By Marlena De Lacroix
All My Children‘s newly revived characters Angie and Jesse are causing me pain. At the end of every scene they are in, I start to hurt, because I have to watch so many scenes of the rest of the storylines on AMC until I see them in their next scene. These characters (and actors Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams) are so good and so real and so what soap opera used to be all about — love, romance, authentic human beings experiencing authentic human emotions — that they blot out the rest the show.
Did you see Jesse and Angie’s actual reunion clinch during the reunion episode? Specially shot outdoors trackside near a train station, with some very interesting camera angles by guest director Andrew Lee, the sequence was really terrific!
A moment full of joy, full of the release of years of buried pain, full of love. Marlena was blubbering so much, I finally stopped shouting, “It’s modeled after Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton’s famous trackside reunion embrace in the film Reds!” (It takes a lot of shut Marlena up in the middle of making a movie reference during a soap.)
Since there is little magic these days happening on daytime soaps, you can bet the PTB upstairs are analyzing what has made the Angie and Jesse character return so special. Is it the actors? Certainly, that’s the huge part of it. Morgan and Williams, Emmy winners both, have always been extraordinary actors and AMC should thank its very lucky stars that they were available. Both are seasoned by years of movies, TV movies, series and theater, and their ripe maturity as human beings is [Read more…]