Sunday, April 08, 2007

All She Wanted

Blake and Ross are one of the most beloved couples in the history of GUIDING LIGHT with a legion of loyal followers. For my own part, I could take them or leave them as a couple, but their historical and iconic value can't be underestimated. It's well known that Blake "stole" Ross from Holly out of spite, but that's not quite accurate for a few different reasons.

Taken from 1992, All She Wanted takes us through a tumultuous couple of weeks for Blake Thorpe as she employs every tactic under the sun to win Alan-Michael away from his wife, Eleni. This is a crucial turning point for Blake because it is at this time that her last remaining aspirations to once again become Mrs. Spaulding are crushed. It is the death of this dream and the part that Holly plays in it that causes Blake to focus on taking what her mother most values: Ross Marler. That's the point where I've chosen to end this clipset-- at the very moment that Blake makes her decision to destroy Holly's happiness. I should say "Holly's hopes for happiness" because it's worth mentioning that Holly and Ross are not actually together at this point. As big of a Holly-head as I am, even I have to acknowledge that Ross doesn't really seem to be moving back toward Holly at all, although Holly clearly wants a reconciliation.

That's one of the things I really like about this set is that it takes you step by step through the genesis of one GL's most famous storylines. Another great thing about this set is that it features fantastic performances by everyone concerned, including Sherry Stringfield (who would later achieve primetime fame on NYPD BLUE and E/R), Beverlee McKinsey, Jerry verDorn, Rick Hearst, Melina Kanakaredes (later of PROVIDENCE and CSI: NY), and of course, Maureen Garrett.

This was such a wonderful time in the history of the show. It was really clicking on all cylanders and excelling in every area. It's my pleasure to continue the one year anniversary celebration of the GUIDING LIGHT Memory Project with this set.
clip 1 , clip 2 , clip 3 , clip 4 , clip 5 , clip 6
clip 7 , clip 8 , clip 9 , clip 10 , clip 11 , clip 12
clip 13 , clip 14 , clip 15 , clip 16


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