Friday, February 21, 2014

'The Young and the Restless' is on fire in every possible way

Well kids, it looks like the long months of boring storylines and suffering has finally come to an end. The past two months on The Young and the Restless have been absolutely flipping amazing. We can send out a big thank you to head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante for this. Passanante's material began airing in late December, and if anyone has noticed, the show has gotten a whole lot soapier. Cars driving off cliffs. Hostage situations. Ghosts in fact being live lookalikes. It's all great stuff.

While several fans have decided to boycott the soap opera due to the firing of Michael Muhney, who portrayed Adam Newman, I still find the show to be going strong and if not stronger. I for one do not watch serials for specific actors. Yes, they obviously enhance the story's performance if they are an amazing actor, but I watch serials for the stories. The problems people face. It's life (albeit a dramatized version of life) and there's no stopping it sometimes. It may be longtime soap opera executive producer Jill Farren Phelps' signature story style to tell depressing stories, but sometimes we have to face that lives even on soaps can't be all hunky doory.

I'm going to admit I wasn't Adam Newman's biggest fan. He screwed with people's lives in cold blood long before he supposedly ran over Delia Abbott. Remember when he broke Patty Williams (Stacy Haiduk) out of that psychiatric hospital, convincing her he was the ghost of that Richard Hightower? Let's not get into how bad some of Maria Arena Bell's stories were, but there were numerous occasions where Adam displayed sociopathic tendencies. How about when he had evidence that would free Sharon (Sharon Case) from prison for killing his wife but decided to throw it into a river when he found out she slept with someone while away from Genoa City? Or the biggest crime of all; dressing up as the ghost of Sabrina Newman (Raya Meddine), causing Ashley (Eileen Davidson) to miscarry her child, blackmailing her OB/GYN to tell her she was still pregnant and then stealing Sharon's child to pass off as Ashley's. Yes, Michael Muhney is a great actor and I enjoyed watching him on Y&R. But I think it's time we all move on.

Anyhow, back to how amazing Y&R is right now. One of the best plots is the upcoming love quadrangle surrounding Victoria (Amelia Heinle), Billy (David Tom), Stitch (Sean Carrigan) and Kelly (Cynthia Watros). Stitch and Kelly have history the viewers aren't yet clear about. Billy slept with Kelly while grieving the loss of his daughter and Victoria just may be falling for Stitch. The actors all have great chemistry and it's been really fun to watch. Next is Colin Atkinson's (Tristan Rogers) sudden return, forcing Jill (Jess Walton) to remarry him and blackmails her by saying he has information about a music box the late Katherine (Jeanne Cooper) left her. Colin is a sneaky mobster who conspires to get what he wants and Jill is the take no prisoners type who will manage to get what Colin is hiding from her. Another interesting story is Chloe's (Elizabeth Hendrickson) unhealthy obsession with Chelsea's (Melissa Claire Egan) son Connor. Having also lost her daughter, Chloe began to fill the void with godson Connor and just this week kidnapped him, posed as Chelsea and flew with him to Paris. A lot of people are saying it's stupid, but I for one have never seen grief handled in a story like this, so I'm interested in seeing where this goes and if Chloe will finally accept to get the help she needs.

I'm very excited for what the writers have planned for the next few months. You can watch The Young and the Restless weekdays on CBS.

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