God Grant Me the Serena-ty

Posted November 21, 2014 by mykleraus
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Details and thoughts on a new character arriving in Salem soon… hidden behind the cut for the spoiler-phobic.

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Stream-of-Consciousness Tuesday

Posted November 19, 2014 by mykleraus
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Now there are just random children wandering around the woods proclaiming what a Good Man Daniel is? Ugh.

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I have to hand it to the writers, though. If there’s anything that makes me want to go back to the days of Eric yelling at Nicole for what a terrible person she is, it’s having to watch Daniel scream at her about throwing a football wrong.

And then you have Marlena, bopping around the hospital with hair that looks like she let one of the grandchildren do it –

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– and telling Jordan that she knows Jordan has something burdening her, and if she wants to talk about it, of course whatever she told Marlena right here in the middle of the hospital with a zillion (okay, five) people milling around would be totes confidential.

For what it’s worth, though, Marlena and Abigail’s confrontations with Anne were pretty hilarious, especially Anne telling Abigail, “I know you have the morals of an alley cat!”

It sure was nice of Sami to leave her bountiful amounts of leather behind when she left Salem.

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Actress Returning

Posted November 17, 2014 by mykleraus
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Not a huge surprise here, but some very welcome news…

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What Happened in Salem: Week of Nov. 10th

Posted November 17, 2014 by mykleraus
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While Theresa was troubled to learn she isn’t pregnant after all…

JJ and Eve, feeling guilty about their tryst and desperate not to have Paige find out, handled it in typical Salem fashion: by sharing lots of guilty glances and talking about it nonstop. Eve tried to convince JJ that he had to break it off with Paige after what happened. Meanwhile, Paige fixated on the minutiae of her mother’s sex life. Who hit play on Eve’s moaning porn soundtrack, if you catch my drift? Was it the town doctor? The local priest? Like any regular teen, Paige has gotta know!

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November Promo

Posted November 12, 2014 by mykleraus
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The Day of Days fan event was held last weekend, and while I was too lazy to go and make a fool of myself, I did come upon this November promo video, which was apparently shown to attendees even though a) November is half-over and a lot of the content has already aired and b) it’s a promotional video for the show but they haven’t even put it online.

Then again, if what was about to air on my television show was this formless and mostly snooze-inducing, I might only show it to my most rabid, paying fans, too.

It’s not bad, per se, but it’s also… where’s the sweeps month drama? Chad telling off Rafe is (was, since it already aired) a fun moment in a small story. Melanie returning is nice (if you like her, which I do), but it’s so undramatic. “Hey Grandma, I’m moving back. kthxcool” Paul’s flirting with every woman vaguely his age on the show. Hope and Aiden getting together is exciting, as is the potential of the JJ/Eve fallout, but everything just feels so ho-hum. Do please share a fit of laughter with me at 1:42 into the promo, when Daniel is shown lying on top of Nicole and you can hear someone go, “Oh no!” Literally every other character/pairing/story gets cheers, and all this gets is an exclamation of terror.

I feel like the mundaneness of this promo does not bode well for the show in the months following Sami, EJ, and Kristen’s departures. Is anything actually going to happen?

Tammy (Sue)’s Got a Gun

Posted November 11, 2014 by mykleraus
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I keep telling myself that I need to post about the show, but then I open Hulu to take screenshots and wake up, hours later, disoriented and in a puddle of my own drool.

Well, this happened, and while it should have been gripping, it was — in the grand tradition of everything pertaining to this Jordan storyline — about as exciting as this plain granola with almond milk I’m eating right now.

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Was it supposed to be shocking that Clyde, Jordan’s creepy stepfather whom they have gone out of their way to remind us is not biologically related to her, raped her when she was 15? This was literally the #1 thing that the entire audience expected the very first time Clyde appeared onscreen. Also, it doesn’t really count as a “reveal” when it’s one character telling another character something he already knows! (Credit to Chrishell Stause, who did step it up during Monday’s episode, finally.)

I want to understand where they’re going with this, though. The obvious implication is that Tammy Sue got pregnant from the rape, and Ben is really her son and not her brother, but they appear to be about four years apart in age, so I’m sure even Days of Our Lives could sell that foolishness. I had an out-there thought: what if Tammy Sue gave birth to a baby girl, whom Clyde gave up for adoption (sold)… to a certain Mr. Larson and his desperate wife? I could at least buy young Paige as having been the product of Jordan’s teenage pregnancy, and then they could happily reunite and go skipping offscreen together, never to be seen again. And then there’s the question of Clyde. These scenes were juxtaposed with Chad taunting Kate about Clyde (and mentioning Ian MacAllister in the process — truly thought I’d never hear that name again) and Kate defending him. Will Kate believe Jordan if she ever gets around to telling anyone about this? They seem oddly invested in making Clyde the new villain of the show, but making him the rapist of a teenage girl seems like it would shorten his shelf life. Then again, this is Days, so he’ll probably be marrying Marlena in the middle of the Town Square in six months.

What Happened in Salem: Week of November 3rd

Posted November 8, 2014 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

Kristen pulled one last stunt on her way out of town. Meanwhile…

With Jennifer out of town helping Laura recover from surgery, Paige borrowed her Judgmental Shrew Pants (though, this being Jennifer, it’s probably more like a Judgmental Shrew Tunic From Hell With Lace Trim) and ragged on JJ for the following offenses: drinking a beer; being photographed in the presence of two girls; not telling her that his dad was Kayla’s rapist. JJ went to find Paige and instead came across Eve, who’d just been told she isn’t a candidate for the vocal cord surgery, and they had depressed sex. Between these two and Daniel/Kristen, everyone in Salem could benefit from a lesson in how normal people act on their depression: by over-ordering Domino’s and eating it in your PJs while you shame-watch a Keeping Up With the Kardashians marathon.

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