Contrivance is a Dancer

I was all set to applaud the show for having Abigail dressed the way a normal person would be on the way to a workout class (because, for some reason, this is so rare that it’s actually worth noting and celebrating)…

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…but then she and Gabi inexplicably came home from their belly-dancing class in full regalia. And this happened.

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I– I just… what?! It seems like the writers got the note that everything was rather dull and boring, so instead of revamping the stories themselves, they just started injecting these random moments of insanity into episodes. Think about the fact that Abigail and Gabi went to one belly-dancing class at the Y dressed like this and inexplicably ready to perform a full routine. I did love Gabi’s remark about the instructor: “What does she know? She teaches belly-dancing at the Y!” — which was immediately undercut by every single thing about the circumstances.

You could also see them trying to figure out how to play out this scenario in 2017 on a show that’s largely geared toward a female audience. “Well… it should be the women’s decision to perform the dance, not the men forcing them… and the dealer should be respectful of the dancing, so let’s say that his dead wife was a belly dancer…”

It was all almost as ridiculous as Hal screaming, “NOOOOOO!!!” so loudly that it echoed throughout the entire hospital. Or thinking that Kayla tried to kill him by tricking him into having a liver transplant.

But then you see stuff like this, and it’s no wonder they’re trying to pump things up a little.

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They had Eli crash David’s funeral, force Valerie to tell him the truth about his paternity, and privately visit David’s casket so that Lani could see him. Naturally the next step is to… drop this storyline entirely for a week and a half, then have Eli and Valerie tell Julie the truth the next time we see them. WTF? They were pretty good scenes, despite taking place in the middle of the Pub with no buildup at all, but think about how it would’ve been if Lani had told JJ what she saw, and JJ mentioned it to Julie, who thought it was weird, and Valerie tried to cover, etc. But why bother with suspense when you can get the story beats out of the way as quickly as possible and then have Doug show up dressed as a circus clown or something?

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19 Comments on “Contrivance is a Dancer”

  1. Michelle Says:

    The show is truly truly terrible right now isn’t it? Thank you for continuing to make me chuckle. Hopefully better times are coming!

  2. underyourwing Says:

    valerie is such a phony crier i cannot stand it. or her…. bombastic julie reappears!!

  3. Mo Says:

    Yeah the show is a mess. Usually in slow or strange or bad times like this I can latch on to one good story line somewhere but I can’t find one. Eric returning is the only recent thing that comes to mind as an entertaining hour of television but saddling him with Hope’s story line from 2009 didn’t help. Actors and scenes taken alone are good at times but when you wrap whatever they are doing into larger stories none of it makes sense. None of the crime family bad guys are bad enough. The good guys are all murderers or covering up murder now. The majority of the cast has more DAYS behind them than ahead of them and as you mentioned no one is really primed to take over for the holes left by Nicole and Sami before her. The new writers have a lot of work to do. We’re lucky DAYS was saved this year and reading about lowest-ever ratings every other week makes me worry its too late to right the ship at times like these.

    • mykleraus Says:

      That about sums it up. The two things that are working for me, in general, are the Eric/Jennifer story and the Valerie/Eli/Julie thing, but they’re both being paced and played as C-level stories. I liked the construction of the Orwell thing, but it all felt forced, and the fallout — this “war among the families” thing — isn’t really playing as good drama. You’re right that there are plenty of scenes and interactions that are lovely and make portions of episodes totally watchable, but most of it isn’t adding up to much. The new regime really has to breathe some fresh life into this show, because at this point, we’re really running on the fumes of the past (old stories, visiting characters) and a bunch of setups that don’t entirely work. It’s a shame that Kate Mansi left, because her Abigail was the logical heir apparent to Sami as far as female leads go. I like Marci Miller a lot, but it’s going to take time for her to move into that role, and her hackneyed story so far isn’t helping.

  4. Cyn Says:

    The worst of the dreck from this week was the “birth certificate” that declared Ava Vitali the mother and Steve Johnson the father of a kid who was sold on the black market by his own mobster grandfather. There would be no such document! The “writers” (and I use this term loosely) constantly forget that Steve had amnesia from 1990 to 2006! Do they also have amnesia?

    • mykleraus Says:

      Oh yeah. That was truly ridiculous.

      I’ve always been really hazy on the Steve/Ava backstory, largely because I wasn’t really watching when Ava showed up the first time. He was going by “Steve” when he was with Ava, then he got a DIFFERENT amnesia and wound up living as “Nick” until Jack found him and brought him back to Salem?

      • Shea Says:

        I think when Ava showed up the first time she just knew him as Patch. I don’t remember her calling him Steve at all.

        But he had escaped from the Dimera’s and had ended up working for her father so it is possible that maybe his brainwashing was supposed to be incomplete so he still knew who was but knew nothing about his life???

        Steve’s “death” is one of those strange things where he somehow wound up with the Dimeras even though it was Lawrence Alamaine that had “killed” him and switched the caskets.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Ohhhhhh. Thank you. It’s ridiculous how ALL of these ‘dead’ people — Marlena, Hope, Steve — somehow wound up in Stefano’s clutches even though entirely different villains were responsible for their ‘deaths.’

      • Cyn Says:

        Ava only called him “Patch” in all of their flashbacks – there was never any indication that he or anybody around him knew his true identity. He never asked Ava to marry him, it was all her idea that he went along with because he was sleeping with her and working for her dangerous father. He started flashing back to visions of Kayla at their wedding, which freaked him out and made him run out of the wedding to Ava. He was then immediately snatched up by Dimera and tortured/brainwashed again by EJ. After that he was mysteriously set free and ended up taking the name Nick Stockton because it was on an ID card he was left with after he was released. He was badly beaten when he went to the address listed on the ID card, and ended up at the hospital, where he later got a job as an orderly. That is where he intersected with Jack, leading to the return to Salem in 2006.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Thank you for this history lesson! Wow, I really was dozing for a lot of 2008… oops. At some point, I’d like to go back and watch all of that, at least for academic reasons.

      • Shea Says:

        I was watching a lot of that 2007-2008 stuff when all the Days content started disappearing on YouTube so I only saw part of the Ava storyline so I wasn’t sure of all the details myself. I hate the fact that they had the Ava story coincide with Kayla’s pregnancy especially since her pregnancy with Stephanie was at the tail end of the Marina storyline and S&K were not together for most of it.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Ava’s entire existence still feels, in a lot of ways, like a ripoff of the Marina story — which wasn’t really a highlight the first time around!

  5. ADW Says:

    What are the odd that the art dealer met his late wife when she was working as a belly dancer LOL 😂
    The belly dancing attire/scenes made me have flash backs of the Bollywood Passions episode with Eric Martsoff and others which to this day I can’t believe existed.

    • mykleraus Says:

      OMG. I forgot that happened. I’ve been watching random Passions clips and laughing lately, but that really took the cake.

      • ADW Says:

        Some of the writing team at Passions must have gotten ahold of Alice’s (or JJ’s) “special” doughnuts or something like that 😜🍩
        Now that Theresa is gone, I think Valerie takes the title of “Best Dressed/Stylerd” woman in Salem. Jennifer and Abigail who are in dire need of a make-over (especially different with make-up colors) evidently find the most hideous, dated clothes from the Horton attic are fighting for “Worst Dressed”

      • mykleraus Says:

        Valerie generally looks great! Jennifer has improved a lot recently, aside from that terrible red-and-pink necktie/sash getup she had this week. And I’m generally unoffended by what they put the new Abigail in, but they sure seem to be going for the peach/nude color story a lot with her, which is a very weird choice for someone with her coloring. Another commenter pointed out that they seem to be using wardrobe to paint Abigail as innocent and pure, while Gabi is dressing sexier and more tempting.

        I’ve gotta say that I think Hope doesn’t get enough credit for how consistently good she looks. She’s been hugely annoying for a good year now, but she almost always gets it right in a non-flashy way. And she’s one of the few women in Salem who consistently wears jeans or slacks in situations where they make the most sense! At least we’ve been freed from the tyranny of that year or so when everyone (Nicole, Serena, Theresa, Jordan, Eve, even Jennifer) was constantly running around in evening cocktail dresses…

      • ADW Says:

        *styled opps


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