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Apr 24 2009, 04:14 PM
While I'm thoroughly enjoying the show these days, I agree that it doesn't feel like the same show. Although given the crapfest it was most of last year and large parts of 2007, that's a good thing actually. I've accepted that it's never going to be like it was in time period I loved the most and I've accepted that the characters I loved the most are gone and aren't coming back. Given my lack of trust in the current team to respect anything about those characters and their history, I'm actually pretty much okay with that.

The show is what it is now. Some of us are finding it enjoyable, some will never accept it. It is as it ever was. I would imagine that you could find a bunch of folks who were supercouple era fans who said the same thing with JER arrived. In fact, I know where you can find one of them for sure. :)

You hit the nail right on the head for me.

The way some people in this thread are feeling is the same way I and others felt in the early 80's, late 80's, and then early 90's. I just decided to let it go because if I, personally, continued to live in the past, I could never enjoy anything. Times change. People change. Shows change. It happens. For soaps, it has to happen because they are continuous. Not everyone can just accept that and not everyone will like it but that is fine and I think the show knows that. They know they will lose fans but the hope is that they will bring in new fans and perhaps bring in some general fans as well, just like they did in the 80's and 90's. This isn't just regarding Days either but many soaps as well.

Days and other soaps have been through major cast transitions before. It happens and you can't just ride on the coattails of the same characters and couples over and over, especially when Days could only do so much with them that was deemed acceptable by SOME fans and fanbases. Days waited far too long to let go of the past. They stuck with the same characters and couples easily an extra five years (AT LEAST) longer then they should have IMO. I would've loved to have a stronger writing team behind this transition but I don't feel this writing team is that bad either and they do know what will draw in an audience. Sadly, what seems to work to bring in the numbers is not what should work but, alas, it does. My point is was Days really supposed to continue on letting the same characters lead the show that have led it since the early 80's? When does it stop? Y&R is a different show. It's all about the stories and the drama. It can do pretty much whatever the hell it wants with it's characters so the limitations are nowhere close like they are for a show like Days. If Days were in Y&R's situation, I seriously doubt there would've been half the problems Days has had and we would still have J&M, Steve and Kayla, etc around. Days doesn't work that way so the best thing is to infuse the show with a new life and energy and the only way to do that is to bring the next generation to the forefront, which does include new characters too. The Johnson family was new in the 80's, as were the Brady's. The Dimera's were new too. Everyone has to start somewhere.

I've given up expecting to get what I used to get. Y&R is the best soap on the air right now but even that show is nowhere close to what it used to be. Most of primetime is shit in terms of quality. Films are shit too with Hollywood remaking every damn thing it can. One thing I've learned is with age, you tend to view everything as lesser then it used to be. That is not to say that things are as good as they used to be but that seems to be the case. How often do you see your parents or grandparents long for the past and the way things were when they were younger? I find myself feeling the same way and IMO this is very much like that. We all want things the way they used to be but that can't happen. Change sucks and is difficult but it has to happen. I, personally, just want to be entertained by the soaps and other shows I watch. Others have higher standards and are a little more stringent and they are entitled. I don't think anyone is wrong in how they feel. It's just a tough situation because it would be great if everyone could be happy but, then again, then there wouldn't be anything to talk about LOL.

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