If last week was a fun revisit that made me a bit nostalgic for the current show, this week reminded me of all the reasons I quit watching.
Actually, that’s not quite fair. The show does feel more cohesive, less disjointed. Plot points seem to happen in ways that generally follow the logic of storytelling instead of lurching all over the place in the way I used to find so maddening. It feels like the show actually has a mapped out plan for what is going to happen (as a soap should), and is executing it.
That goes a long way with me. I can enjoy the most tired, cliched storyline if it is well executed. But, this week, Ciara’s kidnapping has been absolutely excruciating. I think a lot of it had to do with watching the little girl who plays her:
With a creepy guy occasionally fondling her bows.
Kristian Alphonso has done very well playing the strung out, terrified mother, and I give her props for that. But by putting a child in jeopardy and stringing it along all week and then ending with Bo’s vision of Ciara being shot, the show went for the cheapest, laziest way of jacking up the emotional stakes.
Speaking of children:
Why, oh, why, Days? I have no idea how old Molly Burnett is, but I know Melanie is 18 and looks and acts younger. (And terrible—why does she look so terrible?) When she and Phillip were in bed together it truly looked like Phillip was in bed with a child. When that inevitable Days sex sax music kicked in, it was like something out of “barely legal” porn. (Hm, I await the many blog hits I’m going to get with that phrase.) And the really creepy thing is that this was all presented as though Melanie could be a legitimate point on the triangle with Stephanie. Yes, I know she got smacked down by Phillip the next day, but the show never acknowledged how weird and wrong it all was. Obviously, they don’t think so, and that’s what creeps me out most of all.
I don’t like being all doom and gloom and negativity, though, so I will point out that it was wonderful to see Stephanie, and to see her be flirty and lighthearted with Nathan, and standing her ground with Phillip. I think Shelley is looking gorgeous:
So is Ari Zucker:
And I’ve been meaning to post this. I love Wally Kurth’s sleek new haircut, but let’s not forget his contribution to the Pantheon of Days Mullets: