Days Of Our Lives Commentary
What a week it’s been in Salem. I, like many fans, was
extremely upset this week, and began viewing the show with a
different eye. My criticisms for this week run very deep, I’m
sorry to say. I do have one very positive thing to say about this
week’s episodes. I personally thought that the scenes with Sami
and John were powerful! We’ve seen this building, watched as Sami
has tried to reunite Marlena and Roman, and made desperate
attempts to convince Marlena to get John out of her life. Who
wants to believe their mother is capable of such monstrosities as
all the brutal murders Marlena has committed? As we all know, Sami
is in denial about many, many things. I was enchanted with Ali
Sweeney’s performance during her confrontation with John. Clearly,
John loves Sami like a daughter, but Sami doesn’t get it. I
absolutely loved Lucas’s concerns for Sami, and how he comforted
her. Lucas seems to be making bigger strides in accepting his
feelings, but I don’t think Sami is far behind – she’s just
dealing with a full plate right now.
I just shook my head at the whole Belle/Shawn thing. Shawn, the
renegade – young-Bo-wannabe. No disrespect meant toward Jason
Cook, but the chemistry is simply not there, in my opinion. This
should not be a recreation of Bo and Hope from the 1980’s.
However, the writers want to shove this relationship down our
throats, and hear us call for more Shelle. The magic from that
time cannot be recreated – no matter how hard the writers try.
As I watched each episode this week, it felt like a really cheesey
“B-movie.” Poor quality, over acting, bad dialogue. The most
noticeable scene was Marlena’s fall. It reminded me of an old
“Batman” episode. I was waiting for “ZOINK!,” “POW!,” and “KABLAM!”
to pop up on the screen. And Lexie’s comment that Sami broke
Marlena’s fall sent me into fits of hysterical laughter.
I’ve read that the character of Jan Spears has been recast. What a
pointless character. We’ve been down the Jan/Belle/Shawn triangle
road before, and it wasn’t that great the first time. We don’t
need a sequel. And I always have to chuckle at Jan, because she
always looks like she’s dressed for a day at the office, while
she’s sneaking around, prowling through Belle’s loft. Hate to say
it, but this whippersnapper really needs to go back to Europe, and
Alice Horton’s death. So sad, and so very disrespectful, in my not
so humble opinion. To have her choke on her own donuts was
appalling. I was just grateful it was not as violent as Maggie’s
death. Her death made me reminisce. My most fond memory of Alice
was when she smuggled the file into prison to help Bo break out.
Loved the way these two characters interacted, and his
affectionate “Mrs. H.” Mrs. H, we will miss you more than words
I suppose my anger this week stems from mendacious writing.
Disregard for character development, and total lack of history.
Characters change characteristics to suit the plot at any given
moment. Veterans of the show have been given the proverbial boot,
instead of the respect they have earned. I knew Alice’s death was
coming. I was prepared to be shocked, but I was not prepared for
the anger I felt. I’ve read many articles and opinions on the
internet, but tried to keep an open mind. Clearly, the powers that
be are going for ANY emotion, just to keep the show on the air. At
this very moment, I feel DOOL is being kept alive by artificial
means. Soaps are a dying genre, but this past week has been pure
torture. If DOOL were a family member of mine, I would have asked
that the plug be pulled, and put out of its misery. Maybe I’ll
feel differently next week – only time will tell.
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