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SOD Best & Worst -- 2003
Topic Started: Nov 29 2009, 06:38 PM (1,681 Views)
Mason
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BEST SEND-OFF


DAWSON'S CREEK


Oh, we of little faith. Having suffered through the two lackluster seasons that preceded the series finale, even the most loyal CREEK fans among us expected to be disappointed by the show's last installment. But Creator Kevin Williamson returned to deliver a tender, romantic, wildly satisfying two-hour reason to love the CREEK all over again. Using the series' trademark (a blatantly self-conscious tone) to simultaneously pay homage to dedicated fans while gently mocking its place in pop culture, Williamson gave his characters the send-off they deserved. But who are we kidding? None of that would have happened if Joey hadn't selected Pacey as her partner in happily-ever-after land. Those of us who've listened to the DVD commentary know how close we came to the alternative - she was, until the 11th hour, poised to choose Dawson - and can only breathe a sigh of relief. Disaster averted, again.
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BEST NEW SHOW


THE O.C.


It seemed like the foolproof formula for a successful prime-time soap: Take beautiful people, place them in a gorgeous California neighborhood, add romance and fights and voila! You've got suds. We have to praise THE O.C., however, for rising above our expectations. Yes, it's pretty to look at, but it also has some of the most interesting characters on nighttime TV. Teens Ryan, Seth, Marissa and Summer are all flawed and have passions; adults Sandy and Kirsten love each other, but argue over everyday things like work. Even resident bitch Julie is multifaceted, as she teeters between being a good mom to Marissa and a ruthless gold digger. Though everyone is involved in standard storylines like love triangles and corporate intrigue, we care enough about them so that everything seems new. We're thrilled to see this soap making waves. Returning to the Left Coast never felt so right.
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Mason
Nov 29 2009, 11:46 PM
BEST SECRET


MICHAEL AND KEVIN ARE BROTHERS, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS


In hindsight, we should have suspected it. They share the same brow, the same antisocial tendencies and, sadly, a seedy history of misogyny. But you could have knocked us over with a feather when new-creep-in-town Kevin went searching for a much-needed lawyer, entered Michael's office and uttered the words, "Hey, bro." What?! The best part of this plot point is, not only does it make sense because the men share similar psychological profiles, the fact that Y&R was able to pull off this shocker without it leaking out made the payoff all the more sweet. It's nice to know that soaps can still surprise us - and make us tune in for more.
I remember this! I was so shocked at the end of the episode. Those were the days...
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2003...that was when Y&R was still penned by Kay Alden right?
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MichaelGL
Nov 30 2009, 09:22 AM
2003...that was when Y&R was still penned by Kay Alden right?
I'm not positive but I think Jack Smith was HW by then.
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BEST VILLAIN


BARBARA, AS THE WORLD TURNS


Villain? Not our beloved Barbara, what with all the serial killers running around. But to quote one famous mama's boy, this mother - what's the phrase? - isn't quite herself these days. Twenty years of systematic psychological torture will do that to a person, and Colleen Zenk Pinter - so poignant in her desperation, so sublime as she wavers between fiercely maternal and, frankly, mad - never let us forget why Barbara is who she is. Whether hiring first an old friend, then a hit man to rid one son of his undesirable fiancee, or framing the other for a crime, her motivation was clear and frighteningly familiar as any of the maniacal matriarchs from Greek tragedy to Shakespeare: She will do anything to keep her children close, even if it means twisting the apron strings into a noose, the better to strangle them with love. Villain? God help her, she's the mother of them all.
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WORST VILLAIN


MITCH, ONE LIFE TO LIVE


We were thrilled when OLTL brought back Mitch, the scoundrel who wreaked havoc in the '80s. This time, however, he was a shell of his former self, although it wasn't the fault of his talented performer, Roscoe Born. Mitch was menacing, as he caused trouble for Natalie, Viki, Blair, et al. And there was the fascinating reveal that he, not Clint, fathered Jessica. But when it came to giving him a story, we kept getting dead ends. What happened with that diamond he was after? What was the history behind his and Dorian's surprise marriage? Add to that OLTL bombarding us with one plot after another: He's Nat's husband! He wants to bond with Jess! He brought back the "deceased" Victor! He's blind! He's murdered! What a confusing mess. The fact that the show still hasn't revealed who killed Mitch says it all: This character was DOA.
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BEST STORY


THE HUMAN STRAIN, AS THE WORLD TURNS


More like storytelling, actually, because it's nearly impossible to single out one particular plot when everything in Oakdale this year was so intimately connected.

Just look at the "Editors' Choices" - from Rosanna and Craig's upper-crust nuptials to Metro's sexually charged opening night - which ended up being a hodgepodge of praise, a nod to storylines woven together so tightly, they were ravel-proof. Think about it: The Montgomerys' story bled into the Jack/Carly and Paul/Rose/Dusty/Molly arcs, both of which affected the Katie/Mike romance (that paralleled Alison/Chris), which crossed into the serial killer story before twisting back around again.

And those are just the highlights. Maybe we should pick one that stood out, but the fact that we can't is just the point. Everything - whether you liked it all or not - intersected with consistency and balance, creating a real sense of community. There's your story.
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WORST STORY


RIDGE AND BRIDGET'S "ROMANCE", THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL


A young woman falling for her mother's lover is nothing new in soaps, but what if he is also her brother? Okay, so Ridge and Bridget turned out not to be half-siblings, but how in the name of Freud could any romantic feelings surface between two rational people who long believed they were related?

Maybe if Ridge and Bridget had spent most of their lives on separate continents, we could understand an organic attraction. And then there was that kiss. Ridge suggested the lip lock to prove that there was nothing more than familial love. Their way-too-long smooch only fanned her flames, while unexpectedly sparking something in him. Ewww. Thankfully, Mama Brooke's repulsion over the racy rapport nipped whatever was blossoming in the bud. We appreciate that B&B was trying to push the envelope, but this went over the edge.
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BEST ENSEMBLE


GENERAL HOSPITAL


The cast of a good soap is like a well-oiled machine: Individual parts work together to produce a high-quality output. Each GH character adds a unique dynamic to the canvas, and the genius of the writers has been interweaving people and layering plots. The Nikolas/Emily/Zander love triangle believably converged with Sonny, Faith and Jason's mob scene. Tossing Ric and Alcazar into the Sonny/Carly mix produced riveting personal drama (and explosive performances from Rick Hearst as Ric and Ted King as Alcazar). Throw in charismatic Luke and charming Jax (energized by their new leading ladies, Skye and Sam, respectively), heartache for Courtney and Elizabeth, and the always-entertaining Quartermaine clan (whose vets - second to none - received a jolt of electricity with the recent return of live wire Tracy), and it's clear that GH is a vibrant, shining ensemble.
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Nov 29 2009, 07:56 PM
WORST WEDDING


JACK AND JENNIFER, DAYS OF OUR LIVES


What should have been one of the most romantic moments of 2003 turned out to be its most disappointing. Instead of the lavish, week-long weddings DAYS usually produces, Jack and Jen's second-time-around nuptials were crammed into one episode. The vows were cut short, the reception was quick and you never saw the Deverauxes on their honeymoon. Having Jamie Lyn Bauer back as Laura was a highlight, but the absence of Jen's father, Bill, and brother Mike was glaring. (Half-brother Lucas was an able stand-in, but when Jack turned up dead five months later, did it seem plausible that his best man offed him? Um, no.) Perhaps the biggest slap, though, was that the wedding played second fiddle to the fact that it was being aired in Salem on Jack and Jen's show IN THE HOUSE. That's just bad programming all around.
I didn't know their second wedding was bad compared to their great first wedding in 1991. Jack and Jennifer remarry in May 2003 until Jack was presumably killed by the Salem Stalker that October. Jack was soon alive along with the other victims the following year and he and Jen have reunited ever since they now left town in 2006.
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"Relax nobody's having sex.... at least not yet"

Mason are you going to also post the other ones that you said you had? Would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Nov 30 2009, 07:05 PM
Mason are you going to also post the other ones that you said you had? Would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
I will! :)
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MOST IMPROVED SHOW


ALL MY CHILDREN


Had our "Best & Worst" meeting been held in May, it's a safe bet that AMC wouldn't be in this category. That it landed here after all is a testament to the remarkable turnaround effected by returning Head Writer Megan McTavish.

The first half of '03 was dominated by clunkers like "Aidan and Maureen on the run!" and "Henry cheats off Maggie's test!" But these days, our daily doses of AMC are punctuated by resurgent family units (the Chandlers; the Martins; the ever-expanding Kane/Montgomerys), plots that are innovative and engaging (e.g., the one-of-a-kind Lena/Bianca/Maggie triangle) and some of daytime's zippiest dialogue (our rewind buttons get a regular workout thanks to characters like Tad, Mary, Reggie and Palmer).

If you haven't paid a visit to Pine Valley in awhile, take our word for it - now is a perfect time to come on back.
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BEST SHOW


THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS


The traditional 30th-anniversary gift is pearls, but Y&R deserves the gold - Emmy gold, that is. Executive Producer David Shaughnessy and Co-Executive Producer/Co-Head Writer Jack Smith have kept the strong storytelling tradition of Creator William J. Bell alive, while making changes that bolstered the action. To wit, the decision to cross-pollinate the landscape: Back in the day, many storylines were self-contained arcs, and some characters rarely - if ever - crossed paths. But now that stories have been opened up and intersected, magic - like the sparkling chemistry between Phyllis and Drucilla - has occurred.

Long-standing characters evolved in believable ways: We saw how neglect in his childhood led Victor to become a ruthless tycoon; doormat Sharon finally had enough and stood up to monster-in-law Nikki; Nicholas got out from under Victor's shadow, oblivious to the fact that his methods only proved he is his father's son; and attention-hungry Brittany stripped to spice up her life.

Y&R has always heeded its own history, and this year's crop of well-crafted, nuanced tales paid tribute to the show's rich past. Long-time business rivals Jack and Victor squared off again with the Tuvia versus Safra tale - but this round of antagonism not only pitted Newman against Jabot, it encompassed nearly half the canvas, as husbands competed with wives, brothers were pitted against sisters and children rebelled against parents. The corporate combat was especially riveting because of its human toll. Ashley's car accident on launch day resulted in the loss of her and Brad's unborn son, and the boardroom battle left Jack and Phyllis's marriage in tatters.

Multigenerational stories have always been a hallmark of Y&R, and unlike many other soaps, here they're still front-and-center. Case in point: The revelation that Katherine and Jill are mother and daughter put a shocking spin on one of daytime's longest-running feuds. Y&R also mixed familiar faces with new blood by bringing back such fan favorites as Danny and Liz, while incorporating dynamic new characters like Damon, Bobby and Kevin.

Spectacular events. Compelling stories. Complex, layered characters. Snappy dialogue. Each of these unique pearls, when strung together, produces a result that's precious: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.
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The Royal Stoner

Ugh, sad that they had the nerve to cite Jill being revealed as Katherine's daughter in their "Best Show" writeup. That was one of the colossal mistakes that damaged the show and it's rich history.
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I do kinda agree about Mitch. He was totally different then he used to be(I started watching oltl in 2002, so I'm not veteran, but I've learned up on the 80s ones through reading and Youtube) so now I feel that his stories during that time were just campy and they had him running around conspiring with teeny boppers with juvenile problems (Jen), and you know, the whole Jessica thing. I have fond memories of watching that time, but still. They just went overboard, and even tho he was a villain I think they did just terrible things to his character. Like that Badra Diamond thing. Yuck.
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Bitch!

I LOVED Sheridan's kidnapping on PSNS; loved Dillon and crazy Barbara.-
Edited by WTGH, Jan 2 2010, 07:16 PM.
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ALL MY CHILDREN

Had our "Best & Worst" meeting been held in May, it's a safe bet that AMC wouldn't be in this category. That it landed here after all is a testament to the remarkable turnaround effected by returning Head Writer Megan McTavish.

The first half of '03 was dominated by clunkers like "Aidan and Maureen on the run!" and "Henry cheats off Maggie's test!" But these days, our daily doses of AMC are punctuated by resurgent family units (the Chandlers; the Martins; the ever-expanding Kane/Montgomerys), plots that are innovative and engaging (e.g., the one-of-a-kind Lena/Bianca/Maggie triangle) and some of daytime's zippiest dialogue (our rewind buttons get a regular workout thanks to characters like Tad, Mary, Reggie and Palmer).

If you haven't paid a visit to Pine Valley in awhile, take our word for it - now is a perfect time to come on back.


As much as I hated McTavish's writing by the time she left the latter half of 2003 (as well as early 2004) was quite good.
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Mason
Nov 29 2009, 11:51 PM
That shit with Ben being a killer and killing himself is what caused me to quit watching GL the first time. Thank God Ellen Weston hasn't been employed by a soap since. A Grade-A HACK if ever there was one.
The only time I ever e-mailed CBS was that story. I took great pride in telling CBS that they had a cancer writing GL and that Ellen Weston needed to be replaced immediately. I have a sneaking suspicion they got many more e-mails along those same lines. :)

Absolutely preposterous and out of left field, indeed. About the only thing that saved the story was Aubrey Dollar was playing Marina at the time, but not even her acting skills saved this turkey.
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