Here’s a selfie I took while watching the Basic Black fashion show.
After the year we’ve had, it’s sort of fitting that that’s the last shot of Days of Our Lives for 2015, no?
Obviously there’s a lot to come, and I like that they’re going into 2016 with some compelling stuff (at least in the short term), but boy, was that driving montage at the end contrived. Where was Jennifer driving at 1 a.m.? Did Brady really have to turn back to pick up that nameplate instead of just texting Theresa to grab it? Why in the hell would Daniel send Nicole a video message when he saw her 20 minutes ago and would be seeing her soon? Generally minor quibbles, and I appreciate that they built up a little suspense, but it was all cracking me up.
And then there was this:
It’s blatantly obvious where Eric’s drinking is headed, given the ending of Thursday’s show, but the whole thing is falling pretty flat for me. It’s rough to see him in this shape, but so little attention has been paid to him or to his drinking that it doesn’t even seem real. Aside from Thanksgiving, when he was basically just standing around in the background (and where we didn’t see him drinking to excess), his only other appearances have been when he was fucked up at the bicentennial and then two scenes where he was absolutely sloshed at the Basic Black party. We have no real idea why he’s drinking: is it because of the loss of his faith? His lack of direction after leaving the priesthood and not becoming BB’s photographer? The way things turned out with Serena? Despondence over Nicole marrying Daniel? We can guess until Marlena’s cow-print blazer comes home, but they haven’t brought any of it onscreen — he didn’t even have a single scene with his family members at the party that might’ve illuminated this descent! Didn’t Marlena or Belle notice that he barely left the bar and was barely able to stand up? For a legacy character who was one of the male leads during the spring and summer, it’s a jarring shift, and I think it undermines what could’ve been a powerful tale.
Not to mention that it’s sort of a cartoonish version of a drunk-driving/alcoholism story. Alcoholics don’t (necessarily) ruin their lives because they get behind the wheel and cause a devastating accident; it’s a disease that chips away at someone’s life — through making the person irresponsible, unreliable, volatile — until he or she hits rock bottom, and we haven’t seen Eric blow any professional opportunities or personal relationships because of his drinking. And it’s borderline-irresponsible to imply that drunk-driving accidents only happen because someone gets absolutely obliterated and then gets behind the wheel. Yeah, that happens, and it’s horrifying, but I would imagine it’s even more common for someone to have a drink or two too many, drink some water or coffee, think they’re okay, and then cause an accident because their reaction time is too slow or they misjudge a move on the road. Having Eric unable to stand up, let alone keep his eyes open, while he’s blasting cheesy license-free rock music and sticking his head out the window was sort of ridiculous.
Okay, off my soapbox now. We’ll see how this all shakes out, but my general guess would be “not very well.” Whether that pertains solely to the characters’ lives or also to our viewing experiences remains to be seen.