Posted tagged ‘Salem Style’

Purple Reign

December 7, 2017

Welp, guess it’s that time of the year when you can expect at least one Salem woman at any given time to be doing Prince cosplay.

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Loving the ponytail on Kate, though!

I’m in a weird state with this show right now where, even if something isn’t totally working, I’m kind of enjoying it just for the effort or the logic behind it. Like roping Steve, Kayla, and Tripp into the Theo story — the entire bit about Kate finding out the real reason behind Tripp’s donation and blackmailing him was incredibly forced, but I can enjoy the individual interactions, and I like the concept of weaving the Johnsons into this other story rather than roping them off into their own thing. A good umbrella story should have a bunch of tentacles. Which I guess makes it an octopus story? Anyway, I like the idea, even if the actual thing is a little blah, and I’m going along for the ride because of that. Giving a bunch of characters their own, individual angles in a larger story is a smart way to utilize a large cast.

It’s also lovely to see this.

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By “this,” I obviously mean the gay characters getting a, um, meaty storyline again.

But for real: if I’d been brainwashed into thinking I was in the closet and had never been with a guy, and then I found out I’d slept with that, you can damn well bet I’d be trying to talk Paul into a repeat. I loved the way Chandler Massey played Will as a bit of a horny little devil there. He and Christopher Sean seemed to have some real chemistry, far more than I’ve seen between Will and Sonny this go-round. I suppose Sonny is being a good person by coming clean with Paul about his feelings for Will and his inability to commit to another relationship, but, uh, Sonny? You’re going to wind up the odd man out here.

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I only took the above screenshot because I thought it was amusing that someone in the Props department got to create a “Christmas devil” ornament. But it’s been great to see Eric this week. He and Alison Sweeney have fantastic sibling chemistry, and I’m eager to see what the dynamic between him and Will is.

I presume Christmas Devil will also be Ciara’s attire for the Horton ornament hanging. I know I was optimistic that she’d be toned down soon enough, but… is it “soon enough” yet? There’s having some attitude, and then there’s ATTITUDE!!! I’m dying to see this girl have a pleasant/normal interaction with anyone, because the actress seems solid so far, but I can only take so much of her acting like Claire is Stefano DiMera.

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Wake-up Call

November 17, 2017

“Chad, are you awake?”

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“Because I just realized I forgot to wash my face and still have on all the makeup I put on today to sit around the living room yakking about our relatives.”

At least now they have something new to talk about.

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I’m a little surprised that they had JJ remember actually seeing Theo’s face — because that means that he saw not just a young black man, but Theo Carver, someone he has known since birth (literally, since college-aged Theo was born over a year before adult man JJ). Getting into the racial politics here, or making the subtext the text, feels really questionable to me, not just because it’s an incredibly sensitive issue and this is Days of Our Lives in 2017, but because there are all these extra character layers that muddle things. JJ knows that Theo is autistic and not prone to violence (the scanner being mistaken for a gun helps somewhat on that front). Abe, who has shot and paralyzed two young men during his own police career, would have a different understanding of JJ’s side of things than a non-police black father whose son was shot by an officer. I don’t know, lots of the scenes are working on their own, but I remain wary that they’re wading into waters that are going to get very murky when the actual character drama might be enough to sustain this thing.

One thing I continue to enjoy: the way that we’re getting to see the ripple effects. Valerie’s scene with Kayla about whether she did enough in the operating room, and how this is different because of her emotional investment, was a great beat to play. The Kate vs. Tripp stuff was surprising and fun — Lucas Adams is so much better than most of what he has been given so far, and this makes me want to see him tangle with the big kids instead of sitting around that loft listening to Claire’s royalty-free ballads. And if we don’t get some Abigail/Chad drama out of this, it’ll be a real missed opportunity. That’s an organic chance to have them do something other than make kissy faces and put Gabi awkwardly on the spot, and it’s sorely needed.

My Boring Pony

November 7, 2017

I’ve been a pretty big defender of this new regime, and I do feel that even when things don’t 100% work, their choices make sense and are in service of good drama. But I swear, when you hand me an episode full of Rafe being a sanctimonious ass toward Eli for no good reason and people squabbling over the workings of two companies that operate entirely out of living rooms and do only imaginary, abstract business…

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Let’s just say I was way more interested in finding out how Eve’s equestrian competition went than any of that.

Days of the Living Dead

November 1, 2017

Who knew Halloween was the night when wishes came true?

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Nothing Paige did while alive, with the possible exception of destroying her own birthday cake, was half as good as Ghost Paige stabbing Lani to death with a pitchfork or sneering at JJ, “If it helps, you can call me Eve!” Whew. For a silly, one-off Halloween special, that was pretty satisfying.

And Serena beating Chad and Abigail to death with the elephant statue!

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I think it was a different elephant statue than the one she was running around with during her life, but it’s the thought that counts…

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Besides, I wouldn’t be shocked to discover that some traumatized prop person had burned the original the minute that storyline wrapped up.

I really liked that they did a standalone gimmick episode that actually tied in with what’s going on in the current storyline. And there was some serious meta business going on here, right? You had all of the above, plus Hope killing Rafe with a poisoned kiss. Though I must say, I’m not sure if the scariest thing was whatever transformation Kristian Alfonso’s Princess Gina accent has undergone…

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…or these absolutely insane pants that Paige was wearing.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

October 21, 2017

Yesterday marked Arianne Zucker and Nicole Walker’s last day in Salem, at least for now, after a run that began in 1998. She’s given us a lot over the years — the wonderfully bitchy barbs, the gut-wrenching storylines about Nicole’s desire to be a mother, the hilariously strange porn moniker “Misty Circle,” and far too many sobfests over Daniel Jonas — but, in reviewing my archives, the biggest wonder of all is that she isn’t leaving Salem to go on the run for her crimes against fashion and good taste.

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This could be our last look ever at Nicole Walker (though my money would be on seeing her again, whether in the form of Zucker or a recast), and she’s leaving us with styling as bizarre as any she’s sported throughout either of her stints on the show. One can only imagine what horrors lie within that rolling suitcase. But what’s really important here is that stroller she’s pushing. For all the messy storytelling over the years, for all the damaging writing and bed-hopping and stupid mistakes, Nicole is leaving town with her daughter. I think I’ve said most of what I need to say about her exit, which isn’t my favorite ever, though I can appreciate its dramatic purpose, but I really love that instead of heading out of Salem in handcuffs or a bodybag, she’s got Holly. Her heart is broken as she leaves Eric behind, and yeah, she’s kind of fleeing possible murder charges, but you know she’s going to be all right, because she has that little girl, and her wish to be a mother has been one of the show’s strongest throughlines since her 2008 return, despite umpteen writing regime changes and casting shake-ups. I still would’ve loved for her to head out of town with her head held high, having chosen to be single and focus on giving her daughter the best life possible, but this will do for now.

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Annnnnd I completely lost it at her Scarlett O’Hara-esque final line — “As God is my witness, I will be back. We will be back” — which also happens to echo one of Sami’s most ridiculous scenes from the 90s, and that’s saying something.

If you dare, come behind the cut for a stroll down Memory Lane, including a look at Nicole’s very first scene from 1998 and some of her more egregious follicular and sartorial misdeeds…

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Fright Night

October 13, 2017

First off, Reaction of the Week goes to Judi Evans for Adrienne’s expression when Hattie informed her that she went through all that trouble and risk just to land Roman Brady.

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Couldn’t have said it better myself!

And now it’s Friday the 13th, and what better way to mark the occasion than a jaunt to the cemetery to dig up a grave and the return of Sami “I Never Met a Grudge I Didn’t Want to Keep for Eternity” Brady.

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Welcome home!

I think I’m in the minority, but it isn’t really bothering me that Paul pushed John to dig up Will’s grave with him. No, it is not an ideal thing to do, but what seems like a better way to figure out whether Will is in there and start tracking down answers: exhuming Will’s coffin, or relying on Salem law enforcement to chase Rolf around the globe and actually catch him? Oh, and I don’t buy that Sami wouldn’t be in favor of digging that thing right out of the ground. Wasn’t she the one shrieking at John back in 2004 to dig up Marlena right before we were treated to that Wild Coffin Ride to Melaswen? Regardless, I’m thrilled to see her.

And if things weren’t already spooky enough:

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This is… is she… is this her actual hair, or is she just in costume as the precocious boy from every 80s and early 90s sitcom? I’m surprised Brady didn’t take one look at that trainwreck of bristles and tell her to give Eric his best.

Marriage Material

September 30, 2017

I suppose it wouldn’t be a wedding in Salem if there weren’t people making inappropriate, demented sartorial choices. But really, Gabi…

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You look beautiful, as always, but I’m not sure this homage to Britney’s iconic “Toxic” bodysuit was really the right choice for your ex’s re-marriage to the woman he briefly left for you.

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I almost went with a figure skating joke there, but I had to save that one for Bonnie.

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Illusion netting is always a weird choice if you aren’t performing your free dance at Nationals, but it’s even weirder to go for it and then have it fit this poorly. This is the dress that Justin suggested she wear? And the real Adrienne had this in her closet?! Yikes. Meanwhile, after all that uproar about how “Adrienne” shouldn’t wear white to someone else’s wedding…

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