Black Like Night
I hope you all appreciated how Marlena slipped into her ISA-approved Black Leather Rescue Jacket before taking off to crash the rescue mission.
She seemed to be channeling Salem Stalker Marlena when Belle tried to talk her out of going, no? If I had seen my mother running around town hacking up various friends and relatives, I probably would’ve backed off, too.
As annoying as I find Belle, I’ve enjoyed her exponentially more the last two times they’ve put her in scenes with Marlena. It’s this kind of stuff that she should be around for. I don’t give two hoots about her and Shawn’s inability to ever be on the same page, or her bizarre, “carefree” fling with Philip, a man she already cheated on because she wasn’t excited by being married to him. And her shitty parenting has mostly made me loathe her, though some of the recent material with Claire has at least been interesting. But using her in more scenes with her family — Marlena, John, and her brothers — that aren’t about her might do wonders. It’s really noticeable how segmented the show is these days when you think about the fact that Belle still hasn’t had an actual scene of interaction with Paul, and she hasn’t seen Brady for weeks, and Brady hasn’t actually shared a scene with Claire, etc. It’s like they’re trying so hard to sell us on a bunch of crap no one particularly wants that they’re casting aside the slam-dunk scenes way too often. Kayla and Hope’s catch-up scenes last week, for example, didn’t explicitly do anything to further story — same as Monday’s Marlena/Belle ones — but they rounded out the universe, helped land story points, and clarified emotions and motivations. If you don’t do that, all the action-packed excitement in the world isn’t going to have legs.