Many SKork fans are furious at the current S&K storyline. They are furious that Kayla is basically in a looping pattern as they are forced to watch her constantly do all the work in the relationship while Steve pushes her away over and over.
Why isn’t this working? It’s not like we haven’t seen Kayla in this role before…chasing and arguing with Steve that they are meant to be together and all they need is their love to get through. Steve has said some pretty cruel things to Kayla before and that’s without the brainwashing, I still can’t allow myself to watch the horrid “Shore-leave” scene again. And even then we knew his motivations.
Maybe that is it. We don’t understand his motivations. In the 80s, Steve might have mouthed off one thing, but usually it wasn’t a minute before we saw what he really felt…usually through a fantasy, a lingering look or his harmonica playing. My favorite scene actually of Steve self reflection (literally as it turns out) is early on after he scared off the whino terrorizing Kayla but her obvious fear of him sent Steve to stare at himself into that dirty mirror at home and say out loud it was no wonder Kayla Brady was scared of him.
Today was basically a repeat performance of similar scenes between the two since he was admitted. This time we didn’t even have the disturbing hot kiss between them but instead got Kayla reading their daughter’s email. Yea, that’s suspenseful. I did notice one thing that was different in today’s scenes, we saw a little of Steve’s hesitation and how he didn’t want to hurt Kayla.
A little. It struck me today that things are different on soaps than they were twenty years ago. No shit. Ok, fair enough. It’s just…do we ever get any personal reflection on characters on Days anymore? Do we know the motivation of EJ who pretty much is a solitary character with no one else he can verbalize his plans? How about Phillip? We did get a moment of him lighting a candle for Claire but since then…anything?
What am I trying to say. I have no idea. I am just venting. I want to ask for more moments of knowing Steve’s motivations for what he is doing. But I think…it’s as pointless as asking for fantasies on soaps. It’s just not done anymore.
Random thought: I was watching some first season episodes of Frasier on my Tivo and the actor who portrayed Orpheus played Father Mike (another radio host at Frasier’s station). It sort of cracked me up.