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Nov 20 2012, 11:09 AM
Nov 20 2012, 10:28 AM
I wanted to specfically note that I enjoyed the Hope/Abe/Kayla/kids scenes at the Pub. I feel like TomSell has done a much better job of adding these moments that bring some emotion to the show. I'd still prefer it if the scenes were a bit longer and had some deeper emotions, but at this point I'll take what I can get. The history and friendships between these characters means a lot and just having them interact in a natural way brings a depth and a familiarity to the show. They don't have to drive story to be important parts of the canvas and it's nice that the show might seem to be realizing this.
I agree. It'd be nice to see such scenes at least once a week, actually -- just one segment of scenes, once a week, that aren't the least-bit plot-driven, but still feature important characters having important discussions.

Actually, I'd love to see every single character on the show at least once a week, but I realize that contract terms might complicate that. Regardless, I'd wager that if every character was seen at least once a week, people would be less upset about seeing the characters who are, in those viewers' opinions, on-screen too often. Yes, it'd be the equivalent of throwing a dog a bone, but dogs do enjoy bones....
I don't know that I necessarily need to see every character every week (for example, I know I don't need to see Roman every week). But I do think it's important for characters to be involved where they would naturally be involved. I may not like Roman much, but it would have been ridiculous for him not to show up when Eric returned to town or not to be involved in some of the Caroline stuff. Justin and Adrienne don't get enough screentime for their fans, but I think the show has done better in having them involved when their involvement makes sense for Sonny's story.

Beyond that, there are long term friendships/relationships with these characters that were ignored for a long time and feel a little less ignored now. The Kayla/Marlena scene, the Hope/Marlena scene, and some of the Hope/Jen and Jen/Kayla scenes in the last few months are good examples. I think the Kayla/Abe friendship has been very organic as well with two people supporting each other through difficult times. All of these little moments add depth to the canvas and balance out some of the more plot-driven stuff.

It's not perfect and I'm sure it will never be, but there has been a change and it's a good one. Sometimes it's the little things that can make a big difference and keeping these vets connected to the canvas provides a greater familiarity and emotional baseline for the show. Tom and Alice Horton served that purpose for a long time, always seeming to ground the bigger plots in something familiar. Rather than passing that role onto one or two people, I feel like the show is kind of passing that on to a group. It's not exactly the same, of course, but it's something I've really enjoyed about the show lately.
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