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May 21, 2019 at 3:01 pm #1202903707
I’m a few episodes behind (I just watched I believe through last Wednesday last night), but Sam’s apparent willingness to just let herself be initiated to get Kristina’s pledge is bananas. Clearly Sam feels like she’s working Shiloh well, and maybe she is, but if just seems like such a bad plan.
It’ll be funny when they find out that the pledge is about Alexis and not, as they’re all assuming, one of the many, many crimes Sonny has committed.May 20, 2019 at 9:38 am #1202901402
Yes, Ari Zucker jumped right back into the show without missing a beat in terms of her performances. I’m certainly interested in whatever is going on with Nicole, or I guess “Nicole,” and a twist that sees someone else pretending to be her helps to alleviate both the problem of the timing of her character’s return (though I still argue that, even if the whole point was to return as that kidnapping was happening, the show could have better timed things so Nicole was back with episodes to spare before the kidnapping thing started) and her latching onto the idea that Brady is the only person who cared to help Holly.
Also I totally agree about Suzanne Rogers, doing incredible work as always as Maggie struggles with her sobriety. I don’t love this storyline overall (Victor and Maggie should be more supportive of each other in this difficult time, not sniping at one another, and really I’d think even Kate would be more sympathetic to Maggie than she has been), but the performances are great.
The writing really has been subpar over the last few months compared to where it was during the first year of Ron’s tenure, but it’s slowly weaving its way back to a better place. The weakest spot on the show continues to be everything surrounding Jack’s election and the immigration story. I’m sure there are complicated reasons why Haley couldn’t get a green card through proper channels, but the show hasn’t done anything to explain that at all, and I’m not sure why. If they were going to bother writing the story, surely someone would have looked into that aspect of it. Any storyline that’s this focused on a currently relevant social issue should be more fact-based and informative than this story, which veers to the typical soapy drama (fake marriage! secret recordings! the sister is the mother!) but all centered on a character who’s been on the show a few months and with nothing that makes it feel tethered to reality. And while Jack firing Hope as police commissioner felt like a foregone conclusion after he won the election, the shocking decision in the previews as to who her replacement will be just feels so outlandish that it’s hard not to be annoyed by it. Here’s hoping that when those absentee ballots get counted, the election result gets reversed.May 17, 2019 at 8:36 am #1202897681
I was kinda shocked to see this casting news, as I thought the audience largely didn’t enjoy the Rosales influx and that the show, having realized that, was just going to get rid of most or all of them. I guess it’s cool having Eva La Rue back in daytime.May 16, 2019 at 10:01 am #1202896489
I’m thrilled that Chris won. Really it felt like the episode and the season should have ended after the final four fire challenge. Devens was the only person of that final five who was doing enough to feel like a worthwhile winner, and then Chris came in and quickly built a case for himself in the short time he had. Honestly, Chris giving up immunity to take of Devens at fire just to make sure he could knock him out was so gutsy and really one of my favorite moves I’ve ever seen someone do. It’s hard to imagine that Gavin stood a chance after that (or that Julie stood a chance to begin with). On top of that, Chris convinced Lauren to play an idol for him (which shocked me almost as much as him doing the fire challenge), established enough trust with Devens to get the other half of his idol back, and got himself a reward by coaching Julie to the win in the final six challenge. That felt like better game play than what Julie or Gavin did in the whole time they were there. The audible groan when Julie was saying she turned her unchecked emotions into a strength was great.
That said, I agree that what they did this season was ridiculous. Putting people on a separate island to be more starved and more exposed for weeks on end and then letting someone who’s been out for a month come back in and and compete for the win is outlandish. It did inspire Chris to make great moves, but it’s a situation that never should have happened. The show is trying too hard to come up with new twists. I guess experimentation is fine, but this is one where they should have planned better or made up something on the fly. Like, when Reem is in her 15th day at Extinction, someone should have said, “Wait, she’s been here too long. We can’t just use this as a holding pen for players until the finale.” Didn’t happened. I do not love the look of the Sandra/Boston Rob business next season, but honestly, all seasons of Survivor truly live and die by the casting. If this season had more people doing more things and taking more and different chances, the Extinction thing would feel like prominent. After all, the fact that there was only one clear winner is what allowed Chris to target and eliminate him. And it’s really not even so much that Devens played a great game as he just kept either finding idols or winning immunity. The show needs to go back to the basics of interesting players and player dynamics and less about surprising them and us with these gimmicks.May 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm #1202895534
My pleasure, Freeman!
Nicole not being Nicole would be a GREAT twist! I’d love it if she were really Kristen. It’s not hard for me to believe this is really Nicole, though — everything she’s been doing over the last week or two are classics from the Nicole Walker playbook: treating Eric like absolute garbage after the accident that killed Daniel, turning on almost all of her friends in times of emotional distress, reverting to Brady when she doesn’t like her other options.May 15, 2019 at 8:35 am #1202894892
Hey Freeman, let me try to recap the story succinctly and without complaining . . .
After one of the cartel guys who was after Chloe was killed and the other was captured, the police told everyone the threat was over, and Chloe and Stefan had a dinner date at the DiMera Mansion. While that was happening, a mystery person slipped into the mansion, kidnapped Holly and left. As Ben and the DiMera security team and Hope and the police searched for Holly, Ted went to see the kidnapper, who turned out to be Xander. Ted had been keeping tabs on people for Xander. Xander compelled Ted to help him pin the kidnapping on the cartel — Xander had some information that Ted presented to the cartel boss they have in custody (Hector) that convinced him to go along with this — and they set up a meeting where Ted is supposed to get Holly back in exchange for Hector being extradited to Mexico. Ted insisted he had to go alone, which Hope didn’t like but was willing to go along with in order to get Holly back. Rafe, who still has one arm in a sling, was suspicious and followed Ted and made no effort to be covert about it. When they got to the rendezvous, the kidnapper called Ted and, knowing he was not alone, jumped into a car with Holly and took off. Rafe pursued them, followed by Ted. The kidnapper’s car went off the road into a ditch and then exploded, leaving two charred bodies, an adult male and a female child, for the police to find. This is all a ruse, of course. Afterwards, Xander assured Ted that Holly was fine and being taken to her new home with his partner/boss, whom he will not reveal, and the charred bodies from the explosion were taken from the morgue.
So that’s where we are. Everyone except Xander and Ted think Holly is dead, and everyone feels terrible about it. Nicole came back as the kidnapping was happening and is now mad at everyone except Brady (who is getting credit for trying to make Chloe move out of the DiMera Mansion). Hope suspended Rafe for insubordination, and his response was to say their marriage was over and throw his ring into the smoldering crash site. Ben feels bad about letting his guard down and now wants to spend time with his nephew David, which Lani is not having. And Maggie, torn up over Holly’s death on top of her fighting with Victor over hiring Kate and his general lack of support in her hour of need, has now twice come very close to falling off the wagon.
On another note, Ari Zucker was great in yesterday’s episode (even though Nicole is driving me nuts a little). There was the grief and anger she’s been doing for a few days now, but also when Nicole starts digging into what is going on between Sarah and Eric, she kind of feels like the villainess to Sarah’s suffering heroine, and it’s a dynamic that works.May 14, 2019 at 12:03 pm #1202893697
It’s very likely not meant to be, but I am 100% on board with Eric/Sarah as a pair. It just feels like Sarah loves him really deeply, the way he deserves to be loved and honestly in a way Nicole never will.May 13, 2019 at 7:18 am #1202891876
Hahaha, yes. I’d like to think I’ve given up on the election story actually making sense, because then I could just watch and enjoy, but the silliness of a mayoral race in a small, Midwest town hinging not only on a candidate’s platform of being tough on immigration (absurd) but further on whether or not an undocumented nurse’s obviously fake marriage can be proven to be fake is just too much. Who in Salem was sitting at home thinking, “Well, I wasn’t going to vote, but now that this ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT has admitted her scheming to stay in this country, I better go cast my vote for Jack Deveraux!” Anybody who cared that much would already be voting for him! Not to mention that it’s like late afternoon and people have been voting all day. If anything, I’d think Haley’s speech would garner sympathy for her.
Maggie struggling with her drinking is interesting to see, but I hope she doesn’t actually do it. I also hope someone tells Nicole a more thorough account of what was actually happening with Chloe and her life being in danger, most specifically, that the danger was CHLOE and not THE DIMERA MANSION. I don’t understand how this delusion continues to be fostered, and now Nicole is hailing Brady as the only person who fought for Holly. This is very obnoxious. The only person who proposed a solution that would have put Holly in less danger was Victor, when he suggested that Holly and Parker come to stay at the Kiriakis mansion without Chloe. Stefan saving Chloe’s life by killing one of the cartel guys may never even be mentioned again.May 10, 2019 at 5:24 pm #1202888424
What a fun episode! It seemed like the designers really got into the challenge for the most part, and the runway show was a great spectacle. I’ve never felt like I personally wanted anything anyone’s made on Project Runway — since typically menswear challenges produce very questionable results — but I NEED Bishme’s look from this episode. I totally get why Garo won, but that denim overall and jacket was my favorite thing anyone’s done this season. Also, of course, it was fun seeing the contestants interact with the male models, and seeing the male models work the runway.
I felt a little bad for Lela, but I do think her look was the worst overall. How many challenges is this now for Venny being in the bottom two and the judges seeming like they’d be pretty happy to just eliminate him as well? It’s astounding he’s still around.May 10, 2019 at 9:28 am #1202888074
Devens was kind of ruined for me when he got back into the game from Extinction, largely because of Keith putting a disadvantage on Chris, was given an immunity idol, and acted like further attempts to vote him out were cruel and unusual punishment. The problem a lot of the potential returnees have is that they haven’t been playing the game for the entire time they’ve been at Extinction, and they all have the problem of having been voted out in the first place. I don’t think there’s going to be time enough in the game to correct either of those problems, so even against someone like Victoria or Lauren, who aligned with the right people at the right times and stayed in mostly on being social, looks better by comparison. But there are quite a few people on Extinction that I would certainly rather see win the game than anyone who’s still in it.May 10, 2019 at 9:21 am #1202888072
My feeling is the show will basically have to go into whole new story modes sometime soon because there will be so much changing with the cast, and I’m hoping things improve then. It’s been a bit up and down to me, though the up is not particularly great either. Marlena was on a few episodes over the past week or so, having a romantic six-month anniversary dinner with John (at which Marlena mentioned basically predicted that Kristen will be back soon, since Xander, Nicole and Jack all got out of the exploded warehouse just fine) and trying to help Sarah through the situation with Eric and Rex. Let me also say that having John and Marlena have a private dinner at the Brady Pub every few months isn’t really cutting it in terms of romance. It’s the same thing they’ve been doing for quite some time, and despite Deidre and Drake keeping things amusing, it’s fairly dull at this point.
Thank goodness the election story will be over soon, but I am so so so so so so so done with it. Just when you think maybe something new and interesting will happen, it goes back to the Haley thing, which is so dumb because I can’t imagine further outing Haley is going to garner Jack and Eve any additional votes. Anyone who cared more about deporting a nurse than not voting for a rapist was already on his side anyway. Unfortunately, it does seem like Jack is going to win, which is just beyond annoying. If they were to win through something like hiring fraudulent voters or rigging the results, that would be more palatable for me, but the idea that the garbage they’ve been spewing is strongly resonating with voters just drives me nuts. Especially with everything that is happening politically in the real world, it’s just very unpleasant to watch.
At least we finally got to see Will and Sonny for a little bit yesterday, but those two have been pretty marginalized lately.May 9, 2019 at 7:40 am #1202886353
My predictions have been TERRIBLE. Even correctly guessing that Aurora would be voted out didn’t help me do well, because I thought it would go down totally differently.
These people are driving me a little crazy. I guess it’s not fair to say that they just let Devens find another idol and then let him win immunity, but that’s what happened! This reminds me of Ben a few seasons ago, who all the others wanted out and couldn’t get out because he always had some form of immunity. Part of me thinks it was smart to vote out Aurora, since lots of people have wanted her out for a long time, but it would have been better to get rid of Julie. For one thing, why keep around the one person who’s willing to work with the main guy you’re trying to get out? Also, of the people left, only Aurora, Devens, and Gavin have won immunity. Getting rid of one of those people just makes it harder to stop Devens from winning immunity. Surely no one believed that Devens would play an actual immunity idol for Julie, and even if he did, that he and Julie were voting for anyone other than Aurora. I don’t know if that was clear to the jury, but it was very obviously a bluff.
So do we think that the returning player coming back will be the first thing that happens next week, or that someone will be eliminated first? I’d like to see Chris make it back in the game, but one challenge just feels incredibly arbitrary. While there are some people who seem like they likely have no shot, because they’ve been wasting away at Extinction for so long or because they were never good at challenges or both, there are still a number of people I could imagine coming back in — Chris, Eric, Julia, Aurora (maybe the most likely), Joe, Aubry.May 9, 2019 at 7:23 am #1202886328
That’s great news!May 9, 2019 at 7:19 am #1202886312
It’s hard for me to picture Gina Tognoni on DAYS, though I could see her playing something serious like a doctor or a new business person. It wouldn’t hurt for the show to bring in a character in a functional way and then give them some heavier story after a bit, rather than the way characters have been coming in.
I agree about Hope and Ted. They work together for me, but that seems doomed. I’d be more than happy for Hope to just be single for a while, though (as long as she still have storyline), because she and Rafe have not been good since before they got married, and everyone has spent the last 14 months trying to convince Hope that she should be more forgiving/understanding of every dumb thing he’s done.May 9, 2019 at 7:12 am #1202886293
I loved Budig on this show, though I’d been somewhat campaigning for DAYS to pick her up as a new character to fill the void left by Sami’s absence. I think this is good for GH, though. While I like Finn and Anna just fine, it feels like the writers have a very hard time coming up with material for them that isn’t ludicrous non-sense from Anna’s past. If they throw Hayden in that mix and shake things up, I think it’ll be good. Then of course there are the Tyler Christopher rumors.