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Sons & Daughters Watching/rewatching/discussing The Aussie Hit Show

Discussion in 'Australian & New Zealand Soaps' started by JROG, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Willie Oleson

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    Thanks, always nice to see an update in the S&D thread. Are you still watching, Victoriafan3? What's Wayne up to these days?
     
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    I had no recollection of it. Of all the Claudia Blaisdel things he's done, dying in a fire he accidentally started is the most Claudia Blaisdel of them all!

    I was really willing Jeff to be dead, but then when I saw how devastated Mike and Heather were, I felt a bit bad. First Todd, then Luke, then Jeff -- I don't think even EastEnders has slaughtered so many of its young in such quick succession. I kind of love how S&D took such a nice wholesome happy-go-lucky family like the O'Briens and then just completely and utterly destroyed them.

    It's such an ingenious way of writing Patricia out of the show.

    Yes, Jill swooning all over Alan even though he's clearly a little shit feels very random, even by S&D's standards, but now you mention it, it's the casting of Alan that makes it seem so out of whack.

    I'm not sure I enjoyed watching Patricia having yet another breakdown. I don't know if it's because, as Willie says, it's one breakdown too many, or because Rowena Wallace is so good she actually makes it difficult to watch, or just the frustration of seeing her being gaslighted ... I think it's a combination of all three.

    It's very sad and very ironic -- getting David was what Patricia wanted all along (well, on and off), but then when she finally gets him, she's too out of it to really notice. It's kind of the opposite of Gary and Val's final remarriage on Knots when it felt all the drama and poignancy surrounding their characters had suddenly evaporated. Patricia and David tying the knot feels almost tragic.
     
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    Oh, that's great. It's nice to be surprised by these twists, even in repeat viewings.




    In so many ways the O'Briens for me weren't used to their full potential, but I can't help wondering if that's because their stories didn't take the direction I wanted.




    Tragic's a good word for it. There was no joy at all and it felt very grim. It felt like the ghost of what could have been loomed large. And I suppose as a viewer, knowing that it's so close to Patricia's departure keeps the focus more on endings than beginnings. I'm reminded of that George Bernard Shaw quote about the two tragedies in life. This is sort of a case of both.
     
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  4. Willie Oleson

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    Pffooh, that Upstairs Downstairs is terribly cutesy, and also exhausting with all that pseudo-chaos in the kitchen.
    Till so far, Mrs. Bridges is the only character I find mildly entertaining.
     
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    Cutesy! What a disaster! How far have you got?
     
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    Just the first episode. I'll watch ep. 2 tomorrow, and if the tone still doesn't work for me then I'll move on to the next title on my list.
     
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    Wayne is blissfully with Amanda, in another city, thinking he’s still being blackmailed by Patricia. David has just proposed to Margaret in hospital...looking forward to the next instalment. Suffering SADWS. (Sons & Daughters Withdrawal Symtoms)...
     
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    Living the blissful montage life filled with fountains and beautiful flowers. It's almost like a S&D afterlife.
    Great stuff, and then more to come!
     
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    I can relate to that, VF3. Mine is becoming quite serious and doctors say the next twenty four hours will be critical.
     
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    Could you repeat that, please?
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    I'm afraid we've got a dreadful line.
     
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    Ha ha, how true!
     
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    From ITC’s Return of the Saint (1978-79), where the music score was by John Scott?
     
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    I've been trying to source some of this music on those Bruton library music CDs, but keep hitting several walls:
    • Because they have generic names it's very difficult to identify the familiar tracks that were featured on the Aussie soaps (and during the musicians' strike on Dallas and Knots)
    • Even if I knew the names/artists it's then difficult to then find a CD with the tracks on
    • They're quite expensive - especially if I just want them for one or two tracks
    A while back someone had created a cracking playlist with many familiar tracks from S&D (and PCBH), which had the names, artists and whatnot. But it disappeared before I got round to making notes.

    Since they seem so passionate, I keep hoping Cell Block H fans will successfully campaign for a soundtrack of some of these familiar pieces. But I suppose it's not that easy, even if someone was minded to push for it.
     
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