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August 16 2007

Nathan Fillion looks back on "One Life to Live". With the 10,000th episode of the soap airing this week, the official website has a cool video clip of Nathan talking about his character and how the show made him "technically perfect".

A bigger clip of him talking about the show can be found here.

In case people don't watch the clip, I think he's joking about being "technically perfect."
Thanks Simon. The two clips seem to be the same, though.
Except one's bigger ;-).

Deep beneath Llanview, there's a secret underground city called Eterna, where Viki conceived her daughter, Megan, with Roger Gordon. Strangely, Viki forgot all about Megan because her evil father, Victor Lord, used hypnosis to repress her maternal memories! Eterna has since been destroyed...we think.

You know, that almost makes me want to watch it. Almost ;).

(if, just in that paragraph, they could also have squeezed in an evil twin storyline I reckon they might have had me)
Of course. (Duh) Bigger not longer. My head is fuzzy this morning. Too - many - thoughts!
Well Saje, Viki does have an evil alter-ego, Niki Smith. So there you have it.
Viki and Niki, love it ;). Still, you know there's potential for strangeness and/or evil alter-egos when the father names his daughter after himself (or as close as he could get anyway - Victor/Victoria ? Asking for trouble).

It's a wonder Nigella Lawson turned out so well I reckon ;).
The TV guide is saying Nathan will be on One Life to Live today and Friday. The 9,999 and the 10,000 episode. Episodes repeat at night on the SoapNet Cable network.

Hope I set my vcr correctly.
Ah, the underground city of Eterna... memories...

Nathan's right to say it's "destroyed... we think." It could easily come back with another city playing it, or with its head just stitched back on in a ground-breaking metropolitan operation.

I also got a kick out of it when they went into their "Old West" past - it was sorta "One Live To Live meets Gunsmoke" in a dee-lightfully cheesy, soapy way...

I hafta confess, I'll be watching Nathan's appearances on the soap channel re-play... I'll have my fingers crossed that his re-appearance kicks off a Niki episode for Viki, 'cause that'd be awesome...
I stopped watching OLTL years before all the events (Eterna, Westerns) you're referring to ever happened - except the original Vicki/Nikki stuff. I still remember how awesome that was. Split personality on a soap - pretty forward stuff at he time.

I think my mom went on a studio tour when the show started, because I think I watched the show from the beginning.

Yep - officially old.
I just finished watching Thursdays' installment... Classic! Nathan Fillion needs to be on TV so much more often. These little dribs and drabs here and there are just not enough anymore!

Did anyone here think that Nathan was just a little too smiley for a funeral?
Just watch the episode with Nathan who plays Joey. In the episode Joey is back for his grandfather's funeral. He sees his old girlfriend from when he was a teenager, who was his mother's best friend but is now his father's wife. He still puts the moves on her. Too funny. Happy 10,000 episode!
Genia said:
Did anyone here think that Nathan was just a little too smiley for a funeral?


I thought exactly that! I kind of got the impression his joy at seeing old friends may have overwhelmed the need to look sad. He did a little better later in the episode in more intimate moments.
I'm not a soap fan, but this was fun. More Nathan on tv? Yeah!
Just watched the clip. He's so freaking adorable.
He is. Did anyone else think he looked too tall for the room? He was so natural though, he did great. And I didn't see him 'leave the stove on' once!

My crush on the guy just keeps getting bigger all the time. What a doll.
It's good to see all the Buchanan boys together again. :)
Dietcoke,

Thursday was the 9,999 episode. Be sure to watch Friday for the 10,000 episode.

FollowMal,

I thought exactly that! I kind of got the impression his joy at seeing old friends may have overwhelmed the need to look sad.


And that fits his character too. If I understand correctly, "Joey" just flew in from London and has been away for a while. At some funerals I've been to, we are laughing at times at memories/stories etc. Smiling to comfort people. Etc.
I giggle when in a church- no matter what for. Just do. Maybe "Joey" suffers the same affliction.

[ edited by NYPinTA on 2007-08-17 04:32 ]
I also noticed the grinning and also thought he was happy to be seeing old friends and enjoying himself! Willowy, my crush on him keeps growing and growing too! He totally stole the spotlight from all the other returning actors!

MYPinTA - I've also had some unfortunate giggling fits while in a church. Once at a wedding when the groom started reciting his vows and another time at a funeral. The look on my husband's face when I started up only set me off even more and I was forced to bury my face in his shoulder!
Remember when Nathan blogged about using his iphone on a drama. I bet that was his iphone he was using in the 9,999 episode today.
Anonymous1 said:
And that fits his character too. If I understand correctly, "Joey" just flew in from London and has been away for a while. At some funerals I've been to, we are laughing at times at memories/stories etc. Smiling to comfort people. Etc.


A friend and I were talking about this exact same thing today.
How we've laughed and giggled and caught up in the midst of a funeral. While the loss of our loved one is hard to bear and we cry, seeing other people we love is fulfilling and reaffirming.

In that light, I'd say Nathan's acting was spot on.
It's also a response to the solemnity of the occasion I reckon. And maybe, ironically, partly nervousness at doing something inappropriate (like laughing at a funeral).

Also, laughter sometimes spontaneously erupts from tension or danger - when I used to climb I remember a couple of times I came close to falling and my first response was to giggle (note, I don't mean looking back on it afterwards, I mean pretty much as it happens a little giggle sort of bubbles out. Nice really, I always wanted to die with a smile on my face ;). Never happened when I had time to think about falling though e.g. if you feel a hold slowly slipping it's all about the sweating and the barely contained panic. Fun, fun, fun ;).
It's the Mary Tyler Moore Chuckles the Clown Syndrome. I know exactly what ya'll are talking about. Spontaneous, inappropriate laughter is one way our bodies deal with stressful situations. What's funny too is that when you see someone caught up in it, you can't help but laugh yourself.

And another thing about Nathan - being in the profession he is, I'm sure he has a healthy supply of ego. What I love about him is that he never seems to let that get out of whack. Please tell me if anyone can think of another prime time/feature film actor that would deign to return to a soap opera just to honor the passing of another character.

Personal appearances, roles he plays, interviews, doesn't matter. He always seems to be so self-deprecating and full of humor. Cool human, that Nathan.

And bl!! So good to see you! Where ya been, girl?
Hi Willowy! Been doing home improvement projects! Ugh!!

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