The Young and the Restless Weekly Blog!
Week of June 14 – 18:
It’s a mixed review for The Young and the Restless this week. While I love the renewed focus on passionate encounters, and the Foster family stuff was quite good, much of the other storytelling on offer this week left a little to be desired, and I’m feeling like there’s not enough humor being utilized. Here’s the lowdown:
Love In the Afternoon!
Ya baby! Whoever is writing the love scenes is doing a fine job! This is a big part of what soap operas are about, and it’s nice to have the focus off the dark weird stuff and back on relationships. Daniel and Abby were hot in the pool, Victoria and Billy were smokin’ in the hotel room in Tokyo, and so were Tucker and Ashley – I loved that she didn’t say a word – so intense! Adam and Skye were a tad less thrilling, but it was believable and adds a nice complication to his situation.
I have to remark on the scene with Victoria and Billy doing karaoke because it just bugged me. Not only was it pure cheddar, but also pretty unoriginal, causing instant flashbacks to Mackenzie repeatedly playing that horrid recorded duet that her and Billy sang together in high school. Cringe-inducing! This scene should be archived under ‘Writers Trying Too Hard to Make Couple Seem Fun and Cute’, and never revisited. This pair has natural chemistry – it doesn’t need to be forced.
The Trashy Heiress.
It’s going to be pretty hard to buy into the theory that Abby is pulling all of these stunts because her parents didn’t pay any attention to her growing up, since we were there all along and know that’s not true. So, even though it’s a strong actress in the role, and she has chemistry with the other actors, NuAbby is still lacking something for me. It’s hard to relate to the character, and she somehow seems like a stranger – and not an overly likable one!
Ashley and Tucker have turned out to be very attractive as a couple. I was surprised the writers had her cheat on Neil – especially after she went out of her way to stress to Abby that she was with Neil before she left – but there’s not enough of an investment in that couple as we never see them together. I definitely like what I see with Tucker and Ash, and I’m hoping Jill will come into the mix back in Genoa City. It will also be interesting to see if Ashley will ‘fess up to Neil! What’s your opinion on the hook-up? Vote in Soaps.com’s Tucker and Ashley Snap Poll!
Phyllis - Nick - Sharon.
The scene in which Sharon became upset while on the phone with Adam [about him keeping her baby from her] was great - very genuine. Phyllis's scenes with her son Daniel were also good this week. Everything else was fast-forward material. Going down the 'Phyllis sees Sharon and Nick in a close moment' road makes me wonder what the writers are thinking. Phyllis is not a character who should behave like a doormat, Sharon has come too far in life to be portrayed as saucer-eyed and needy, and the triangle just isn't viable anymore with Nick at the center of it. Also, the beginning of Nick's trial was a yawn. After the really strong scenes with Sharon and Phyllis teaming up previously, this week was a letdown where these characters are concerned.
Brazil or Bust.
The scenes in Brazil this week were mostly a bust for me. It's obvious they are trying to draw out the search for Adam, which would have been fine if the Jack/Victor scenes were as lively as they usually are, but they were pretty tame. The repeated scenes of Skye and Adam bickering weren't much fun to watch, nor was the poker playing - just not that entertaining. The Adam/Sharon imaginary stuff was interesting for a moment, but the main intrigue for me in this storyline is not what's happening on screen, but wondering where the writers are possibly going to go with the Adam character.
Finally, the Fosters!
For those of us who remember when David Hasselhoff was originally on the show, his return was incredibly seamless - as though he'd never left! It was a joy to watch how comfortable he was in the role, and the family drama was quite good! Seeing Jill with her brothers was excellent, and the scenes between Jill and Liz on Friday choked me up. I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed, however, that Liz had to die just to further the plot point of Jill's true identity. That said, I look forward to finding out who Jill is related to - how intriguing that she went to Lauren and Michael's place!
No sign of the Chance/Heather/Chloe storyline, the Ryder/Kevin/Jana storyline, or the Cane/Mac/Winters storyline this week. Pet peeve.
- Candace Young