I was watching Days for several years before the JER storylines began but what I remember vividly about his first run was how he set up some storylines years in advance (When Stefano was in hospital in 1993 he already mentioned being responsible for Kristen and Peter's mothers death but this didn't come up again until Aremid/1996).
His first run worked because he essentially had a 5 year plan. By the time his run came to an end he pretty much brought most of the storylines he created to a relative conclusion (John/Marlena were together; Sami was exposed, Carrie/Austin together) as they sequed into the next writer (Sally Sussman Morina - I think!). I think if he had stayed on at Days we would have been treated to an endless recycling of his greatest hits storyline-wise (which was pretty much what he did in his second stint).
Best storylines: the introduction and evolution of the Sami character; Sami shooting her rapist in the groin; Marlena/John in the boardroom at Titan and her pregnancy, Carly Buried Alive, MarDevil, Kristens schemes and her many other characters), some of the Sami/Austin/Carrie/Lucas saga - the best being that Lucas was Will's father; Tony shooting himself and framing John.
Although the constant flashbacks, repetition of scenes and slow moving plots were noticeable there was just something about how it was written that made it addictive that you just had to keep watching every episode. The payoffs were huge when the reveals happened so it made the slowness worth it.
However I watched this as a teen and when I see some clips now I realise how juvenile some of the dialogue was and I can understand why many long time viewers were saying it had become a cartoon. Sadly most of the men were portrayed as dumb (Austin and John) and the women as victims (Marlena).
He gave Days the much needed ratings boost but his style of storyline writing just opened the door for a further 11 years of idiotic plots. Although not under his regime the absolute worst have been John/Hope sub-sex, the far too long Princess Gina storyline, anything Tom Langan ever wrote, the incorrect aging of the younger teen set in 1999; Garden of Eden, Carrie/Austin/Sami redux more than once - that storyline just needs a complete rest never to rear its ugly head again! Cassie/Rex landing in a UFO - ughhh!
Edited by daysgoby, 10 June 2013 - 06:49 AM.