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A Critic’s Review Of The Bold and the Beautiful: Tooled Emotions & Short Shrift

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

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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: A Critic Ponders

At the beginning of the week, it was brought to my attention that a colleague of mine thinks I’m too hard on The Bold and the Beautiful. Well, right then and there I resolved to say nothing but nice things about the soap in this column…but then I actually watched it, so said resolve went straight out the window.

Last week I took B&B to task for — amongst other things — the manufactured Deacon/Sheila/Bill love triangle. Since the show didn’t seem all that interested in continuing that thread this week, I’ll give it the same short shrift.

What I would like to harp on is The Bold and the Beautiful’s seeming intent on painting Finn (Tanner Novlan) as some unempathetic monster.

Given that Finn is himself an adoptee, not to mention the head of a blended family, his attitude at the prospect of having to rear Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri) was very unbecoming.

And sure, they had Finn say all the right things — how he loves Douglas, how Douglas is such a good and loving kid, yada, yada, yada — and he most certainly did have a point about the onslaught of drama that will be heading his and Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) way, but I couldn’t help but keep the distinct impression that Finn views Douglas as a legitimate threat to his happiness.

Also, I just can’t with Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) anymore. I know that the character has just as many devotees as detractors, but for me, it’s obvious that Bold and the Beautiful has zero interest in actually redeeming the character, and therefore I have zero interest in his journey moving forward.

Further B&B Musings

* Thank goodness Annika Noelle is a tear-producing machine because it looks like ‘Sad Hope’ is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.

* The whole, ‘Oops, I thought the door was locked, oh no, now you can see me in my undies,’ shtick lost its appeal the first time that it happened. This 300th such incident with Katie (Heather Tom) and Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) just rankled me.

If B&B is so desperate to have their characters caught in various stages of undress, can’t they just bring back the sauna set, or debut a co-ed locker room, or similar?

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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