Mission Impossible

Part of the purpose of this blog is to create an episode guide for the Manny storyline. These posts, which include a description of the episode complete with the dates and quotes, usually cover a couple of episodes. I include the best Manny highlight clips that I can find and also full episodes when I can find them for days Manny appeared. I try to post episode guide posts every Monday and Thursday nights, although real life interferes with reel life and I often only get one done a week and sometimes have to let it go a couple of weeks in between.

A New Chapter

After I publish the episode guide I copy the entry over to pages so that people can easily pick up the story at any point. To make particular sections easier to find, I’ve broken them into pages, each one depicting a particular chapter aka umbrella storyline for Manny from “In the Beginning” to “Our Hun-NEE-Moon” and beyond. The last episode guide post ended one chapter and started another.

We have just complete the Trial of Danny Santos and are moving on to a storyline arc known to fans as Mission Impossible, based on a stunning caper climax borrowed heavily from the 1996 block buster movie Mission Impossible. Moving on quickly from the trial, Danny sets out to make a place for himself in the corporate world, but Gus is still after him and are things ever that easy for Manny?

Love It

There are a lot of positives about this storyline.

  • There has been a lot of focus in recent storylines on Manny angst and not as much on clever, cocky plans. This storyline shifts that focus back on the fun, spunky, clever, plans side which is a great thing. Now you need angst and Manny does it very well, but honestly it can’t be strum and dange all the time.
  • Manny are in this together. After a couple of things Danny doesn’t tell Michelle right away, they are in this together planning, plotting, preparing, and executing the plan together. Manny need to work together to be happy.
  • The problem isn’t a third person. When soap writers run out of ideas they throw in a third person, but that kind of storyline just doesn’t play well with Manny. They try a couple of times – including the deeply painful Danny and Marina pairing during the awful, deep, dark, best forgotten amnesia year – honestly they are ALL not only failures, but complete disasters. So this time they aren’t doing that.
  • It keeps Gus as an antagonist for Danny, but makes them more equal and leaves Gus less as a threat because he’s lost his main power over Danny without his job with the FBI. So we keep a level of danger and a great sparring partner without having to worry so much about Manny being hurt through him.
  • It has a lot of fun bits including a scene that is described in one of our top FAQs. The best part, besides the always above compare Manny interactions and Manny taking care of Robbie, is the amazing take on the vault theft scene in the 1996 movie Mission Impossible.

Or Leave It

There are also some negatives.

  • The biggest negative is that they use the story to draw the mob back in. Apparently TPTB thought that what Manny special was the mob — um no. I mean Danny is always going to skate pretty close to breaking the law sometimes, he was hardwired that way, but you could do that within Spaulding. Heaven knows Alan Spaulding has probably broken as many laws as Danny’s dad. I’d say Alan had committed much less violence, but I wouldn’t say that about Alan’s father Brandon Spaulding. Danny could do plenty of skating within the Spaulding umbrella which could be used for many issues and plot points without the mob element.
  • The characters who come back are unfortunate. Maria was needed for the upcoming Marony story, but a simple discussion about how no jury would convict an old lady who had recently had a “stroke” was “in a wheelchair” “with mild dementia” could have brought her back without Bernado and Teresa. During Teresa’s first run on the show she at least connected with other characters especially Ben Warren that was a connection to the non-mob story, but this time they are just weighing down the Manny story and adding to their isolation.
  • Danny seems to be pretty easily convinced there is danger. Danny is a pretty tough guy who knows his life has been totally turned upside down by major deceptions a couple of times now. It should have taken a lot more to get him on-board. Without Danny believing this is danger the whole thing falls apart and there really isn’t any good reason why he thinks so.
  • It’s a “Mr. Big” story. Worse it’s a Mr. Big story where I’m not 100% sure even the writers had an idea who Mr. Big was most of the time. Plus As the World Turns had done such an AMAZING Mr. Big storyline in the 1980s that trying that approach only emphasized how poorly that part of the story worked.
  • This last one isn’t as important as the others, but WHAT was the rush? I don’t think Danny applied for one actual open job before deciding he needed to take drastic measures. Then couldn’t they let him get a little bit established at Spaulding and build relationships before they bring in the whole mob thing again? As Michelle Stafford said once in an interview about her character on The Young and the Restless, Phyllis isn’t a cookie baker, but it’s OK if she’s making cookies now because that will make it so much worse when it all falls apart. You need to develop that positive things first.

So overall I think there is more positive and it’s more of an upbeat storyline than most of Manny’s, but it does have some definite rough edges. Enjoy!

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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