Advantages Tangled web of intrigue, romance and tragedy of Shakespearean proportions
Disadvantages I feel really sad for loving it so
I only watch two soaps. One is Eastenders, the other is Home and Away. After watching Eastenders I often feel dirty and used, as the acting is double-poor, the script writing terrible and the filming wobbly at best. I don't usually rise to the accusations that it is miserable, because I like gloomy things, but more and more recently it just hasn't made the grade.Home and Away is literally and metaphorically its polar opposite. Set in the (mostly) sunny town of Summer Bay, it has The Bush, A Beach and Beautiful People. When I first caught this soap in its early days in the 1980s I was amused but not smitten. I'm ashamed to admit I was more of a Neighbours addict in those days (I quit). Then I began a job in the mid 90s that was just 5 mins from home, so every lunchtime I would tune in.
In no time I was hooked. The excessive drama of the storylines is exactly what makes it so good. If you are shallow and/or a teenager, then the lusciousness of all the babes (male and female) is enough to keep interest levels up. If you like a good yarn (as the loveable old git Alf would put it) then Home and Away will spin several, weaving many stories in and out of one another and over extended periods.There's no moral highground from the show itself. There are many characters with definite principles, but you never feel preached to. This is achieved by the seamless bonding of relationships among teenagers, 20/30-somethings and oldies alike. And there is no subject they are afraid to tackle.
If you want some extreme reactionary behaviour check out Alf, who will reliably mellow in time, as he is a decent sort really. He loves his wife Ailsa, even though she murdered her father and has done time (he deserved it of course, as he was abusive to her and her mother). And Alf will always be there in a disaster however minor or major.If you want sensible, staid and utterly boring you've got Sally, who has been in the show from day 1. Yes, we've seen her grow from flat chested childhood to a more voluptous womanly frame. Her life has been spiced up of late with a sudden bout of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, compelling her to wash her hands and tidy up all the time. She's never really found Mr Right, but keep tuned in because she might well be getting it on with the dashing doctor (if only she'd stop being so damn frigid).
Then there's Gypsy Nash, who has a reputation for being a strumpet and also for providing some of the very best storylines. I just loved the kidnapping some years back by the commune-leading weirdo who had apparently risen from the dead to wreak his revenge on all who had done him wrong.Irene is another character providing the backbone to the show. An ex-alcoholic who was due to marry another ex-alcoholic (who was a great meanie in his drinking days) until he got crushed by the car he was fixing up when the jack slipped. The tragedy was that Irene had 'one of her dreams' just before and predicted 'something' was going to go terribly wrong.
My favourite character of all-time is Vinnie.
|How does it compare to similar programmes?||Outstanding|
|How good is the story?||Outstanding|
|Is it dramatic?||Full of Tension|
|How good are the characters?||Outstanding|
|How do you rate the overall style and design?||Outstanding|
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