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    Guiding Light Weekly Blog.

    Monday, August 24 2009

    Blogging From The Beacon.

    Thoughts on the week of August 17-21.

    Reva spent the first part of the week totally flipping out. She finally caught herself doing it, but didn't seem able to let go of the little cocoon she was building out of her memories. She's done this sort of thing before, it's one of her most consistent character traits, but she usually only pays homage to herself, this is the first time she's gone this far for someone else. Jonathan finally popped up to snap her out of it. After they screamed at each other like schoolgirls, they caught up, only to be interrupted by Shayne. They'd never met so it was interesting. I was reminded of Jonathan's run-in with Will a few years ago. That time, Jonathan was just scared, this time it was different. There was a kind of sibling jealousy between them. There was also the eerie obviousness that Jonathan is so much Reva's son and Shayne is so much Josh's. I like that they don't like each other. There isn't much rivalry on the show. There isn't any between Rafe and James, which is a complete waste since they have the whole Spaulding empire to fight over, not just Cross Creek. Anyway, at least Jonathan was smiling this week and joking around, he wasn't anywhere near one of his frequent lapses into Tammy-induced zombiedom. He and Jeffrey had a shootout with Edmund which didn't go well, on any level. It wasn't even fun to watch, though seeing David Andrew MacDonald walk around shooting like he was "The Terminator" was unintentionally funny.

    Natalia's back. After she ran off, deflating most of the tension in the story and robbing viewers of the chance to actually see the character run through her mental machinations and gain some much needed depth, Natalia popped up to pick up with Olivia again like nothing had happened. I know Natalia's always been 'naïve', which is a hard thing for a single mother who spent most of her life living in a crime ridden slum and working in dive bars to keep up, but she managed. Then again, when it's that willful and disciplined, it isn't naivety anymore, it's far too deliberate. Olivia, quite rightly, doesn't trust her and is trying to keep her self-respect while Nat attacks her with a charm offensive. To add a bit of insult to injury, the whole thing was conducted in the least imaginative of ways. I mean flowers and cookies? That's all she could come up with while she was away on her retreat? I know cookies are part of their shtick, but still... If only she'd have baked a pie, at least my poor Olivia could have thrown it in her doe eyed face. But the cookie seduction technique seemed to be working well elsewhere. Mel made a move on Cyrus, baking him a batch for his birthday. They made out and she ran away. There's still time for them to get together.

    Frank took news of the pregnancy well. The family seemed nearly indifferent. He and Blake ended up connecting through an online dating site, though neither of them are wise to this yet. Poor Blake. Since we're unlikely to see the mischievous side of Blake return, at least we might see her happy. Honestly, I'd rather see her hook up with Josh. I've wanted to see that for years.

    Billy and his son abducted Vanessa to bring her to Towers for her surprise wedding. She refused, but seemed impressed by the thought. They later had a date. It was nice, in a nostalgic way, but it reminded me of what used to make them interesting characters. There was a time when they were fiercely competitive, cut throat business people who didn't shy away from brutally destroying lives and mixing in criminal activity. They were vindictive, manipulative people, which is what made their romantic moments so much more sweet. Now they just seem tired and filled with longing for the past that really wasn't. I enjoy watching them together and I'll take what I can get, but both characters seem to be victims of the show's unfortunate tendency to gentrify its unsavory characters.

    Anyway, those were my thoughts about last week. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below and remember that this is all in fun.

    - Matt Purvis

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    Posted by gracie5 at Monday, August 24 2009 12:14 PM

    Great Rant Matt. I was glad Nat came back. But she acted like Olivia wouldn't be mad hurt or angry. I'm glad Olivia didn't take her back right away. Nat needs to kiss some major butt and work for Olivia's trust. As for the baby thing that is the worst s\l for GL right now. The writers didn't have to go there. Frank needs to quit acting like a baby. You can have a baby and raise it separately. He didn't act that way w\ Elani. But he wants Nat so he is going to act like a baby and try to make it difficult. And Rafe I am not so sure that he belongs to Gus. He acts more like Frank than Gus. Going around and telling his mom and Olivia what to do and pouting like a big baby. If Rafe notices he is the only one who wants Frank. Let him and Frank live happily ever after. It was nice seeing Jonathan and Jeffery. The gunfight scene was awesome. I thought for sure they was going to catch Edmund. Have a nice week Matt can't wait for next weeks rant

    Posted by gracie5 at Monday, August 24 2009 12:15 PM

    One more thing Matt Just to let know I will miss your rants after Guiding Light ends. You do a very good job

    Posted by Legacy268 at Monday, August 24 2009 02:00 PM

    The things that stood out to me was to ask myself: How could two men shooting at one from two different angles not hit him once. Adding insult to injury having one of them get shot instead, Wow! Is Edmond invincible? I did love when Shayne and Jonathan met, but I really think that Shayne is way over the top with his reaction over Dinah. I'm thinking he has more of Riva in him than he's given credit for because he is somewhat dramatic. Does it look like they are going to end with Shayne and Marina together and Mallot possibly joining Dinah? Just wondering.

    Posted by GLandWT at Monday, August 24 2009 02:35 PM

    I was so hoping it was Edmund that was hit by the car instead of Jeffrey.

    I was very surprised that none of Jeffrey's bullets broke the car's windshield not window. The car as well as Edmund must have been bullet-proofed.

    Surely Reva has pictures of Jonathan and Shayne displayed around the cabin in view sight. I was surprised Shayne and Jonathan didn't recognize each other; especially Jonathan. I do remember Reva showing Jonathan pictures of Marah and Shayne when she had a house. My thought on last week, I guess, was full of surpirses.

    Posted by sassy4 at Monday, August 24 2009 07:17 PM

    This is the first time I have read your thoughts, Matt, and you sertenly have a much different veiw of the week than I saw. I almost think we watch two different shows. I have watched the show for about 40 years, so maybe I saw history that you only read. Tat can make a big difference. For instence: I thought the bigest laugh of the week was Olivia acting so high and mighty and saying she couldn't trust Nat. With Olivia's history she has no room not to forgive and forget. I wish Nat knew that and maybe she would count herself lucky to have dogged that bullet. Nat does not need to earn anyones trust with the exception maybe of her son. She hurt him deeply and just left him to be so confused. A good mother never does that and Nat's history has been one of a very good and protective mother. I keep hoping that Nat will come to her sences and leave Olivia alone for no other reason than continuity of the show. We all need to see GL go out with there head held high, honering the show and all it's glory and fine history. Thanks for letting me see last week from a different perspective!

    Posted by Matt at Tuesday, August 25 2009 12:12 PM

    Thank you gracie5.

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