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Questions about Season 6?
Was there spoilers in the fall of 1984 of the Twinsí kidnapping in the press, Iím just wondering if viewers were already in on what was going to happen since this turned out to be the biggest storyline of Knots Landing. I mean there were a lot of questions about Val's pregnancy already, will Gary find out? What will Abby do? When I originally watched Knots Landing though my first episode had been Season 6, episode 11, distant locations, I watched that episode not really knowing the full plot. I did get into Knots Landing regularly by season 10. When I fully got invested into Knots Landing two-three years later, I did experience the anticipation, shock value and wanting to get more like an original viewer since I had 10 years of the show to watch. Though I knew the later years, it was all about finding how the events of the earlier season would lead to the later season. So questions like When does Paige arrive, Greg is married to Laura but will he divorce Laura to marry Abby in season 10, Karen had another husband before Mack? often popped in my head. It was like trying to put the pieces of a puzzle together and the viewing was as interesting as a first time viewer watching the evolution of a show. So when I started watching season 6 after wolbridge there was a lot unpredictability with the show. Starting in season 4 for me things kept getting hotter and hotter but I remember that after Wolfbridge was over, I was wondering what will happen next so what a twist with Val's babies. I was too young to understand the concept of storyline or seasons I just watched and watched stories go from one to the next.
Also was the real set of Lotus Point near the beach, the landscape is just odd since Lotus Point is very forest like and itís rare to see a forest next to the ocean or maybe I havenít travelled much.
Also, anyone else noticed how foggy season 6 looks, they supposedly shot the episodes of the new season during summer time. I do like it though, it gives a certain air of melancholy and it is very interesting as the first episodes of season 6 everyone is feeling very vulnerable after the Wolfbridge episodes. Knots Landing changed looks each season and it worked well with the tone of the show as it reflected a certain atmosphere.
But the foggy aspect of the show is interesting compared to a year earlier in season 5 when Knots Landing was taking a new direction, new credits, new colors, new characters, new ambitions for the characters. Season 5 is about new love, new dreams, new aspirations it builds like a house of cards only to be squashed at the end.
When season 6 begins everyone is vulnerable, Karen is dying, Greg killed a man (the conflicted scenes with Jane about the election are great), Abby has lost her power, Laura is morally challenged, Lilimae's past comes back to haunt, Val is single and pregnant, Ben wants to regain his autonomy after getting involved with a drama woman, Cathy tries to create a new identity for herself and Mack's victory is bittersweet. Only Gary is the optimist while a year earlier he wanted to distance himself from everyone into his ranch, this season he is the one trying to bring everyone together, launching Lotus Point, trying to bring Karen and Mack, taking back Abby, being there for Val, wanting to help Greg, trying to give Joshua a job. The first few episodes of season 6 before Galveston and the twins saga dominate is interesting and show how Knots Landing can do character driven stories. I mean season 6 begins really 10 episodes later but after the wolfbridge saga is solved we just watch these characters interact for 5-6 episodes with what is left over and how to move on with their lives.
I know I rambled on and on getting away from the original question, but you guys should get used by now after 10 years of posting, anyway hope this will generate discussions
I forgot to mention, I like the season 5-6 Greg Sumner as opposed to the self absorbed pity me I've got no one in the world but my money of the later years. This Greg is more multi dimensional, there's the Greg lost in unreal idealism, the little boy dream to be president, there's Greg playing the concerned individual to others while constantly covering his dirty dealings. He's not a bad guy he's just getting mixed up with a lot of bad folks to achieve his childhood dream. It's as if William Devane and Greg Sumner are trying to appear likeable to viewers and characters respectively, plus he brings a comedic sometimes silly aspect to the character in many scenes with Karen, Mack, Ben and Gary, they know he is lying, he knows that they know he is lying but still try to play innocent that it turns out to be funny as the characters he interacts with are left more puzzled than ever. This Greg seemed more connected to what was going on with the other characters and seems to be compassionate to others. By the time William Devane and Greg sumner become established icons in the Knots Landing fabric, and with money and power Greg just became this big A-Hole, the type of person who wants to come across as the most complicated person in the universe. The writers kept so hard at trying to depict him as a martyr possessed by his inner demons who's not really a bad guy but it did not seem to work. I've often blamed it on him giving Meg up, having Meg as a sidekick could have replaced the moral balance he had with Macashin.