R19 good to know.
I wonder if after they leave, we'll get some actors back who were pushed out to pay for Bopes' salaries. I want more Will. And poor Lucas is still rotting away in prison over that idiotic "kidnap Sami for months so she won't go back to EJ" plot. I cant believe they did that to Lucas. What a shit "story".
Fine, maybe the other soaps are dull, but Ron's approach has turned DOOL into an unwatchable cringey cartoon show. I mean come ON - the devil stuff? It was far worse than what was done in the 90s. Because at least then, the writing was consistent and understood pacing and made a shred of sense. This time, we had Marlena holding tiki torches in Doug and Julie's living room on Xmas. It was painful to watch. The freaking devil wasted months body hopping and killed no one? Woooo - how scary. Much Ado About Nothing.
Doug is in his 90s, FFS, and they can't give him a nice, upbeat, light storyline? Or at least one that makes sense even? No, instead he's drugged up and elder abused by Doc. Niiiiice. And that was just a footnote in the meandering arc. Given how little time the man has left, this is how they choose to write for him? Seriously?
Everything is brain chips, amnesia, dying but not really, villains waltzing out of prison, Gwen/Leo/RSW propping and Stefano teases.
For my money the show was far better written ten years ago, when there were still schemes and plots and cat fights and betrayals but also a strong sense of dignity. Now you can see the veterans giving up in their scenes these days. It's beyond absurd and humiliating what they're made to say and do.
Even the newbies are being dragged through the mud. That scene where Stefan was "brainwashed" last week? With the actor bouncing around blubbering? I couldn't even watch. If I were him, I'd have walked off set.
The quality of the writing is not restricted by the budget. It can and should change. There's no excuse for this shit. It's like Ron wants to mock Days Of Our Lives and get us to laugh at it and not care.
I get that DOOL developed its own vibe under Reilly, but that era had much more respect for its characters. Now we have a serial killer getting the budget-breaking wedding...while Eric and Nicole have a pitiful underattended vow ceremony at the pub after 20 years of courting. Or Patch forced to imitate Stefano and rape 70 year old Marlena while Kayla gets forcibly impregnated with Stefano's baby (which they pulled back on, thank god). No thank you.
None of the love stories work either. They don't know how to build them anymore. Its all surface level "I love you, for reasons!" stuff, usually to justify a wedding where no one gets married.
Xander and Sarah barely even had a relationship because of all the events Ron writes to fill up space.
Ron writes for the trailers essentially. "Wait till you see THIS!" But then we see it and it's community theatre level bad. And everything is rehash of something that was done better 20 years ago.
Obviously if you enjoy it, I won't convince you otherwise....but watch clips from the 90s or 2010 and compare. These characters don't feel remotely like real people anymore. Ron has totally undermined the believability of the entire show. Even DEATH has been rendered completely meaningless. He wrote a cure for death FFS!! All death! That's just stupid as hell.
Fine, he references history and keeps things moving along and has featured LGBT characters...that's all appreciated for sure...but that's also all I can give him credit for.