It's a new week and a new Days discussion!
We've had a few fun weeks with our new columns, discussing our own opinions on the soaps. I start mine usually on Mondays, and add to it as the week progresses. These thoughts are simply my own opinion. Take it or leave it, agree or disagree with it, and please, by all means, I'd love to hear your own in the comments!
Max and Stephanie should be thankful to have such a good friend in Nick, who lured Melanie to the police station. Wait. He told her he had his passport stolen and he's going there to pick it up. I usually buy into everything, so that I can find enjoyment in any of the soaps, as you'll find. Not this. Melanie is almost 'Willow' unlikable, but there is still time for her to change. I think she's being portrayed as too nasty and it's putting viewers off. Don't you? I'd also like to see Stephanie with more going on in her life than her love of Max. Shouldn't she be back in Salem, preparing for her second year of University, soon? These might do well with a kick in the storyline pants, because I'm finding their scenes "hum drum".
Trent's off the show sometime at the end of September or early October, which is a shame. He's a good actor with a lot to offer. We're told he was only there to further the story with Nicole, which I can understand, but it's difficult for fans to start to enjoy a character and get cut short so often. I'd rather see old family members return, and for good. How about Eric, Vivian… who else would you like to see back on a permanent basis? Shawn? Belle? In my last column, I talked about how there is no use for Chloe. I want to make it understood that I liked the character of Chloe when she was Ghoul Girl, because she had a background, a family, and they were great! I'd love to see Nancy and Craig Wesley return to Salem. The show would have to "spirit" Kevin Spirtas away from OLTL, though I hear that he's leaving, anyway so it shouldn't be hard! Would you like to see them return? Would it make the character more appealing to you?
The show is spending a lot of time and a ton of dialogue on John and Marlena. This tells me something is moving forward. We were promised by Ken Corday that Jarlena would be back together, and I'm ready for action. While I've stated that I do like the new John, I'd like to see a melding of the two characters, like... "Tess" on One Life To Live! I think that the whole issue of keeping apart star crossed lovers ala Harlequin Romance style is fine, but only to a point. I was ready for a reunion or for Marlena to move on, and then I saw Friday's show (on Thursday) and my jaw dropped. Eve Plumb, (Jan Brady from 70's show called The Brady Bunch) came to Salem for the day as "Dora". Right in the middle of her session, John barged in. This is where my jaw dropped. How disrespectful can a person get? How selfish? Rude? Inconsiderate? Did I get them all? Did the show write this just to make people hate new-John? I love new-John's caustic comic relief, but this would have been a huge turn off for me. "Hello, security?" I've no respect for anyone who messes with another person's career. We know that he's got issues to say the least, so his selfishness shouldn't come as a shock, but it did. Marlena told her assistant she'd deal with it herself, but when John proclaimed he had a tight feeling in his throat when he thought he was going to lose her, she turned to mush. I understand this is what she's been waiting for, but what about Jan Brady (Dora)? Nobody mentioned this poor woman, who needed Marlena's help. Shouldn't Marlena have run after Dora to apologize and reschedule or something? John has a tight feeling in his throat, and asks if Marlena ever thinks about the last time they had sex after the plane crash. (I thought they just made out? I forget.) and instead of running after Dora, this had Marlena throwing her arms around John and crying. She thinks about it too. Uh, the difference is, he's thinking about the sex, not the emotions behind sex, Marlena! Then, in the very next scene, they're having sex. Eh? I almost fell out of my chair, when John yelled out with pride, "Oh, I knew I could win you back!" Gee Marlena, you kind of deserved that. Sorry. I love both these characters as you all know, but what was that all about? Even as I was still reeling from Dora, the colour drained from my face as John threw that bucket of ice water on the proceedings. Things aren't looking good for these two.
There is no way that Lucas will gain sole custody of Allie. It's not going to happen. It's going to be joint. What else could it possibly be? The guy just got out of jail for attempted murder, and he's slinging insults? Very hypocritical of him. Lucas, Sami and EJ have all done things against the law, they've all done things to hurt other people but let's face it, we've got to all be over anything that has happened more than a year or two ago! I mean, you have to be in order to watch any soap, otherwise you're living in the past and won't be able to enjoy the show. Phyllis has done some really nasty things on Y&R, but I still think she's great. So has Gloria, and she's my favourite character! Sometimes you just have to move on and get over the past misdeeds of characters! (This applies in reality, too!) I do have to say it was nice to see Mickey and Maggie this week, but why not bring these two out of the back burner more? They could have EJ with Mickey in his office, working on a case together. Maybe I'm still in Genoa City, but I would be interested in seeing this.
Caroline and Victor: I did want to see them together, and I think I still do. I do have to wonder if Caroline is too goody-goody for ol' Vic? We'll see. Wasn't it funny when she booted him out of the pub for his involvement with Bo, yet she didn't comment on Trent's return to her pub? What's with people who show up places where they are not wanted?
Back to Chelsea. An omission may have ruined their budding relationship. Let's take a look at "Dansea". Daniel told Lexi that he and Chelsea had barely even started to date. They had one date, actually, but there are feelings there. Not love. Chelsea found out that Daniel and Kate had a fling, after Daniel found out Chelsea's infection lead to her sterility. Chelsea wonders why he or Kate didn't come clean before Daniel got together with Chelsea? Both Kate and Daniel knew that Chelsea was into Daniel, and now she can't get past it. Are they just looking for a way to split this "almost" couple up? I don't dig that this recycled (Billie and Nick) storyline. I think they could get past it if they tried, but since they are not yet in love, I'm not sure it's going to happen. (I could be wrong. It's known to happen.) Is the show breaking them up only to have Chelsea back with Nick? Time will tell. I will tell you that Kate's got some interesting storylines coming up soon.
Morgan thought right when she thought she saw dear old dad, Paul Hollingsworth. How he broke out of that cell, I will never know. Did someone break him out? Will this be visited? We'll have to wait for that one. Does this mean that Phorgan will get back together, now that Morgan realizes that Philip didn't kill her dad? Will she forgive Philip?
Steve decides to learn more about Trent. I started writing this on Wednesday, just before I watched Thursday's show, and almost wrote, "Why does he still not have a job?" Ooops. He does, now! Thank you, DAYS, for giving Steve a job. He's a Private Investigator and I'm able to buy into it. Steve's great, and now he'll shine, when he's not doing a boring baby storyline. Word travels fast in Salem, and he already has his first client. Trent. While Trent wants Steve to investigate Nick, Steve decides he needs to investigate dear old Trent… before he's gone from the show. Arianne Zuker (Nicole) told Soaps.com, "You’ll definitely get to see a little more of who he is and what he did, but that’s about all I can divulge at the moment." Thank you, Arianne.Very interesting!
I love Scooby-Doo!
Anna reminds me of Shaggy, from Scooby-Doo. She's so comical and such a fraidy-cat! Stefano gets a shipment sent to the DiMera mansion and runs off to hide, just like Scoob and Shag would do! Too funny! Loving her scenes, love her and love her with the always dashing Tony. (I've met them both a few times at red carpet events and really enjoyed talking with them.)
I promised I'd post the results from this week's poll. At the time of writing this, 46% of people said they did not like the Film Noir episodes from last week. I didn't vote but I would vote Yes!! Perhaps if the show had let fans know about it in advance, they'd have given it a shot? Or perhaps some just can't stand that sort of thing! To each his own!
The DiMera mansion has a full house this week with John, Sami, EJ, the twins, Tony, Anna living in it. Guess who else is moving in? "Just have my room ready. I'm coming home!" (Stefano!) Never a dull moment in that manse!
We're at the end of the rant, the end of the week, and I thought you might like to participate in a new poll!
Look for another opinion column next Friday, and be sure to visit the other soap sections on Soaps.com to read the opinions of the other writers. Don't forget, this is all in fun, and we want to hear from you, too!