Best of all... it will be REAL Austin (Patrick Muldoon -- Of the perfect chest and facial/bodily bone structure!) coming back with REAL Carrie (Christie Clark). One of the things that hurt this show in the past was the disastrous recast of Patrick Muldoon with Austin Peck whose adequate-but-not-as-hot-as-Patrick-looks and penchant for bad overacting -- and Religious Fundamentalism -- doomed him from the start and Tracy Middendorf was just no Carrie. Soap Opera Fans emotional ties to actors, characters, history run very deep and just should not be messed with. Some actors are just too hot and too emotionally connected with the fans to ever
be replaced successfully and (between stints) it's best if they are in Europe / Coma'd / Kidnapped / Presumed Dead until they're ready to return. Though many of the stories are Shakespearean the length and depth of the emotional relationship(s) between the musical team, writing team, actors, and audience goes down to a level way
beyond it which is why recasts suck. That's why Presumed Dead usually works the best because it most solidly lays the very best of set-ups for the Emotional Detonations that will then occur with Their Dramatic Return From The Dead when their "Soulmate" has "You were dead, I mourned, and then I moved-on!" with someone with whom they the surviving spouse (usually) have infinitely less chemistry.
[The only exception to that, of course, was the RoJohn / Marlena / Roman triangle where Roman couldn't begin to generate a fraction of the heat produced by MarJohn.]
get shivers remembering Marlena and RoJohn at The Docks! What is funny is she was only actually gone 4-5 years but it felt
like An Eternity and Drake and Dee sold -- and over the years have basically continued to sell -- that shit like nobody's business. The moment that Marlena returned you just knew the writing was all over the wall, that the blood was in the water, and that Roman and Izzie B's days were numbered.
And when Marlena returns to Salem... so will I.
Days was wise to exit her and John on a good (if rushed) note since at that time (and with all the budget cuts) any thought/inkling of them possibly returning was probably an absolute impossibility though given the nature of this industry perhaps someone should've. Hell, even Shane & Kim reunited eventually and without an extended contract return by either of the actors.
The problem now is how will they create any real tension or drama where the two of them are concerned as Marlena and John are usually at their very-very best when one or the other has been Abducted / Presumed Dead, when they are then DESPERATELY LONGING for each other, and then when they are blissfully FINALLY REUNITED in The Most Dramatic Fashion Possible. They are one couple that gets boring when they are happy and content too long yet it becomes increasingly challenging to believeably break them up and then reunite them without it then becoming Bo & Hope-ish in terms of it's level of retread and fucktardedness.
I will really miss Carly and her portrayer Crystal Chappell. The problem with Carly is the same problem they have with Billi... both characters work well with Bo... but only so long as Hope is not around.
It occurs to me that they are probably now bringing back The Vets to save the show and (in case they should fail) to have the most memorable characters back on the canvas when the end comes a la Another World.
Edited by Athenaeus, Jul 12, 2011 @ 11:13 AM.