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  1. Really? No one has ever told Maggie she looks like Bonnie Raitt? That’s almost more of a stretch than Dr Rolf’s Magical Back From The Dead Serum. Take me out back and shoot me with Nicole mooning over her forbidden love for Rafe. Gawd, I hate it. Dan Feuerriegel is my new favorite. I loved how he balanced being understandably irritated at Kristin’s stupidity with that brotherly soft spot he has for her. I wouldn’t mind if we never see Stacy Haiduk’s incarnation of Kristin again but I did enjoy their scenes today. I like how Ava tried to dip her toe back in the Mob Pool, an
  2. That was kinda mean. I loved Lexie and thought I had looked away when they showed her face but it sounds like it was just a cheap stunt. And by cheap I mean they didn’t have to pay Renee Jones. The flashbacks were the best part of another pointless OMG-This-Character-Is-Dying Plot. I thought all of the John and MarDevil scenes were poorly written (no explanation for Doug’s possession), not well acted, and the editing for MarDevil’s jumps was sloppy. Total disappointment for me.
  3. She screeched “that snakepit” when she was talking about Bayview. There’s at least one script writer who likes to make film and literary references, so I’m mostly assuming that’s what was happening. It’s not a frequently used term when referring to a mental hospital. In case you’re wondering, my favorite de Havilland film is The Heiress. Color me surprised that John figured it out so quickly. They could have played him seeing clues to possession but not wanting it to be true for a little longer. It’s not like you’d want to accept that your wife is possessed by the Devil. Seems worse
  4. I liked the reference to The Snakepit when Julie was talking about Bayview. It’s not my favorite Olivia de Havilland film but it’s a good one. Paulina got off easy. In the past, MarDevil would have emotionally blackmailed her to do her bidding at some point in the future. She basically let Paulina chose when Abe and Lani find out. The editing for the Jake/Carmine gun scene was so clunky, and Abe looked like he just noticed ketchup on his jacket more than that he just got shot in the chest. I thought maybe he was going to wipe some of the blood off and taste it. No, that’s ju
  5. The casting for Johnny’s film is so wonky. The only one I can kind of see is Abigail as Marlena. I liked Allie saying she’s spent all of her life trying not to be her mother but she doesn’t work for me at all as Sami. And I can’t envision EJ or Chanel as John Black or Celeste. And what about Kristin and Caroline? They were major players in the storyline. It’s always fun to have Kate interacting with her sons. I wish the Show would do it more often, because they have an endearing comical dynamic. The MarDevil got an upgrade. It can change its eyes without having to worry ab
  6. Most of those flashback scenes were from the early parts and the end of the Previous Possession. At least they had John discovering that Marlena was The Desecrator in there. That was a BIG moment. With the mention of Kristin in this episode, I’m crossing my fingers and toes that somehow they’ve convinced Eileen Davidson to come back as Kristin. I know she was in the Beyond Salem special. For a minute there I couldn’t figure out why Trask would care about prosecuting Kristin but then I remembered that Kristin “killed” Trask’s kid. This newer actress doesn’t really communicate h
  7. Like father, like son. Your theory makes a lot of sense. I’m going to keep it in mind while watching these silly Philip/Chloe/Brady scenes and, maybe, I’ll enjoy them a little more. I like it when a character is stuck in a pattern of behavior that they can hardly overcome. The scene of John and Marlena discussing her dream was well acted, and I thought it was refreshing that it happened so early in the storyline. I expected The Writers to pretend that John and Marlena don’t have the kind of relationship where they would feel safe talking about such things. The vacillation betw
  8. No. James E. Reilly had a more specific manner of plotting out Marlena’s possession. There were a few times when Marlena interacted with the Demon but it wasn’t like they’re doing with the electronic devices. During the Previous Possession, Marlena levitating was indicative of the Demon taking over her body. These Writers aren’t really laying out what rules they’re playing by now...if they even know themselves. I liked how the Demon would prey on different characters fears and insecurities, often with some convoluted plan in mind that was usually thwarted. It
  9. Their love-making was so amazing that Ciara was convinced they were the rare occurrence of making a baby right after quitting her birth control. It was so romantic. Mmmhmm. If you’re an actress, you want Celeste’s role in that film, regardless. It’s definitely the better role. If you own a new bakery, I don’t know how the hell you’d have the time to be filming a movie. EJ wanting to be John Black was hilarious. They’re almost making me want to see scenes from this film to see what the younger actors will do with their characters from the Original Possession storyline, even tho
  10. As soon as Deacon showed up, I knew he would be crossing paths with Sheila. I just didn’t think it would be so quickly. I loved Sheila berating Deacon with “You’re going to let the Forresters win!?!?!”, because when I went back and watched all of those Sheila scenes, the one thing that stood out was how Sheila sees life as a game and other people are only obstacles to Her finish line. The Writers are actually cruel to give Brooke and Ridge no better storyline than to be annoying, judgmental busybodies. There’s not even a hint of inner conflict or ambiguity in any of their dialogue in the
  11. A Ben and Ciara Spawn? At least the Devil has a wicked sense of humor. Muahahahahaha! The Brady/Chloe/Philip thing feels so pointless, because both guys are behaving like asses and Chloe isn’t much of a prize herself. The only reason I watch any of their scenes is because I kinda like Brady and Chloe as friends, and sometimes it’s amusing to watch Philip rant like a lunatic. Only sometimes, though. I barely give a damn about Jake and Gabi but I thought Brandon Barash did a good job of tearing up when Jake was relating his story to Gabi. It’s pretty bad when a Friday episod
  12. I read that bit of dialogue as Olivia confusing Tamara’s favorite pie for Paulina’s because Tamara is the favored child. I thought there were hints of that when Olivia was visiting Paulina in Salem. She basically came to Salem to bully Paulina into maintaining the status quo of Tamara being Lani’s mother. Gawd, They went back to the silly Rupaul Demon voice. Hate it. While I felt bad for Doug, I liked how The MarDevil started to perpetrate it’s treachery by playing with people’s emotions. That was the best aspect of the Original Possession. EJ being a total ass by making disp
  13. I thought so, too, and even more so because she seemed to be concerned for someone other than herself. Like, who is this person? It makes me think They are trying to “humanize” her so she can be a potential romantic partner for Roman. I liked where the EJ/Roman confrontation ended up with EJ apologizing. It’s not going to be long before EJ is back to his Rage-O-Holic ways but it was nice that he had a moment of sobriety. The Demon’s voice on the tape recorder was creepier than the Rupaul voice it used the other day. Hope They keep it that way, as it gave me goosebumps.
  14. Jake was fun after the breakup with Gwen. I loved those scenes when they would snark at each other at the DiMera Mansion. I liked his friendship with Abigail, too. The problem now is that he basically has no identity outside of Gabi, and they’re mostly annoying. Gwen and Xander were hilarious with all of Gwen’s terrible ideas about how to get Xander out of jail. I appreciate that Gwen accepts Xander, flaws and all, whereas I kinda hated how Sarah was always trying to neuter him. Ava playing hardball. Yes, please! But honestly, “Gabi Chic” does have a nice ring to it, while “A
  15. Why would nuEJ be so bound by James Scott’s version? EJ was brought back from the dead, which means he lost his memory, then disfigured in the fire. We’ve been told several times throughout the years how difficult his rehabilitation was. For all of the flaws of this Show, I don’t see why EJ couldn’t be more of an asshole with less of the charm. Also, someone “rewriting” history isn’t all that unusual. I chuckled when EJ referred to Nicole as his favorite ex-wife, as it’s mostly because he’s so pissed at Sami right now. He definitely wouldn’t be saying that if things were good with Sa
  16. The Salem Stalker storyline wasn’t due to Marlena being possessed by a Demon.
  17. During The Original Possession, Marlena was able to enter St Luke’s and commit some of her crimes as The Desecrator. Later, she was able to enter St Luke’s again during a battle in which she had begun to triumph over the Demon. This was all before her eyes had turned yellow, though. Also, The Demon wasn’t able to change Marlena’s eyes at will. It had to hide them until Kristin figured it out, and then it revealed itself. The Demon must be so relieved that These Writers are too lazy to give it any of those silly rules it had to abide by previously. It was referred to as The
  18. Heaven help us! It wasn’t even frightening. “The role of Father Francis will now be played by Doug Williams.” Father Francis and Celeste were the only ones to know of Marlena’s possession in the early days, and Father Francis couldn’t speak because The Demon had given him a stroke. Doug will probably be grunting, sputtering and pointing for weeks. I’m assuming Possession 2.0 was in the works when they decided to have Johnnie come to town and make a movie but it feels a little All-of-the-Sudden with Marlena quickly being possessed for basically no reason, and multiple scenes wit
  19. Curious to see what might happen if Philip and Ava team up. I’m so rooting for Gabi and Jake to fail miserably. Maybe this will motivate Ava to return to her dastardly ways. NiceAva is so boring. And honestly, is Tripp even worth being boring? Old dog, no new tricks. It was nice to see you Misogynistic Victor. He did make me laugh, though, and it was good to see that John Aniston is healthy enough to do the Show. I don’t give a damn who Chloe ends up with but I liked that she walked in to hear Victor conspiring against her. I kinda hate that Abigail still believes she played
  20. The look on Chanel’s face after Johnnie told her his grandmother was possessed actually made me LOL. Enjoyed the DHs. In the early days of the previous possession, Marlena was often in a stilted, zombie-like state when she’d make her way to the surface, and I thought Deidre Hall did a good job of revisiting that during her scenes today. And, I thought Drake Hogestyn did a good job of conveying the torment he went through before and the fear of another Dance with The Devil. I got goosebumps up and down my arms when Doug told Julie the Demon left him and went into her (Marlena),
  21. Agreed. I don’t know if they used Deidre Hall’s voice, or a voice actor, for the demon’s voice in the 90s but it was really creepy. Today...not so much. And DH just didn’t sell any of today’s scenes like she did during the original storyline. I did like Abe and John reminiscing, and I was glad they mentioned Kristin pushing the idea that Marlena was dealing with something supernatural. Eileen Davidson sold the hell out of her scenes, and she was saddled with so much repetitive and idiotic dialogue. I think Abe was the Police Commissioner back then, and John, Bo and Abe had to work t
  22. Passions started in 1999, after the Possession Storyline. My guess would be that James E Reilly was given the opportunity to create a new show due to the ratings that were generated by Marlena’s possession. The DougDemon said, “It’s been over 25 years, Marlena,” but you’re correct about the years (late ‘94- mid ‘95) of the original storyline.
  23. He’s behaving like a shameless asshole at the moment. But when he first came back to Salem he was trying to make amends with Sami and repair their broken relationship. He was making a genuine effort at being a “good” person. So, I like that his rage at Sami having sex with Lucas is just bleeding into every aspect of his life. It’s like he can’t help but torch everything around him that could be a source of support at this time. His fight with Xander was such a necessary outlet for his inner turmoil that he’s refusing to deal with.
  24. I was so mad that John wouldn’t move his hand out of the way. I was able to read the first paragraph of the article and I was intrigued about the rest. LOL! Love that! But Kristin going on and on about The Signs from The Scrolls was one of my favorite parts of the cheesy-ness.
  25. How is it the same footage? There are plenty of differences from the original levitation scene. The bedroom, her pajamas, her foot positioning, and her hand right hand was clearly resting on her stomach in the original. Why would they bother reusing old footage when it could be easily computer-generated with today’s technology? Wow, EJ and Nicole. I didn’t think they’d actually be smart enough to go there. At least that’s one thing to look forward to. I should probably stop reading this thread again.
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