Viewing Single Post From: TV Guide: The Days Disaster by Michael Logan
Dec 2 2008, 07:49 PM
- December 20, 2007
Yeah, that's pretty much what I'm saying, although it's a little more than that. Sometime in the summer of 2007 or so, I was having a discussion on another board about Days and how much some hated it and how some loved it, etc. In the course of that discussion, I said something then that I still feel now. There may come a day that I simply cannot watch the show anymore. It happened before in 1992 when it became something I no longer recognized. There have been moments over the last two years when I've been thisclose to saying goodbye again. But, even if I can no longer watch it and no longer recognize the show or the characters that I love, I still can't say I'd wish for it's cancellation. Because if it is still ringing true for somebody out there, then I don't want them to lose that. As long as somebody is watching and enjoying, then I'd like to see Days survive. I can choose not to watch it, but I don't want somebody to make that choice for everybody.
- Dec 2 2008, 07:22 PM
- Dec 2 2008, 07:01 PM
I guess I'm conflicted about the whole thing. On the one hand, I understand about wishing we could just have one big happy ending and not have to worry about what fresh hell the show and the viewers will have to endure next. There is something to be said for going out if not on top, than at least at a time where the show is still recognizable in some fashion.
On the other hand, there is the old saying that where there is life, there is hope. I don't need anybody to tell me how hopeless things look and how the chances of anything good happening to turn the show around are less than infintesimal, I get it. I know it and I understand it. But, at the same time, I can't quite bring myself to willing wish the show off the air. It's a part of too many memories and, in some way, it's like wishing death on someone I love. Even if I know they are suffering and that death would be a relief, it's still a place that's very hard to go.
And, for the record, I'm not comparing Days to a real person or a real life event. Just trying to explain why I can't really say that I wish it had just been cancelled.
I really like this post - I think it explains why everyone has a different point at which they think it's time for Days to call it quits. Days and its characters are like old friends, and so many of us never want to see them go. For you, esp13, you're saying (correct me if I'm wrong) that as long as the show is around, it is still 'alive' in your mind and there is still hope. I think Tripp is saying that perhaps at some point even before the show is officially canceled, one might say that Days really isn't Days anymore, and that the show we all know and love is already gone. Every viewer has a different breaking point. For many viewers, that point has been reached in the past two weeks; for others, they're not there yet; and for still others, as long as the show is on the air at all, it will still be Days. The question is, which group will be reflected in the ratings? I think the answer to that will have much to do with determining the show's ultimate longevity.