Why Days Sucks
Days focuses on way too many new, useless, disposable characters (Melanie, Rafe, Daniel, Gabi, "Abigail" [wtf, she's always been ABBY Deveraux) Dario, Chloe, Taylor just to name a few) and has made the show all about them. All of those folks should be fired! This has come at the expense of characters with history who DESERVE to be on Days helluva lot more than those folks, like Marlena, John, Jack, Lucas, Carrie, and Austin. Why is Roman on contract when he's never used? Hell, why haven't they recast him with Wayne Northrop, the REAL Roman? Stefano used to be a truly frightening villain, so why has he been reduced to an organ-stealing diabetic?! Why are Lexie and Abe even together? They aren't a supercouple---she's cheated on him multiple times and he's a verbally, emotionally, and borderline physically abusive creep. Why isn't Lexie a true DiMera villainess? The return of Carly has been a bust from the get-go. Justin and Adrienne essentially reunited in ONE EPISODE without any build-up or follow-up. Their original wedding is one of Days' highest-rated episodes ever, and their new, reunion wedding occurred off-screen! What is this show thinking?! To top it off, the series revolves around Sami Brady. It's sickening that the psycho who spent the 90s torturing her sister is now the lead heroine of Days. And the second lead female character of this show is Nicole, someone brought on as the love interest of a character who hasn't been on this show in over a DECADE!!! The show's leading man, EJ, is a joke. First of all, he was horribly SORASed which was bad enough. But then they pissed all over his mother Susan's infamous exit storyline and rewrote his backstory. This is extremely, terribly insulting because EJ is not even HALF the character his mother Susan Banks was!
Dena Higley's writing is dreadful. Her stories lack humor and charm. They take themselves way too seriously. There is no sense of identity with this show---it can't decide if it wants to be campy/sci-fi or traditional/character-driven. Days has pulled off a mixture of both over the years, but Higley lacks the finesse to make it flow together. Her stories aren't exciting. They're essentially previous stories rehashed with different characters. It's awful. There is no sense of fun, no sense of creativity, and certainly no sense of DRAMA. Where is the build-up? Where is the pay-off? Where is the imagination?
3) Production Values
Days has got to be the most horribly lit show on daytime. The actors all glow a disturbing purple or orange hue. The sets are WAAAAY too bright! Remember when the lighting used to be moody and atmospheric? Look at the Cheatin' Heart: it used to be a darkly-lit set (makes sense because it's a BAR), but now it glows a weird orange colour. And how in the f**k does it make sense for the pier and the park to be ONE SET?! NO! The pier and the park are two separate, distinct sets and always have been.
I applaud Days for moving Suzanne Rogers to the front-burner---she proved her acting chops to the new generation in '03 when Maggie was targeted and then seemingly murdered by the Salem Stalker. But even this is not without flaw---Maggie's "relationship" with Victor has come at the expense of Caroline, Victor's TRUE love, who has been utterly destroyed as a character to prop "Magic".
The only other compliment I can give Days is for throwing Alice a decent memorial (although not perfect though several important characters were excluded), and for having Kate marry Stefano.
I don't watch Days anymore and haven't in years, but I catch it from time to time. It's a sad shell of its former self. I used to love this show in the 90s and I wish I could watch it again, but as long as the show looks like crap, is written by a horrible head writer, and features characters I just plain don't like, I can't bring myself to do it.