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A Critic’s Review Of The Young and the Restless: Choppy Storytelling & Fantasy

The author’s opinions of The Young and the Restless are his and his alone. They’re suitably scathing, fairly humorous, and normally bang on target.

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When it comes to The Young and the Restless, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days, we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of Y&R’s week that was.

The Young and the Restless: The Critic Ponders

What does it say about The Young and the Restless that the most dramatic goings-on are going on behind the scenes, and during February Sweeps no less?

On the subject of the mass firings and Josh Griffith’s seeming scramble to amass as much sovereignty for himself as possible, I will say this: on a good day, an episode of Y&R is chockablock with tedious, circular conversations, throwaway references to off-screen developments, and only the slightest hint of forward momentum, and I shudder to think how it could get any worse. Also, I do think that it will get much worse.

Further Y&R Musings

* Adoptions, corporate rights, questions of custody, manslaughter, is there anything that legal eagle Christine (Lauralee Bell) can’t turn her hand to?

* Ashley Abbott: Scheming Boss Bitch? Yes, please! That’s my favorite Ashley Abbott!

* Boy, Tuesday’s installment sure was something, huh? What that something is I’m still not sure, but something it was nonetheless.

As expected, the reality failed to live up to the promise. No matter the fantasy world that Sally (Courtney Hope) conjured — in one Adam (Mark Grossman) was the father of her babe, and in the other, the honor belonged to Nick (Joshua Morrow) — there was drama aplenty to be had. Hard truths and punch-ups, both literal and of the figurative gut variety, galore.

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And then the revelation that Adam was indeed the papa-to-be played out in the “real” world and any and all dramatic potential immediately dissipated.

Adam pouted; Nick pouted; Sally spent the remainder of her time onscreen looking like she wanted to hurl; and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) just sort of shrugged her shoulders and declared something along the lines of, “That’s life.”

* Ugh, Summer (Allison Lanier) and Kyle (Michael Mealor) are reunited, and I don’t feel so good.

* Nate said that his mother would want him to stop the drama between Lily and Devon. Indeed, she would. Perhaps a visit from Olivia would be just what the doctor ordered.

* Until I see how it plays out — assuming it actually does so — I’m reserving judgment, but I must say that I’m cautiously digging the idea of Chance (Conner Floyd), Chelsea, Daniel (Michael Graziadei), and Lily (Christel Khalil) all coming together to make OmegaSphere a reality.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. For an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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