I'm smiling at Days...
Okay this week in Salem was a mix of the good with the bad.
What I loved this week was the continuing downward spiral of Will. Chandler Massey as an actor, scenes with everyone have been excellent. He is proving that with the right casting Days can actually pull off a great storyline minus the vapid models who try to act. I don't think I remember a young actor this good since Jay Kenneth Johnson first came on to the show. So there is a lot to work with here and much to explore in the storyline as it builds in the new year.
Now Sami taking Kate's bait and Madison and Brady going in on her was also excellent. I have this feeling that Madison could end up being another Kristien and/or Lexie where she is driven to do evil things. And Sarah Brown can pull it off. Even the romance with Brady is good. Who would have known (after having watched him on Passions) that Eric Martsolf could actually act? But he has developed into something more than abs.
Joe Mascolo reminds us why Stefano Dimera is the #1 villain in daytime history. The way he was able to manipulate both EJ (whose a lightweight and doesn't know it) and John was a testament to the characters power and the actors ability to mix in a bit of humor while being serious at the same time.
Now the biggest highlight of the week for me was learning (and I said I wanted this to happen) that John is broke! And I mean broke! I smiled from ear to ear. Visa Declined! Cut them lights off! I don't know if it is my Dimera side coming out, but I just want John and Marlena to suffer and suffer. And in my wildest dreams John and Marlena would have to move to the Salem Place Projects as Marlena was on a "fixed" income receiving Food Stamps and John was in and out jail for petty theft and smoking the pipe. But oh that would never happen... :0 Evil I am. But that is the price you pay when you cross a Dimera!
Need more Abe and Lexie. They seem to just have been popping up unexpectedly in episodes and this week was one of those week. So next year I want to see them moving up to 2 to 3 days a week with them as the center of a storyline. Yes the led-son is harsh, but patience requires it! So I'm patiently waiting.
Then can we can cool it on Rafe and Sami! I know that Days loves to explore characters with a great of depth in their storylines and I love it. But this week like the rest have been a bit too much of exploring every facet of their lives. If Rafe was watching TV we'd have to watch him after every commercial break exploring how he felt about the Buffalo Bill's and their chances at making it to the Superbowl. As for Sami, if she was folding clothes we'd have to watch and episode worth of her pondering life as she separated the whites from the coloreds. Save the 5 days a week on-air for these two when the storyline reaches a height in the ark. I can take 3 days 1 week and 2 the next. They can devote that free air-time to Abe and Lexie.
Finally (and you knew I was gonna have to go there), I got very drunk this week off of a bottle of Cristal, some Vermouth and Riesling due to having to endure the Drake winning the worst Male Actor in Daytime of the Week Award. Watch and episodes with Drake in it with some bubbly bubbly and if you start to think that he can actually act, then like Jamie Foxx you can "blame it on the alcohol.." And if this was like that Soap Opera Digest weekly poll then Drake would have received 3 Lifetime Achievement Awards in bad acting by now. It was so much so that even on the Day's NBC website the fans were commenting on his bad acting.
Question of the week: If Days could recast John Black with an Emmy worthy actor, who would you select to take over the role? And this time around do you think fans would care if he was recast? Think of what happened on OLTL when they recast Todd. Could Days do this?
My recast would be to exchange Drake for Grant Alexander (ex-Phillip Spaulding, Guiding Light). Now he would rock!