For The Love Of Soaps: True Power

           

Days Of Our Lives: Desire and temptation go hand in hand—temptation usually being the catalyst to ignite the fire. Some fires are harmless, others can set the whole town ablaze and hurt more than its intended victims. When we give into certain primal desires, we can easily lose a sense of control—a sense of self. For Commissioner Hope Brady, temptation comes in the form of Ted Laurent, a smooth-talking Frenchman who is as slick as they come. For characters like Mayor Abe Carver and Jennifer Horton, temptation is that small push into the arms of a potential life partner. And then there are people like Claire and Eve, temptation sways their judgment and actively suspends their morals. Yes, some fires are harmless, but regardless people will get burned—no fire can be controlled by anything other than fate.

Do you believe in soul mates? The idea of a fated lover as the other half of your cosmic pair in the universe has always intrigued philosophers. In Greek mythology, humans were created as one, with male and female working as both halves to the whole. Then one day, fearing their power, he separated them for eternity. Many western philosophers believe in that origin story is the baseline for soul mates. It does tend to make you wonder, is there any cosmic truth to this myth? Jennifer and Jack are most certainly living examples in favor of this argument. Despite Jack having no memory at all and all the feminine manipulation that one man can handle, he seems to be finding his way back to her. Just when we thought all hope was lost and Eve finally won—convincing Jack to marry her for the polls—Eric comes along and tempts Jennifer to act on her emotions. Jennifer’s crazy antics might’ve just worked because Jack stops the ceremony midway. “I’m sorry. I can’t do this.”

Words that would have came in handy for our Police Commissioner, Hope, who is on the brink of a divorce. Hope has lowkey been spiraling out of control for a while now—maybe it’s a midlife crisis or something. First, she almost severed the relationship with her own daughter, Ciara, by attacking and incriminating he boyfriend, Ben Weston. Let’s not forget how she put both her daughter’s life and career on the line when she blindly sought after the wrong kidnapper and assailant; because Ben, the converted killer, was innocent. Now she plays hopscotch with the very disease that plagues her marriage, Ted Laurent. Well at least she was woman enough to finally let Rafe in on her extramarital escapades. Meanwhile, our very own Mayor Abe Carver is on the verge of some extramarital escapades himself—even though I sort’ve can’t blame him. His wife has been MIA for a while now; they live two different lives, in two different states. They are so wrapped up in their own separate careers that neither is truly getting the support that is imperative in a marriage. But his new assistant, Sheila Watkins, seems to be giving him all the support he needs—they are definitely dealing with a budding romance, and by dealing I mean denying; although they aren’t the only ones in denial. Hayley and Tripp still think their visa card marriage plan is going to work. Claire thinks she’s going to be able to pin the fire she started on Ben, send Hayley to jail, and still wind up with Tripp, blindly in love. And Rex thinks that if he rushes his own wedding to Sarah, he’ll be able to hide the truth—she’d rather have his brother.

If soul mates do exist, how do we know once we have found our true match? Should our true love accept our crazy or make us want to be better? I believe that true love should support you unconditionally and show you when you’re wrong. If soul mates do exist then loving them should feel like holding a mirror up to your soul; you should see your “true self” in their reflection. Perhaps you will know if you’ve found your true match if you can grow together; complimenting each other like Confucius’ yin and yang. But like the yin and yang, at the center of these dualities is perfection. And at the center of love is power. Perhaps that’s why Zeus split humans in half; perhaps that was the power he feared.  

 General Hospital: What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. This famous quote is true in every sense: even scarred skin becomes tougher than it was before. Pain has a way of molding us into the adults we need to become. There’s a life lesson in every heartache, every failure, every mistake. Some wounds, however, take time to heal. After losing her estranged daughter, Kiki, to her psycho killer ex-boyfriend, Ava is consumed with fear and vengeance. Desperate for control, she begins plotting, waiting for Ryan Chamberlain to once again rise from the dead—she is the one that got away after all. I hope she has an “Enough” moment where, like JLo, she suits up to kick ass—it’s time someone outsmarted that sociopath anyway.

Which reminds me—speaking of everyone’s favorite sociopath—Shiloh’s charm maybe no match for the will of Mr. Sonny Corinthos. Kristina may be down the rabbit hole but her entire family is more than ready to burn down the whole forest. Kidnapping was definitely a good call, because I’m pretty sure she wasn’t ready to give her body to Shiloh. Apparently the only way into “the Trust” is through Shiloh’s bed sheets—he aint no fan of consent either, let me tell you. Well here’s to hoping her “Exit Therapy” is a success. Because Oscar dying is about all the bad news I can take. Anna’s struggling to take some bad news herself; turns out her daughter, Robin, that she raised her entire life might’ve been carried by her evil twin sister. A shocking discovery that if found true, she should keep to herself—what Robin don’t know won’t kill her. Because this is the kind’ve secret that is best kept hidden.

What is true power? Is it measured by your capacity to love [yourself and others]. Is it measured by your ingenuity and intelligence? Or is it by your connections and resources? Well if you think true power comes from fear and control, you might want to talk to someone about that—and by someone I mean a licensed therapist. For men like Ryan, Valentin, and Shiloh, true power is thinking you’re too smart to get caught—and boy will their time come, and I’ll be here for it all. Until next time.



Performer of the Week: This week I enjoyed watching Haley Pullos, the beautiful young lady who plays Molly Davis on GH. Her character is strong willed and slick with her words. She is never afraid to speak her mind and protect her sister. Watching Haley read Shiloh his rights was everything I didn’t know I needed. I always find myself glued to the screen when she’s on it, siding with her, or rooting for her; either way she needs more camera time.

News Update: DAYS has recently begun casting for new roles. We are talking small roles to reoccurring ones. Look’s like we’ll be seeing some new faces around Salem this Spring and Summer—maybe we’ll even get some eye candy, who knows.

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