There are several things from Indonesian soap operas in the 1990s that make us miss because they are now gone. Any?
The generation born in the 1980s and early 1990s is now entering the age of three heads. That’s why people from the 1980s and 1990s often miss many of the things they felt when they were kids and teens, one of which is Indonesian soap operas.
Starting from the existence of several private TV stations in Indonesia, many things in soap operas in the 1990s are no longer there! Miss, no, with these things?
The scene of Indonesian soap operas in the 1990s that you miss
1. Fun Fantasy Touch
Now, there are still several soap operas that carry the concept of fantasy. However, the number is not as much as in the 1990s. In the past, many popular soap operas had fantasy themes. For example, here, Tuyul and Mbak Yul, Jinny Oh Jinny, Sweet Ancol Bridge, Eclipse, Millennium Man Banner, Wonder Boy, and Jin and Jun.
This fantasy soap opera is not as annoying as soap operas stripping because problem will be solved in one episode, the story is funny, and makes us fresh because by watching it we can escape from the real world which is boring and without magic.
2. Exclusive soap star
Nowadays, it is very easy to get the latest soap opera player gossip. Wherever they are, the camera will always follow. Gossip accounts are very, very easy to get the latest news about players from “insiders” which incidentally has all camera phones.
In addition, today’s soap opera players also have Instagram accounts. Some of them don’t even hesitate to share moments of almost 24 hours of their lives! What about the soap opera actors in the 1990s? There are only TV, tabloids, and newspapers that can be used as information bridges between them and the audience, so that exclusivity is maintained.
Indeed, everyone is free to share moments on social media. However, it would be better if as a celebrity you have to limit what things can be shared, which ones can’t be too open. For example, such as personal life, intimacy with a partner, thoughts, anger, or quarrels.
3. Various Themes
If I’m honest, the soap operas of the 1990s were more varied in terms of themes. You see, TV and radio are people’s main entertainment. In addition, private TV was also recently born, so that the ideas explored are more varied and do not only think about advertising or rating issues. Now, the competition for TV stations is getting tougher.
So, Background characters are also explored more deeply. For example, the character of medical students in soap operas Love, stories about children incomplete family in soap operas Wedding Red Dot, even a story about how difficult it is to find a job even though you already have a bachelor’s degree in a legendary soap opera Doel School Boy.
While today’s soap operas are mostly lacking in strong descriptions Background character. Most, Background characters are mere patches. Their careers and identities are not explored and are more concerned with excessive conflict than characterization.
4. Thick Mustache
Nowadays, thick mustaches are rarely seen in male characters in soap operas. This is inseparable from the stereotype that a mustache that is too thick indicates that someone is old school. In fact, the “father” in soap operas today rarely has a thick mustache.
This is certainly different from the past, when quite a number of characters had thick mustaches. For example, the character Harry Dewanto (Sophan Sophiaan) in the soap opera 21st century, Si Doel (Rano Karno) di Doel School Boy, and Priambodo (Cok Simbara) in Wedding Red Dot.
Things that make you happy from previous soap operas Flattered It’s an uninterrupted episode. Since Flattered comes with a long airing season, Indonesian soap operas began to come in droves with hundreds of episodes.
Unfortunately, many episodes use a continuous system, not a single episode system. As a result, the soap opera plot became chaotic, far from the original plan. Try it, if Indonesian soap operas today are dense and structured like Fir Family or Dear, it would be better to watch.
6. Ads That Are Not Vulgar
Another disease of today’s soap operas is advertising that is too “vulgar”. This does not mean that it is not in accordance with the norms of politeness, but that it is too clear which shows the product, either through character activities, rigid dialogue, or through banner who suddenly appeared and interrupted the scene.
In the past, advertisements on soap operas were not as vulgar as this. Perhaps at this time the demands to be able to get as much income as possible are getting stricter, so that everything is done to please sponsors, including showing advertisements on sinetrons carelessly so that they are disturbing and sinetrons are not artistic.
7. Without Gary Stu and Mary Sue
Due to the rich and deep character backgrounds, 1990s soap operas did not feature the characters of Mary Sue and Gary Stu. These two terms describe the condition in which the male and female characters in the story are depicted too perfectly to be uncomfortable to watch.
These days, the protagonist is always portrayed perfectly. Even in several soap operas, the protagonist is also described as too stupid, so he is often tortured by a very evil villain.
Soap operas of the past, for example like Love starring Desy Ratnasari and Primus Yustisio does not portray the main character as a perfect character. In fact, the main character becomes engrossed in all the shortcomings and mistakes he does.
Then, in soap operas Si Doel Schoolboy, Si Doel is a kind, forward-thinking, educated, and simple person. However, he has several shortcomings, one of which is that Si Doel has never been firm with his way of life and choices.
HmmSo, do you miss soap operas from the 1990s? Hopefully this longing will be cured with more and more soap operas from the 1990s being replayed on the internet video-on-demand platform children of the nation. Or, if a soap opera producer wants to make a modern soap opera with a 1990s-style formula, that’s fine too!