Crystal Hunt

Random Thoughts on Five Soaps

I'm back, gentle readers, and not a moment too soon. Since we were last together, real life has provided more plot twists than an episode of Lost, but I've still managed to faithfully watch the stories day in and day out. While there are a few larger topics that I'll be addressing in the next few days and weeks, it turns out a little time and distance provides the opportunity for a bit of clarity and perspective on issues that one might have been previously too close to appreciate. In that spirit, here are a few completely random observations about the five soaps I normally watch that I've noticed in the little over a month since I last posted. These observations generally are not a part of the usual list of talking points, but just a number of things that have popped in my head. Without further ado... READ MORE

The Trouble With One Life to Live's Stacy Morasco

Since Crystal Hunt's debut as Stacy on One Life to Live her character has been scheming, plotting and manipulating her way through Llanview. The problem is that instead of being a character fans love to hate, Stacy is quickly becoming a character that fans just plain hate. As Tina pointed out on today's Performer of the Week episode "it might not be so bad if she were just in Gigi (Farah Fath) and Rex's (John-Paul Lavoisier) storyline, but she seems to be in every storyline."

On today's episode Stacy told Gigi that the only way she'd help save the life of her nephew Shane was if Gigi gave up Rex. Who in the world does that? Yes it is classic soap storytelling, but how does one even defend a character like that? Maybe if this were Adrianna Bitchy Bangs (Melissa Fumero) we'd understand such motivation, but to base Stacy's behavior on an off screen run-in with Rex in high school is preposterous. The motivation for this character is about as sane as Allison Perkins and not even a fraction as entertaining.

What do you think of Stacy?

What Is One Life To Live Really Up To?

To say that One Life to Live is on fire these days is making a declaration verging on cliche. Each and every episode is a marvel of writing, acting and storyline integration. It is a shame that its ratings don't reflect the awesomeness of its writing and ensemble.

If OLTL has two weak links story-wise, one is the Vanessa/Ray/Cristian black widow/revenge story and the teen drug plot. I agree that the former is very undeveloped at this point, with characters that few seem to find interesting on an already crowded canvas. The latter, the drug storyline, has suffered from a different sort of problem: despite some solid acting, the interactions and dialogue among most of the teen set (not to mention the unrealistic shock of the school principal) is rather unbelievable. At times it sounds as if the teens are in a very bad ABC Afterschool Special and we're waiting for the inevitable overdose, a crisis of conscience and a moral to the story that "drugs are bad."

However, I'm beginning to think the story is not about completely about the teens. I think there are two drug stories going on at the same time and the second one is about the adults. The drug isn't marijuana or cocaine. The drug is alcohol. READ MORE

Go Red Ball Mystery Man Identified

A big thank you to the readers who helped me solve my Go Red Ball Mystery Man question. For those like me who wondered who the actor is, his name is Scott Evans and he portrays Oliver Fish. As I suspected, my fast forwarding most police station scenes (I watch the Bo, Rex and Nora scenes) is the cause of my confusion, since he's a police officer. Thank you to all who commented and cleared things up for me. Now I have to ask, would you like to see Oliver with Layla or Stacy? More pictures from today's show after the jump. READ MORE

Go Red Ball Fashion: Gigi vs. Stacy

Go Red Fashion: Gigi (Farah Fath) vs. Stacy (Crystal Hunt)

Crystal Hunt OLTL Debut Screencaps

Former Guiding Light star Crystal Hunt is about to make her debut on One Life to Live. All her character needs now is a little black dog so she can say something along the lines of "We're not in Springfield anymore Toto." Check out more pictures after the jump. READ MORE