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Jan 16 2013, 10:33 AM
Jan 16 2013, 10:16 AM
Jan 16 2013, 09:42 AM
I no more expect the TV shows I watch to give me my moral compass than I believe the Real World on MtV is in fact, the real world.

Movies or television or neither good ways to learn about life or good examples about how situation should be handled.

I don't agree. At their best, soaps have touched on subjects that nobody else would. They were pretty much the first shows to deal with interacial marriage, AIDS, and homosexuality. Bianca's coming out story on AMC and Robin and Stone's HIV and AIDS story on GH educated and enlightened viewers in many ways. I seem to recall that Kayla's rape story in 1988 shined a light on marital rape in a different way. And I think that Will's coming out story is having a similar impact. And I think all of those examples are very good things.

But, by the same token, not every storyline on a soap is intended to be a life lesson. It's up to the viewer to decide what works for them and what they can accept and what they cannot. For some of us, it's easy to ignore the ridiculousness of some story lines and how serious issues are treated so cavalierly. For others, not so much. But I agree with earlier posters who say there is nothing wrong with expecting more, even from a soap.
Now that is shocking that we don't agree. ;)

We'll always have Everett, though.

Sure, anyone can expect more from their tv show. I guess I've just come to accept I'm not going to get it. From storylines, to characters, to whatever soaps have taken a nose dive. Sure, they may hit the right notes on occasion with a storyline, but then they will never fail to disappoint with another. Theo's autism anyone?

Can you hope for more? Sure you can. And I can hope I win the lottery. Neither will likely happen. Can you tell I've lowered my standards exponentially? I now just hope for a few good scenes.

I guess what I'm saying is, I've never expected a show I watch on TV to reflect my personal views or teach me any life lessons. Would it me nice if they did? Maybe. In the end, I just want them to tell a good story. Entertain me. Leave my social conscience to me.

I understand no longer expecting more or even caring if there is more or not. I passed that a long time ago. I guess all I'm saying is that while you may not care if Days or any other show has any kind of moral compass, others might and I'm not sure there is anything wrong with that. They are certainly far more likely to be disappointed, but that's a separate issue.

Personally, I think the way the EJ/Sami history has been handled has been pretty disgusting. But, in the end, I don't really care and since Everett has arrived it's much easier to get past. I don't think anybody should be judged by who they like on the show. So, on that side of things, we agree.

But I remember what soaps are capable of when they try and I certainly wish they would try a little more often.
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