confusing scene.  Then she goes into seizures and wakes up wondering why anyone is shocked that she's kissing Miguel like there's no tomorrow.  Stupid premise.  Ok, I see the storyline value in it, but come on.  Tabby is a witch, so why would she have a washer that shorts out all the time?  Why hasn't she had Endora zap up a new one before this?  It doesn't make sense at all.

I don't know, maybe I am just being too picky, too grouchy, or whatever about all this, but it's really bugging me.  It's not like it hasn't happened before, of course, but this was supposed to be the month of secrets revealed, issues sorted out and taken care of, and loving reunions, etc., and it's really disappointing to see it's not happening.  We've had no real payoff in all this, unless you count the fact Beth and Marty didn't really die in the taxi fire.  Now, that was a good thing, and we did get to find out about it quickly, so I really should give them a pat on the back for that one.  

The problem is, it's one time out of......I don't know, hundreds?......that has had a quick resolution.  We need more of this, but it seems we're not getting, at least not so far.  My dream is that the trip to Rome will shake something loose in Harmony and time will move along at a good clip from now on.  I want secrets to be revealed in a timely manner, not drug out for months and years on end.  I think that will improve the show immensely, and make it a lot easier and more fun to watch, and that can only be good for the show, good for the network, and - most especially - good for us, the fans.

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