By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
I’d like to congratulate Prospect Park and all the writers, crew, actors and producers involved for sensational online premieres of All My Children and One Life to Live. Both came across as first class, with the sets, costumes and especially the actors looking just wonderful. Here are soap episodes built not only to last, but to be an enduring success!
It was so thrilling to see Viki, Clint, Dorian, Brooke, Adam and Opal again. It’s incredible how many memories and emotions the actors who play these roles bring with them. And although I had a bit of trouble distinguishing some of the teenagers on AMC from one another, it was great to see the young people of soaps again. OLTL, with its hot new club Shelter, in particular makes the most of the sex appeal of its younger generation by featuring them in dancing sequences. It’s great to see such favorites as Cutter, Blair, Destiny and Matthew again. Melissa Archer’s Natalie is seen several times in her underwear. But this is cable, where sex sells. There’s also a soupcon of profanity. But they want to make soaps au courant and I guess this is another obvious way to do it.
But what’s really encouraging about the new episodes of OLTL and AMC is that both of these premieres present soap opera in its classic form. From the moment Petey drives into Llanview in his hot sports car to the conclusion of OLTL when Victor is shockingly seen alive in a hoody, we get soap straight up with all the conventions we love so much. It was great to see Adam proposing to Brooke and Clint holding Viki’s hand — which had his ring on it. It was even fun to watch “cougar” Blair try and pick up a young guy.-
I greatly appreciated the reunion between Blair and Todd. All they had to do was look at one another. But what I liked best were my two favorite older couples, Dorian and David and Bo and Nora. Decades of romantic love stories involving these two come back to me by just looking at them. And they’re all still together! What will happen? We’ll just have to “tune” into our computers to find out!
Cliffhangers, young lovers, old friends and new storylines — you can’t ask for anything more. Cheers again to Prospect Park — and I’ll be watching!
So now it’s your turn, Cher Thinking Fans. What do you think of the new All My Children and One Life to Live?