Susan Haskell as Marty, Trevor St. John as Todd — ABC Photo by Heidi Gutman
Thinking Fans Comment Update Nov. 9: Miajere laments the misogyny in daytime … Christian in Boston is disgusted by Todd’s elevation to “redeemed and tortured anti-hero” status … Steve protests Todd-Marty story exists “for no other reason than shock value” … and more. See Comments below.
By Marlena De Lacroix
It’s disgusting. Which is what I think all the columnists and most fan posters in the soap community are saying after seeing amnesiac Marty Saybrooke sleep with her one-time rapist Todd Manning on One Life to Live Thursday afternoon . But disgusting doesn’t begin to describe this descent into exploitation and audience insult.
If you care about soaps, this story is way, way beyond disgusting. And if you are still trying to figure exactly out why they are dying, come with me and have a long look at this story in the context of soap history.
Years ago soaps were about love, family and relationships. They were ridiculed in the outside world because their storylines sometimes stretched reality. To combat this, and show how smart and valuable soaps were, Agnes Nixon invented the idea
It’s a nasty punch in the face to women, still the majority audience for soaps … and to make it worse, TPTB don’t even see it!
of exploring educational social issue stories, which in the 60s she introduced on Guiding Light, when a character, Bert Bauer, had uterine cancer. Dozens of great issue stories later, a writer new to daytime, Michael Malone, brought the new character of Marty onto OLTL, and one night in 1993 Todd (then only known as Frat Boy # 2) and two of his college buddies raped her.
At the time I disliked the story. The characters had no ties to the OLTL canvas (Todd had not been made Viki’s half-brother yet), and the story lacked [Read more…]