All My Children Weekly Blog!
Week of June 8 – 12:
Well, after week number two getting reacquainted with All My Children, I’ll admit to being pretty entertained! Some characters and storylines are working for me, while others – not so much! You may be surprised at what I’m liking, and what I’m not – or maybe you’ll mostly agree! Whatever your perspective, be sure to weigh in after you read! Here we go!
Randi/Frankie/Brot: As a viewer, I’m finding their scenes really annoying and wanting to fast-forward. The reason? The dialogue is so predictable, and the characters are being written very one-dimensionally. The character of Brot seems to be the exception at times. So, you have Randi behaving very young and pouty for someone that is a married woman, and Frankie is your run-of-the-mill victim – feeling sorry for himself and pushing his wife away – ho hum. We’ve seen this played out hundreds of times. Some originality, or nuances in the dialogue would make a world of difference – I’m sure these talented actors would appreciate it! Here’s hoping they get Frankie out of bed and into a better place soon – one with improved scripts!
Jake/Amanda: I love this couple! They share good chemistry, and the spontaneous proposal was adorable. This pair makes you feel good watching them. A couple of times I got worried that Amanda was going to be ‘too nice’, but she proved to have other sides to her. Both characters show complexities, which is great.
David: I love to watch Vincent Irizarry play this character! He absolutely becomes David, who is so dark, yet so multifaceted. Krystal describes him perfectly when she says that he sucks you in. He does! You want him to become good, but he can’t get there. You want to hate him, but you can’t get there! He’s such an incredibly complex character. I can’t wait to see what he does next!
The Martin Wedding: This was entertaining from start to finish. From Opal and Amanda watching the soap opera on TV while Tad became an ordained minister online, through to the comic relief of David showing up, taking a punch and getting a garter shoved in his mouth, right to the heartfelt, but simple vows. Although, why did David and Marissa both show up and walk right into the house? That was strange!
Annie/Adam/Aidan: The appeal of Annie is lost on me. I’m convinced that Aidan is going to pretend to be done with Annie as a way of covering up a hidden agenda. Please, can’t they get this fantastic-looking leading man a more interesting lovelife? Why is this guy traipsing around after damsels in distress? Ick. If Adam wants to start up with Annie, I guess it will be a bit of a curve ball, but frankly, I prefer Adam better with someone more in his own league as well. Looks like Annie’s made an enemy out of Erica as well!
Marissa: So far, I’m not crazy about this character. Still giving her time, but I don’t see chemistry with her and JR, or Scott.
JR/Scott: JR is as rude and forthright as ever – confronting both David and his father this week! There’s something vulnerable in JR, however, that always stops me short of disliking him – which makes him very interesting! This new Scott is odd and I can’t quite put my finger on why – maybe a tad too dramatic?
Krystal: Fiesty as ever – she had a great week. Lots of strong scenes! I’m totally a fan of her no BS way of communicating what she thinks!
Kendall/Ryan/Zach: After two weeks back in the saddle, I can definitively say that Zach and Kendall have the winning chemistry in this triangle. Something is off about her and Ryan this time around. It's hilarious how Erica is still butting in after all this time too - love it!
Liza: I'm loving Jamie Luner as Liza! I look forward to every scene she's in, no matter who she's playing opposite - plus she has chemistry with so many of the men. The Liza and Colby scenes work well too! She is different from Marcy Walker's Liza, but that's fine, because ultimately she is bringing forward a strong female character, which is a good thing for the show. If I'm questioning anything, it's Liza's being mixed up in this baby mess with Jake - just doesn't seem like something she would do!
The Murder Case: Well, we have the very unlikable Henry North, Jesse, and Jack heading things up - and the only progress is being made among the suspects themselves! I'm hooked, though, very intrigued to see who will turn out to be the killer! I've heard some grumblings that Jesse isn't a very believable cop, but I've got to say that I love his straight-up swagger - no complaints here!
So, overall, I'm enjoying most of the storylines on the show, and most of the characters too! If I could change two things this week, I'd choose to give Frankie a new story, and Aidan a new woman. Looking forward to seeing what will happen with Amanda's baby, Kendall and Zach's pseudo-marriage, and the murder case! Keep it up, AMC!
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