New Days Are Here (Again)
If there was anything that was going to make me buy into this new writing regime, it might’ve been this:
Steve and Adrienne finally shared a scene! And not just appeared in a scene at the same time, but actually had an extended conversation. It only took a year, but it happened, and I don’t think the fact that it was placed near the top of Tuesday’s episode was a coincidence. This episode marked the first one officially credited to the new head-writing team of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan, and it felt like a bit of a declaration, even without an explosion or a murder. On the whole, I found it to be a really satisfying, enjoyable episode that felt much more in line with 2009-2011 and 2012-2014 Days. I’ll take something that feels like a serviceable imitation of a show I loved over the past year’s raging dumpster fire full of beloved characters committing murder and dropped threads involving aimless strangers.
It was also, a bit comically, one of those episodes where everyone’s living arrangements were randomly being switched around. It’s a bit much to justify Lucas and Adrienne moving into the DiMera mansion in the same episode as Deimos inviting Victor, Maggie, and Nicole all to live with him. For Nicole, however, this might be a good thing, because I’m concerned that she fell into a vat of Daniel’s bronzer while shacking up in that godforsaken apartment.
This was the first episode I’ve watched on my new TV, but did Nicole’s coloring look seriously off to anyone else? The screenshot above does not do it justice.
The closest to a Big New Thing happening in yesterday’s episode was the reappearance of Clyde and his new friend, who sat down and explained, “My name is Milo Harp… but I used to be known as Orpheus.” I got those great end-of-episode chills, and it was only mid-episode!
A little forced? Sure. But these villains’ plot for revenge is going to generate story for our main characters, as opposed to new writers coming in and just centering story on a bunch of new or returning faces. There was definitely a needed sense of energy in Tuesday’s episode, and I hope they can sustain it, because I’m really, really tired of dozing off in the middle of episodes and having to rewind just so I can write recaps.
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