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The Light is Out...; ...and crying like a baby
Topic Started: Sep 18 2009, 12:06 PM (2,314 Views)
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I posted the other day about Alan's death. We get Guiding Light at 9am in Chicago...I am not here to spoil it (because there would be PLENTY to spoil!) but, I wanted to get this thread going on the thoughts of the finale.

I was impressed and not disappointed in one bit. I cried like a baby (I am a man, so, I should probably not admit to that!) because it was just beautifully done and tied up loose ends. It ended...but you can feel it continue in your heart.

This was indeed a generational show. I had looked forward to one day sharing it with my kids, should I be so blessed to have any. While that is not to be, I am thankful I got to watch the show with my mom, and her mom, and have those memories to cherish. My grandma died in 1985 - Guiding Light was really my last remaining non-family link to her.

We will all have memories of the good, and the bad. I am choosing to use today's finale as what Guiding Light will forever be to me.

I am anxious to hear thoughts from all of you, *my* Guiding Light family.
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Thanks for sharing. I won't see it until 3 EST so I'm trying not to read too much so it won't be totally spoiled.

Our CBS local news carried a cute story at noon on GL. It was a little sad because neither of the news announcers had ever seen the show so they couldn't add much to it.
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Good bye GL I will miss you =(
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Just saw it. I'm in tears. Goodbye Guiding Light!
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I won't see it until tonight, but thanks for all the updates everyone. GL will be greatly missed.
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My first memories of Guiding Light were of Philip, Rick, Beth, and Mindy in high school. I can remember when Reva came to town and baptized herself in the fountain in front of a then wheelchair bound Joshua. Guiding Light has always been my "guilty pleasure" - the soap I watched the most.

While I knew it was the end, what got me the most was the complete black and total silence after the last screen shot with the truck on the road and "The End" scrolled across. I'm so used to hearing, "Next on Guiding Light" right after the show fades to black. Today, silence. Heavy with 72 years of Guiding Light memories.
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The Light will be missed by many. I cried like a baby. :rip:
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I've been watching off and on since 1975. I started one summer while staying with my grandmother who watched. Even when I haven't actively been watching I've been keeping up with storylines and always knew I could turn on and see Reva, Josh, Buzz, Beth and in good times Rick and Philip. It was sad to know that after today they will not be there.

I liked the ending which tied up most of the storylines in a way that is fitting the final show. The truck driving off with "the end" being displayed was very sad indeed.
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I just watched the last episode of Guiding Light and I have to say that although I'm deeply saddened that the soap has ended, I am surprisingly impressed with the last week.

Had Grant not come back to help close out the show as Phillip, the ending would have never made sense. To see Phillip and Beth together, Rick and Mindy, Frank and Blake, Buzz and Lillian, Ed and Holly, Billy and Vanessa, Alex and Fletcher, Mallet and Dinah, and of course, Josh and Reva - it made things ok. Of course, the fact that there IS still a community in Springfield even leaves the teeniest bit of hope that maybe, just maybe someone can breathe life back into our show. I know, I know ... but a girl can dream, can't she?

Goodbye Guiding Light. :bye1: I remember taking naps as a little girl - listening to the show as mom watched. I remember watching all summer while I was in school and I remember that you were the FIRST show I learned to program on my brand new VHS ... just as you were the FIRST show I set up a season pass for on my TIVO. And THANK YOU to everyone involved in getting Grant back on the show before it went off the air. It just wouldn't have been the same without him.

I wish all of the talented actors from Guiding Light much success should the choose to continue to work, or if they choose to now retire, I wish them the very best as they enjoy their "me" time. I hope each and every one of them know how much they touched my life and the lives of so many.
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I cried like a baby thought the whole show. It was like losing my mom all over again.We watch everyday since I was 4 yrs old. Days i had to go to school (before taping them) I remember coming home from school and grilling her on that days happening. To each actor thank you for all the wonderful work that you did to make us enjoy the Best Soap that was ever on.
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I actually think it ended very well. Everyone was happy and you got a lot of closure with a lot of characters. Even Mallet and Dinah. The only thing I was expecting that I didn't get was some closure with Jeffrey..?

UPDATE: Just found this regarding Jeffrey's absence.
http://soapoperadigest.com/news/breaking/
Edited by ForeverG5, Sep 18 2009, 05:02 PM.
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I haven't watched GL regularly in years. In the last year maybe once a week on Fridays if that. But I've been watching a little more regularly the last month and watched every day this week. I didn't expect to cry today but my eyes were full of tears the whole show and I couldn't help but cry at the last 1/2 today. I grew up watching this show and have so many great memories about storylines and favorite characters. If the last few years had been as good as the last few weeks/months, the show would probably still be on the air. I'll miss it and hope to go back and find old episodes to watch now.
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My favorite moment was when they both asked each other if they found themselves, as if apologizing for the last two years. Seeing Reva with her hair pulled back and that stunning smile....I have have not seen "her" in a long time. For me it was as if they picked up where they were the last time the last time they were themselves..at the lighthouse ripping up their divorce papers.
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That was a great ending!
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I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I thought they did a good job giving all the stories and characters a sense of closure. I'm not a huge Jeva fan, but they are the show's signature couple and it was right that they were sent off into the sunset together. I enjoyed the general air of contentment & happiness, and the sense that these lives would go on. I hated that Alan died, but loved Josh & Olivia salvaging that deep friendship from the wreck of their marriage.
Just some really nice stuff to say goodbye on.

Win
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I loved most of the show. The opening of the openings was very cool. Wish we would have gotten something out of character at the end just for the cast to say goodbye but otherwise I enjoyed it. Any know why Maeve Kinkead (Vanessa) wasnt in the final eppy?
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Sep 18 2009, 06:45 PM
I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I thought they did a good job giving all the stories and characters a sense of closure. I'm not a huge Jeva fan, but they are the show's signature couple and it was right that they were sent off into the sunset together. I enjoyed the general air of contentment & happiness, and the sense that these lives would go on. I hated that Alan died, but loved Josh & Olivia salvaging that deep friendship from the wreck of their marriage.
Just some really nice stuff to say goodbye on.

Win
Great post, Win. :applause: It truly echos everything I was feeling today. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see Josh and Reva reunite. I cried the minute their theme music played. I believe its been 3 1/2 years since I last heard it. And, I can't imagine GL ending with them not being together. I will never understand why EW didn't leave Jeffrey dead. What was the purpose for the cat and mouse chase with Edmund? Merely to make Jeffrey a Richard carbon copy in looks? More questionable writing. Whatever! I was sad to see Alan die but on the other hand, it also seemed poignant after all the bad deeds he'd done to people. He died doing a heroic and wonderful thing for his son, and he will be remembered for that sacrifice. I am glad he went out with that memory. Loved Fletcher and Alex, and Mallet and Dinah. I'll never understand why they were broken up. But then again, I didn't understand a lot of things the past four years. I really enjoyed the bonding between Reva and Olivia. It seemed so genuine, and I think it was a good bye between KZ and CC. Loved seeing the small children and babies making us feel that Springfield and the future generations will go on.

EW and the writers did a good job with the finale. But somehow, I feel not only sad but very cheated knowing that this quality of writing could have been done all along. Maybe just maybe if it had, GL might have survived a bit longer. We'll never know.

It's been a great ride for me watching the show on and off for over 25 years, and the many wonderful friends I've made on this board. And, I will continue to post on the Y&R and Days boards.

All the best,

Edited by Paddy, Sep 18 2009, 07:14 PM.
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I watched the finale, and I have to say they did
a fantastic job of pulling it all together.

Don't know what I will do after faithfully watching
for 46 years, but thanks GL for the memories, and
much love and good wishes for our fantastic stars.
They are the best!!!!!
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Overall I'm good with the way they wrapped things for everyone, and happy most of all that they closed with Josh and Reva riding off together. For me, that is the way it should have ended. I don't know about anyone else, but when Josh and Reva were declaring their love for each other and their theme music came up...I just lost it, lol. I was already a sobbing wreck by that point, but that little homage with the music plus that last kiss we got to see...just sent me over the edge. And of course, the montage at the end closing with "Always" from Reva...I feel SPENT.

God, I'm going to miss this show...it wasn't perfect, but it was still the best, IMO. I've never loved a cast of characters so much.

Amy
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From Italy..... :bye1: :'( :'(
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I feel so satisifed and sad at the same time. Everyone is where they should be and I got to see PAS one more time :hearts: I think it was very fitting Josh and Reva closed the show and her last word was "always".
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I, like so many of us here, grew up watching The Guiding Light with my mother and my grandmother. I was on a business trip Monday to Thursday this week, but my hubby DVR'd the shows. I got up extra early and watched....and cried....and enjoyed the bittersweet way the ends were all tied together. I thought also that Jeffrey didn't have closure, but in my mind he and Edmund offed each other.

My eyes are still red and swollen from crying. I will watch it again tomorrow and cry again I'm sure.

RIP GL. Thanks to the cast and crew and production team for being a part of the fabric of my life.

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I'm so glad that we got a Josh/Reva reunion, it wouldn't have felt right without it. I was also glad Bill mentioned Ben to Fletcher.
So sad to see the end of such great memories that have been a constant in the lives of so many. :bye1:
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Sep 18 2009, 07:01 PM
I loved most of the show. The opening of the openings was very cool. Wish we would have gotten something out of character at the end just for the cast to say goodbye but otherwise I enjoyed it. Any know why Maeve Kinkead (Vanessa) wasnt in the final eppy?
was wondering that myself......it would have been nice to see her with the family in the last episode.
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What an AWESOME Finale! I feel joy and sadness at the same time. Perfect, beautiful ending. GL will Always be in my heart.
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I was wondering about Vanessa, too...but because of the show overall, I didn't think of it until after! I will just assume she was at the park with everyone as well. :)

I think there was closure with Jeffrey, at least in my opinion, on Thursday. I think the idea we are to believe that Jeffrey will spend his days chasing Edmund. But I think Edmund was right about Jeffrey loving the thrill and danger of it - that it means more to him than anything else...more than his wife and child, even.

Anyway - I just loved it. I have watched it two times now (the boyfriend had to watch it when he got home) and have cried both times. And lucky me, I get to do it all over again when my mom comes over today. Why do I torture myself?! Then I made the mistake of youtube'ing old GL scenes. Yeah, that was hard!

I will always love this show. Always.
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Sep 18 2009, 12:06 PM
I posted the other day about Alan's death. We get Guiding Light at 9am in Chicago...I am not here to spoil it (because there would be PLENTY to spoil!) but, I wanted to get this thread going on the thoughts of the finale.

I was impressed and not disappointed in one bit. I cried like a baby (I am a man, so, I should probably not admit to that!) because it was just beautifully done and tied up loose ends. It ended...but you can feel it continue in your heart.

This was indeed a generational show. I had looked forward to one day sharing it with my kids, should I be so blessed to have any. While that is not to be, I am thankful I got to watch the show with my mom, and her mom, and have those memories to cherish. My grandma died in 1985 - Guiding Light was really my last remaining non-family link to her.

We will all have memories of the good, and the bad. I am choosing to use today's finale as what Guiding Light will forever be to me.

I am anxious to hear thoughts from all of you, *my* Guiding Light family.
There was one loose end that I wish they would have tied up and that was what happened to Jeffrey and Edmund. I did like that the last line was 'Always' and Reva and Josh driving off together.
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I didn't understand what was up w/ Dinah and Mallet in the church...it seemed like they were looking for someone. I was waiting for the camera to pull back and show Jeffrey & Edmund getting married or something. LOL I'm sure it sucked for Jeff fans, but for me, having him NOT be part of the final episode was the BEST. THING. EVER.

Everything was wrapped up very well, and I agree that if GA wouldn't have come back the whole thing would have fallen flat.

Like I mentioned before - I got to watch all this from my parents' home. I'm going to be selling it soon and the fact that it all kind of dovetailed together just confirmed that even though GL is gone it's still a part of my life. You just know that Sarah, Francesca, Robbie and all the other Springfield kidlets are going to grow up and still be going through the same trials and traumas, even if we don't see it.

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I think Dinah and Mallet were living vicariously through others regarding weddings. Maybe they are on the run together or traveling with his job and she just likes weddings, particularly since she can't have the big white wedding since they are moving around. That's my take on it.
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I actually watched the next to last epi, but still have some of the last week as well as the finale saved. I know what happened, and I will cry for sure when I finally sit down and see the last show. If they had only written the show like the last 2 weeks were written, it would still be on.

That show spanned 3 generations for me too, and even though my grandmother would have been horrified what had become of "her story" I think she would have still enjoyed the last 2 weeks.
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