Just one, quick, final comment on Guiding Light’s Otalia.
As mentioned before, it’s looking a lot like Olivia and Natalia will end up together…..but that we will not see them kiss on screen.
It’s incredibly disappointing that CBS appears to have vetoed an on-screen kiss. It’s disappointing from a historical perspective. It’s disappointing that the same network that hosts Luke and Noah would not give on this point. (By the way: have you noticed Luke and Noah haven’t kissed – really kissed – or been intimate in a long time?)
But I’m going to put all of that very important stuff aside for a second and say: GL also botched it from a storytelling perspective.
Well, the news that Olivia and Natalia were a couple would have been an ideal high-drama reveal – especially if it HAD been unveiled at the Bauer barbeque.
THIS kind of story is what soaps used to be all about. Tension, whether it was a simmering romance, a long-kept secret, or an evil plot, would simmer for months and then explode. And that explosion was best served at an event that everyone in town is attending.
The ripple effect was the best part of watching a soap. It was the part that was like watching your family at the holidays – how will people react? Who will support you, who will be angry, and will those choices surprise you?
GL characters have been finding out about Otalia in dribs and drabs, and it’s great that they’re expressing their comfort level and support for them. But it would have been far more engaging and dramatic had they been treated like any other couple.
And it’s not just GL’s fault – soaps seem to have forgotten how to tell these stories, or at least how to orchestrate the reveals. And I guess budget cuts play a huge role – when you can’t afford to have everyone in town there to hear a secret, then the impact is dulled.