A Critic’s Review Of Days of our Lives: False Pretenses, Retcons & Budgets

The author’s opinions on DAYS are his and his alone. They’re suitably scathing, fairly humorous, and normally bang on target.

days of our lives critic's review for september 25 – september 29, 2023, three images, edmund, chloe, and rafe.Edmund P. Crumb, Chloe Lane, and Rafe Hernandez.

When it comes to Days of our Lives, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of the Days of our Lives week that was.

Days of our Lives: The Critic’s POV

While the writer’s strike may be resolved, I for one cannot wait for the material penned by the interim scribes to hit my screen, because what Ron Carlivati has been churning out as of late has been seriously lacking.

I pity poor Louise Sorel, convinced as I am that she was lured back to the soap under false pretenses. No actress of her caliber would return for this poor excuse for plotting. Sure, Vivian has always been a wackadoodle extraordinaire, but Vivian has never been out and out stupid, and yet she’s been playing the fool since she waltzed into Kiriakis manse dragging her cape behind her.

And for those of you wondering why DAYS, once the go-to soap for poignant, pointed flashbacks, isn’t providing some context for the out-of-nowhere “Alex Is Really Victor’s Son” thread, that’s because any and all visual references to that time period would drive home how utterly ridiculous this retcon truly is.

Surely what the new storymakers come up with can’t be any worse than what is actually playing out in the present. It’s gotta be onwards and upwards from here.

Further DAYS Musings

* Couldn’t the set designers at least have tried to disguise the fact that Edmund’s (Adam Caine) abode was so clearly Victor’s house ever so slightly redressed? It seriously looks as if the department operates on a buck-o-five budget and gets a dollar back every time.

And speaking of Edmund, only Ron, who delights in cavalierly jettisoning legacy characters and treating throughlines as an afterthought, would see fit to turn the charmingly offbeat Brit into a mustache-twirling sociopath.

* I must say, I very much appreciated Chloe’s (Nadia Bjorlin) decision to actually out the (incredibly inconvenient) truth about Victoria Margaret’s paternity. At least that’s one plot that’s no longer dragging on indefinitely.

As for Chloe herself, I think a fellow Soap Huber put it best when they messaged me “Xander’s smell is still in the air at the apartment and she’s realizing she loves Philip??  WTF[!]”

* It’s been so long since Melinda (Tina Huang) and Li (Remington Hoffman) were actually on screen that I’d forgotten there was a storyline going on between the two. Was being the operative word.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on Peacock+ in the U.S. and The W Network or Global TV App in Canada. For more about what’s coming up in Salem, check out all the latest DAYS spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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