Noah: Wait, wait, wait! So, when do I, um, get my miracle cure?
Reid: I deal in science. You want a miracle? Go to Lourdes.

— Noah and Reid

News and Updates | 2011 January 1

Still More Kudos!

And the praise for Luke and Reid continues to roll in….

Reggie Jackson, SoapCentral’s second Two Scoops columnist, today posted his year-end review column. Among highlights:

  • A Breath of Fresh Air: Dr. Reid Oliver
  • Bad Storyline Moves: Killing Reid Oliver

And CBS Soaps In Depth has posted their early (CBS) Emmy Nomination recommendations. Among them:

  • Supporting Actor: Eric Sheffer Stevens. Reid and Luke were a breath of fresh air.

You can see a scan of Soaps In Depth clipping of Eric on NukeGallery here and the rest of the selections here.

And the Bay Area Reporter’s Best & Worst on the Lavender Tube 2010 wrote: “Luke and Reid were off the charts smokin’. Reid was complicated, difficult and incredibly sexy in a harsh kind of way that turned hot when the two were alone together” and “Luke and Reid? Fantastically hot together.” The list included, in unfortunate ironic fashion:

  • Best Gay Male Storyline: As the World Turns, for the Luke, Noah, Mason, and Reid story
  • Worst Gay Male Storyline: As the World Turns, for the Luke, Noah, Mason, and Reid story

Read more after the jump…

Reggie Jackson’s Best and Worst of 2010 in Oakdale

SoapCentral’s second Two Scoops writer, Reggie Jackson followed up last week’s column by Jennifer Biller with his own listing of bests and worsts. Among them:

A Breath of Fresh Air: Dr. Reid Oliver — He came into Oakdale and made some longtime viewers remember the early days of Dr. John Dixon. He was brash and unapologetic, and it was a joy to watch his character move through Oakdale, creating havoc. He was the best thing to happen to Oakdale in a long time. Even more refreshing was watching his tough exterior crumble as he fell in love with Luke Snyder; this was a love story that I would have liked to seen how it would have progressed.

No disagreement from me there. Nor on naming Rocco Ciccione and Gabriel among Characters That We Should Not Have Seen. Nor on listing Mick Dante, Barbara’s Kidnapping, and Vienna’s Baby Schemes among Bad Storyline Moves. Also making the Bad Storyline Moves list:

Killing Reid Oliver — I thought a lot of moves at the end were quite well-thought-out and poignant. I was speechless when Reid had to die in order for Chris to live. With all the love turmoil that Luke has endured over the years, it would have been fitting if his story ended on a happy note like any of the other characters in Oakdale.

Bay Area Reporter’s Best & Worst on the Lavender Tube 2010

The Bay Area Reporter’s Victoria A. Brownworth, who wrote a piece in September at the end of ATWT has released her list of bests and worst for LGBTs on television, including ATWT’s gay triangle(s) as both their best and worst gay male storyline (including prime time as well as daytime). In it she says:

ATWT ended its 54-year run in September, bringing the front-burner gay story to a close….Luke and Noah quickly became a super couple – the first gay male super couple in soap history….They were adorable. The problem was, they never had sex on screen in three years.

Nevertheless, the storyline remained front-burner….The claustrophobia of the relationship opened up when Noah’s college mentor, Mason, a gay man, began making advances to him. This sent a trajectory of events into play which ended in an accident that damaged Noah’s sight, got Mason dismissed from the college, and caused Luke and Noah to break up.

Enter Reid Oliver, neurosurgeon and arrogant pain in the ass. Luke brought him in to consult on Noah’s case, and the two became lovers. Well, lovers without sex.

If Luke and Noah had been a cute, hot couple, Luke and Reid were off the charts smokin’. Reid was complicated, difficult and incredibly sexy in a harsh kind of way that turned hot when the two were alone together. But they never consummated their relationship.

In the final two weeks of the show, Reid, a risk-taking, hot-shot surgeon first and foremost, was racing to get a heart for a transplant, and his car got hit by a train. Really….And thus, Best Gay Male Storyline and Worst….

ATWT made every effort to use this storyline as a teachable moment on issues vital to the queer community. The four actors in the gay male roles were superb. But ultimately the storyline failed – both the Luke and Noah coupling, and the Luke and Reid coupling – because the sexuality was always off-screen, even as straight couple after straight couple landed in the sack on-screen….

ATWT did manage a solid and honest first step toward realistic gay characters in an ongoing TV show where most queers are solitary figures not in relationships, or in relationships with people who are off-screen. But by removing the actual sexuality from these men, it neutered them, and made their relationships less romantic for the viewer than the straight relationships of their fellow soap denizens. For example, Chris and Katie were not a very exciting couple. Tragic, yes. Exciting, no. But Luke and Reid? Fantastically hot together. We wanted to see them go to the next level. The idea that they could have extended, passionate kissing and not end up in bed was hard to fathom.

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