I love that people on Days have jobs and talk to people outside their inner circle and have actual conversations. I love that every single second isn't a set up for the story line or rehashing what has already happened. To say that Days is like the New York soaps is to say that Days is the diamond standard. Because that is what the New York soaps used to be. In their heyday the New York soaps were the bomb and the Hollywood soaps were the step sisters. They couldn't even get emmys hardly. Another World will always be the soap that I hold closest to my heart (with a very close second to Santa Barbara). Back in the day, people would just sit and talk and have actual conversations about their work, and gossip and yell and scream at eachother. Every several days the two main bitter enemies of the moment would have a bitch session where they would lay it all out on the table with eachother. Some of my favorites were Liz Matthews fighting with Rachel over whatever they would be fighting over that day (Mac usually and pre Mac Alice and Steve) They would really get into it to the point of slapping eachother or grabbing eachothers arms. It was great. I can see this coming back with Sami and several people. Sami and Kate are always up for a good fight. Sami and her new nemesis her son Will make a great sparing couple. They are even trying out the Madison/Sami fights. All pretty good stuff. I also love the conversations between Bo and Hope talking about love and their families and the little boy they lost and Alice. These things fill the show with such depth that I couldn't be bored. What is boring to me is someone getting put on death row, escaping to go on a new adventure and then never speaking of the death row ever again as if it never happened. What is boring to me is being possessed by the devil and after its over noone ever talks about it again as if it never happened. What is boring to me is being held hostage kidnapped, pretend murdered, buried alive, a child being born one year and two years later is a full grown adult and noone mentions how could that be? Noone ever even recalls that any of it ever happened. No better to give me stories that can build upon eachother. Stories that build upon the canon of a shows history. Characters that develop and are not stagnant. People with political points of view and people who are NOT stupid but still make errors in judgement. Show me the wounded person who has to find his way back emotionally after being held hostage. Let me see how even though a person might care for and be involved with someone, that someone can come in and attract them in a whole new way. Those are things I want to see. Not some drivel that will be erased in a few months time from the lexicon of the show.
Mark, you and Akbad are cruel, heartless people. You have NO IDEA what it's like to love a show like Days, like honestly LOVE it as your favourite show, only to be forced to stop watching because the show has alienated you so badly. Days is basically cancelled as far as I'm concerned, and that's sad. I wish I had kept my tapes from the 90s because I would gladly watch old episodes over and over again than this current junk. It's so sad, and none of you have any compassion for me that I can't watch my favourite soap anymore. To quote one of my favourite characters, that's just mean, mean, mean.
well AllistairCrane you know how I felt during the James E Reilly days then. Because his "Days" was NOT what the show I grew up on. So I guess I know exactly what you are feeling. When he pulverized my show, I stopped watching at some point because I just couldn't watch it any longer. The minute I heard that he was off the show, I came back. It wasn't the same ever again.
It is not about being mean, it is about rectifying history. You might have fallen in love with the show during the time period but I had been in love with Days since 1972. So the fact of the matter is that I have loved this show way longer than you have been alive. I felt betrayed by a show that I had been watching for 20 plus years when all that stuff you loved about the show started.
You have a very narrow view of what a soap is or should be. I have spent decades watching soaps and have enjoyed different styles of shows. One of my very favorites was Santa Barbara. It was a soap totally unlike any show ever on daytime. I was glued to it. When the show fell apart and got canceled I was heartbroken. I do have some sympathy for your plight but it is diametrically opposed to my own feelings. Perhaps if you were older and had seen more of Days history, you might have a different oppinion.
Under JER in the 90s, Days was a Gothic romance. The show was on FIRE!!!! Days was never boring. Every story was interesting and exciting. The romantic stakes were high. There was mystery. There was drama. There were villains who did evil things. There were tortured heroes and heroines who struggled against all odds and found happiness. If you weren't entertained by Kristen's schemes to keep John and Marlena apart---and then the satisfying climax when Kristen was caught and John and Marlena reunited---you have no soul. Gina finally opening the puzzle box and proving she was Hope was amazing. That's when Days was at its best. The show has been on a downward spiral ever since then. I wish my favourite show could be that good again. But under these hack writers, it won't.
Spacebook, I won't deny DAYS was doing the damn thing during that era, but I remember DAYS as a compelling drama. Do yourself a favor and check out some Doug and Julie highlights or Mickey shooting his brother, Bill. I believe the scenes are still on YouTube and they are incredible. Villains such as Lee Atwood, Kitty Horton, Larry Welch, Stuart Whyland, Lee Williams, and others kept up plenty shit in Salem without implanting brains chips or burying people alive. These shows have to evolve and I'm embracing it.
I'm stuck in a rock and a hard place because I'm an 80's era fan. Back when Pat Falken Smith wrote the show and I was officially hooked! I loved stories like the Prisms and the Salem Slasher, but that regime was gone and I had to grow to like the gothic epic of JER in the 90's and all the wackiness. I even stuck around for Princess Gina and Kristian Alfonso at her moustache twirling best! How do you project your hostilities at me? Why not stick around for the ride? DAYS has so much brewing right not, it's incredible.
Not all soaps involve heroines locked in coffins for months and buck toothed doubles and their quad of lookalike siblings!
@Spacebook1: Mr. Crane, just end your contract. You are not David V. or Deacon Sharpe. We don't need you popping up every 6 months to cause havoc. It does not spell good forum posting. Just stop.
And just so you know Bill Bell wrote the best era of Days and saved the show so that future writers good and bad could come and take a stab at it.
See, you wonder why I direct my "hostilities" at you. It's smart aleck comments like THAT.
Why not stick around for the ride? Because there is nothing worth sticking around for! Sure, my favourite supercouples are back, but the show is incredibly dull. I don't care about Will being gay. I don't care about the teen characters. I'm not interested in Jack and Jenn being separated and Jack having to fight another man for Jennifer. I'm not interested in Carrie cheating on Austin with Rafe. I'm not interested in Jack having PTSD. I'm not interested in Daniel's disease. I don't care about the mayoral race. I don't like EJ. Madison is a nauseating bitch. There's just nothing for me to watch, let alone enjoy.
I want to see stories where Bo and Hope are working with the ISA to save the world from Stefano. I want to see stories where Stefano kidnaps Marlena and John's the Pawn. I want to see Carrie and Austin together and happy and dealing with inner conflict rather than a third party interloper like Rafe or Abigail. I want to see Jack and Jennifer chasing stories together at the Salem Spectator. But most of all, I want drama. I want intrigue. I want Gothic romance. I want the trappings that made Days the most addictive and exciting soap of the 90s. So far, these writers are failing to deliver.
Marlene McPherson sent me a direct message through Twitter around the end of September saying that JER was her mentor and that I would like the show going forward. So far, she was wrong.
Do I need to get a restraining order? I can and will reply to anything I want to on this site. That is what it is for. However I do not think that Daytime Confidential is the appropriate place to personally threaten someone. You know I did sort of miss you AlistairCrane while you were away.
Apparently the paded room didn't help your personality though....
@marknsprmo: Remember you are dealing Patty Williams here. Or to be more to the point a 13 year poster. So you have to treat a 13 year old like you normally do.
Mark, you are the most condescending, unsympathetic @$$ on this board. Please do me a favour and STOP REPLYING TO MY POSTS. Honestly, I hate you and if we met in real life....well, you don't want to know what I'd do.[/quote]
LMAO about Mr. Spaceley aka AC and your comment!! Mr. Spaceley didn't even know Mark that he was in a padded room after all the shock treatments needed practicing "JER rituals"...don't you know AlistairCrane is nothing but a big ass and shows it towards everyone.
Guys, I feel a group hug coming on!!! Anyone else feel it?
You would be channeling your inner Dr. Joyce Brothers....LOL. Sometimes some just like to carry the big wooden spoon around to stir the shit...dear lol..lordy
So basically you people are allowed to bash the shit out of me, but if I dare say anything insulting about anyone, that's not okay? Talk about a sickening double standard.
No shit-stirring here---my opinions are too much for you, and you refuse to see or respect my point of view so you label ME the bad guy. How insulting. The way you people gang up on me and bully me is truly sickening. That's NOT okay. How do you feel good about yourself after what you guys do to me??
Oh Mr Spacelycrane we do suffer for our sins. We do.
To Everyone a Merry Christmas. Even you Mr Scrooge!
It's a Days staple for someone to turn out to be Stefano's son. Days would be wise to remember its past and its most popular stories and revisit them NOW in 2011/12. Vivian and Stefano have a sexual history, so it wouldn't be an out-of-the-blue "twist" like Chad's paternity shocker. Plus, with Stefano as Quinn's son, it would explain why Quinn is a bad boy/villain: his DiMera blood!
No more giving characters adult children. It sucks as a storyline. Why do people always want to see the same things on soaps all the time? Why not have the writers come up with something new for a change?