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  • Djoko
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    It was so gratifying to finally see Hope treating Ben like a decent human being and expressing gratitude in Friday’s episode. Of course Ben and Ciara could only be marginally happy for about 10 minutes before something else terrible happened. The writing around the fight with Jordan was interesting, with Ben kind of snapping after seeing her nearly kill Ciara again. Watching Ben struggle to maintain control and his newfound mental clarity seems like a more interesting and enjoyable route than needing Hope to continue to be ridiculous. Speaking of Hope, watching Ted get in Rafe’s face was pretty funny.

    Decent human being? He’s a serial killer! What kind of crap are you spewing??

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    The departure of Chad and Abigail are going to create an opening for new storylines. I am surprised they would have Abigail leave with Jack back on the canvass; wouldn’t she want to stay close for him?

    I am in one of my periodic down-turns where Days is concerned, when I am not really loving it right now, but the thing is soaps can turn themselves around quickly so here’s hoping! Still not feeling all that compelled, and I am particularly disliking Sarah Horton – not enjoying Linsey Godfrey in this role at all ): (and she’s taking up alot of airtime too!)

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    Decent human being? He’s a serial killer! What kind of crap are you spewing??

    He’s a REFORMED serial killer, who was suffering from mental illness resulting from his traumatic childhood at the time he committed those murders. I’m not suggesting they rename the Horton Town Square after him or anything, but it’s not asking too much for Hope to stop using her authority to harass him or subvert his civil rights. Clearly the good people of Salem don’t draw the line at killing people, which many of them have done with, in some cases, fairly thin reasoning. Nicole murdered Deimos, and they continue to talk about her like she was in line for sainthood.

    Then again, maybe I just have a soft spot for all of these handsome, dark-haired criminals: Ben, Leo, Xander, Stefan. What a disturbing type to have! But I do have a genuine degree of sympathy of each of them, even Xander.

    I think the show was in a tough spot where Abigail is concerned, because I don’t think Kate Mansi wanted to commit to staying more than a few months, and they probably didn’t want to recast again. If Billy Flynn were staying around as Chad (I’m still not sure if leaving was his choice, the show’s choice, or a mutual decision, but it seems more likely now that the show decided to just write Chad and Abigail off together), I would have been happy to at least try a recast, but I understand why they wouldn’t have wanted to.

    I saw on Twitter this morning that Sheri Anderson is no longer writing at DAYS, and that her last script airs March 15. This seems like a shame, as Sheri has such a long history with the show and I’m sure adds a lot of value to the writing team. The show became instantly better when she signed on a few years ago.

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    Leo is having Will and Sonny arrested for attempted murder. Strange but I immediately thought about Lucas and Sami and how they would be there for their son at this time but of course it won’t happen. I also was thinking that it’s not a good time for Gabi to be committing a crime while I was watching her scenes with Leo! (only on soaps!)

    Why would John not have a paternity test? Hasn’t he learned anything by now about never trusting without verifying? (;

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    He’s a REFORMED serial killer, who was suffering from mental illness resulting from his traumatic childhood at the time he committed those murders. I’m not suggesting they rename the Horton Town Square after him or anything, but it’s not asking too much for Hope to stop using her authority to harass him or subvert his civil rights. Clearly the good people of Salem don’t draw the line at killing people, which many of them have done with, in some cases, fairly thin reasoning. Nicole murdered Deimos, and they continue to talk about her like she was in line for sainthood.

    There’s no such thing as a reformed serial killer. Just stop.

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    So they have thrown Claire under the bus and now it was she who started the fire. Revisionist history. I don’t like it at all ): Oh well…

    One thing that helps with watching soaps is understanding that there is soap logic and real-life logic!

    I miss Paul. Maybe they will recast the role in the future?

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    Judith Chapman as Diana Colville was a terrible casting choice.

    Claire and Jordan being thrown under the bus is typical Ron BS! Ugh!

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    Billy Flynn had more chemistry with Marci Miller than he has with Kate Mansi. Kate is a very good actress but Marci really took the role and made it her own. I wish she would’ve had the chance to have scenes with Matthew Ashford.

    Robin Strasser as Vivian is not something I want to see. Strasser hasn’t been good since the ‘80s.

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    It was an interesting week last week, and I haven’t even seen Friday yet! Though I do have an idea of what happened. Claire having started the fire seems like a truly strange and unnecessary twist, especially when they could have just pinned this one on Jordan as well. Please for the love of Alice Horton let that cabin be burned to the ground this time. Its only purpose is for people to be trapped in the bed there (either through kidnapping or injury) while it burns.

    It is always so strange when soaps know for weeks/months that they are writing a character or characters out, but they still wait and come up with these rushed, last-minute reasons why they have to leave town TODAY and very quickly wrap things up. Giving Chad and Abigail two episodes to get married and say goodbye to their loved ones just seemed kind of silly, but I did enjoy those last few episodes. Chad’s scenes with Kate at the hospital and then with Will and Sonny at the police station (all of these people in distress — no one could just be at home? LOL) were really nice. I’m also going to miss how Chad is constantly kissing the other guys on the cheek or forehead (which he did to Will, Sonny and JJ). I just find that charming. The final scenes with Stefan were good, too, I thought, but everything was so rushed.

    Even though she is Diana Colville, I don’t really associate Judith Chapman’s Diana with the character Genie Francis played 30 years ago. I don’t remember Diana terribly well, as I was quite young when she was on before, but they just don’t seem like the same character, which is fine, because that much time can change a person significantly. On the DAYS podcast, Drake Hogestyn said the rumor was that when they decided to bring back Diana, they were interested in getting Genie, who wasn’t yet back on contract at GH, but when GH heard about this, they snapped her up really quickly. He wasn’t sure how much truth there was to that.

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    This is one of those things where execs underestimate fans. I was a young boy when Genie played Diana and it’s still stuck in my mind how big of a deal her romance with Roman/John was, at the time. 30 years later, Judith Chapman playing her doesn’t make an ounce of sense. She should’ve been a new character. Or just bring back Anjelica.

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    They cheated big time yesterday with Claire seemingly confessing to setting the fire but “it was only her daydream” – blech! This story upsets me and I wonder if they imposed this once she was leaving the show? (her decision to leave or theirs though?).

    Hope has suddenly done a 180 on Ben? o.k., we’ll see how long that lasts!

    Who else thinks Tripp will leave the show soon?

    Haley isn’t a success for me and I am not liking her. She’s taking up much screen time and I am bored with her. I miss Paige and wish Dr. Rolfe had brought her back to life! (Bring back True O’Brien!) Paige humanized Eve.

    Now with Chad and Abigail off the show it frees up room for new stories but so far these stories aren’t doing much for me. I know the show can bounce back and become great again, just hoping they figure some things out, cut their losses and come up with some better stories. One of the things I wish they would do is recognize that Sarah isn’t working out and have her leave town.

    Nicole (Ari Zucker) will return on April 25th, so it will be awhile…

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    The scenes between Ben and Hope were interesting. I think a big part of it was that the production is FINALLY caught up enough that they know what the reaction to this storyline has been for the last seven months, and so they pretty quickly had Hope do an about face. It was fairly awkward to Ben to be having a bit of a crisis in terms of whether he truly is a twisted person who is beyond help and Hope is the person who is trying to talk him down. I like that she acknowledged — and I guess this is really the first time she’s known for sure — that she’s been wrong about thinking he committed certain crimes and that she thanked him for saving Ciara’s life. Anything beyond that feels a little much, but they really didn’t push it much farther. Kristian Alfonso did a good job of showing that Hope was being sincere with him but also that it was hard for her and she’s still struggling with it.

    I’m not sold on Claire starting the fire, but that’s obviously what happened, so I guess I’ll just accept it. Claire can be reckless, but not so reckless that she’s mindlessly start a fire to kill her aunt/best frenemy without realizing what she’s doing. It was annoying that she wasn’t actually confessing, but her confessing would have made even less sense, so I guess it’s for the better. I’m also glad that we now know what happened, even if the other characters don’t. People seem fairly content to assume that maybe Jordan started the other fire, and Hope isn’t blaming Ben anymore. It seems like the storyline is entering a new mode where people aren’t quite as vehemently anti-Ben.

    It was my impression that Olivia Rose Keegan, like Nadia Bjorlin, was let go due to budget reasons, but I don’t know that for sure. I do think they cooked up this bit about her torching the cabin as part of eventually getting the character off screen. I think they’ll keep Tripp around, but who knows. They clearly think there’s something to be explored between him and Haley, which is fine with me, and she’ll be more likely to get closer to him now that she knows JJ told Jack about her being an undocumented immigrant and he’s using it to skewer Melinda. I like Haley a lot, actually, now that we’ve gotten past the uncomfortable attempted suicide arc, which I really don’t think they’ve dealt with all that well. I like Haley’s scenes with JJ and with Tripp, but the immigration story definitely doesn’t feel as relevant or interesting as it probably should. I’d actually be interested in some more specific factual information rather than the vagueries we’re mostly getting. For example, given where Haley is, a nurse who has been in the country for years now without going through proper channels, what actually are her options? Does she have any? I’d like them to either commit to the story more or just lose this angle of it altogether.

    The mayoral race is kind of fun, except that the most central characters involved are Jack and Eve, who are terrible. I generally love Eve, but she’s really been taking things too far lately. It’s one thing to be a little deceptive and mischievous, but she’s blatantly ruining lives and relationships for really no good reason other than sinking her claws into Jack and sticking it to his family, as far as I can tell. It seems like she just wants everyone to be miserable. Jack is being an absolute moron about all of this. I love that when Jack and Eve started their whole bit about illegal immigrants, Abe pointed out that it’s a federal issue, not something they’d really need to take a policy stand on as a municipal official. That really should have been the end of it. But it’s nice seeing Sheila back on. I’m still waiting for a Hope/Sheila scene!

    I’m not really looking forward to Nicole’s return. No offense to Ari Zucker, but I would have preferred if they just kept Chloe instead. Nicole’s a good character sometimes, but she’s often a really irritating presence for me, and I haven’t been a fan of her with Eric since the time she tried to trick him into marrying her before he learned that he could rejoin the priesthood. She does so many things like this, and people act like she’s so great. It’s very frustrating. The one good thing about her being back is that Eric can stop blaming Xander and Brady for killing her, which they did not. As far as Sarah, I think there’s potential for her and Eric to be good together, if they play it right, but that’s probably not a long-term goal. On the DAYS podcast, Eric Martsolf and Linsey Godfrey had a conversation about her being in shirtless scenes with him and her falling for any guy she’s in the room with for more than five minutes, so it seems they’ll be shopping her around a little more.

    Oh, also, I think what they’ve done with Jordan is kind of interesting. On the one hand, this is kind of throwing the character under the bus, but the character was a dud before anyway. It also always felt like there was something more to the accident that killed her mother, so this feels a lot like closing the loop on that thread. There were other ways to do it, but this worked, and it was a good way of at least providing a reason for Hope to come around to a new perspective on Ben (still a person who killed three people, but not a person who kidnapped or tried to kill Ciara — progress!)

    I’m eager to get back to what’s happening with Will, Sonny, Leo, Diana, Marlena and John. That story, along with Ben and Ciara, is most interesting right now. I also like any scene between Hope and Ted, partly because I’m very charmed by Ted and partly because it moves Hope and Rafe further and further apart. The show needs to do a better job of giving us heroines in situations where we can root for them balanced with bad girls/vixens we enjoy watching do their thing. Too many of the characters who are getting screen time feel like their being too villainous or don’t have a clear enough purpose to keep them interesting. They should do something to balance Gabi’s character out more and give her a bit of redemption. Kate should be plotting something fun. Ciara needs more story than just being in danger and fighting with her family about Ben. Eve needs to dial it back, and I need her to want something that doesn’t just seem like misery for others. Those are just a few suggestions that I think would make the show more enjoyable to watch right now.

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    Watching the show last night after this somewhat reflective post yesterday, it did feel like the show was in a but of a rut. I think that was most exemplified by the Brady/Gabi interaction. While I can understand why Brady wouldn’t be particularly concerned with what Gabi did to Abigail, Stefan, Chad and Julie, it really bothers me that the only person with whom Gabi has scenes who seems to be bothered by the REPREHENSIBLE things she’d done is Stefan! Is everyone else just okay with all of this? And why exactly does Brady hate Stefan so much? I realize that the things Stefan did with Abigail and her DID were wrong and everyone is willing to treat him like garbage because of that, but Brady was working with him well after all that happened. It wasn’t warm and fuzzy, but it was fine. Brady then left town abruptly, leaving Eve to finish running their division into the ground, and it was liquidated or whatever by DiMera. There seems to be no reason now for him to be in league with Gabi to undermine Stefan, especially since hating Stefan too much is what got the last CEO fired. But okay. Then there’s the idea that Stefan will be forced to rehire Gabi, which I guess goes back to my first complaint about Gabi, but also is something that was already supposedly happening before and kind of a silly cycle to repeat. Then there are Eve and Jack, who are doing bad things for dumb reasons and doing a terrible job in attempting to justify it to anyone. Eve telling Jennifer that Jennifer is just mad because she’s a reporter but she didn’t know about this first just feels ridiculous. Jack claiming that he was protecting JJ from potentially being arrested by announcing during the televised debate that JJ was living with an undocumented immigrant feels even more ridiculous.

    It also feels problematic that most of the characters who are enjoyable to watch, at least for me, are largely the newer or recurring characters rather than the ones we’ve been watching for years. Right now, I like seeing Ted, Sheila, Leo, and Melinda more than almost any of the other people on the canvas. This also tends to happen with Ron’s writing.

    Anyway, I’m not saying the show is a dumpster fire or anything, but it’s in a lull. There were some things I enjoyed yesterday, like Chloe trying to remember how to play chess with Stefan. I liked their scenes together. I also LOVED Laura Kai Chen this whole episode, from dodging Double Trouble’s accusations at the debate to desperately pleading with Haley to stay out of sight and keep this story hidden. It was a great performance.

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    It’s a shame that yesterday’s episode didn’t air in many places (possibly not anywhere?) on NBC due to coverage of the continuing political circus that is the U.S. government, because it was really entertaining. (I watched On Demand.) It picked up on the Leo-centric story, and even the Eric/Sarah/Rex stuff was enjoyable for me.

    Though I will say that there are still a number of things that feel a bit like nonsense. For one, whenever the idea of John telling Marlena that Leo is his son comes up, John and Diana or Roman (whichever of them he’s talking to) immediately jump to Leo’s reaction or how it will seem to others. I don’t understand why telling Marlena seems to also mean Leo finding out. John being hesitant to tell Marlena just based on what Leo has done feels more realistic, but even then, I find it very hard to swallow that John would have had this many conversations about it by now and still not told Marlena the truth, especially when he is now seeming to actually defend Leo in this spat with Will. Hearing John imply that Will and Sonny have kind of made their own bed here by rolling Leo’s body up in that carpet in the first place is pretty funny, because it’s totally true. As much as Leo’s been the bad guy here, it’s nice for someone at least to acknowledge that what Will and Sonny did in trying to dispose of Leo’s body, which they assumed was dead, was the wrong thing to do. Neither of them has really acknowledged it. And honestly, I love Will, but he should know better than getting into a fight with the man who is accusing him of attempted murder in the town square.

    Also, I know they’ve said that Will and Sonny can’t prove that Ted was blackmailing them, and so they can’t get him removed from the case. But shouldn’t the fact that Ted was Leo’s lawyer when he used Sonny for sexual harassment be reason enough for Ted to have to withdraw from the case? I assume there are others in the DA’s office who could try the case.

    ALSO, and this is the biggest hitch for me, I’m sure that a well-informed woman like Kate has learned by now that Leo has had Will and Sonny arrested for attempted murder. (After all, Sami found out about it and has been ranting to Eric and Marlena, and she’s on another continent!) Given everything Kate knows about this case and the history between these characters, I find it very hard to believe that she’d be doing nothing, and that Will seemingly hasn’t even considered that he should be asking her for backup. Kate couldn’t admit to helping Leo perpetrate his harassment scheme without implicating herself, but between the original scheme cook up by Vivian and Ted’s blackmailing, I’m sure there’s something she could do to help. Ted is probably desperate to keep his position as the new DA and would be much, much more cooperative if a third party were threatening to expose his blackmail scheme.

    Okay, I’m going to tone it down with these long, complaining posts!

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    I found this information and found it interesting. Entirely too much Sarah Horton for me.

    2019 Episode Rankings. Here’s how many episodes each actor has appeared in this year (1/1/19-2/28/19), out of a total of 42 episodes. For the complete list, please visit http://www.jason47.com

    Rank. Actor (Character) # of Episodes
    1. Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) 22

    2. Kristian Alfonso (Hope Hernandez) 21
    *. Kate Mansi (Abigail DiMera) 21
    *. Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) 21

    5. Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton) 19
    *. Casey Moss (J.J. Deveraux) 19
    *. Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady) 19

    8. Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) 18
    *. Kassie DePaiva (Eve Donovan) 18
    *. Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady) 18
    *. Kyle Lowder (Rex Brady) 18
    *. Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) 18

    February Episode Rankings. Here’s how many episodes each actor has appeared in this month (2/1/19-2/28/19), out of a total of 20 episodes. For the complete list, please visit http://www.jason47.com

    Rank. Actor (Character) # of Episodes
    1. Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) 13

    2. Chrishell Hartley (Jordan Ridgeway) 12
    *. Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady) 12

    4. Kristian Alfonso (Hope Hernandez) 11
    *. Kate Mansi (Abigail DiMera) 11

    6. Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) 10

    7. Lamon Archey (Eli Grant) 9
    *. Deidre Hall (Marlena Black) 9
    *. Lauren Koslow (Kate DiMera) 9

    10. Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) 8
    *. Judith Chapman (Diana Colville) 8
    *. Tyler Christopher (Stefan DiMera) 8
    *. Drake Hogestyn (John Black) 8
    *. Gilles Marini (Ted Laurent) 8
    *. Greg Rikaart (Leo Kiriakis) 8

    SET TOTALS: February 2019
    Horton Town Square…16
    Brady Pub…11
    Interrogation Room…11
    Secluded Hideaway…11
    Horton Living Room…10
    Kiriakis Mansion…9
    Detective Area…8
    Ben’s Motel Room…7
    Horton Town Square Private Area # 2…7
    DiMera Mansion…6
    Doug’s Place…6
    JJ’s Apartment…6
    Nurses’ Station…6
    Diana’s Hotel Room…5
    Ciara’s Hospital Room…4
    Eric’s Apartment…4
    Eve’s Hotel Room…4
    Kate’s Hospital Room…4
    Horton House Bedroom…3
    Kate’s Hotel Room…2
    Sonny’s Bedroom (Kiriakis)…2
    Sonny & Will’s Hotel Room…2
    Hospital Room…1
    Lani’s Bedroom…1
    Loft…1
    Marlena’s Office…1
    Rex’s Bedroom…1
    Stefan’s Hospital Room…1
    Woods…1

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