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Writing – Faster Pace Causing Storyline Gaps?
September 15, 2006
When Lynn Marie Latham joined The Young and the Restless she
promised a much faster paced movement of the stories and a
reintroduction of character history; getting Y&R back to Bill Bell’s
legacy. Well, she’s definitely done one of those things, and that’s a
faster pace. In some ways, I like it, however; I think it needs to be
toned down a bit as we are now seeing some major gaps in the
storylines causing confusion and misunderstandings.
Lets take Victor for example: He’s now in the hospital because he
had a bad reaction to his anti-seizure medication? Hold up! Lets go
back for a minute. The last I remember was Victor switching his
anti-seizure medication with aspirins because he was so dead set
against taking it. So how could he now be having reactions from this
medication that he wasn’t even taking? Did I miss something or is that
a major storyline gap.
Another consequence for having faster moving stories is the removal
of certain, “I want to see their reaction” scenes. Take Nikki and
Sharon for example. This was a little while back, but they were
arguing at Newman Enterprises and somehow it got to Sharon blurting
out face to face to Nikki that she’s glad she’s divorcing Nick because
Nikki won’t have to be her mother-in-law anymore! The scene ended and
it was never followed up nor mentioned again. We never saw Nikki’s
reaction to it at all. A few episodes later Nikki is being nice and
supportive to Sharon as if nothing was ever said. If you ask me that
is a major storyline gap.
Think that was a one-time mishap? How about Noah’s recent escapade?
He snuck out of his house with several pictures of his family and then
placed them all over the tack house. When Nick and Phyllis walked in,
Nick went to grab the rest of their luggage while Phyllis flipped on
the lights in shock to see all these pictures of Nick and Sharon with
Noah. That was the end of the episode. Since then nobody has even
mentioned it. Even when Noah snuck out again and Nick caught him
asleep on the couch, he didn’t mention his previous outing with the
pictures. It’s like it didn’t happen at all. Have I once again missed
something or are these more major storyline gaps!
It seems to me that we as viewers are left to do a whole bunch of
assuming lately on the show. This is causing confusion and
misunderstandings left and right. I have no problem with seeing
stories move faster, just please without all these gaps in between.
Reader Response to August 11 Article:
I feel the show is much better than the others soaps, but I do feel
that it is changing from the old style of things it used to do, and I
am not liking it. I think the show should have kept Jerry Douglas on
as John Abbott because he is the only man on the show that I trust and
have great faith in. He is the anchor on the show, the guy people go
to talk and be there for.
I just don’t feel for Brad or George or whatever he is calling
himself. The character is not likable in any sense of the word and
this storyline is not making him any more sympathetic to viewers. I
see it as a stunt to make viewers care about Brad, but I am not buying
it. I hope the storyline ends soon because it went downhill from
there a long time ago. The timeline doesn't add up and many fans are
not buying this Nazi garbage.
I think that Nick should be honest with his choice and stop this
back and forth with Sharon and Phyllis. Is he going to be with one or
the other? Make a choice and stick with it. I love Phick because
they have great chemistry, even through it will destroy Nick and
Sharon’s marriage. Their marriage was done a long time ago. They need
a break and I don't think Nick really forgave Sharon for her
infidelities and I think the death of Cassie really did them in. They
need a break to find themselves and to discover what they want in
I don't care about Daniel and Lily's marriage because they
shouldn't have gotten married in the first place. They are the most
boring couple on the show. I think they need a lot of growing up to
do before getting so involved with each other and they are young and
need to experience life a bit. I also think that Dru and Neil should
get a divorce or work it out. I think the Malcolm-is-the-daddy
storyline should have more bite than it had in the past. I think Neil
is a judgemental, holier-than-thou, hypocrite who thinks he is better
than anyone and can't do no wrong. I think he should think about how
he got high and mighty and remember the mistakes he’s made in the past
John’s death has brought some great drama and emotion from Peter
Bergman and the rest of the cast. It has also brought a battle of
Jabot between Jack and Gloria. Gloria's schemes will be revealed and
she will have to face the consequences of her actions (tainting the
Writers bring back Victor's smarts, but have him act like he’s
still delusional, but faking it, to get revenge against his enemies. I
hope the writers don't lose Phyllis's edge because that’s the part the
fans love about her and let nobody, not Nick or Jack, control her and
lose what she wants in life. I also hope that Brad loses everything
that he gained over the past 20 years. I think Vicki is better off to
divorce him or to get an annulment for fraud and take control of the
shares he gained in Newman. I hope the show turns out better for the
last four months of the end of the year and the new writers hand
Katherine, Jill, and the cast a better storyline for years to come.
Written by: Reggie of Carneys Point, New Jersey
Edited by: JM
Thank-you Reggie, for sharing your thoughts and opinions on
what’s been happening with Y&R lately.
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