By Michele Dargan

I don’t know about you, but I did a whole lot of fast forwarding during last week’s One Life To Live and General Hospital.

Quite frankly, I’m not even going to get into GH too much, because, really, what’s there to say?

It’s the Sonny and Brenda show!

Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) Photo: ABC

The eppys go like this….Brenda with Sonny, Brenda with Jason, Brenda with Sonny, Brenda with Dante, Brenda with Sonny, Brenda with Carly, Brenda with Sam, Brenda with Spinelli, Sonny with Claire, Sonny with Alexis, Sonny with Jason, Sonny with Michael…yada, yada, yada….

And the previous Brenda/Dante connection with a possible baby involved just feeds into this whole Brenda-centric show….Ugh!

Bringing back Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo for these storylines is SUCH a waste!

The only other thing going on is Crazy Dr. Niles (Brianna Brown) and her insane revenge against Robin, which really has gone on too long. It was interesting in the beginning, but the writers should have ended it when they shipped Lisa off to Shadybrook….That situation is getting boring too.

Dr. Lisa Niles (Brianna Brown) Photo: ABC

Oh, and I almost forgot the repetitive theme of Liz getting jealous when Lucky tries to move on…..Seen this before. She doesn’t want him, but doesn’t want anyone else to have him (yawwwn).

Ooooo-KAY. So much for GH!

Now on to OLTL…

What’s wrong is basically this: there’s a revolving door as far as characters in/characters out and just when you’re getting invested in a character or characters….Poof! They’re gone!

Case in point….Matt Walton as Eli was a HUGE missed opportunity.

Turning Eli from a well-respected attorney and good person into a crazy, psycho-killer was a serious error in judgement.

Matt Walton (Eli Clark). Photo: ABC/Steve Fenn

Walton and Kassie DePaiva as Blair had some really great chemistry going on.

And do you realize how long it’s been since Blair has had a serious love interest? There was so much potential for Eli and Blair.

But noooooo.

They had to kill Eli…not only KILL Eli….But they had Cole (Brandon Buddy) kill him. Thereby, writing off both Walton and Buddy in one fell swoop, which I’m not at all happy about.

Although I have to say, Buddy absolutely nailed it in his goodbye scenes with Kristin Alderson (Starr). (See my previous post on that).

Cole (Brandon Buddy) and Starr (Kristen Alderson)

Also, we had the triple whammy of having Eli blackmail Dr. Greg Evans (Terrell Tilford) into becoming part of his diabolical plot to kill Tea (Florencia Lozano).

Thus, Tilford was written off the show as Greg goes to jail for his part in the plot.

And I am REALLY NOT HAPPY about that!!

Terrell Tilford (Dr. Greg Evans) Photo: ABC

Dr. Greg is a character who has grown near and dear to my heart and Tilford really brought everything he had to each scene.

How stupid is that to write off Dr. Greg, just when Destiny (Shenell Edmonds) finds out that Greg is really her father and not her brother….That would have been a great opportunity to watch the growing pains of the new dynamics in the entire Evans family.

Let me say that I’m grateful that Tea is alive and that they didn’t kill her off.

And another character who I have become invested in….whom I really enjoyed watching because he was one of the truly good guys – was Jason Tam as Markko Rivera.

Jason Tam as Markko Rivera. Photo: ABC

And, yes, they’ve written him off the show….Not happy, not happy, not happy about that either!

As far as the remaining characters and the directions the writers are taking them….

Let’s see.

We have mean, cruel, evil Clint (Jerry Ver Dorn) and evil-in-training Matthew (Eddie Alderson).

The character of Clint, as far as I can remember, has never shown any of these dark traits that are coming out now.

You mean to tell me that Clint threw his nephew, David Vickers, into a Moroccan prison and now is going to any lengths to deny his new found son, Rex??

I don’t buy it. And I think a lot of longtime OLTL fans don’t either.

It’s not consistent with the Clint that has been on our screen for years.

As far as turning Matthew to the dark side….appalling!!! Hate it!

Marty Saybrook (Susan Haskell) exacting revenge by stealing medical records and threatening Natalie and Brody….Really???

Talk about uncharacteristic…..They pretty much ruined Marty’s character with this storyline.

And the “Who’s the Baby Daddy?” storylines with Natalie and Jessica’s babies and Rex’s paternity is so ho-hum…. having been done and overdone so much.

Quite frankly, Rex has been looking for his father for so long….that storyline jumped the shark a long time ago.

Having said all that, is there really ANY compelling storylines on OLTL at this point?

Not so much!

By Michele Dargan

I don’t know how anyone could have kept from crying their eyes out during the farewell scenes last week between Starr and Cole.

I was so moved at the raw and real emotions emanating from Kristen Alderson (Starr) and Brandon Buddy (Cole) as they said goodbye to each other and Cole to his beloved daughter, Hope.

Brandon Buddy (Cole) and Kristen Alderson (Starr)

Let me tell you….Buddy and Alderson have grown so much as actors and in their characters together…..which seems fitting that Starr and Cole’s theme song is “Together.”

Kristen Alderson and Brandon Buddy

I have to say that when Buddy first entered Llanview four years ago as Cole, Starr’s love interest, I was kinda lukewarm to the character.

Slowly but surely….I didn’t even know it was happening…somewhere along the way, I became a Sole fan.

I loved watching Alderson grow up onscreen….from a cute little girl, to a smart-talking, reptile loving child, to a blossoming pre-teen to a beautiful and strong young woman.

As for Buddy, he’s come a long way as an actor on the show.

In his early days as Cole, Buddy seemed a bit tentative in the character.

But, in a short time, he took command of the role and brought Cole through a variety of trying and difficult circumstances…..

Remember Cole detoxing off the drugs?

He did an incredible job with those scenes.

As for Alderson…well, she’s always been exceptional onscreen as Starr and she continues to grow and mature in the role.

Another sadness added to mix is the fact that Jason Tam (Markko) also left the show.

So as Starr and Cole said goodbye to each other, they also said goodbye to their good friend Markko. And, of course, Langston (Brittany Underwood) said goodbye to her first love.

So there was a whole lot of sadness going on with the break-up of the Fab Four as they’re called.

Brandon Buddy, Kristen Alderson, Brittany Underwood, Jason Tam

Because all four are great friends on and off screen, the scenes were all that more real, particularly at the end when Starr and Cole said their final goodbyes…..

Let me say that I am especially sad that Tam is leaving, because of the goodness and honesty of character found in Markko….and, quite frankly, with the tone and tenor the show is taking lately, there really aren’t many honorable characters left in Llanview.

And, in my humble opinion, that’s not a good thing!

But I digress….

Let me close with the video below and the final Starr/Cole scenes.

But it comes with a warning….Break out the tissues before “Together” starts with the flashback montage…It’s a killer!

And make sure you watch the very last scene when Cole leaves with the tissues at the ready!

Oh what a week on One Life To Live!
Let’s recap, shall we?
Marty dies in a fiery van explosion in Ireland as her son, Cole, and boyfriend, John McBain, watch.
After coming back to Llanview, Cole overhears McBain (Michael Easton) talking to FBI agent Ramsey and discovers that Ramsey shot the tires of the van that he and his mother were in, causing it to go off the road and ultimately explode.
Cole, who’s out of control in a rage, gets Ramsey’s gun and threatens to shoot him, but, instead, accidentally shoots Miles Laurence (David Chisum) in the chest.
Miles falls into the river and McBain struggles to find him, ultimately rescuing the man whom he hates.
Now, Miles is in the hospital, hanging onto life by a thread.
Cole is in hiding from the police.
And McBain tells Bo that he was the one who shot Miles.
First of all, the scenes where Cole (Brandon Buddy) had the gun trained on Ramsey were so powerful….I mean, you could just see the rage all over his face and through his body language. It was intense realization that this man had caused the death of his mother.
Buddy has been superb throughout the week in his emotional reaction to his mother’s death and the realization that he’s an orphan. (His father was already dead.)
I particularly enjoyed his scenes Wednesday with Brittany Underwood, who plays Langston.
Both of Langston’s parents had died more than a year ago – and she never told anyone until recently, when Dorian discovered the truth.
Now Langston and Cole have a common bond.
And their scenes together on Wednesday were so poignant.
After all, Langston has been there.
She knows how he’s feeling.
These two young actors were wonderful together as Langston tried to comfort Cole in his grief.
The intense pain.
The raw emotion.
Cole: How long do you feel like this? How long do you feel bad?
Langston: I haven’t stopped feeling bad. But it’s been over a year now and finally I don’t always wake up in the middle of the night and cry – only once in awhile. I can laugh again and think about the future.
So what’s in store for Cole’s future?
Not only is he dealing with his mother’s death, but now he has the guilt from shooting Miles.
Will he be prosecuted for the shooting or will McBain continue to take the blame?