ABC Fan February Episodes
Written 2/27/03 by Suzanne originally for
This month the ABC soaps (all except PC) each did a "Fan" episode, where
the writers gave us a fantasy episode involving what fans want. One of
them actually succeeded, for the most part (the other two failed).
All My Children was the first and best of the three. They know that we
want to see our old favorites, like Tad, Erica, Joe, et al. They realized
we want to see Brooke and Edmund together, and we want to see Tad paired
up with just about anybody (or everybody, as this episode showed us!
LOL!!). We want to see Adam get his comeuppance. We want to see Bianca act
less goody-goody, and Kendall get along with Erica. We want to see Erica
taken down a peg or two. What we don't want to see is a bunch of new
people and a bunch of teenagers. This was a very funny episode. I could
add that what we DON'T want to see is the actor's over-acting (like they
did, for the most part, in this episode), or silly stories that make no
sense. I guess it was too much to ask for them to show an engaging story
where all of the main characters were used. Or Bianca in a love scene with
a girl! And I did miss Greenlee, Trey, Palmer, and Maggie. But otherwise,
it was an entertaining episode.
One Life to Live's writers shouldn't have bothered, because what they are
showing on the screen every day is pretty much what we want to see (or at
least I do). They already did a fantasy episode on Valentine's day, so
having another one was kind of redundant. Instead of showing us a "what
if" show, they did some silly movie spoofs that had nothing to do with the
show (as clever as some of them were). What was everyone's favorite? Why,
the western one, of course, because we got to see Clint! And Natalie and
Clint actually met! I don't think we viewers really want to see the Vega
brothers playing Matrix with Flash, although the skin-tight outfits were
nice, as well as seeing Jen as the villain again. The Lindsay and Tad
thing was very "cute", but I'd rather see them together in a real story.
Troy was pointless in the scene. It was nice to see Nora and Lindsay be
friends, but not at the cost of either woman's intelligence. And those
hairstyles, what were they thinking? Ugh. It was fun to see Starr and
Blair singing together, but the story sucked, especially Todd's part.
What do we really want to see on One Life to Live? More of what they are
giving us now. Good writing and our favorite characters! Nora getting her
spine and brain back. Her and Bo back together (at least at work). More of
Gabi and Bo. More of Todd and Blair (please let them work things out!).
More of Viki and her family. I'm not sure that bringing back ALL of the
Buchanans is the answer, nor bringing back Victor and Mitch. We'll just
have to wait and see.
I enjoyed parts of General Hospital's fantasy episode. It was all about
Sonny, and I like him a lot. But do the writers really think we need to
see a mostly-Sonny show, when that's what the day-to-day show is about?
Most people I know would prefer to have more story about our old favorites
like The Quartermaines, Tony, Mac, et al. What is the name of this show,
anyway? Is it The Corinthos Show? Is it Mobsters, Inc.? No, it's General
Hospital. Yet the only time we see the hospital is when Sonny or Jason get
shot! I enjoyed seeing the Quartermaines, but why is it that every time we
see them, they have to be arguing like they are all hopped up on
something? It's too silly. They act like real people when they are
separate, but together, they are like cardboard stereotypes. Nobody
bickers ALL the time. They didn't used to be that way. At least we didn't
see Courtney in this episode; I am getting tired of her...
A real fan fantasy episode would have the show be about the hospital, with
a well-integrated story involving all of the characters like Luke,
Nikolas, Felicia, the Quartermaines, et al. And once a week, we would see
a love scene with Sonny and Carly, Sonny and Alexis, or Sonny and Brenda.
That's what the fans really want :)
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