Unpopular "World" Opinions
I dare to be different, march to the beat of the music I hear inside my head, and root for the underdog. Of course, even the soaps are not safe from my eccentric thinking. I have been thoroughly enjoying As the World Turns for the past few weeks and have some very strong, albeit potentially unpopular thoughts about what I would like to see before my "World" stops turning in September. Please be gentle with me and hurl only fresh tomatoes in my general direction.
Unpopular Opinion 1: Molden
Although Lily (Noelle Beck) and Holden (Jon Hensley) are a supercouple with a huge fanbase that was built on years of presumably beautiful history, I wasn’t around to see it back in the gap. What I see now, however, is that the Snyder men are some insufferable chauvinist hypocrites with hero complexes. When there is not a damsel at their disposal, they browbeat their women into a state of distress. Call me crazy (it wouldn’t be the first time!), but Holden and Lily have been toxic for quite some time. He is always putting her down for some foolish decision that she’s about to make; she’s always wrong. I like his dynamic with bad girl Molly (Lesli Kay). She can’t cook, has a salacious past with a politician who she later nuked, and she has the nerve to stand in Emma’s kitchen and demand to be loved, which Holden obliges. He needs a woman who is human without apology, a woman who is strong even in her flaws. I’m afraid he’ll keep playing Captain Save-A-*Cough* to Lily’s tragic heroine. Since Molly doesn’t place herself on a pedestal, he’s not tempted to knock her off. They are fun, sexy, kinda rugged and raw. I think Molden is molten hot and should be endgame.
Unpopular Opinion 2: Babs and the Little Shop of Horrors
Barbara (Colleen Zenk Pinter) is a diva who has loved, lost, lied, been loathed and has lived fabulously through it all. I do think that having Babs confront her demons in the form of past crimes and bad romances is cathartic and very organic. Colleen Zenk Pinter is the bees-knees as an actress, and I’m exceedingly grateful that she is getting a much-deserved frontburner storyline. But Lord love a duck, can we enjoy her stellar acting without the funhouse histrionics? They lost me when Henry (Trent Dawson) manifested as Chuckles the Clown. They really lost me when James Stenbeck (Anthony Herrera) showed up dressed like a court jester. The fact that Iris (Teri Garber) is the kidnapper – well, some things are just too kooky, even for the circus. Free Barbara Ryan!
Unpopular Opinion 3: The Waffle Diaries of Juicy Janet and Libby Lou
Was there ever a mother-daughter duo that was so maddeningly wishy-washy and ungrateful? Janet (Julie Pinson) should be careful in her delicate state, lest she fall off her high horse. Dusty (Grayson McCouch) is what I thought she’d been searching for her whole life (hell, I’d take him!), a handsome, wealthy man with some chutzpah who dotes on her. How lame is it that she won’t accept the dream house he bought for her because of his indirect connection with her dad’s heart attack? Daddy the Don tried to have your boo rubbed out and croaked chasing one of his runaway henchmen, and you’re mad at Dusty? Getouttahere! She’s more content with chasing around Jack (Michael Park), who everyone knows is Carly’s (Maura West) true north. How can she bitch and moan about wanting her independence when she clearly loves having two men with big egos vying for her manicotti? Same garbage with Liberty (Sarah Wilson). She just about ran poor Parker (Mick Hazen) batty when she took his V card. He stood by her side when she miscarried (the baby was for another guy, mind you), tapped into his trust fund for her, held her hand while she was fighting cancer in Minnesota, and was ready to divorce his parents to be with her. Meanwhile, she’s stealing cars with Gabriel (Ben Levin), a bitter little turd who has already tried to get in her pants in between snarling and ranting about his deadbeat dad. She says Parker is smothering her, but pitches a fit when she sees him canoodling with Faith (Valentina De Angelis). Wishy-washy women are a bane to soaps everywhere; nobody likes a crybaby, especially one who has everything and won’t take advantage.
Unpopular Opinion 4: The Sweet Smell of Success
Carly is too fierce a female to have so many failed business ventures. Metro, Monte Carlo, Midnight Sun – all flops. Carly and Lily both need to put their creative energy into something other than trying to keep their saddity (translation: pompous) Snyder men. I care about Carlisle Parfum and actually want it to succeed, even if it is just a plot point.
Unpopular Opinion 5: A Boy and His Bubbles
I finally have it! Katie (Terri Colombino) and Henry destroy each others’ relationships because they can’t stand to share each other with anyone else. I think Katie let Henry have Vienna (Ewa Da Cruz) only because she wasn’t a real threat to their Will and Grace-esque romance. She knows that Barbara would never let her walk in and out of Henry’s heart as she pleases. The explosive arguments, the come hither, go thither flirtation with Chris; it’s all just a mask for some repressed feelings. I want Katie to acknowledge that she wants Henry’s bod before the lights go out on ATWT.