Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) returns to "Days", still in an orange jumper; he might stay in one


Well, Blake Berris has returned to “Days of our Lives” as the geeky character Nick Fallon, sentenced to prison after killing Melanie’s dad Trent in a fight, at the beginning of 2009.

After the manslaughter scene, Nick essentially kidnapped Melanie and held her in a hotel before being captured. 

Fallon re-enters the plot coming up for parole. But because Melanie was kidnapped again, in a ridiculous plot launched by Gabi (this time, the perpetrator (Andrew) died after the explosion).  Because of the situation, it seems inappropriate to expose Melanie to the trauma of Nick’s getting out.

So, Monday, there was the ridiculous line that Nick would have to pay for Andrew’s crimes as well as his own.  Well, that’s why people need “social capital”.  On an individual level, life can never be “fair”.

Today, Nick said he was withdrawing his application for parole. But Monday, contrite and remorseful, he said he wanted to help people. 

“Days of our Lives” does seem to be bringing back all the actors it let go (with bizarre plot twists) in the past five years.  The storyline this “undoredo” technique of vacating all its previous deaths and tragedies and starting over.

I checked the imdb page of the 28-year-old actor.  Curiously, some of the earlier photos had been removed.
   
As for the plot line, Days is pretty consistent in presenting smart, attractive young male characters who go bad, or at least get themselves into big trouble.  At least, that’s what’s happened to both Nick and Will.  (Sean was simply written out of the plot with Belle as they moved away – are they coming back, too?  And, yup, Chad so far has kept his character above water.  So has Sonny.  But Tad has become a total jerk.)

It’s a little bit of a sensitive topic (for a soap opera to present) now  (people “too smart for their own good”, maybe), given the tragedy last month in Colorado, about which the New York Times had a big investigative story Monday, by Eric Goode, Serge F. Kovaleski, Jack Healy and Dan Frosch, and the details are quite disturbing (link

In fact, it looks as though Holmes had started amassing his arsenal and going down his vortex as early as March, three months or so before he failed the oral exams.  He did not suddenly lash out after a sudden academic collapse;  this "possession" seems to have been going on for months, perhaps since shortly after he started the graduate program in Colorado. As unpleasant, it's important for the public to know what really happened and for the television news media to report it thoroughly. 

Something of great severity has happened to perhaps one or two “book smart” people whom I knew during the course of my own life .  Details are always obscure and puzzling. 

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