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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2’: What Did You Think of The Premiere Episode?

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The highly-anticipated Peacock limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2 dropped its first episode on Monday, and with it came reunions, blasts from the pasts, a heavenly favorite, a major mystery, plus a spark of a new romance.

If you have not watched the episode yet, do not read any further as there are story spoilers.

Let’s break it down for you … after the opening scene set one year earlier, we see Harris Michaels (Steve Burton) shoot two men in a boat after diving in the deep waters below for what he was looking for.  Seems a woman named “Brady” may have shown up first and might have what Michaels is looking for.

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Now in Montreal, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and baby Bo, reunite with Hope (Kristian Alfonso).  Once together, Ciara grills her mother as to where she has been for the past two years.  In emotional scenes, Hope really never gives her daughter the full truth.  Once alone, we see she has a secret ISA file.

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Meanwhile, Bo (Peter Reckell) is in heaven watching the live feed of his beloved Fancy Face, and their daughter.  Bo keeps getting interrupted by another key resident in heaven named Angela (Loretta Devine), who takes away his live feed privileges because of how back in Salem, Bo brought Tripp (Lucas Adams) back to life.  Once alone, and not about to give up seeing his family from up above, Bo says if he can hotwire a motorcycle, he can fix the live feed! He later sees that Hope has gotten herself in trouble with the ISA file and wonders what she is up to.

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John (Drake Hogestyn) is having quite the time in San Francisco at his son, Paul’s (Christopher Sean) Pride party.  With a bunch of men dancing around him, John is pulling out the dance moves and grooves and is the life of the party! We have to say, watching Drake Hogestyn in these scenes will go down as one of the most memorable moments from the series.

After the party is over, and John and Paul are cleaning up, there is a knock at the door.  It appears to be a cop, but it’s actually Harris Michaels in disguise, who tasers John.  Then, after a fight breaks out, Paul wakes up from being knocked out and realizes Harris took John.

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Harris isn’t done yet! He next appears in Seattle where Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) are visiting Stephanie (Abigail Klein), Tripp, and Joey (Tanner Stine).  When the pizza delivery man arrives, it’s Michaels in disguise, and when Steve opens his pizza box it lights on fire.  When we return to the scene, Steve has been kidnapped and Stephanie is badly injured and then hospitalized.

Next, a man appears at Paul’s apartment door. It’s none other than Shane Donovan’s son, Andrew (Colton Little), who is also an ISA agent.  From the looks of it, Paul and Andrew just may hit it off!

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Then, we see that Steve and John are being held captive together and who should be holding them hostage? None other than the believed-to-be-dead, Megan Hathaway (Miranda Wilson) – the daughter of their arch-nemesis, the late Stefano DiMera.

In the final cliffhanger, Hope is with Ciara and Ben. There is knock on her door.  When Hope opens it, Harris Michaels is there. He hands some flowers to Hope and serves up a kiss.  As he does, Bo in heaven is losing it watching the woman he loves being kissed by some guy.

So, what did you think about the first episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Satan
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Satan

Ah… I guess now the secret is out, that Meagan Hathaway managed to escape from Hell.
Those damned DiMeras always manage to get out. I think they’re giving Cerberus some drugged steaks again..

Bo better be careful breaking the rules up in Heaven. They don’t take that very well up there, how do you think I ended up down here??

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Definitely not as good as season 1.

We better get more clarity on Hope’s real reason for staying away for the past two years!

I don’t remember Megan Hathaway at all so I don’t know what is going on in that storyline.

How can this character show up all over the world at the same time? Or are these events not happening at the exact same time?

Some of it was good, some of it was bad, lots of confusion!

Satan
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Satan

This was from the early 80s so my aging Devil memory might be a little fuzzy on the details but anyway…. Megan Hathaway grew up in Salem, and was Bo Brady’s girlfriend in high school. She wasn’t raised as a DiMera and (like most of Stefano’s other kids) found out much later who her real parents were. Meanwhile Megan never really got “over” Bo, so of course she wanted Hope out of the picture, permanently. She arranged for a little hot tub accident where Hope would be electrocuted, but somehow the plan went wrong and Megan ended up frying herself… Read more »

JJ
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JJ

Well Satan, God is my main man, and He created you. Remember that once you occupied one of the loftiest positions in God’s Kingdom. And if the Bible is true, and I believe it is, you will again. We have all fallen, and will be restored! Just wanted to say that I read most of your posts. Generally agree, sometimes agree, sometimes really agree, sometimes vehemently disagree but I love the depth and complexity and soap knowledge in your posts. I was going to type a similar post to clear up some of the Megan Hathaway confusion … when I… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

JJ
Would love to read it, if it exists, but it surely can’t be found at Amazon.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Exactly Richard. I guess the devil powered that van Steve Burton was driving. He went from one city to the next with a whole other fake delivery outfit within one scene and it was jarring. With an exploding pizza no less. Not here for improbable nonsense.

Satan
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Satan

Well… San Francisco to Seattle is actually a fairly short flight… but then he was back to Montreal soon after that, and that was presumably after dropping John & Steve off in Caracas…. now that’s where the real time discrepancy is. Maybe he’s got access to a Starfleet teleportation device somehow??

No Devil powered vans though, that much I can promise you!

Suzanne
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Suzanne

Chapter 2 was the best!! I hope that continue with Bo and Hope!!

Steve
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Steve

Poor production quality – cheap looking sets (is Heaven really furnished at World Market?) and questionable wardrobe (there’s so much better fitting/looking pride outfits than the hoodie they gave Paul).

Joel
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Joel

Megan “died” before John (then Roman) and Steve were ever on DAYS so neither should know who she is. I’m all for digging into the past for current and future stories but it has to make some sense.

Satan
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Satan

John & Steve have immersed themselves in all things DiMera over the decades, so I’m sure they are aware of all of Stefano’s kids, whether they ever actually met them or not. And in John’s case, he might just have some residuals of Roman’s memory floating around in his brain, so maybe he does “remember” her, in that capacity.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

It was silly. The fight scene was awkward. Bo watching Earth on a heavenly TV with crumbled pillars all around him was utter nonsense. It should be called Beyond Salem: The Harmony edition. Straight out of Passions. Just no.

Michaela
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Michaela

Not impressed.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Whatever plot twists ensue, just remember: Steve Burton’s character killed 2 people in the first scene of the first episode. So his character is no hero. And as someone else said recently, he’s playing the same type of character in Beyond Salem as he did in GH. The “stunt” casting isn’t worth the effort.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

James75
I’ve been playing catchup and just saw the scene with Hope and Burton’s character and he’s asking her for help, claiming Megan has done something to make him the way he is.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Violet. Very good point.

Momo
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Momo

Haven’t watched yet. Looks campy.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Momo
It is, it is!

Joan Libby Lomas
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Joan Libby Lomas

I absolutely love what you have done bringing bsck our favorites. I would so love this to be continued indefinitely. This was a genuine move. Kudos to you all. I’ve watched Days of Our Lives since I was 15 years old. My second man and I would watch it together. I’m now 68 years old and still watching. Keep up the good work.

Daphne M Jennings
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Daphne M Jennings

I just hate that I can’t watch!! Not everyone has wifi or internet available so it seems so very unfair!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Daphne M Jennings
I get it through my Cable provider on Peacock.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Boy, love how Steve and Kayla are helping Shawn cope with the new baby while at the same time are being kidnapped “Beyond” by Jason/Harris. Small world, for sure!

Jodiejoestick
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Jodiejoestick

I absolutely love it, I can’t wait for the next chapter, A BIG FAN

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hope, being kissed by “some guy”and so thouroughly was as if it was done for someone’s benifit,, but who? She didn’t really try hiding it from Ciara but it was still kind of crazy.

Kathleen Strout
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Kathleen Strout

It’s terrible

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DAYS Brandon Barash On Stefan’s Resurrection: “You’ll See Some Revenge, Corporate Takeovers, Losing a Memory … Maybe Gaining of Memories”

Dr. Rolf is at it again on Days of our Lives! While Jake DiMera has met his maker, apparently his twin brother, Stefan O DiMera is coming back to life.  That sets the stage for Brandon Barash to reprise his original DAYS role.

In a brand new interview with his on-screen brother, Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) on the Days of our Lives You Tube Channel, Barash talks on what viewers can expect once Stefan is completely back in action, and how he feels about taking on the darker twin once again.

Brandon teased: “You’ll see some revenge, corporate takeovers, losing a memory … maybe gaining of memories.”  With Stefan back in the DiMera mix, look for the two brothers to not always see eye-to-eye. Barashs shared that they’ll be, “Butting heads for sure”.

Meanwhile, will Stefan and his true love, Gabi (Camila Banus) reunite once she knows he is alive? Barash weighs-in on that and more ‘burning’ questions.

You can check out the chat below.

Now, let us know, are you glad that Stefan O DiMera is back on the Salem canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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BREAKING NEWS: Days of our Lives Ending Its Run on NBC, Moving to Peacock Starting in September

In a major move, Days of our Lives, the longest-running scripted series of all-time on NBC, is exiting the television network and will now be in its new home on the NBCUniversal streaming platform, Peacock.

The shift marks the end of DAYS’ nearly 57 year-run on broadcast television. Days of our Lives debuted on NBC back on November 8th, 1965.

Look for all-new episodes daily of the series to begin on Peacock starting on September 12th, along with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.  According to a press release from Peacock, “The historic move to Peacock creates the ultimate destination for daytime fans to access the library, new episodes and Peacock Original Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem in one place.”

In its place, NBC will fill the daytime drama’s current timeslot with NBC News Now, an hour-long news show anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC affiliates will also have the option to add local news to the hour.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus shares: “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC’s decision means it leaves only three daytime soaps on American broadcast TV: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. 

DAYS has found recent streaming success with its limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapters 1 and 2, which introduced the viewing audience to the Peacock platform.

To watch Days of our Lives on Peacock, you will need a premium-tier paid subscription at $4.99 per month. The service offers an an ad-free experience at $9.99 per month.

We will have more on this developing story.

So, what do you think of NBC removing DAYS from its daytime line-up, while moving it to their owned-streaming platform, Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Brandan Barash Shares Reaction to Jake’s Death on Days of our Lives: “It Was Fun Getting To Know You”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jake (Brandon Barash) met his untimely demise, when he was shot by a mugger.  Thus, signaling what would seem to be the end of the line for the character.

However, on today’s episode of the NBC soap opera, Jake visited a grieving Ava (Tamara Braun), so perhaps there is more than a ‘ghost of a chance’ that Barash is sticking around.

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As previewed exclusively last month during our virtual interview with DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati …the Salem scribe revealed there would be another death in Salem, following the murder of Abigail Deveraux DiMera (Marci Miller), and the character would be ‘dead-dead’.

However, speculation is running wild that with the return of Dr. Rolf, that perhaps Jake will be resurrected … or Barash will once again play Jake’s twin, Stefan O. DiMera!

On Instagram, Barash had some fun with Jake’s demise with comparison side-by-side photos – one of which features Barash as Jake covered in blood, and reading the Handbook for the Recently Deceased!

Barash captioned his pic: “How it started/how it’s going. #ripjake It was fun getting to know you. 🙏🥃”

So, what do you think about DAYS killing Jake? Do you think Brandon will be sticking around Salem? If so, as who? Comment below.

 

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