Posted tagged ‘Memories’

I Don’t

April 6, 2017

I’m kind of at a loss for interesting things to say about the current air shows, so I thought it might be fun to take a stroll down Memory Lane, which in Salem is probably a ten-foot-long dirt path in the middle of Murder Park. Anyway…

We all know that the endgame for romances on this show tends to be marriage. Regardless of whether the couple has only actually been on three dates or have each been married 10 times before, marriage is almost always the point of “true love” for Salemites, logic and history be damned. Yet there are some couples — big couples, in the grand scheme of the show’s history — who actually never made it to the altar, let alone married. For the purposes of this exercise, I’m not including couples whose marriages turned out to be invalid (like, say, Victor/Kate on account of Vivian, or Roman/Marlena thanks to that horrible Alex North retcon) or who were engaged but didn’t actually get through a wedding ceremony (like Brady and basically every woman he’s been paired with post-Chloe). And away we go:

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Carrie and Mike: This was a surprisingly big love story at the tail end of the 90s. James E. Reilly spent years upon years building up Carrie and Austin as a huge couple, with Sami and Lucas as their major spoilers. But in the lead-up to what would become the Carrie/Austin wedding, Reilly threw an unexpected wrench into the works: Mike Horton. Despite some SORASing weirdness that meant Mike was a married man at the time Carrie was born (offscreen), they appeared to be within a decade of one another’s ages in the late 90s, and Mike developed feelings for Carrie while she was still set firmly upon Austin. Then JER left the show (who knows what his original plan was?), and the subsequent regime ran with the electric chemistry between Carrie and Mike — which was, honestly, a stark contrast to Carrie and Austin, who came across mostly as the secondary players in Sami’s story. After an affair, Carrie actually divorced Austin and left town with Mike — on a white horse, literally. It was implied shortly thereafter that they might have married, thanks to a throwaway moment in which Carrie had an ornament on the Horton Christmas tree, but when Carrie returned in 2005 (and when she and Mike met again onscreen in 2010), there was zero mention of a marriage.

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Osh Kosh OMFGosh

February 1, 2017

For everyone shocked by Eric’s new, hardened look since getting out of prison, please take in this screenshot [note: it is impossible to get good, clear screenshots of pre-HD episodes] of him attending a barbecue sometime in 1998 casually wearing overalls.

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And no one even commented on it or made fun of him! Oh, innocence.

Throwback Thursday: SOD Flash-Forward

April 21, 2016

In September 1996, Soap Opera Digest published a semi-tongue-in-cheek spread predicting where Salemites would be in 20 years. As it turns out, we’re coming up on that very date… so I thought it’d be fun to check in and take stock of how accurate their guesses were.

(All credit for this post goes to Jason47, whose website and its Facebook page are incredible resources for all things Days-related. He posted these scans a few years ago and just reposted them to mark the 20-year anniversary of these predictions. I’m only including his scans here so that people have context for the analysis that follows, but they’re totally his.)

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Part 2 behind the cut…

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The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, Part 4

February 23, 2016

Annnnnnd we’re back. This time around, in our quest to rewrite the 50-year history of Days of Our Lives with age-appropriate characters substituted for any who have been victims of SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome), we’re tackling 1995-99. Previous installments of this headache-inducing endeavor can be found at the following links: Part 1 (1965-79); Part 2 (1980-89); Part 3 (1990-94).

I always knew that the decision to reposition Christie Clark (Carrie) and Alison Sweeney (Sami) as cousins Hope Williams and Jennifer Horton would cause trouble — primarily because the real storylines had a lot to do with the Brady girls’ involvement with two Horton men, Lucas and Mike — but I pressed ahead because it made the most sense to me to hand off such heavy story to a pair of Hortons who were the right age for young-adult storylines at that time. But as viable as I think that would’ve been in a perfect world, it’s also been causing me major stress, because we’re at the point now when one thread pulls another, and that pulls another. Since my goal with this was to stick as closely as possible to having the actors who actually appeared on the show acting out storylines similar to the ones that aired, I’m having to do some serious gymnastics to make some elements work. But I dug my own grave, and I have to lie in it while Vivian Alamain taunts me via walkie-talkie, so here goes.

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The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, Part 3

February 5, 2016

Here comes the latest edition of my caffeine- and lunacy-fueled Days history project, in which I go year-by-year through the show’s stories and, while doing my best to preserve the tentpoles (castings, couplings, story turns), rewrite things to eliminate Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome (SORASing). This means that certain characters wind up being far too young to have the stories they had onscreen, and they therefore have to be replaced by characters from the show’s history who would be the appropriate age for those stories.

Part 1 covers 1965-1979, and Part 2 spans 1980-89. In Part 3, I’m taking on the first half of the 90s, because things are complicated now. As with the last edition, I’ll start with a summary of what actually happened in a given year, followed by my thoughts on what SORASing issues exist and how I think we can solve them, and finally, I’ll include a revised version of that year’s summary with SORAS-related changes made in italics.

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The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, Part 2

January 29, 2016

And we’re back with the next installment of The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, or as it’s sometimes known, “Michael Could Really Use a Full-Time Job.” The goal, for those who missed the beginning of the series, is to go back through Days history year-by-year and, while trying to preserve the tentpole story developments, couples, etc., revise the story so that no characters are rapidly aged — which requires subbing in age-appropriate characters for some major ones.

You can find Part 1 (1965-79) here. This time around, we’re tackling the 1980s.

I’m modifying the format a little bit to keep things as clear as possible. I’ll post a brief-as-I-could-possibly-manage summary of what happened onscreen during the year, followed by my notes on what changes un-SORASing will require. Then I’ll reprint the year’s summary, but with those changes made (and noted in italics).

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The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, Part 1

January 27, 2016

I don’t know if you guys are aware of this, but I have way too much time on my hands and a fairly reliable case of insomnia. I got this bug in my head a few weeks back and couldn’t shake it out, so during one of my too-awake nights, I opted not to wander through the Town Square or drop by a rival’s house to antagonize her, but instead to try and work out this little equation in my head.

A few years back, I came across a thread at Daytime Royalty, started by longtime poster Matt, entitled “Days of our Un-SORASed Lives.” Matt’s goal was to review the history of Days, year by year, and figure out when key events would have had to happen if no characters had been rapidly aged. For example, Hope (born in 1974) couldn’t have actually married Bo until the early 90s, not 1985 like happened on the show. Eventually, Matt realized that the various shifting continuities of the show made this nearly impossible — if Hope didn’t marry Bo until 1995, and Shawn D. wasn’t born until 1997, Shawn and Belle couldn’t have had Claire until the mid-2010s (but even that’s pushing it, because Belle was born in 1993 — see?!). What Matt wound up with, however, was a running history of Days, broken out into weekly summaries from the beginning through 1995. In the process, he also did a remarkable amount of legwork in sorting out birthdates and family trees.

What I’ve done here is revisit that project, but from a different angle. A lot of what has made Days what it is has been the timing of certain castings, couplings, and events, and if, for example, you shift the beginning of Bo and Hope’s romance to the early 1990s, you don’t have the magic of Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso playing a young love story that was distinctly of its original era. What I’ve tried to work out is how you could preserve a Days of Our Lives that tracks very similarly to the one we know — familiar actors, same big tentpole events and general stories — but by utilizing characters whose natural ages fit the given timelines. To stay with the Bo/Hope example, then, Kristian Alfonso couldn’t have been playing a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983, but she could have been brought on as a different character with connections to the same people, who eventually had a great love story with Bo. What follows is, in essence, a rewriting of the entire history of Days, with these changes made so that no SORASing is ever necessary.

A few notes:

I’m going to break this project up into several posts. Part 1 will take us through the first 15 years of the show, which are far simpler than what comes afterward. For the rest of the history, I’ll probably tackle it in decade-long chunks, though we’ll see how it all goes. At any rate, let’s get started…

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