By Becca Thomas
Sometimes I issue little challenges to myself. Recent successful examples include: "Go a month without chocolate," "Repair shoes instead of throwing them out as an excuse to buy new ones," and "Try not to be completely negative about soaps." It was almost an across-the-board failure (on reflection the chocolate one, in particular, seems insane), but then DAYS OF OUR LIVES had the gall to get quite good, so I stumbled onto a one-for-three record. In hopes they can build on my modest success, I thought I would extend some challenges to my soaps.
DAYS is truly much improved of late. The pacing is much better than it was even just a few months ag, there are gorgeous men at every turn (why did nobody ever tell me PASSIONS had such a plethora of hotties?), returning favorites like Wally Kurth and Crystal Chappell make me smile even if I'm not sure how well they're ultimately going to be integrated into the canvas, and Victor and Stefano have rightly returned to their positions as chief villains.
But there are still improvements to be made in Salem. I challenge DAYS to make Nicole fun again. Understandably she had to become serious for the whole baby switch storyline, but for me, Nicole is really only entertaining when she's plotting something stupid and wearing lots of metallic clothing. We need more of that. On a somewhat related note, I challenge the show to do something unexpected with the EJ/Sami/Rafe triangle that I assume is coming now that EJ and Sami know that Sydney is theirs. There is the potential for months of soapiness in that if the writing team can restrain themselves from rushing it.