By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
With only four daytime soaps left, it seems fruitless to name a Best Soap. It’s all a matter of personal preference anyway. If you like your soaps slow and full of character, you like The Young and the Restless. If you like your plots fast and full of surprises, General Hospital is the soap for you. Days of Our Lives is traditional soap, full of great twists and turns.
But there is one soap now that is undoubtedly the most consistently excellent — that’s The Bold and the Beautiful. Ever since Rick settled down with Caroline, there hasn’t been a bum storyline. Sure, the show is only a half hour and it features only two main storylines. But both are quite good and full of suspense and interest.
B&B is very fortunate that their “young” storyline works. Step-brothers Liam and Wyatt’s contest for the love of young Hope (Kimberly Matula) is one that seems to change every single day. Liam is a bit full of himself and Wyatt is full of charm. But Hope is remarkably mature, and is making a great show of the fact that she can stand on her own these days. After all, she has a great career as head of the “Hope for the Future” line at Forrester Fashions. All three characters in this triangle are strong and attractive. Hope can most likely keep on bouncing between Liam and Wyatt in a storyline without end. And most likely she will!
The Brooke-Bill-Katie triangle has been a real winner for the show since it was established last year. Forbidden (now ex) lovers Brooke and Bill are very sexy together and of course Katie (Brooke’s sister and Bill’s wife) suffers better than anyone on daytime television. But it’s the latest addition to the triangle, Brooke’s long absentee husband Ridge, which promises great excitement in the new year.
We’ve already noted that Thorsten Kaye is terrific in the role of Ridge. What was unexpected was how much potential his genuine acting ability has added to the show and the storyline he is in. He’s brought out a new tenderness in Katherine Kelly Lang’s Brooke, and is just brilliant with multiple Emmy winner Heather Tom’s Katie. It’s just been inferred in the storyline that Ridge may be interested in Katie. What a complex, complicated, not to mention superbly-acted four-way (Brooke-Bill-Katie-Ridge) story that is going to make!
So, what’s your pick for best of the four. Is it B&B or another?