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Sep 3 2008, 12:46 AM
Sep 2 2008, 06:42 PM
Today's show was hideously stupid and boring. Welcome back, Higley! :drunk:
Here we are again. Why do you automatically assume this was Higley episode? It was written and taped way before Ed was outed so he was probably majorly involved. And the disjointed and rushed feel could be very well a product of a bunch of amateur trying hurriedly "repair" the scripts.

Thatīs what I was saying from the beginning. Whatever his intension had been, he and his changes just created further mess. I know people here hate Higley, but she was a breakthrough writer for 20 years, so she knows something about good pacing and editing events between the shows.

Iīm looking forward to the new EP to finally clear the mess and produce a real continuity drama again.
I agree.

I'm not saying Higley is good. However, as much as I enjoyed today, you could tell something was up. In fact, I've sensed that for two weeks now. All the stories Dena had going, which were picking up big time as the Olympics approaches, are being wrapped up. Chan is done and the Kate stuff is out, the Paul story ended in like 3 episodes, John got over Ava at lightning speed, and the Trent stuff is winding down and that story got barely any focus after Stax was forced on us big time in June. I think this is the point where Dena got upset and left. She tuned in and saw Ed ending her stuff and, as much as I don't like her, I can't say I blame her. I know I'm in the minority but her stories were getting good before the Olympics. I do think alot of the inconsistent direction is due to the power struggle. Call Higley what you want but having watched her first Days stint, her whole OLTL stint, and the first few months of this stint, her stories have direction. They may not be good stories most of the time but it's usually due to execution. However, she never has issues with direction. She commits to something and goes with it. May and June had no direction at all. It was like ping-pong and I blame that on the Ed/Dena war. I can't even say Corday because it didn't feel like his type of interference. It felt more like a show in disarray.

Back to today, though, I'm shocked so many didn't care for today. I thought the Dimera stuff alone would be enough to please most. Watching it yesterday, I felt it was disjointed but since many didn't care for the Paul story I figured people would just be happy it got resolved. I didn't think it was that bad the way it ended. It was obvious Paul wanted to get back to her and, having watched tomorrow's episode, more about how Paul got out of the mansion and why he did what he did is revealed. I would post what exactly happened but I don't want to spoil it and think it would ruin some of the surprise of tomorrow but, then again, some will probably still hate it anyway LOL. I thought what they did was clever in how they tied things together.

I do agree about the writing for Marlena today. I didn't mind the scene with Stefano as I took it as her not knowing what to say. She has reason to fear him and I think she's treading carefully. She's not recovered yet. I did hate her little line about John not letting Stefano come to the mansion. It just seemed out of place and she came off as so weak. I liked John's concern for her but I just hated what came out of her mouth.
Edited by PhoenixRising05, Sep 3 2008, 02:33 AM.
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