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Sep 3 2008, 09:44 AM
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You make some great points. Higley has a habit of dragging things out just a little too long, to the point no one cares any more. There's a fine line between building the suspense and hooking your audience or losing them due to boredom and she doesn't know where that line is. My biggest problems with her are pacing and the lack of a proper pay-off. Most of her stories have ended with a whimper instead of a bang--the Kate/Daniel reveal, Ava, Max's rages, even Nicole's big secret, which was talked about and built up for weeks and was finally revealed in a very lackluster way. She has to learn to write her stories in a way that makes people care and want to tune in each day or she's never going to win people over. Some of her stories have promise at the beginning, but she bores us to tears with the repetition and lack of movement, only to rush the end.
- Sep 3 2008, 09:10 AM
- Sep 3 2008, 04:29 AM
Exactly. It´s one thing if someone doesn´t like the stories and/or characters she choices to write for, but it´s completely different thing when some rules from screenwriter basics are suddenly totally missing. I agree the show lately has a feeling of someone trying to put together exciting and quick paced show but not knowing how to do it properly and Dena süre didn´t have any trouble with pacing and editing during the strike or when Ava was first introduced and kidnapped Hope and Steve. So whatever Ed did, it didn´t help.
See, I'd have to pretty much totally disagree about Dena's pacing from almost day one. January and February weren't awful, although I'd argue the plane crashing scenes lasted at least one day too many. But, March was Bo being sick and he and Hope having the same conversation (literally) every day. By the time they got to the climax with the transplant, it felt like it had dragged on for months.
She did the same thing with Ava. She dragged out the beginning with too much time spent having Ava talk to herself in her room. Then she gets Hope and Steve kidnapped and has 3 weeks of nothing happening as Ava and Steve and Hope have the same conversation over and over, while Bo and Kayla worry (repetatively at that). Again, by the time the conclusion finally hit, it felt like it had all been going on for months and nobody cared. The fact that the conclusion was also written beyond horribly doesn't help, either.
She did it again with the introduction to the Max storyline by dragging out the RagingMax thing for far too long. By the time they finally explained why Max was angry and didn't want people to know he was smart, nobody cared. They were sick of the character and his stupid rages. I know a lot of people didn't care about Max anyway, but that storyline turned away a lot of people who were at least neutral on the character.
All three of these storylines have something in common. They were dragged out and infused with repetative dialogue. And it was months before the whole bruhaha with Ed hit the news.
I don't know who is responsible for yesterday and I don't really care. I didn't think it was horrible, although I do agree it was disjointed. But, those who think it means Higley was back probably have a fair point in believing that. Those that are convinced it's all Ed screwing up probably have a fair point in believing that as well. But, in the end, it doesn't really matter. All that matters is that somebody fixes it -- soon
I also don't know who's responsible for the material we're seeing right now, but whoever it is put together a Tuesday show that was a mess. I did enjoy the Stefano confrontation at the end of the show, but other than that, it seemed like random scenes were just thrown together, with no real thought or direction. Hopefully, it won't continue that way for long. Maybe the new EP will help, maybe the new co-HW will help, but something needs to happen...and I agree, it needs to be soon.