And We’re Back

In case all that time you spent with Ryan Lochte and Gabby Douglas made you forget that there was a Days-aster to get back to, NBC was sure to remind you in the opening shot of Monday’s episode.

If slapping a bright blue, belted jumpsuit onscreen in the first three seconds doesn’t scream, “Some BAD SHIT is going down!” then I don’t know what does.

Anyway, after we relived the ambiguously sourced explosion that ravaged the invisible streets of Salem and ballrooms many stories high, it was time for the fallout. Kayla set up a makeshift clinic in the Pub, because the hospital set hasn’t been put back up yet there were too many streets blocked by debris. Sami must be doing Crossfit instead of visiting the Countess Wilhelmina conference room, because she managed to hang onto EJ for a good 40 minutes. Will came careening into the warehouse to help her and found that diving on top of EJ, crotch-to-ass, was the most effective means of doing so. I was, however,  actually moved by Will’s emotional reaction to Sami being okay.

(Sorry these caps are so dark. It turns out that the regular lighting lends itself to nice, clear caps, even if it makes Days look like Full House.)

I was pleasantly surprised by how they incorporated Jack’s PTSD (and Jennifer having an actual sensitive reaction it!) into the aftermath of the blast. Jack and Cameron finally broke into the elevator, and Jack dove in when Abigail was too traumatized to move.

I think we all know where this is heading, and I don’t like it.

Outgoing co-head writer Marlene McPherson apparently tweeted yesterday (her Twitter page appears to be inactive now, oddly) that this whole Days-aster has been her and Darrell Ray Thomas’s story, and the new writers had nothing to do with it. I would like to say that a) I don’t entirely believe that, because there are clearly fast rewrites going on, and b) if I were her, I would not want to take credit for that hamhanded, ridiculous set of scenes in which Kate stood there for four entire acts while Ian spilled his entire plot — including how he doesn’t really love Kate but was just using her to get closer to the DiMera empire — to Madison’s motionless body.


Such sophisticated and skillful writing!

I’m eager to see what else happens in the fallout, but I do have one big issue with the writing. Why was everyone only reacting to the people in their specific storyline in the aftermath? Nicole and Daniel were immediately screaming for one another, even though there were like 50 people in the room when the blast went off. Jack, Jennifer, and Cameron were in the hallway by the elevator but never saw anyone else. It was all so isolated and weird. I’m usually sensitive to the budget issues, and I suspect this allowed them to shoot certain groups of actors and scenes without having to keep everyone around all day, but a little intermixing would’ve gone a long way. At least Bo went back to help Daniel dig Nicole out, but isn’t the fun of a disaster that we get to see unusual pairings interact?

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6 Comments on “And We’re Back”

  1. Alana Says:

    I thought the same thing re: totally separated scenes. I also thought it was funny that they replayed the part of the pre-Daysaster where Abby awkwardly says goodbye to her parents and Cameron- who she plans on seeing moments later. Also made no sense that Cameron would stay behind and meet her at the elevator so he could grab her scarf which was 5 feet away. Aaaaanyway, rant over, obviously logic need not be applied.

    I was also genuinely moved by Will and Sami’s scenes. I had you in mind with the Sami Will lol dayz today- I really didn’t have anything snarky to say for once!

  2. Kate Says:

    One thing I thought was odd (and correct me if I’m wrong): that warehouse wasn’t particularly large, was it? The way that EJ & Sami were screaming at each other would make you think that she was hanging over the Grand Canyon, but at worst, I think she would’ve broken an ankle, (or possibly a leg) from that fall. It would be one thing if the entire floor had caught on fire or something, and they were trying to escape through a window, but that wasn’t the case either…

    • mykleraus Says:

      I had the same issue. I guess between the sparks and the water spilled everywhere, we were supposed to be worried she would be electrocuted to death, but it wasn’t very clear to me. I was going to be like, “Just fall and then roll the hell out of the way!” Who knows.

  3. Jayme Says:

    How the hell did Bo make it out alive? You can hardly sneeze on him without him going into a coma.


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