Soaps should be all about family, right? And Days has certainly been all about family this week: the Hernandez family, and Maggie and Summer, mother and (snort) daughter.
I like Maggie just fine, I always have. I was even kind of liking the cheesetastic introduction of Summer, with Brady’s dreams and the beach location shoots. But since she’s been back in Salem, the story has been a big, fat dud.
So we got the long retconned backstory of Maggie’s pregnancy — “it was the most difficult thing that’s ever happened to me,” she said. Yes, that must be why she’s NEVER MENTIONED IT all these years. And we got to hear it not once, not twice, but three times. Once to Victor, once to Julie, and once to Summer. Sorry, that doesn’t make it seem less than a clunky retcon. And while I appreciated the specific use of history when Maggie mentioned Melissa and Pete (and their double wedding with Mickey/Maggie!), it almost felt like adding insult to injury. Hey, everybody, we’re going to invent a new daughter for Maggie but forget about seeing the ones you already know and care about!
I was intrigued by the idea of Dario and Summer being real con artists, and I’m sure that fact will come up again. But the fact that Summer confessed to Maggie she was a thief means they are likely going to “good” route for her, with Dario possibly blackmailing/coercing her into some scheme against her better judgment. If this sounds familiar, why, yes, it’s exactly how Serena was introduced, with Maggie in the role of Eric and Dario in the role of Xander. When will Days learn to introduce new characters more slowly, instead of putting them front and center in a story no one is invested in yet? Well, put her alongside Jordan, Taylor, Madison, Serena … Marie Wilson is already gone.
I wasn’t any more excited by Mama Hernandez’s introduction, though I like the actress and I liked the Spanish some of the actors were throwing around. I like Rafe, and Eduardo, and Gabi, and I feel prepared to like Dario (so far). I am genuinely glad to see some fresh genes added to the Salem gene pool. But it seems strange to feature them so prominently, especially at the expense of Horton and Brady interactions – who are supposed to be the core of the show.