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|Ives||Nov 26 2008, 11:57 PM|
I totally agree. I loved a lot of the stuff from the '80s and am a supercouple fan.
But I did not watch soaps for about a 15 year period until 2006. I was/am a HUGE fan of shows like Angel, Veronica Mars, Alias, and House MD. So it is not like I am stuck in a box wanting only a certain kind of show or writing. Why I loved these other shows mainly has to do with the sharp characterization and well-developed characters. Yeah, I really have nothing in common with a vampire like Angel but his need for redemption and self-acceptance is something we can all identify with. And as much as I would have loved to be like Sydney Bristow kicking butt on Alias, it was seeing her struggles with family situations and self-identity that made her so relatable to me as a character.
And I would say that the most interesting relationships on House are the non-romantic ones (House/Wilson and House/Foreman).
I watched Y&R for a few weeks last year because a roommate at the time was a huge fan. After 3 weeks, though, the majority of the characters all seemed to be kind of the same to me - nothing particularly compelling or unique. You could have substituted any of the women for another in the respective storyline and it would have seemed to have worked to me.
That is great that they want to bring up a new generation on Days and I understand why. But, IMO, I have seen very little character development, let alone consistency or relatability, in any of the younger characters. If they really want to end with a bang by just relying on the younger characters, they need to seriously focus on fleshing out the characters on a consistent basis. Putting them in compelling non-romantic relationships is a one way to do that.
Oh, and I think the Jack and Steve relationship was one of the most interesting relationships on the show - and the fact that the characters were played by two incredibly talented actors who owned their characters was a huge part of it. When I watch some of their old scenes together, I just can't imagine that kind of material being done on the show today, in particular because it is two male characters rather than a romantic relationship. I would say that most of the stuff done in that storyline would easily stand up with anything on prime time drama today.
Edited by Ives, Nov 27 2008, 12:08 AM.
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