I've seen two episodes, and the production values are great: sets, locations, but it doesn't quite seem like Pine Valley. Nothing is familiar. The sets are, as I said, fantastic, but there aren't any that even resemble what I used to know as Pine Valley. Given five years have passed, and children have SORAS'd (soap opera rapid aging syndrome) even more, it's conceivable that everyone has a new home. Certainly Angie and Jesse deserved their lovely new home, as does the irrepressible Opal.
We still don't know who was shot at the end of the last TV episode, but it appears after two episodes that it's TAD MARTIN who's been lying comatose for the last five years. And Dixie is alive--no explanation for that fact, other than this IS a soap opera after all.
Also unexplained, David Hayward has been in prison for the last five years and he's on his way back for revenge. Or maybe I just can't remember the fine details since it has been nearly two years since the show last aired on ABC.
There's no Erica Kane, and personally that's a good thing, but I know others will miss her arrogant, self-important persona because she's been there from day one. A little Erica I could handle, I guess.
We are already involved in a mystery: Angie's daughter Cassandra has been abducted. Angie doesn't know, but Jesse is already chasing her down. I hope he hurries.
We have an older Miranda and A.J. Eden Riegel put in an appearance today, and it was lovely to see her. Dr. Joe Martin also made an appearance today, but I think he's sticking around, minus Ruth.
These are thirty minute shows with brief commercials. On Fridays there will be a recap episode with additional features, which I'm not sure about since we haven't hit the first Friday yet.
I'm very excited about OLTL's return. It's only been off the air a little over a year, so not such a difficult transition. Llanfair looks like the TV version only with upgrades. The entrance, foyer (with a smashing new marble floor) and living room are set up pretty much as they were on ABC. New wall coverings and fabrics, general updates add to the fresh feel, but it FELT like home to me. Bo and Nora's apartment is very familiar. Dorian and David are back, but there are more changes (location of the stairway for one) and the living room feels smaller, but still somewhat familiar. I think this feeling of familiarity really adds to an easier transition from the prior OLTL to the present version.
We have a Washington, DC based scandal featuring--who else--Senator Dorian Lord. David Vickers is the house husband and starting his own reality show--good for laughs. This scandal puts Viki and Dorian at loggerheads--ideal conflict to get things going.
Nora and Bo find oxycontin in Matthew's things and he won't say where it came from. He took it from Danielle, who suffers an OD at a night club--somehow she's now over 21.
Blair and Cutter have changed Capricorn to Shelter. The club's opening night ends rather chaotically with Dani's OD, and then the talent bails.
Todd makes his presence known, as does--wait for it--Victor who isn't dead, after all, but we knew that, and now everyone does.
Of the two shows, OLTL has been my favorite for a long time, and that's still the case. But I'll definitely be watching both. What can I say: they're in my blood.
And yes, the shows are being skewed toward younger viewers, but that's necessary for continued survival since the younger generation will find the free Hulu.com online version accessible anytime. Those who enroll in HuluPlus ($7.99/mo) to stream the shows to one of their devices or the TV, like I do so my eighty-nine-year-old mom can view it. It's also available on iTunes for a minimal cost.
Links: http://hulu.com/one-life-to-live/ and http://hulu.com/all-my-children/