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The Trio Returns

Posted by coreyt0304 on May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We saw the return of the former Llanview Three this week.  So far I must say I am liking it.  Howarth, is playing an unnamed character so far but I believe he is going to be a Quatermane or a Cassedine...Or both.  But his character is already defining himself and is very interesting.  Howarth changed his look for the new character, dying his hair blonde, and removing the Manning Scar.  I thought it'd be strange to see him without his scar or see him playing a new character but he is such a phenomenal actor that he is making the new character work.

The same goes for the beautiful and talented Miss Alderson.  Along with the new hair color, comes a feisty new character. Kiki Jerome who is smittingith the recasted Morgan Corinthos.  I still see a little of Starr Manning in her, but a much darker, feisty side of her.  Not to mention the daddy didn't love me enough hint of slut that erupts when she hits on Morgan, not to mention when she attempted to remove her top for Michael.  I mean we already know her father is going to end up being Franco, so it'll make sense that shes pretty screwed up.  I'm just eager to see how screwed up she really is.

And than their was Mr. Michael Easton.  He's played Steven Clay,  Caleb, John Mcbain and now Sylas.  I love his names from Caleb to Silas, they just have an aura of mystique around them. This character is much more sarcastic, and witty compared to the more simply solemn John McBain.  He was sarcastic, and at times just plain rude to Sam, but then she turns a corner after ranting, and hes there watching her, with an intimate, remorseful look.  

Easton's character is going to be like Alderson's character and will have lots of depth.  I don't see Howarth's character being very deep. I see him as being a jerk corporate raider and nothing more but being its Roger Howarth I can guarantee he will make it very entertaining.

 

One Life To Live: Progress Report

Posted by coreyt0304 on May 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

One Life to Live is about to finish its third week of its reboot.  We have seen the veterans of OLTL lighting up the screen as Viki and Dorian reignite their feud.  We've seen a shocking return in Victor Lord Jr, and even a few murder attempts.  One Life to Live definitely succeeded in picking up right where it left off, but with some hit and misses on the way.

I am happy and relieved about the fact, that the new regime that now operates One Life haven't forgotten or ignored past history and storylines. I feared that they'd do more of a remake and characters would be interacting strangely with people from their past, or that characters wouldn't be acting like themselves.  However that is not the case.  Viki and Dorian have reignited their feud, the latest shot fired being from Dorian setting Viki up to lose everything, and now its just a waiting game as if waiting for the train to go off the track.  Natalie is as beautiful as ever, and still has her feisty fiery personality, as she interacts with Cutter, or her sweet side as she interacts with her Uncle Bo.  They have done a bit of a reboot in a sense with Nora.  She discussed with Bo an old college radio show she hosted, and the next thing we know she is set up with her own online radio show.  I'm intrigued where this is going.  The Tale of Two Todds has continued with the new show as well.  Many wondered what would happen with Todd and Victor, since the last we saw of One Life to Live Alison Perkins had Victor tied to a bed.  We got our answer on the first episode when Victor returned in the cloak of darkness and reunited with his kids, Tea, and his brother Todd.  As the show began to take off, Victor tried to poison Todd, and even strangle him, but failed to keep Todd down.  Victor has once again left town which I know I'm not the only fan disappointed about that and hope its not long term.

The writers have succeeded in implementing Newbie Corbin Bleu into the mix.  When I heard about Bleu's arrival in Llanview I have to admit I was a bit nervous.  Nothing against the young actor, I just feared it'd be the beginning of a parade of new characters taking over the show, and that isn't what any of us wanted.  I am pleased to see I was wrong and instead he has meshed well with OLTL veterans Erika Slezak and Kelley Missal. and his character Jeffrey has perfectly been planted into the Llanview population without overpowering us with too much of him, like shows tend to do when introducing new characters.

I have sung the praises of the new show, but one thing does stick out as a not so positive aspect.  The length of the show I feel hinders it a bit.  In a sense its great, because we don't have any filler scenes, but at the same time the extra time could be used to get more of characters we don't see much of, such as Natalie.  Take the latest episodes for example. The last we saw Todd was on the floor unconscious we don't know if he was alive or dead, than the next episode he is in his hospital room, up and complaining...Did we miss something? I think a few more minutes would help.  

 

Overall I'd give One Life to Live a B+.  A show that had been dead for over a year, has risen from the dead successfully.  Sure episodes could be longer, but it still has succeeded in every other aspect.  Every episode ends leaving you wanting more.  I can definitely see the online experiment working well for One Life to Live and see it having a long lasting life integrated online.

 


And So It Begins

Posted by coreyt0304 on April 29, 2013 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 

(REVIEW DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS)


I was on Hulu watching the OLTL preview videos, preparing for the revival.  Suddenly something changed on the screen.  An hour and a half before One Life To Live Episode 1 was set to go up...IT WAS UP!  I grabbed my ice tea, grabbed my pop corn I was ready.  


Viki Lord being the first one seen was very fitting.  Her and Clint talking a bit and then revealing the article about Dorian.  Viki is all set to get her boxing gloves on for yet another round with Dorian.  The feud between Viki and Dorian is legendary and another legendary round is brewing.  

(Viki & Dorian at the start of their feud years ago.)


The next we see David Vickers talking to a camera man who i believe he calls "Liam" sorta made me nervous.  I was thinking WAIT A MINUTE LIAM? ...TELL ME THEY DIDN'T SORAS HIM FROM A NEW BORN TO A 20+ YEAR OLD IN A YEARS TIME. But luckily that was not the case as the next scene featured Natalie and her baby boy Liam.  Natalie tells him shes going to a big party.  

 

The Buchanan household is seen and yelling is heard. Bo Buchanan is having a major argument with his son Mathew. Why, you ask? "OXY ITS THAT DAMN OXY CRAP" And presents Nora with a baggie of pills. Mathew says its not his, and more or less seemed to move out of his house.  Tea is still so distraught over the loss of her baby.  You can see that she is not mentally stable right now.  She is so torn up over the whole thing. Her baby being born in a cabin, having a crazy woman tell her it was fine, having Todd Manning help switch Tea's real baby with Sam McCall's on General Hospital.  Tea finally found out the truth and clearly it is killing her.  Someone else is feeling the pain to. Poor Dani.  She is clearly aching for some parental guidance but right now her mother is in no condition to give it to her, and her father? Well we'll get to that later.  

 

I would like to say the first bit of scandali clad ladies is seen early on.  We see Natalie Buchanan in an open robe draped over her and a lovely shot of her in bra and panties.  Now yes I am a guy, who watches and writes about soaps, and people question it but I am as straight as they come and its scenes like that; the lovely Melissa Archer is a perfect example of the beautiful women I tell people about when it comes to the soap opera genre.  She has a babysitter for Liam and is off to party at Blair's club remodeled and renamed.  

 (The beautiful Melissa Archer AKA Natalie)

 


Welcome to Shelter!  Shelter a very loud upbeat nightclub owned by Blair, promoted by Cutter Wentworth.  It appears he has turned over yet another new leaf.  How many leaves does this dude have? He even makes a move on Natalie and the two shared a glance.  Shelter seems to be the new place to be in llanview.  All the kids are there.  Jack who informs his sister, Dani, that she looks like shit. Destiny and Mathew, who have a confrontation over baby Drew.  A baby that according to Destiny, Mathew made a choice to not be a father.  Also in Shelter is the owner Blair, who tries and fails to flirt with a young guy who "Doesn't like cougars" Now Kassie Depaiva is stunning, and looks 25, what guy would turn her down? The answer is a stupid one.  But its enough to make Kassie sad as she looks around her club and as she says to Tea its as if shes babysitting. Even Natalie is too old for Shelter and goes home early and lays seemingly naked under a blanket on her couch.  


But back at Shelter Dani goes to Mathew asking where her stuff is...So it appears young feisty, tough Dani is dealing with her parent issues by doing drugs and it appears to be taking quite the toll on her.  She hides from her mother Tea, and ends up passing out sending Blair, Tea and Todd Manning to her side. Todd scoops her up rushing her out of the club. That's right everybody Todd Manning is back.  But if that's not enough all through the episode a hooded person is seen running around outside and at one point choking someone who is chasing him (or was chasing them I couldn't tell) killing the person.  So this hooded figure makes his way into the club and is seen watching as Dani is carried off.  Who is this man you ask? A not so trapped Victor Lord!

 


OVERALL:  I have to get use to the new way the show is filmed, but I like it.  The whole cast from the newbie Corbin Blue to the original cast members are all doing spectacular.  My one complaint is the audio during the club scene it seemed a bit off.  I am hoping that the club scene isn't used too much and they use other quieter sets as well.  I like that it is a tiny bit racier having the kids swearing isn't bad its realistic.  Having the ladies showing a bit more skin not too much for this guy.  Having relevant storylines like drugs, and teenage pregnancy makes it an even better soap opera.  I like how the first episode really set the show up great.  Natalie sad missing John obviously, Blair and Todd staring each other down, Dani and her downward spiral, Tea and her grief, and of course Viki and her on again off again feud with Dorian is clearly on again.  This is a must watch for any fan of any online show not just soaps it is spectacular and I am looking forward to more.  I do hope I see some more old timers return.

 


When we last saw Viki and Clint....

Posted by coreyt0304 on April 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello fans, friends and family of our beloved soap One Life to Live. I figured with a mere ONE DAY until the resurrection of our soap, i'd discuss Viki and Clint and their journey to each other. 

(picture courtesy of google)

Viki Lord and Clint Buchanan have been through hell and back together.  Both are unique and very complex characters.  Both have their darkside, but Viki is much softer and more loving than her current love interest Clint.. Clint had a heart attack and was up for a heart transplant, but the list was long of people needing a transplant. Clint found out that Gigi Morasco had seemingly died. Gigi is the love of Rex Balsom. The son of Clint's who Clint went out of his way to prevent Rex from finding out claiming he was not fit to be a member of his family. However after bargaining with; and being blackmailed by a distraught and desperate Rex Balsom, Clint was given the heart of a dead Morasco, seemingly Gigi's. Clint was forced to turn over his businesses and his mansion to Rex. However before finding out he was getting the heart, thinking he was on his deathbed he decided to die with a clear conscience and confessed to many crimes he had committed during the past year. Ranging from being responsible for his brothers wife to nearly be raped, hiring hitmen to rough up his daughters boyfriend, and even being responsible for hospital records being tampered with.


Clint is then put on house arrest and is residing in the home of one Viki Lord, his former love. The two start to rekindle their love when an old flame of Clint's arrives. Viki and Rex go to find information about a possibly not-so-dead Gigi but before she leaves Viki goes to say goodbye to Clint. She walks in and sees his old, much younger flame Kimberly in his arms kissing him. Kimberly finds out the whole ordeal with Rex and goes to his biological mother Echo and blackmails her into making Rex give Clint his life back. Rex laughs in her face, and refuses. So Echo decided the only logical choice is forgery. She signs Rex's name on the papers. Rex catches her but in a much better place now, willingly offers Clint all of his assets back. Clint in return told him to keep his mansion.


Once all that commotion is over Kimberly tells Clint that she loves him and wants a second chance to prove her love for him. Unfortunately for the sexy Kimberly, Clint's new heart much like his old heart is spoken for.  He is falling back into love with Viki.  Viki and Rex come back from their trip and Viki is none to happy with Clint.  The last Viki saw of Clint was when his lips were locked in a kiss with Kimberly.  But Clint confesses his undying love for Viki and states that nothing is ever going to happen with Kimberly and that Viki is his one true love.  The duo of Viki and Clint are together once more.  Days later its revealed that Gigi is alive and Clint has the heart of Gigi's evil sister. Rex and Gigi get married in Viki's home. The night of their nuptials the town is struck with a massive blackout caused by inmates at a local prison that just so happens holds many of the villains of Llanview through the years.


Allison Perkins arrives during the blackout. She was a disciple of Mitch Laurence before being arrested, and remained so in prison. Mitch was a cruel evil man who loved to wreak havoc on the life of Viki and her family. He also was believed to be the father of Viki's daughter Jessica which feeds his obsession for a long time. Allison arrives while the family is preoccupied trying to get Natalie Viki and Clints daughter free from Mitch who had kidnapped her in order to hold her up until his daughter Jessica agreed to go with him. Allison who is holding a gun on Viki and Clint reveals that Mitch was crazy and if she didnt switch the tests years ago that claimed Jessica was Mitch's daughter he would of killed Allison. So Allison changed the results to save herself. Allison shoots Viki and continues to rant as Clint collapses suffering yet another heart attack. They are eventually rescued and both make full recoveries and the last we hear of Viki and Clint, Clint proposes to Viki.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Posted by coreyt0304 on April 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

An idea that would probably kill the soap genre faster than ABC tried to.  I'm not talking about Todd Manning becoming best friends with Johm McBain.  Or Sonny Corinthos and Jax sharing a nice conversation over a cup of coffee.  I'm talking about this war between General Hospital and Prospect Park.  
For those of you who don't know the story I'll fill you in.  When One Life to Live ended its run, the soap world were ecstatic when Robert Guza was booted from General Hospital after many years reigning terror on our beloved Port Charles crew.  We then heard the new writer, and producer of General Hospital were none other than the former writer and producer of One Life to Live Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati. 

The former OLTL writers wanted to bring in a piece of llanview to keep the shows legacy alive' albeit on another soap.  Thus Todd Manning, John Mcbain, Starr Manning, Blair Cramer, and Tea Delgado made their way to Port Charles.  Fans of One Life to Live were psyched, but some GH fans were not so thrilled.  They believed the new characters take the place of beloved fan favorites.  Personally I was very excited over the prospect of seeing a possible combination of both shows. This of course was before we knew of the rebirth of One Life to Live.  I'll be the first to admit I dont know all the legal reasons behind why the characters were allowed to come to a different show.  The way I figured it, was that the characters were created by Carlivati and Valentini, as well as ABC still holding a certain right to the characters.  But that's just my opinion.  Anyway remember that rebirth I mentioned? Well that as spectacular as it was was the beginning of where things got sticky.  

Prospect Park was brinigng One Life to Live...back to life, giving it a second life. (pardon the pun I couldn't help myself) So they wanted Todd, John, and Starr the three characters that stuck around back.  The problem was all three characters had put down roots in Port Charles.  John was in the midst of a big storyline crossing over not just One Life to Live, and General Hospital but long cancelled General Hospital night time soap spinoff "Port Charles" A dark soap filled with Vampires, angels, and mere mortals.  Todd was finding love with long time trouble maker in her own right Carly Benson Corinthos Jax.  And Starr, poor Starr.  Starr came to Port Charles with her boyfriend Cole Thornhart and daughter Hope.  Within a day of their first appearance Cole and Hope were killed when their car was ran off the road and fell off a cliff.  Even though I am a fan of both OLTL and GH, this was unnecessary and simply sucked.  I know, I know even the writer himself wrote on Twitter "The bodies were never found" but it still was a slight slap in the face to us fans.  So anyway Starr put her life back together and fell in love with Michael Corinthos.  So now PP decides they want the characters back so no more Starr, John or Todd.  They all left town and from what I hear their names cant even be mentioned anymore.  This does nothing but hurt General Hospital and makes people angry at OLTL.  

*KNOCK* *KNOCK* *KNOCK* HEY PROSPECT PARK HINT HINT THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO PISS FANS OFF! THIS IS THE TIME TO COME UP WITH A RESOLUTION!  That ofcourse if it is them who are playing hardball and not just another BS tactic to harm GH by ABC so they can cancel it.  I dont know but all I know is it sucks for us fans.  The actors wanted to all stay on General Hospital okay than make an agreement and find a way to blend it into the OLTL storyline and let the actors go.  Don't let it be like prison and force the actors to go where they dont want to.  It is just so frustrating as a fan because I know thatit doesn't have to be so dramatic.  Save the drama for on screen not off screen.