John Fades to Black
No Week in Review this week, guys, because really nothing significant happened outside of John's death. Can you believe they actually did it? I'm oddly impressed, both that they actually killed off a character in a way that makes it next to impossible he can come back, and in that despite how "meh" I've been about John Black for the last decade or so, five episodes focused almost exclusively on him were really good soap. (The parts that weren't the stupid sorority storyline or Sami crying some more, I mean.)
I love that the headline is about the size that it would have been when JFK was killed.
I thought Drake Hogestyn did a fantastic job in his last week of work on Days. In the past he was often every soap acting cliché rolled into one (smell-the-fart, "I've got a fishhook in my eyebrow and I'm happy about it," etc.) but this week he was genuinely good. He was playing unconscious most of the time, sure, but he was good nonetheless. And Deidre Hall, too, was the best I've seen her in years. When she's not shooting for "sexy young ingénue" or trying to be funny, she's much better, and she and Hogestyn clearly enjoyed working together.
John and Bo's "brother" goodbye made me tear up a little (despite my oft-discussed internal deadness)
and when he said goodbye to his granddaughter, man, I lost it. John Black made me cry! The end is near.
They decided to use the twin who doesn't like people, though, which probably wasn't the best idea. She was like yeah, uh-huh, the key grip over there has a cookie so I'm outta here, "grandpa."
And then the Belle and Marlena goodbyes? I am so ashamed at how misty I got. Like, not as ashamed as I was by my US Weekly subscription back in the day (2006), but ashamed.
Martha Madison was great throughout the week, too.
Non-death related note: Her hair looks much, much better in a ponytail. That is not the mark of a good haircut.
Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso were also awesome.
Seriously, if you had told me two years ago that I would become an enormous Bo and Hope fangirl, I would have thought you were crazier than the idea that Sami marrying EJ is the way to end The Vendetta.
Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols were also fab, but I feel like that goes without saying.
I'm getting misty just looking at that screencap! My god, what has happened to me? Make it stop.
I hate to nitpick about the whole "Vivian sent the flowers and photos" thing, because it was a nice nod to history, but what the hell kind of funeral were they planning on having without them? When Bo and Hope walked into the church and Hope was all "oh my, who sent all this?," I wondered whether they'd otherwise not been able to scrape together the funds to send out the billionaire in style? So strange. But I liked the set dressing, especially the headshot they used
which is a nice nod to The Eyebrow.
Okay, I lied, something unrelated to John's death that was significant happened last week, if "significantly hideous" counts. Newcomer Morgan's ensemble made me do this.
I'm in mourning over the death of a beloved citizen, Morgan. Please don't pour salt in my wound.
Even if the rest of it had sucked like a Hoover, I would have enjoyed the heck out of last week for the flashbacks alone. Soap flashbacks are my crack.
I was a bit peeved that there weren't any of Isabella and Brady, but thanks to Hogestyn's long run on the show there were plenty of others. (Please especially note the hair. 80s hair is the best thing about Days flashbacks.)
I think if we could just harness the soul-lifting power of soap flashbacks, we could eliminate the need for anti-depressants. Which would in turn prevent future Tom Cruise meltdowns on morning TV. Let's get to work on this ASAP.
So RIP, John Black and your 17 backstories. And farewell, Drake Hogestyn. May you move on to smell the farts in greener pastures. Um...or something.
Screencaps courtesy of Days of Our Lives 2.