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Taking Soaps into the 21st Century

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Dear Suds Buds,

I was all set to pen this week's column on the topic of my favorite summer storylines, of which, I am happy to say, there are quite a few.  But after being awoken at 4:54 AM this morning with the sonic boom of the Space Shuttle Discovery flying above us in route to a successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert about 185 miles north east of here, I got to thinking about space travel and how in the 21st century, we've yet to see a soap opera devoted to the final frontier -- outer space. 

Think about it. We've had soaps deal with some pretty outlandish storylines. Look at Passions.  One of the main characters is a 300-year old witch, who now has a witch infant.  There have been a number of multiple personality disorders stories, actors playing more than one evil twin (remember Eileen Davidson played five characters at one time on Days of our Lives?), characters who get off on murder charges with a mere slap on the wrist, and two soaps that have dealt with vampires -- old timer, Dark Shadows, and the more recently demised, Port Charles.  Not to mention all the miraculous returns from the dead that soaps are famous for.

In this day and age you'd think that there would be some kind of story on a soap, or better yet -- a brand new soap -- that deals with outer space. With the popularity of prime time shows like Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica (recently returned), and a host of others, including a few new ones on deck for this fall season, I can't help but wonder why the creators of daytime haven't yet tapped into the space-age arena.  There's tons of potential for storyline. 

Imagine. Not only could your evil twin return from the dead, but now, he could have three heads and a tail because he's been morphed into a being from some nebula on the other side of a black hole!  Soap fans would at last get to see vehicles like the infamous "Pine Valley Transporter," in action.  (The Pine Valley Transporter is the way characters appear in one scene in one part of town, and seconds later are seen in a new scene clear on the other side of town. How"d they get there so fast?  The Pine Valley transporter! :o)  Every soap town has a transporter, by the way.) 

Characters could have pink hair and purple eyes.  They would vie not for corporate takeovers, but to gain the ruling hand at another planet.  The possibilities are endless.  Hum. I have often said that it's time for NBC to launch another soap, just to give the actors and producers of Days of our Lives and Passions a fighting chance at a Daytime Emmy nod.  With only two soaps on air, the numbers are lacking at NBC when it comes to the voting process.  I think it's time for me to pitch my space age soap idea to our friends at NBC Daytime.  What could be a good name for it?    Let's see.  All My Planets?  The Saturians and the Plutonians?  One Light Year to Live?  Martian Hospital?  Days of our Orbits?  Nah. Not original enough.  How about Earthlings on Mars?  Or Warp Speed?  Or Search for Life?

Do you have a good name for my space age soap? Let me know on the Criticize the Critic Message Board at Soapdom. 

 Now that I've let my imagination run away with me (something I try not to do -- not unless there's a dinner in it first! LOL), I'll share my thoughts on the current summer storylines very soon.

Share Your Thoughts:

How have soaps impacted your life?  Do you have a fond memory to share about growing up with soaps?  What would you like to see happen on your favorite soap? Why do you think viewers are leaving the genre in droves?  Tell me on the Criticize the Critic Message Board.

Til the top of next week,

Linda Marshall-Smith
CEO, Soapdom, Inc.

What do YOU think?  Share your thoughts in the "Criticize the Critic" forum  on the Soapdom.com Message Boards.



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