As the news spread about Victor's death and we started seeing the reactions I've had some pretty mixed feelings.
As I said in another thread, I really like the way they set up his departure as yet another mystery. While there is no doubt of what happened to Victor, the mystery of why he was over the Mediterranean when Bo wasn't where Victor said he was ensures that Victor will live on a little longer on the screen.
Family reactions were mixed and understandable. I felt that the mix was very realistic.
As the remembrance scenes started tho, I was really annoyed by the anger and the "Glad he's gone" sentiment/tone that I was getting from several of them because all they wanted to do was talk about negative. I had to stop and think about the villain he was and how ruthless he used to be. Not many people saw the softer side of Victor until Caroline and Maggie. Those two weren't loves or marriages of convenience to him so they brought out the best in him. I think that softer side that those two brought out over the last several years changed the way a lot of people saw Victor so I was extremely glad when Kayla and Roman mentioned Caroline's love for Victor.
I did like Kate's comment "One thing's for sure. There will never be another Victor Kiriakis"
I haven't seen Friday's scenes yet, but I'm already wondering about word spreading. Will we see Vivian fly into town and make some grand gesture? I HATE that Bo won't be awake to be with family through all of this. What about Chelsea? Will we see any acknowledgement from the Dimera's? What about Rachel? How will Kristen handle that? Victor was her great-grandfather. What about Melanie? Will she come in to support Maggie and mourn Victor? He would never admit it, but he did have a soft spot for her and her for him. And he was her father-in-law for a time.
I like the tone they've been hitting -- a lot of these characters shouldn't regard Victor as some dear old friend, even if we do. I thought they did a good job with Kate and Xander's memories in particular.
I'm sure a lot of characters we'd like to see will be missing, and the Bo thing is glaring, but at least we know he's in a coma and not just not showing up. I'm excited to see how Vivian enters the fray!
I loved bad guy Victor and good guy Victor. John Aniston was such a talented actor, I rooted for him no matter what, even when he was being overly harsh with Philip. Those were some of my favorite scenes, when Victor and Philip would face off.
I think they toned Victor down once Stefano came on the scene. I never enjoyed Stefano. Victor was a much more realistic bad guy. No use of supernatural tricks. And he never killed or tried to kill his offspring.
Post by ProudTVJunkie on Aug 25, 2023 23:09:27 GMT -5
I loved it when Leo said in reference to Victor, "Curmudgeons are a dying breed. We need them." So true.
John Aniston was masterful as Victor. No one delivered a snarky one-liner better. Even when I hated some of the things Victor did, I could generally understand why he did them. He was capable of being dastardly cruel, but equally capable of great love and kindness. And he was always entertaining.
heroicmuse , Julie remarking about Maggie being Victor's one great love made me pause too. But when I thought about it, Victor loved Caroline, but she chose Shawn. Maggie chose Victor, flaws and all, and the two really were a great love story. They were one of my absolute favorites, perhaps because they were so surprisingly well matched and I never expected they'd be a great couple until it happened.