Best of 2012: Soap Opera Edition

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MOST DISAPPOINTING (Continued)

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Y&R has the great honor of sharing this award with fellow Sony soap Days of Our lives. WOW. So where do we start with the atrocity that was Days in 2012? We kicked the year off finding out that John and Hope were actually married, given their marriage when the two last thought they were Gina and The Pawn, well in order to get a divorce the two of them had to go to Aramid where Stefano kidnapped and brought out their alternate personalities in order to find a Fabergé egg. What was the relevance of this egg? Absolutely nothing because the storyline was later dropped. Yep we suffered through that just to have it dropped by the wayside, but that wasn’t the only storyline to be dropped this year. We also had Maggie’s scrambled eggs (aka Daniel’s paternity), Alice Horton’s many secrets, Ian McAllister’s investing in Sonny’s coffee shop, and so many more. But hey this is a soap opera it’s not like fans remember any of these little things right? Oh wait they do.

Storylines consistently dragged on for weeks on end – Melanie’s kidnapping- and often their payoff wasn’t worth the agonizing wait. We then have the DAYSaster… You see when a soap does a big explosive event, we are expecting loads of fallout that would drive storylines for months to come. For example the British soap Hollyoaks asked viewers to “Enjoy The Ride” in which multiple characters were killed off after a bus explodes at a wedding venue. That storyline propelled story forward, with the outcome continuing to effect story months later. Meanwhile Days blows stuff up, “kills” Jack Deveraux off, and the actual fallout of the event was forgotten about days later. Yes, Jennifer Rose might pet Jack’s ashes while lusting after Daniel, but as far as real character driven fall out? Its non-existent. If anyone remembers the DAYSaster in a year’s time we will be surprised.

That isn’t to say there were not things we enjoyed this past year on Days. Will’s journey in accepting who he is and who he wants to be with was one of the great bright spots, in addition to the whole EJ/Will relationship (sadly not ‘THAT’ kind of a relationship) made Days watchable over the summer, and the return of Eileen Davidson as Kristen Blake Dimera has rejuvenated the canvas, even if it has taken its time to really get the ball rolling. Here’s hoping that Days will impress us in 2013, and won’t become a repeat winner in this category next year, but knowing Days we won’t be holding our breath on this one.

If there was a way to judge DAYS solely on what aired from September – December we would, because it was a completely different show. Much kudos to NBC, Sony and Corday for realizing a change was needed. Christopher Whitesell and Gary Tomlin have turned DAYS around with simple, traditional storytelling with a modern flair.

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5 comments

  1. ‘This is a female driven storyline – Liam isn’t the one “choosing” between the women, it’s the women who are choosing him.’

    Really? I cannot fathom finding this storyline anything but completely offensive to women. You’re absolutely right that Liam isn’t “choosing” between the women, because he wants to have it both ways AND THE WOMEN LET HIM. Both of those women should want and demand better for themselves, and yet it’s a torturous, never-ending merry-go-round that is wildly demeaning to the characters of both Hope and Steffy. I wish they’d both kick him to the curb that he deserves to be dropped on and then go out and find someone worth their trouble.

  2. Your choice of Melissa Claire Egan as best supporting makes me realize why I agree completely with the naming of Y&R as most disappointing soap. I’ve been a major fan of hers since forever, and love her work. I only wish the show’s writing was worthy of her. It managed to make me despise her character, and that is so frustrating! I wish I could’ve seen Chelsea and Adam’s chemistry and instantly forgotten how she came on the scene, but I needed a whole lot more than that to forget everything she did. The writers constantly opted to take the easy way out with her, and her redemption and entry into respected GC circles happened overnight – totally unbelievable, and now it’s too late to rectify that in my eyes. MCE’s acting is fantastic as always, but the character is a fail for me, and the writers are entirely to blame.

  3. Totally agree with one of the choices for Best Couple: Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakas of Days of our Lives (Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith). In my opinion, these two actors are simply amazing in their portrayal of a young couple who start out as friends and end up in love. They portray Will and Sonny as a real couple with real problems and struggles, just like any other couple. This is a true love story between these two characters, and Chandler and Freddie are both talented actors who make this relationship seem real.

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