Damage Control

So: do we think the incoming writers have their hands in what’s currently onscreen?

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Because all of a sudden, stuff seems to be happening. Eric and Nicole came back together in their second Near-Death Basement Experience in as many years, everyone’s acknowledging that Serena sucks, and Ben both planted a tracker on Abigail and found out about her tryst with Chad in like four days’ time. Nothing has happened in either of these stories for months, and now it’s like we’re racing to get somewhere. Ben going insane over Abigail at least has the potential to inject some life into that segment of the canvas, and it means he’ll be gone sooner or later, so I say, have at it!

Part of me — the part that hates myself, probably, but still — was sort of hoping we’d get a redux of Carrie and Rafe’s subtle Kelly Moneymaker montage while Eric and Nicole were trapped in that boiling basement. No such “luck,” though. Also, I know Nicole was delirious, but I cannot imagine being trapped with a half-naked Eric and still prattling on about Daniel. And then we had to be treated to that never-ending montage of all the romantic times he’s verbally abused her and forced her to groom him. So maybe the old writers are still steering the ship here…

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10 Comments on “Damage Control”

  1. underyourwing Says:

    forced her to groom him HA BWAHHHH. sounds like zoo activity…

    i loved how once they got those two to the hospital how eric was shiny sweating yet Nicole’s hair was dry and so was she….hello? its amazing they both survived considering how long those dopes took to actually get them to the hospital…..

    i also want abbadabbagail to end up with chad….he SO has it over meh-ben.

    • mykleraus Says:

      As little as I care about Abigail’s love life right now, Chad is WAY more compelling than Ben. Strong actor playing an interesting character, as opposed to a likable-but-not-great actor playing a nothing character. No contest!

      Did you notice that they got to the hospital in record time? Daniel called Kayla, and after the break, they were being rushed in. Meanwhile, Zoe was still in the middle of the same sentence to Chad…

  2. marypickford Says:

    I was wondering that too, whether the new writers had any influence in shaping what it going on now. I hope so. If they can make Ben interesting …

    And ha! I agree that the last thing I would talking about is my feelings for Daniel if I was trapped with half-naked Eric. Yum.

    • mykleraus Says:

      It could also be that these writers knew they were out by this point, so they’re moving ‘their’ stories to climaxes so they get to tell them their way. Who knows?

  3. Dan Says:

    In terms of the Abigail story, I think they had renegotiated Mansi’s contract. She first premiered in February 2011 means she should have departed around this time if she didn’t resign. With Mansi staying, you can make some of those bigger moves with actors in the role that the audience is familiar with.

    It’s probably the same reason that the Will-Sonny-Paul story is now in limbo. With Smith’s contract up, they had to determine whether or not they would be able to continue that story. Add in Smith’s legal issues and you could see how this all would be a problem for that story.

    Of course, this doesn’t really explain the Nicole / Eric story, but I think that may have had something to do with the 50th. The show was aware they were going to need story space in terms of the upcoming anniversary and returns were expected. I believe Archer’s and Tefler’s characters were given enough fleshing out that they could be long term or they could be dumped as the show prepared for the 50th. Again, I could be wrong on all of this.

    • mykleraus Says:

      That would make sense about Mansi’s contract. I wonder if Psycho Ben will have legs as a character (he’s STILL filming!) or if this is an exit story as part of the writer transition.

      You’re totally right about the Will/Sonny story, too. Literally nothing has happened since the affair came out. Sonny and Will have made zero progress and keep playing the same beats. Total holding pattern.

  4. otherweb1 Says:

    It’s a mix for me … some astoundingly brilliant stuff has been going on, but it’s like it’s just peppered into the crap we’ve been used to for the past year. So maybe the old writers are still there and we are seeing most of their shit, but the new writers are going on the future stuff and they have probably been given the power to inject some of their stuff into what the old writers had already done for the sake of laying the seeds and tie-ins for what the new writers have cooking? Is my answer as confusing as a Dimera plot?

    • mykleraus Says:

      I think that’s exactly what it is. We’re still in the old writers’ material, but the ship is being steered in a certain direction to set up whatever the new teams wants to do.

      • otherweb1 Says:

        The funny part is that the difference between the two is soooo glaring. Like you will see total crap in one scene, and then the very next scene is Abigail’s and Chad’s amazing dialogue in the garden when Ben was listening. It seems so obvious which team wrote which scene. If I played back an episode, I could probably tag each scene with who wrote it!

        It also seems that some scenes are getting outlined by the new team, in terms of the general content and direction of the scene, but the old team is actually writing the dialogue. Like the new team just does a treatment and the old people write the actual scene.

        Whatever the case, I’ll give Jesus a big hand for the fact that soon enough we will be seeing 100% new team! Because the glimpses of it have been so inspiring and meaningful and real and with such emotional hooks … like Days always used to be.

      • mykleraus Says:

        There are some REALLY strong script/dialogue writers on the current staff (and I think most of them are staying when the head writers change). They’ve been able to salvage a lot of so-so crap the past three years, but you can only elevate The Adventures of Serena so much, you know?

        I definitely think the new writers are (maybe through Corday) exercising influence over what’s playing onscreen now. It also helps that Abigail and Chad have some actual spark and depth to them. I think a big part of the problem in recent months has been that a lot of these situations are so hollow and false that the dialogue writers and the actors don’t have anything at all to grab onto.

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