The Young And The Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of January 10 – 14:
Once again it’s been a week of finding the awesomeness worth watching in the big picture. Scenes such as Nina telling Ronan she knows about his medical condition continue to be a reason to tune in even when the storylines themselves aren’t all that compelling. Here are my thoughts on the past week:
It’s Jack, man.
Watching the normally be-suited Jack pretend to be a cool surfer dude in Hawaii was definitely cause for a giggle. As for him finding Skye’s perfume bottle and key chain – it was way too easy, but satisfying for those who enjoy Jack’s occasional and fleeting moments of victory.
Victor versus Jack.
It’s always entertaining to listen and watch as these two spar, there’s no denying that. Jack seemed to have the full court advantage after Hawaii, and headed out to the Ranch to gloat – only to discover that Victor had moved Kyle and Diane into his house. As per the pattern, Jack only ever gets an inch on Victor before getting slapped back down. Of course, Victor’s also dealing with the lawsuit right now, and his daughters and Vance appear to be getting the best of him, but we all know this can’t possibly last either – Victor only ever experiences ‘setbacks’. I thought Victor might change somewhat after his Christmas epiphany, but have found myself wondering if I really want that deep down. It’s a nice reliable feeling to know who will come out on top, right? Weigh in on this topic by casting a vote in Soaps.com’s The Young And The Restless Snap Poll: The Victor Newman Phenomenon.
The baby crisis.
While I enjoyed Victoria’s straight talk to her father this week in the lawsuit mediation, her persona at home has left a lot to be desired. I see some viewers referring to her as a real downer, and it’s the truth. This whole need-to-have-a-baby crisis seemed to swamp newlyweds Victoria and Billy out of the blue and suddenly their lives were about nothing else. For me, some beats have been missed in the telling of this story, and I feel a little detached from it, and from the characters – especially Billy with his urgent need to acquire a baby for Victoria without any discussion. Part of the trouble may be that the story is a tad plot-driven due to the Daisy’s baby tie-in. The silver lining is that the set-up spells big emotional drama down the road.
Fake amnesiac Jana asking ‘Kev’ if he’s coming to bed, and Kevin making a ‘freaked out’ face made me smile, but beyond that, this storyline holds little charm for me at this point. I cringed when Kevin rolled out the sorry old promise to Chloe that he would tell Jana the truth ‘soon’. Come. On.
Confident or overconfident?
Sharon has certainly been a different type of force moving through Genoa City lately. She's not taking guff from anyone - even Victor. Impressive, but I can't help but wonder if Victor's prediction that Adam will hurt her will come to fruition and end up making her look like a huge idiot once all is said and done. After all, Victor's never wrong…right? Either way, Sharon has been much more interesting of late, and I like it. As for her and Adam, they're suddenly way too smug - you just know that can't last…
Entranced with Vance.
No offense to his assistant, Leslie, but the legal proceedings in Genoa City took on a whole new appeal this week when Vance returned. I'd love to see this character's role expanded.
Nick a new man?
Well, no, but I actually liked some of Nick's stuff this week. His scenes with Victoria were good, as were his scenes with Jack. I like when he steps out of robotic mode and does things a little differently. As for Nick and Diane - not really feeling it.
Mother and son.
I'm a sucker for anything to do with Nina and her emotions. Whether she's pissed off at someone or sobbing her heart out, she draws me in. This was true in her scenes with Ronan this week as she told him she knew about his illness and intended to give him part of her liver. Ronan relaxing into his mother's embrace for the first time was quite moving. Kudos.
Is he alive?
I truly wanted to feel something big when Ronan confirmed to Heather that Chance was indeed alive, but it was a no go. Perhaps if there had been chemistry between Heather and Chance, and viewers had cared about them as a couple it would have worked. This should have been a very powerful scene, but merely left me thinking…wait until Chloe finds out.
Worst paced story ever?
That would be the tale of Cane's latest secrets from Down Under. This week there was no Neil, Malcolm, Sofia, Tucker, Cane, Lily, Colin, Blake, or Jill. The writers made a move in the right direction by giving one of the best male characters on the show, Cane, a potentially explosive story that promised to lift him out of his domestic drudgery, only to leave viewers endlessly frustrated with trying to get invested in it because of the sporadic airings.
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- Candace Young