RAVING WILD

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By Katrina Rasbold Hi everyone!  Remember me?  (The chick who started the site?)  I haven’t had much to say about the shows lately – a really long time, actually, but I wanted to pop back in and turn you on to this awesome performer I found, or rather who found me.

The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3By Becca

Time for another month’s worth of catch-up on General Hospital! That’s how it goes these days. I end up binge watching two weeks’ worth at a time, through my tag-team of Windows Media Player and Hulu Plus, and then hope I have time to get a column written once I’m done. So what do I think is the biggest missed opportunity since June? The most entertaining plot line? Even the potential for a show-wide theme? Read on!

The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3By Becca

You know those dead-weight characters? The ones you’re 90% sure are around only to be eye candy and never to play a central role in a storyline? Well, I was convinced Jordan Ashford was one of those characters. My disinterest in her quickly shifted to outright loathing once she took on overseeing the drug shipments for the Jeromes. Another mobster? Please, like we need one of those. So when the twist that Jordan is a DEA agent was revealed, well, a smile broke out on my face, wide and happy.

The Doctor’s Order–GH

gourmez3By Becca 

The biggest story on General Hospital continues to be Evil Luke, or EviLuke as I now dub him. Sorry, folks, but I’m not calling him Fluke. I have soap-fan PTSD from that time Luke and Felicia slept together while working on Lila’s memoirs, and Fluke is a term I need never hear again to preserve my sanity. We don’t want to return to those dark days, not even in portmanteaus.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“Old Dogs, New Tricks” and “The Untitled Rachel Berry Project”

By Becca

As I rewatched the last two episodes of Season 5 to write this column, I realized they were less about conflicts between characters and more about conflicts with outside forces like dogs, bad reputations, meddling socialites, and career paths. Of course, those conflicts ultimately relate to the internal conflicts characters struggle with, but what most struck me was how much the New York City crew now resembles the New New Directions in their dynamics. Not only did they have barrels of actual puppy dogs to contend with, but now that Santana has pledged to be a nicer person and Rachel’s keeping her friends first, they are legitimately as sweet with each other as puppy dogs—a few nips here and there, but playing together is the most fun of all. It’s really nice to see our older characters come to that point and to see that it can be done without making the show boring.

Attention Rick Springfield Fans!

rsThe award-winning Rick Springfield documentary, An Affair of the Heart, is now on iTunes & other leading digital platforms. 

May 12, 2014 — New York, NY — Yellow Rick Road Productions’ award-winning 93-minute feature documentary An Affair of the Heart is now available on iTunes and other leading digital platforms including Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, and Playstation for both rental ($3.99 SD/ $4.99 HD) and purchase ($9.99 SD/ $12.99 HD) simultaneously in the United States.United States.

iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/movie/an-affair-of-the-heart/id862250071 

“An Affair of the Heart” has been a labor of love from day one,” said Melanie Lentz-Janney, Executive Producer/Producer. “We have been very fortunate that the film had a successful festival run which lead to a theatrical opening at the IFC Center in New York City. We are thrilled that in addition to the DVD and BluRay release, starting today fans can watch it instantly on a variety of digital platforms.” An Affair of the Heart offers a fascinating look at the fans of this pop rock icon. It is a soulful examination of those who turned a man into a legend. Rick Springfield has sold over 25 million records with 17-Top 40 Hits. Over the last three decades he has performed for millions of devoted fans around the world. Attracting new fans wherever he goes with his unique brand of audience interaction, unstoppable energy, and unforgettable songs, Rick Springfield is part of the soundtrack of our lives. In addition to the documentary’s digital release, Rick Springfield is debuting his first novel, Magnificent Vibration and on May 9 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At 64 years old, Rick Springfield remains an unstoppable presence in today’s pop culture. For more information on An Affair of the Heart visit www.rickspringfielddoc.com or follow the @YellowRickRoad on Facebook and Twitter.

The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3By Becca

I’m saddened that Morgan and Ava’s love affair appears over. Has there been a character on this show as explosively self-damaging since Carly 1.0 blew into town? This time last year, Morgan himself was on that path, but somehow, dating his ex-wife’s mother seemed to give him stability. But Ava, Ava–anything and everything wrong, she does it, and I’m never sure what that wrong is going to be until it happens.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“Opening Night” and “The Back-Up Plan”

By Becca

As I’m posting this just a few hours before the newest episode of Glee airs, you can just consider it a refresher on the last two episodes. I don’t have anything particularly clever to say about either of them. I just enjoyed them. About the most intriguing thought I’ve had is that it’s interesting Sue asked her romantic interest, introduced as having patrons, if he was a sex worker in the episode just before Blaine gets a patron of his very own.

The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3By Becca 

Reflecting back on a month’s worth of General Hospital at a time gives me an interesting perspective. In the week-to-week viewing, the plots can feel like they’re moving too slow and my interest wanes, which was the case after Lulu and Dante learned Britt’s baby was theirs—I couldn’t bring myself to care about the kidnapping afterward at all. But then we get several shows in a row that all grab my interest, and this last week has been one of those, from the rock-music-backed sexing of Ava and Sonny to Carlos’s wide-eyed anger that Sabrina had (maybe) been targeted. But what had me most on edge is “Luke Spencer”. I use those quotes because he is assuredly not Luke Spencer.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“Bash” and “Tested”

By Becca

I didn’t get to a column last week, so this one’s serving double duty. Which is actually helpful because these last few episodes are more closely tied to each other than Glee has generally ever been. I love that. I also love that Blaine knows how to cram Cheetos in his mouth like he’s a professional, that Sam’s an exceptional slut-shamer, and that Artie had the forethought to use last fall’s Lady Gaga contest for good rather than evil. Mostly, though, I’ve loved the music and the conversations these characters have always needed but are finally getting to have.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“New New York”

By Becca

This new singing and dancing show on Fox seems like a winner! I’m not sure if you’ve seen it. There’s a couple of fiancés who obviously love each other but fight about encroaching on each other’s boundaries in a mime class and then have hot make-up sex. Then there’s an ingénue about to make it big on Broadway, but she doesn’t want to lose sight of her friends who helped her there because she’s already lost the one she loved most. And this blond guy with too much hair cuts it off, becomes a model, and promptly falls for his new landlord. I think it’s called Glee?

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“New Directions”

By Becca

Last week, which was the actual hundredth episode of Glee, was entertaining, but it did not succeed at pulling my heartstrings in the midst of its absurdist humor. Nor did the reimagined Glee songs, excepting perhaps “Keep Holding On” and “Valerie”, provide the same plot and character connections as their previous incarnations. This week’s episode, which is essentially the second part of last week’s, hit all those notes well. Which means “New Directions” was classic, comedic, and emotion-wrenching Glee with as much to love as to roll your eyes about. In other words, it was an effective microcosm of what the show has always been. And it managed to provide a satisfying, if defeating, end to Will Schuster’s dream of a glee club and the safe space it became for a group of misfits at McKinley.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“100”

By Becca

Last night aired the 100th episode of Glee, and while I’m delighted by the show’s goalpost achievement, the episode itself was lackluster. That’s probably because it’s part one of a bigger story and most of the music was favorite performances redone with changes small enough I wasn’t sure why they bothered. But it did highlight a lot of those differences in personality between our two versions of the glee club, and it reminded me of a few dynamics—like Will’s preference for the old club and Santana’s issues regarding her life love—that I’d love to see explored more.

It’s Complicated– Denise’s Dish (GH)

general_hospital_19x3By Denise

I watch my soap for hot steamy messes…like Sam and Silas!  I am almost 5’9” and I have always envied women built like Sam.  I want to run across a room and jump up in my husband’s arms and wrap my legs around his waist.  I would probably knock him over if I did that and I am too scared to try.  Silas took total advantage of the ease of picking Sam up – they were all over the place.  I don’t know that I buy this couple – they have chemistry – but the story is killing me.  He’s’ got a wife, he may have killed her, he NOW goes to see her, he turns down the paperwork giving away her money, etc.  And we haven’t even gotten close to the fact that Rick is back in town.  That should cause some revelations.

The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3By Becca

So what else has happened in the last month of General Hospital? Robin’s left town again, Brad found himself in a romantic triangle, AJ found out who really shot Connie and promptly got shot himself, and Ric Lansing slithered his way back into town. What’s next, a return of Casey the Alien?