Blogging From The Beacon.
Thoughts on the week of May 18-22.
It was a curious week. It was also, for the most part, a rather morbid one. But, in its usual fashion, Guiding Light put a few strange little twists on the morbid factor. One of the nice surprises of the week was watching Mallet do his detective work. That's not something I ever though I'd say, but his mannerisms and the situation actually worked this time around. Watching him obsess over a case which he doesn't particularly care about and attempt to justify doing his job to himself added an extra layer to the goings on. The fact that he took a baby with him to do much of his initial questioning also helped add something to the routine. It wasn't cute; it was sort of creepy.
Half of the cast are suspects in the case. The fact that the majority of them are quite happy that Edmund is dead doesn't help. Shayne felt sort of bad so he held a little 'Edmund survivors meeting' for everyone. For some reason, it reminded me of Reva and Jeffrey's wedding. Maybe it was the random, almost hobo-like nature of the thing, but I nearly expected them to go to a hot dog or ice cream wagon or something at the end. Reva is already standing out as chief suspect. She's tried killing him before, of course, but I doubt it was her. I have to admit that I don't care all that much who killed him, which is too bad because he was a character I adored. But it was such an anti-climactic and vulgar way for him to go. It lacked all of his usual flare and theatricality. I think that was part of the point they were making with killing him – it was a way of reforming and then reducing him to banality. That was also the point of the little speech he left behind with its surgical slicing up the character's entire psychology. Gone was the icy princely arrogance, all of the nuances of authority, ambition, the thirst for vengeance and joy in other people's suffering. Instead, he was turned into this excruciatingly ponderous guy basically talking about how important children's smiles were. He went from being Machiavelli to a Coke commercial.