The Bold and the Beautiful

A Critic’s Review Of The Bold and the Beautiful: Good Drama & Making Sense

The author’s opinions on B&B are his and his alone. They’re suitably scathing, fairly humorous, and normally bang on target.

the bold and the beautiful critic's review for august 21 – august 25, 2023, three images, steffy, eric, and hope.Steffy Forrester Finnegan, Eric Forrester, and Hope Logan Spencer.

When it comes to The Bold and the Beautiful, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days, we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of B&B’s week that was.

The Bold and the Beautiful: The Critic’s POV

While I very much appreciate the fact that we had two consecutive episodes containing what could pass for two separate storylines, and while I’m more than thrilled to see John McCook [Eric Forrester] being given something to do, hasn’t this whole Eric vs. Ridge/Battle for Supremacy at Forrester Creations plot come totally out of left field? Am I the only one who misses the days when there was a steady buildup of character eruptions, big declarations, and throughlines that made sense and were easily followed?

Granted I’d be far more inclined to thrill to this development if I could be assured that it wouldn’t suffer the same fate as so many other scenarios that have been started and then summarily abandoned [Brooke’s (Katherine Kelly Lang) sudden desire to rule the roost alongside Ridge, anyone?].

[Also, this would probably land better if we hadn’t just been told that Eric was so out of touch as a designer that his and Zende’s (Delon de Metz) efforts to turn HFTF around nearly sank the ship.]

For the time being, I’ll let all that slide since a) It’s very decidedly NOT something to do with the endlessly repetitive Hope/Thomas/Liam/Steffy/Finn drivel and b) It actually felt as though the writers were given voice to viewers’ (and a few putout columnists’) concerns. Yes, it IS a disgrace that Eric (and John McCook for that matter) has been treated as a walking afterthought for so long. Yes, it IS utterly ridiculous that the office Eric’s called home for decades has been reduced to a catchall full of half-naked men, amorous couples, and gossipy luncheons.

Further B&B Musings

* My dream storyline: Hope (Annika Noelle) realizes she’s better off without Liam (Scott Clifton) and Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) and moves her behind beyond these two unworthy men. I don’t need to live in California to know that those men aren’t the only ones out there.

* Only Brooke would actually delight in hearing her daughter blubber that she doesn’t recognize herself anymore and interpret that as Hope “coming back to her old self.” Ugh! Read the room lady.

* RJ (Joshua Hoffman) to anyone who will listen: “I don’t want to get involved in family drama.” …. Also RJ: Goes out of his way to get involved in family drama.

Note to the powers that be: Gladys Kravitz aside, being nosy and intrusive does not a character make. It would behoove you to either give RJ a storyline or send the influencer back on his merry way.

The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS. For more about what’s coming up in Los Angeles, check out all the latest posts on B&B spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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