Discussion in 'Falcon Crest' started by ClassyCo, Jun 27, 2018.
Who would say are the worst characters the show had to offer? Why are they the worst?
There are a lot of stuck on "new boyfriend/girlfriend" roles that really aren't necessary nor well cast.
Like who for instance?
They all blur together. Maybe it's the wine.
Almost everybody involved with Emma was just a filler and a waste of time. Poor, poor Margaret Ladd. Anyway, considering how MANY different characters the FC writers got to make up, it´s admirable they didn´t repeat themselves more often. I didn´t mind any male young one whenever he appeared shirtless...Though it´s not a popular opinion, I couldn´t stand the Gustav Riebmann saga nor anything related to the Cartel/Company/13/whatever you call them, any further than Season 2. They were unidimensional and moustache-twirling. And the three last seasons offer a bunch of forgettable and/or unnerving idiotic characters you wish were just a nightmare.
Charley St James - just a ghastly character, more fitting for a cheap low budget daytime soap.
I didn't find him very interesting, he seemed like a weaker version of Henri Denault.
And I've never warmed up to the new Agrettis.
But Carly Fixx and Appollonia were the worst of the worst.
I have to say I've taken a liking to Carly Fixx this time around. She has a joie d'vivre that's rare in Soap Land.
During my re-watch of all the soaps over the past five years, I have to say that, aside from maybe Donna and Miss Ellie in the latter part of the Dream Season on Dallas, Melissa is the only the character I've had a real antipathy towards, to the extent of shouting at the screen for her to just shut up and go away. And that's only really been since Season. 5 or 6. In her first few years, she was really great.
Yes, but there has always been a bit of madness and hysteria in her character, so it doesn't suprise me that she ended up the way she did.
But her singing performances and other "shocking fun" stuff wasn't my cup of tea either.
I like this:
It's funny - that scene seems OK in isolation, but over the course of an episode, Melissa's relentlessly hysterical reaction to absolutely everything that happens becomes really wearing.
1) Charley St. James (from season 9): Well he achieved what he set out to do, take over Falcon Crest and temporarily hood wink Emma. He had no redeeming qualities. I certainly couldn’t have imagined him, in any of the seasons other than the 9th and final season.
2) Nick Agretti (from season 8): He turned up as the executor of Melissa’s estate and was Frank’s estranged son. He was mediocre at best, with respect to David Beecroft who acted the character.
3) The Ortega family (from season 8): When Ana Alicia a.k.a. Melissa got the boot from the show Lance’s old flame Pilar Ortega returned to the valley. Her family (father and two brothers) also became more prominent. Despite Pilar being Miss World material it was difficult for her to fill Melissa’s void. Honcho Michael Filerman (R.I.P.) eventually realized the error of his ways.
Angela appears from the Falcon Crest study and meets Pilar going to the front door, (a scene from season 8, 1988 – ‘89):
Pilar: “I’m on my way to see Richard.”
Angela: “Well if he kidnaps you, don’t tell anybody!”
She didn't have to, but what annoyed me is that she was "the girl before the first girl", which was Lori, actually.
So, when they retrospectively put her before everything else that had happened, it felt like a competition with the characters from the first seasons.
The soaps did this many times, and it's usually not a problem if the background/history is a little vague.
But Lance was "born" in the first episode, and Pamela Barnes was former playboy Bobby Ewing's first true love (or so it seemed), and I find this kind of backwards writing rather unimaginative.
At least Beecroft looked hot af, especially with that longer hair!
Top of the pile is Charley not so Saint James. He was an obnoxious git. Melissa's irritating cousin Robin and Peter's daughter Sophia (not the best casting) are not far behind him.
I think her name was Linda, Cole’s Wife. She had no personality and when she died in the plane crash it was like she was never there. When it comes to Apollonia she’s a natural for this list, but I actually quite enjoyed her and felt she could’ve stuck around.
Yes, Linda Gioberti was terribly cast -- and they made her more nastily jealous as the season progressed just to enhance the Cole/Linda/Melissa(but really Joseph) triangle.
Linda should have been as loving and idyllic as they'd initially pretended she was, so her death would have mattered. But she was such a stiff, grimace-y actress, it couldn't have worked.
Linda Caproni Gioberti as Amanda Carrington by Karen Cellini
Paul Hartford, Robin Agretti and Charley St. James.
What about the ridiculous Kit Marlowe, played by Kim Novak who couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag?
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