The Waiting Game

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…

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6 Comments on “The Waiting Game”

  1. UnderYourWing Says:

    o my sweety sweet…are you looking for logic and any semblance of sense or continuity in this mess? dog bless you!! we may need more than a few bottles of champagne to get us through….I’ll buy!

    looks like they got the unneeded anjelica’s wardrobe from The Nearly New Shoppe…..what is she hiding under all that?? hmmmmm. parts of her original face?

  2. Matthew Says:

    Regardless of everything else going on, someone deserves major credit for coming up with the line that J.J. said to Abigail when he found out she had a quickie wedding to Dario on her lunch hour.

    He asked, “Did fries comes with that ceremony?”

    I literally burst out laughing when I heard that.

    Now, about that ceremony…if Chad and Gabi hadn’t accidentally stumbled onto the scene, which other two people were supposed to be the legal witnesses?

    That would have been the perfect opportunity for a tertiary character like Myron and a secondary character like Anne to be roped into witnessing the event. Anne’s sarcastic comments would have been perfect.

    Barring that, they could have at least bothered to use two non-speaking club employee extras.

    I also noted that Abe referenced “the power invested in me by the city of Salem.” I love how the city exists on its own state-less at times! (Just like on envelopes when we see their mail addressed to Salem, USA.)

    • mykleraus Says:

      I *loved* that quip from JJ. The script writers have actually done a lot of great work over the last year or two — it’s the overall stories that tend to fail them.

      The thing with the witnesses was confusing to me, too. They walked in mid-ceremony. So was the upstanding Abe Carver just going to marry them without witnesses? I hate when they overlook things like that, because it makes me think they hope we aren’t actually paying attention.

      I noticed Abe saying that, too, and I giggled. Salem is basically Springfield from The Simpsons.

  3. Damon L. Jacobs Says:

    The ladies night out scene felt for me like a classic Sheri Anderson scene than Ron Carlivati. When Sheri was headwriter between 1982-1986, she was known for writing relatively strong female centered relationships that were about women empowering one other. Marlena was often the center of these groups back then (as she was on the show in general), but it wasn’t uncommon to see Mar kicking back with her buddies Gwen, Valerie, Liz, Marie, Sandy, and even Maggie (!), before they were all sent packing. It was nice to see the potential again for women on DAYS to be supportive, kind, and funny.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Okay, that’s good to know! Those scenes had a vibe I enjoyed, even if they didn’t entirely make sense — although they did a decent job of justifying Kate’s presence. I could go for more of that. And I loved how they insisted on *not* just talking about men.


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