Well TV addicts, this blog post is not really about what's hot on the box, it is about what's hot on DVD at the moment and believe me when I tell you that Melrose Place DVDs have been selling like hotcakes at various stores where they are available. Getting your hands on them for a decent and reasonable price might be tricky as many online stores only have Season 1 to 5. Apparently Seasons six and seven are difficult to find and quite pricey.
If you have never seen Melrose Place, and you love a good juicy drama with hot guys and plenty of steamy sex scenes, then you are in for a treat. My twenty-six year old daughter is addicted and has spent the last four weeks watching all seven Melrose DVD sets from start to finish.
Anyway, here is a taste of what you will see in the final seasons and my opinions, mixed in with a little sadness.
I felt disappointed when I read the reviews before watching the rest of Season seven. But I am happy too. Season seven ended well. Amanda ended the series with the guy she should have been with from the start.
And it was not Kyle, he was cute and I liked him, but there is someone better for him. Perhaps Megan or Jane or maybe even Eve...hmmm scratch that, Eve turns into the bitch from Hell. Having said that, let's get back to Megan for a bit, I loved the character of Megan, she was one smart lady who did not take anyone's crap or get involved in people's schemes, except perhaps Kimberly's. But she can be forgiven for that, as poor Kim was dying.
I was sorry to see Kimberly leave and never believed she was dead. So I was expecting her to appear in the finale. Did she? Well you will have to wait and see. I also believed Sydney would appear, given she turns up in the failed 2009 version of Melrose Place, which lasted one season I believe.
Amanda was my all time favourite character, probably because she was impossible to figure out. One minute a total bitch and then she was nice to people. Her character went through so many changes, and more dramas than any person could bear. Cancer, kidnapping, God knows how many marriages, a husband who tried to murder her just hours after the ceremony. It is a wonder this woman is still sane, it is a wonder any of these characters are sane, living in that building and dealing with the shit that goes down day after day.
My least favourite character was Lexi. She struck me as a money hungry,overbearing, messed up bitch who refused to get help. And she was old enough to know better. Billy's wife, Brooke was a manipulator and a spoilt brat, but she was so young and did not understand that her father had taught her to be like that. Unfortunately she would not accept help and died in the end. Yes she made me so mad with the crap she did to Billy, but I did fell sorry for her.
I also felt sorry for Taylor, she seemed to be very screwed up and it seemed that no one gave a crap. I think perhaps losing her sister and falling in love with her brother in law took it's toll and maybe she never dealt with it. When her and Kyle came to LA, it did seem as though their marriage was pretty solid....Taylor should have left well enough alone.
Simply living in that building with those people and their dramas would have driven a person mad. But Melrose Place was never meant to be a serious story, it was supposed to be smutty, sexy and bitchy. Pure night time soap opera entertainment. The kind of show I would dub my guilty pleasure.
Show runners and creators everywhere hate that term "guilty pleasure.' I remember Shonda Rhimes had a shit fit about someone referring to Scandal as a guilty pleasure. She was not a happy camper and this interview she gave some Hollywood journo coincided with an article I wrote on my blog and posted on Twitter. Sometimes I wonder if she was referring to my tweet. Probably wishful thinking on my part. Anyway, I digress, let's get back to Melrose and the reasons why it is so entertaining.
Melrose had great writers and great acting...something many night-times soaps lack. Some of the scenes had me reacting emotionally and when I do that, it is clear to me that the writers of this show were very talented, not to mention the wonderful cast. I am just not sure what happened in Season six, something changed. The last two seasons just did not live up to my expectations, but the final season, particularly the episodes leading into the finale and the finale itself were brilliant and I seriously enjoyed it.
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I was really disappointed that Billy left and the series did not end with a Billy and Alison reunion. I am quite pissed about this. And I always believed that Jake belonged with Jo. He is in a good place now, however I did hope that he and Jo would return and announce that they had gotten married and Jo had adopted Jake's son. Jake, Jo, Billy and Alison were really great characters and given the last we heard from Alison was that she was in rehab, I would have liked to see a happy ending for her and Billy (especially after the Brooke fiasco). Now she was a piece of work and it was sad that her story had to end with her accidentally dying.
Michael and Jane deserve each other quite frankly and I kinda wish that they had stayed together. The number of times Michael has done the wrong thing by Jane, she should know better and then to screw around on Michael one day before the wedding, well I guess it ended how it should have ended. Jane ended up with a great guy in Kyle and Michael finally realises he can never be faithful. Wow! I coulda told him that in Season two.
A good season and ending, however I feel sad that we did not get closure for Jake, Jo, Alison and Billy. I have just finished watching the entire season, all bar the two final discs of season seven and it was a great season and a great series. In fact it was one of the most entertaining US night time soaps shown in the 1990's in my opinion.
One character I would have loved to see more of or even a regular was Kristian Alfonso, Hope on Days of our Lives. She is an awesome actress and does not get nearly enough credit regarding her wonderful talent. Obviously signing her full time due to her contract with DOOL, however it would have been great to see more of her.
Finally I must add that Jack Wagner takes my breath away, and any actress who gets to make out with that hot stud is just the luckiest bitch ever! What a hunk! This man has the talent to get a woman to do anything for him and I don't know if it is his acting or if Jack Wagner has women falling at his feet. Man, he can park his shoes and whatever else under my bed any-time. Hmmmmm. OKAY! Enough! Before this blog gets x rated and I start describing some of the things I would like to do to him. Hmmmm!
So: That is my opinion on the closing episodes of Melrose Place and how it all finished up. Mind you, I have not actually seen the last disc, so I am writing this review based on what I have read online. You can read what I wrote over at TV.com
I hope that I have not given too much away and ruined the ending of this awesome drama series for fans who have not seen all of this series. I only saw up until about Season three or four, so I just had to finish watching to see how everyone ended up.
By the way, I would be happy to add more pictures of the cast too, if anyone would enjoy that.
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