I was all set to make a bunch of jokes about Andre wandering around Salem with a bag of bagels, hoping he’d run into Chase so he could force-feed him, and then luring Chase to his hotel room to eat more. What is this, some deranged fetish?

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And I was also going to offer up praise for how well the Hope/Rafe/Andre thing is working. Hope and Rafe seem smart with this setup, and the past few months’ worth of story points are all being used interestingly. I know lots of people are upset that Hope is a “cold-blooded killer” and that they’re framing an innocent man, but… meh. I loved Stefano, but I’m a viewer, not a Salemite. He was batshit crazy, and he spent over three decades terrorizing Hope’s family for sport. Someone should’ve plugged him years ago. He raped Hope! I think they could’ve written the shooting better — if Stefano had overtly threatened Ciara, Shawn, Chase, and/or Claire, Hope’s motivation would’ve been clearer and a bit more noble, without just being able to claim self-defense. But I actually think this cat-and-mouse game with Andre is interesting.

Or I did. Until the end of Wednesday’s episode happened.

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I don’t even want to go back and get a screenshot of the final Chase/Ciara scene. I thought the directing and editing were effective in being terrifying, so I guess that’s a plus… but this just feels like another throwaway traumatic event in the endless procession of darkness that is present-day Days of Our Lives. We literally had scenes in the same episode in which a man keeps from his wife the fact that he was coerced into sex with a maniac — and then we have to watch a teenage girl be raped? No thanks.

I do believe there are ways in which a story like this can have value. If this were a story about campus assault, exploring the nuances of consent and enlightening people on how it isn’t such a black-and-white subject, I could see that being worthwhile television. Not pleasant to watch, perhaps, but important and engaging and relevant to contemporary society. But another instance in which a woman is held down while a man forces himself upon her? We’ve seen it. Enough. The list of people currently in Salem who’ve been raped or sexually assaulted are, off the top of my head: Julie, Marlena, Maggie, Kayla, Adrienne, Jennifer, Nicole, Hope, Eric, Steve, and now Ciara. That’s nuts. Not that a rape victim should be solely defined by her or his experience afterward (I think Kayla is a strong example of a character whose rape isn’t ‘forgotten’ but isn’t presumed to be the entirety of her identity), but sadly, it is something that will probably color the victim’s life in distinctive ways forever, and we don’t see that with most of the people named above. So why add another to the list, especially with the way they seem to be racing through plot points rather than thoughtfully playing out every beat?

I also feel, strategically, that it’s a waste of the Chase character and a strong actor. I don’t mind them making him dark or bad, but in a logistical sense, why go there with a character who has established connections but isn’t biologically related to three-quarters of the cast? The most we can hope for is a Nick-esque character who wreaks havoc for a while before being killed or tossed in jail. I don’t want to see him redeemed after this. I’ve read speculation that the reason they’ve emphasized Andre giving him food is so they can later reveal that Andre drugged him, but that’s sloppy and silly and offensive to rape victims.

Can we go back to everyone wearing hideous dresses I can make fun of?

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12 Comments on “Ugh”

  1. Mo Says:

    I agree! Of the Teen’s Chase is the strongest actor and shouldn’t be thrown away this way. He was the most interesting with more depth to his character than any of the others. Now… Eww. And we are sure to be treated to more scenes of him feeling sorry for himself, brooding etc. It’s a crappy deal I don’t want to watch now.

    Say what you will about the show this time last year but at least it had a flow to it that wasn’t so damn dark and cut off from reality. It was more about bringing the characters together than finding ways to rip them apart and rip their hearts out. Characters in Story A, Story B, Story C would once in awhile interact with each other instead of existing in their own little pocket universes. The Chad/Abby story has stalled for me as the only “happy” couple on the show. These writers seem to only know how to write dark. So far they haven’t done it very well.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Agreed. Even when things might’ve been boring or the focus was on the wrong people, it didn’t feel nasty. And I really dislike the divisions between different sectors of the canvas. People only seem to interact for the sake of pushing story, which gets old really quickly.

  2. ADW Says:

    I kept thinking of Chase as Hansel (with no Gretele) and Andre as the witch who wants to fatten him up so he could eat him. Good point about Andre drugging the food, I was thinking the same thing. Considering who Aiden was (or is if he’s still going to be alive) Chase being a bad guy is not shocking.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Andre constantly shoving food at Chase was hilarious to me!

      I don’t necessarily disagree with the idea of Chase being dark/bad, but this feels like such an abrupt and severe way to do it.

  3. underyourwing Says:

    who the hell ever came up with this odious rape as entertainment bullshit?

    • Dylan Says:

      Indeed. Not only is it dark but it’s also pointless! And then towards the end of today’s episode it seemed like Eric was going to force himself on Jennifer. Another character they’ve wasted with this stupid ‘addiction’ storyline which is beyond contrived. What is going on with this show?! I’m about ready to entirely stop watching again. It doesn’t even feel like drama anymore, it feels like events chosen at random slapped onto a screen and then immediately forgotten.

      • mykleraus Says:

        That’s my biggest issue. I’m not opposed to watching a rape story on principle, but it just feels like one trauma piled on top of another without real attention or meaning given to any of them. And we need SOME levity.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I don’t know. It’s way too often used as “what’s the next bad thing that’ll happen to this woman?” rather than as an exploration of a difficult, sensitive subject — which should be the FOCUS of a story, not an incident thrown in to heighten the drama.

  4. Shea Says:

    I’m just at a loss for words on this storyline. It truly came out of nowhere to me. How do you go from an attempted kiss a couple of months ago where she pulled away and acted like you were nuts to finally sharing one kiss then raping her two seconds later? The whole “it’s what we both want” just doesn’t come close to working! I get it that this kid is psychologically messed up and he has no family left so he feels like he can’t lose her but I needed to see more lead up to this seemingly instant obsession. It would have been more believable if we had seen Chase and Ciara make out a few times then maybe had seen her getting closer to Theo. I think then I would have seen where he made the decision to press the issue but the way this has played out is insane. The SORAS stuff just makes it worse. This was literally Ciara’s first real kiss and then it immediately became a violent act!

    • mykleraus Says:

      That’s the other thing — I don’t even feel it’s been set up well. He had a mild crush on her and now his obsession is so strong that he has raped her? They did the CliffNotes version, which immediately weakens the entire thing.

      And yes, the SORASing makes it even weirder. I remember nine-year-old Ciara way too well, and that adds another incredibly disturbing layer to this.

  5. Damon L. Jacobs Says:

    What a horrible story with absolutely no character or creative purpose. For awhile, I thought Chase was going to turn out to be Steve and Ava’s long-lost child, but at this point, who cares.

    In your Raped Salem timeline — don’t forget:
    Sami (by Alan, EJ, and Arnold),
    Austin (by Sami),
    Billie (by Curtis)
    Jennifer (by Colin)

    Plus Carrie was assaulted by Alan, Melissa by Ian Griffith, Kimberly (as Lacey) by Randy Houston, Molly Brinker by her professor Gavin… it goes on and on…

    • mykleraus Says:

      The list goes on and on. It’s gross. I do get that soap characters have a longer, much more frequent list of all kinds of traumas than normal people, but I wish they’d stay away from sexual assault, because they rarely play anything resembling the needed fallout. In most of these cases, kidnappings and general physical threats could’ve accomplished the same thing.

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