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A Critic’s Review Of The Young and the Restless: Running Hot and Cold

One thing is certain — there are sparks still flying between Deacon and Nikki.

The Young and the Restless Critic's Review for September 19 – September 23, 2022The Young and the Restless Critic's Review for September 19 – September 23, 2022

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: A Critic’s Week In Review

There were two obvious highlights this week: visual conformation that Melody Thomas Scott and Sean Kanan still possess a palpable chemistry, and the selection of clips displaying the actors’ vivid, vibrant interplay as Nikki Newman and Deacon Sharpe.

There were obviously flaws as well:

Who am I supposed to be rooting for again? Is it Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford) or Diane Jenkins (Susan Walters)? The Young and the Restless really needs to reevaluate this story as it currently stands, because all I’m seeing is a mean girl consistently bullying a fellow femme.

I don’t find Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor) and Summer Newman Abbott’s (Allison Lanier) parenting of their parents anywhere near as amusing as Y&R clearly expects me to.

And can someone explain to me how Noah Newman’s (Rory Gibson) new club is “art inspired” please? Did anyone see anything remotely artistic on/in that new — well, newish — set?

Further Y&R Musings

* I continue to enjoy Nate Hastings’s (Sean Dominic) walk on the dark side…and is it just me, or are there some sparks between the actor and Amelia Heinle? I could most certainly go for a Nate/Victoria Newman coupling. They could be the scheming power brokers that Victoria and Ashland Locke should have been.

* So, it took Lily Winters (Christel Khalil), Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson), and Imani Benedict (temporary recast Denise Boutte) pointing out the obvious as well as Nate’s groveling to convince Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) that maybe, just maybe he should put some stock into his cousin’s ideas? Now I want him to fail, even if it does come at everyone else’s expense.

* Welcome aboard The Young and the Restless Zuleyka Silver. Now, what is your purpose? I’m hoping it’s more than exposition about taking Chancellor-Winters public, but at this point and time, the stage is already primed for an Imani/Nate/Elena triangle if not a full-blown Imani/Nate/Elena/Devon/Amanda pentangle so adding you to that mess seems superfluous at best and ill-advised at worst.

Perhaps Josh Griffith will see fit to pair you opposite some singles who very much need to mingle. Adam Newman (Mark Grossman) springs immediately to mind. Then again, there’s every possibility that your presence and potential will be squandered.

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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