Wednesday Worries

Posted June 21, 2018 by mykleraus
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The idea of a DiMera running Titan, well established as the Kiriakis family business, should be intriguing.

Key word: should.

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And yet it isn’t, because neither of these companies are anything, and nothing ever comes of these CEO merry-go-rounds. No one loses money in any way that matters, no one struggles to find a new job, the companies don’t seem to suffer. We’ve already seen a story in recent years in which someone edges Victor out of Titan and the mansion, which resulted in Victor… living in a townhouse with Maggie. So I’m not really sure what the prospect of Chad running Titan even means, other than he and Sonny are their least irritating when they’re together (the actors legitimately have great chemistry), so it might be less irksome than other possibilities.

Meanwhile, I’m concerned that Will, intending to steal Dr. Rolf’s serum from Kayla’s office (where all the controversial medical treatments are stored, apparently), instead swiped a radioactive urine sample.

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It’s either that, or it’s this:

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Regardless, I’m not sure that’s the kind of thing anyone needs to be injecting into his veins.

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Posted June 20, 2018 by mykleraus
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Someone want to explain to me why, on a day focused solely on a storyline in which I’ve never felt any investment (beyond being thankful for a chance to dip out to the kitchen for a snack), I was a sobbing mess?

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I never particularly cared for the pairing of Lani and JJ, or the potential pairing of Lani and Eli, or this pregnancy, and yet Tuesday’s episode totally worked for me. Lamon Archey did very good work. Sal Stowers is, confusingly, almost always better at the big drama than everyday stuff or police procedural scenes. And bringing a bunch of Hortons together to rally around Eli as they awaited word on Lani’s C-section was a touch that really grounded all of this in the very core of Days of Our Lives.

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I have no idea why this storyline abruptly shifted a few months ago, with the revelation of Eli being the father and then very little follow-up — but I can only guess that someone realized the forced quadrangle wasn’t working. But they managed to wring very strong drama out of it as Lani went into surgery and, later, the baby died. It made me wish that drama had been spread out over a few days or weeks, although maybe they decided that the baby’s death would be the catalyst for new, more interesting story. Centering Lani’s “walk into the light” dream on an alternate life with JJ didn’t do much for me, even though it made dramatic sense, but everyone coming together at the hospital — plus the very accessible drama of a woman and her loved ones terrified over the prospect of a dangerously premature infant — wound up working much better than I would’ve expected. Could this story move do the unthinkable and actually make me give a crap about Lani? Let’s not go crazy just yet, but I’m at least slightly intrigued to find out.

You Got Me Feelin’ Bella Good

Posted June 15, 2018 by mykleraus
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I wonder what the other employees of Titan, Basic Black, Bella, et al. think about Victor handing out executive positions to various incompetent relatives and hangers-on the way normal people hand out Tic-Tacs, or the way my grandpa hands out Tootsie Rolls at funerals (long story). I mean, sure, Theresa designed some basic-ass dresses for a runway show once three years ago. She’s obviously qualified to run a fashion magazine!

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Yes, Victor, you just hired a woman to run a fashion publication who isn’t disturbed by the fact that JJ bought that pink-tinged couch for his apartment with orange-red walls and curtains. This should end well.

Design disasters aside: wow, is it a breath of fresh air to have Theresa in all these scenes with JJ.

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The gratuitous shirtlessness isn’t bad, either. But she seems scheme-y and fun, and there’s actual chemistry between them. What a concept! I even loved how they did that flashback to 2013, which seems like lifetimes ago.

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I always think Casey Moss looks young compared to his scene partners (Lani, Eli, even Gabi) these days, but he was really a kid then!

We were also blessed with some newly reshot flashbacks at the Cabin of Murder.

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I liked that they went to the trouble of recreating those flashbacks (and so faithfully) with Marci Miller, since Kate Mansi appeared in the original scenes. For once, they were really needed to give us insight into what’s going on in Ben’s head, and it was actually kind of fun to watch those very memorable scenes with a different actress and see how they differed. Miller is a lot less intense than Mansi, both in general and because she had to shoot the scenes in isolation rather than as the climax to months of story, but I thought it worked decently, even if I had to chuckle at Chad having a beard in 2015, according to Ben’s memory.

I really like that they’re playing it ambiguously as to whether Ben has changed, is liable to snap again, etc.

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At least this is a fresh new dynamic, and it’s giving Victoria Konefal a chance to play in the big leagues — something of which she seems quite capable. Strangely, the part about this that I can’t abide is not the fact that a legacy child we saw born onscreen is being chemistry-tested with an allegedly reformed serial killer, but the fact that Ben insists on pronouncing her name “Ci-ARE-uh.” Between that and the “Ter-AY-suh” contingent, I’m not sure how much more I can handle.

Actor Appears to Confirm Departure

Posted June 13, 2018 by mykleraus
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Never a dull moment around these parts, huh? Info behind the cut…

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Veteran Actor Returning

Posted June 13, 2018 by mykleraus
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Here’s another one that felt pretty inevitable, though it remains to be seen how it’s pulled off…

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There’s No Place Like Home

Posted June 12, 2018 by mykleraus
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I can’t be the only one who audibly gasped when the studio apartment that JJ told Theresa about turned out to be an actual physical space and not just something people reference while hanging out at the mall or the local bench.

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I mean, the red paint is a choice, and this is definitely a repurposed version of the apartment that Will, Sonny, and Gabi used to live in, but it’s always nice to see characters have actual dwellings on this show. The fact that they produced a living space for JJ makes me think he’ll be in heavier story in the near future, but if you ask me, it was all worth it simply for those scenes of Jennifer (“Jenny”) and Eric showing up and being appalled by Theresa’s presence.

I’m still a little unclear on who knows what about Theresa’s disappearance — Jennifer was being super-rude to a woman who was, for all intents and purposes, kidnapped — but I get the sense that whoever wrote the episode wasn’t sure, either.

Here’s something I am certain of: two adults and a toddler living in a single hotel room is a terrible idea.

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The kid playing Tate was pretty cute when he snuck up to tell Brady he was bored, but who can blame him? They couldn’t so much as give him an iPad to watch Paw Patrol while they talked business, and then they sent him into the damn bathroom to amuse himself. Brady, you’re a millionaire and you can’t come up with anything for your kid to do besides hang out by the toilet. Ya got problems.

Actor Leaving

Posted June 8, 2018 by mykleraus
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Bummed by this one, but not overly surprised…

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