The Young and the Restless fans who have been watching for less than 30 years just learned that Jack Abbott has an adult son that he never talks about – one that Jack only met as an adult and has a complicated romantic triangle history with – when they also got the news that the potentially fascinating character is dead. What a waste!
The Young and the Restless: Look Around
Y&R stuck gold only a few years ago by bringing on Mark Grossman as a recast Adam Newman. Pitting the great Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) against a son who didn’t grow up worshipping him, who desperately wanted his father’s love and approval but was, at the same time, guarded against getting his heart broken again, created fantastic drama! The most recent evidence of this was Adam refusing to be Victor’s spy against Ashland Locke (Robert Newman) and Victoria Newman Locke (Amelia Heinle), then coming home to lament to Sally Spectra (Courtney Hope) that he may have gone too far, both professionally and personally.
Y&R: What Could Have Been
The same dynamic could have played out with Jack (Peter Bergman) and the long-lost Keemo Volien. Keemo already resented his father for abandoning his pregnant mother, leaving Keemo to grow up alone on the streets of Vietnam (ala Aladdin). Keemo could have been jealous of his pampered sibling, Kyle Abbott (Michael Mealor), who got everything handed to him and was Daddy’s golden boy, to boot.
Jack and Keemo could have battled for the love of the same women. Keemo could have wanted Jack to stay away from his own children, not wanting them to grow into the spoiled entitled brats he saw American kids as being.
There was so much possibility for heartfelt conflict that, because of their cultural differences, wouldn’t have been the same old same old. Instead, we got a Keemo is dead update. That’s not drama. That’s a waste.
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