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In the Beginning, Hope and Michael..,
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I remember watching the original pilot in 1987 and thinking it was wonderful. Twenty-two years later, I actually found it slow-moving and the main characters, Hope and Michael, without any real depth. I did enjoy the characters Melissa, Michael's awkward and lovable cousin, the photographer and Gary, Michael's best friend, a college professor, a bit of a playboy and Melissa's ex-boyfriend. One notable seen in the pilot is one that most new parents trying to spend time with their childless and career-oriented friends can relate to; Hope and her best friend Ellen attempting to have lunch with a crying baby Janey making it impossible! The competition, the underlying jealousies that Hope and Ellen feel is just under the surface.
I recommend the Pilot Episode of Thirtysomething to all the super-fans of the show!
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Initial post: Jul 14, 2012 1:49:07 PM PDT
Interesting. I never really enjoyed Peter Horton's character (Gary). The dialogue the writers wrote for him was always too philosophical and idealistic He always seemed to be talking in circles. Didn't enjoy his character at all. As a secondary character, I think he could have easily been written out, and in fact, he was written out in the 4th season.
Posted on Jul 14, 2012 2:35:25 PM PDT
Hilary Jacobson says:
I also found the pilot slow moving, in fact the initial four or five episodes. But they pick up and become as marvelous as I remember. The last season includes discussion of the "New World Order" as announced by Bush Sr. in 1991, a fact I completely missed when I saw it at the time. Interesting how the show reached beyond its initial scope to encompass that subject matter in the wake of the first Gulf War, and the way that the changing political landscape touched Hope and Micheal's lives.
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