Thursday, December 20, 2007

ATWT: Damn the Mistletoe

For December 20th:

I’ve been trying to think of a way to keep these entries shorter than they usually are; so instead of typing a summary, I’ll just link to today’s scenes at YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7F5wqN4Drk Part 116
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLnvzYs-MSo Part 117
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn9_7KE3dvE Part 118

You know, I cannot begin to tell you how disappointing the pan-up was. It’s not that it happened, but that it happened so FAST. That kiss was not only a normal show of affection, but that would have been the PERFECT ending to a PERFECT show with these two characters. I really hope the haters are happy. They’ve won. They want to cry moral outrage at this? Where’s the moral outrage at the ex-hooker being involved with her hostage? Where’s the moral outrage at Cole walking out on Sofie and her baby? Where was the moral outrage at the attempted rape scene with Adam and Gwen? Where was the outrage at ex-porn star and druggie Allison? How can anyone even try to tell me that Luke and Noah kissing for five seconds is worse than any of that? Why is it okay for everyone to kiss and hug but these two? Why was it okay for Noah to kiss his beard, Maddie, over and over? Why have Van and Jake do kissing scenes if they will just be edited down or out entirely? Why tease the fans like this after such buildup? This had to have been one of the best romantic buildups I have ever seen on a show and I am VERY disappointed at what happened at the end of today‘s show and so are a lot of other fans. Some are even in tears. These are the things that GLAAD need to be worried about, not banishments of Match Game reruns from 34 years ago. What kind of message is Procter & Gamble sending? What a slap in the face to the fans. That it’s okay to be gay but you can’t kiss? Procter & Gamble are getting a very strongly worded letter from me, that’s for sure. I really wanted to eat my words from last week. I hate sounding like a broken record. I hate being negative, especially about things that I love. An excellent point was brought up at the VanHansis.net forums: us gay fans (and allies) have to deal with homophobia every day. We can’t escape that for one little hour? The dialogue ruled today, but it wouldn’t have been as disappointing if there wasn’t such buildup. Do they know how completely appropriate it was to show a kiss scene today? Do they know how completely happy I and probably a lot of other Nuke fans would have been at the whole entire thing if they just waited about 10 seconds? If they had kissed like a normal couple all this time or even last week, I wouldn't have been as let down as I am about the end of the show yesterday.

Everything else was perfect though. I was so moved by Luke walking in front of his family, Emma toasting to both Luke and Noah, the scene with the card, both of them saying “I love you” to each other in their own ways. I love the fact that Noah wanted to write down his feelings. When he was with Maddie, he blurted it out because he thought that what was to be expected. But he loves Luke so much and so genuinely that the words are difficult to say aloud. I found that truly touching. And Luke's line of "When I came out... it was fine... but I was lonely." Gush! I repeat the dialogue was great. Even Holden as a husband didn't bother me.

Van and Jake, as well as the rest of the actors delivered so well as always. Even the writing was perfect. I found no flaws with the dialogue today at all. None. And considering this writing team’s track record for the past year and a half, that’s not something that happens all the time. It was nice seeing the characters be happy for a change. These two are really in love and you hardly see scenes like this with other couples on soaps. It’s just the end of the show just leaves me wondering “WHY?!?” The whole day's not ruined for me entirely; the dialogue about how they care about each other truly and everything else was very wub and guh-worthy, but I'm still miffed about the ending. That part was a slap in the face.