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Dreaming of a Melanie-free Days

esp13
Sep 3 2008, 09:10 AM
jane1978
Sep 3 2008, 04:29 AM
Exactly. Itīs one thing if someone doesnīt like the stories and/or characters she choices to write for, but itīs 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 didnīt 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 didnīt 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.
Great post and I agree totally. Those three are all perfect examples of storylines (Ava kidnapping Hope, Max's secret and Bo's illness) that in and of themselves were perfectly fine storyline ideas, but the pacing was terrible. How many fauxbacks did we get of Stava sex? How many actual flashbacks to the day before did we get during Max's story? It seemed to me like there was a ton of filler and repetition that did not advance the storylines.

I further agree that it's hard to tell who's responsible for what and it may not matter. I wasn't enraptured with the Olympic-weeks hospital storyline and didn't see it as clearly being better than anything before or since, although I did enjoy the noir stuff, never mind the fact that the hospital story seemed like an "event" to me which is supposedly the stuff Higley writes.
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