These are the Days of Christine’s Week!
These are the “Days” of Christine’s Week: I’d love to know your thoughts on this title. My staff has given me “Days Minutes”, “Days Diabtribe”, “Days Dialogue”, etc.
Because I don’t have a lot of time on my hands to join in the message board or comment discussions, and because I’ve been seeing posts directed to me in the boards, telling me that you’re interested in my thoughts, I decided to start a weekly post, sharing my own thoughts on the happenings in Salem, on Days of Our Lives. Keep in mind that my thoughts are not simply coming from a fan of the show. I write the updates, I know what’s going to happen, usually a month in advance. Spoilers are spoiled for me, which leaves for a little less excitement. Whether or not you agree or disagree with me, this is all in fun, and all I ask is that you don’t send me hate mail!
My opinion of this show changes, week to week. The feel of the show changes from day to day, scene to scene, as I’m sure it does for some of you. It used to be that the shows would build things up for the Friday cliffhangers. I don’t really notice this anymore.
This week started out with the aftermath of a shooting and I missed it. Matt wrote the update for me while I was on holiday and watching Y&R. Something big always happens when I’m on holiday. It was a great week for Y&R, but I digress. Philip’s timing couldn’t be better. We know that he has some secrets that he’s keeping from newfound love, Morgan. His taking a bullet for her could be just the thing to ease her into forgiving him for his misdeeds with her father, when he decides to spill.
I have no problems with the age gap between Chelsea and Dr. Dan. It didn’t occur to me until I saw a few rants in the message boards. To each his own! Though I sometimes do like watching the two kissing, (I’ve been hoping for a little bare chest scene again from the Doc) I don’t feel that the show has spent enough time developing their relationship so that we can decide whether or not we like them together. Daniel flew off the handle this week. He sent Chelsea and Kate on a guilt trip and asked for Chelsea’s obedience. Is this a new depth to the surfer persona?
Is it just me or does Kate have feelings for Daniel that go beyond a fling? I’m seeing stolen glances and longing in her eyes. I find it annoying that we were never privy to this lustful relationship. How are we to care about this whole storyline if we didn’t see it from the start? Do you start reading a book from the middle? It reminds me of a few weeks ago when Anna and Tony married offscreen. I. Just. Don’t. Get. It.
I knew Paul was alive. I knew before I spoke with **MORGAN** at the SOAPnet party. Just a feeling, plus, I had the spoilers for a month ahead of time, though I ignore them until closer to the date of showing. I knew he was alive but didn’t know he was alive and staying at hotel DiMera. The least John could have done was to hold him in the secret room, where there is a nice cozy bed and …
Nu-John and Ava do have a lot in common, but since she’s leaving the show, I can’t get invested in their relationship or the storyline. I like both characters, and it’s a shame Tamara Braun was let go. I’ve really warmed to her antics and am enjoying her friendship with Nicole! Though I do like Marlena, I suppose I was a “Jarlena” for years, Marlena, my advice to you is to move on. Roman’s still available. *nudge* Although I’ve been a Jarlena fan forever, even I know when it’s time to move on. If there is a chance for them in the future, I’m all for it but at the moment, her clinginess makes me sad.
They’ve introduced a few newbies to the scene. I’m enjoying Evan. Cute guy and I do like that they’re involving him in their lives a little. Please tell me they won’t automatically have him be distantly related to Abe or Lexi, just because he’s African American. Falling back on that is lame and overdone.
Speaking of lame, be careful of what you wish for. I really wanted Stephanie and Max ( Stax?) together, but now they’re just incredibly boring. Stephanie is one-dimensional, even at the best of times and Max has turned in his bad boy race car driver image for a broody bar keep. Since I don’t care about these two, why do I care about Melanie Layton? Is this just another bad girl brunette that they’ll turn good? I’m still not certain but finding out that Nicole and Trent are married was a surprise, but is that it? Is Melanie their daughter? Does she detest Trent as much as I do? Where does Nick fit in? Will this be a love match? Another bad girl for Nicky? Back to Stax. Where did Stephanie learn to allow men to walk all over her? And why is she completely over her rape? This character has no depth whatsoever.
It was good to see Hope deduce that Bo stole evidence from the Hollingsworth case. They didn't drag this on and nobody mentioned going GREEN once. Hope's smarter than Brady is, smarter than Roman is, smarter than the entire Salem PD. I'm enjoying that. Bo's got some explaining to do, because she's on to him. Bo's character needed a jump start. Kudos to the show for bringing on these changes. It's about time he started dealing with his other family. He's become more interesting and the actor has done really well with his scenes. I was starting to worry, after all those GREEN scenes.
Everyone's in the hospital. Setting things up I see… Shhh!
"When Chloe asks a nurse about Philip, she says she has been reassigned to his brother's case. "His brother?" Chloe asks, confused. "Yeah, Lucas Horton!"
What was the nurse's motivation? Wouldn't she instead tell them the name of the new nurse, instead of sharing that she was reassigned to his brother's care? Here's my re-write. "Nicole and Chloe are shocked to overhear Roman speaking with a nurse regarding admitting Lucas Horton to the hospital." I knew. Did you know, that Lucas was working for Roman and the 'Feds' in order to get his sentence reduced? He looked like mincemeat. Great makeup. I almost hurled at the first sight of his face! I think I like a rougher Lucas… I also like that he's giving up on his constant battle with Sami. I'm exhausted along with him and he has invited me Chloe to the Horton Cabin… on Smith Island. Unlike the other Horton cabin.
I was always a big Sami fan. I loved to hate her. Now she plain annoys me. A few weeks ago EJ said, "Look at yourself. You're a mess!" She is. I don't like it, but he's right. I'm not even sure, anymore, who she loves anymore and I no longer care. I'm tired of the tears, tired of the whining. Tired.
I found EJ revoltingly sweet and boring, for the past several months. He used to be so much fun when he was evil. He's showing his wickedness once again and I'm starting to dislike/like him again. He and John have shared some interesting scenes. I fondly recall Patrick Lockhart had their wicked, back alley meetings...money exchanged gloved hands... Can they bring Patrick out of jail? Did Lucas pal around with Lockhart in prison? I had to agree with Ava, who has grown tired of seeing EJ in a suit. Though I adore the wardrobe department (found out Tuesday they got a new costumer) I too want to see him in something more casual, like the outfit he wore when he and Sami played with the children. If all fails, all the men on the show should be shirtless.
I felt cheated with the way Morgan and Philip fell for each other so quickly. I mean their whole 'courtship' lasted a few days. It just doesn't ring true for me and I wonder if the writers are just being lazy. Did I miss a few episodes where they actually dated? Was I on holiday too many times? Busy in LA or Arizona for work related projects? I would have preferred if they'd taken their time with this relationship. I can't get invested in a relationship like this one.
In view of Stefano's imminent return next week, I need to rant a little. I'm happy he's returning. I like the character, but I dislike how Corday goes about hiring, firing and re-hiring actors a few months down the road. I read a quote from Ken Corday somewhere. He claims to plan all these firing and re-hirings. How embarrassing to admit that he plays with human's lives. Unless these actors know all along and play up to the media? I have no idea but why did they have to fire Mascolo at all? Perhaps Ken doesn't realize that many or most of the Days fans have left for good, because of these firings. Yeah, they're all over on CBS, watching Sabrina's death on Y&R.
Next Friday, I'll return with yet another installment. If you have a better title for me, feel free to post below, along with your own thoughts for the week!