It would seem that Reilly is tinkering with the characters again. I don't know if he's bored, trying to appease the fans or simply throwing logic and consistency to the wind so that he can write the characters in a way that will suit whatever story he's presently telling. The character that jumps to mind immediately is Kate. I was shocked and amazed to see Kate thinking about whether she should give John his drugs back. She actually seemed to weigh his addiction against her desire to find Philip. For a woman who is hell bent on destroying anyone who threatens her children's unrestricted right to happiness, it was completely out of character for her to give a rat's behind whether John started doing drugs again. The version of Kate Roberts that we have come to know under Reilly's reign as head writer would have relented, reasoning that she could help John kick his habit again, once Philip was found and returned home safe. The inconsistency is annoying but I find the timing of Kate's sudden shift to be interesting given that the Internet is rife with angry postings that the character of Kate has been completely ruined and can never be redeemed. Some people have even started a "Kill off Kate Roberts" petition. Kate's recent 180 seems like more than just coincidence. The most surprising part was watching Kate reflecting on the situation and wondering whether Philip's capture and John's relapse were her punishment for setting up Sami. Has Kate Roberts grown a conscience? She must have used SuperGrow fertilizer for that conscience because it literally popped out of the ground from nowhere.
The other character who is bothering me beyond belief is Beauregard Brady. I cannot believe how dense and unfeeling he's been behaving towards Hope and their boys. With the constant arguing between Bo and Hope and Bo's frequent support of Billie - I think most of us would be happy to see Hope give Bo the "boot." It's strange that only a year ago, fans were threatening to quit watching the show for good if Bo/Hope were separated. But now - after a good deal of tinkering on Reilly's part - soapdom's most favorite couple Bo and Hope Brady, are quickly losing their loyal support base.
Billie has finally admitted that she does indeed want Bo back (she said as much to Patrick on the pier one endless Salem night). I don't think anyone was very surprised by that revelation, but at least she finally admitted it to herself. They say that's half the battle. I don't know about the rest of you guys out there in cyber-land but Billie strikes me a stalker that needs some intensive therapy. Her marriage/relationship with Bo was over eons ago - especially if you consider that Georgia has been rapid-aged to 14/15. That would mean that Billie and Bo have been over for at least 12 years (I'm being generous here). If, after that many years, you are still carrying around a bright torch for a person who doesn't love or want to be with you - have yourself committed...you need help. Okay, I'm being facetious but seriously, it's not normal that she hasn't moved on in all this time.
I'm so mad about Jack being re-captured; I don't even want to talk about it. We were teased so cruelly with a fake reunion; which on top of everything else, was very poorly written. There were so many holes in the scenes! For someone as smart as Jack (he escaped the DiMera castle for crying out loud AND made it all the way back to Salem on his own) he made a series of remarkably dumb moves in attempting to free himself. He managed to escape the house at one point (trying to catch Real Jen before she left) and then simply walked back in to the house and was re-captured by Fake Jen. Most people would have kept on running until they found the police. And now that he's been dragged back to the dreaded castle, I'm sure we'll have to sit through another couple of months of Jack's various attempts to escape again. Although I love watching Matthew Ashford (and he is at his best with this type of material) I am upset that there seems to be no end to this storyline. And here I am talking about it when I said that I wasn't going to...
I just want to reiterate my admiration for Dan Wells - what a great addition to Days he's been. The problem is that though I love watching any scene he is in; I'm not enjoying the content of those scenes. Stami tormented Billie with a silly talking Georgia doll, tortured Mimi with the knowledge of her abortion and a threat to tell Rex the truth and is now poised to help Chelsea seduce Patrick? Not only was it far-fetched but this all happened in one night - busy little beaver our Stami is.
Because of the volume of emails that I have received wondering why in the world the producers of Days haven't replaced Reilly - I offer my thoughts from a recent discussion Sari and I had concerning why NBC seems to like JER penned fair [NBC is broadcasting two daytime soaps at the moment; Days of our Lives and Passions - both of which are written by James. E. Reilly]. We agreed that it seems as though TPTB are making some strange business decisions. I said that, in my opinion, NBC should dump DOOL & Passions and start again. Both shows have sunk so low that they have now become the punch line of many jokes. I was reading the ATWT Two Scoops column a couple of weeks ago and the author, in complaining about a story on ATWT referenced Days as being an example of bad writing. Her comment was "...the story is just ridiculous. It seems more fitting for "Days of our Lives" or "Passions."
Soooo, it would seem that Days has sunk so low, that it is now being held up as the barometer for bad writing. Let me just say that, having no affiliation with the show, I don't know the reason why the Corday's [The producers of DOOL] haven't changed head writers, but my personal suspicion is that they're stuck with him. When Paula Cwikly & Peter Brash were replaced as co-head writers (approx. 3 years ago) I wondered what in the world the Corday's were thinking as P&P had done a FAB job at pulling up the ratings and returning the show to some semblance of its' former self. My understanding at the time of Reilly's re-hire, was that NBC had a hand in making the determination. From what I understand, NBC would not renew DOOL unless they made some head-writer changes. Whether that's true or not, I think Reilly must have received a handsome contract in order to return as head writer for Days. One which included some kind of executive producing credits (according to what I'm reading at the end of the show) and because of that, they're stuck with him. Maybe it's too expensive to buy him out of his contract or maybe there's no clause to buy him out at all - who knows? That's my opinion; does anybody else have a thought? Let me know and I'll post it in my next column.
I wanted to add my two cents about the rumored Austin Peck return. If he's coming back for Nicole; I'm definitely all for it. I always thought Austin and Nicole had good potential. And that would hopefully push the Brady/Chloe story along because we all know it's languishing badly. If he's returning to set Kate straight about her meddling or to help his sister Billie find her daughter; I'm all for that too. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that, I'm looking forward to Austin's return - mostly because I'm hoping that we'll soon see some progress in the various storylines.