Busted Bubbles vs. Blissful Bubbles!
In this week's Busted vs. Blissful, Soapdom's Lesleyann Medeiros looks at the much anticipated Sheridan/Luis reunion on Passions and the way All My Children has incorporated history to its advantage. Which one busted her bubbles and which one put her in
bubblicious bubble bliss? Do you agree ?
A Passionless Reunion
The long anticipated reunion of Passions signature super couple, Sheridan and Luis, was a major disappointment. For fans who waited twelve long months with baited breath for this moment, it was like having a year of foreplay without a climax.
Upon entering Sheridan's cottage and coming face to face with his lady love after their long separation, it took Luis almost two episodes before he actually uttered her name. For her part, Sheridan breathlessly whispered "Luis" so many times it became a parody. Instead of all this staring and name calling, a nice old fashioned steamy embrace would have worked much better.
Instead of having Sheridan and Luis, or Shuis as they are affectionately called by fans, lock lips immediately and then get swept away by passion, Sheridan pulled Luis into the shower for a few kisses. The next scene cut to the worn out couple in bed after the deed was done. Talk about a let down. What a missed opportunity to showcase an attractive couple with sizzling chemistry at their best.
It was just one disappointment after another, the way the story continued to unfold. With Brian (or is it Antonio, or should we just call him Britonio?) in the hospital and the revelation that he is possibly dying sure to shake things up, it is only a matter of time before Sheridan forsakes her soul mate Luis to be with his brother out of obligation. If this is the story Passions has planned, and they have no intention of putting Shuis together, it would have been better to not have the teaser of their reunion at all.
A much more compelling tale would have been for Luis to watch a still amnesiac Sheridan blissfully plan her wedding to his brother, without any memories of their profound connection. Imagine the heartfelt pain we would have endured as Luis peered longingly into Sheridan's now empty eyes.
This predictable debacle thankfully has not been reflected in the work of the three principles. For the first time in a year Christopher Douglas (Britonio) looks like he is having fun, and the scenes between him and Galen Gering (Luis) fairly crackled with electricity. For her part as the stuck in the middle Sheridan, McKenzie Westmore has done some of her best work to date, and has even added a nice comedic layer to Sheridan's predicament.
The strong performances aside, and the pleasure of seeing Shuis together in non-flashback scenes, has not been enough. This is one story that was just not worth the wait.
The Use of History on AMC
All My Children is currently doing what it does best -- tapping into the show's rich and varied history to tell a compelling tale. At first, the story of Maureen/Maria's return to Pine Valley had the makings of the all too familiar soap cliché - the amnesiac heroine returns, regaining her memory and her life immediately. Instead, the show's writers have prepared us for a delicious twist. Even if Maureen turns out to be Maria and tries to reclaim her life and her beloved husband Edmund, she will be in for a shock.
Maria will find that life has moved on during her absence. Her husband Edmund has become engaged to Brooke again, and is fully committed to making their relationship a success this time around.
While Maria has certainly changed in her absence, she will find her would-be rival changed as well. The Brooke of 2002 is not the Brooke of ten years ago who left Edmund to be with Tad, essentially letting Maria "have" Edmund. This Brooke has become a formidable opponent in the battle for Edmund's heart. Brooke realizes her mistakes of the past and is out to right her wrongs. She's not willing to lose her true love Edmund again.
As Brooke recently lamented to Tad that she had left Edmund for him all those years before, only to have him leave her for Dixie, she came to a startling conclusion. The sainted Brooke of the past had sacrificed her own happiness by letting go of the man she truly loved (Edmund), so he could be with the woman that he truly loved (Maria). Reveling in her newfound strength, the Brooke of the present will demand that her wishes be heard so she will not wind up alone again. This Brooke has a backbone and will fight Maria for Edmund, instead of just doing the noble thing and stepping aside.
These scenes between Michael E. Knight (Tad) and Julia Barr (Brooke) were poignant as Brooke realized she still essentially blamed Tad for her past breakup with Edmund. The hurt and pain expressed in their eyes and the catch in their voices during this brutally honest exchange, made the characters riveting to watch.
This story is just starting to pick up steam, and the possibilities of a newly revitalized Brooke/Edmund/Maria triangle are endless. At a time when other shows seem to be rewriting their history, AMC deserves kudos for honoring its own, and the fans along with it.
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