Gosh I loved Luke Snyder’s story even before Van took over from Jake Weary. He’s just an interesting character, sometimes even seeming like he has multiple personalities. He can be really funny and cheeky, caring and putting others before himself, or really really whiny and irritable. He makes me laugh, smile, cry and scream in frustration, which is probably why I love his character so much. But most of all – since it’s Van Hansis – he’s adorable. There are times when it is very clear that he has the Grimaldi blood running through his veins (his real name is Luciano Eduardo Grimaldi, biological son of wealthy businessman Damien Grimaldi who is constantly involved in dodgy dealings), though he would feel totally ashamed if he realised that some of his actions reflect the way of the Grimaldi family. He considers Holden Snyder to be his real dad.
When Luke came out as gay, my heart bled for him because his mother, Lily, couldn’t accept him, and when Damien found out he wanted to ship Luke to some de-gaying camp. Skipping all the drama, Lily finally accepted Luke, and Damien was out of his life for a few more years. Til the next time. Git.
And then a certain Mr Noah Mayer came into Luke’s life. Noah, a military brat, wants to be a film director. At first he’s shy and repressed, in denial about his sexuality, and willing to lie and use others to keep his father happy. Yeah, the submission towards his father, Colonel Winston Mayer, made me cringe. How could he live like that? I guess he didn’t really have a choice, poor sod. When he finally accepts himself for who he is, and gets together with Luke, their relationship gradually makes him more confident and assertive. Although things between them were good – very good – when Noah wasn’t running away from his troubles and Luke wasn’t being a brat, for every good day there seemed to be ten bad ones. And then Noah became blind as a result of an accident with fireworks and was a total ass to Luke. Luke went all Grimaldi to help Noah, blackmailing Dr Reid Oliver, the best neurosurgeon in the country (and possibly the most arrogant), to come and operate on Noah.
After a lot of snide comments, sarcasm and simply making one another’s lives a misery, Luke and Reid’s spark of hatred became a spark of attraction (I guess there really is a thin line between love and hate!) as they started to work together, consequently causing them to actually get to know one another. And by GOD! When Luke finally let go of Noah and started a relationship with Reid, we both had our eyes opened to what a real relationship is all about! So when Reid bloody well DIED, I was possibly as heartbroken as Luke.
I’m glad that As The World Turns didn’t rush Luke’s grief and get him back with Noah in time for the last episode to air, which I had been worried about since the writers could sometimes be a bit stupid with their writing. And it seemed that Noah realised that he couldn’t just keep pushing Luke away, hurting him, and then expect him to go back to him again and again.
If Luke did go to LA when he healed, and forgave Noah (which I hope he did), I think they would’ve had a more stable relationship, without the whole breaking up and getting back together like they did before. I feel they had the potential to be a real loving couple, and I hope that in the fictional world that they proved me right.
Anyway, enough of my babbling. Enjoy the pictures. And more will be going up soon.
Keep smiling! And I’m sorry if I got on your nerves with this raving about a show that ended two years ago!