The Virtual Soapbox
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Dec 15, 2010
"Is it bad that I assume everyone gets killed on GH?" I asked my Twitter followers today. So, with major apologies to Edward Gorey and his famous Gashlycrumb Tinies, I simply cannot resist a tongue-in-cheek send-up of the show's death toll in recent years.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Dec 9, 2010
I had quit railing at the soap gods and achieved a resigned state of zen over OLTL's Ford invasion — my Nov. 5 post highlighted that — but, this week, when Bobby was revealed to have a connection to Joey's fiancée Aubrey, my ire returned in full force. Is it too much to ask to have one or two stories on OLTL that don't involve the Fords? Please?
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Nov 30, 2010
I am hopelessly addicted to 90210 this season, and I'm pretty sure it's Trevor Donovan's fault. Or at least that of Teddy Montgomery, the character Donovan plays.
Without OLTL's Kish and ATWT's Luke, Reid and Noah, there has been a giant hole where gay storylines on soaps used to be. AMC's Bianca is a supporting player, Y&R's Rafe even more so; and because they don't have any significant story of their own, they just can't fill that void. But 90210's Teddy, and his slow progression to accepting that he's gay or bi, just might do the trick.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Nov 5, 2010
Okay, OLTL, I give up. Uncle. I surrender. Resistance is futile. I'm on board with the Ford brothers.
I know what you're all thinking: "Wait, WHAT?! Mala, you were doing so well with your seething hatred!" But, dude, it's been like fighting a war of attrition day in and day out. Just like how, every day, Ford is a little less clothed...every day, a little of my wall crumbles. I am tired of building it back up again with "I miss Kish and Schuyler" bricks, tired of fighting the inevitable. Because you just know when abusive Ford Daddy, Eddie, hits town, the "feel sorry for the Fords, love the Fords" indoctrination will be in overdrive. So, I'm throwing in the towel in advance. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Just call this post "Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fords."
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Oct 19, 2010
BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL is in the midst of a big story involving Stephanie and the plight of the homeless community on L.A.'s Skid Row, and I'd like to discuss the pluses and minuses. I was actually thinking of doing it in print, but I have so much going on in my head that I don't think it would all fit on one page. So buckle up (or bail out!) as I get myself in gear!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Oct 12, 2010
On Sunday, I had the chance to sit in on the New York Comic Con press panels for NIKITA and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. It was really cool. The cast and powers-that-be of both shows were incredibly fun and knowledgeable, and gave some great teases for what's ahead. (Check upcoming issues of Weekly for the dish!)
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Sep 29, 2010
Okay, GH, ya got me. Cue the obligatory asthmatic wheezing and choked sobs — all because of Stone and Robin! I let Lucky's Grand Irish Adventure (now with added Dante and Lulu!) wash right past me with only a passing thought to how badly I want to set Siobhan's hat on fire. I shrugged off Spinelli and his new, but predictably annoying, obsession with Brenda. I barely even blinked at Molly rehashing Sonny and Claire (do we really need to hear about "Scaire" at length?) Honest to God, you could've had a shoot-out in the middle of the episode and I would not have cared, because Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and Michael Sutton (Stone) are just as magical today as they were 15 years ago.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Sep 22, 2010
I know Y&R's Billy and Victoria are supposed to be Genoa City's root-for young couple, but I've fallen for J.T. and Mac! And, believe me, it's a little strange to be saying that...considering that during their last go-round, from 2005-2006, I found them coma-inducing. Rachel Kimsey was Mac at the time, and I spent more time hoping Mac would get together with Kevin than paying one whit of attention to her relationship with J.T.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Sep 14, 2010
Is it YOUNG AND RESTLESS's intention to make me want to punch Billy in the face this week? Somehow, I'm thinkin' no. We're supposed to root for him as he worries about his pregnant bride, Victoria, and her tyrant of a father who's scheming against them. The problem...? This is also the week that Billy's nephew, Chance, was brutally cut down in a drug bust gone awry...and Billy's been about as affected by it as if he saw some stranger's death reported on the news.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Sep 10, 2010
Confession time: Now that I've seen it...? I think the end of the Reid/Luke arc might be one of ATWT's better wrap-up stories. And to don my trusty flame-retardant suit and espouse an even more unpopular opinion, I don't think the death of Reid is inherently homophobic. In fact, I'm not exactly certain how the term, defined as an "unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality," applies to a show on which the importance of Luke Snyder as a legacy character has been stressed over the course of nearly five years. That he is loved, that he has fallen in love, has never been in question; never been treated with derision or scorn. That ATWT has had to deal with behind-the-scenes network constraints and vocal opposition from bigots is a separate issue from their actual narrative.