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  • #16
    Didn’t like:

    Viki and that retired military guy. No chemistry.

    Rex as a Buchanan.

    Remember the Ralston family, especially Euphemia? Every time I saw her, I just thought “Dark Shadows”.

    Gigi - that character was a total flop for me.

    DID LIKE:

    Eterna!

    Viki’s trip to ‘heaven’.

    Almost all things Viki and Dorian.

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    • JaySherman
      JaySherman commented
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      "Viki and that retired military guy." = Viki and Sloan. It was a forced pairing that ended lasting much longer than planned when Clint Ritchie had an accident on his ranch with a tractor. Clint was sidelined for an extended period and the show had to stretch out the storyline longer than they wanted to.

  • #17
    Hate hate hate Natalie, Gigi, Jack, the whole bullying storyline. He should of been shot. Love Rex and Adriana should have been married Gigi deserves that punch. Brody is an ass for screwing Natalie, lying about a baby that wasn't his

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    • #18
      I just want to co-sign on with the posters who didn't like how Evangeline was written out and how the show could have better utilized Van and Layla. But the joke was on OLTL since they both have gone onto bigger and better things! Similarly Sherri Saum who played Kerri I really hate that Kerry was killed off the way that she was and the Antonio/Jess/Kerry story made me dislike Antonio and Jess two characters I liked initially but not unlike Tika and REG, Sherri has done quite well since leaving OLTL.

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      • #19
        Hated how they misused Evangeline. Keri was also written in a character. RJ deserves better too. Layla should have been more than a side character.

        Hated Antonio and especially his pairing with Jessica!

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        • #20
          RJ and Layla did deserve better.

          It was bad enough that they destroyed the character of Victor Lord but bringing him back was ridiculous.

          I know that pairings are a part of soaps but the worst to me were, Herb Callison dating Judith Sanders, who prosecuted his stepdaughter Cassie and later is ex wife. Also, Carlotta dating Hank Gannon who tried to prosecute her son and of course Clint and Nora.

          Making Clint a bad guy. I know with the passing of Asa Buchanan (and Phil Carey), they needed someone to stir things up but what they did to Clint was awful.

          I believe that if OLTL had lasted, they probably would have given Natalie a split personality.

          I agree that the writers dumbed down Langston and Adriana which was a shame.

          I liked Mel Hayes and hates seeing him go. His mother and daughter however, I was glad to see them go.
          Last edited by Bronson; November 2, 2020, 09:31 AM.

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          • #21
            Addie recovered from her mental illness was a delight. I loved that story and all the interactions PPW had during those few scenes. I know a lot of my old soap friends absolutely hated this development. I loved it. The scenes with her daughter Blair, with sister Dorian, and the rest of the Cramer women was so heartfelt and meaningful after all those years of being an afterthought and occasional family member.

            I hated how they made Keri crazy. It was so rare to see a black family getting so much airtime, and I loved the addition of Keri. I loved her one or two scenes with Rachel, two educated black women. I loved the layers added to RJ. I loved the Gannon family. Anyway, I was so over her "sacrifice" for the propping up of Jessica and Antonio. What a joke.
            Last edited by Humira; November 1, 2020, 01:54 PM.

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            • JaySherman
              JaySherman commented
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              I agree there was no reason for Keri to go crazy. The storyline was pretty bad and signalled the end of the Gannons on the show until Rachel reappeared near the end of the shows run

              I don't understand the objection fans had to Addie being cured. I can understand Dorian's initial reaction as Melinda went off the deep end but returned after getting the right medicine (played by Sharon Gabet). She left Llanview (Gabet was dropped by Paul Rauch with no explanation and no proper exit after a few years) and lost what sanity she had gained. That would explain why Dorian feared Addie would relapse but Kelly's introduction appeared to show no indication she ever knew her mom had that moment of sanity (as her father is believed to be a character who appeared on the show before Gabet took on the role).

              Addie's mental change didn't entirely change the character - it allowed Addie to do more. I appreciated the conversation Dorian and Addie had after Blair was stabbed and in ICU. Addie thanked Dorian for taking care of Blair when she couldn't.

              Nathan Purdee made some interesting comments regarding the Gannons and his run - the first being that he appeared cleancut while Timothy Stickney had to have dreads playing "evil" RJ as if dreadlocks indicated a character was trouble or bad. He also noted how the quality of his airtime diminished over the years. He and Timothy Stickney were treated poorly by previous regimes and it says a lot that they both came back under Valentini to reintroduce Rachel as played by Daphnee Duplaix. It's unfortunate that TPTB over Frank and Ron screwed with that good will and told Frank to release Daphnee from the show.

            • Humira
              Humira commented
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              JaySherman wow, thank you so much for that insight on Nathan Purdee and the Gannons! I really love hearing/reading the behind the scenes stuff. Yes, the end of the Gannons was right. It really is a shame when we look back and can see the actual shifts from one creative team to another. To be honest, I was not aware of this kind of stuff back then because I was only a teen and just kind of noticed someone I liked was gone or had changed drastically. Then a few years later and after spending time online, you just kind of learn about writers and producers and how they affect things.

          • #22
            My unpopular OLTL opinion is that I loved Stacy!

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            • JCmojoe81
              JCmojoe81 commented
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              she was entertaining! I agree with this

            • ILoveBizzie
              ILoveBizzie commented
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              Glad to see someone else enjoyed her!

          • #23
            Originally posted by Bronson View Post
            Making Clint a bad guy. I know with the passing of Asa Buchanan (and Phil Carey), they needed someone to stir things up but what they did to Clint was awful.
            I agree with you. I hated Clint being a bad guy.

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            • #24
              Adrianna needed more to do. So much potential to develop a new generational rivalry with her versus The Buchanan twins!!!

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              • #25
                Originally posted by Ginuwine View Post

                I agree with you. I hated Clint being a bad guy.
                I did not like that they made him bad but JVD was awesome at it.

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                • #26
                  Never liked Gigi thought she ruined Rex. And making David and Rex Buchanan’s was stupid! Should have brought back real Buchanan’s like CJ and Kevin. Should never have killed Duke.

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                  • JaySherman
                    JaySherman commented
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                    I agree killing Duke was a mistake. He should just have been written off if TPTB felt the character wasn't working out. Same with Drew.

                    Rex was unofficially a Buchanan due to his friendship with Bo however making him Clint's son did make things a little awkward.

                    I thought making David Bo's son was actually a good idea as it gave David more depth. He no longer was just Dorian's himbo husband.

                    I am curious why TPTB never thought to bring CJ back. Perhaps with John Loprieno and the various actresses playing Tina off canvas, they felt there would be something lacking. It was a mystery what happened to him. His existence was still acknowledged but he was never shown - always an excuse as to why he wasn't there

                    In regards to Kevin, Dena Higley really messed with Kevin to the point that TPTB felt the need to drop the character claiming 'focus groups" didn't like him. If there was something else behind the scenes that led to Dan Gauthier's departure, I know not of it. He came back for Asa's funeral and slipped back into the role like a glove so there was no real excuse to keep him away.

                    After recasting the role so many times, If Dan was unavailable TPTB probably felt they should let the character be.

                • #27
                  Could not stand the Gigi character AT ALL. That said, I enjoyed Stacy and Kimberly quite a bit.

                  I even go on record and say I enjoyed the Clint / Kimberly pairing. Those two actors made it work!

                  Hated the stories with Jessica and her multiple personalities. No need to retread the excellent Viki stories like that.

                  Natalie was my fav of Viki’s daughters. I never ever really cared for Jessica. Either actress.

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                  • #28
                    I hated Gigi too and loved Stacy

                    Tea and Todd >> Blair and Todd

                    Cole and Starr were awful together and making Starr a teen mom was a bad idea. It's still sad GH killed off Cole and the kid, what was her name?

                    I HATED John McBain with a passion.

                    Very unpopular: I loved RH as Todd but I loved TSJ as Todd more.

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                    • JaySherman
                      JaySherman commented
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                      Starr's daughter was Hope and I agree after all they went through, I wish they hadn't killed them off.

                      John McBain bored me - No offense to Michael Easton but I just didn't like the character

                      I agree that TSJ did a great job. He had a very tough job taking over for Roger Howarth but he did a great job. I know many preferred RH in the role but Todd needed to be on the canvas even if RH didn't want to be.

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