So it’s time for a monthly check in on what is bad, good, and promising for this show and how we might fix it’s issues. Since ratings are in the toilet with the level of my interest, let me start with the bad:
Phorgan: Well this promising storyline went right out the window. I felt everything was going along nicely, the pacing and setup proving that maybe the show hasn’t forgotten how to do a slow burn after all. Then….bam….Morgan turns into a crying, emotional mess who can’t seem to stand up straight unless Philip is around her. I realize that losing or possibly losing your father can be a high end emotional setback for any girl her age. But this is a soap and we are used to seeing tragedies all the time…plus Morgan up to Dena’s arrival had not been written like this. And Philip going from feeling bad to his own involvement in Paul’s possible demise into being Morgan’s champion for anything she needs…is also out of character for him.
Chan: Well we know how I feel about them but it seems to me the couple keeps getting worse and worse. I think the biggest problem is they can’t seem to fully commit with making Daniel a total creep. His actions are certainly not appealing but the show pulls back instead of going all the way. It’s waffling at best but bad writing at worst. Chelsea is written even worse, the dynamic and headstrung brat we used to know is now a stepford wife type who asks Dan for permission/advice for everything. Ugh. That said, I do enjoy the grannysex twist, more than I thought since SC and LK’s chemistry is making Chan’s look like child’s play (oh pun intended!)
Stax: Well I’ve never been a fan of them but I have been able to be indifferent. I’ve said a hundred times, I think Stax’s most interesting feature was the one they outright ignored and didn’t use: the uncle dating. So placing that aside, this couple just is too much alike to really sustain viewers interest into a story all for themselves. You add in the limitations of DB and SH’s acting, and it really makes it more difficult to watch. I do care about Melanie’s arrival, only because she can be a possible love interest for Nick but the long time it’s taking to get to see her is building her up in our minds no doubt Meryl Streep would disappoint us once we meet.
Jawn/Marlena: I’ll set Ava aside for another section. The problem with Jawn is that we know there is no way Marlena will be forever out of his life….so why should any non Jarlena fans get invested in this? I stopped being a Drake fan a long time ago, but I admit if I have to have Drake on my screen, making him an asshole to everyone he used to call friend is one thing to get me to watch. That said, I’m not sure what they are doing with Marlena. I’m not a Marlena fan at all, but like the rest the women on this show, stop having her stare at Jawn in her gaspy way as if that WILLS her old boy to return. And the thing about the disk…well I’m an IT geek. A broken disk is a broken disk and it’s gone.
Abe/Lexie: What Autism story? We’ve seen these two characters interact more with others on other issues. The most we’ve had is them discussing finances and between a doctor that is Chief of Staff along with Abe being the highest ranked cop in town, how can they have financial issues?
Sami: Oh dear God, what have they done? Many Lumi fans thought Sami falling for her rapist would be the end of their love for her. Um…no, my end of my love for her was when they took away her backbone, replacing it with a water hose and let her spray blame around everyone around her instead of just….getting even. I’m sick of her yelling at EJ, Lucas, Chloe and Nicole. Let’s move on please.
Ava: Oh what a waste of a character. How I can sit here and wish they had simply written her to hook up with Daniel after she was found out to be nuts from the crazy pills and we got a real doctor/patient love story with a couple equal in age and maturity. But Nooooooo, she’s the new Billie.
Oh, I’m kidding! Really. What’s good:
Steve and Kayla: Naturally they finally having their talk has placed them back where they deserved, the side of good on this show. Too bad it was a little too late but I can still enjoy it. SN and MBE play so well off each other, not just with making bad scripts into better ones, but they have worked opposite each other so long they know how to stand back and let the person opposite them have a turn. It’s awesome to watch just not for entertainment sake but to see their acting nuances.
Nicole: Awesome girl. She’s been brought back with layers, issues, and pookie but sadly she’s not been around lately.
EJ: Also awesome, he’s being written better with a twist of a his bad layers showing up from time to time. I do like him a lot with Nicole but not sure if they have the ability to last. We’ll see.
Melanie: I have hopes for this character. We’ve not seen her so I can only let her be in the promising zone but since the rest of females in Salem are simpering, weak minded fools (see the theme for this month) I have to hope she won’t be.
Weak women: This is really getting on my nerves. With the exception of Nicole, the women of Salem, young and old, are hitting the hit list of a feminist pet peeves. Some of the women I hardly recognize like Chelsea, Morgan and Sami. What is particularly troublesome is that the head writer is a woman! How can she do that to our sex? It’s enraging. Even Kayla and Hope seem to be completely incapable of doing anything outside of having “their man” around. This needs to stop and now.
How to fix the problems
It’s tough…I would say fire the writer but even I’m not sure Days can survive another writer transition. What we need to do is start the work on the following:
- Break up Chan immediately and let Date be the endgame couple.
- Use Melanie to come between Stax to have them end things and find new partners for Max and Stephanie.
- Write in a new slow burn romance but don’t fuck it up like Phorgan (probably Nick/Melanie are best candidates at this time).
- Some say Phorgan can be saved if it’s revealed that Morgan is “using” Philip but I’m not sure Morgan is sophisticated enough for me to buy that. So my opinion is once the reveal of Philip’s relationship to her dad is out, shift the energy from Morgan and Chelsea, where I think they could do a world of good with this hurting these best friends. Chelsea’s Dad has covered up a crime for Chelsea’s Uncle. And Chelsea never lets anyone say bad stuff about her Dad, even though he deserves it in this case. As for Phorgan, she strikes me as the kind of girl that would “freeze” out Philip and I’d kind of like to see that. Give it a month and maybe revisit them with the “freeze” still on but they are forced to work together in some fashion.
- For everything else, an umbrella story…NOW!!!!