Went with the Wind

Zach & Kendall

Here we are at Day 2 (or according to ABC’s marketing, is it Day 3?) of The Great Pine Valley Tornado of 2008. Before giving my general impressions, this entry calls for a bit of a disclaimer. My initial "The Wind Done Gone" post about All My Children’s epic event was a broad critique of the episodes aired to that date based on ABC’s marketing machine regarding the special effects work vis a vis the show. This may have left an impression that I was conflating the CGI work with the dramatic aspects of the story. In an effort to streamline things a bit, I will henceforth treat several aspects of The Great Pine Valley Tornado separately.

THE DRAMA: At the end of Friday’s episode, Erica and Adam were trapped in the secret passageways of the Chandler Mansion, having discovered that a mysterious stranger had been living there; a jealous Aiden found Ryan and Kendall at the gazebo moments before it was destroyed; the Comeback was demolished, leaving a hysterical Babe bleeding and trapped on top of a suffocating Little A and JR with a terrible choice to make; and Zach made a narrow escape from his overturned car and returned to the decimated beach house to find the boys alive, Kendall missing, and Bianca under a flipped over couch.

Today, the drama continued with a number of rock solid twists, shocks and surprises (mostly involving Bianca) that would have been more twisty, shocking and surprising if one hadn’t read them in Soap Opera Weekly, Soap Opera Digest or watched any of ABC’s promos over the weekend. And we’re off!

Aiden/Ryan/Greenlee: We pick up with a torn Aiden in full Hitchcock mode trying to figure out what to do about Greenlee and Ryan after the ranger arrived. Greens was rescued, Ryan was trapped, and Aiden sulked. Not much more to say. It all played out rather predictably with SuperRyan saving Droopy Dog Aiden after the latter saved the former. The least successful of all the stories.

Adam/Erica: Whereas I thought these two legends were strangely flat and even a teensy bit sitcomish on Friday’s episode, there was a welcome uptick in the dialogue and black humor today that felt more organic to their circumstances. Using the opportunity of their confinement to explore their feelings for one another was much more interesting than waiting for Godot…I mean, David Hayward.

Zach/Kendall/Bianca: Bianca’s pregnancy was revealed. Shocking. As far as plot twists are concerned, that the child is Zach’s was a revelation that fudges a bit of history yet was explained in a bit of between twisters exposition, made me kinda giggle. So, um, Zach donated his sperm to Bianca on the down low. Not much too say here; I’m merely waiting for Zach to hold up Baby Lesbianca to the heavens, Lion King-style!

4 Responses

  1. Profile photo of GiJoe8

    I really enjoyed todays episode- all around it was well done. Particularly the scenes with Babe and JR at the Comeback. I really think Babe has gotten more and more tolerable over the last few months. I think they did this so we would feel terrible when she bled to death. Amanda Baker is a fine actress, just on the wrong show.

    I actually crossed state lines today for my lunch break to get back home to see the show. Boy was it worth it. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

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    Mr. Pratt is trying his damndest to make me wanna reside in Pine Valley once again…It’s almost working. The coommute between Oakdale, LA, & Genoa City has had me wiped…

    ***///The Hunt 4 Dixie Martin Is On!\\\***

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    As someone who can give or take Zack and Kendall and Babe and JR, I found myself drawn into their stories yesterday. Thorsten Kaye did a wonderful job conveying Zack’s desperation to find Kendall and his relief at finding his boys alive and well. And I really did like the reveal that Zack was the father. Now if the ABC promo people would take a hint and quit giving away ever plot point, that would have served as a great surprise. And Amanda Baker and Jacob Young did a great job with their character’s fear and desperation to save their son and the horrible choice they were given to accomplish that. I won’t miss Babe, but I give Ms. Baker a lot of credit for giving her all (save for a little too much hysterical squealing for my taste) in her last scenes.

    AMC has done a great job with this so far. The production crew deserves a tremendous amount of credit in staging this given their limited resources, and the writing crew deserves credit for not letting this stunt overwhelm what’s important – the human drama.

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