September 20, 2021 at 9:43 am #1204474804
I just finished the series, and I loved it. While I agree that it wasn’t the most tightly written or logical storyline, and some parts could certainly seem extraneous, I thought they did an excellent job of presenting characters that people love in 80s style soapy adventures that were a lot of fun.
Seeing Carrie and Austin, Will and Sonny, Leo, Shane, Billie, and Eileen Davidson’s Kristen and fake Sister Mary Moira was really great, in addition to the show regulars who popped up. The fourth episode was probably my favorite. The drag competition had me laughing to the point of tears, and the Real Housewives homage with Kristen and Billie was a lot of fun. It felt kind of funny to hear Lisa Rinna get blamed for her Billie stuff, Krista Allen’s Billie stuff, and Julie Pinson’s Billie stuff.
The scenes with Billie in New Orleans with Ciara and Ben were a little awkward — it seems like Ciara shouldn’t be so chummy with Billie, but then by the time Ciara was born, everything Billie had done to come between Bo and Hope was done and resolved — but I’m glad the show is involving younger characters in the ISA stuff. It’s kind of surprising the show hasn’t put Shawn in any ISA stuff, but Ciara obviously knows how to get things done.
My other main criticisms would be that I would have liked to see Eileen get to do more (but what else is new), and that the Miami scenes felt a little tacked on. I wish they could have integrated that leg of the story a little more into the overall adventure, but it was still enjoyable for me.
The cast also did a great job and seemed to be enjoying themselves. Zach Tinker was fantastic as Sonny, even if in a way that was pretty different from Freddie Smith’s Sonny.September 20, 2021 at 7:27 pm #1204476035
I actually quite enjoyed Zach Tinker’s take on Sonny, I felt like he had all of Sonny’s emotions intact, and was able to do it without moving his hands and arms every time he talks. lol One criticism I had was in the opening credits, it never showed Christie Clark or Austin Peck, who were probably in the show even more than Shane Donovan, who was mentioned in the opening credits. Not sure why those 2 were left out. Also I am still waiting to see episode 4. for some reason only episodes 1-3 and 5 were uploaded to youtube. not impressed. Have to wait a few more weeks for it to show up on the Global Tv app. I suppose. It also seemed weird to me that for as long as Leo was in town for, that him and Chad didn’t know each other? I am going to guess he must have been on around the Chad and Abby in Paris…? Also, did we know that Shane had a twin brother prior to this? Marlena seemed to know, and his wife Camila. Was this ever on the show? Because I sure don’t remember, mind you i only get bits of pieces of the 80’s on youtube, and wasn’t a regular watcher until the 90’s, 1992 during the pit storyline I think started my regular watching.September 21, 2021 at 10:01 am #1204477298
LOL, I was also thinking about Zach Tinker not moving his hands as much.
I do agree about Christie Clark and Austin Peck. My best guess is that they were trying to keep them secret longer and so didn’t add them to the credits? Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense. The two of them were on every episode, which Ciara, Ben, Marlena, Agent Graham, Eli, Lani, Abe, Paulina, and Kristen weren’t, and they all got into the opening credits.
Shane’s brother Drew is an established character who’s been on DAYS before. I think he popped up fairly recently (like, in the last 10ish years), and I vaguely remembered what Marlena was talking about. I also was kind of shocked that Chad and Leo didn’t know each other. The whole reason Chad was able to become CEO of Titan is that Victor had to fire Sonny after Leo’s sexual harassment lawsuit, right? But I guess they never met during that early time, and by the time Leo came back with Ted Laurent, Chad and Abigail had left town?September 21, 2021 at 11:38 am #1204477505
I heard that Christie Clark and Austin Peck had to leave before the credits sequence was created and that was the only reason they were not included in the credits.September 22, 2021 at 8:22 am #1204478782
Oh that’s interesting. I’m not sure how that would work, since none of the cast actually appeared in the credits sequence.September 22, 2021 at 8:25 am #1204478788
Oh that’s interesting. I’m not sure how that would work, since none of the cast actually appeared in the credits sequence.
I heard it on Dishin’ Days so who knows? I really don’t know the reason, perhaps contractual? It was odd.
btw I assume Beyond Salem will be eligible for the Digital Drama Emmy categories and I would choose the Phoenix quad for noms: Chandler Massey, Zack Tinker, Billy Flynn and Greg Rikaart!September 22, 2021 at 8:57 am #1204478869
I was thinking about that, too. I didn’t remember if there was a minimum on episodes for digital drama series and wondered if they’d have to compete as a special class series. I agree with you, those four were great. The only other real standout for me was Leann Hunley. Everyone was great, but she got some really funny moments throughout the week.September 22, 2021 at 10:04 am #1204479236
I now remember what I heard – Christie and Austin were unavailable for the photo shoots they did for the show due to other commitments – not sure if that had anything to do with the credits? But that was the reason I heard for their not being in the credits.September 22, 2021 at 5:20 pm #1204480508
Leo and Chad have met before. The writers fumbled that one.September 23, 2021 at 9:31 am #1204481331
It makes sense that they would have met. It’s a little surprising the writers would assume they hadn’t, but it feels like a lot of this was done pretty fast.
I guess I could see the lack of promotional photos being an issue for the credited cast? That sounds as reasonable as anything else I could imagine.
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