Playing away from home is the secret to soap’s pulling power
IUSUALLY only watch Home & Away when there’s a monumental event, such as Roo coming back as a completely different woman after 20 years, or . . . I can’t think of another example,
I’m sorry. But these marvellous Hawaii episodes, I had to watch. What genius, taking Home & Away from the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Summer Bay to the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Hawaii.
It really added an intangible something to the show.
So intangible I couldn’t actually tell when they were home and when they were away. Maybe they didn’t actually go anywhere.
You hear of that happening, workaholics on annual leave who pretend they’ve gone to Hawks Nest but who are actually just sitting in the Lodge watching the cricket.
Although that big hotel looked unfamiliar. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there last time I watched Home & Away.
I thought it was a pretty flimsy premise, this trip — something nebulous involving Roo and Romeo and their business, to which Romeo’s girlfriend, Indi, got tacked on, after a fight with her father, Sid.
But of course it was only the hook. The real reason for the trip was Indi and Romeo’s wedding, which took place on Tuesday night. I can’t remember who it was who got married on the cliff that time: I think they might be dead now (car crash?) but it wasn’t in this one’s league.
I love that Indi and Romeo only had their parents there— Irene and Colleen weren’t there asking personal questions and taking their shoes off. Marilyn wasn’t there to Home& Away Channel 7, Wednesday, 7pm hog the attention with her massive hair. There were no hot-yet-delinquent Bra Boys to sexually harass the bride and perhaps her still-attractive mother, and best of all — and surely this is a sign of a soap’s maturity — there was no idiotic contrived stumble on the way to happiness to almost queer it all at the last minute.
I was — and I can’t believe I’m saying this — impressed.
And then I watched the final night in Hawaii, Wednesday, the day after. Not quite the honeymoon, because Romeo, as he reminds the missus, is meant to be working.
The dialogue as they lolled on their lovely bed was shaky, and flaky: the first time she saw him, she tells Romeo, it was like looking at an image from the future.
Were they at a club? Someone was on something, I’m thinking, unless they’re just high on love.
I suppose it’s possible. But I was more interested in the dynamics of the other relationships on Home & Away.
All the other couples I’d seen so far this week — and I believe this might be the secret to the show’s pulling power— are entertaining a third party.
Sid and Marilyn and Roo/ April and Xavier and Dex/ Bianca and Liam and Heath. Each triangle probably resonates with a different age group, its different circumstances, its different ramifications. But the theme is the same across the board: hormones gone wild. As formulas go, I think it’s working. Glamour: Indi (Samara Weaving) and Romeo (Luke Mitchell) on the beach in Hawaii