A Critic’s Review Of Days of our Lives: Red Flag & Boundary Issues

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 july 31 – august 4, 2023, three images, chanel, steve, and sloan.Chanel Dupree, Steve Johnson, and Sloan Petersen.

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

This week’s offerings were nowhere near as far out as the ones that proceeded them. The conclusion of the double wedding was fine, and Nicole’s (Arianne Zucker) not at all concealed, never ceasing contempt for Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) made me giggle.

And as enamored as I am of James Reynolds [Abe Carver] in a front burner storyline, the logical holes in the plot are driving me batty, not the least of which is the apparent conclusion that Abe and Steve (Stephen Nichols) are the best of friends.

As vocal as I’ve always been of my dislike for Josh Taylor in the role of Roman Brady — give me Chris Kositchek any ole time — it only stands to reason that he should be heavily involved in this tale, and if not he, then John Black AKA Imposter Roman. Those are the men with whom Abe shares real history and a deep connection. Steve…not so much. Get it right, Ron!

I also have a major problem with one of DAYS’ main plots hinging on crackerjack schemer Nicole being an absolute idiot. How is she not sensing that something is seriously wrong where Sloan and those test results are concerned? How can she not see that there are obviously pages missing from the results themselves? The Nicole of old would have rumbled this from the word go.

Further DAYS Musings

* Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn) is a walking red flag. Alex Kiriakis (Robert Scott Wilson) is a walking red flag. At least one of them is attempting to do something about their status as walking red flags even if what they’re doing hasn’t happened all that much. Hint, it’s not Chad putting any effort in. At this point, is either one of them rootable? Would YOU want to court either one of them?

* Leo (Greg Rikaart) remains a hoot, but it would behoove the writers to steer clear of continuing the trend of him having “boundary issues” where straight men are concerned. There really was NO reason for him to have climbed into bed with Tripp (Lucas Adams).

That granted, Rikaart and Adam’s scenes — both in flashback and the “present” — were delightful.

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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