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  • syrus80
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    It appears that Kristen is going to concoct some crazy scheme to give Brady a baby. Why not just make her pregnant? She already did this with the Theresa story. Frankly, I’d rather her leave town or recast her with another actress. Stacy Haiduk just plays her crazy and lacks any kind of sex appeal. I understand that Eileen doesn’t want to play the role full-time but the chemistry she had with pretty much everyone in Salem is very much missed. The scene where Kristen told Brady that he likes bad girls was very much on point but it fell flat because I don’t buy Brady falling for the charms of someone who looks like they need a few meals. Remember when Eileen’s Kristen taunted Marlena about John falling for her seduction? John and Marlena having to endure her as a daughter in law and with grandchild would be far more interesting than face masks and stolen embryos.

    EmmyLoser
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    I think Eileen was right when she said that, essentially, Kristen isn’t a sustainable full-time character in the way she should be written. That’s not to say there aren’t ways of keeping her around, but the current team is making her even less sustainable full-time. (You either have to accept Kristen as extreme and thus intermittent or smooth her out and let her stick around in a less out there format.) I’d like it if they could find a way to reasonably and believably mellow Kristen out and have her and Brady be together, but I absolutely cannot see that happening with Haiduk.

    FreemanGriffin
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    I think it’s Eve who is holding Jennifer against her will, but it could be Dr. Shah or even Dr. Rolfe? Who else would have a motive?

    The show continues to disappoint me. Implausible and inane lately. It’s really upsetting. When will the show get back on track?

    My solace is the wonderful actors and characters still on the canvas, and Bill Hayes has been truly outstanding lately! (:

    youngsoapfan
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    My money is on Dr. Shah, they’ve obviously recasted the role for a reason, and I doubt just for nothing…The original one was easier on the eyes though. ha ha

    Djoko
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    I think Eileen was right when she said that, essentially, Kristen isn’t a sustainable full-time character in the way she should be written. That’s not to say there aren’t ways of keeping her around, but the current team is making her even less sustainable full-time. (You either have to accept Kristen as extreme and thus intermittent or smooth her out and let her stick around in a less out there format.) I’d like it if they could find a way to reasonably and believably mellow Kristen out and have her and Brady be together, but I absolutely cannot see that happening with Haiduk.

    I agree with this 100%.

    robbalto
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    I feel like Days has really gone off the rails. We have not one but three criminally insane women – Kristen, Vivien, and Jordan – running wild in Salem. Additionally, we have Dr. Henry, who has suddenly undergone an inexplicable character transformation, kidnapping Jennifer.

    Aside from that, Brady’s draw to Kristen is absurd. Eric is too angsty and needs to go in a different direction. The character of Jack was destroyed and now I no longer care about his reunion with Jennifer.

    To be fair, the show has its moments. The other day, we had great scenes with John Aniston, Suzanne Rogers, Doug Hayes, and Susan Seaforth Hayes. No one writes for the vets as well as Days.

    But looking at the overall breadth of storylines, the show is too plot-driven. For the most part, I am not engaged.

    EmmyLoser
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    Great points as usual, robbalto.

    The show is definitely overly concerned with plots, which is why there are so many villains walking around doing whatever they want. Even outside of Kristen, Vivian, Jordan, and Dr. Shah, there is still a full complement of troublemakers, plotters and schemers who are more than capable of keeping things moving — Eve, Victor, Jack, Gabi, Stefan, Dr. Rolfe and, in spite of his best efforts to be a good person, Xander. That feels like too many.

    Anywho, the show is so concerned with pushing stories along that it has almost completely lost focus on character development and connection, and it also means that the villains are getting too much screen time compared to some of the core characters. A good example of this is what they’ve done with Dr. Shah. It felt almost like a soap inevitability that he would eventually turn on Jennifer, given their history, but they are writing the story in the least interesting way possible. Instead of any gradual development at all, Dr. Shah went from gracious and good-natured to petty, aggressive and unhinged in about the time it took for me to realize the role had been recast. To make matters worse, the show ended Friday with this story in a cliffhanger, and they didn’t bother to pick it up in any way on Monday. The story also feels oddly isolated. Jennifer being missing should be a bigger deal, but because the story turn and the villain just popped up overnight, and because there is so much going on elsewhere, it seems like hardly anyone cares. When Kayla told Lucas that Jennifer was missing, he got three seconds to be concerned before he had to go back to worrying about Julie and Kate. Jack and JJ have apparently been dealing with the police throughout this ordeal, but we haven’t seen any of that. It seems silly to have main characters on the show like Lani and Eli trying to track down a missing person to whom they have a personal connection and not showing any of it.

    The focus now seems to be on twists, turns, and headlines, but the show needs maybe a co-headwriter who can push some more emphasis on the day-to-day soap stuff that the show is lacking. A lot of the problems now are probably due in large part to the show getting rid of Sheri Anderson.

    EmmyLoser
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    On a positive note, the show is still producing some pretty humorous moments. The conversation where Rolfe mistakenly think Kristen wants him to get her pregnant the conventional way was really funny. I also laughed out loud a couple of weeks ago when Jennifer told Kayla that Rolfe wanted a lab to work on his pet projects, and Kayla asked, “Does that mean his favorite projects or projects involving pets?”

    William Utay was been so funny during this stint as Rolfe. He’d be a good guest nominee at the Daytime Emmys.

    EmmyLoser
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    About a week ago, I was pretty annoyed and complaining aloud during the show that they were running not one but TWO repeats of recent stories — Kristen plotting to steal another embryo to implant into her womb and a watered down/sped up version of Marlena’s plug pulling storyline, now with Kate, Lucas and Will. But then the show threw a curveball into both stories and made them way more interesting.

    Outside of feeling like she just shouldn’t be free to roam the streets, I don’t mind Kristen’s improbable pregnancy. If nothing else, it feels like further evidence that this lunatic is an impostor and the real Kristen, who really can’t have children, is somewhere getting intensive physical and psychiatric therapy after her fall in Italy. All of Brady’s family will hate that Kristen is pregnant with his baby, which will be fun to watch play out. Though, Kristen being pregnant would have felt like a good motivation for Brady to get Kristen out of her legal troubles and have her not end up in jail, much more reasonable than the way it played out. I didn’t need Sarah to almost have the abortion only to realize she didn’t really want it, but okay.

    I also like that, rather than having Kate just miraculously recover, the writers had Rolfe use his serum to revive her. It at least provides a reason. The scenes leading up to Kate waking up were okay, mostly because none of the drama was anywhere near what was happening with Marlena last year, even with the stakes theoretically raised by Julie needing Kate’s heart. But it was nice seeing Chandler Massey get some substantive material for a change, and all of the stuff surrounding Kate learning that they planned to transplant her heart to Julie has been good. The writing and performances for that storyline have been solid.

    syrus80
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    It’s a bit contrived how Xander and Rolf are just running around town spilling everyone’s secrets. Rolf telling Eric and Nicole about the abortion attempt and Xander revealing Victor’s attempt on Ben’s life were out of character.

    Rafe harboring Jordan and Gabi hiding Dorian Lord (cause she damn sure ain’t Vivian) are also very plot-driven.

    A Dimera/Black baby is sure to turn Salem upside down. I actually hope Kristen delivers Rosemary’s Baby.

    FreemanGriffin
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    Looks like it’s all over for Stefan and Julie with get his heart? Gabi will be the one to o.k. it?

    I am so not enjoying Jordan’s return and it’s making me really dislike Rafe yet again ):

    I simply can’t stand Sarah and really wish she would just go away!

    Zander is my current favorite character and he just lights up the screen every time he appears.

    It’s been great getting to see Bill Hayes as Doug doing great work in the Julie storyline. I could see him getting a nomination – it would be 44 years since his last nomination (he was nominated in 1975 and 1976).

    Ruined characters: Eric, Brady, and Kristen

    I love Robin Strasser and she did the best she could but was not given the material she needed to really shine; I did enjoy her though. Just the chance to see her again was enough for me.

    I have been mostly bored with the show. Are they trying to get it cancelled?

    Djoko
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    If Kristen is pregnant with Brady’s baby, does this mean we have to deal with Stacy Haiduk permanently? Ugh…

    EmmyLoser
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    The shows seems to be doing relatively well in the ratings, or at least it was in early September. I saw a ratings report — which I don’t check regularly — saying that it had pulled ahead of GH in viewers for the week, and it was the only show not posting massive loses year over year. I guess someone’s tuning in to see all the crazy happening.

    There have been quite a few things lately that are just very clearly plot-driven and don’t really make character sense. For example, Xander accidentally telling Kristen that Sarah was pregnant seemed pretty unlikely, but since Kristen is the villain, this is also standard soap stuff. Rolfe stopping to brag to Eric and Nicole about not terminating a pregnancy, on the other hand, was just really odd.

    As much as Eric has been annoying me lately, I wouldn’t say he’s ruined for me. I thought it was really nice, actually, that he wanted to call Brady the other day when he found out that Kristen was pregnant, just to offer support. Of course, Nicole talked him out of it. I guess Sarah’s pregnancy will provide enough story for Eric and Nicole that they don’t really need much else, but it is pretty strange to see them just being together. Some couples are apart for so long, and all you want is for them to be together, like every DAYS couple in the 90s. But then some couples are apart for so long and you realize they shouldn’t be together at all. That’s Eric and Nicole for me. They seem like people who love each other but really can’t functionally work as a couple. I’d like to see that story play out.

    Robin Strasser’s been fun to watch, but the writers have made the character such an unhinged terror that I’ll be glad to see her go. Straser said in interviews that she’s playing her version of Vivian, which is different from Louise Sorel’s. That is true, of course, but beyond that, the writers have made her extremely rash, which is very not Vivian.

    I also agree that I’m not enjoying Jordan’s return. Again, the character seems like an unhinged terror. Surely they can come up with something more interesting for Ciara and Ben. I don’t care if Rafe gets a story or not. He can just be a cop for a while and maybe come close to solving some crimes. I guess I should be glad that this Jordan nonsense is keeping him away from Hope.

    There are basically three types of stories right now:
    1. Someone is dying, close to dying, returning from the dead, or being targeted for murder.
    2. Pregnancy shenanigans.
    3. People trying to run DiMera or Titan.

    They need to branch out!

    syrus80
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    Ron C has always been a two trick pony (he’s “great” at masks and surgeries and turning characters into psychos for no reasons) but he’s usually surrounded by other writers who are able enough to rein his shenanigans in.

    Sheri Anderson is greatly missed.

    Eric Martsolf generally has chemistry with any lady he’s paired with but Haiduk is a bust. I’d switch her and Cynthia Watros in a heartbeat.

    I’d settle for a short term return from Charlotte Ross as Eve, just for her to share scenes with Jack and Jennifer again.

    alokin
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    Wow, Chrishell Hartley knocked it out of the park on Wednesday’s episode! Her performance gave me the chills. Just amazing work from Chrishell! Who knew that she could channel psycho to a tee?! The music that served as a backdrop to the Ben/Jordan scenes was riveting, too (the scoring for the entire episode was, as usual, absolutely fantastic and would make for a great Emmy submission).

    And all those wonderful flashbacks featuring Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes in Friday’s episode just melted my heart! I was just thinking how blessed we are to still have these two phenomenal veteran actors continually grace our screens. They’re both turning in Emmy-worthy performances with Julie’s current heart-transplant storyline. Bravo!

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