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  1. I do love that this is a verb now. Soap Dictionary: Guy Wilson'd: To screw up a recast of a legacy character so badly, that the show feels the only way to fix it, is to kill them off.
  2. As for Freddie, On some level, I do get it. Being in the role for nearly 10 years and find out you can be easily replaced and most people don't miss you, probably is hard, but a lot of it is Freddie's own fault. His last 3-4 years he didn't look like he wanted to be there. He turned them down to do this, in an industry where recasts happen all the time. His video where he gave his blessing to Zach and wished him good luck should have been his last one. Doing his "review" was a mistake. I also see he has some video Q&A with Chandler scheduled for October, I feel like that's going to be a mistake also. I know it's for charity, but that to me still comes across as shady. You can't claim your done with acting, DAYS and give your recast your blessing, only then to try and still hang around like a bad smell.
  3. When Will told Johnny that his dad is hard guy to say no to, I got flashbacks to EJILL. Will would know, the way he used to lust after him.
  4. I watched today's episode. First time watching DAYS in over a year, mostly for Will. Even though I don't really know what's going on, I actually thought it was a fairly decent episode. Will was in it more than I expected. I figured we'd get 1 scene, and we got at least 3. Johnny asking Will if he did anything fun this summer and Will only mentioning a trip and not mentioning doing drag made me chuckle. I know why (this was filmed before Beyond Salem), but I laughed nonetheless. Doug locking people in freezers, grabbing people's asses...I might have to keep watching just to see what's going on with him.
  5. So I just watched some of Freddie and Alyssa podcast. Blaming directors and producers for your acting? If he got notes telling him to not go full anger, it's because he was a crappy actor. I do remember show attempting to make Sonny more of a ruthless Kiriakis businessman, which I thought could have been an interesting direction, but Freddie couldn't handle the material and sucked at. He's clearly upset and jealous that people instantly loved Zach. He was probably expecting fans to react how they did with Guy. Well with Guy, we got a downgrade. With Zach we got a long overdo upgrade. Zach's a better actor than you Freddie. I hope DAYS never asks him back. Move on Freddie and live your life as a grifter in Florida.
  6. I don't have any specific story ideas. I do have some general suggestions to help improve the show. First off, the crown jewels of any soap opera is it characters. That's why people tune in every day, week after week. We've seen these characters be born and grow up on our screens. The show has forgotten that. There are so many characters that have been damaged by the writing, trying to fix the ones you can, should be first priority. There also a lot of deadweight that needs to go. There's also too many new characters and they keep adding more. If you haven't watched EE in 5-10 years, you wouldn't recognize half the cast. I wouldn't necessarily bring back a ton of characters, because trying to relive or recreate the past won't work either and returns don't spike ratings anymore, but bringing back a few, could help in the long run, make the show familiar again. Way less stunts. One every once in a while is fine, but it has to be something you've been building up for a long while and will have long term aftermath. Viewers aren't idiots and no longer fooled by cheap tricks. Viewers want substance. The show needs to be character driven again. The stories should fit the characters, not the other way around. I know that Christmas season has always been big for EastEnders and is tradition, but the show needs to recognize, the TV landscape and viewer habits have changed. Having 1 or 2 big stories for Christmas is fine, but dragging nearly every story out to Christmas and New Years needs to stop. Stories should be climaxing all year round. You need to give viewers a reason to watch all year, not just 2 weeks in December. More balance. Either everyone is miserable and nobody happy, or there's nothing going on at all. Need to try to stay in between. Not stretching out stories, like I mentioned above, would help with this. The one story suggestion I would make is, drop or drastically reduce the gangster/mobster element of the show. Yes, there was always a crime element to EastEnders, but it was never supposed to be a Soprano's rip off (which ended over 10 years ago, so it not even a new show to copy). Watching Phil Mitchell who is in his 60s and has a heart condition, almost every month, take down some new villain (who are sometimes half his age) knowing that he'll always win, escape jail, or whatever life threatening situation he's in, is boring and lazy. Gone are the days where a football match is going to stop so that people can watch to see who shot Phil. And turning his son Ben into a younger, less competent version of Phil is one of the worst decisions the show has done. The misogyny on this show needs to be addressed. I don't mind one or two misogynistic characters, especially if they get called out, because there are people like that is real life, but of the soaps I watch, this has one of the most anti-woman tone. Issue stories. I do think soaps have an advantage. In theory, you have way more time to play out all the story beats compared to a show that only puts out 10-15 episodes a year, but EastEnders has gone way overboard. At one point, I feel like there was 3 or 4 going on at once. They are rarely written well and they never show long term commitment.
  7. Based on the overnights, the show so far didn't get any ratings bounce from the Janine's return or all the promotion they spent money on. I think the show reputation and brand is so damaged at this point, it's going to take a miracle to turn around this show. The show is slightly better lately, but that's not nearly enough, nor do I think it's going to last. None of the spoilers or stories coming up sound all that good or interesting.
  8. I'm two minds about this. On one hand, a spin-off on Peacock would have more freedom, on the other hand, the gays should be allowed to be on the mothership like any other couple. The LGBTQ community should have representation on the main show, Karens be damned.
  9. A Pride Event with no characters in the episode at all. Same week DAYS gives us a gay shower scene and drag competition. Hell has frozen over. Also, well done Oates and Sen for pissing away much of the promotion and hype you spent money on in less than a week.
  10. Let's throw in all the gaggle of gays. Brant Daughtery who played Brian. Jesse Kristofferson that played Neil. Will's first gay kiss. Tyler Seller who played Brent, Sonny's old climbing buddy that tried to lure Sonny away from Will. The gay male stripper dude from Paul's stag night that was confused why Paul would ever want to marry someone as boring as pre-Zach, Sonny.
  11. I was going off the theory she dropped it on purpose, but I was also thinking we'd see her again for the finale. I suppose it is still possible and we'll find out later she was more involved than initially believed.
  12. DAYS better not wait around too long to get Zach (and Chandler) under contract. If they wanted to wait until the series is over, to gauge reaction fine. Recasts can be risky, especially for "supercouples". I think we have data to support this recast has been an overwhelming success and that WilSon is popular and belongs on the main show.
  13. So that finale... a bit over the top for my tastes. Was very happy to see Sonny and Will one last time (but hopefully not really the last time). I do hope this spin-off is success enough that they order more episodes. While I didn't enjoy everything, it was overall fun and the most entertained I've been with a soap opera in years.
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