My comments about Luke and Noah in this past Week in Review post started a spirited debate over at the Van Hansis message board.
Since so many people made similar comments there about what I wrote, I wanted to post a quick follow up.
Many of those readers were, to say the least, insulted by my post. I’m sorry about that; I was doing a quick mention of this point for a weekly summary, and it’s a comment that probably merited a longer post to explain a bit better what I was trying to say.
In my original post, I said that I thought Luke and Noah should break up, that they were mismatched at this point because their life trajectories, to my eye, seem to be going in different directions.
Fans felt like I’d been watching a different show. They also blamed bad writing, and that’s a point we can agree on. ATWT has not been able to come up with a consistently solid story for the boys. And the writing might also be what’s made me (and a few others) so disinterested in Noah.
I mentioned that I thought Luke had grown as a character. I think “grown” may have been misinterpreted.
Luke seems to have more layers to me – or to be more specific, more layers that we have SEEN. But I agree, some of those aspects don’t paint Luke as a mature young man. He can be bitchy and selfish at times, which can strike me as bold or really boring, depending on the day. Who didn’t want to bitchslap Luke the other day when he gave Noah such a hard time for going to LA, after saying he could go? (Dude, your dad isn’t even dead, anyway.)
Dirtying Luke up a bit, and not making him the Gay Hero, is more interesting in the long term, I think. I mean, his biological dad IS Damian. His biological grandmother (Orlena) was a murderous bitch and his adoptive grandmother (Lucinda) is basically Auntie Mame with a great deal more money. Of course Luke’s going to be a little bitchy.
I just felt like they were really miles apart in the individual experiences that they’re having now. I thought breaking up and having new, “next level” relationships – something that would take them SOMEWHERE storywise – would be interesting, and make their relationship stronger if and when they reunited.
I still don’t see a substantial difference in Noah, but what I did NOT say, however, was that Noah was boring because he’s more laid back or low key, or that Luke was more “exciting” and deserved a more high-energy, high-maintenance boyfriend. I mean, in real life? I *am* Noah. I’m rooting for him.
I know Noah has made a lot of changes, but a lot of it seems like it was done to please Luke. Compromising for the one you love is sometimes necessary, but I wish the show would give him a story that tells us more about who he is outside of being Luke’s partner. I don’t see that right now.
Maybe Maddie’s return, and a renewed friendship between the two, could do a better job of that. I want to know who Noah is and what drives him to wake up in the morning, you know? I want that from any character I watch, and if I am “bored,” it’s because we’re not getting to see that on-screen.
I don’t think the filmmaking thing is doing a superb job of that; I think it’s a sneaky way to have Mason break these two up. And yes, I did want to see them take a time-out, but I wanted it to come very organically, not for any improbable reason (Noah cheating on Luke). Maybe that’s too boring and not very soapy of me to think, though.
I do think that there’s ideas and issues to be explored WITH the two of them, if the show would just go there. It would be a great story if they actually explored the differences between the two. The struggle between the very outgoing Luke and the more reserved Noah, could write itself. The show did touch on these issues last year – for about a minute, and then it was on to the next temporary roadblock. The ATWT storytelling style – a few weeks of intense story and then it’s done – is partly to blame here. The kind of scenes that I think could really build into something more aren’t those gunfire-and-bombs kind of scenes.
I’m sorry to any fans that felt I was picking on their favorites. From the objective viewpoint of a fan who’s been watching the show for 20+ years – and loves this couple – I don’t think that ATWT has done a great job with the character of Noah. I don’t know where the issue lies, and said so objectively.
Multiple people have met Jake and sing his praises – I’m sure he’s a great guy. God knows, he’s a very handsome guy. I wasn’t interested in “slamming” Jake Silbermann, or the character of Noah, or any of the Noah fans. What I said – and what I STAND by – is this: I don’t know where the issue lies.
It’s ironic that almost three years in, there’s still a sense of unfinished business with this couple. You would think ATWT would pay more attention to its most popular couple. (I would much rather see those airtime hogs Alison and Meg be banished to the back burner.) Hopefully, in all of the changes that have been happening at ATWT, the show will fine-tune this story and give us a better idea of who Luke and Noah are – or at least a definition that doesn’t change every 13 weeks.