I hate to complain, I really do.
There are so many things to be happy about with today’s Days. There are so many stories going on, many of them interlocking. There are new characters and potential new couples. Stories are well paced, the balance of airtime is fairly good. We are seeing the important reaction scenes, and story beats aren’t being skipped. Almost all of the frustrations I had with Hogan have been resolved—the jury only still out on beginning, middle, and end story construction, because there hasn’t been time for any story to fully play out under Higley.
So why am I fighting boredom whenever I watch the show these days? When I think about the stories going on, together with the improvements I list above, it seems like the show should be rocking right now. A DiMera/Kiriakis showdown! People actually at work! Phillip being chem-tested with other actresses, no Shelle, Steve and Kayla in a big frontburner story associated with Steve’s missing years, Tony and Anna in a featured story, the younger set thinking about school and jobs instead of (just) their love lives, family connections featured. All of it sounds great.
Is it as simple as the dialogue being flat, repetitive, and banal? Is that really all it takes?