Drink the Pain Away

Posted September 21, 2017 by mykleraus
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If I had just come out of an alcohol-poisoning-induced bout of unconsciousness, you know what would have me lunging for the booze immediately?

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Three shrieking harridans basically crawling on top of me, screaming and yelling!

Though it was nice to see the right characters — and characters who don’t often interact — coming together to try and help Lucas, the scenes themselves were a little hit-and-miss. Maybe it was all the shouting and wailing, but it was like they were trying to browbeat Lucas into going to rehab instead of reasoning with him. I guess they might’ve been hoping he would just go, “Fine! I’ll head for rehab immediately if you all shut up!” Didn’t work, though, did it? The emotional beat that hit me hardest during all that was Lucas lamenting that he has nothing left: Allie is with Sami, Will is dead, Adrienne left him, and Kate fired him. It was heartbreaking that that’s how he sees his life. And that’s without mentioning that he’s homeless and has the same haircut as the three kids from Home Improvement circa 1997!

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Though a nice solution to that homelessness might be having him move into the Horton house with Jen. There’s a free room since Abigail moved out, and there’s an attic people only get obsessed with going into every 50 years!

On a semi-related note, I decided to do Sober September as a post-summer/pre-holiday detox, and oh my god, there’s no way I would’ve been able to make it without my nightly rations of wine if I were having to watch five episodes a week of the Days we were stuck with last year.

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In addition to the focus on Lucas, which I love, we’re getting some less-typical dynamics, like Nicole talking to Abe (I’ve always enjoyed when they played the Walker/Carver bonds — that was one of the few bright spots of the 2011 Taylor ordeal) and Chloe mixing it up with Julie. What breaths of fresh air. For all the chemistry that Nicole and Eric still have, that whole triangle happening in a bubble is barely managing to get my attention, but I perked up when Nicole started confiding in Abe. Please, more of this and roughly 90,000 fewer shots of Brady staring at the liquor in Victor’s living room. Please.

 

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Man of Your Dreams

Posted September 19, 2017 by mykleraus
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Sonny is damn lucky that he got that cute moment with Chad and the tailor.

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Because I wanted to set him on fire for at least the first half of Monday’s episode. He had every right to be angry or upset about the things Lucas said to him, but he was completely over-the-top. You’ll “never forgive” Lucas for… bringing up his own son?! That’s not how the world works, Sonny. He got gradually better as the episode went along, though, to the point where I could generally tolerate him by the end. So that’s something. As much as I don’t want them to prop up Will by rewriting history to say that he wasn’t at fault for the end of their marriage, it felt right for Sonny to express guilt over having walked out on Will. In the wake of Will’s murder, Sonny has put greater blame on himself for not having forgiven Will for the cheating and manipulating, as if he’d done that, Will wouldn’t have been left alone with Ben and wouldn’t have been killed. And they also had Paul finally admit that he wasn’t totally innocent, either. He didn’t know that Will was married when they slept together, but when Will and Sonny’s marriage started to go downhill, he definitely hovered, waiting for his chance to pounce on Sonny.

Meanwhile, does anyone work in this damn church?

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I know the main priest was defrocked like three years ago (and I miss Father Matt!), but you’d think someone else would’ve wandered through the place during the entire hour that Lucas was either passed out on the floor or actively screaming and crying to himself.

Aside from that, the Lucas/Will stuff was really strong. There was a ton of emotion packed in there, and I liked the subtle way that it was written so that all of Will’s dialogue could’ve plausibly been a manifestation of Lucas’s mind. This wasn’t irrefutably a ghost showing up to tell Lucas things he didn’t know; it was a conversation with his subconscious.

Speaking of subtle and heart-wrenching… just kidding! There was also some Julie!

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The reminiscing between her and Doug was cute and a nice nod to history, though I admit I cringe a little when they start doing the really hokey old-timey stuff with the singing. (Even though it fits their characters! I don’t know why it makes me uncomfortable!) I have no idea where this setup is going with Julie and Chloe both bidding on Club TBD, but with all the mentions of the former Doug’s Place today, I’d love to see Julie take control of this joint if for no other reason than to finally change that awful, terrible name. Chloe working with them could be a great way to incorporate her back into Salem society as something more than “woman who pops up for random plot points” and “carrier of Daniel Jonas’s children.” And, of course, I’m sure poor 90-something Doug would be grateful not to have to deal with the daily ins and outs of managing a nightclub — though perhaps the crowd that was fine with elderly Alzheimer’s patient Caroline Brady running a pub all by herself might not be so sympathetic to that anyway.

Introducing… DOOLmoji

Posted September 19, 2017 by mykleraus
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Welp, this is… not a thing I ever knew I needed, but it turns out that I do.

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Today, Days announced the upcoming release of the DOOLmoji app, due out September 21st. From the press release:

The DOOLMojis have been created as an exciting new way for fans to communicate with each other and with the show via social media platforms as well as through text messaging apps and SMS. Days of our Lives is the first daytime television series to create emoji renders of its characters in an effort to enhance interaction with its passionate fanbase. With additional emojis releasing later this year, the first collection of emojis will include depictions of many fan-favorite characters [as well as] emojis of memorable moments, objects, and symbols including: the infamous Sami/Carrie b*tchslap of 1997 and Marlena’s levitation of 1994.

This sounds like the perfect way to terrorize my friends. I also foresee it turning into a colossal mess the minute actors leave the show and recasts hit, but I guess that’s a metaphor for the entire operation, eh?

Meanwhile, here’s an awkward video promo for the app featuring Lauren Koslow, which won’t allow me to embed it.

What Happened in Salem: Week of September 11th

Posted September 17, 2017 by mykleraus
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Two surprising cliffhangers and two thousand scenes of devious doppelgängers carrying on and on and on…

At the Kiriakis mansion, Bonnie intercepted Sheila before she could deliver Adrienne’s message to Justin. She lied that Sheila was there about the opening for a maid and convinced Sheila to take the job, as well as promises that there would be money and there would be no scrubs hanging out the passenger side of their best friend’s ride, trying to holler at her. For some reason Sheila found this to be a better option than just telling Justin the truth and taking Adrienne’s reward, so she agreed. Maggie and Bonnie clashed over the new hire, because Maggie suddenly has a collection of figurines that require dusting six times a day, mostly because everyone is constantly picking them up to yammer about them.

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

Will to Live

Posted September 15, 2017 by mykleraus
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A big part of me wishes I’d been unspoiled for this.

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I gasped even though I knew exactly what was coming (because they put the entire scene in the damn promo for this week). Then again, this is one of those things that will, with any luck, get lapsed viewers to pay attention, so it’s probably worth it.

When Lucas fell off the wagon, they were playing it with a bit of a comedic bent, but that was completely gone in Friday’s episode. That was all really dark, in a gripping way. Kate still hasn’t learned that tough love (i.e., firing him) isn’t going to work here, but this is a woman who still hasn’t learned that taking a parade of sociopaths as lovers might be a bad idea, so hey, what did we expect? Gabi’s concern about him being drunk around Arianna — especially given the echoes of how he originally lost custody of Will — felt pretty raw, and the way he tore into Sonny and Paul at the church was so loaded. Yeah, it’s coming a little out of nowhere, but this is a raging alcoholic who feels as though his entire world has collapsed in on him. Far from the most implausible thing on this show.

Also, that ending was worth it just to explain to my confused friend, “Oh, that’s his son. He was brutally murdered two years ago!” Sometimes I forget that normal people aren’t accustomed to the dead just waltzing through the door and announcing themselves.

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On the other side of this story, I’ve had just about enough of Bonnie. It isn’t that she isn’t amusing or that Judi Evans isn’t doing a great job, but we’re spending a shitload of time with Bonnie, Hattie, and now Sheila — and relatively little with the people for whom they’re supposed to provide story. I like the idea of Marlena and John being on the case to try and figure out who Hattie’s accomplice was, but you’d think Marlena would want to chill out on the couch for a day or something. But nope, she’s right back out there in her blazers, giving people the old what-for. Then again, given the number of times she’s been kidnapped and held hostage, PTSD is probably like a head cold to her.

So yeah, I could do with a little less of the doppelgängers onscreen, since they aren’t the ones I’m rooting for here. Adrienne’s scenes in the prison with Sheila were pretty horrifying — her panic was palpable — even though it still feels like a major suspension of disbelief that she hasn’t been able to get anyone in that prison to evaluate her body and determine that she couldn’t possibly be Bonnie Lockhart. But she’s back in solitary, and Bonnie is just kind of swanning around Salem trying not to get exposed, even though with Anjelica dead, she no longer has to hand off Justin, so the whole plan is even more pointless than it was in the first place. I suppose she still wants revenge against Maggie for… not actually having been murdered before, but that feels fairly hollow as a character drive, and you’d think this woman might have some interest in seeing her damn kids, one of whom she went to prison to protect!

Lock It Up

Posted September 12, 2017 by mykleraus
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Best reason yet to join the Salem PD: turns out that if you aren’t actually on the force or closely related to someone who is, you do have to go to jail when you do something bad!

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I actually felt terrible for Hattie during Monday’s episode, which is a testament both to the writing and Deidre Hall’s performance. There’s no way that she shouldn’t pay for what she did to Marlena and John, but she seemed so lost and, frankly, mentally ill during her breakdown with Hope that it was difficult not to feel sympathy for her. And they made a nice choice by having Hope be so compassionate toward her. Not only did it lend some interesting dimension to what could’ve been typical “slap some cuffs on the bad guy” scenes, but it prevented Hope from coming off as a total hypocrite, given her role in Stefano’s death (“death”) and the cover-up.

As solid as the Hattie portion of this story was, though, the stuff at Bayview was, um, messy? It legitimately felt like we were missing scenes or that the breakdown got scrambled in editing or something. After all that build-up with Marlena and John, we have them strapped to tables, about to receive electroshock therapy, and then… Roman and Paul have a chat, decide it might be good to check in at Bayview, and a scene later, John and Marlena are standing up and fine. It’s like the actual climax got cut from the episode. To make it even weirder, we had Hope forcing Hattie to admit that she’d authorized electroshock therapy for them, and Hope frantically making a phone call to stop it — even though we’d already seen Roman and Paul put a stop to it. Just really strange pacing with deflated tension and a bizarre lack of payoff.

And I still have no idea what to say about this Andre business. When word came in that Hattie had taken Marlena’s place and sabotaged Andre, Abigail exclaimed, “So Andre isn’t certifiable?” No, he is! He totally is! The only thing more demented than Andre himself is how we’re supposed to step into this Bizarro World where no one seems particularly concerned about his past crimes. Kate, stop worrying about Mr. Shin and the stupid acquisition and start thinking about how you are married to a vengeful serial killer!

Seems like Hattie isn’t going to rat out Bonnie, though.

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Sheila as the maid at the Kiriakis mansion could be fun. I’m not sure how much longer Bonnie can get away with this schtick, though. She’s doing a horrible job pretending to be Adrienne, and everyone but Justin seems to be aware of it. Obviously their first instinct wouldn’t be “Perhaps there’s a woman who looks just like Adrienne who switched places with her,” but her demeanor and behavior are so out-of-character that it isn’t going to be possible for this to go on much longer without her doing something drastic to keep her secret. Which could be entertaining, frankly.

And while we’re on the subject of crazy (although, when are we not when discussing the people of Salem?), there was that mysterious ending in Bayview on Monday.

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That was a great little bit of intrigue. I have a pretty good guess as to whom this is going to be (warning for the spoiler-free — casting news will probably be discussed in the comments of this post!), but I like that they dropped it in without an immediate anvil.

Actor Reprises Role

Posted September 12, 2017 by mykleraus
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Another return to report, though I’m guessing this will be for a short arc…

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