Well, some angry Steve and Kayla fans have hijacked the TWoP Forum (temporarily I hope) for a bitchfest. Steve is ruined because he’s abusive. Kayla is ruined because she’s a dishrag. Anyone not familiar with Steve and Kayla in the past would hate them now. Hogan Sheffer is an evil hack.
I don’t mind people complaining. I’m not one of those anti-negativity people (if I were, I couldn’t go to message boards at all). But I do like criticism to be thoughtful and well-founded (or snarky and funny). And on a single-thread forum like TWoP, you might ask yourself before you post if the point you’re making has already been made multiple times by others (and often, by yourself in an earlier post), and if so, what are you really adding to the discussion?
So, because I’m feeling contrary after reading all those angry posts, I’m going to devote this blog to discussing what’s going right on the show, right now.
I love Steve and Kayla’s storyline overall, but here are some specifics: it makes me so happy to see Kayla be strong again (and for MBE to have something to sink her teeth into). I love hearing Steve’s cynical laugh again. I love the idea that these two will have to work their way back to each other.
Billie has a work-related, rather than a triangle-related, storyline. I’m intrigued by how EJ is going to use her security system in his plans.
Chick, of course. The two actors play off each other so well, both the fun banter and the angstful stuff.
Shawn and Belle. I got nothin’.
Sami has beautiful hair. And I like Billie’s new hairstyle too.
Lucas is being softer and less judgmental, at least talking the right talk. He apologized for turning on Sami in the past. While still suspecting that she’s hiding something, I don’t get the impression (as I did earlier) that he’s ready to turn on her if he finds out it’s true.
Sami and Celeste. Celeste understood and sympathized with Sami about the rape, and even sympathized with her desire to hide the truth. And in the preview: more of the two of them tomorrow!
There’s an interesting echo of EJ’s “good friend” advice last summer—“Tell the truth to Austin!”—in his current “ha ha, I know you’ll never tell the truth.”
I’ve expressed my frustration with Sami’s storyline here in earlier posts, and I’ve come to a decision about it. I’ve decided to stop wishing it were different (though I’ll still hang on to that kernel of hope)—that is, Sami growing up and Lucas standing by her. I’m just going to watch it play out. But I can’t count that as a “positive.” What I will say, however, is that the story seems to be picking up momentum. This week there’s been a new energy to all their scenes: Sami/EJ, Sami/Lucas, even Kate/EJ.
And I’ll say one more thing about the Sami storyline. One thing the angry Steve and Kayla fans keep saying is that when Steve did something wrong back in the 80s, we always understood why he did it (I might quibble with this on many levels, but that’s what they’re saying). I think most people do understand Sami’s motivations and reasoning here. So does it help, as the S&K fans were claiming? Heh, I’m not sure.
Moving on. Phillip and Willow. Willow spying on Bo and Hope, and in the preview: meeting with EJ! Have we finally found someone James Scott won’t tower over?
Also, I have a glimmer of hope that the wonderful crisscrossing of storylines is going to start again. People have started to talk again about what’s going on in each other lives. Billie, Bo, Nick, Chelsea, Sami, and Roman all mentioned Shawn and Belle this week.. Bo mentioned Steve to Billie today. Just this week there’s been a slight uptick in atypical interactions: Willow and Hope. Sami and Celeste. Willow and EJ.
And looking to the future: EJ wants to kill Shawn. Bo wants to rescue Shawn. Phillip wants to know where Shawn is so he can get Claire back. Could all of this stories come together somehow? Even the boring storylines are more interesting when the stories intersect with each other, and it ups the anticipation factor tenfold.
Thank you. I feel better.