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.

By Michele Dargan

Friday’s One Life To Live episode showed me exactly why it’s finishing last in the ratings.

Now I know there are some viewers out there who AB-sol-U-tely LOVE the OLTL musicals.

I, however, am not one.

Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t turn on a soap opera hoping to see a musical theater extravaganza.

I watch a soap opera to become immersed in the drama, the characters, the relationships, the families…and to see them tackle some real-life issues.

Instead, we have Starr X’d Lovers: a bunch of songs put together telling the saga of Starr and Cole interpersed with Prom Night.

Starr X'd Lovers on OLTL (ABC/Heidi Gutman)

This stuff really makes me yearn for the EARLY days of OLTL, when there were REAL stories being told…..stories in which you CARED about the characters….and characters interwoven in compelling storylines.

Now, don’t get me wrong….the actors/actresses voices sounded great and the musical numbers were cute….at least the parts that I didn’t fast forward through…..But, again, this is not why I watch a soap opera.

The cast of Starr X'd Lovers on OLTL (ABC/Heidi Gutman)

The whole idea is gimicky and the writers are just making a play for ratings….good luck with that!

It just seems like the OLTL writers don’t have an original thought in their heads these days….they just like to recycle old storylines.

Here’s a hint: why don’t they try looking back to the storylines of the late ’60’s and early ’70’s, when they actually had core families and the whole cast didn’t revolve around teenagers…..

And, let me say, that in the late 60’s I was a teenager and, at that time, I enjoyed watching the adult relationships, because that’s all basically that was on back then.

So, here I’m an adult, and now I get stuck watching teen-age drama….which I wouldn’t mind so much if there was actually some GOOD Adult drama as well. But there’s not!

I mean, seriously, the Jessica reverting back to a teenager storyline is nauseating and has gone on WAAAAAY too long!

Again, no offense at all to the actors.

It’s the storyline and the writing that is just plain bad!!!

I mean, where are the types of storylines that kept you riveted to the television and doesn’t involve violence like Cole pounding Todd to a pulp….

Has anyone out there been watching since near the beginning of the show??

Does anyone remember the Carla Benari storyline?

Now THAT, my friends, was POWERFUL soap opera drama: a well-written storyline combined with great acting and a timely social issue….

I remember being captivated by that storyline.

In a nutshell: Carla Benari, played by Ellen Holly, came to Llanview saying she was an Italian/American; when in reality she was a black woman pretending to be white.

Remember – it was the 60’s and there weren’t equal opportunities for African-Americans on T.V. and in general.

I just remember being totally fascinated with the entire storyline, particularly when the truth came out that her mother was really Sadie Grey, who worked in housekeeping at Llanview Hospital.

I also remember the Cathy Craig drug treatment storyline, where the character sought treatment in a real-life drug rehab in New York City called Odyssey House, run by Dr. Judianne Densen-Gerber.
Cathy participated in group therapy sessions with real-life patients and the sessions were led by Dr. Densen-Gerber.

Another groundbreaking, incredibly riveting storyline!

It seems the only thing the OLTL writers do these days is either bring on musical guests (which is boring) or write very dark, depressing and violent storylines.

The other thing they do is dredge up and rewrite OLTL history….but not in a good way.

Case in point: how many times are they going to bring Allison Perkins back to steal babies?

‘Nuff Said!