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  1. I think it's fair to say she was unusually chirpy considering she was at Ailsa's wake. Leah had also grown quite close to Ailsa during 2000 so for them both to be giggling was just distasteful and disappointing.
  2. Almost everyone knows what Home and Away is and have at least watched it at some point, so from that stand point yes it probably is the most iconic soap. We don't look at soaps the way a lot of British people seem to do though, I doubt the general public would refer to it as 'iconic'. The TV industry over here doesn't really look at soaps as legitimate drama either, there is/used to be a snobbery about soaps for whatever reason.
  3. Ailsa's death was one of the worst and most cold exits for any character let alone a series favorite. They completely wasted what could have been one of the most memorable deaths and I think they did that because about six months earlier they had just killed Ken off, they probably didn't want to concentrate on a death all over again - but Ailsa's could have been a lot more in depth and emotional.
  4. I can't stand Angel

    I think all of that has been totally blown out of proportion.
  5. I can't stand Angel

    I think the writers gave Angel a bit of a personality shift in 1995. Or maybe they were reverting back to what they had in mind for the character when she first arrived - where she seemed a little more argumentative and strongly opinionated. Angel was so likeable during 1994 and I loved watching her screen time with Shane - but by the middle of 1995 I agree that she had become quite annoying. Watching it for the second time round with more of an adult perceptive I think she had the symptoms of someone who is clinically depressed, but obviously that was never addressed on screen so if you're basing it on what was shown on screen I see it like the car accident/being paralyzed gave her control issues and she felt defensive and always needing to protect herself from any possible hurt. She was pretty infuriating the way she treated Shane and I wish they had given him more of a backbone so that there was a balance, instead of just accepting her unreasonable attitude towards him, but Angel really overshadowed Shane during 1995 which I disliked. I think towards the end of 1995 they pulled back on Angel's over the top reactions and she became a lot more likable again thankfully, I think they managed to turn her around by 1996 and she was a lot more balanced, stressing where she needed to stress, but being reasonable & caring (back to how she was in 1994). But overall I do agree that her flipping out became tedious and irritating during mid 1995.
  6. Diversity

    That's pretty pathetic. I assume the 'suits' are mostly not creative and just deal with commercial TV as a business and the corporate world is littered with inflated egos, ignorance and arrogance (Imo) so it's not surprising really. They were obviously out of tune with what viewers actually wanted to see.
  7. To be honest I think Alf was a much stronger and more interesting character when he wasn't considered a 'linchpin' and was just one of the cast in his own home living his own life - with Ailsa. My interest in Alf has never been the same as it was when Ailsa was alive and he ran his own businesses, which sort of suggests to me that the writers haven't successfully been able to develop Alf as a character in his own right and have sort of allowed his longevity and 'linchpin' status to carry him. They could have done so many other things with Alf over the past 17 years but he's just felt very unsettled Imo which is why he's never been a strong enough reason for me to continue watching, I don't feel attached to him whereas I used to feel like I knew him, I don't anymore because he's just been badly, or boringly, developed over the years. His relationship with Ailsa allowed us to see multiple sides to his character which gave him a lot more depth. Losing Fisher also damaged the flow of his character and contributed to him drifting. I think he gained his 'linchpin' status around 2005 but it was further cemented when Sally left in 08.
  8. 7TWO Transmission Discussion

    It sounds more like they just don't trust you anymore and are irritated that you broke their trust, which isn't surprising. You can't expect people to be kind and generous to you if you gossip about them. Hope it returns in November!
  9. 7TWO Transmission Discussion

    I'm enjoying going back to 94, definitely would love to have continued with 1996 and beyond though - there was a lot to look forward to and I really wanted to re-live the show cruising through the late 90's, would have been so nostalgic.
  10. 7TWO Transmission Discussion

    I've been missing the re-runs so much I've gone back to the start of 1994 and it's actually really nice to re-watch them all again. The show is so innocent and feel good during that era, it's pure escapism. I'm gutted that 7TWO ended the Early Years but also that they ended them on such a sad note with Shane's funeral!
  11. 1996-1999 Storylines

    I really liked how they delved in to the supernatural world during the 90's, I think some people found it too melodramatic but I think it was totally entertaining. I was also looking forward to the Sally/Peter Moss reincarnation storyline, more so than any other just before the Early Years ended. I think I started to take a lot more notice of Sally's storylines from that point onwards.
  12. 1996-1999 Storylines

    Joey was definitely one of my favourite characters during the late 90's. He also had some pretty big storylines involving Saul and it was through Joey that Saul continued to be a part of the show after Selina left. He started taking hallucinogenic drugs and became mentally ill after a bad episode. That all happened around the 1998 season finale and into 1999 - he ends up attempting to kill Irene due to his paranoid drug induced illness. I was really looking forward to the Saul storylines during 97-99, I think they were possibly even more gripping than the first one and Saul's character is explored in much greater depth.
  13. 1996-1999 Storylines

    I think Pippa was written consistently well from where the early years have ended up until she left. Actually she seemed more prominent and was obviously involved in all of the foster kids storylines in some form or other once Michael died, naturally. I think we got to know her even more as an individual during 96-98.
  14. 7TWO Transmission Discussion

    They played episodes from the 1996 credits overhaul (a couple of weeks after Michael's death) up until mid/late 1998. I've also been missing my escapism into the Early Years!
  15. 7TWO Transmission Discussion

    Thanks for clarifying and the update, Dan and co! This reminds me of Heartbreak High which was being released on DVD until they reached the 1996 episodes and faced agreement issues due to music rights (the show played a lot of Australian music from Mushroom Records from 96-onwards). As a result they had to stop releasing the rest of the series, when people asked the distribution company what was going on, they explained and said it certainly wasn't due to a lack of demand it was simply a rights issue. Really frustrating, I'm going to miss the Early Years a lot!
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