The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of October 5 – 9:
I’d like to give thanks for the ray of light that was the Chloe and Chance date this week on The Young and the Restless. Although the dramatic writing and acting of many scenes this week was fantastic – the dominance of tragedy and sorrow remained, and was starting to feel exhausting. Adam was still up to his twisted tricks as well. The memorial was great, though, and very well done. Here are my comments on the week:
Heart Decision: Once again, everyone’s acting was magnificent. I felt really tired of the hospital scenes during the show, but surprised myself by shedding a few more tears as they wheeled Victor and Colleen into surgery together in the last scene on Monday. I think the dramatic music that was playing had a lot to do with it!
Ashley: She’s acting ‘back to normal’, but this intelligent woman hasn’t twigged yet that she actually did not give birth! I just can’t get over that!
Sharon’s Release: Some of the writing just doesn’t make sense. Someone who has been admitted to a mental facility for emotional troubles, and who loses a baby, would be kept in for observation longer due to the additional stress and grief – not released early to cope on their own!
Mac Visits Lily: Made my top ten list of most boring scenes in the history of Y&R. I’m not saying the character of Mackenzie isn’t a likeable girl, but sometimes when she’s in a scene it’s like someone hit the snooze button!
Neil’s Return: I was very glad to see him back – it’s been strange having him missing through all this stuff happening to Victor, and to his daughter, Lily. I’m getting tired of him appearing in doorways with Devon glued to his side, though. He needs an interesting storyline of his own.
Deacon and the Terroni: It was so exciting when Deacon first showed up in town and lit up this storyline. Unfortunately, because of the incredible loss of momentum and continuity due to “The Adam Show,” this story seems to have been cut off at the knees. The flirtation between Victoria and Deacon, the intensity of Daniel having 72 hours to produce the Terroni – it’s all fizzled because of the interruptions. Plunking Gloria into the middle of it was funny for five minutes, but her schemes have become too tiresome, so this also drags the story down. I hope they have something great in store for these characters once this painting is dealt with…
Adam: Even though I don't put anything past this caricature of a character anymore, I wasn't pleased to see him steal a baby's ashes - morbid. Is this Passions now? Yes, ho hum, there are several clues that he is behind this - Billy saw him in the funeral home, Sharon spoke to him about the ashes, and he labeled the box 'Baby Newman' rather than 'Baby Abbott,' but honestly, does anyone really expect him to get caught? The writers obviously want to keep this character around, and if anyone figures this out he will be absolutely irredeemable. His crying jag on the steps in the Ranch left me thinking, "That was awkward." I can't feel sorry for him because he has no good reason to have become such a monster. He was raised, and loved, by Hope and Cliff for goodness sake! I don't care how much regret he suddenly shows, there's just no explanation for him having sunk so low.
Colleen's Memorial: Well, we all know I love a gathering - this was no exception - it was well done - lots of interaction between characters, and a good pace. I applaud the decision to have Colleen's memorial be a 'celebration.' It was still sad, but there were moments, such as Jack doing Zumba, that broke the heaviness. Kudos.
Nick/Sharon/Phyllis: First of all, I don't believe Sharon would have gone off on her own to spread the ashes without including Nick - that's so unlike her character. As for the scene between Sharon and Phyllis, as much as both actresses do a great job, I just can't muster up any enthusiasm where this triangle is concerned anymore. What did Sharon think of Phyllis's visit? Was Phyllis being sincere? Been there, done that. I want different stories for these characters! I'm so over seeing Nick standing across from one or the other of these women, gawping at them, and saying he needs to 'be there' for the other one, or worse, one of them sending him to the other one. This whole triangle has gone beyond stale to the point where it's almost a parody of itself.
Chloe/Chance: A romantic date! Best part of the week! When Chance walked into the living room to take her on their date and gave her that smoldering look, I went weak at the knees. Their date was lighthearted and funny - which has been so sorely missing from this show! Their little make-out session afterward was great too - especially when Chance stopped the action and left us (and Chloe) wanting more - awesome! BTW, Chloe and Billy still had oodles of chemistry when they talked in the coffee house this week, so I'm thinking this is going to be a really enjoyable triangle when it gets going!
Kudos, once again, to all of the actors performing these draining emotional scenes day after day - great chops! The writing for some of these dramatic scenes has been top-notch too. I don't know why they've chosen to have the Y&R become so dark and tragic, but I actually felt weary from it at times this week - literally drained from watching so much sorrow. The news that Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) has hit a roadblock in his contract negotiations and will last appear on November 2nd, has only added to the heavy mood surrounding the show recently. The bit of romance we were treated to this week was like a drink in the desert. We really do enjoy that stuff, writers!
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