Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Are we safe from SAFE?
Are we at last safe from SAFE?
I can only hope so with the upcoming Sami/Rafe breakup.
Once Lucas and EJ get out of their toxic marriages, you can bet they’ll be running back to Sami…and I can’t wait. I don’t even want to get in to which one is the right guy for Sami. At this point, it doesn’t even matter to me. The fact is she has a real history with both of these two. They are established DAYS characters that have paid their dues. Either one of them is an improvement over Rafe. Better yet, I’d even be okay if Sami was on her own for a while. Maybe then she’d revert back to the self-sufficient schemer that I used to love rather than this whining dependent baby-popping loser that she has become.
It’s not that I have anything against the actor, Galen Gering, so much. It’s Gary Tomlin’s agenda that I object to. He has obviously gone to the James E. Reilly school of writing. Let’s gut the show of the beloved core characters only to bring on a whole bunch of new characters that have no real ties to Salem or to any of the families of Salem…or in the case of Nathan Horton, we’ll just make up some old ties as we go along. That way, Tomlin and Dena Higley don’t actually have to work at reading any character history or getting facts straight about anything having to do with the show that they work for. Why should they when Tomlin seems set on making it PASSIONS LITE anyway?
I know, I know…I need to give new faces a chance and all that. I don’t mind giving new characters and actors a chance. It’s the shoving of them down my throat that I object to, especially when I’m watching my favorite long-term characters get axed off one by one. Whatever happened to gradually letting the audience adjust to new characters? The minute Rafe came on DAYS, he became one of the main players right away. And Sami was jumping into his bed with no sort of build-up whatsoever.
From the minute Sami and Rafe were thrown together in the witness protection program, I kept getting Roman and Marlena flashbacks from the early 80s. No wonder Roman has a problem with Rafe. These two are seemingly just alike! And Sami’s always had a daddy fixation so it makes sense in a perverse sort of way. But she does not fit into the role of the 80s version of Marlena. Sami is just not believable as this bland heroine who always has to turn to her big strong hero to save her. And I don’t like her that way. Yes, I’d rather see volatile crazy Sami in either of her fucked-up relationships with Lucas or EJ than how she is now. Both LUMI and EJAMI were passionate crazy rides. That’s what I watch soaps for. But SAFE...well, it’s like watching paint dry.