Being a soap fan isn’t as easy as it looks. Contrary to what some think, we don’t sit around eating endless amounts of chocolates while watching our shows. Well, OK, sometimes I do eat endless amounts of chocolate while watching AMC, but for medicinal purposes only.
We have invested time in AMC. Some of us have watched from the first episode. We know its history. We know its characters. We each know AMC.
And we each have a different idea of what a perfect AMC would look like. I have my version. You have yours. Mine is better (just kidding). For example, in my perfect version, Greenlee would be running as fast as she could to get away from Ryan. For other viewers, Ryan and Greenlee redux will be a perfect confection. A confection made of love rediscovered and baggage left behind.
Honestly, sometimes I struggle when the AMC on my screen doesn’t match the AMC in my head. Not a life and death struggle, but struggle enough to have me eating endless amounts of chocolate.
When AMC isn’t what I want it to be, I can exhaust myself looking for an enjoyable moment.
I didn’t have to wear myself out this week, because of
Yep, Angie and Brot. Their conversation was touching and, best of all, real. Their friendship chemistry is wonderful. It brightened my week in Pine Valley.
Angie and Brot have interacted before, but I never felt a true connection until now.
Brot is just what Angie needs. She needs someone trustworthy to share her fears with. She needs someone she feels comfortable with, so she can drop the “I am going to be the best blind woman this world has ever seen” persona and just be herself.
Brot doesn’t hover. He understands that when life is truly hard, a hovering person, no matter how the good intentions, can drive a person crazy.
What does Brot get out of this? A chance to help someone in pain. Brot is a care giver. I believe that this is one way that Brot is able to deal with his scars and his pain with equanimity. People can sense that Brot isn’t pretending to be brave, he truly is.
I confess to not being thrilled with AMC’s idea to cast a real veteran for this role. It felt like stunt casting. AMC is just one of the many soaps where stunt casting has turned out to be a dreadful idea.
This time AMC got it right. What a gem they found with JR Martinez. Is he David Canary? Of course not. He makes up for his lack of acting experience in other ways. His charisma is off the charts. He gives Brot a humanity often lacking in soap characters.
My only complaint? The writers have used his character sporadically, when there are many Brot stories to be told.
I hope Angie and Brot as BFFs last a long time. I mean, really who can complain about both those amazing smiles being in the same scene? Not me.
See you again soon. And thanks for reading what I write.