Fantasy Friday

Posted May 6, 2016 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

Since I’m getting a little tired of complaining about Summer’s improbable existence and Ciara’s bad acting and whatnot, let’s try something different. With the whacked-out plotting and haphazard re-editing of episodes, there’s a lot we aren’t seeing onscreen — even within the confines of the current, er, less-than-stellar canvas — and that’s part of what makes it tough for me to invest in a lot of what’s going on. So here are some of those scenes that I really, really wish we could see…

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  • Paul having an actual conversation with either of his half-siblings, but especially Belle, with whom he’s never actually shared dialogue.
  • Shawn reacting to his little sister Ciara’s rape, since everyone else in town seems to know about it.
  • Ciara talking to Hope and Shawn about her late brother, Zack.
  • Claire and Philip acknowledging their complicated history (he was her father for the first year of her life!) instead of acting like he’s just some guy her mother recently took up with.
  • Hope and Chase (is he still on the show?) reacting to the fact that Aiden wasn’t actually the Necktie Killer.
  • Marlena and Maggie being forced to exchange dialogue.

What are yours? The sky is the limit, except that in this case, the sky means “featuring people who are currently on the show” (so no “I wish so-and-so would come back from the dead” or “I wish Maggie’s actual damn daughters would show up,” even though those are completely valid wishes).

Condo You Didn’t!

Posted May 5, 2016 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

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Oh my god. They’re using John and Marlena’s “townhouse” for a third residence now — although, interestingly, it’s a “condo” for Maggie and Victor, whereas Brady and Theresa’s is, like the first one, a “townhouse.”

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At least they made a point that it’s in the same building, but… I have questions. Like: what’s going to happen when Maggie and Marlena run into one another in the elevator? How does the HOA feel about the presumptive increase in murders, kidnappings, and break-ins that will no doubt infiltrate the building? Will we reach a point where Chad explains that he had the DiMera mansion redone in the style of Maggie and Victor’s new condo because it was so lovely, while Deimos loves it so much that he relocates Titan to another unit in that same building?

I’m not 100% sure that I like this whole Deimos storyline, but I like what it’s doing. We’ve got a lot of characters converging around a single mission. It’s the most “TomSell”-esque of the stories this new regime has done; under the banner of the Deimos storyline, we have: Victor’s quest for revenge; the Nicole/Deimos/Kate triangle; Brady/Theresa’s various, boring troubles; Maggie’s paralysis and her relationship with Summer; Dario doing whatever he’s doing on the fringes; and more.

It’s also giving us this:

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Kate’s streak has morphed into a full-blown blob that goes halfway around her head now! Also, how many damn jobs has she had in the past year? She was co-CEO of DiMera Enterprises, then she was running Mad World at Titan (under Justin), then she relaunched Basic Black with Nicole and Theresa, and now she’s co-CEO of Titan. May God have mercy on whomever has to do this woman’s taxes!

What Happened in Salem: Week of April 25th

Posted May 2, 2016 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

The teens took center stage (literally)…

Claire used Prom as an opportunity to do more of her guitar-backed caterwauling, and Henry — who apparently grew up without the internet — insisted on posting the performance online because he was convinced it would go viral. Despite the fact that the stage didn’t collapse or a large bird didn’t swoop in and pluck Claire offstage while she was singing, the video somehow did go viral. Meanwhile, Joey and Jade made love (the technical term for when you’re 17 and one of you is a murderer and the other one is crazy as a bedbug) and then attended Prom in casual clothes.

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem last week!

The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys

Posted May 2, 2016 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Daytime Emmys, Soap Opera, Television


This will be a short post, both because the Daytime Emmys were not broadcast on television (or online like that one horrible year), meaning I didn’t have to strap myself to my sofa and resist the urge to light myself on fire while I watched all hell break loose onscreen, and also because there were only two wins relevant to Days of Our Lives.

The first is lovely and much-deserved: Mary Beth Evans won for Outstanding Lead Actress.

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And the second is truly one of the most insane things I will ever type: True O’Brien — True O’Brien, who played Paige — won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress.


Outstanding Achievement in Hurling a Cake on the Floor? Sure. Outstanding Ability to Make a Face Like Someone Just Pooped? Totally. But an acting award?! This is meaner than I usually get about the actual actors (versus the characters/writing), but she was adequate at best, and those times were not exactly frequent. And the most relevant thing about Paige is that she’s dead! Then again, Natalia Livingston — who played the first Taylor Walker when she returned in 2011 to sniff scarves and stare at EJ — also has a Daytime Emmy, sooooo…

The full list of winners can be found here.


Odd Ends

Posted April 26, 2016 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


A few stray thoughts from the back half of last week…

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Stop this! You are crazy! Has this woman learned nothing? I mean, I don’t live in a town where there are various psychopathic men hanging out in mansions waiting to taunt me about my “banal dead husband” (credit: Stefano DiMera) but, like, this did not end well the first time, Hope. And I still, almost miraculously, don’t abhor her and Rafe together, but after weeks where it seemed like they were letting it settle, things have been ratcheted back up to “You Will LOVE This Hot New Couple!” levels. The selfie stick stuff was actually cute and refreshingly normal, but it was so tonally off given where Hope had just been. And I thought whoever did the dialogue for that Hope/Steve chat did a nice job of navigating the ham-handedness of Steve being all “Bo said you should be with Rafe! Be with Rafe!” nicely by having Hope clock that Steve was reacting to his own situation with Kayla. But just, like, chill out, show. You do not have to cram this pairing down our throats. No one has ever liked broccoli more because their mom shoved it in their face.

Speaking of crazy…

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Kate Mansi has put in some incredibly strong work the past few weeks. Abigail was almost feral in those scenes in the motel room. Thursday felt like her last episode, but I think she has some appearances remaining. At any rate, I think this makes sense for an exit story. I wouldn’t buy Abigail just leaving Chad and the baby to trot off to Europe, or a rushed break-up for the two of them. This keeps the story in play even with her exit. I’m really concerned that losing Abigail is going to be a much bigger blow than it seems like, which is a problem for an already-unmoored show. But we’ll see. I’m presuming there’s a recast already working who’s being kept under wraps, because otherwise, we’re not going to see Abigail again until like 2019.

Also speaking of crazy…

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This shot was sort of fun. Helena’s wig is not. I just find this entire setup so ridiculous, and no matter how hard they try, I don’t buy that Victor just never mentioned or showed any kind of reaction to Nicole resembling Helena so strongly. Arianne Zucker and Vincent Irizarry work well together, which is not really a surprise, but at least it makes the scenes tolerable. I cracked up when he accused her of only getting close to him for Victor’s sake and she was like, “A, I tried to kill Victor once, and B, does it really seem that weird that I’d want to know about a dead woman who was apparently my exact doppelgänger?!” Only in Salem.

What Happened in Salem: Week of April 18th

Posted April 25, 2016 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

Abigail’s breakdown continued, Hope committed her monthly attempted murder, and more…

Marlena, a former serial killer and Satanic possession victim who is for some reason still paid to have an opinion on other people’s mental health, suggested to Chad that Abigail receive inpatient care for her recent bout of The Crazy. Abigail overheard, flipped out, and fled to a motel room with Thomas. Chad and JJ found them and brought them home, and with Jennifer’s help, they convinced Abigail that going away for treatment would be best for her and Thomas.

Check out the full recap to catch up on What Happened in Salem last week!

Internal Affairs

Posted April 21, 2016 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


I am normally loath to type Lani’s name, for fear of lapsing into an immediate coma, but I have to ask: what was up with her earlier this week? This character, whose sole trait until now has been scowling at the many, many cases of police misconduct around her, is suddenly hounding Shawn to bang her in the “conference room” (P.S., guys, that’s actually just an office).

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Personality transplant much? Even Shawn, who spends 95% of his screen time being snipped at by Belle, was not having it. I actually thought Brandon Beemer injected some nice, humorous touches into those scenes, and Sal Stowers seemed to come alive when given a scene with some kind of discernible objective. Between how aggressive Lani was and the way she marched into the Pub later to square off with Belle, I can only imagine we’re in for a tale of her suddenly going bonkers over Shawn. Which… whatever. At least it might keep me awake and/or be funny.

I also thought it was bizarre how Belle just referred to her dismissively as “Lani” and not “Abe’s daughter” or anything — Abe was like an uncle to both Belle and Shawn growing up, and it should be noteworthy that a) he has a grown daughter and b) she’s getting involved with Shawn. You’d think Hope and Abe might even have a conversation about how two pairs of their kids are becoming romantically involved. But no, this is Salem 2016, where everything happens in its separate storyline bubbles. I’m still waiting for this Shawn to have a scene with his sister, Ciara, let alone weigh in on the fact that she was raped.


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