It’s A Very Salem Christmas for Days of Our Lives followers, however should you’re seeking to go spoiler-free till you watch it, then I counsel you save this assessment for later.
First off, this Days of Our Lives vacation particular is on Peacock Premium, not the free model (at the very least not but.)
Being an enormous fan of Beyond Salem and hoping we get extra of those soapy particular occasions, I sprung for the annual Peacock Premium membership. (The yearly appeared like the higher deal.)
I’m not telling anybody else what to purchase. There are so many streaming companies now that they are often overwhelming and costly. I’ll say I haven’t regretted this buy as Peacock Premium has plenty of outdated TV favorites to associate with films and new content material.
(Case in level, my husband is already binging The Rockford Files, I’m eyeing Miami Vice, after which there are the primary three seasons of Yellowstone. So Peacock Premium’s received our January fairly wrapped up.)
But on to our assessment…
The Set-Up: Will Horton has a script due at midnight, and he hasn’t written a phrase. He’s about to blow it off till Sonny convinces him that they’ll get it accomplished within the few hours they’ve on Christmas Eve.
As a author, I’m a bit disturbed by Will’s nonchalance over lacking a deadline, however I digress…
Will’s fantasy film model of Christmas in Salem is surprisingly candy and simply twisted sufficient to maintain issues fascinating.
To begin with, Roman is useless as a result of there must be a tragic again story. He died years in the past at Christmas, which is why Sami and Marlena (Roman’s widow) now run the Brady Pub.
In this model of Salem, Sami is nice and sort, and empathetic. She thinks earlier than she speaks and doesn’t fly off the deal with. But what actually threw me was that when depraved Nicole bashed Sami, Marlena got here to her protection.
Someone remind me of the final time that occurred in common Salem as a result of I’m drawing a clean.
John Black is married to Kristen, they usually run the Salem Inn in matching ugly Christmas sweaters.
This was my least favourite a part of the story. I’m undecided, which made me cringe extra. John begging for Kristen’s consideration or Kristen’s sexcapades with Brady behind her husband’s again.
Brady is an smug jerk, which I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine if that’s in contrast to regular Brady or totally on the nostril.
The one upside was his Love Actually-inspired flashcards. The one which mentioned, “I know I’m hot,” made me chortle out loud. But Brady is sleeping together with his father’s spouse, consuming all of the Sweet Bits samples, and schmoozing a smitten Gabi for clothes freebies.
Speaking of Gabi, not solely is she a pleasant human too, however she’s working together with her finest buddy, Nick. Yes, Nick is again and in love with an oblivious Gabi.
This isn’t evil, abusive Nick, nor zombie Nick, and as soon as once more, I’m reminded of how a lot I miss Blake Berris.
As Will factors out, Nick was as soon as a pleasant man till the present determined to have him flip to the darkish facet. I’m greater than a bit fearful that they’re taking the identical flip with Philip again in actual Salem.
There are additionally different mismatched pairings on this Salem, like Tripp and Chanel. However, I like it when Johnny calls out Allie for pining over her finest buddy’s beau however then admits he’s received the identical challenge, which leads Allie to ask if he’s in love with Tripp too.
Now there’s a pairing I by no means thought-about.
But the principle plot has to do with Paulina, in full Cruella de Vil mode, together with the hair, evicting the entire Horton Square companies to construct her new big-box low cost retailer. Enter her new assistant, Leo Stark.
Personally, I simply love Leo, so I used to be thrilled to see him part of these Days of Our Lives specials as soon as once more. Paulina retains calling him Mary, which is a humorous homage to Jackée Harry’s 227 sitcom days.
Leo will get to play the surprising hero, and he will get to ogle Xander, who, even in an argyle sweater vest, suspenders, and nerdy glasses, continues to be the most well liked factor in any model of Salem.
Xander: Is there one thing I can do for you?
Leo: I wish to reply that in so some ways.
I appreciated the photographs of Caroline and Shawn Brady and the Tom and Alice Horton plaque being proven whereas Xander gave his honest speech of why Horton Square is necessary to Salem.
Back on the Brady Pub, Sami is hating Christmas. Her father died at Christmas. Lucas took off with Chloe Lane at Christmas. And Nicole comes parading round together with her husband EJ and their daughter Sydney, reminding Sami of Grace, the daughter she and EJ misplaced years in the past.
It’s a pleasant piece of Days’ historical past at play right here that pulls on the heartstrings simply sufficient to make this really feel like a Hallmarky vacation film.
That is till Sami learns that Sydney is admittedly hers and goes all slap fest on Nicole for stealing her youngster all of those years.
And what sort of horrible mom has Nicole been to Sydney to virtually have the kid leaping for pleasure to seek out out she and Nikki aren’t biologically linked? Yikes!
The reunion of the nicer, kinder EJ with the nicer, kinder Sami appears like foreshadowing for the common Salem (seemingly minus the nicer, kinder elements), or possibly I’m simply studying an excessive amount of into this.
Of course, if we’re speaking about foreshadowing, there’s at all times homeless Eric sleeping beneath that bench. Can Eric be far behind in precise Salem?
Then we get to the true enjoyable.
Will and Sonny in drag are simply okay. I believe it’s the literal beards that don’t work for me. But I nonetheless can’t recover from Chad in drag! Who knew Billy Flynn might be remodeled into such a tremendous girl?
And then there’s the very best a part of this vacation particular. The Santa group striptease. Take all of Salem’s hottest males, and have them dance their stockings off all the way down to their holiday-inspired boxer briefs to avoid wasting Horton Square.
It’s humorous and attractive, and better of all, everybody from the actors concerned to the actors within the viewers appeared like they have been having a hell of a time.
So should you’re on the lookout for some campy, soapy enjoyable blended with vacation cheer plus Marlena with out these satan eyes, then A Very Salem Christmas is the vacation particular you gained’t wish to miss.
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