The soap genre is based in romance but sometimes that romance falls a little flat. Whether a once loved pairing has become the victim of dismal story, something that looked good on paper didn’t translate well on screen or the chemistry just isn’t there — bad couples happen. The year 2014 was no exception. Here are TVSource staff’s picks for The Year in Soaps: Worst Couples of 2014. Hit the comments below to share your thoughts or use the hashtag #TVSMWorstCouples to chat with us on twitter.
Will and Sonny, DAYS
A Very Bad Year
It’s amazing how quickly the tides can turn on a pairing. Days of our Lives’ Will and Sonny went from one of the few bright spots of the show in 2012 and 2013, to one of the worst. On paper, 2014 should have been a great year for the most popular gay couple in daytime. But a weak recast, combined with weak writing and nonsensical characterization has led to us naming them one of the worst couples of the year.
The wedding was beautifully done. The dialogue was everything WilSon fans have been waiting for, watching Will and Sonny declare their eternal love for one another, in front of friends and family. But the moment felt hollow because this Will, this new Will, wasn’t the Will we were connected to. It felt cheap in a way, to rob fans of the ability to see the actor who helped make Will and Sonny popular. From a business standpoint, we get it. You want to be able to flash back to this wedding, and doing so with an exiting actor wouldn’t be smart. But this is one of those situations where business can lead to a sucky moment for a viewer, and it did for us.
Then there was the ridiculousness with Gabi and Nick, which saw Nick blackmail Gabi into taking custody of her daughter with Will. If the point of that story was to get us to root for Will and Sonny even more, it failed. The couple played a supporting role after the Nick drama came to a conclusion, with Will getting entangled in Sami’s war with EJ and Abigail.
As bad as we felt their 2014 was, there appears to be light on the horizon. Internal drama is what this couple was sorely missing and we’ve been getting brief previews of that in recent weeks. Sonny and Will are realizing the honeymoon phase of their relationship is over, and as differences over priorities and career importance begins to creep center stage, the arrival of Sonny’s ex-boyfriend Paul, a closeted baseball player with a burning love for Sonny, appears to be just the roster adjustment needed to add some spark into the pairing. Paul’s got chemistry with Sonny and Will, and with Will being more determined than ever to do what it takes to succeed, a messy affair and subsequent fallout can erase the dark year they had.