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Gays of Our Lives: Brainwashed, Bewildered and Bored

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This week on Gays of Our LivesPaul is at the center of an epidemic storyline on DaysBut can the show make this tasteless storyline entertaining? Plus, Robert is accused of murder (again) on Emmerdale and Iolo and Tyler grow closer on People of the Valley.   And Robbie has a one night stand that won’t go away on River City.  All this – and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Coronation Street (U.K.)

vlcsnap-2016-05-16-12h01m10s560I loved Eva rolling her eyes at Sean’s melodramatic behavior in the church.

I do like Todd and Jason being supportive and close of each other. It’s nice to see. I’m not a fan of Jason’s crappy behavior of Eileen. I don’t care if he is grieving. She’s put up with his BS for decades. She’s right when she said she doesn’t deserve to be treated like that. I’m glad he saw sense.

The scenes between Jason and Eileen and Tony’s gravesite were quite moving and well acted. I’ve never thought much of Ryan Thomas as an actor, but he’s doing a good job in this storyline. I still think this whole thing is a set up for Pat trying to bilk Jason and winding up dead.

So I’m guessing because Todd and Billy are spending time together as Todd gets involved in the Lee storyline, either A) Todd tries to steal Billy from Sean, B) people assume that Todd is either after Billy or C) Todd and Billy start an affair? I hope none of these things happen, mostly because it would mean lot of screeching and whining from Sean, never a good thing. Personally, I’d prefer Todd steer clear of Billy and Sean and get himself a boyfriend.


Days Of Our Lives (U.S.)

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Paul is sick… and so are the viewers.

What is the point of this storyline? Seriously, what is the point? I mean, the storyline ends this coming week and there will be no lasting repercussions for anyone. Don’t get me wrong, I thought for sure they’d kill off Paul during this story, but we know he survives and has story ahead under the new writers. So I’m grateful for that much.

But it’s all much ado about nothing with no real stakes. It’s pretty much a story in which literally nothing happens. The characters walk around in those silly hazmat suits as if there’s drama, but there really isn’t.

Those bonding scenes with Paul and John were nice enough, I guess (though Drake Hogestyn is as wooden as the day he showed in Salem as The Pawn) , but it just made me wish we’d of seen this relationship they were rhapsodizing about on screen.

And I still question the sensitivity to having a gay man be Patient Zero in a medical epidemic. It just seems tone deaf to what’s happened in the real world.


EastEnders (U.K.)

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Lee always looks like he’s really confused. He’s pretty though.

I’m glad not everybody is treating Jay like the town pedo. I still don’t buy that most people, including those closest to him, would turn against him.

I’m not that thrilled with this somewhat lighthearted storyline for the Carters, but it’s nice change from the usual lies and secrets and violence they’re involved in.

Peggy has never been a favorite of mine, but she is a legend on this show so it’s great the show is giving her return such special attention. That said, bringing her back just to kill her off is a bit weird.

I think Phil’s women, all of whom he’s treated awfully, sitting round and feeling sorry for him is just… bleh.


Emmerdale (U.K.)

Everybody believing Robert had Gordon murdered based on literally no evidence is ridiculous and plot driven. Yes, Robert killed Katie and plotted to kill Chas, Paddy and Aaron himself, but that was for self-preservation and done mostly on the spur of the moment. Planning Gordon’s murder would be totally different. Gordon was in jail, a threat to no one. There is no reason for Robert to have Gordon killed. It’s a silly plot twist and creates faux drama for Robert and Aaron. And as much as I’m glad it didn’t drag on, the fact that it was wrapped up and resolved in an episode makes even more pointless.

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Sorry Robert, Adam is still the best man for Aaron.

Given this latest nonsense, I wonder if Robert will ever get tired of Aaron’s endless drama and walk away. I agree with Robert when he says he tries and tries and it’s never good enough for Aaron. It’s the dynamic of their relationship now and I don’t like it. And frankly, Aaron so easily and quickly believing Robert had Gordon killed isn’t the sign of a trusting relationship.

I don’t know which is more gross: Cain committing another kidnapping or Charity being turned on by it.

I’m glad Crazy Emma is back, but I wish didn’t mean Finn’s life had to revolve around her. I really hope this cab storyline gets Finn more than just being a referee for Pete and Ross.

I liked the Adam/Aaron scenes. The show often forgets they are best friends. It was nice they remembered for a few minutes.

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Anthony D. Langford

I watch a lot of television, probably too much. But can you really watch too much TV? I've yet to find out. Anyway, I especially love TV when they give us positive portrayals of gays, something that has gotten better but we're still fighting for. I've written about gays in television for many years first at the much missed After Elton, then New Now Next and now at TV Source. It's kind of a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing it with you.