In the spirit of Christmas, I’m going to run down a list of some Days-related things for which I’m grateful. This might require me to pause several times to refill my wine glass/finish the bottle, so bear with me.
I’m grateful for the sense of community and history in Salem. As up and down as the storytelling might be, that core of what Salem is, what the Horton family represents, and what this show has meant to viewers has always been preserved (which is a miracle in itself, given the decision-making behind the scenes). For example, I didn’t think Maggie addressing the camera was corny, but touching.
I love that we have Julie, Doug, Justin, Adrienne, Caroline, and others floating around (like Maxine showing up at the Horton celebration!) to enhance that feeling. It really makes an enormous difference in the texture of the show.
On the same note, how wonderful was that little moment when Kate answered the phone and it was Bill on the other end? It was totally unnecessary for story purposes, but it was such a great nod to history.
(Am I crazy for hoping that this means the current writers recall how good John Martin was during his brief 2010 appearance as Bill and might be thinking of bringing him back?)
I’m grateful that Kristen is back. Eileen Davidson and her troop of characters were a big part of what got me into Days in the first place, and she’s brought a certain spark with her that can’t be discounted. Her return has also breathed some life into John and Marlena (and a somewhat fresh dynamic — go figure!) and even Brady.
While we’re on the subject of Brady, I’m grateful that Madison and Ian are gone and just about entirely forgotten.
I’m grateful that Jennifer’s hair looks decent for the first time in years.
I’m grateful that we got to see Stefano in a Santa hat (?!) —
— so much so that I’m not even going to gripe about how stupid it was for the DiMera “kids” to gather in Kristen’s hotel room instead of the DiMera mansion, or WHY THE HELL IS STEFANO STILL IN EUROPE AND WHAT IS GOING ON WITH JOE MASCOLO IF HE’S FILMING SCENES BUT NEVER ON???
I’m grateful for the representation of Will and Sonny, both as characters and as a couple. In spite of all the blunders Days has made, they’ve proven their commitment to featuring these characters and telling their story (even if that story is as slapdash as most of the other crap in Salem — hey, it’s equality!). It’s something I genuinely never expected to see in Salem, especially in such a non-token capacity.
Most of all, I’m grateful that I still have “my show.” These soaps have been dropping like flies, often rightfully so because of shoddy writing and mismanagement. But Days is still kicking, and it still feels like Days, and the pieces are generally in place for it to be as kickass as it was in 2009-2010. So let’s get on it, show. I want to be able to write these sorts of sentimental lists and mock the crap out of you for years to come.