MICHAEL DAVIS: All My Children…Suck

Michael Davis

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23 Responses

  1. Jeff Dancer says:

    And here I thought I was the only straight male that watched this show.I have to agree with EVERYTHING you've said. AMC USED to be a pleasant, hour-long diversion that I could enjoy with my wife, but a strange thing happened this one time when we missed the show for week – the original characters were replaced with pod people. That can really be the only reasonable excuse for taking the characters that I invested time and energy into and making them shallow, callous. . . well, jerks. And why is the show now more focused on mean-spirited kids than mainstays like Tad, Erica, Jackson, and the rest?And don't even get me started on the vomit-inducing camera-work. . .

  2. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    People who say that comic fans take the medium too seriously have never spoken to a soap fan. There are more people who think the people on the soaps are real than who think wrestling is real. That's a scary enough statistic to hang a telethon on.I never got into the soaps, even though I spent a lot of days home sick during my school years. (I was a game show junkie myself). But just this last season I got into Ugly Betty, which finally got the balance between comedy and telenovela right.Until the season ender. Damn near everybody was dead, dying, or leving with their pregnant girlfriend. After a full season of laughs, the final episode was like a 30-minute long case of shaken baby syndrome. I felt betrayed.OK, they pretty much pulled out a win in the season opener (With one exeption – poor Santos!) but I spent the whole summer fuming over what they'd done to "my" show.Heroes, Ugly Betty, and WWE Monday Night Raw – that's about all I get religious about watching on TV now. And Bittorrents of the Doctor Who series. (Sarah Jane Adventures ROCKED). So in short, three soaps with different masks on.

  3. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    BTW, the grammatically nebulous title of your piece reminded me of the teaser trailer for the classic Hitchcock film that read, " 'The Birds' is coming!" You should see me go off on people for using "it's" wrong…

    • Marilee J. Layman says:

      He could be using the UKan version, where companies are treated as individuals so a company would suck, rather than sucks.I noticed the 100-foot ceiling, which seems unlikely, and that it's impossible to have a half-sibling be a twin.

      • Adriane Nash says:

        its a soap opera. you can have a 'twin' from another set of parents.

      • Michael Davis says:

        Marilee-the building was an converted warehouse and only has two lofts on each floor. So 100 foot ceiling is very likely…so there!

      • Michael Davis says:

        I'm using the high school version where either 'suck' or 'sucks' would work. As an example; on second thought, never mind, what I was about to say would suck.

    • Michael Davis says:

      Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie-My Ph.D is in Cinematic Arts. I was absent the day we went over 'suck grammar' Oh before you or anyone else gets on me about spelling and grammar (hey Ph.D or not I went to public school) remember that neither Einstein or Edison could spell. Not an excuse-(public school was) just a fact.

      • Marilee J. Layman says:

        Hey, I dropped out after a year of college (had to get emancipated and become my brother's guardian and raise him) but when I retired on disability, I was in a position that required a doctorate, and I can spell. On the other hand, I think spelling, in particular, may be something some folks are more disposed to than others. I don't think it's genetics as such, just that some folks have brains that are more inclined to detail work.

        • Michael Davis says:

          Marilee- I could not agree with you more on the spelling thing. Somedays I'm wiz kid somedays I have to spell check 'if'.

      • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

        You misunderstood – I was calling out how that title could indeed have been written two ways, depending on what was meant."All My Children suck" meaning the children suck"All My Children sucks" meaning the show "All My Children" sucksBelieve me, when I call out out grammar, I'm doing it for fun. Using grammar mistakes as an attack is petty, and usually means you have no other cards to play.

        • Michael Davis says:

          Vinnie- As always you bring something new to the forum. I be looking forward to your next comments.

  4. Martha Thomases says:

    It's not Spike's fault that they writers have wrecked Kendall (I still like her, because Alicia Minshew might be the thinnest woman I've ever seen who eats food). And Spike has been aces with me ever since we saw Zach sleeping in a t-shirt that said, "Spike Rocks!"

  5. Anonymous says:

    You make me want to start watching again! -I'm looking forward to your Fanboy's Guide to Girls. I can only imagine the tips you will give.

  6. Marilee J. Layman says:

    While I'm a fan, it's not so much of comics and I'm a middle-aged woman. I do watch a soap: Days of Our Lives. The local NBC station used to have a news broadcast at noon and sometimes I'd forget to turn the TV off at 1pm and after a while I got caught up in DOOL. However, it's the kind of show that I can watch while I'm online or reading the paper, which I can't do for Heroes and others.

  7. Adriane Nash says:

    does this mean you're caught up?!I too will never forgive the Dixie thing either!

    • Michael Davis says:

      I'm about a week behind-I was 3 months behind but there was a period that whenever I would see Kendall,Ryan or Lilly I would just fast forward. Is Spike dead??? Wait don't tell me-I want to be surprised…or pissed.

      • Adriane Nash says:

        Well she has been whining for a good 3 months now hasn't she? Geez, no wonder I have no bones about catching the whole hour of Y&R and missing the 1st 30 miins of AMC.ABC soaps in general have really been a super let down for the past year or so. They need to bring Brenda & Lucy back to GH and send Skye (back) to Pine Valley (remember when she faked needing a wheelchair to hold onto her man?!) and quite possibly nuke Llanview

  8. Steve Atkins says:

    I watch one and only one soap opera: The Young & The Restless. Why? Two words: Eric Braeden..or, if you prefer, Victor Newman.——-I am a fan of his acting ability and (as a sci-fi/classic TV fan) have enjoyed him in several other roles.——-Such as playing a werewolf on an ocean liner in an episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, playing a Nazi captain in the TV series Rat Patrol, and the murderous Dr. Otto Hasslein in Escape From The PLanet Of The Apes….—–Bonuses? okay, howzabout Jean Cooper, aka Rocky Cooper who threw wild parties attended by none other than The Rat Pack. Peter Bergman, who gave us all the catchphrase "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV." Melody Thomas Scott, whose film debut was in John Wayne's last movie, The Shootist (she's the girl on the trolley). Jerry Douglas, whom I have seen in The Incredible Hulk and The original Outer Limits. Greg Rikaart, who is in the museum scene in X-Men 2: X-Men United (he was with the guy who was set aflame then frozen by Pyro and Iceman, respectively).——See what I mean. However, the show goes WAAAAAAYYYYY over the top with it's nonsense. I have gotten to the point where, unless I see Eric/Victor, I do not watch the show.

  9. Howard Johnson says:

    This is a frighteningly small world. Walt Willey is one of my oldest and best friends; in fact, I was the one who hooked him up with Joe Q (who was at Valiant at the time) which resulted in Walt's guest appearance in Dr. Mirage… Walt is also a big comics fan, and has been ever since we were 5 years old. I'll pass along your column and see if he'd like to comment…

  10. Chuck Snitchler says:

    I also agree. Hate Ryan and his self righteous attitude.The show is no longer All My Children,even though the title is still used. The acting and writing are bad along with the production values.The distorted filmlook has got to go and needs to return to the live unprocessed video look. Most viewers hate it,so why have they kept it for over a year? Probably as long as Julie Carruthers is there,it will stay in place since she is responsible for it. I have moved on to Y&R, which has better acting and production values.