Archive for the '*Soaps' Category

Another Crappy Love Triangle

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 by scarlett

The main reason I stopped watching daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful was a love triangle involving Ridge, his wife Brooke and his late-wife-who-wasn’t-actually-dead Taylor. Taylor died, Ridge started seeing Brooke and married her, Taylor reappeared. Who is Ridge married to? Who does he want to be with? We’ll overlook the stupidity of […]


How To Have a Woman Sleeping With Her Boss Without Demeaning Her: Christina and Preston from Grey’s Anatomy

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 by scarlett

Note: I wrote this mid-s2. I haven’t seen much of s3, but I understand the dynamic changed somewhat in s3.
The biggest thing I love about Grey’s Anatomy is the relationship between Christina Yang and Preston Burke. He’s her boss, but they’re equals in the relationship, something as refreshing as it is rare. So, in no […]


Janice Steele from ‘Mile High’

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 by scarlett

There was a character on Mile High, Janice Steele, who was the show’s ‘Bitch’ character (you know, the mean woman stereotype that every show has). She wielded her small amount of power as the boss of the airline hosts with ruthlessness and pettiness. She strings along a man almost young enough to be her son […]

Even Lesbians Can Do Platonic Love

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 by scarlett

Season nine of All Saints has got Scarlett seriously depressed, so she’s making herself feel better by watching earlier seasons. And she came across something she can’t believe she missed, even in the days before she become a Hathor-subscribing feminist, it was such an obvious example in how to write a good female-female friendship.
Seasons five-eight […]

Ding, Dong, Marissa is Dead…

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 by scarlett

“¦ And about bloody time, too. I found Marissa Cooper (Mishca Barton) from The OC to be one of the most vomit-worthy female characters invented. She has a reverse-Oedipus complex (I think it’s called a Cassandra complex) , harbouring an intense hatred for her mother Julie, who isn’t nearly as rotten a human being as […]

Fishing with Meg

Sunday, August 6th, 2006 by Ifritah

Earlier this week on As the World Turns, a scene between Meg Snyder and Paul Ryan made me smile. Meg and Paul went out on a picnic date out on a lake. Paul surprised her with a fishing pole, recalling hearing that the lake was one of her favorite spots growing up.
Just one […]

Reverse Hypocricy

Thursday, June 15th, 2006 by scarlett

I’ve been following Desperate Housewives, and it occurred to me; there is a completely different set of standards for women cheating than men.
What, you ask, it took me two seasons to realise this? Not exactly. The point I’m making is that in DH the men are expected to adhere to a much higher standard than […]

Learning (or Not) From Mistakes

Thursday, May 11th, 2006 by scarlett

Spoilers for The OC
I stopped watching The OC some time ago, but unfortunately I live in a house where two others are rabid fans. It wasn’t that I didn’t love Julie; I did. Nothing slowed that woman for very long. But I could never stand her daughter, Marissa.
Marissa is the most self-absorbed female currently on […]

Bringing up Baby

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 by scarlett

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing an article about people - both male and female - who undermine an agreement not to have children without the consent of the other party. There’s a Desperate Housewives storyline which interests me as a gender-role-reversal; in it, youngish couple Gabrielle and Carlos Sollis agreed before they […]

Shoe on the Other Foot

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 by scarlett

The reason I keep watching Desperate Housewives, apart from Edie Britt, is the fascinating dynamic between husband-and-wife Lynette and Tom Scavo. Lynette is inferred to be the more intelligent, business-minded of the pair, well on her way to becoming the head of her ad firm when she became pregnant, at which point Tom suggests she […]

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