Last week, Days of our Lives kicked-off it’s latest revitalization under the writing regime of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley! Viewers saw their first three episodes play out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
While there is still so much more to watch and see before doing a full critique, as the writers first have to get out of the last regimes stories, fans were commenting on some of the changes they noticed, or did not notice, over the last several days on social media and message boards.
It seemed clear, especially from Thursday and Friday’s episode that the series was giving long standing super couple: John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) a story. John is headed back to the ISA, which seems to foretell he will have something to do with bringing Bo (Peter Reckell) back to Salem, or a bigger umbrella story. We know that come later this week, Serena played by Melissa Archer, will be the first victim of the new serial killer storyline, as well.
It was also clear that long time fan favorite and DAYS icon, Kristian Alfonso (Hope) will be front and center in a story with plenty of romantic entanglements! Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) is keeping some very dangerous secrets from Hope. She has clearly now given her heart to him.
Meanwhile, the name “Bo Brady” was brought up for the first time in a long time in Salem by many characters last week including: Victor (John Aniston) and Caroline (Peggy McCay), Bo’s bio-parents, who also shared scenes at Caroline’s hospital bed.
But there seems to be another strong, undeniable suitor for the beautiful Hope and that is Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering). Rafe is going back to work at the Salem PD with an emphasis on bringing down Clyde Weston (James Read). Weston beat the crap out of Aiden Jennings, and threatened Hope, Ciara, and Aiden’s son, Chase in the process. In the Friday cliffhanger, Hope takes Aiden home to tend to his wounds and to comfort him, and to share her bed with her. This was a big step for Hope, since this was the bed she shared with Bo. When Hope falls asleep, Aiden slips out and meets Clyde, promising he’ll never report the guy to the cops for what he did. Aiden privately vows he’ll deal with Clyde … but what is the info and secret he has on the guy? What else is Aiden hiding?
Elsewhere, JJ (Casey Moss) is trying to get the goods for the DEA to put an end to Kyle’s drug dealing and to save Paige (True O’Brien) from the guy. Meanwhile, Eve (Kassie DePaiva) has planted a bug in Jennifer’s (Melissa Reeves) home and hears JJ’s plan to put a stop to Kyle’s crimes, because he reveals to Jen that he knows Paige still loves him. Eve is apoplectic! And what is up with Victor and Dr. Salinas? Victor is mysteriously asking for a progress report. He is fit-to-be-tied with the news he gets.
Longer two-person scenes, mainstay characters and beloved couples being focused upon, seem to be the order of the day on quick glance. So, what were your impressions of the the last three episodes of DAYS under head scribes: Griffith and Higley? Do you think it looks very promising for long time DAYS fans as we head into a big week that sees the first major return … that of Stephen Nichols (Patch)? Notice any differences? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!