Archive for July 2017

More Returns Coming

July 18, 2017

Thank god there are things going on behind-the-scenes… and we won’t even have to wait that long for the show not to be a snoozefest anymore!

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What Happened in Salem: Week of July 10th

July 17, 2017

The investigation into Deimos’s murder continued to be handled about as well as every other legal case in town…

After Sonny insisted upon confessing to Deimos’s murder, a crime he doesn’t actually remember committing, he was booked. JJ was released from police custody and instantly became huffy that all the other cops who are technically still suspects are allowed to keep investigating, so he just tagged along to further taint various crime scenes and chains of custody. Signs (well, mostly the fact that he is the only person left on Earth getting his porn from the magazine stand instead of the internet) pointed to Xander having been holed up at the Salem Inn on the night of Deimos’s murder, but Greek authorities confirmed that he is still locked up there.

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem last week!

Frightful Friday

July 15, 2017

This isn’t even what this post was supposed to be about, but something happened when I went back to get my screenshots, and we can’t move forward until it’s addressed.

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Jennifer Rose! What in the name of Alice Horton is going on here?! I was actually going to make a little side comment about how cute she looked, based upon my occasional glances at the TV while folding laundry, but then I was trying to get a shot of her with Brady and was subjected to this full-body horror. She’s like… Summer 2017 on top, Victorian-era Scotland on the bottom. This whole thing has a very puzzling, distressing tent-like effect on her that I cannot comprehend. And in July, no less? The only good thing I can say is that I was originally terrified those were extremely wide-legged pants, but no, they’re just a plain old ridiculous skirt. But still. Put that top with some skinny white jeans and stop being your own worst enemy!

Whew. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, we can talk about Brady.

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Who, by the way, is like, “Jen, I’m dating perennial Worst Dressed Salemite winner Nicole Walker, and I still can’t get over that skirt you put on.”

After Thursday’s episode, I was all set to talk about how refreshing it was to enjoy Brady in a more supporting role — being a friend to Jennifer, showing concern for Abigail, getting in Dario’s face. It’s the same way I felt after Theresa exited last year, and they had him being a friend to both Nicole and Chloe, before they went full-steam ahead with that idiotic Canada excursion. But then they had to go and blow all that goodwill on Friday, with him pounding his chest and huffing and puffing at Nicole and Eric. Maybe it’s because there’s so much unfinished business between “Ericole,” but I keep forgetting that Brady and Nicole are even supposed to be a couple. This latest Great Love just is not taking. At all. There have been plenty of times in the past when I’ve rooted for them to get together, or at least thought it’d be a nice option, but this version just ain’t working.

Oh, and how dim is Brady? “How could you and Eric kissing possibly be about Daniel?” Well, EVERYTHING FUCKIN’ ELSE has been since about 2012, so why not?!

Meanwhile, Friday was apparently White Jade’s last day.

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Meh. The most interesting thing I have to say about this is that, in trying to get a usable screencap of her, I realized that she spends 80% of her scenes with her eyes closed and/or head down. Now go forth and never be mentioned again!

Another One Bites the Dust

July 14, 2017

We basically knew about this already, but finally confirmation…

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Actor and Character Out

July 13, 2017

I would definitely not call this one a shocker, especially in the midst of a writing change, but the timing is kind of interesting…

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The Waiting Game

July 12, 2017

Ron Carlivati’s work officially begins airing next Wednesday, July 19th.

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Pour me a glass, ladies! I’m not sure if I’m toasting to the dawn of a new era or just drinking to make it through these remaining few Higley episodes, but don’t skimp.

One of the big problems with these writing transitions/reboots is that the lead time is so damn long that we wind up watching, like, six months’ worth of stuff that we know is barely going to “count” as soon as the new writers come in, so it’d be hard to care much even if most of it weren’t dreadfully boring or half-baked. I know it’s been said that Carlivati got his hands into some of the scripts prior to his actual start and did some tweaking, and while we don’t have any confirmation on what was tweaked, I’ll be damned if this wasn’t a visual metaphor:

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Hope and Rafe. In the actual trash. Come on.

Also, aren’t these two kind of still suspects in Deimos’s murder? Why are they working this case? Why is Lani (also a suspect, and also the girlfriend of the guy who was being charged with the murder until five minutes ago) working the crime scene? It’s all almost as stupid as JJ being outraged that he isn’t being allowed to investigate the case. You were just arrested for the crime in question. Stay in your lane, kid! I know Raines literally has no employees left who aren’t under some level of suspicion for this murder, but maybe he could get his ass out in the field and do some damn work instead of just snarling at everyone.

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Aside from my general apathy regarding this entire murder mystery (which I hope will become more intriguing as the writing change kicks in — Carlivati explicitly said that he extended and tweaked the story, which is good because right now there aren’t really “clues” for us to play along with and it’s all just kinda lying there), I remain perplexed about two things: 1) what the point of this Anjelica business is, and 2) what the hell Anjelica is wearing in any of her appearances. Did someone in Wardrobe get mixed up and think they cast a Tempurpedic as Angelica Deveraux instead of Morgan Fairchild? That would at least explain why she constantly seems to be covered in duvets.

As for why she’s there… I barely even have a guess. The pacing is wonky as hell, and she hasn’t even crossed paths with Justin or Victor yet, which makes me wonder if Ron cut some of her material from scripts and preserved just enough to set up whatever he’s going to do with the character. I read some spoilers for next week, so I know that this thing takes a bit of a turn, but I’ll be damned if I can figure out why this character was brought in. Right now, it feels as though they cast Morgan Fairchild, then picked a random old character name out of a hat in order to choose a role. I mean, I’d be curious to see what she would do as Don Craig, too, but that doesn’t mean it’d be a good move…

What Happened in Salem: Week of July 3rd

July 8, 2017

Some people in Salem acknowledged the Fourth of July, while others stayed holed up in an interrogation room all week…

JJ was charged with Deimos’s murder, which should reassure everyone, on account of the fact that the first person arrested and/or charged never, ever winds up being guilty, but these people are all like the Drew Barrymore character from 50 First Dates and consistently fail to retain any kind of lessons from their pasts, so it isn’t all that surprising that they’re all freaking out. Lani underwent hypnosis in hopes of remembering something that would clear JJ, but all she managed to do was turn up proof that cleared her and Eli. Sonny was plagued by memories of standing over Deimos’s dead body and jumped to the natural conclusion — that he must be the murderer — so he raced down to the station and confessed.

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem this week!