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July 4, 2018 at 5:26 pm #1202579388
The Will and Sonny segment of today’s episode was great! Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith did an excellent job playing out the aftermath of Leo’s accident. I particularly liked Sonny’s scene with Paul and Will’s hilarious scene with Maggie, which was wonderfully performed by Suzanne Rogers.
I was a bit confused about the date. Paul said it was July 4, but Brady and company were in court.
Given Chloe’s expression in the final moments of the episode, I half-expected to see flames shoot out of her mouth.
EmmyLoser: “Camila Banus’s performances so far have been really intriguing. Gabi’s really walking the line between being openly hostile to Abigail and being her friend, and I absolutely love it. “ Yes, I completely agree!July 5, 2018 at 4:08 am #1202579549
I haven’t been enjoying the custody battle (good catch about the hearing being on July 4th!) – I want Teresa to win, I am on her side, but since we know that Jen Lilley is only doing a guest stint and the writing seems to be on Brady’s side I would be surprised if Teresa gets custody. Neither of them really deserves custody but this is a soap so I choose Teresa! (;July 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm #1202581297
The scenes between Ciara and Ben on Friday’s episode were amazing! This is daytime magic in the making. I’ve said it before, but Robert Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal continue to wow.
However, I did not like the ending on Friday. The fire was just too much after all we audience members have invested in this story.
Freeman, I agree that I am not crazy about the custody battle, but the writing has been so on point. They have pulled out so many storyline points, showing once again that Days is the best at accurately making great use of its history. I am neither Team Theresa nor Team Brady, because the idea that either should win sole custody does not resonate.
Days is very good at coherent storytelling. While the other shows feel choppy and imbalanced, Days manages to integrate their huge roster of actors in a way that honors the show’s history and characters.July 9, 2018 at 10:02 am #1202581640
The custody storyline hasn’t been my favorite either, but yes, it’s essentially keeping me interested with the writing for it working so well. The show has basically acknowledged, through the judge in the case, that it’s somewhat unreasonable for either party to get sole custody. That Brady’s response to Theresa not backing down was to counter sue for full custody is so very Brady but also just a ridiculous thing to do. I’m Team Theresa on this one as well, less because I think she should be in charge of raising Tate (at this point I feel like Kristen would have been a more present and devoted parent than either Brady or Theresa has been), but because where Brady should be expressing some degree of gratitude for the sacrifice Theresa made to keep him and Tate safe, he (and Eve and Justin) are holding her nearly two years of captivity against her! It feels so entitled and thankless! It is kind of hilarious that the show not only held court on the 4th of July, but that they doubled-down on that by having Eric bring over 4th of July food to various people. I’ve come to accept that in Salem, holidays are also business days and weekends do not exist. Also, I like that the judge in the Theresa/Brady custody case is the same one from the Nicole/Chloe custody battle, both because it makes sense that family disputes would be this judge’s specialty and because we know she already knows what a questionable parent and decision-maker Brady is because she heard about everything he did during that storyline.
It also seems worth mentioning that Justin seems very off his game lately. First he got Gabi sent to prison by failing to provide literally any defense for the murder charges that she was facing, then he let it take forever for her to be released even after Abigail had confessed to the grime and accepted a plea bargain. Then he brought in Chloe as a witness on Brady’s behalf, which, given everything Ted used to discredit her, he should have known was a questionable idea at best. (Ted didn’t even have to mention that, despite her complaints about Theresa leaving her in Mexico and endangering John and Paul, the person who ended up dead was the one that she killed, Mateo.)
I haven’t seen Friday’s episode yet, but the build between Ciara and Ben in Thursday’s episode was thrilling. I love that Hope’s search for Ben is the thing that is actually making him dangerous, because he can’t refill his medications out of fear the police will take him in. I can’t believe Claire kissed Tripp AGAIN. It makes all of her wide-eyed worry about Ciara’s well-being seem like a total put-on so Tripp, Hope, Rafe, Marlena, etc. won’t think she’s a terrible person, which she kind of seems to be.
Also, Rafe’s haircut looks very odd. I can’t quite put my finger on what looks so weird about it, but it seems very off.July 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm #1202581839
I meant to also mention the very funny scenes surrounding poor Leo’s demise last week. Freddie Smith, Chandler Massey and Greg Rikaart were great in those episodes. There were moments during the Leo/Sonny interactions where I was laughing out loud just as some of the faces Rikaart was making and some of his line deliveries. It’s kind of a shame the character is gone so soon, but not every character is meant to stick around.
When I saw the previews for what would happen, my immediate thought was comparing this accidental murder/cover-up with what happened with JT on Y&R, though it was clear right away that the two stories are being played pretty differently (Y&R’s being more serious and dramatic, with Leo’s death being way more campy). Also, here I think the flow of plot felt much more logical, and it made sense that Sonny would say that he needed to dispose of Leo’s body and then Will refusing to let him go through it alone.
While I am enjoying the story, I don’t really like how much killing there’s been, and it’s long-term and short-term characters who are getting it. Since the start of the year, Andre, Vivian, Leo, Diane and Mateo have all been killed, not to mention the loss of Lani and Eli’s baby, little David Abraham. It’s not that the show has generally felt dark or maudlin, but it just closes off the possibility of characters coming back. Obviously, soap characters return from the dead all the time, and now DAYS even has a formula that will just resurrect a person, but there should still be some care taken with how something like that is used, and honestly, it wouldn’t be worth the trouble of writing a back-from-the-dead explanation for a character like Mateo or Leo, even though they could be useful in other stories somewhere down the line.July 11, 2018 at 7:10 am #1202582805
While I am enjoying the story, I don’t really like how much killing there’s been, and it’s long-term and short-term characters who are getting it. Since the start of the year, Andre, Vivian, Leo, Diane and Mateo have all been killed, not to mention the loss of Lani and Eli’s baby, little David Abraham. It’s not that the show has generally felt dark or maudlin, but it just closes off the possibility of characters coming back. Obviously, soap characters return from the dead all the time, and now DAYS even has a formula that will just resurrect a person, but there should still be some care taken with how something like that is used, and honestly, it wouldn’t be worth the trouble of writing a back-from-the-dead explanation for a character like Mateo or Leo, even though they could be useful in other stories somewhere down the line.
+ Pamela (head of the ISA)July 11, 2018 at 10:04 am #1202583088
Oh yes, and Pamela! Killing seems to be the only way to solve any story where the antagonist isn’t also someone’s relative, best friend, or baby mama, and sometimes even if they are!
As much as I’ve been pulling for Ciara and Tripp, Tripp seemed pretty meager and pathetic when he went to visit Ciara in the hospital yesterday? I guess between needing to basically grovel for forgiveness and being contrast against the energy Robert Scott Wilson is putting out there as Ben, he’s just not holding up all that well.
And while I understand that Hope is being protective of Ciara and so having a hard time believing that Ben wasn’t out to hurt her, I don’t love the way she’s being characterized right now. It is very much like Rafe to be completely bullheaded and dismissive of anything that doesn’t like up with the conclusion he wants. But Hope is usually smarter and more well-reasoned. Even if she doesn’t totally buy that Ben isn’t dangerous (this is a fair position), it’s pretty ridiculous to just dismiss all the time between Ben taking Ciara from the roadside to the cabin and when the fire broke out as him just toying with her, and also to not seem to bother trying to check whether he actually was at the pharmacy when the fire started. At least Hope seemed somewhat concerned about Ben getting his medication, where Rafe seemed to want to withhold it for spite, in a move that would make no sense and benefit literally no one. It seems clear at this point that the writers don’t care if the audience dislikes Rafe.July 16, 2018 at 8:46 am #1202587569
Poor Gabi gets more bad news! I love that their really giving Gabi a lot of understandable motivation to seek revenge on Abigail and Stefan. At this point, as much as I’m sympathetic to what Abigail has been through, I can hardly blame Gabi for feeling the need to do something.
Another thing I love: Kate continuing to just not play along with Stefan and his blackmail attempts. It seems like eventually she’ll have to acquiesce and start getting him some information that will help sabotage Chad, though I’d be thrilled if that just didn’t happen. Though, I also have to say, people really haven’t given Stefan any credit for how generous he can be. As much as Kayla hated the spying and snooping she did for him, the information she have him has so far been totally useless to him, but he gave her access to that bionic eye without demanding any kind of results.
I also liked the shift in the custody storyline this week. Theresa and Brady have gotten to the point of now being reasonable with one another, and I was really hoping that would last and the story would move into another mode. But having Eve and Victor’s interference totally torpedo their agreement is a good way to keep the drama going without Brady or Theresa behaving too extremely or unsympathetically. Jennifer’s going to blow a gasket when she hears about JJ’s latest sacrifice to help Theresa.July 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm #1202588365
I have to confess to being mostly bored with Days right now ): None of the stories are working for me at the moment. The acting is as always great but… I also have no patience with Stefan, dislike him intensely, and regard him as a total irredeemable criminal who belongs in prison and off the show! (; (I sometimes have very strong opinions!) (:
J.J.’s “confession” is just plain weird! It only would work if it provoked a confession by the real culprits.July 17, 2018 at 10:16 am #1202588911
I totally get the sacrifice JJ is making, though I feel really bad for him. Aside from caring about Theresa, I think he’s also feeling like he can’t see someone be cut out of their child’s life the way he feels like he lost the baby he was going to have with Lani and then Lani actually lost the baby. It makes emotional sense, even if it’s not that smart. And Theresa and JJ are both convinced that Brady planted the drugs, while Brady is assuming JJ must be telling the truth. The hangup for me, and only a very slight one, is that Justin should be giving Brady something of a clue that Victor (and/or Eve) may have had something to do with this. The main reason Theresa keeps assuming it was Brady is because he won’t give her a less trustworthy scapegoat.
Similarly, it seems like Kate should just tell Chad that Stefan is trying to blackmail her because of the stuff with Leo. She’s already told him what she did, so telling him that Stefan is trying to blackmail her would only make it more difficult to Stefan to blackmail her.
On the other hand, I love Gabi’s plan to trick Abigail into telling Chad what is actually the truth about her pregnancy but that she thinks will be a lie. It’s a perfect way to torment Abigail without really hurting Chad much in the process. It would have been a little hard to swallow Gabi intentionally deceiving Chad about the paternity of Abigail’s baby either way, but this makes sense to me.
I’m finding the show really exciting these days!
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