Phantom of the Soaper wrote:Really, Jason and Sam's longing stares are almost self-satire.
But I guess that's why we get a kick out of our soaps.
I agree, I could totally see their locked stare becoming an ongoing gag on Saturday Night Live.
But I don't see "longing" as much as I see guilt/regret. Maybe a little longing on Jason's part, but mostly guilt/regret on Sam's.
Still, the long stares, the straight faces, it's pretty damn funny.
As are Jason's look to the right and blink 3 times. But honestly, that's just starting to grate now. I was dreading it when I heard he was coming back, and it's become one of those things that once you see it you can't stop seeing it. I like Jason, and I think his acting has improved. I just wish he'd find some new expressions for the ends of his scenes.
It's all perfect fodder for satire though. I'd love to see SNL's take on a soap opera. I guess that's sort of what The Californians is. It sure has a lot of scenes that end with a character's frozen stare. I particularly like the guy who has the stare AND the mouth hanging open.