What the hell is happening behind the scenes now?
Looks like contract negotiations are getting a little rough with Peter Reckell. KC, you can't go dicking around with people like Peter Reckell. Your show can't handle that right now. The guy has stood by you through thick, thin, and runny.
This is going to be a very quick entry, as I'm starving and I haven't had my tea yet, so I'm a little fuzzy-headed until a little caffeine dissipates the purple haze a bit.
Let's face it - Billie had an expiration date, and we're way past it now. The best they can do for a love interest for the character is a guy who dated her daughter and slept with her mother. She's the worst ISA on the planet (and on Days right now, that's really saying something), and outside of snooping through drawers and irritating EJ, what the hell else can they really give her to do? You've got too many damn cops, ISAs, detectives, and FBI agents on this show. Get rid of some. You shouldn't need twenty law enforcers to bring down an eighty year old man who hangs out at home and drinks ninety-five percent of the time we see him.
Which brings us to...
I don't really want to say it, because I try to stay away from specifically naming the actors I don't think can act, but Josh Taylor can't act. There. It's out there. I feel pretty good about it. Roman hasn't been useful since...um...well...Wayne Northrop. Bo has been doing a perfectly good job of towing the line. Any information Roman moseys on in to drawl at his not-always-dynamic duo can be found on the internet, which can handily be accessible at any time thanks to those tablet thingies he gave Bo and Hope months ago that we've never seen them actually use. It's time to send the guy out to pasture. His kids are grown, his baby brother ain't no baby, and the show has Rafe, aka Roman 2.0.
There was a time when I would have said, "What? You can't have her! Take Marlena instead!" but with Jack gone, Jennifer will be rendered useless again. She and Jack, as parents to crazy ol' Abigail, balanced each other out. What little story they've gotten has been about keeping their family together. Keep the family together, Days, on or off-screen. A DiMera (sort of) is mayor right now. Eggs are being stolen. CEOs are being hired and fired. Kids are hiding under tables. Safe houses are blowing up, and prominent citizens of Salem are dying. Jack and Jennifer have plenty of stuff they could be writing about or investigating for the Spectator. Abby could have been an intern. It's all about family, right?
But I digress. Where Jack goes, Jennifer should follow.
Should I even waste characters on this one? She's boring as arse, there's no viable love interest for her, she has no real relationship with her brother, and, when it comes to crazy interloper, she ain't no Abby.
Kayla is in a similar situation as Jennifer was when she first made her way back to Salem without her clever, charming, charismatic husband at her side. You can't bring back half a super couple. You just can't. That's all I'm going to say about that.
I flip-flop on this one, simply because I think he's got potential outside of his relationship with Lexie, if it's written properly. He's a soon-to-be widow who is going to find himself raising his autistic son alone. If he's given a good story, something heartfelt and real, I wouldn't mind keeping the big lug at least until that story plays out. If the writers can't do it (and do it well), he should pack up that adorable tyke of his and ship out to Boston.
I know, right? People are asking, "Why not Rafe?" Well, it's because, whether I like it or not, Rafe serves a purpose. They just haven't entirely figured out what that purpose is. He has some good chemistry with Carrie (who I've heard is coming back after her unceremonious firing only a week ago) that could be nurtured if they're given a decent story, and if Carrie is written as less of a self-righteous shrew. If the writers let it stick for more than a couple of weeks (and if Peter Reckell stays), I could see them working together. Also, whether the character is fighting or friendly with Nicole, there are sparks there. He doesn't have to be limited to one pairing, as he has been for the past three or four years
Unfortunately, Lucas is a one-woman guy. He has two love interests right now - Sami and Kate. If you find yourself in a love triangle that includes your mother for way over a decade, you're doomed. I appreciate Lucas' history on the show. He's a legacy character, and I respect that. However, he returned to the canvas and found himself quickly painted into the same corner he was in when he left. I had originally thought that if we were going to be stuck with Madison, writers might as well have given she and Lucas a try together. It's a similar dynamic (Kate hates Madison, Madison hates Kate, etc.), but he'd be able to interact with far more characters (Brady, Ian, and John, for instance). Lucas is trapped in a vacuum right now. Someone needs to pull the plug.
So there you have it. Like I said, there's already a second part to this list a-brewin' in my head, but I must take my leave of you now. In the meantime, let's cross our fingers and pray that Peter Reckell gets what he's after. We need that boy.
Tea. I need tea.