In the history of disaster cinema, no two movies illustrate the great divide between campy greatness and head scratching exclamations of "What was the %#^#*%* point?" than Irwin Allen's 1972 The Poseidon Adventure and Wolfgang Petersen's 2006 remake, Poseidon.
For all of The Poseidon Adventure's over the top excess, the original chronicle of the desperate escape efforts of trapped survivors aboard the fictional capsized ocean liner was filled with heart, unpredictability in the fates of who would live or die and we were invested in characters that we grew to care about or despise within a short period of time.
As much as we laugh at Shelley Winters' Olympic swim through the ship, there still is hardly a dry eye in the house when she succumbs to the stress of the effort and dies. On the other hand, the remake was enjoyable on its own merits but burned through its story so fast that it was nearly impossible to care about the fates of its survivors. When Freddy Rodriquez's waiter suddenly plummets to his death, who cares? If all of them died at the end of Petersen's version, it would have been a pleasant surprise.
This brings us to ABC's much hyped 2008 remake of the tornado storyline which ripped through Pine Valley in 1994, heralding the "official" arrival as Charles Pratt as All My Children's new head writer. Fitting somewhere between the technological successes and dramatic failures of the two tales of the Poseidon, so far this tornado is swerving between a lot of hot air and a gust of breaking wind. READ MORE
As we are all aware, Colby Chandler and her buddies are involved some how in the death of Richie Novak. It appears to this viewer, he was already dead thanks to Richie's loving sister, Annie Lavery. Hopefully, this debacle of a story will all end soon once the awesome Chief Jesse Hubbard makes the arrest!
But back to Colby, the product of Adam Chandler and Liza Colby, an alcoholic? Big brother JR pointed out to her that she might just have a problem with the bottle. Colby of course denies it as JR ran down the list of those in the family who have this issue. Unfortunately, we saw her hitting the vodka bottle before noon!
I personally will find it a big disappointment if she does turn into an alcoholic. I am hoping that this was one time thing and that Colby can turn into a schemer like her mother, Liza and grandmother, Marian.
Can't you just see it now? Colby uses Pete ala Liza style, to get him to 'forget' that he saw blood on her car. Yes we all know that Adam is blackmailing Pete but I like my version better. Liza always took matters into her own hands and sure she sometimes had help from her mommy but I would really like to see Colby take a page from her mother's book. READ MORE