Good old murdering Dr. Decker is back in Oakdale and I have to say I'm more than a little happy, especially for John James who didn't deserve the agony of playing Jeff Martin on All My Children. Having Decker back is just what the doctor prescribed for As the World Turns.
As the World Turns is in the midst of a resurgence unlike anything we've seen recently except One Life to Live. As Daytime Confidential reader joshua2854 put it when commenting on As the World Turns: Damn Good Soap! "OLTL is AWESOME, but ATWT is RIVETING!" Now while I won't go so far as to say that As the World Turns is better than One Life to Live it is setting itself up to give the ABC show a run for its money.
Sure, As the World Turns' still has some glaring problems but there are fewer and fewer with each passing week. Dr. Decker's return helps fill one of Oakdale's biggest voids, the lack of a dastardly villain.
Without James Stenbeck or a well written Craig Montgomery As the World Turns has suffered immensely. Fortunately, nothing whips a show into shape like a well written villain whose mere presence frustrates, infuriates, and scares the town's residents as they try to figure out his motives and whether or not he is toying with them.
Unlike the show's wannabe villain Paul Ryan or Chris Hughes' spoiled rich boy out-of-his-league villain Dr. Decker doesn't have to worry about such insignificant things as trying to be good, fighting for true love or escaping a father's omnipresent shadow. He can just be good old evil incarnate. Not to mention the fact that as Mike pointed out in Dr. Decker Spices Up Meg & Paul "Who would have thought that any story involving As the World Turns' Meg and Paul could be interesting?" Anyone or anything capable of making the P&M vortex watchable has to be a good thing, right?
Here's to hoping As the World Turns' writers "get it right" and are inspired into giving John James' Dr. Decker a well thought out and well written storyline that twists Oakdale in knots for months to come.