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  1. I hated the short-lived concept of the original Pier Diner in 2008 with it being split into a kid's diner and a more adult space. Adult and teen characters should be intermingling on the show, it didn't need any further incentive to keep them separated. I also hated the look of both areas. As for the replacement "condensed" Diner, it was extremely bland and unimaginative. 2010+ Pier Diner was, in my opinion, the most realistic the Diner has ever looked. It actually felt like a real place. I have long since stopped watching so I don't know if it's gone downhill since then. 2000-2008 Beachside Diner was... fine. I never really warmed to it for some reason (maybe because the exterior building was ugly and the interior was drab) but it was....... ok. It also bugged me incessantly that they had a backdrop of the wrong beach (Palm Beach) outside the window. While I have a nostalgic fondness for the original Bayside Diner (and the 1998 makeover), it was a really unrealistic and obvious set. It would look even worse in today's HD quality. Of course it wouldn't have to look the same if they brought it back.
  2. Agreed, I loved the underlying repressed homosexual feelings Dodge had for Steven.
  3. Wait, they didn't do one for Ben? Unbelievable.
  4. For Jesse though, whilst they could find a reason for him to be mentioned, there's not really any need to. Unlike for Morag/Cornelia; the lack of mention has just been utterly disgusting.
  5. I loved the friendship that endured between Marilyn and Adam, how she remained at his bedside following the car crash and how they seemed to have a strong understanding of and for each other.
  6. I definitely agree that she was only brought back so that Alf had a family member to talk to - that's it. No interest in actually having "Roo" in the show.
  7. Nope, totally separate. 1997-2000 was an excellent period of the show, just often overlooked and often mis-perpetuated as a "dip", perhaps because it's rarely been repeated so memories are fuzzy. It's certainly way better than 2001 onwards.
  8. I imagine she was name-dropped early on in Michael's stint to keep the options open for her possible appearance later on. Just like Morag, Barbara, Debra, Alan, Rebecca and Danny are all mentioned early in 1988 despite not appearing until much later (the only one to never appear was Debra). I imagine this was because back then, characters are created with an in-depth and rich backstory pre-planned. When they created Pippa, they knew she had a brother through whom she met Tom. When they created Donald, they knew he had kids with one of Alf's sisters. So much history was given to characters and look how much it fuelled their stories throughout the years. For example: Because the writers bothered to do this, we ended up with the very popular main character of Rebecca from 1996-1999 - who we'd never have had if those writers in 1988 hadn't put in so much detail. Unlike nowdays. Look at Tony and Gina. Tony was in the show 3 years with no mention of his life before Summer Bay, no character depth at all and as a result he never had interesting stories. And then the writers decide they need a new female older character, so suddenly he's got a never-before mentioned sister who moves to the Bay. Such a drop in standards.
  9. I think the 1995 version of the lithuanian theme sounds much better
  10. No I don't think they'd have done the story at all; they'd have come up with something else for the end of season cliffhanger. I totally agree about Beth. Her exit/death storyline was awful.
  11. So that's why they then immediately all carried on as if everything was the same? Sorry but a 3 minute, semi-decent funeral scene with no surrounding storyline on either side, really isn't appropriate for an original, much loved, 12-year character.
  12. It's a continuity error. Martha never lived in the house that Alf and Roo live in at the start of the series.
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