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February 18, 2020 at 10:00 am #1203350937
I do remember that being a theory around when Ben was killing people. Ben also always seemed envious of Will and Sonny’s relationship back when he worked for Sonny and would hang out with them from time to time.February 18, 2020 at 9:54 am #1203350916
The Will and Sonny scenes were delightful. It was nice to see those, and it felt like such a joke when Evan walked in.
The wedding had some issues for me. For starters, I know these reveals are supposed to be dragged out, but the first half of the episode, with Lani just dancing around her point, was ridiculous. It just seemed like grandstanding to get people as annoyed as possible before the reveal. People are yelling at her and calling her names, and JJ wasn’t saying anything for quite a while, which I found odd. It would have made more sense to having Kristen then defending her, or Abigail and Chad loudly saying that they want to hear what Lani has to say. The scenes didn’t use the cast that was there very well, and also totally skimped out on who was at the wedding. Gabi has one friend who isn’t in jail — Sonny — and they couldn’t let him come to the wedding? Evan’s Valentine’s Day gift to him should have been to watch Arianna so Sonny could attend. (Also, I laughed out loud when Evan said he dropped David off at a play date. It’s like 9 pm right now.) Doug couldn’t come to the wedding because he’s off dealing with Hope apparently. Not that I am asking for have to see more of the Princess Gina story, but shouldn’t we see the confrontation between Doug and Gina that seems to be happening right now? They should have just let Doug come to the wedding. And then of course there’s Kristen and Brady deciding to stay in and have sex, when having Kristen at the wedding would have added a great element of tension for the others and also felt right, since she’s been Lani’s biggest supporter through this time. It also would have been nice to see Kristen and interacting with Jennifer (who frankly should also be at the wedding, with dialogue about her wedding to Jack there before the time jump and how Gina pushed her over the balcony – it basically writes itself). I don’t know. It was entertaining, and I’m thrilled Gabi is getting busted finally, but it certainly could have been better. I will say, I don’t really think of the pacemaker tracker app as sci-fi. It’s tech-based, but very plausible and, as Camila Banus explained on the Soap Opera Digest podcast, can actually happen in real life. I also feel like they’ve done a good enough job with Gabi’s motives for turning to her darker side — getting sent to prison for Abigail’s crimes and then losing Stefan — that it still seems like Julie wasn’t right about Gabi, at least not initially. She just made it so easy for Gabi to be cruel to her by constantly treating Gabi like a horrible person. And it also must be said that, despite how awful and psychotic Gabi’s schemes have been, she really did save Julie’s life by giving her Stefan’s heart.
Side note: It’s great to see Valerie! She looks fantastic.February 18, 2020 at 9:28 am #1203350872
I would say I’ve adjusted to Cynthia Watros’s Nina and I generally like having her around, but about once per scene I still imagine how Michelle Stafford would have played something. I’m only not thinking that when Nina is doing something I can’t imagine Stafford’s Nina having done, like being friends with Ava (which I like).
I’m excited that the baby switch reveal is coming. They’ve set it up pretty well with Janelle now being so in the mix of things. Shiloh’s absence doesn’t really matter as far as I’m concerned. It would have been another reaction, but I don’t consider him an important piece of that story. It would have been great, though, to see the ever-smug look on his face crumble learning that Wiley isn’t really his son. And what I like is that this then presents a whole new phase of story to be played out, and not really a happy ending for almost anyone, except for Michael I guess.
I was surprised how straightforwardly they de-Cassadined Valentin. I’m not sure if that will stick, but they’re now just pivoting him to being the ELQ villain, which I guess works. Sometimes I despise Valentin, but sometimes I really don’t mind him. Honestly if I had to give full custody of Charlotte to one of her parents, it would easily be Valentin. I think focusing on his obsession with Nina also works, but having him want revenge on Michael for the whole Sasha thing is nonsense. Sasha was more invested than anyone in making sure Nina didn’t find out about Valentin’s involvement in her deception. It would be more interesting and more believable if Valentin were trying to bond with Sasha and somehow use her to get back into Nina’s good graces long-term, and that brought him into conflict with Michael. I love having Brook Lynn, but I don’t want her to be browbeaten into selling her ELQ shares to her sleazy producer/Valentin to get out of her contract. After Nikolas’s takeover of ELQ a few years ago, I’d think that Ned and Michael would both be more vigilant about stock leaving the family (like honestly, who even let Oscar get that stock without emphasizing that it’s not meant to be given out as a thank you present to a rando?) and more suspicious that a Cassadine could be the person coming after them.
The stuff with Brando and Dev has me curious at least to see what will happen. I’d like to see more of the kids, but they’ve had them on the backburner or just hanging with the grownups lately. It would be fun to see them interacting with Emma, since she and Spencer were such good friends with Joss and Cam when they were younger.February 17, 2020 at 8:37 am #1203349443
^^^YES, that would be fire! That farewell they had in the prison when Ben asked Will to come with them really felt like a moment. (Can you even imagine Ben, Will and Clyde all running around evading recapture?) Though it seems like the Cin fans might go bananas,February 16, 2020 at 1:59 am #1203348318
I loved the first couple of episodes. It would have been great to see the two players that I don’t think belong with this group, Ben and Adam, be voted out, but otherwise it was good. It was sad seeing Natalie get voted out, especially since Denise and Adam made themselves such easy targets, but it made sense, too. I think of Jeremy/Natalie was one of the most memorable connects in my viewing, so no one should have wanted them plotting together, especially not pre-merge. I felt for Amber, but she also didn’t seem to do much to make herself a less easy vote (versus Tyson and Kim, who were walking around pitifully begging not to be voted out). It’s fantastic to see so many great players all together at once. I’m also loving the flashbacks. There are quite a few players whose winning seasons I never saw (Ethan, Amber, Rob, Parvati, Tyson, Danni, Sandra), and some of them I’ve never seen play at all. But I loved trying to keep track of all these people and their little connections and histories. It felt like coming into a soap opera that had been running for decades.
The changes to Edge of Extinction seem to have made a huge difference. I guess we’ll see more as the season progresses. I was shocked that they did this crazy twist again (you know who’s not here this season — EoE Chris), but it might work better now. But these fire coins also seem like they could just get too complicated. I guess we’ll see.February 16, 2020 at 1:31 am #1203348304
I like Nancy, but I also don’t think any of the designers have really said anything about her or her work that wasn’t true. I would’ve eliminated her before now, and I can’t really see her making the finale, though at this point who am I to doubt it. She made the same pants three times in a row! That’s ridiculous. Victoria’s a tough case because her early season work feels finale worthy, but also she should have been eliminated a couple of times by now. While the early favorites seemed to be Victoria, Brittany and Sergio, no one really feels locked in at this point. I think the only person left who I can’t see them having gotten rid of at any point is Geoffrey, which is weird, because he was pretty under the radar for a while.
I only just learned that Next in Fashion is a thing, but haven’t seen it yet. Maybe if I have PR withdrawal once this is over, I’ll dive in.February 14, 2020 at 8:07 am #1203346772
Rough 24 hours for my man Delvin.
This was a fun episode, though. I loved seeing the scenes with all the designers eating pizza and goofing around in the wee hours of the late night/early morning, and having Leslie Jones as a guest judge gave a good dose of humor to the runway show, which the designers needed at that point.
I was surprised how good almost everything coming down the runway compared to how it looked in the work room. Geoffrey’s dress was looking like a winner from the first peek of it we got on the dress form, and Sergio’s was also great, much much better than I thought it would turn out when he was describing it. (Plus I was faked out by Sergio’s call to his boyfriend, which made me think he was getting eliminated.) I was also impressed with Nancy’s tie-dyed fabric, which looked fantastic, though it annoyed me that she was in the top for making those same pants and a top that was just fabric draped over her model and pinned. I thought Marquis would get dinged a little more because his outfit didn’t look like something anyone over the age of 12 could wear. I thought Victoria would be out because her outfit was such a mess, but I get why Delvin got the boot. He took out any real signature elements so it wouldn’t be too similar to other things he’s done, but just ended up with a basic dress in a basic tie dye. The concept he described was so cool, and I was picturing a cool triple ombre effect with red, orange and yellow, something silky and flowy. Sadly, that didn’t happen.February 14, 2020 at 7:48 am #1203346752
These Kayla/Stevano scenes are killing me. Literally everyone in Salem should have been told by now that Steve is actually Stefano, and the fact that Kayla is missing should have people on high alert. I also love that the show didn’t even bother having Julie’s pacemaker replaced on a day that wasn’t Eli and Gabi’s wedding day.
As I get more frustrated with the writing on the show, I was thinking yesterday how much I miss the Tomlin/Whitesell era. What a great time that was. The writers wrote the characters like they were people they at least thought about as people instead of just constructs to move around in plots, and the stories made logistical sense. I didn’t love absolutely everything during that time — I still want to get in the fetal position and cry when I think of EJ cheating on Sami with Abigail — but by and large, it was great in a way that we haven’t really seen since then.February 13, 2020 at 4:18 pm #1203346066
I suppose it’ll be nice not to spend six months out of every year pretending there’s some hope the Daytime Emmys will return to an easy-to-watch television format. What would be really exciting is if they announced you’d be able to watch the submitted reels on the app. Those are the ‘clips’ I’m looking to see!February 13, 2020 at 4:10 pm #1203346051
Freddie Smith said, I think, we should expect them to last air around September 18th, unless they get more scripts. There’s still time to change their minds!
I’m always inspired by the story of how the show planned to have Marlena killed by the Salem Strangler, but after the episode with Marlena’s strangling aired, fans were LIVID. They picketed the studio until DAYS retconned it to make Marlena’s twin sister Samantha (played by Deidre Hall’s real-life twin sister Andrea) have been pretending to be Marlena, as she was wont to do. (Oh the joys of taping shows shortly before they aired.) The show gave Deidre Hall whatever they needed to for her to stick around a few more years before leaving in a way that didn’t see her die on screen.
Obviously this isn’t nearly on that level, but I feel like if the fans are unhappy, it’s worth being vocal about it now, before it’s altogether too late. All of my efforts in the last 10ish years to get people unfired from DAYS have basically failed (Martha Madison, Christie Clark, Deidre Hall – though I guess that one didn’t last too long). But both GH and Y&R have caved to fan outcry when official or unofficial word broke that they were getting rid of popular actors and characters (Christel Khalil, Genie Francis, and Rebecca Herbst come to mind). Anyway, for those of us who are unhappy with this, I suggest e-mailing producers, tweeting about it, etc.February 13, 2020 at 9:23 am #1203345508
I’ve been so mad about this since yesterday afternoon. I haven’t seen any sort of reasoning for this as of yet, but I think whoever made this decision should have to explain themselves. I don’t love losing Will and Sonny as a couple, but the show has been terrible at writing interesting story for them since Christopher Sean (Paul) left the show. If they felt the need to do something drastic and get rid of one of them (Sonny) to spark storyline for the other (Will), I’d be more understanding. Will is one of the best characters they could have on the show. He’s a legacy character, the son of Sami and Lucas, grandson of Marlena, Kate, and Roman, both a Brady and a Horton. He can be hot-tempered and impulsive, a little reckless even, like his mother, but is ultimately a good person. He just became best friends with the show’s new hero, Ben. Oh, and Chandler has three Emmys in five nominations. DAYS has done a pretty poor job of establishing a younger generation of characters — instead, we have 70-year-olds running around in these dumb action mind-swap stories. It’s ridiculous and infuriating.February 12, 2020 at 10:05 am #1203344286
I thought the Stevano/Kayla scenes could be interesting, that Steve might start to come through if they were together in close quarters. But that wasn’t the case at all. The show didn’t bother to do anything particularly worth watching in those scenes, just more of ‘Steve’ being a jerk to Kayla and not properly remembering the details of their life together, which we’ve already seen. Even with the bar set so low, I found those scenes disappointing. I’m glad at least that John and Marlena are safely reunited, no one is currently trapped in a lair or a dungeon, and Gina is being dragged back to Salem to hopefully be turned back into Hope. It’s also good that Jennifer finally remembered that Gina is the one who pushed her off the balcony. Do you think she remembers how Rolf turned Hope into Gina or has any idea how to undo it?February 11, 2020 at 8:47 am #1203342889
You know what could be really interesting? If Saint Sonny finally realized that the danger his criminal activities bring to his loved ones isn’t worth it, and he’s going to go legit and just be a coffee importer. It would give him some actual moral ground to stand on, which the show pretends he has now, and has lots of potential story hooks, like people trying to draw him back in or thinking he’s not really out, struggling with only being regular rich and not super duper rich like he is now, struggling to be taken seriously as a businessman. Jason has to deal with not just being able to inflict violence on people whenever. Carly not being able to just threaten people with the same level of impunity with which she does it now. He could help Laura clean up the waterfront and tell her what things to look out for. I would enjoy that kind of thing so much more than this mob war.February 11, 2020 at 8:38 am #1203342883
I watched the last three episodes in a row yesterday, and I actually rather enjoyed them. I still stand by everything I’ve said about the Stevano/Gina story and how so much of it doesn’t make sense, but I feel like it’s a getting into a campier place that’s at least more fun (maybe they think this is where they’ve been all along?), and people are figuring out/finding out that these two are not Hope and Steve, so the story can’t just keep going as is. As much as I was tired of watching this play out, I really want Hope back, which can’t happen if they don’t wrap this story up. The redeeming things about the last few episodes with this story have been: 1. The twist with Marlena being Hattie was well done. It wasn’t a total shock, but they played it really well. Deidre Hall did an incredible job being just Hattie enough for those few episodes before Hattie totally exposes herself. 2. Kate is redeeming herself somewhat by rescuing Marlena and starting to tell people the truth about Stefano and Gina. 3. Abigail and Chad getting involved and taking no time to figure out what’s going on is pretty satisfying. I also think it’s pretty funny that John, Steve, etc. act like such super sleuths, but Marlena and Kate showed up in Prague, started “following some leads,” and almost immediately found John and Gina.
I’m glad they’ve also at least started going down some other road in terms of who killed Jordan by now starting to look for David’s father. Also, Will and Ben’s goodbye at the prison was really sweet. Even Clyde kind of redeemed himself a little by setting it up for Ben to escape while he covers for him. I’m looking forward to seeing that story pick up more, though I assume that we’ll have to do a hard pivot to Eli/Gabi/Lani this week, since the wedding is, in theory, Friday.