– Ken Corday tells viewers what they should want as oppose to what they actually want in an interview with Soaps in Depth
Okay. The first thing I’m going to say is that this is going to be brief. The only thing I'm going to touch on is the quote posted above. I already feel like retyping that quote took up far more time than this show deserves from me right now.
It goes without saying that whenever Corday does an interview or releases a statement, there’s no guarantee that my skin won’t break out into hives. Corday has sort of become Yul Brynner's Rameses in The Ten Commandments. Hear me out. Moses (Sony?) keeps asking Corday to let his people (the cast, crew, and whichever writers still give a shit) go. Give them their creative freedom. Whatever. Corday, with his stubborn refusal, is holding onto this show with a cold, unfeeling death grip. Who’s feeling the wrath of the soap gods? The viewers. We’re getting all sorts of shit thrown at us, and Corday is just watching it all happening. Is he senile? Is he surrounded by idiots who are whispering things in his ear to get the show they want to get, fuck the rest of us? Is this a refusal to admit defeat? Is it all of these things?
Okay, Mr. Corday. Wise sage of soaps. Riddle me this: If the one constant in any love story on your show is that “one [or both] legs” of a couple can be wooed (“Wooed”? Really?) by someone else, why the fuck should I be investing my time and emotion into any romantic story you’ve decided to throw in my face whether I want to dodge it or not? Who wants to ride shotgun to the other shoe that’s perpetually waiting to drop? How and why am I supposed to care about who Sami decides to spend time with at the next Horton Square event when there’s a ninety-nine percent chance that she’ll be thinking about someone else or fretting over her choice within the hour? Aside from the most obvious reasons, how could I possibly scrape together even a shred of interest in a triangle between Daniel, Jennifer and Chloe knowing that Chloe is only appearing for a limited time only? Gosh, Mr. C. I wonder how that one is going to end.
A romantic triangle in the hands of talented writers and actors can be a thing of beauty. For some TV watchers it can be the catalyst that gets them hooked on watching a show. I’m a sucker for triangles when done well. A show like The Vampire Diaries isn’t exactly my thing, but I find myself tuning in to watch the dynamic between Stefan, Elena and Damon. I was never a fan of Dawson’s Creek during its original run, but, almost fifteen years later, I find the Dawson/Joey/Pacey triangle compelling and incredibly well-executed (By the way – if you want to see one helluva triangle blow-up, track down the Rashomon-esque episode “The Longest Day”, then come back and let me know your thoughts). Both of those triangles were powerful enough to sweep so many characters on canvas into the eye of their hurricanes. There was (or will be, in the case of TVD) a ripple effect. No matter which direction everyone ended up going in after the winds died down, there was still plenty of soapy drama to be had. It wouldn’t all come to an end once a chosen path towards the immediate future was made. Some of the damage was permanent and some of it would be able to repair itself over time.
Remember these guys? Turns out they were kind of ahead of their time.
If there are no consequences, no casualties, and no rewards to be had when choices are made and the dust settles, then what was the point of the story? And if there's no end to the storm in sight, what then? Where's our reward?
"Here we go again, kiddies. For the 476th time this hour, our number one Billboard chart-topper, "The Ballad of Dawson and Joey". Honestly, do you have any idea how exhausting it is to exist on your periphery? To witness this perpetual dance that you two have? One week you're soulmates. The next you're giving each other up for the greater good. Do you think it's possible that sometime soon you could make up your mind, please?"
- Pacey tells Dawson and Joey what everyone was thinking by the time three and a half seasons had rolled around. Namely that viewers were getting sick of their bullshit.
When it comes to Days (in its current state) and the powers that be who are running the ship straight into an iceberg, I’d like to take one particularly sharp corner of one of their triangles, and stick it up their –
Oh, sorry. I promised this post was going to be brief, didn’t I?
Let me end by asking you a couple of questions if you're up to it. What did you think of Ken Corday’s latest interview? I only touched on one little quote, but there were quite a few nuggets in that thing that might have inspired a choice word or two from you, kind and gentle reader. What was/is your favourite daytime or primetime triangle, if you have one? What do you think makes a good triangle?