Aiden Devane

A Mighty Wind

Zach & Bianca

Not much to say about today's episode of The Great Pine Valley Tornado of 2008. Lots of calm before the second or third storm with a great deal of hand wringing and extras running around as the director obviously says "Action!" A few developments, though...

THE DRAMA: We got a little backstory on Bianca's latest squeeze, Reese, and the birth of Baby Lesbianca, complete with Zach ridiculously holding the baby up in the sky a la The Lion King. I half expected a bolt of lighting and a cry of "Shazam!" David, the mystery squatter at the Chandler mansion knocked some bricks on top of Erica's head, or she knocked herself out; I wasn't paying that much attention. I did see David', the mystery man's hands pet the dirt and bricks above Erica's head though. Prior to Erica getting brick-layed, her scenes with Adam were awesome as he admitted his role in the tampering of Bella perfume. Annie continued to freak out about Emma. Droopy Dawg Aiden continued to sulk after being rescued by Super Ryan, who had a very awkward and lazily choreographed scene where he and Deer in Headlights Greenlee reached for Aiden's jacket at the same time. At the hospital, Greenlee held Kendall's life in her hand. Jesse finally revealed to Angie that Natalia is his daughter. Babe prepared to be whisked off by that big tornado in the sky. READ MORE

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! READ MORE

The Wind Done Gone

JR, Angie, Babe, Krystal

In the history of disaster cinema, no two movies illustrate the great divide between campy greatness and head scratching exclamations of "What was the %#^#*%* point?" than Irwin Allen's 1972 The Poseidon Adventure and Wolfgang Petersen's 2006 remake, Poseidon.

For all of The Poseidon Adventure's over the top excess, the original chronicle of the desperate escape efforts of trapped survivors aboard the fictional capsized ocean liner was filled with heart, unpredictability in the fates of who would live or die and we were invested in characters that we grew to care about or despise within a short period of time.

As much as we laugh at Shelley Winters' Olympic swim through the ship, there still is hardly a dry eye in the house when she succumbs to the stress of the effort and dies. On the other hand, the remake was enjoyable on its own merits but burned through its story so fast that it was nearly impossible to care about the fates of its survivors. When Freddy Rodriquez's waiter suddenly plummets to his death, who cares? If all of them died at the end of Petersen's version, it would have been a pleasant surprise.

This brings us to ABC's much hyped 2008 remake of the tornado storyline which ripped through Pine Valley in 1994, heralding the "official" arrival as Charles Pratt as All My Children's new head writer. Fitting somewhere between the technological successes and dramatic failures of the two tales of the Poseidon, so far this tornado is swerving between a lot of hot air and a gust of breaking wind. READ MORE