As The World Turns Weekly Blog
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Thoughts on the week of May 17-21:
It’s starting to feel like the show is winding down. After years of being fairly aimless and scattered, the show is starting to seem coherent. This is true both in terms of its plots and its themes. It has become clear that what the show is about, if it’s really about something, is people who are incapable of gaining any emotional maturity. Instead, they’re all trapped in this weird cycle of nostalgia. I know I sound like a broken record because I’ve been saying this for so long, but the show is written that way.
Vienna gets pregnant.
… but who is the father? Since she and Henry have scarcely been intimate, as even he pointed out, it would have to be Casey. Since there are only three months left, it’s unlikely that the pregnancy plot will go to its conclusion, unless it doesn’t go to term. So far, it’s one of the most generic plots in the book, but Casey and Vienna are kind of cute and Barbara and Henry definitely are. It’s that latter pair that are worrying. They were having such a good time playing a relationship that was so unlike anything either character had ever had that pushing it in its current direction is just kind of sad. Since Henry seems to be struggling with the lack of personal progress that afflicts everyone else in town, and since Barbara was his ticket out of the cycle of relationship stupidity, there’s a lot at stake in how this plays out and whether or not anyone can escape the Oakdale curse.
Craig’s a father.
Craig’s a terrible guy, but I feel bad for him. Most of that is because of Jon Lindstrom (who has a movie coming out this summer called “You Can’t Have it All”). I’m not sure I buy this instant fatherly concern though. Of course it’s tainted by him wanting to save his neck, but maybe not tainted quite enough. Lucinda was ready and waiting to pour the poison in and made sure that as soon as Gabriel opened his eyes, she could get him to sink Craig’s hopes. Lucinda and Craig shared some more lovely, bitter arguments and insults, which means that there is at least some more fun to be had in this story.
Jack and Margo on the case.
There’s no way that either of these people should be investigating this case. The conflict of interest and degree of corruption is so thick that it’s ludicrous; apparently, however, they are the only actual detectives in Oakdale. I get the impression that the other cops in town just hand out parking tickets and make coffee at the station. Who do you think is Oakdale’s crummiest cop? Margo finally kicked him off by the end of the week when it became clear that he was covering for Parker, but she should still be stepping way back.
Jack and Carly had the same argument they always have.
They’ve been having it for so long it has evolved into an argument about the fact that they’re always having the same argument. I guess that’s because they stopped having simply a relationship and began having a relationship about having a relationship, or more specifically, having a relationship based on a relationship they once had. Luke and Noah are in more or less the same situation, they just have sex a lot less and are quite a bit less deluded.
Reid doesn't waste time talking.
You'd think that with Luke constantly comparing his relationship with Noah to that of Holden and Lily, he'd realize how much it actually stinks. He keeps glimpsing that and then retreating. I always roll my eyes when they talk about their love. Like most of the other supercouples on the show, they keep going back to their adolescence. It's just immature. One of the things I like about Reid is that he's not a drama queen. He's terse about everything but not a word that comes out of his mouth falls flat. They all have resonance while Luke and Noah are still just a blur.
Katie ended up stuck in her own convoluted plan and was trapped in the tape archives with Chris. The symbolism was pretty thick. She was stuck with old videos of Brad. Chris tried to help her escape and she fell into his arms. She's falling for the man she keeps trying to set up other women with. We all know where this is going. Honestly, I'd rather she just stay at home and bicker with Reid.
In another gesture to honoring the show's history, they paid tribute to Lisa being in Oakdale for fifty years. They could have very easily used stock footage, they have thousands and thousands of hours of it, but they chose to do re-enactments with current actors. It was a nice touch. The younger actors all worked hard to mimic the speech patterns of their senior cast members and the somewhat jagged and stagy style of it was close to the way the show used to be. It was nice. It was also nice to see Bob get some more humorous stuff to play. If only they would let him play straight man to Henry, they could have great fun...
Anyway, that was my babbling for the week. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below and remember that this is all in fun. For a sneak peek into next week, be sure to check out next week's promo video.
Have a happy weekend everyone.
- Matt Purvis