By Becca Thomas
I tend to try to do a hundred things at once and lose focus. (A friend once told me I am a “smart airhead,” which I decided to take as a compliment, because I am narcissistic like that.) Anyway, before I lose track, here is my point: DAYS OF OUR LIVES is utterly unfocused, and not in an endearingly airheaded kind of way.
I say this as someone who had not been a fan of theirs in at least a decade: John and Marlena’s send-off was ridiculously lame. I watched it and tuned in the Monday after, assuming there had to be more to it. But no, after more than 20 years, that half-hearted partial share of a single episode was truly it. The writing team had two months to plan for it, and that was the big farewell? What were they focused on instead? Oh, I know: Characters that weren’t even on the canvas two years ago.
Examples abound, but let’s start with Melanie. I like the idea of Melanie. I think she’s supposed to be kind of like Maxie on GH, except unlike Maxie, Melanie is one-dimensional and so instead of being delightfully bitchy she’s just…bitchy. And her storyline is ridiculous. An 18-year-old is suddenly an executive at Titan? What? If Victor weren’t so busy commenting on Chloe’s “big bazooms” (side note: a little part of me died when poor John Aniston had to utter that line a few weeks back), he would put a stop to that insanity.