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The Rejuvenation of the Logans

The Rejuvenation of The Logans

It took a gunshot and everything changed in the lives of the Logans. Katie Logan (Heather Tom) had been accidentally shot and faced death unless she had a heart transplant. As the Logan women prepared for Katie’s death another gunshot rang out. Their beloved brother Storm (William de Vry) took his life in order to give Katie a heart.

The Rejuvenation of the Logans
BY: Trish Mahon
NEWS EDITOR


Saturday, August 16, 2008, 11:55 PM

The Rejuvenation of The LogansIt took a gunshot and everything changed in the lives of the Logans. Katie Logan (Heather Tom) had been accidentally shot and faced death unless she had a heart transplant. As the Logan women prepared for Katie’s death another gunshot rang out. Their beloved brother Storm (William de Vry) took his life in order to give Katie a heart.

Arguably the best episode of any soap so far this year, the Bold and the Beautiful tackled a long time soap taboo, suicide. It was raw, believable and full of emotion. Katherine Kelly Lang, (Brooke) Jennifer Gareis, (Donna) Jack Wagner (Nick) and William De Vry gave some of their best performances ever. Although it is hard to justify killing off a core character who could have been paired with either Felicia (Lesli Kay) or Ashley (Eileen Davidson), the death of Storm has kicked off multiple stories and tour de force performances from the Logan family.

Brooke has taken a bit of a back seat compared to her younger sisters. She is unhappy about the fact that her son Rick (Kyle Lowder) is becoming intimate with her long time rival Taylor (Hunter Tylo). She has finally decided that she wants to be with Ridge (that took long enough). Brooke wants to support her daughter Bridget (Ashley Jones) in her relationship with her former husband Nick. Even though Lang is not on as much as she has been, she is still giving Emmy worthy performances.

Coming off Storm’s funeral, Donna was jolted when the son that she gave up for adoption, Marcus Walton, came to town. Not only did Donna hide the fact that she had a son from her husband, Eric Forrester, Marcus was black. After getting over the shock of his return, her husband suffers a heart attack. Eric is facing death and Donna has to fight the Forrester’s on whether to take Eric off life support.

Multiple Emmy winner Heather Tom is a sure bet for another nomination this year. Katie has been shot, has suffered survivors guilt, received a new heart, rejected that heart and now finds herself pregnant by the man she is secretly in love with, Nick. Katie longs to be with Nick but doesn’t want to break Bridget’s heart. Katie is going from one extreme to the other, delighted that she is going to have a child with Nick to despair at the thought that her child could be affected by the anti rejection medication that is in her body.

Now that parents Stephen and Beth have returned on a recurring basis, are the Logans replacing the number one family in Los Angeles? I have to say that after decades of Brooke/Ridge/Taylor/every other Forrester male, I am happy to see another family pushed to the forefront. From Donna’s offspring we have some much need diversity. Instead of the aforementioned quadrangle we have a newer, younger triangle in Katie/Nick/Bridget. This triangle doesn’t always work but it is showcasing Tom’s acting talents. The Logans are a nice change of pace from all Forrester, all the time. The only thing I have to quibble is that they have to balance the show better and add more diversity. The same can be said for every soap. But the Logans, especially Katie, are making the Bold and the Beautiful must see TV.

trish.mahon@tvsourcemagazine.com