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A Critic’s Review Of The Young and the Restless: Continuity Alert & Important Issues

The author’s opinions on Y&R are his and his alone. They’re suitably scathing, fairly humorous, and normally bang on target.

the young and the restless critic's review for august 21 – august 25, 2023, three images daniel, mariah, and nate.Daniel Romalotti, Mariah Copeland, and Nate Hastings.

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 Offers HIS Take

Having watched this weeks’ Young and the Restless, I think I now understand exactly how Faye Dunaway felt towards the end of Chinatown. “I’m not going to allow you to merge SNA and Newman Media” *SLAP* “Okay, I’m actually going to merge SNA and Newman Media, and what’s more it was all my idea.” *SLAP* “Okay Adam, maybe we do need to be preemptive where your father is concerned.” *SLAP* “Adaaaaaaam! Why must you insist on Adaming?” *SLAP* “I’m going to run the show, ME, The Great Victor Newman!” *SLAP* “Adam, Nicholas, Sharon, this is your new boss, Nikki. She’ll be running the show.”

Paging the continuity police! Can we please have some storyline beats that actually make sense? I mean, comic books have fewer narrative swerves than this show. And who among you genuinely cares about yet more career flip-flops and mergers?

Further Y&R Musings

* After an interminable period of absolutely no story progression [outside of him humping corporate climber Audra Charles (Zuleyka Silver)], Kyle (Michael Mealor) and Summer (Alison Lanier) have mercifully decided to call it quits. Great, smashing, super. Now, let’s see them both well and truly move on.

I’m supposing Kyle will remain in Audra’s orbit [though it would behoove Josh Griffith to involve Kyle Abbott in the unfolding Abbott family maelstrom] and Summer will immediately be positioned as the spoiler for Sharon (Sharon Case) and Chance (Conner Floyd)…because that’s exactly what that barely a couple, couple, actually needs — a threat.

Speaking of unnecessary love triangles, I can’t say that I’m particularly thrilled that Y&R seems poised to activate Lily (Christel Khalil) vs. Heather (Vail Bloom) for Daniel’s (Michael Graziadei) affections. I mean, I suppose I can see Graziadei’s appeal, but at what point do grown-ass women (successful professional women at that) fighting for a man cease to be entertaining and start smacking of desperation?

* I’ll give Y&R props for seemingly investing in a storyline featuring Mariah (Camryn Grimes), Tessa (Cait Fairbanks), and baby Aria — even if it is a retread of one of Devon’s (Bryton James) stories — but I’m going to have to see how deep the show actually delves into this issue before I issue any kudos.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. For more about what’s coming up in Genoa City, check out all the latest Y&R spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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