"Y&R" has always been far and away the best soap opera in my eyes, so it has been distressing and rather alarming to come to the realization that of the four remaining soaps, "Y&R" is arguably now offering the most banal viewing experience. Love for the show and many of the amazingly talented cast members and their characters is enough to keep loyal viewers tuning in, but a growing number of voices are calling for change in hopes that "Y&R" can be restored to it's former greatness. Thoughts, starting on a positive note:
While Jill and Colin's story has tended to get a little bogged down in the details of music boxes and necklaces at times, their chemistry, Jill's very human conflicted feelings about Colin, and his seeming struggle to be a better man, make it very much worth watching. The related story of Cane's innate desire to believe that his father has changed, and the conflict that creates with Lily, is character-driven drama that has definite potential. As unfeasible as it was, the bit with Mattie wanting Grandpa Colin and stealing the necklace was fun.
After sitting through weeks, maybe months, of Avery's blasted cooking scenes, it's all come to her freaking out over a few cryptic messages posted online when formerly she was so tough-as-nails that she absolutely refused to have Nick or Dylan accompany her out of town on a very dangerous case, in fact she was offended by the very suggestion. Avery showed a bit of spirit in her meeting with Victor, but blindly trusted this Austin kid who, by the by, was inexplicably left to tape the cooking episodes alone with her in her apartment. It makes about as much sense as Summer offering up her virginity to this guy five minutes after meeting him - what are we supposed to feel about that besides she's an idiot? Now Austin has taken Avery to his place, and back at Avery's apartment, Super Dylan was mentally suiting up. It's anyone's guess how or if Ian fits into the Austin stalker plot against Avery, for as discussed last week, we remain unenlightened about Ian Ward’s motivations.
So now it's Sharon/Nick/Mariah/Tyler/Abby we're contending with in this storyline. First let's talk about Nick and Sharon. They have history and a nice balance of passion and romance as a couple, but do we want to sit through endless mundane scenes of them arguing about hypnosis or Sharon going to Portland or Mariah before they have sex? Unequivocally no. Second, let's talk about Tyler and Abby. They're so boring no one cares if they get back together or stay apart. Nick weighing in was laughable as Abby didn't take his advice anyway, just as Sharon doesn't care what he thinks about Mariah. Nick, just sit down. Tyler checking in with Lily led to a positively cringe-y attempt on the part of the writers to explain away their obvious swerve from Mariah resembling Lily to being a Cassie doppelganger. As for Mariah herself, the storyline seems headed toward her becoming a replacement Cassie. Sharon clearly feels maternal toward her and Nick will likely hire her at The Underground and come to care for her despite himself. While some may love this idea, others are firmly in the camp that Cassie was a great character who should have been left to rest in peace a long time ago.
The Hilary/Neil debacle is moving forward at warp speed. You would think even someone as impulsive as Neil would want to take it slow after being so spectacularly shafted by Leslie so recently. Hilary nursing Devon in the hospital came off as maternal, rather than girlfriend-y, which was off-putting to say the least. It's anyone's guess what we should be hoping for in this storyline. Many are rooting for Devon and Hilary, but how do you get there exactly and still enjoy it, considering the circumstances? Neil may be acting like a dumbass, but he doesn't deserve to be hurt by his own son.
Takes a con to catch a con.
Many were asking this week why Billy didn't simply hire a private investigator to dig into Stitch's past. It's a good question, with the answer probably being because then he wouldn't have an excuse to take a trip to Australia with Chelsea. It also was amusing to note that while Chelsea was basking in Billy's admiration of her top of the line snooping skills, she remained blissfully unaware that she and Connor were being followed and photographed. How do you feel about the latest development? Vote in Soaps.com's Y&R Poll: Chelsea and Billy's Trip to Australia.
Horse in the race.
Stitch continues to be a charismatic and conflicted character (with a really nice butt!), but those who are rooting for him and Victoria are coping with an increasing sense of dread about what will be revealed regarding his past and how devastating it will be to his future.
'Snooty' Nikki made a couple of appearances this week. First she chased off reporters that were bothering Victor and then she dissed Jack's new date, Kelly - such fun! Nikki needs to just stop with the little dance where Victor's concerned, however, and go back to the ranch.
It seems most are over Kevin clinging on to the whole Chloe thing and are ready for him to get a new storyline pronto.
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- Candace Young