Being Brazilian, I am well accustomed to following soap operas, but never for more than 9 months. Our soaps run for just enough time for people to love or hate the characters, get engrossed by the plot (or not) and yearn for it to unfold, end and give way to the next one.
Thuis is one of the longest soaps still on - Season 19 has just started where the mystery left off on the last chapter of the previous season: Who beat Luc up?
He was found lying unconscious when Peggy and Peter’s wedding guests were leaving the ceremony (during which some characters were suspiciously late). Obviously, many of them have reason to hate him: his son had just read a letter from his dead mother where she reveals how badly Luc treated her; Jana and Bram found out he is responsible for the bad boiler that poisoned her and killed their unborn son; Frank and Eddy resent him letting them take the blame for the fraud and go to jail.
By the way, it seems like half the characters has done some time there, caused some accident, fire, or straight up murdered someone.
Oh, and don’t get me started with their love life! Just for instance, Frank has been with both Rosa and Jenny (sisters) and has children with them. Rosa has also been with Luc (Frank’s brother). Tom the lawyer did the same and impregnated both Peggy and Bianca (Peggy’s half-sister/cousin). While Bianca decided to go away, Peggy stayed but gave the baby up to be adopted by Doctor An (Tom’s sister). Now, Peggy just married Peter, who used to be with Femke and shares an office with Tom. Peter and Femke spent a night together and now she’s pregnant. Oh, and she got a letter and had to go to jail, natuurlijk.
Was that easy to follow? I guess not, but the soap is. In the midst of so much drama, not much actually happens and you can always catch up if you skip a few days.
Here in Belgium Thuis brings up similar reactions as Big Brother Brasil did back home: most people criticize it, say it’s stupid (stom!) and claim they never watch it but they’re often talking about what happened there last night.
It did help me learn a lot of Dutch. Plus, it’s a nice lazy time sipping tea, munching on nuts and chocolate and giving your bran some entertainment.
Nergens beter dan thuis! (There’s no place like home).