I’ll just come out and say it: I hate Silas.
I don’t want to, because I love Michael Easton and I was so excited about him coming back to the show. But I really, really hate this character. I hate his glasses and his stupid ponytail. I hate his smugness and his arrogance and his inability to convincingly replicate anything approaching normal human empathy and emotion.
PATRICK’S RIGHT THERE WITH ME.
When he casually pronounced that Danny has cancer (and do not even get me started on where that is probably going) after a thirty second examination… and then just turned around and marched off without another word, like some sort of automaton? I actually laughed out loud. This guy’s barely been around a week and he’s already a parody of himself.
Caleb and Libby were goofy, but from the clips I’ve seen, they were also sex on a stick. Sam and John pretty much had me from their very first scene together. Silas and Sam? Are like a black hole of anti-chemistry. This is not a love/hate relationship. It’s all hate, all the time. And he’s already proven himself to be such an unappealing asshole that I don’t want to spend any more time with him at all, much less watch Sam do so.
Or, in the words of my co-blogger:
I’m just going to hope that they are doing a severe Pride and Prejudice on Silas and we’ll get a likable human being at some point before I tear all my hair out.
If that’s where they’re going with this, let’s move past the spurning her at the dance portion and get into the admiring her muddy boots in silence post haste, okay, writers? POST HASTE.
And hey, speaking of assholes, can we talk about Diane for a moment? Because I HAVE SOME FEELS. Listen, when the new team had Heather force Todd to fire Diane from her columnist job, I took it as a positive sign that Carvilati and Co. had been as insulted by the idea of her leaving her successful law career for the glamorous and well-paying life of a celebrity gossip monger as I was.
Which is why it’s so surprising that, in its own way, the writing for her over the last year has done just as much — if not more — damage to the character. I understand there are various backstage reasons for Diane not being around all the time anymore, and that’s fine. However. On the handful of occasions she’s been around, she has:
- Defended Todd for stealing Sam’s baby (and Alexis’ grandson).
- Helped keep Connie, her mentally ill friend, from receiving proper treatment.
- Trashed Jason, her dead former friend and client, as well as Sam, her current BFF’s daughter in court in order to help Silas get custody of Rafe against Rafe’s express wishes.
- Defended and gotten bail for Franco, a man who has personally terrorized most of the town, especially — again — Sam and Jason.
The issue here isn’t that Diane is representing guilty people. That is how our legal system works, after all. But her friendship with Alexis was one of the few things I enjoyed during the Guza years, and her actions over the last year have basically trashed that. And I don’t buy it. I just don’t. Because no matter how competitive she gets in the courtroom, there is just no way I will believe that Diane would ever willingly defend anyone who had hurt the people she cares about without a qualm.
Of course, yesterday we learned she does have some qualms. It’s just they’re not as important as… oh, hell. I’ll just let her explain it:
DIANE: As your attorney, yes, of course I will provide the best defense possible for you, because that’s my job. But I am also a thinking, feeling human being and as that, I find you disgusting, Mr. Frank. You are a deplorable monster who has brought nothing but pain and suffering to people I care a great deal about. […]
FRANCO: Well, if you hate me so much, why did you take my case?
ME: What an excellent question!
DIANE: I am defending you for two reasons, Mr. Frank, God help me: money and publicity.
It’s a good thing she’s still got that fabulous rack, is all I’m saying. Because otherwise? DEAD TO ME.
(But seriously, Carlivati — you know you do have other lawyers in town right now, right? Like, Scotty! Who could have easily taken this case without betraying anyone! So we don’t always have to make Diane the heartless asshole queen from hell? JUST A THOUGHT.)