By Marlena De Lacroix
I’ve had a lot of problems with One Life to Live over the last two years, but Kish (Kyle and Fish) was never one of them. The shocking write-off of these characters is wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels. Of all the ways this failing soap could be improved, dumping Kish NOW isn’t one of them.
Goodbye Kish: Scott Evans as Fish, Brett Claywell as Kyle
The first rule of soaps is to respect the fans. Kiboshing Kish shows no respect for any of the fans, and especially Kish’s gay fan base. This story was meaningful and
Besides betraying the trust of loyal fans, did the network ever even contemplate what a huge public relations disaster getting rid of Kish is?
easy to relate to for so many gay viewers. Beneath the fury of betrayal expressed all over the net this week at their story’s abrupt ending must be many broken hearts.
Since when does a show cut a couple with such an avid fan constituency? Especially, the lowest rated soap? OLTL doesn’t have any ratings to spare! This makes absolutely no business sense. More executive malfeasance? Well, what else can we expect from ABC Daytime — remember the complete botch of the Bianca and Reese storyline on All My Children last year?
Okay, Kish wasn’t daytime’s greatest moment in its checkered history of portraying gay life and romance. It was no Otalia, which added so much heart to the late Guiding Light. No Nuke, on As the World Turns, whose characters have been fully woven into the canvas of the show in a story that has run for two years now.
But Kish recognized a large segment of OLTL‘s audience. And it did strongly make a specific point: that gay and straight love storylines are equal on soaps. Notice how the Kish story mirrored all the twists of standard soap love stories The two met, fell in love, and then were threaten by and overcame outside blocks to happiness (like the brief triangle with Nick.) Their romance culminated with an (almost) wedding and graphically romantic New Year’s Eve sex. It seems like that Kyle and Fish might be able to raise Fish’s biological daughter and become a family.
Unfortunately, there were big problems with the construction of the Kish storyline (not the characters!) which have already been expressed by others. That Kyle and Fish were not related by blood to the families on the show. That their romance and wedding were both way too rushed. And the accompanying story in which Dorian married a lesbian to get herself elected mayor in order to
Robin Strasser and Tia Dionne Hodge
help legitimize gay marriage in Llanview was condescendingly silly and insulting to the intelligence of all viewers, gay and straight. The writing was totally incomprehensible. As I screamed nearly every afternoon it ran its course, who the hell would put scripts this downright amateurish on a major network? Total professional malfeasance!
Besides betraying the trust of loyal fans, did the network ever even contemplate what a huge public relations disaster getting rid of Kish is? The loud protests, which will be all over the net and I’m sure will hit the mainstream press very soon, are the VERY last things daytime soaps need right now. Hey folks, hasn’t every newspaper and magazine in the world declared daytime soaps dead before this?
And one last thing: Rumors have been flying that Kish was kiboshed so OLTL can recapture its old, mainstream audience. Well, you can’t get more mainstream that Marlena, moi a woman, someone who has watched OLTL for more than forty years. I like and have always fully accepted Kish. Love is love, and that is what soap operas are supposed to be about.