How…”Original”

Soaps are known for treading new ground, often times being original and going where no other show has gone before. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, since it seems there is one writer for all three shows, alternating which storyline should appear where and during what time frame.

Your prime example – the ghostly hauntings on GH and now, AMC.

GH had Alan Quartermaine stick around and haunt his sister, Tracy due to what she did with the Quartermaine fortune. For days, weeks on end, he’d sit in his chair, wearing sweats and taunt Tracy. The family thought she was going mad and eventually had her committed, and even there, he appeared to her, too. Alan’s reason for haunting Tracy — to get her to admit what she did to Alan’s will, changing who would inherit what.

Is Alan still around? Not quite sure since he hasn’t been seen lately… then again, maybe GH decided he was of no use anymore.

And now, we have AMC — Dixie has decided to haunt Adam into telling Tad the truth about Kathy, who is really Kate Martin. For the last 2 weeks, Dixie has been appearing to Adam wherever he goes, taunting him, blowing cold breezes, slamming doors and setting his suits on fire (I think Alan made it storm once on GH… I can’t remember.) But anyhow, what takes the cake is that Adam gets committed too! His family ships him off to the loony bin, just like Tracy had been shipped off by her family.

While at the loony bin, Adam receives yet another visit from Ghost Dixie, just like well… you know…

Seems so “original,” huh? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. And ghostly hauntings aren’t the only storylines that the ABC soaps have shared… but that can be saved for another entry on another day.

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May Sweeps or May Sleeps?

It’s May Sweeps, isn’t it?

If so, then why has ABC’s soaps been sleep inducing lately?  Okay, so not everything is sleep inducing, but the storylines seem to be lacking that ‘umph’ factor to keep us at the edge of our seats.  One would think April would be the build to those “edge of your seat” stories that will air in May, but lately that hasn’t been the case. The build has been painfully slow throughout this month. And it isn’t really all that interesting.

That’s not to say that Cady McClain’s current stint as ghost Dixie isn’t exciting, because it is quite honestly enjoyable to watch. Who doesn’t enjoy watching Adam being tormented.  But other than that, there isn’t much to get excited about.  Angie and Jesse are getting married again, but it seems no one is making a big issue about it.  And amidst all this, Uncle Rob Gardner is on a search for a toy elephant that supposedly has diamonds or something in it? Hmm… okay.

On OLTL, we’ve got the Adrianna/Rex/Gigi stuff going on…. with Adrianna going to all lengths to ruin Gigi’s life.  And then we have the Manning family and their ongoing Starr drama. Please don’t get me started on the obssessive father Todd is. On the upside, at least Tuc Watkins is making appearances as David Vickers. He’s always the comic relief needed during those sleep inducing moments.

And lastly, on GH.  Mob…mob… and more mob… The fallout of Michael being shot continues. Carly cries…and cries some more (Laura Wright is doing a fabulous job, though.) And the fallout just keeps going… and going… and going.

Someone wake me when there’s something good happening.

What’s eating at Jake Martin?

Well, Jake Martin is back in Pine Valley… too bad he really doesn’t want to be there.

Apparently, he’s harboring a secret and that was evident all throughout yesterday’s episode as he gave Tad and Joe a cold attitude. Question is, what exactly is Jake keeping from them?

Rumor is Jake may be HIV positive, but that’s just something I read off a message board.

One thing is for sure, he’s keeping something from his family and it’s only a matter of time until it is revealed.

It better be good… because AMC needs some juicy, groundbreaking drama. And maybe this time around, the story will be done right. Ricky Paull Goldin is doing a great job so far, though.

Imaginary Bitches 1×02 – Dirty Girls

Photo courtesy of Imaginary Bitches MySpace

The show just keeps getting better and better! And even though it’s only the second episode, I have to ask the question… How does Eden (the actress, not the character) do it? She doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to having scenes opposite herself and makes it all so believable. On that same token, I could not stop laughing at the conversations and the witty lines Eden delivered in this episode.

Episode 2 – Dirty Girls, mainly featured Eden (the character now, not the actress) having a long, in-depth (in my opinion) and bitchy conversation with Catherine and Heather, who enters midway through. Eden shows up at Lizzie’s place, ready to go shopping but Lizzie asks to wait an extra few minutes so she can look up a recipe on the Internet. Apparently, Lizzie cooks and is having a couples dinner party the next night. She invited Eden and told her to bring Waiter Guy, but Eden declines, mentioning the date with Waiter Guy didn’t end too well (and we know how that ended.).

While waiting, Catherine and Heather pop up and that’s when the ruckus began. Insults shoot back and forth… between the Bitches (Catherine and Heather), while Eden tries to find a reason for every naughty, snotty thing the Bitches are saying. Amidst all this, Lizzie asks Eden if she still wants to come to the dinner party. Eden suggests that Lizzie calls a guy from her office, who apparently is super-cheesy and slept around with every girl, claiming it’d be something different for her (Eden.) Lizzie disappears again to find that recipe.

Bitchy banter ensues… Eden ends up playing referee and viewers are left laughing at the hilarity on screen. For two characters that cannot be seen, it sure is fun seeing Eden hold conversations with pillows and a chair… talk about snotty, naughty and bitchy!

Hmm… now I wonder what Eden did with the rest of her day, though.

Episode 3 of “Imaginary Bitches” airs this Friday, May 16th at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.

Watch it at http://www.imaginarybitches.com

Today’s WTF? moment on All My Children…

Earlier this week, Jake Martin was in the hands of Sudanese rebels in Darfur. Zach Slater sent Aidan Devane to rescue Jake Martin, since Aidan used to be MI-4 or 5 or one of those numbers in Her Majesty’s Secret Service before giving it all up to become a small town PI in Pine Valley, PA.

Tuesday of this week, Aidan and Jake were both captives, since Aidan’s a little rusty on the whole spy thing, it appears, and the rebels were on a satellite feed to Zach demanding 5 million bucks for their freedom. I know the rebels were serious because they told Zach more than once that if they did not get their money, then Jake and Aidan would die. They even made a point of telling Jake and Aidan that if they didn’t get the money, Jake and Aidan would die. They told anyone and everyone that if they didn’t get the money, Jake and Aidan would die.

In case you didn’t get the word, these Sudanese rebels who are holding Jake Martin and Aidan Devane captive are demanding 5 million dollars or Jake and Aidan will die.

Through the miracles of modern technology, these Rebels apparently have really good Wi-Fi and lightening fast DSL in the middle of nowhere and have been having face to face conversations with Zach (and Ryan, who apparently is now a trouble-shooter for Cambias, but that’s another story) way back in Pine Valley, where they made their demands for 5 million dollars or, say it with me, Jake and Aidan will die. Zach, of course, demanded to speak to his man Aidan, which, after threatening Zach with Jake and Aidan’s death a couple more times, the Rebel leader allowed to occur. At this point, Zach tells Aidan that they’re wiring the 5 million and the rebels will have it in approximately 30 minutes (30 minutes, emphasis added by ZS). Aidan gets the hint that Zach is throwing him and mere seconds later, the rebel camp is rocked with an explosion.

All hell has broken loose in both Darfur and Pine Valley. The feed has been lost and Geek Squad member Ryan is trying to re-establish contact. Tad has arrived to find out if Zach has heard from Aidan (um, yeah, Tad, he’s going to die unless these Sudanese rebels get 5 million dollars), Greenlee is freaking out because she’s already lost Leo and Ryan (kind of, if anyone remembers Ryan’s motorcycle jump off a cliff) so she’s in a serious state of denial.

As Tad rips into Zach and Kendall about sending Aidan to rescue Jake, there’s a lot of accusations being made about why Zach sent Aidan (the whole Kaidan sex while Zachlee was stuck in a hole thing, which I don’t understand how Greenlee didn’t hear them talking about this, since she was probably less than 15 feet away and Tad wasn’t trying to keep his voice down, but I digress), and Tad stormed out, snapping that he had to go tell his parents that their son was dead. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t he have waited a few more minutes before leaping off the Cliff of Conclusions? (especially knowing it literally was only a few more minutes before baby brother landed back in the Valley of the Pine)

For some reason, though, Tad storms off to the Comeback Bar instead of Pine Valley Hospital where his father, the chief of staff, and mother, a head nurse, are gainfully employed. While at the Comeback, Angie, who is there with her newly back-from-the-dead husband Jesse and their son and her daughter, gets a page to get the PVH stat for an emergency.

Ryan gets the feed back from the Rebel camp. Apparently, someone accidentally unplugged the cable, but quickly got it plugged back in… The smoke is clearing after the explosion and gunfire. Greenlee sees something… It’s the watch she gave Aidan, which I think Aidan was using to free himself and Jake. She’s despondent now…

Angie gets to PVH for the emergency and goes to see the new patient who has just been brought in… it’s Jake… It’s Jake!!! It’s Jake?

Back at Zach’s office, Greenlee is leaning on Kendall’s shoulder, telling her about the first time she told Aidan “I love you”. Kendall asks Greenlee what Aidan said and they hear the answer coming from behind them…from Aidan!

So Jake and Aidan are already back at Pine Valley? When they were just being held captive in Darfur? Africa? And they’re back in Pennsylvania? Right after the explosion at the camp where they were being held captive? In Darfur? Already?

Um… WTF?

So… is Cambias Industries working on a transporter? And, apparently, they have enough Dilithium Crystals to beam Jake (and Aidan) back from Darfur to PVH in his injured condition that quickly? You’d think with a transporter like that, Binks would visit home more often. Scottie could beam her over for a few minutes each day… She’d be able to visit Momma Kane in the Big House…

Or does Pennsylvania border Darfur? I mean, since apparently everything else in the world is close to Pine Valley… like the ocean, the mountains and the beach… All within driving distance… heck, walking distance!

I realize there’s a suspension of disbelief inherent in all soap operas, but this is ridiculous. We’re supposed to believe that Zach’s men not only got Aidan and Jake out of a rebel camp on the other side of the world, but they got them back to Pine Valley before Zach, Ryan and the gang even finished their “business” over the Internet with the rebels who were demanding a ransom? Amidst rebel violence in a country that has real problems with American’s? And that from the time it took Tad to arrive at Cambias, tell Zendall off, leave and arrive back at the Comeback, thinking his brother was dead, his brother was arriving at Pine Valley Hospital? Already ensconced in a hospital bed?!?!

We’re talking a 30 minute timeframe, here, people!!! Zach told Aidan the 5 million dollar ransom (or Jake and Aidan would die) would be delivered in the next 30 minutes. Seconds after that statement was made, there was an explosion and the feed was lost, then gunfire… then some fumbling, some soul-searching, some confrontation… then… Jake and Aidan are BACK IN PINE VALLEY!!!

Wow… I mean, seriously… wow… that’s just bad. Bad storytelling, bad plotting, bad writing, bad, bad, bad…

Just… WOW

And where the hell is Jamie? Wasn’t he with his Uncle Jake earlier this year? Did he get bored with medicine or did he meet some chick with the Peace Corps and follow her back to her homeland? Which, with Jamie’s luck, was probably Sweden…

Lt. O’Binka ready for transport…


*special thanks to Donna Pool for the wonderful image of Bianca as a Star Trek communications officer*

Sydney Penny will be a guest on Stardish Radio 5/22/08

I just got a message over on the Sydney Penny Yahoo Group:

Jo Ann, the host of Stardish Radio has invited Sydney Penny as one of her guests at STARDISH on May 22, 2008 at 10:00pm Eastern time. Sydney will be talking with fans and taking their questions.

More details to follow.

An observation about One Life to Live

Riddle me this, when did Adrianna become such a bitch? I can understand being bitchy to someone, but lately, Adrianna has been sporting quite an attitude and it’s not attractive. In keeping track of OLTL (barely), the character has gotten very possessive and territorial when it comes to Rex. In fact, she’s worse than her mother, Dorian *gasp*. And here I thought Dorian was bad when she tried to break up Rex and Adrianna. 

It’s understandable that Adrianna feels threatened by Gigi, Rex’s former love from a long time ago. And she’s suspected all along that Shane is possible Rex’s son, but there’s no need to act like she wants to claw Gigi’s eyes out one minute, then play nice the next minute to please Rex. If you don’t like her, just say so and tell Rex, Adrianna…

Once again, here we have writers on a show making a character unlikable before the actor’s departure (Melissa Gallo is set to leave OLTL sometime soon).  It’s becoming a pattern these days… and maybe someday soon it’ll stop. It’s much better when a character leaves the canvas on better terms.