We should do a poll of how old you were when you started watching soaps, what year was it, and which soap did you start on. I think a lot of fans here, particularly the DAYS fans, began watching during the mid-90's Reilly years. P.S., 11/22/1963 was still under 20 years before a small-town guy from Iowa and a middle-class girl from Chicago made an oopsy and had me.
GL: Mid-2000 to mid-2002 was pretty awful. In hindsight, I wish I had stuck it through and watched, knowing now what it became after 2005. The Santos uprising, NuMichelle, Catalina, May Merisi, Beth & Edmund and the endless San Cristobel baby drama... 2005 to The End was not Guiding Light. It had the same name, but the show was literally a shell, complete with a rotating Beacon Hotel Room where everyone lived, and the weird tiki green hospital that Cedars had morphed into.
DAYS: 1998-1999; 2003-2006 Reilly's 2.0 era in Salem. It's been mostly miss and few hits ever since.
I like the idea of casting around the potential cliques, but that's when you get into dangerous territory of the show getting too dark. The show finally got some buzz this season, but the subject matter itself is dark (and at this point, all talked out).
Tamra is like a cockroach that you just can't kill. I thought we'd get a juicy downfall last season, but that petered out quickly. Shannon, whom I really enjoyed her first season, needs to take out whatever is still stuck up her fanny.
It also said Melissa Gorga may NOT return while Jacqueline WILL return. Hmm.... I suppose a familiar face will be nice (or whatever incarnation her face now looks like), and we'll see the fractured friendship of Teresa and Jacqueline repaired?
Many of Kate's past romantic connections are never mentioned. Kate & John? You'd think it never happened. Ditto with her and Roman. At least they keep an ongoing banter with her and Victor, when they do cross paths. Who knows, maybe they'll be endgame eventually..
Weren't Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson back on DAYS at the same time in 2012? The Jennifer/Kristen/Billie three musketeers could've been revisited, with all the original actresses back at the time.
I echo what others have said. The rushed Bope storyline makes no sense, if they had Reckell back on a limited basis. Why not get him home earlier?
When they cast the new Ciara, didn't they test out to see how she does in emotional scenes? That voice, that face.... just no.
The newbies being introduced are basically Jordan, Serena, Paige, Aiden, Zander, Sheryl, Clyde Part Two. Only one from that batch, Ben, started out as a total dud but has flourished now that he's a psycho undoubtedly on the way out.
The integration of new family connections (Lani to Abe, Eduardo to everyone) has been terrible, flat, and uninteresting. Or not shown at all. Are Abe and Lani still continuing their conversation at the Martin house?
Still waiting on a flashback episode. They better reminiscence like crazy at Christmas or when Bo is on his deathbed.
Yeah, I don't get why they never utilized Winsor Harmon. His last chance at relevancy was through Aly. Before that, when Liam was potentially his son. But the truly missed opportunity was bringing him back for Brooke... right when she was happy with Bill. A Bill/Brooke/Thorne triangle would've had potential.
I wonder why he would randomly declare that now? Did Brad Bell say he's not going to be bringing him back? Maybe Brad said Thorne is basically a Felicia or Kristen.
I wonder what types of fans are still watching DAYS (i.e. when did they start watching originally). And for that matter, which ones have tuned in to check out the anniversary stuff.
From what I've seen, friends who previously watched and got hooked during the zany wacky 90's era haven't bothered checking it out. Probably because DAYS no longer has that kind of identity. Instead, it's a small-town, simple-budgeted sleeper soap for the past 5 years.
I am surprised that no flashback-filled episode accompanied DAYS' 50th. Kinda disappointed actually. They did it for the 35th, 25th, and 21st (random, huh). Even if they only flashed back to those who are currently onscreen, they have plenty of vets that have been there for decades that they would have the "rights" to show.