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March 7, 2021 at 8:43 pm #1204093259
For me, it’s the GH team without question. Speaking in broad terms, Ron’s writing on DAYS is usually entertaining, but sloppy, often unsatisfying, and not infrequently nonsensical. B&B has its moments but also can be just maddening in how cyclical the storylines are and the disconnect between character behavior that makes sense and what happens on screen. Any Y&R I’ve seen really since Josh took over writing has been very tedious and pretty dull. GH is generally very entertaining and mostly makes sense. All four shows have been guilty of centering characters and/or storylines that the audience doesn’t care about or actively despises, but GH seems to be doing it the least.March 7, 2021 at 8:33 pm #1204093233
Yeah, that certainly sounds correct. Emme Rylan and Will deVry were both pretty clear that their exits weren’t their choices. I’d seen that William Lipton was recurring but don’t know the details of what, if anything, that means for the character (a good chunk of the cast is recurring anyway) and to what degree William would have wanted that. It’s not hard to believe that young actors wouldn’t be rushing to re-sign their contracts in order to keep their options open for other opportunities, in acting, music, or life in general.
I wasn’t totally sure what was happening in Franco’s head either at the end of Friday’s episode, but look forward to finding out.
I understand that Nina, in theory, overstepped and said some things that she maybe shouldn’t have to Wiley, but a lot of the conversation around this seems bunk. Willow is not the only mother Wiley’s ever known. In the time between the reveal that Wiley was Nelle and Michael’s baby and Nelle losing custody in court, she had plenty of visitation with him. If he remembers Sasha, which we’re told he did, I have a hard time believing he wouldn’t have a notion of a different mother before. Them acting like Nelle never existed is just a convenience for Willow, Michael and Carly, not to protect or avoid confusing Wiley.March 5, 2021 at 7:02 am #1204085097
The Finn/Anna situation is interesting. On the one hand, he has been keeping the secret about his tryst with Jackie and potentially being Chase’s father for a long time, but on the other, he’s not keeping that secret from Anna. She, by contrast, not only directly lied to him about being Peter’s mother, but also left him out of the loop on her plan to disrupt their own wedding to keep Peter from marrying Maxie, and was thick as thieves with Valentin about both. I can see why that’d be tough to accept.
Poor Maxie. She was clinging to the idea that Peter couldn’t have been guilty because Anna would have told her, only for Anna to show up and confirm that she’d known concretely for a couple of days but suspected basically forever. Considering how much her willful ignorance enabled Peter, it feels like Anna does deserve some level of consternation from those around her, so none of it feels particularly unfair.March 4, 2021 at 7:43 am #1204082126
I don’t hate the idea of Ava trying to be a better person for Tripp, though it would be interesting to play out her realizing Tripp’s done some bad things, too (though mostly to Kayla and almost killing Hope as a result, both of which Ava has also done so she wouldn’t care). Even so, it feels like a story that can’t go very far — Ava barely exists outside of her villainy and her obsession with Steve — and certainly no Brady should ever forgive her.
The story around Gwen is such a mess. If they’re going to go the route of having Jack start supporting her over Abigail (absurd) out of guilt or whatever, it should at very least be causing problems for him and Jennifer as well. This woman just killed her mother after sending her daughter to a mental hospital! Jennifer should have the kind of venom she had for Eve and Theresa when they were involved with JJ, not any level of sympathy. I’m glad Cady is still around, but the decision to push Jennifer off to Boston is now even more baffling. Jack was never a great character, and the writing for him under this regime has been bad.
And again, unbelievable that we continue to see this nonsense when there’s a murder mystery and Sami’s at the center of it. We haven’t even seen all of the relevant characters since the murder happened!March 4, 2021 at 7:26 am #1204082076
So sad the way people just wanted to arrest and manhandle my girl Liesl. I guess after everything she’s done, I can understand why, but no one even seemed bothered that they were railroading the wrong person for two attempted murders and an actual murder. It’s one thing not to care about Liesl’s false imprisonment, but surely everyone should be more concerned that someone else committed these crimes and that someone else is likely Peter? Like, Mac is still yelling at Robert that he’s more concern about Maxie’s happiness (right this moment, not long term) than the truth about Peter?
This has all been very exciting, but it will be so disappointing if Peter and Maxie still get married. Hopefully between Valentin, Liesl and Dante, someone can stop it, although it frankly also would have been unsatisfying for them to have not gotten married just because of the maternity reveal and for Peter not to have been exposed at all, so I guess it’s better they’re pushing things along.
It’s also really bugging me that no one cares about Carly’s lies. Everyone’s all “she just lost her husband,” like he didn’t live a violent life of crime, and like his supposed death wasn’t because his constant threatening to kill Julian. It’s unclear to me if people just don’t realize that was Nina told the police was the truth or if they just feel it was out of line regardless. And not one person other than Nina seems bothered that Carly was actively working to keep Nina away from her own grandson, and convinced Jax to do the same. It’s disgusting. It also bugs me that we’ve had a couple of Ava/Nina conversations now with still no discussion of all of Carly’s antics with the telltale half-heart necklace.
It has been nice focusing lately mostly on stories that don’t revolve around Carly, Sonny and Cyrus.March 3, 2021 at 7:05 am #1204079537
Yeah, the show is also doing the same dumb thing they’ve done before where Kristen is ostensibly pretending to be Susan but just acting like herself. They did the same when Kristen, while dressed as Susan, ran into Susan and then claimed to be Mary Moira, but again, was just acting like herself. And the more this story plays out the dumber it is. I enjoyed the story for like a day or two and now it’s gotten annoying. Remember when Brady hired some guys to beat up EJ and then tried to finish the job of beating him to death himself? Susan should not give a hoot about Brady and everyone should know that. Every day Kristen is on I wish Eileen would come back to the role, but the writing around Kristen is generally terrible, so who can blame her.
I also agree that the last couple of episodes have felt dull. It feels like the show has one exciting thing happening at the moment and they’re holding it hostage while we watch stuff I don’t care about. Even Jackee’s introduction as Paulina was just her meeting Eli, Abe and the babies with nothing happening.March 2, 2021 at 6:25 am #1204076228
It could be interesting if Charlie’s murder turned out to be a mob thing or something unrelated to the rape storyline, but it would also be a bit of a copout. Ron has done a good job of pinning murder mysteries on actual characters and creating consequences (though the consequences have yet to include prison), and hopefully this will be the case here.
Yesterday’s episode was a good example of what I mean about the show having too many stories and not pacing them particularly well. They just kicked off a murder mystery involving a bunch of characters, and Sami just got back to town. It feels like that should be just about all people are talking about now, but because Charlie’s murder is the second one to happen in Salem in a matter of weeks, we had to detour into the story with Gwen killing Laura and Abigail wanting revenge, which at this point I just don’t care much about. Also, the Kristen/Susan stuff has been funny, but it shouldn’t be getting quite so much airplay, mostly because it’s already hard to believe no one’s figured it out, and it’s only been a few episodes. Stacy Haiduk’s doing a great job with it, though.March 2, 2021 at 6:11 am #1204076188
This show is doing some classic soap wedding stuff in a way that I haven’t seen in a while. Not only is there a bunch of drama surrounding both couples and plenty of secrets that could be exposed, but also much of the cast is involved, and we’re getting interactions between the guests/wedding party members that might not usually happen and also playing into their own dramas and storylines. Even without packing 25 or 30 cast members into a room together, they’re doing a great job with that. And even though it’s just the Metro Court and not a cathedral or any thing fancier, it still looks like a really nice wedding. Can’t wait to see what happens next!March 1, 2021 at 1:09 pm #1204074849
Carly and self awareness are not concepts that have ever gone hand in hand on this show…
Yeah, it makes me think of when Carly saw Jason talking to Britt at the hospital and asked him, “Why are you talking to her? Everyone hates her.” And Jason didn’t miss a beat in responding, “Everyone hated you too.”
I can’t wait to see what happens with this wedding. The only person with their eye on the prize is Peter, but I’m sure Obrecht won’t just let that happen. Maxie is rightly doubtful, and Anna and Finn are both preoccupied with young men who sort of are/are not their sons.March 1, 2021 at 6:41 am #1204073332
Mike Manning did a great job as Charlie. I would have been in favor of doing something other than killing the character, but now that he’s dead, I think they need to just let him stay that way. Not every character is worth being resurrected, literally or figuratively, and DAYS has unkilled so many people lately that they need to give it a rest. A twin is a fun thought, but the show is kind of struggling with both Jake and Bonnie in that it seems they often want to be writing for Stefan and Adrienne instead.
It’s kind of a shame that once people found out that Charlie had kidnapped Ava and likely raped Allie, he never had any interaction with the Titan stuff again. It’s a bit of a missed opportunity to add more layers to the mystery, but maybe we’ll see some flashbacks to some of that stuff. I particularly would have liked to see another scene between him and Xander.March 1, 2021 at 6:23 am #1204073286
I thought that was interesting, too, that it appeared Ryan had sent a letter to Spencer that got returned to sender. As great as Jon Lindstrom is as Ryan (and as much as the show seems fairly uninterested in giving Kevin any major story), I’m a little tired of the spectre of Ryan hanging over Ava’s life constantly. Maybe whatever he’s up to now will be a new way of making the character interesting and dangerous.
The comments about the apartment remind me of how Peter and Maxie were talking about getting a bigger place, but I’m sure the show didn’t want to bother with that for what’s ultimately going to be a doomed relationship.
Also, I just remembered this, but remember how the day Nina was burying Janelle, Carly showed up at the cemetery and, having a hallucinatory panic, knocked over the headstone? It makes the offense Carly took about Nina showing up at Sonny’s funeral pretty funny.February 26, 2021 at 8:23 am #1204062784
We don’t know who showed up at the end of the Wednesday episode. They repeated the scene as the opening to Thursday’s episode, but then immediately skipped to the next morning, where we picked up other characters. Samantha didn’t show up until Rafe saw her at the apartment in the final seconds of the episode.
I think the murder mystery will be good for the show. There seemed to be a lot of voices online kind of insisting that Charlie needed to die, the major argument being that the show is already littered with reformed (or in some cases not so much) rapists and murderers. I don’t really agree with that, but I think this is a kind of story that Ron does pretty well. He came in halfway through the Deimos murder mystery, pinned it on Nicole, and then got tons of story out of that. There was also a lot of story that came out of the Andre murder mystery. I’m excited to see where this one goes. The setup episodes were well done.
Also it’s great that Sami is back, and I’m looking forward to Jackee’s debut Monday. I’m also eager to see what hilarity ensues if/when Ben and Claire try to go to “Susan” for help with using the box of stuff from Rhodes’ apartment to find Ciara.
I don’t want to dwell on it, as I know set limitation is a budget thing, but it’s always weird when there are sets of characters who live in the same place but are in different stories that don’t really interact with one another. Like how by the time Marlena and John got back to her penthouse and Brady and “Susan” were totally cleared out, and Marlena was talking about being frantic not knowing where John was and it seems like Brady and “Susan” were just doing nothing? Asleep I guess?February 25, 2021 at 9:03 am #1204060895
I’m a little surprised Sonya Eddy has been so absent lately. For a while she seemed to be getting more airplay than usual, with Epiphany dealing with some of the Cyrus stuff and breaking up with Milo, and now she’s just gone. I do miss having Brad around, and it was nice to see him with Britt. Honestly, he’s been in prison for almost a year now, right? How long was his sentence? I kind of like when a soap character goes to prison for a short-ish time and then gets out and comes back to the show.
Carly is THE WORST. I think the current writers really get her, though. She’s probably my favorite love-to-hate character on soaps right now. She’s been truly terrible to Nina, but feels so justified. Her being so mad when she saw Michael and Willow at Nina’s office with Wiley was great. I’m curious what exactly she wants from Nina when she tells Nina that they need to compromise. It seems almost like Carly wants to make Nina get back together with Jax, which I really hope doesn’t happen. The fact that Jax never even considered that his and Carly’s lies were keeping Nina from her own grandson is like all the proof anyone needs that she’s not enough of a priority for him. I, for one, look forward to Carly and Jax hopefully sleeping together, at least once before Sonny gets back, maybe after Sonny is back, who knows, and then of course keeping it a secret.
I’m very excited for all this Peter stuff coming to a head!February 24, 2021 at 9:10 am #1204058770
Haha, this is all true. Before I looked it up, I definitely thought LiLo and Dom were closer in age than they actually are, and their age difference is not far off from what it’s supposed to be on the show. It makes me wonder if there really wasn’t a better choice of actress out there to replace Vinessa Antoine as Jordan, someone who was both a bit older and more engaging as a leader in law enforcement.
Kudos to Diane for being basically the only person to say that yes, Carly should have told Nina that Nelle was her child instead of trying to keep it a secret. It’s killing me how everyone else feels perfectly fine with whatever lies Carly has told to the police and to Nina, but Nina telling the truth to the police is going too far. It was very sweet that Willow and Michael brought the Golden Child to see Nina, though.February 23, 2021 at 11:26 am #1204057075
I haven’t heard anything about actors submitting for Emmys (from this show or any others). DAYS will probably have the murkiest category placements, between the number of borderline lead/supporting performers they have and supporting/guest performers.
Isabel Durant did a really good job in the scenes between Claire and Charlie in yesterday’s episode. Also, I got a kick out of the scenes where Roman noted more than once that he owes Tripp an apology, then seemed to be making no effort to actually apologize. Oh, and it’s kind of weird how Carrie and Austin are back together. I guess when a couple breaks up off-screen it’s fine for them to reunite off-screen as well, and probably some fans are happy to hear it. If nothing else, I suppose it implies that neither of them is showing up to be involved in other stories anytime soon (Carrie with Rafe or Austin with Abigail), but also made it even weirder in hindsight that when Carrie came back to town for Caroline’s funeral, she had sex with Rafe, who was then put back into couple-y scenes with Hope. How many of her nieces would he have needed to sleep with to put that pairing in the ground?