neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

catching up on VL

I'd thought Thursday's episode of Verbotene Liebe was pre-empted.  It wasn't there when I looked on Thursday.  However, it was up today, so I watched Thursday and Friday's full episodes.  There was more with Lydia's psycho stalker, who I'm quickly growing to hate, without even knowing what he did the first time around.  Olli was worried for Lydia.  He clearly remembered what had happened the last time, and was telling Christian a little about it.  The stalker said that therapy had made him a new man, but he's still obviously a total stalker, and blackmailing Lydia.

The vorschau say that Ansgar gets into an antagonistic thing against Lydia's stalker.  Apparently Lydia asks for Ansgar to help her, if I understood right.  The blackmail pictures the stalker has are of Lydia with Ansgar.  I think Ansgar would do almost anything he could to protect Lydia.  He has strong feelings for her, and doesn't want anyone to hurt her.  I'm curious to see how that plays out.  If it's the psycho stalker versus Ansgar, I'm betting Ansgar wins.

Ludwig wants to sell off the forest around Konigbrunn.  I think it would be a shame.  He and Elisabeth asked Arno to help them with valuations.  Apparently the castle is falling apart in places, so it wouldn't fetch that much on the market, if there was much market for castles.  I'm glad Arno is getting into some plot.  I'm sure he has had tons of plot along the line, since he's been on the show for the whole time, but he shouldn't be wasted.

The show needs to prioritize.  They're wasting tons of time on stupid Prince Phillip plot, when the actor can't act, and the storylines would be dull even if he could.  Apparently the actor was a model, and should have stuck with modeling.  Christian and Olli are better-looking than he is, anyway, if the show is trying to provide eye-candy, and Jo and Thore have good acting skills.  Constantin is a gorgeous young man, and played by a talented actor.  They're giving Elisabeth some plot, but it's mostly with the more dull von Lahnsteins.  Charlie has had plot here and there.

So the show has brought back Andi, Nico and Constantin.  That's all great, but they need to get them into good plots.  They shouldn't isolate them just with one other character, but have them interacting with a wide variety of the characters.  They have plenty of history.  Nico should hang out at No Limits.  She'd be a much more classy addition than Rebecca ever was.  She had a brief visit or two to the Sabel-Mann-Fritzche flat when she first came back, then nothing.  She was close with Christian and Andi, and with Arno in a different way.  I don't see why she can't interact with them.

It seems like the show is wasting the good characters by giving them only tiny amounts of screen time or stupid plots.  They've got gorgeous, talented actors, and they're not using them, but using actors who can't act for huge chunks of storyline.  Christian and Olli have gone back to being secondary, or tertiary, characters.  Other really good actors are not being given the time they deserve, either.

Ten years ago, there were a lot of young people, and middle-class families living together, brothers or brothers and sisters in flatshares or visiting at their parents' houses.  The younger crowd interacted at their flatshares, at Schneider's, at No Limits, at parties and dance clubs.  They mixed and loved and fought and had their friendships.  That's all stagnated now, as the writers can't deal with more than two or three people at a time in one plot, and insist on tossing together characters who have no chemistry.

Here's hoping for improvement.

Tags: rambling, soap opera

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