You’d think I would be sick of talking about OLTL’s Kish after watching clips on repeat all weekend (dude, where was I when Kyle did the striptease for Natalie’s bachelorette party? LOL!) but no, I’m actually more inclined to ramble about them than ever.
In fact, I unleashed over in the WEEKLY blog this morning (the entry will show up here in a few months).
OLTL’s Kyle Lewis represents daytime’s new generation of gay characters. He’s just your average joe — with a taste for blackmail and a guy named Fish — soap character.
And it goes on from there.
I honestly do love that these are just two regular soap joes who happen to be gay. That Kyle is going to try his hardest to move on — that we’re going to see Fish jealous — because that is so normal and so typical of soap. Dude, I want Fish to seethe and maybe to crawl just a little, to earn Kyle’s love after pushing him away. And I kinda hope Kyle at least has a decent date or two before it’s all said and done. That typical push-pull is often missing from LGBT-themed storylines, because it’s easier to keep characters in a perfect little bubble. With ATWT’s Nuke many fans are outraged if Noah or Luke so much as look at someone else, and the show doesn’t even touch the idea anymore. Brian’s feelings were unrequited, Zac was a psycho, Mason’s just kinda there, etc. That’s not to say I’m advocating a breakup or something (after all, I value my health). It’s just that a real triangle would be an interesting thing to see played out. I don’t think AMC’s Bianca has really been in one either…do we count Zach and Reese? ‘Cause I kinda don’t want to! LOL.
Maybe Kish just have it easier, because while Noah was specifically brought on for Luke, they were brought on separately and don’t have “property of so-and-so” stamped on them. So while there is an investment to see them together, a few roadblocks along the way in the form of Stacy, Layla or Nicholas Rodriguez‘s character aren’t unexpected.
But then again, you could probably make the argument that at one point, Kish was similar to Nuke: two kids who fell in love and fell hard. But then they had to grow up and face harsh realities and fight and breakup and see other people… only to hopefully realize, years later, that they still belong together.
For me, surviving the messy stuff, and the “getting back together,” is one of the best things about a good soap couple. I mean, it’s why I’m fan of ATWT’s Carly and Jack and why I want GL to end with Josh and Reva reuniting.
Actually, wait, I think I’m a Carjack fan because I’m a masochist. LOL.
But a little pain, a little longing, is good for the soap couple soul… and as much as it hurts to watch Brett Claywell and Scott Evans play these scenes where Kyle and Fish just can’t seem to get it together, it’ll only make it that much sweeter when they finally manage to reconnect.