The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of December 22 – 26:
It was a bit of an offbeat week on The Young and the Restless. Between Amber’s weird dream, the V8 food drive, and Michael’s ‘experience’, there were definitely a few ‘say what?’ moments! Fortunately, this was well balanced with good drama, noteworthy performances, and some good old-fashioned romance! Here’s my take on the week:
Heather/Adam: Personally, I’ve never had a whole lot invested in this couple, yet I liked them together, so I began wondering why their split left me cold. My conclusion was that this couple had an excellent combination of romance and sexual heat in the beginning of their time together, but it was never really developed by the writers. Somewhere along the line, the characters came to focus more on working and scheming, which the result being that I didn’t make much of an emotional investment in them – their engagement left me cold, as did their break-up. Too bad, because if viewers were more attached to this pairing, recent events would have parlayed into even deeper rooting value for the couple.
Adam/Victor: It makes perfect sense to me what has gone on between the two of them. Victor has been betrayed by yet another son, which has added to his sense of outrage and disappointment. Adam, who clearly expected to be protected and revered as the ‘new son on the block’, never really earned his stripes, and is now having to come to terms with not only the repercussions of his actions, but with discovering who his father really is – as opposed to how he had perceived him to be! Adam saw Victor as this all-powerful man who would step on anyone who got in his way, and when Victor was presumed dead, Adam thought he was acting just like his father. But Adam didn’t realize that Victor actually has a deep loyalty to those who he respects – like Neil – and Adam never really understood that although Victor appeared to be ruthless enough to have turned on his own children, Victoria and Nicholas, he still deeply loved them. Adam’s parody of Victor was a hollow impersonation, never coming close to the true complexity of what Victor truly is. That said, I could have done without the physical violence in the jailhouse meeting – it was unnecessary. Here’s hoping that Vic Jr. can ‘find his strength’ and get back into the fold just as Victor’s other children have.
Paul/Nikki: Paul, do not demean yourself to keep running to Nikki asking for affirmations! You are way too good for that! I’d like to see Paul be a viable leading man – meaning he has to have strength, and not sit around waiting to get hurt! Any minute now, it will become obvious that Nikki just can’t leave Victor alone – that’s when Paul should dump her! Don’t get me wrong – I like them as a couple – I just don’t want Paul to take her crap.
Katherine/Murphy: Yes, they’re cute together – as she is now. But do I see him as a match for Katherine Chancellor? Nope. Katherine belongs in the world of John Abbotts and Sexy Rexys – unless Murphy cleans up real good, he’s just not debonair enough to fit with ‘the Duchess’.
Gloria in Jail: What is up with this woman and her self-righteous outrage at being punished for a crime she actually committed?! The pouting and sulking and pleading and feeling sorry for herself are absolutely tedious. Just when we thought we were going to finally be free of the face cream storyline – it’s now taking us down a torturous path of a different nature! Deal with Gloria, one way or another – then let’s move on!
Chloe/Cane/Billy/Lily: Some were probably drawn in to the ‘Sonny Crawford’ reveal and subsequent kiss – not me. As expected, the pairing with Lily is turning edgy, sexy Billy into a total frickin’ sap. Snap out of it writers! Think long and hard about what you’re doing before you steal the cojones from yet another hot, young leading man! Chloe and Cane are having some really cute moments – but I’m finding that I’m afraid to invest in them knowing what’s coming down the road. Interesting moment where Billy held onto Chloe as she got up off of the sofa this week – more heat in those few seconds than some couples share in a month! Cane and Lily, of course, crossed paths in Crimson Lights while picking up dessert. I wonder if he noticed her different ‘vibe’? You know, the giggly, high school, ‘I’ve got a secret’ vibe. Apparently it’s utterly hopeless to continue to ask the writers to grow Lily up – her idea of flirting is to grab Billy’s muffin and shove it in her mouth while she laughs inanely – yep, lame and messy. How are real women supposed to relate to this person? Real people have inner scars, or an edge, or develop dysfunctions and complexities when they have come through life’s trials. Not Lily Winters – she still just stomps out, sulks, or giggles, whichever one suits at the time. Writing her this one-dimensionally is a real disservice to both the viewers and the actress that plays her. Bring back Dru – a real woman – maybe Lily will be able to emulate her somehow…
Neil/Karen/Tyra/Olivia: Yes, you read that right - Olivia. She appears to be inserting herself into this triangle - she could even be accused of creating this triangle! Does she have a crush on Tyra herself or something? Does she miss her sister so much that she is talking herself into believing that this Tyra woman is just like Dru? Does she keep saying it out loud so that we'll all believe it? Dru was much different from Tyra! I just don't understand what is compelling Olivia to believe that Tyra is 'the one' for the very obviously happy Neil?! This story doesn't make sense to me, and the Olivia I know and love is becoming a nuisance! It's like the writers are stuck in this thinking that storylines for the Winters family must now revolve around Tyra and Ana - even when viewers have clearly not taken to them. It's astounding how the writers will keep shoving unpopular newer characters down our throats rather than cut their losses! In my experience, characters that are going to really make waves with viewers tend to 'click', or make an impression, almost right away. I love to see Neil on screen, I really like to see Devon and Roxanne too, and Karen is a really interesting person - but instead of writing for these characters, they have them as supporting players orbiting around Tyra and Ana's messed up universe! Don't get me wrong - I was excited when Tyra showed up on the scene, but she just didn't click with me as I'd hoped. I've become more of a fan of Detective Gil, who is hardly ever on, than I have of Tyra and Ana in all of their time on the show!
Amber's Weird Dream: Well, we all have been known to have strange dreams while sick and on cold medicine, so I could buy into this. I'm not sure why she is so fixated on Kevin as the culprit in Katherine's death, though. It's never been explained to my satisfaction how she would make the leap from his hiding Mrs C's car, to killing her! Perhaps Kevin could help his case with Amber by admitting what he did with the car, and how he regrets doing it. It's an odd plotline, in my opinion. I'm disappointed at the writing for Daniel and Amber too - it was so good until they became a couple again. How about some interesting run-ins with Billy and/or Colleen?
The 'Classic' Episode: It's all about the hair, right?! Those big eighties styles and the guys' poofy mullets were crazy! It's so amazing watching this older stuff - some of the things they say are so funny - Nikki tells Victor she was worried that she'd never see him again after the divorce. Hilarious! It was pretty nostalgic seeing the younger Brad too - made me feel even worse about him being let go from the show - such a shame.
The Michael Episode: Of course, as expected, Christian LeBlanc as Michael was sensational. The material was fun too! Overall, I think it was more 'dark' than emotionally powerful - which is what I was expecting - but it was compelling nonetheless. I loved that they had Paul taking Michael around - that was a nice surprise. Christian really brilliantly handled the emotional relief that Michael displayed at the end of the episode too - he never disappoints.
I probably don't have to bother mentioning this, but many front-burner characters such as Phyllis, Nick, Sharon, Jack, and Brad, were not even on this week. Bizarre.
The writers managed to keep my interest up this week, but it was decidedly a lower key series of episodes in many respects. The romantic moments between Victor and Ashley, and 'Marge' and Murphy, were nicely done and a welcome touch. I'm hoping the writing will continue to be as good as it was before the holidays slowed the pace. Maria Arena Bell has improved the show a great deal in a relatively short time - keep up the good work!
Don't forget to leave your own rant or thoughts. It's all good fun and therapeutic too! Hope each and every one of you has an awesome New Year as well!
- Candace Young