Flashback Friday-Step By Step (1991-1998)

It’s common these days to see blended families. But what happens when Mom and Dad are in love, but their kids from their previous marriages are like oil and water?

This is the premise of Step By Step (1991-1998).

Frank Lambert (Patrick Duffy) is  a single father with two sons and a daughter. Carol Foster (Suzanne Somers) is a single mother with a son and two daughters. They meet on vacation, fall in love and get married. While they are head over heals for each other, their children are not so head over heels for their new step siblings. Carol’s oldest daughter, Dana (Staci Keanan) is the type A, smart as a whip, headed for Ivy Leagues type. Frank oldest son, J.T. (Brandon Call) loves sports, lounging around and mocking Dana. Adding to this 90’s remix of The Brady Bunch is Cody (Sasha Mitchell), Frank’s nephew who talks like he came straight out of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

I have fond memories of this show. While it is still a television show, it reflects the reality of being part of a blended family.

I recommend it.


Flashback Friday-Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

Phantom Of The Opera is a classic. Originally written as a novel by Gaston Leroux, the most famous adaptation is the Broadway musical. It opened on Broadway in 1986 and is still one of the most popular shows on the great white way.

In 2004, the stage production was adapted into a movie. Gerard Butler played the title character and Emmy Rossum played Christine. The supporting cast included Patrick Wilson (Raoul), Miranda Richardson (Madame Giry) and Minnie Driver (Carlotta).

Movie adaptations of Broadway musicals have to walk a fine line these days. In the 1950’s and 1960’s when musicals (especially ones based on Broadway shows) dominated the movie industry, a successful film was not that hard to come by. These days, the film has to appeal to the audience who loves the stage production, while also filling the seats with moviegoers who may not know the stage production.

The movie is simply okay in my eyes. Is it the best Broadway to big screen adaptation? No, but I’ve seen worse.

Do I recommend it? It depends, especially if you have not seen the show on stage.


Flashback Friday- Late 90’s/Early 00’s Fantasy Television-Roswell (1999-2002) & Charmed (1998-2006)

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, television was flush with programs that revolved around the fantasy/science fiction genre.

In this post, I’m going two television programs that fell within the genre.

The first program is Roswell (1999-2002). To make a long story short, Roswell is a hybrid of Romeo and Juliet and the story that aliens crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Max Evans (Jason Behr), his sister Isabel (Katherine Heigl) and their friend Michael Guerin (Brendan Fehr) are not the average teenagers. They are human/alien hybrids, survivors of a war that destroyed their civilization.

Their true identities are secret until Max heals Liz Parker (Shiri Appelby). Liz works after school as a waitress and is shot in the stomach after two patrons get into a fight. Together with Liz and her best friend Maria (Majandra  Delfino), Max, Isabel and Michael must keep their secret safe from those who would destroy them.

I liked this program. It combined the angst of being a teenager with the heightened reality of the fantasy/science fiction genre.

The second program is Charmed (1998-2006). Sisters Prue Halliwell (Shannon Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) have just lost their grandmother. Their father is out of the picture and their mother died years ago. Just after their grandmother’s passing, they find out that they are witches. Now they must use their powers to keep the dark powers that would destroy them at bay.

In the same vein as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed revolved around three strong women who discover that they were gifted with extraordinary abilities.

I recommend both.

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