By Michele Dargan

It’s pretty sad when the only thing I like about a soap is the opening theme song.

Yes sireeeee.

I loved hearing the OLTL opening theme song – sung with the words – for those three days of the musical.

Each day the song was performed by different singers – one day it was sung by Kassie DePaiva (Blair) who has a beautiful voice.

And – I think Tuesday – the opening theme was from the late 1980’s sung by Peabo Bryson.

[NOTE: I later found out that it was Mark Lawson (Brody) who sang Tuesday’s theme song – and HUGE KUDOS to him….To me, he sounded just like Peabo Bryson!]

They didn’t use the 80’s photos, of course.

Does anyone know the reason why they would use that theme song for three days and then revert back?

I don’t know why…But I will say that it was comforting….comforting because it made me think of the good old days of OLTL.

Ah yes….The 80’s…when the storylines and writing were still good.

Sad it’s come to this…..

I’ve already blogged about the hot mess of the three-day musical fiasco.

Lots of fast forwarding for me on those days.

As far as I’m concerned, the only good things to come out of that musical are seeing Brody (Mark Lawson) in his dress whites

And having Markko (Jason Tam) FINALLY discover the awful truth about Langston cheating on him with that low-life Ford.

THAT is another one of those storylines – like GH’s Liz cheating on Lucky with Nikolas – that went on way too long!

Oh, yeah….I loved when Markko slugged Ford. Now THAT was good!

And, judging by the previews, OLTL isn’t getting better any time soon…..

Natalie and Brody getting drunk and sleeping together?????

It looks like that will happen today.

Of course, Jessica will regain her memory and John will tell Natalie he wants her back…AND Nat and Brody will have THIS big secret…

Not good, since I like both couples and, of course, they’re being ruined.

Why is it that everyone on OLTL jumps into bed with the first available body when they get upset?

Everyone wants good drama.

But gratuitous sex is insulting to the fans and ruins the crediblity of good characters.

6 thoughts on “OLTL Goes from Really Bad to Worse

  1. Jen
    May 20, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I was not looking forward to the three-day musical, but I know a lot of fans were. I watched, and it really wasn’t that bad at all. It was actually very creative, and moved forward a lot of the stories that they’ve been DRAGGING OUT since February sweeps. (Finally, some action!) It also occurred to me that a lot of people in rural areas or people who don’t get excited about artistic stuff (dancing, musicals, plays, etc.) might have been exposed to something fresh and cool and exciting to them.

    Anyway, my problem with the musical wasn’t the musical itself. It was with the way the show drags everything out for months so that we can have a few days or a couple of weeks of action for every story all at the same time.

    I also agree about the sex. I really didn’t want to lose my respect for Brody. I REALLY didn’t. *sigh* I might not have minded a Brody-Natalie hookup if there was no hope elsewhere. So … yeah.

  2. soapbox1
    May 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Jen!

    I’m so glad to hear from you 🙂

    I totally understand that there are a lot of fans who like the musical. I would bet those fans are mostly the younger set, which is fine because I believe that there should be something for everyone.

    But 3 days? A little excessive for those of us who are bored with it.

    As others have commented on my previous post, I don’t believe, nor do I appreciate, having three days of musical theater on my soap opera. I did fast-forward through a good portion of the musical numbers….not because they were bad, but because I’m bored watching that stuff as part of my soap opera.

    I’m not trying to be the Grinch here – LOL – and I totally get that some people might live in areas that aren’t exposed to the arts – but they could tune in to Glee or other such programs for that stuff.

    I think having this musical is just a ploy by TPTB to try and draw in the teen viewers and ratings – which again, I have no problem with. I was a teenager when I started watching. But do it in moderation and give us veteran viewers – more Vets!!

    ITA with you on the dragging s/l’s….Big yawner.

    I’d say overall, I am pretty disgused with the writing and the storylines and that’s my big problem OLTL right now.

    And being that I really love this soap, it distresses me that it might go off the air.

    Thanks so much for posting! I always value your opinions. 🙂

  3. Jim
    May 21, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Michele – normally I agree with what you say, but there is one thing I don’t agree with.

    I think a Jessica/Brody/Natalie/John story could work if they write it the right way. Unfortunately, as this is OLTL, I don’t see that happening.

    I’ve been done with OLTL for a few months, and I thought I might get into it during the VERY hyped musical, which turned out to be a dud.

    Also, just gonna let you know, the second day was actually Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood singing, not the 80’s, but I agree, it does sound similar.

    Other than that, you’ve hit the nail on the head with the Ford story. And I hope they don’t throw him in with Jessica now. Ugh.

  4. soapbox1
    May 21, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Hi Jim!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post.
    Agree or disagree – all opinions are welcome, so don’t ever worry about not agreeing with me. I love to hear other points of view.

    I am so upset over what OLTL has become, because it has always been my favorite soap.

    I truly hope you’re right about the Jess/Brody/Natalie/John s/l.

    re: the theme song -I knew the 2nd day theme (Monday) had a harmonic version with two voices, but didn’t know it was Jason and Brittany. So thanks for letting me know that. I really like those two a lot.

    But if I’m remembering correctly Tuesday was the last day of the musical because, I think, it began on Friday and ended on Tuesday and Tuesday is the day they had the Peabo Bryson version….But I do sometimes forget which day of the week it is – lol – and I could be wrong about it. But it sounded like Peabo Bryson.

    And, for sure, I am reaaaally upset about the Ford/Jessica thing…That is just disgusting!

    Thanks for posting, Jim, and come back again.


  5. Jenny
    May 21, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Tuesday’s (5/18) opening theme was sung by Mark Lawson (Brody). The three openings were by far the best part of the musical.

    I hate that Brody and Natalie are sleeping together. It’s such a lazy soap cliche.

  6. Michele
    May 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Jenny!
    Thanks for letting me know it was Mark Lawson singing. Kudos to Mark!! He’s great, isn’t he? I swear, Mark sounded just like the original version sung by Peabo Bryson in the 80’s. I’ll have to go back and listen to it again.
    I like the idea of rotating the three lyrical versions and using those three versions as the opening song.
    I really don’t get why they used those versions only for those 3 days. I vote – use them all the time!!
    And, yes, I hope Natalie and Brody don’t actually sleep together – and I REALLY hope Jessica doesn’t have sex with Ford….ICK! But I guess we’ll find out today.
    Thanks for posting and for giving me the 411 on the song. 🙂