The Virtual Soapbox
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 31, 2009
Everybody who has read my stuff in the magazine or here in my blog knows that I've loved me some GL this year. The show bounced back from its slump in a beautiful, organic way and, sadly, that spike in awesomeness came too late to save it from cancellation. I can talk till I'm blue in the face about how much I love this show and what a travesty I think it going off air is.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 28, 2009
It's that time again. The Second Annual Mala's Made-Up Awards. I did it last year in lieu of Emmy predictions (look for my June 20, 2008 entry) and figured it would be fun to do again! Obviously this informal set of kudos and disses spans part of last year and part of this year. There are no rules, only my whims!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 26, 2009
Since I've had massive love for OLTL lately, I should've figured that something would ruin it — own personal romantic roadblock, determined to break up me and my cute, new steady. Yep, I'm talking Todd and Marty.
I mean, pardon my caps-lock abuse here, but WHAT COURT IN THE LAND WOULD ORDER A RAPIST TO SEE HIS VICTIM AS A THERAPIST? OMG! I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. DO NOT WANT. NO. NO. NO. It's just dumb. It smacks of the same sensationalistic misogyny that drove the whole amnesiac Marty rapemance last year, and it just doesn't make sense. I hate when a smart show makes blatantly stupid choices. And any viewer with half a lick of sense and a few episodes of LAW & ORDER under their belt knows that Marty being Todd's therapist stretches the limits of even soaps' elastic credibility.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 25, 2009
Can you believe I actually went four whole days without watching a soap? I don't know how! Actually, wait, I do. First, I made sure to check in on the one storyline that left me on the edge of my seat before I left for vacation: Owen's odd behavior on BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL. Right around 1:45 on Friday, I contact my colleague Joe and asked him whether or not Owen has an evil twin. (He does!) With that burning question answered, I was relatively at peace with my time away from soaps.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 18, 2009
ood soap isn't just about one thing or the other. Truly good soap is a collaborative effort between talented writers, actors, directors and crew. If even one of those elements is off, it does make a difference. You can have the best script in the world, but a weak actor may not be able to sell it. A stellar actor can sell dreck, but you still know it's dreck. And sometimes, the right camera angle is all you need to make a scene resonate...and the wrong one is all you need to make a viewer seasick!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 18, 2009
The wonderful guys at We Love Soaps, Roger Newcomb and Damon L. Jacobs, had me as a guest on the eighth edition of their weekly podcast, and it was posted this morning! Check it out at here.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 12, 2009
Yesterday I had the completely appalling realization that Y&R's Adam and Ashley have chemistry. And given how I feel about victimizers of women becoming romantic heroes, I immediately wanted to go shower with bleach. Michael Muhney and Eileen Davidson work really, really well together and are knocking their scenes out of the park. And those times when Ash is leaning on Adam and he's pretending to be completely sincere ... if you take them out of context, it's like, "Hey, there's something there." Unfortunately, I'm a context kinda gal, and context says, "OH, HELL, NO."
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 10, 2009
I think I spent the entire weekend in a Kish-induced haze — leading me to conclude something that's probably not all that shocking: OLTL's Kyle Lewis represents daytime's new generation of gay characters. He's just your average joe — with a taste for blackmail and a guy named Fish — soap character.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 4, 2009
Are Y&R's Mary Jane and Adam in a competition to see who can be the most irredeemable psycho? Actually, wait, Adam, to me, isn't a psycho. He's too cold, too calculating about his crimes, to qualify as someone acting purely from unhinged emotion. MJ, however, done lost her damn mind. Between talking to her stuffed cat, poisoning Summer with a peanut butter-laced kiss, and now slipping Jack roofies and pretending to be Sharon, I am utterly floored by what we're supposed to make of her.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Aug 3, 2009
What in the Sam Hill (not to be confused with the Sam McCall) was going on with GH's Ethan and Lucky beating the snot out of Dante Friday and today? Lucky is a cop, and getting into bar brawls is just plain stupid. And Ethan...? He's a sticky-fingered con artist! He has no room to judge somebody that's working for Sonny. Did the show think we would view the attack as a lovely bonding experience between Luke's two sons? Sorry, ganging up on a guy interested in their sister just made them look like ginormous jerks. I mean, yeah, Dante was coming on strong and is probably the kind of guy that I'd walk away from in a bar...which is something Lulu's perfectly capable of doing herself! She handled him just fine, shepherding his obnoxious tush to the hospital and passing him to Epiphany for the "TLC" he was so desperately angling for.