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  • BIggest 'waste' of a character

    Over the years GL brought on some wonderful characters...that they eventually threw under the bus or off a cliff by turning them psychotic or killing them off....of the following, which do you think was the biggest waste:

    1. Teri DeMarco being revealed as Annie Dutton and then the real Teri not coming to Springfield

    2. Ben Warren being killed off

    3. Sandy Foster revealed to NOT be Jonathan....but rather a psychopath....

    4. Alexandra was the drug pusher for 'Antimonius' AND Reva's stalker...

    5. Other (please explain)

  • #2
    Mindy. She and rusty could have been a super couple. Edmond (David Andrew mcdonald). He was the perfect antihero. He and Beth were magical. Jenna bradshaw. She was buzzes true love. Finally sonny Lewis.

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    • #3
      Wow, I agree with everything you said Friz4ever. I would add to that Claire Ramsey, especially when the actress returned during the Alan/Olivia/Josh/Reva story, and Selena and her daughter (whose name I don't remember). I especially agree with Mindy, and I would add her Aunt Trish to that list as well. The Lewis women could have been as big of powerhouses as the male Lewises (ie Billy and Josh), but TPTB just were not invested in them. Very disappointing.

      Of the OP's choices, I agree with Teri DeMarco. I listed some of my 'Other' choices in the above paragraph, but I would add Noah and the guy from the island (who rescued Reva after Annie left her on the plane). I would also add the Reardons -- Matt, Nola, and Bridget. They were recurring towards the end of the show and they just did not write for them. Very said, and very said that Dylan and Bridget did not get their HEA.

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      • #4
        I agree with all of this my additions would be

        Ben Reade - making him a serial killer was all kinds of wrong.

        Maureen - killing her off

        Holly - making her the child snatcher and not getting over Roger enough.

        Gus - making him a Spaulding seemed to diminish him . Either make really mean something or don’t go there.

        I was glad Rick and Mindy ended up together but I loved Rusty they could have kept him around and found another love interest for him. I didn’t like them killing of Rose either.

        I missed Roxie too.

        They needlessly trashed Kyle for Josh’s return

        Killing off Hilary Bauer and Jackie Marler too I didn’t like . Later making Justin manipulative.

        So many!
        Last edited by Emerald Greens; 10-15-2018, 11:15 AM.

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        • #5
          Oh, there are several that would qualify for 'most ridiculous character about-face'...

          Holly being the child-snatcher....
          Beth holding Gus hostage at a cabin....
          Amanda Spaulding, the Malibu Madam....
          Ben Reade, serial killer....


          None of these stories were well-thought out......

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          • #6
            I could probably take some of the things that happened not every sl is perfect or even good but some of it could be avoided.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GuidingLite View Post
              Oh, there are several that would qualify for 'most ridiculous character about-face'...

              Holly being the child-snatcher....
              Beth holding Gus hostage at a cabin....
              Amanda Spaulding, the Malibu Madam....
              Ben Reade, serial killer....


              None of these stories were well-thought out......
              While none of these stories were well thought out, that is different from these characters being the "Biggest waste of character". All of these characters were very good characters with great potential, but the story direction that TPTB chose to go with them were definitely head-scratchers. Amanda's and Holly's stories were better than the others because there was fall-out and follow-up with those reveals. I wasn't watching regularly during the Ben serial killer sl or Beth holding Gus hostage -- I don't remember that at all.

              My take on the question "Biggest Waste of Character" is the characters they brought on or brought back and didn't do anything with, i.e. Mindy and Trish Lewis, Claire Ramsey, Noah, and the guy who saved Reva after the plane incident, as well as others that I can't think of at the moment.

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              • GuidingLite
                GuidingLite commented
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                HI Tabby - my meaning was when the writers took a completely different direction with a character and trashed them and their potential - like Amanda going from emotionally frail and sheltered to returning as a madame....Holly, who had the potential to be a matriarch for the show after Bert and Meta died....made into a kidnapper....Ben who had leading man potential becoming a serial killer....Beth kidnapping Gus....they turned all these characters into either villains or psychos.....when they all had much greater potential....

              • Emerald Greens
                Emerald Greens commented
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                I can see both ways of looking at it . Certainly a character can have potential and they don’t do anything with it.

                The other way is basically diminishing a character like Gus or taking them in direction without laying the foundation for it like Ben or Holly. Taking characters that have potential to become more instead of squandering it for shock value. I can never accept what they did to Ben . Holly at least was able to recover somewhat from it but it was still a bizarre move from the writers.

            • #8
              All of these and more. In my opinion, every single character was wasted the last few years of the show. EVERY character, not just one. The show should have ended years before and gave a proper burial.

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              • #9
                I still miss GL I would have preferred someone brought in and revive it or at least give it a chance maybe another six months to a year.

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                • Smithey
                  Smithey commented
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                  What I heard is that PGP wanted out of the soap opera business for a while before GL and ATWT ended. To date, they won't even discuss handing off the properties to anyone. Doesn't make sense.

                • Emerald Greens
                  Emerald Greens commented
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                  I remember that they wanted out and I guess no one else willing to take them over it was easy enough for the networks to cancel .

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