Hairy Styles

Posted July 3, 2018 by mykleraus
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If there’s any situation that sums up my character perfectly, it’s that while my friends were out drinking Sunday, I decided to go home early, ate an entire pizza, and went down a YouTube hole of old Days clips. There were some good ones, and some stupid ones, but mostly what I kept focusing on was the hair.

Take a look at Julie over here. This is from an episode in 1993, in which Julie went to Switzerland because she thought Doug had been in an accident, and they reunited. (I believe they got Bill Hayes to appear for one episode to write Susan Seaforth Hayes off the show.) Mostly I’m wondering how in the hell she boarded a plane with that coif.

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And speaking of large hair, this is Hope from Belle and Philip’s wedding in 2005:

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I know her idiot son is about to crash his motorcycle into the church in order to stop Belle from marrying Philip — obviously the only sensible course of action — so maybe she just wanted a helmet. But yikes.

Meanwhile, Jennifer was at the same wedding with the hair of a pop star from the early 2000s… and also the choker of a pop star from the early 2000s.

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I also watched a bunch of Hope’s memorial from 1990, which was very good, and no one had terribly stupid hair. Strongly recommend.

Thank you for joining me on this follicular journey.

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Mm-Hmm

Posted June 29, 2018 by mykleraus
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“Tell me again how your DID was magically ‘cured’ in two weeks of hanging out with your nutjob grandmother.”

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“I’ll wait.”

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Gabi is not having it with Abigail right now, and I’m thrilled. Not that Abigail herself seems to notice — in what universe would she expect that Gabi would want to be friends like nothing had happened?! — but I’m just going to sit here and enjoy these judgey expressions. I should probably be more upset that it was a total cop-out to keep Abigail’s “intensive therapy” offscreen, and yet… totally fine with it. Besides, we all know Gabby and Dr. Laura and whoever else are going to come busting back out in a few months’ time, right? And anyone who’s ever seen a soap knew Abigail was going to wind up pregnant, but I still don’t know that I’m mentally prepared for all the hand-wringing over this baby.

As for what’s going on in the Cabin of Ciara Sitting on the Bed With Ominous Objects in the Foreground:

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We’re up to a knife now. I assume next Ben will be revving a chainsaw (to take care of the branches banging against the window!) and fondling a crowbar (to pry open the crawl space to find extra blankets!).

I continue to enjoy the actors together, even though it’s officially insane that Ciara hates her life in Salem so much that she’s perfectly happy to hang out with a serial killer. [Note: You can’t be an ex-serial killer. Those people are still dead! You remain a serial killer!] Then again, if my options were to hang out with Ben or to go home and listen to Claire’s whining and Hope’s overacting…

Everyone else notice how many times they’ve had someone remark about how Rafe has no children of his own? Hmm, I wonder if there’s a hidden setup going on here…!

And Ben has been doing a pretty good job of showing that he’s now clear-headed, but I’m dubious.

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He told Ciara that dinner was “on” and would be “ready in an hour,” and then… left it sitting on the counter? It’s possible that thing underneath the pot is a hot plate of some sort, but I can’t tell, and frankly, him dumping a bunch of stuff into a pot and playing pretend that it’s cooking would be one of the less ridiculous things to happen this week.

Some Casting Updates

Posted June 27, 2018 by mykleraus
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Confirmation and some details on a few things that we’ve basically known for weeks, plus an interesting tidbit that could shake things up…

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If These Walls Could Talk

Posted June 25, 2018 by mykleraus
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I’m going to start with the heavy stuff. Despite the fact that I have felt zero investment in this pregnancy or, really, what happens to the parents afterward, I was completely sucked in by the scenes after Lani learned that her baby didn’t make it.

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A lot of the underlying emotions are very universal, but I legitimately thought Sal Stowers did great in Friday and Monday’s episodes. I felt for Lani in a way that I never have, and everyone else — Lamon Archey, James Reynolds, Vanessa Williams — brought it, too. The touch of naming the baby David Abraham Grant was terrific, too. That makes three generations of Davids (Martin, Banning, Grant) and is such a nice way of tying this child in 2018 all the way back to the origins of the series.

Now, on to sillier things. Like the fact that they recreated Abigail’s disaster of a college bedroom in the Horton house!

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That bedspread against that wallpaper is nearly blinding me with rage, but look!

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Same wallpaper! Same confusingly matchy wall art! I love that this show can barely remember which characters have gone on serial killing sprees, but they nail the continuity on wallpaper.

Would someone mind telling me what’s happening with Theresa’s straps here?

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I guess it’s fashion and the fact that she has two random loose straps hanging off her back, waiting to smack her the minute she breaks into a jog, means she’s actually qualified to run a fashion magazine.

Perhaps they could offer the job to Kate instead. She’s already styled like she got lost on the way to an anime convention.

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And somehow stole a suit from Elton John in the process.

I don’t even know what to say about Kate these days. I love Lauren Koslow, but this character is crazy as shit and can’t even come up with a coherent scheme lately. And then that whole bit with her handing over Stefano’s ring to Chad and telling him to be a bad person — great. Doesn’t she have, like, six kids of her own she could do this to?!

Wednesday Worries

Posted June 21, 2018 by mykleraus
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The idea of a DiMera running Titan, well established as the Kiriakis family business, should be intriguing.

Key word: should.

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And yet it isn’t, because neither of these companies are anything, and nothing ever comes of these CEO merry-go-rounds. No one loses money in any way that matters, no one struggles to find a new job, the companies don’t seem to suffer. We’ve already seen a story in recent years in which someone edges Victor out of Titan and the mansion, which resulted in Victor… living in a townhouse with Maggie. So I’m not really sure what the prospect of Chad running Titan even means, other than he and Sonny are their least irritating when they’re together (the actors legitimately have great chemistry), so it might be less irksome than other possibilities.

Meanwhile, I’m concerned that Will, intending to steal Dr. Rolf’s serum from Kayla’s office (where all the controversial medical treatments are stored, apparently), instead swiped a radioactive urine sample.

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It’s either that, or it’s this:

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Regardless, I’m not sure that’s the kind of thing anyone needs to be injecting into his veins.

Special Delivery

Posted June 20, 2018 by mykleraus
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Someone want to explain to me why, on a day focused solely on a storyline in which I’ve never felt any investment (beyond being thankful for a chance to dip out to the kitchen for a snack), I was a sobbing mess?

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I never particularly cared for the pairing of Lani and JJ, or the potential pairing of Lani and Eli, or this pregnancy, and yet Tuesday’s episode totally worked for me. Lamon Archey did very good work. Sal Stowers is, confusingly, almost always better at the big drama than everyday stuff or police procedural scenes. And bringing a bunch of Hortons together to rally around Eli as they awaited word on Lani’s C-section was a touch that really grounded all of this in the very core of Days of Our Lives.

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I have no idea why this storyline abruptly shifted a few months ago, with the revelation of Eli being the father and then very little follow-up — but I can only guess that someone realized the forced quadrangle wasn’t working. But they managed to wring very strong drama out of it as Lani went into surgery and, later, the baby died. It made me wish that drama had been spread out over a few days or weeks, although maybe they decided that the baby’s death would be the catalyst for new, more interesting story. Centering Lani’s “walk into the light” dream on an alternate life with JJ didn’t do much for me, even though it made dramatic sense, but everyone coming together at the hospital — plus the very accessible drama of a woman and her loved ones terrified over the prospect of a dangerously premature infant — wound up working much better than I would’ve expected. Could this story move do the unthinkable and actually make me give a crap about Lani? Let’s not go crazy just yet, but I’m at least slightly intrigued to find out.

You Got Me Feelin’ Bella Good

Posted June 15, 2018 by mykleraus
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I wonder what the other employees of Titan, Basic Black, Bella, et al. think about Victor handing out executive positions to various incompetent relatives and hangers-on the way normal people hand out Tic-Tacs, or the way my grandpa hands out Tootsie Rolls at funerals (long story). I mean, sure, Theresa designed some basic-ass dresses for a runway show once three years ago. She’s obviously qualified to run a fashion magazine!

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Yes, Victor, you just hired a woman to run a fashion publication who isn’t disturbed by the fact that JJ bought that pink-tinged couch for his apartment with orange-red walls and curtains. This should end well.

Design disasters aside: wow, is it a breath of fresh air to have Theresa in all these scenes with JJ.

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The gratuitous shirtlessness isn’t bad, either. But she seems scheme-y and fun, and there’s actual chemistry between them. What a concept! I even loved how they did that flashback to 2013, which seems like lifetimes ago.

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I always think Casey Moss looks young compared to his scene partners (Lani, Eli, even Gabi) these days, but he was really a kid then!

We were also blessed with some newly reshot flashbacks at the Cabin of Murder.

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I liked that they went to the trouble of recreating those flashbacks (and so faithfully) with Marci Miller, since Kate Mansi appeared in the original scenes. For once, they were really needed to give us insight into what’s going on in Ben’s head, and it was actually kind of fun to watch those very memorable scenes with a different actress and see how they differed. Miller is a lot less intense than Mansi, both in general and because she had to shoot the scenes in isolation rather than as the climax to months of story, but I thought it worked decently, even if I had to chuckle at Chad having a beard in 2015, according to Ben’s memory.

I really like that they’re playing it ambiguously as to whether Ben has changed, is liable to snap again, etc.

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At least this is a fresh new dynamic, and it’s giving Victoria Konefal a chance to play in the big leagues — something of which she seems quite capable. Strangely, the part about this that I can’t abide is not the fact that a legacy child we saw born onscreen is being chemistry-tested with an allegedly reformed serial killer, but the fact that Ben insists on pronouncing her name “Ci-ARE-uh.” Between that and the “Ter-AY-suh” contingent, I’m not sure how much more I can handle.