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September 24, 2020 at 7:54 am #1203731637
They’ve been doing a great job. I like that some characters that were underdeveloped are getting a little more focus, and some people are getting more screen time. It was great to see the scenes between Dev and Brando the other day. They’ve never really shown us what that fake father-son relationship was like, so I appreciated that. It was also helpful in terms of clarifying that Dev does have feelings for Josslyn. I feel like after she kissed him on New Year’s Eve and he shut it down, they’ve been mysterious about whether there’s something more going on there. It was also cool seeing Brando with Maxie. I’m a fan of anything that seems like an alternative to Peter for Maxie, and I thought the chemistry between them was good. But Brando plays pretty well with anyone he’s in scenes with generally, so hopefully they’ll start doing more with him.
So Dev likes Josslyn, Joss like Cam, Cam likes Trina but also kinda likes Joss, and Trina likes Cam but doesn’t want to interfere with Joss liking Cam. Cute! Looking forward to seeing all that play out.
The fact that Lucas has not made an appearance yet even with Britt becoming chief of staff at the hospital and his mother being fired by Cyrus makes me think they’re just dropping the character for now and not mentioning it. Kind of sad that the married gay couples on both GH and DAYS have been dropped. GH still has Kristina, but she also hasn’t been on in quite some time. And again, with Neil’s death and Alexis’s osteoporosis diagnosis, not to mention her most recent potential love interest Valerie having made a few appearances, the fact that we haven’t seen Kristina makes it seem like the show has no plans for her at all.
It’s my understanding that Genie Francis hasn’t yet felt comfortable returning to filming, which is why Laura’s been in DC for this extended period of time.
The Ava/Nina friendship still feels kind of weird, but I don’t think I could buy it if Michelle Stafford were still playing Nina. With Cynthia Watros, it works on screen at least. Since Watros’s Nina seems so different from Stafford’s, the show might as well take advantage of it.September 23, 2020 at 8:30 am #1203729791
I’m mostly liking the show, but the fact of Brady deciding to save Kristen by doing the same thing he’s now failed at doing twice before seems very, very dumb. Annoyingly dumb. I so appreciated when Victor and Brady called Eli over to claim that it was Brady, not Kristen, who had stabbed Victor, and Eli explained the consequences of what that dumb lie would be. At this point, they’ve all talked quite openly about Kristen stabbing Victor (he maybe deserved it, she wasn’t in her right mind, etc.), so I’m having a very hard time seeing how this could work. It would be so much smarter to just hire a good defense attorney (not Belle, who is more of a corporate lawyer, and not Justin, who is a terrible lawyer, losing cases now to even Sami) do deal with it than perpetrating silly shenanigans.September 22, 2020 at 11:55 am #1203728143
I agree, Djoko, I’ve really enjoyed the focus on Belle and Shawn and love having Phillip and Jan back as well. I was over the moon getting Heather Lindell back on the show, and I’m glad that she was instantly getting mixed up with other characters as well. Isabel Durant is not nearly as much fun as Olivia Rose Keegan was as Claire, but I like her. It’s kind of like a Kate Mansi/Marci Miller situation. The role is being treated very differently than it was with ORK, I guess because they’ve turned the corner in terms of us wondering whether or not Claire is truly reformed, and now she’s more like a nice girl with a troubled past.September 22, 2020 at 7:52 am #1203727549
I thought the confrontation between Sami and Allie yesterday was really good. Allison Sweeney has done a really good job of modulating Sami’s behavior. Sometimes you can tell she’s being somewhat out of control, but then there are episodes like yesterday where Allie is trying to make Sami look like the big bad wolf and Sami is just being reasonable. One of the things this story continues to do (or maybe not the story so much as Allie and several other characters) is paint Sami as a maniac for doing things that seem perfectly reasonable, like not wanting baby-stealing murderer Nicole to raise her grandson. It has been a little frustrating watching people treat Sami the way they have. I don’t see why Allie initially was getting the benefit of the doubt from everyone when she showed up pregnant by some mystery guy after spending however long being completely irresponsible and partying around Europe.
Anyway, I liked that Sami called Allie out on trying to give the baby to Nicole mostly to hurt her, which is clearly true. It also feels like Allie’s issues are a lot less about Sami being controlling or messy or whatever and more resentment about Sami’s devotion to EJ, which is irritating from a story perspective because EJ was as good a stepfather to Allie as Rafe was. But maybe it’s more a resentment that Sami committed to Johnny/Sydney’s father and not hers. It could be interesting to dig deeper, but I have a hard time accepting Allie’s motives at face value. In any event, I hope Sami does take that baby to Rome (not that she won’t be back soon anyway), and then Allie can either come along or not.
Also, Nicole selflessly encouraging Eric to go help the people in the village where he used to live, especially under the guise of not wanting to stop him from being who he is, days after she let him lie for her in court regarding her killing Deimos, feels extremely off. But whatever, I’ll be glad when these two are apart again, because they became pretty insufferable pretty fast as a pair.September 20, 2020 at 10:52 pm #1203724447
FINALLY caught up through the latest episode! Quite an ending on Friday! The stuff with Robert and Olivia has been a fun counterbalance to Mike’s death. It’s nice getting to see Molly and TJ, two characters who are quite underutilized, getting some stuff to do, and great to see Olivia, one of my favorite characters on the show, doing something other than being in scenes with Ned or fretting over Dante.September 17, 2020 at 9:12 pm #1203714413
I’m still a few episodes behind, just getting into what feels like it will be Mike’s final episodes, but I have to say GH does feel like full tilt soap right now in a great way. There’s a lot happening on different fronts, and so much connection, different ripple effects. It’s become quite intricate the way some things are fitting together. I’m really enjoying it. I will confess that I feel the story with Mike has dragged on too long, despite the strong execution. Part of it may be that, unlike most impending soap deaths, there’s no route through which Mike could get a miracle cure or an 11th hour reprieve. It’s a rare case of knowing how the story will end. (Even last year with Oscar, it wasn’t until very, very close to his death that I truly felt like it would really happen.) So this feels like delaying the inevitable rather than allowing time to find a solution. The other problem has been with the pacing. Some of that is due to the pandemic and the resulting break in filming, but also there were a lot of signs that felt like there were indicating that the end was imminent, but then it wasn’t. This may be realistic, but as entertainment, it feels like a schlog. It’s also kind of irritating seeing Sonny centralized the way this story does, especially since in other parts of the show, his ineffectiveness regarding Cyrus is wreaking havoc on the lives of decent people. It would actually be kind of fun if the people Cyrus was menacing were all the people who consistently enable Sonny and treat him like the king of Port Charles, but that’s not the case. All that notwithstanding, I think the show has generally been great, the strongest of the ones I’m watching. DAYS has been good as well for the most part, while B&B didn’t capture my attention when they returned from hiatus, and I’m willing to believe that Y&R is as boring as I keep hearing it is.September 17, 2020 at 8:49 pm #1203714387
I agree that Sweeney has been outstanding. I’d say she has to go into the supporting category, although she’s been back since July, and since she’s still airing now and will be back on almost as soon as she leaves, the argument could be made for lead. Given the intended extent of her run once she returns, I think the guest category would be out of the question.
The GH performances has been great as well.September 16, 2020 at 6:25 am #1203709640
I agree that it’s a big loss on screen. As much as I was vocally not a fan of her politics and still feel the show is perfectly entitled to make whatever decision in that regard they wanted, I’ll miss having her on the show. That said, I’m really not convinced politics played much of a part. I can believe the idea of going back to the show felt less appealing to her considering that some of her co-stars had publicly denounced views she was supporting, but it’s not like Jennifer has a ton of scenes with Sarah, Xander or Eli. Scott Reeves was interviewed on the SOD podcast a few weeks ago, and the way he talked about Missy’s involvement with their new grandson and potential involvement with the grandchild they’re expecting makes it very easy for me to believe that traveling to and from California during a pandemic is not something she wants to be doing right now.
But I do think Cady will be around for a good while. It this were just a matter of a few weeks, I’d expect the show to just have Jennifer off screen — hardly any explanation would even be necessary considering she’s not really heavily involved in any storyline. I’m interested to see what Cady will do. Though this is also an interesting contrast to the Kristian Alfonso situation, where, if I were DAYS, I would probably have brought in a temporary recast of Hope at the very least to write the character out, if nothing more.September 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm #1203706218
Dev had a play date with Judy Winslow.
HA! It is starting to seem like one day they’ll just stop talking about Dev and never mention him again. I know he’s the weakest of the four teen characters, but I still like him a lot.
I’m a little over a week behind, but I was SHOCKED that they killed Neil! Man this show is mean to Alexis.
I continue to be astounded at what GH is able to accomplish, even under COVID restrictions. Outside of cutting away from the Michael/Willow kiss (and honestly, I have maybe never needed to see two characters kiss less than I did with these two), things seem very much business as usual with what’s on screen.September 14, 2020 at 2:43 pm #1203706198
I’ve been out of town for a couple of weeks and thus a couple of weeks behind on soap watching, and wasn’t really reading the boards for fear of spoilers. But I just popped in today and see there hasn’t been a lot of plot discussion anyway.
The SOD podcast interview with Ken Corday was quite interesting. Two of the bits that most intrigued me were the list of writers Ken feels the show’s all-time greats (I forget the exact term he used), which were Irna Phillips, Bill Bell, Pat Falken Smith, James Reilly, and Ron Carlivati, which makes it seem like the speculation that Ron might soon be fired is not coming to pass. The other thing was his comment on the exits, where he basically said that the only people who are hard leaving the show are Kristian Alfonso and Greg Vaughan, and any other news out there about exits he considers to be rumors, as those people, even if off screen for a time, could be back on at any time.
There also continues to be so much casting news! I’m beyond thrilled about Heather Lindell coming back as Jan. She made such a huge impression as Jan, a character who I’d never really liked but who the show kept writing for, making me love her. She was great in the Last Blast Reunion digital series, and I’m glad they capitalized on the Last Blast crew chemistry by getting Chloe, Phillip, and Jan to join Belle and Shawn back in Salem. I’m fond of Kyle Brandt’s Phillip, but JKJ just seems like the real deal to me. (Both are much, much better than JPL’s Phillip, who was not a good fit for the character as he’d played in any previous incarnation.) Also glad to get back Casey Moss and Lucas Adams. I’ve been them finding reasons for Tripp to walk around in his boxers. I wasn’t thrilled to hear Ava would be back, but if the show is planning to get her layers and a more rounded personality, I guess I can stomach it. Tamara Braun got the short end of the stick from both GH and DAYS writing-wise after very successful initial stints at both shows, so maybe they can make it up to her by making Ava less terrible. And will Joey get out of prison if Ava turns up alive? It would seem like good use of Steve and Kayla (who I agree I don’t really need to see getting a lot of story, but they’re clearly getting some) to have them helping out their troubled son, but the character would need a major revamp and certainly to be recast if he’s going to be worth watching. After hearing the SOD interview (and seeing Djoko’s prediction, of course), I’m not at all surprised at Freddie and Chandler being back for visits. DAYS should really up the ante and let Will be in Salem full-time while Sonny comes and goes, and let the relationship struggle from there.August 28, 2020 at 10:48 am #1203672161
There have been so many incredible performances this week. Between DAYS and GH, it’s kind of unbelievable that we’re not in a sweeps month. I am so-so on some of the plot turns on DAYS, I agree, but the performances are very exciting.
I hate that every time the issue of Nicole killing Deimos comes up, it’s treated like anyone who would dare expose the truth about it is vile and awful, and it should be protected at all costs. Nicole and Eric lying about it to the judge feels like possibly the seed that will grow to split Nicole and Eric apart. In the past, nothing has made Eric more distant with Nicole in the long term than when she gets him to do something that goes against his principles. But I guess we’ll see. I can’t wait to see what Sami does next with this. I totally agree, I can’t see that how aren’t more averse to the idea of Nicole having custody of Sami’s grandchild. She stole this woman’s baby! FFS. It was also unclear to me what even happens now. The judge made a ruling, but then Sami presented her argument (which she oddly wasn’t invited to do before the ruling) and then the judge said she’d consider things and they would reconvene tomorrow. So does Sami still keep the baby or do Nicole and Eric get him?
The performances for Ben, Ciara and Hope have also been great. I’d heard that possibly Victoria Konefal has made her last appearance for now, which I hope isn’t true. DAYS has been pretty bad lately at writing out characters (I mean honestly, having Eduardo come back with his BS and need to take Rafe and Gabi out of town is beyond annoying), but having Ciara disappear in this way and not show up again feels particularly haphazard.August 27, 2020 at 6:34 am #1203669832
I’d definitely like to give that Deidre Hall interview a listen. I’m extremely curious about what the show will be doing for safety when filming resumes.
I just watched the last two episodes yesterday, and I agree, some amazing performances. In addition to the ones mentioned, I think Kristian Alfonso is incredible in the scene where Hope pleads with Eve not to make her mourn another child, and Robert Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal are both fantastic in extremely tense Ben/Ciara scenes. Martha Madison was also great in the Belle/Sami scenes.
The story surrounding Allie’s baby is making me a little less crazy than it was, but Nicole is still irritating me. I was glad that at least Eric seems to have opened his eyes and realized that yes, she is more concerned with beating Sami than with the baby’s welfare. It also felt like that judge was pretty unfair to Sami. Her attorney abandoned her minutes before the proceedings were to begin, and the judge not only didn’t seem to care about that, but also never even gave Sami an opportunity to speak/make her argument before attempting to rule on the case.August 24, 2020 at 9:36 am #1203664380
Also, glad to see you back here, Freeman!August 24, 2020 at 9:34 am #1203664375
I was also surprised watching the Nurses Ball episodes that there wasn’t a link to real-life charities. The show certainly seemed sincere in their honoring of frontline workers and their families, a highly appropriate cause for the show and the hospital and a great acknowledgement of what people are going through without totally breaking the escapism of the soap by actually having a COVID storyline. Really nicely done. I also loved the tee shirts. Seems like a good merchandising opportunity, but I haven’t seen anything about them being for sale?
One of the things that always funny to me with the Nurses Ball is how Elizabeth is never with nurses. I guess this is maybe because Rebecca Herbst doesn’t sing? It still seems strange how she’s never included in the opening numbers, etc., even though she’s always there and involved in drama. (This year it seemed less strange, given the format and not having any 20-person routines.) Speaking of Elizabeth and drama, I’ve been a good bit of grumbling online about the writing for Liz and Franco over the last few weeks, and I kind of agree. Making Franco long more for the days when he was a sensation makes sense, but the way that’s causing issues between him and Liz feels overblown.
But we also got some fun interactions as usual along with some dramatic reveals and climaxes. Maybe my favorite moment of the whole ball was Willow suggesting that Valentin should have tried to come to the Qs as an ally rather than sneakily taking over, and him politely telling her to stay in her lane. I feel bad for Brook Lynn. She seemed to spend three episodes gearing up for a performance that seemed to never happen and no one seemed to notice or care, even Lucy? I also don’t know if I’m more bothered that they had Chase perform with Sasha or that we didn’t get to see it. But I really liked the performances we did see, especially Cam, Joss and Trina. They’re all so cute. Overall, kudos to GH for adapting to the situation in a way that worked so well.August 21, 2020 at 12:22 pm #1203659047
Who thought it was a good idea for Eduardo to be back? The character is all-around terrible — not likable, no real impact, and quite unbelievable as an assassin. I haven’t seen how long this is meant to last, but Dorian Cramer Lord, I hope it is extremely short term.