Y&R Restless Rant Weekly Blog
Genoa City for the week of May 12 – 16:
Well folks, it’s difficult to know what to say about the current state of “Y&R.” It’s May sweeps and yet there wasn’t even a good Friday cliffhanger. All indications are that viewers are fast-forwarding through more and more of the storylines, which too often feature lackluster scenes with draggy dialogue, and are increasingly centered around newer or recast characters that fans haven’t connected with in a meaningful way, which equals no emotional impact. Thoughts:
While the situation that Jack is in definitely tugs at the heart strings and gives one pause for thought, the change in Kelly is messing with this story. Formerly, Kelly was a bit of a tough cookie with sex appeal, who was rough around the edges after her harrowing loss. She and Phyllis would have been a sight to see going toe-to-toe if Phyllis came out of the coma and that was part of the draw. NuKelly is more of a tragedy queen and the poetry, old movies, violins, and especially the melodrama has been very distracting. On Friday’s episode, when she crossed the room, took Jack’s face in her hands, and then held her face up to his with her eyes practically rolling back in her head it just felt way over the top and took one out of the moment. The Jack and Kelly story is suddenly getting a lot of airtime as well, which is making it seem like they are rushing to push these two into a relationship so Phyllis can wake up.
The wrong doorbell.
There’s a disconnect when NuOldBilly alludes to his history with Chelsea, and talks about those wild times in New York with Chloe way back in the day, because he looks like he’s barely out of college. As for Stitch, they had a really good thing going with this character, so you have to wonder why they would choose to take him in a direction where he seems pushy, snoopy, secretive, not to mention is some sort of murderer. Gah.
The trouble with the Tyler/Abby/Mariah storyline is that most viewers aren’t really all that invested in it. It would seem from the newspaper article that Mariah was looking at that she and Tyler probably broke into some mansions in Portland. Now that Abby has asked Victor to crush Mariah like a tick (kind of amusing), whatever he does is likely to take Tyler down as well. Tyler will then lose Victor’s respect, so Abby’s basically playing a losing game it would seem.
It’s always a bonus to see Jeffrey and Gloria – they consistently provide comic relief and a little extra something-something to every scene they are in. However, as mentioned before, seeing Chloe reduced to a nutbar who steals an aphrodisiac oil from Glo’s purse so she can seduce Billy into making another Delia, is just a sad situation to have to sit through.
The most common sentiment being expressed by viewers about Adam's memorial is to wonder why they even bothered. It's a legitimate question. Even if you overlook there being no one else there because Chelsea wanted it private, it was inexcusable for the writers to keep Sharon away and then offer up a reason that didn't even make sense. If she felt offended by the idea of Victor's presence at Adam's memorial wouldn't that be all the more reason for her to be there to make sure Adam was remembered appropriately? Chelsea's sentiments about Adam were nice, but they really cut corners on this overall. What did you think? Let Soaps.com know by voting in our Y&R Poll: Adam's memorial.
The goings on at the Chancellor Estate continue to be entertaining. Jill and Colin bring tension and laughs, and the aspect of Cane truly wanting to believe that his father has changed definitely adds another layer of emotion to things. Looking forward to seeing this story move ahead with both substance and humor.
Sharon's storyline just continues to drag on with this secret hanging over like a dark cloud. Honestly, it's been eons and everything that happens now - like Nick misinterpreting her hypnosis session, and her chasing around after Mariah - just seems designed to stretch things on even longer.
You have got to be kidding me.
Well, Neil and Hilary's exposure certainly provided some heated reaction. I can't remember when we last saw Devon so fired up - it was a really intense scene between him and Hilary, and absolutely an indicator of their chemistry. It will be interesting to see what Lily brings on Monday's episode, as hers was expected to be the most explosive reaction and all we really got was her vowing that Hilary wouldn't get away with this. It was satisfying to see Neil come out looking like an ass on all counts.
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- Candace Young