There’s a new guy in town.
screencap courtesy nbc.com
He’s handsome, charming, and seems to be played by a decent actor. He’s being introduced through his profession, always a plus, and through an existing story. He has ties to the canvas, since he’s Victor’s godson, but they are not blood ties. (That’s very important in a town as incestuous as Salem.) All in all, one of the more promising introductions we’ve seen.
So why, Days, are you putting him in romantic banter scenes with Chelsea? Why why why why why why? He’s at least twenty years older than she is. She’s a college girl, he’s a doctor. It takes all the fun out of the scenes because it seems so inappropriate.
Not to mention, she has a boyfriend! I admit, being a Chick shipper, that I might be a tad biased on this issue. But one way this makes sense is if Daniel is being introduced as a spoiler for Chick. The heavyhandedness of her immediate crush supports this theory (in soap world, if they were destined to be together, she should take an immediate dislike to him). Maybe the older guy is just being friendly, and the younger, naive girl is reading too much into it.
Chelsea has hero worship issues, and the doctor who saves her father’s life would be hero bait for her. But Chelsea was clearly attracted before she ever heard this guy was a doctor. Plus, we’ve seen so little of Nick I’m not convinced that he is even a blip on Higley’s radar. If Daniel is going to be a spoiler, we should be seeing some internal angst for Chick, either because of Daniel’s presence or just prior to his arrival, so that Chelsea has a reason to be drawn to him. If this is an obstacle for Chick, it’s a poorly executed one.
And didn’t we already do a version of this triangle, where Chelsea was drawn to the hot new guy? And didn’t that, well, suck?
There’s some speculation that Daniel was originally intended for Billie, but when Julie Pinson was let go, they replaced her with Chelsea. I was dying for a romance for Billie, and in my fantasy world Michail T. Weiss’s Mike Horton would have been brought back for her. He was warm, funny, compassionate, and a little bit goofy, and it think that would have played beautifully against Billie’s intensity, her insecurity, and her dysfunctional past. Daniel actually has a little of the same vibe. Excuse me while I bash my head against a brick wall.