Days of our Lives Weekly Blog
I like Bo high! (Soaps.com)
These are the “Days” of my week for January 17-21:
There are a lot of disgruntled fans of the show who were promised certain storylines from Dena Higley and Ken Corday, who didn’t follow through, or who are upset to see three actors leave the show. We’re focusing on what the fans are talking about the most this week. I’m sharing what they’re saying. Brace yourself. It’s not pretty!
It looks like I’m not the only one wondering not only why the powers that be bother having beloved actors return only to either change their characters for the worse or to set them on the back burner. I love Jennifer, but I can’t deny that if I had my druthers I’d have preferred she didn’t return, rather than have the writers break the couple up. It’s bad enough they keep ruining the on-screen characters but now the off-screen ones too? Do they have something against Matthew Ashford?!
“Stefanie DiMera” says, “Jennifer is just sort of aimlessly floating around in space much like other former big name characters, such as Justin, Adrienne, Kayla, etc. They show up for a bit, then just go away.” “Rm12” chimes in with a similar response. “I absolutely agree with anyone disappointed in Jennifer’s return. The writers made us love Jack and Jennifer as a couple, made us and Jennifer suffer through Jack’s alleged death numerous times, and how he was the love of Jennifer’s life and she could never love anyone else, and then they come up with this lame “Jack’s on a walkabout” storyline. We’re supposed to believe that he turned his back on Jennifer and the two children he adored so he could ‘find himself’. It’s insulting to everyone who ever followed the Jack and Jennifer love story.”
Fans speak out about the upcoming losses.
This week has been a difficult one in the world of soaps. We’ve seen too many actors either being fired or leave their soaps. While I’ve never been a big fan of Steph or Nathan, I’ll really miss Philly and his troll doll hair that tells a story of its own. He’s a vet for goodness sake! Since we’re losing Nathan, Stephanie and Philly, will they have to de-SORAS Melanie or age her?
“Days Dreamer” is sorry and sad that Jay Kenneth Johnson is leaving, even if it’s his decision. “I like JKJ and Phillip. Once he married Mel, his part was not a substantive as it was in the past. I wish they had given him a better part.” I agree. While I won’t put words in the actors’ mouths as to why they left, actors don’t leave if they’re happy. I’ll miss Philip (Jay) a lot. “ttaylor” seems to agree. “I think Days needs to do whatever it takes to try and convince Phillip to stay! I love Phillip!”
"Kabo" did some terrific ranting. A nice sample – "From the destroyed characters/families and stupid poorly written and repetitive storylines to the laziness and/or lack of research on historical accuracy, I am sick of what the current writing staff has done to the soap I have followed for four decades." Follow Kabo’s rant here, along with other fan reactions.
Not Another John Black Storyline…
Sami is no Marlena and Rafe is no John, and yet we’re subject to a repeat storyline meant for a couple that has passed the test of time of undying love. They’re still too new for such a storyline and a dreadful bore for me to care if they break up or not. I do like camp to some degree, as long as it’s not extensively written, so I’m not completely opposed to the idea of this FrankenRafe storyline, but I’m not sure where they’re going to go with it and sure don’t care about Rafe enough to see him have yet another front burner storyline or Sami wind up in tears for the next four months.
"diehardAW" has a request. "Please "DOOL" writers, not another John Black story with Rafe this time. I mean you all have already repeated the coffin ordeal and now the Stefano/John Black job again? Get real please come up with some better ideas for the show except repeats!" "lovedays21" agrees. "I am going to be done too as soon as nuJohn...I mean nuRafe comes into play. I can't deal with these reused and depressing storylines. I am going to take a break, maybe a permanent one."
From Twitter, "ejamialltheway," had me laughing with this comment. "I wonder if James Scott will renew his contract this April since KC is trying to replace him with Galen Gering?"
My reflections on the week.
Bo being high on truth serum and being beaten by Jane was the highlight of the week.
Do the writers dislike Kate? They’ve left her with only one family member – Will. The least they can do is recast Philly or bring Lucas back or hey – keep her with Stefano permanently.
What a laugh: Maggie telling Melanie to butt out of Daniel’s life? Mel only learned from the master.
What did Nicole expect when she went to Brady for help? She needs to stop listening to Chloe, of all people, for advice. Of course Brady wouldn’t help her. She dumped him for Sydney!
EJ doesn’t want his kids or Samanther hurt, but what does he think is going to happen when Rafe turns into FrankenRafe? The kids will be hurt and so will Samanther. He sure thinks unilaterally.
Rafe, Sami and EJ all suck as parents. Leaving Johnny alone in the hospital for more than five minutes at a time is a disgrace.
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- Christine Fix