Deconstructing Y&R: Viewers feeling a bit desperate
Stop! This makes no sense!
Restless Rant from June 8 – 12:
Invested “Y&R” viewers are feeling a bit desperate these days. There are just so many things going on in Genoa City that are out of whack…it’s difficult even to comment on. It increasingly seems there is little forethought going into whether plot points make sense for the characters, or make sense at all in some cases. There have been some powerfully acted scenes, and some genuinely emotional moments, and these are always well-appreciated. Thoughts:
One night of sex coming up!
Avery’s little ‘fit’ after Joe tried to blackmail her into sleeping with him was entertaining, and her outrage when she sent him packing was powerfully acted, but that’s where the value began and ended. The storyline twist with Avery suddenly remembering that Joe was abusive was insultingly stupid. Especially considering she gleefully represented him for the start-up of his foundation against childhood abuse recently – clearly this was a last minute plot swerve. The Joe character is now useless as a love interest for anyone else. We’re still trying to get our minds around this, and now we’re supposed to get invested in whether Avery will take revenge? And Phyllis was up to her eyeballs in this, which as many pointed out, only served to illustrate just how ridiculous her own storyline is. Why would Phyllis have this hyper-intuition about her sister’s ex-husband who she barely knows, and yet not have an inkling that she’s living and sleeping with a man who is a complete stranger?
Wine and understanding.
The one beat that worked in the whole ‘Avery’s unexplained disappearance’ mess was Sharon resisting the urge to listen to Joe, who suddenly sounded like a sleazeball in a ‘B’ movie. “You’re a bad girl, and bad girls take what they want.” Seriously? Anyway, Sharon went home and sat her ass down and waited for Dylan to show, and he did. While they’re still overdoing it with him fawning and reassuring her, it was a genuine moment of establishing trust. That said, some probably felt drawn in when Avery went running into Dylan’s arms this week and he said, “I thought I’d lost you.” Vote in Soaps.com’s Y&R Poll: Who should Dylan be with?
I can’t lose you.
The sudden drama surrounding Ashley’s congenital brain aneurysm was probably supposed to tug at our heart strings as Abby pleaded with her mother to undergo the surgery. “I can’t lose you.” Unfortunately, it was so obviously a stunt to demonstrate Ben’s concern for Ashley and set the stage for an Ash/Stitch/Abby triangle that it didn’t make us feel much besides irritation. They all but ruined the integrity of Ben’s character by having him jump into bed with dippy Abby. He needs a character reboot, and they could start by putting him back in the hospital setting where he is most confident and commanding. Having him run around like an errand-boy in the perfume lab where he works for all the women he’s bedded isn’t exactly doing him any favors. Next, he should realize that Abby isn’t for him and get out of that. After he’s had some distance from that whole debacle, then get him into a storyline where he’s sexy and relevant again, and pair him with someone more on his level.
Dead or alive?
The stuff on the cargo ship - Jack seeing the vision of Phyllis, Marisa 'seducing' the captain, Jack using his boy scout skills - was more 'B' movie material. At least it means Jack is on his way back.
It's all good to see Victor's own 'creation' turn on him, and things begin to spiral out of Victor's control, especially now he's been told Jack is dead (which apparently wasn't part of the plan), and Jack's return and the exposure of Marco and Victor will be satisfying, but then what? It's difficult to feel anticipation considering there was absolutely no reason for Victor to have done any of this in the first place. As for the others joining Marco in his conspiracy against Victor, Billy is back in Victoria's orbit, and Kyle will likely tell Summer what's going on since 'Debbie Downer' is clearly not going to stop sulking and whining until he does. Adam (aka, Fabio, aha) has a great body but he needs more to do than just show it off; he needs to start taking an active role in Victor's downfall. It's not realistic that he's content to focus on Chelsea's fashion line and wait for Marco to tell him how everything is going to go down.
Why is it that whenever anyone meets up there, they are the only ones in the place? So dumb!
You want me to sleep with your wife?
So a few characters pointed out to Michael this week how ludicrous his plan is - to push Lauren away and have her taken care of sexually by a man who is married with kids. If show-runners want to shake up a couple (or two) it should at least be written in such a way that it is believable for the characters and that the devolution of the relationships makes sense to the viewers.
Victor offered Sage a house and she turned him down, thereby passing his test. Nick then invited her to move in and she'll no doubt agree. Yawn. As mentioned in last week's Deconstructing Y&R, Sage is a dud in the pairing with Nick.
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- Candace Young