B&B is the best soap on the air right now. I never
thought I'd say that, but it's true. Last year I gave up
watching all of the soaps regularly because I just couldn't
stand how bad the writing was. Apparently I'm not the only
one because two of them have had major changes lately in
their writing staff.
"Days of Our Lives"
hired/fired their headwriter(s) and is supposed to have a
big story coming in September - they say it's supposed to be
great, like the old days, and will bring back many of our
favorites. It's their 50th anniversary. "General
Hospital" just fired their head writer and hope to
improve things. So far, I've heard that some like the
way "Young & The Restless"
is going right now, but others aren't too happy with all of
the cast changes.
Since March, when B&B introduced the idea that Maya is
transgender, the show has been on fire. Not only
Maya's story and how it affects everyone else, but all of
the stories have been great. So now I'm back to watching B&B
as my only soap. It helps that it's only a half hour per
day, but it's pretty riveting stuff. I've been hoping for
some time that any of the soaps would start doing more
modern and unusual stories to keep our interest and
revitalize daytime. B&B seems to be doing that more than the
At first it looked like they were going to do a retread
of Wyatt/Hope/Liam/Steffy, substituting Ivy for Hope, but
that all changed when Steffy and Aly got into a fight that
resulted in Aly's death.
They wisely realized that they had mishandled Aly so
badly that she needed to go, and her death has major
repercussions in the show. Back when she was crazy the
first time and threatening Taylor with a knife, she got over
it and forgave Taylor way too easily and quickly, seemingly
without any therapy. That made no sense.
Her romance with Oliver was great-- very cute -- but they
rushed that, too, so there was nowhere to go. So instead,
they made Aly crazy again, and killed her off. It propelled
everyone into great story.
Now I read that they're going to bring in a bisexual
character. That's great. There's never been a realistic
bisexual character on daytime TV, so this is a first. On
Y&R, Adam slept with both men and women, but the idea was
that Adam was just very ambitious, and wanted revenge, so he
didn't care what it took to get it. They never
addressed the fact that he slept with a guy, and it was
dropped (and the actor who played Adam changed). Y&R
has never had any kind of good gay major character on the
show. I wish they would learn to write about that.
Anyway, back to B&B. The only part of Maya's story that
didn't make sense was that she was already an established
character with a backstory that made it seem like she was
really a woman. She had a child, or so we were told, that
was taken away from her. It made very little sense to
re-write that history by suddenly saying that she was a man
and didn't give birth to the child.
What's also ridiculous is that in real life, transgender
women look and sound nothing like Maya. Her voice is way too
high, for one thing. She's very tiny and it's just not
believable that she was ever a guy. But no matter. The story
has been great, regardless. Bringing in her parents and
having her father be such a bigot has been icing on the
cake. It's also great that they brought in some real-life
transgender people to the show, especially her friend Nick.
I look forward to seeing what else they can dish out and
where this storyline with Steffy goes. I'm glad they finally
brought back Lieutenant Baker to investigate. He's always
All of the other soaps have murder mystery or serial
killer storylines going on right now, so it's nice that B&B
doesn't really have one. We know that Steffy didn't really
murder Ivy. I can't wait to see how they handle this.
I started watching soaps with GH back in 1984, and I've
largely been a GH fan ever since. However, I had to stop
watching GH because it got so bad. I still love all of the
actors, but I can't stand to watch it when it's so stupid
and unrealistic. B&B has definitely taken GH's place in my
heart. At least for now!
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