Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Corrie Review 27/2/13

Welcome one and all to Wednesday night's review. Yes that's right, the review will now be published a couple of hours after the episode. Shocker, huh? So without further ado...

A Kiss Among Kebabs

This incredibly stupid storyline continued tonight with Katy and Fake Ryan (This is NOT Ryan Connor, writers! This is NOT Michelle's son!!!) locking lips in the romantic atmosphere of the kebab shop (which I would name but I'm not sure of the spelling... and naturally I'm too lazy to look it up!)

Surely I cannot be the only Corrie viewer who can't feel the chemistry between these two characters. I don't even feel them as friends to be honest. I've had more intense conversations with my pet cat! And why should I root for Katy here? She's got a loving boyfriend, a son who depends on her, a roof over her head, and yes, she now has a new job. If she wants to put all that at risk then that's her problem but I'm on Chesney's side.

Loved Chesney's observation that Ryan seems a bit full of himself (because, y'know, he IS) but he was happy for Katy to work with him as long as he treated her right. And while he may have had qualms about his girlfriend getting a job, he didn't seem to mind looking after Little Joseph on his own. See, sweet, loving, caring... and Katy throws all this away for a douchebag with no positive characteristics? Ugh!!!

The Obvious Gold-digger

Question: Has Gloria actually shed a tear over Eric's death? Y'know, a real one instead of those crocs she was shedding on Monday? Answer: she hasn't.

This character is a strange one for me. There are certain days that I just can't stand her. For example, when she arrived, she rubbed me up the wrong way but by the next episode, I was enjoying her. And today, she also annoyed me with her hope that she'd get Eric's money.

Thankfully Eva was also annoyed by her Gran's attitude towards all this, and I enjoyed the scene where Gloria on the phone to the solicitor to ask about the will (Who does that???) and Eva was being all snarky behind her. But way to be obvious Gloria!

More Babydaddy (or more specifically Granny) stuff

Not a lot happened in this storyline today. Sophie, who wasn't all that chuffed that her mother had allowed Gail to stay, practically begged David and Kylie to take her back, even presenting them with a plan (which basically amounted to David begging Gail to return. Ugh.)

So dutifully, David went round at lunchtime and asked Gail to return. He didn't do a very good job of it though, in my opinion. The way Sophie painted it, I thought he'd be acting all contrite but instead he seemed a bit impatient and very angry. He's got good reason to be of course but I would have thought she'd hide it.

And on a side note, how brave was it of Kylie to encourage David to go through with the plan? If I were Kylie, I'd be doing the opposite. But then I suppose she wants to keep her mother-in-law 'happy' (which is impossible for Kylie to do partially because they hate each other but mainly because Gail doesn't know how to smile). 

Nicks and Nacks 

  • Wasn't it nice of the prison to let Tyrone go on holiday? Seriously, how brown was he? And we're supposed to believe that he's being kept inside? The make-up department failed there.
  • Mandy finally found out but in a less dramatic way than I expected. If you recall, I thought Steve would put his foot in it but all we got was Mandy and Jenna entering the Rovers, the former announcing that she knew the truth before proceeding to torture Lloyd with mentions of a proper service. Assuming there's more to come here.

That's all that happened on Wednesday's episode. In non-Corrie related news, Shobna Gulati and Natalie Guemede have both filmed their final scenes. I can't say I'd miss Sunita but Gulati is a great actress and I believe she wants to go into comedy writing so best of luck with that! I WILL miss Kirsty though and NG has been one of the best actresses Corrie has ever seen. Her performances have blown me away, and I've found myself feeling sorry for her even though I really shouldn't.

See you all on Friday! 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Corrie Review 25th February 2013...

...or technically the 26th but the episode was yesterday so we'll go with that.

Anyhow, welcome one and all to this, the first ever post of The Corrie Reviews, a new site where your host (that's me btw) dishes on what's hot and what's not in our favourite soap opera. The idea arose from a simple google search in which I could not find anything similar to this site. So as someone I know (I can't remember who!) once said, if you can't find it, start it yourself.

But before we begin, a quick disclaimer. All the opinions expressed in these posts are my own, and I do not expect everyone to agree with me. In fact, if you don't agree with me, say it! Diversity never did anyone any harm!

The Two Gold Diggers

So much potential for this storyline! So why did they have to kill Eric so soon? I was enjoying the tender connection between Eva and Eric. When this story was first announced, I thought we were going to be subjected to gross scenes of Eva sleeping with a much older man. But their relationship, if it can be called that, is much more of a gentle friendship. And Eric was good for Eva, allowing her to confide in him about everything. Pity this only lasted a week!

But why so much potential? Because this could have been such an unusual storyline for Corrie to do. Think about it. Eva doesn't want to be a gold digger, and feels a certain sense of loyalty to her Gran, however bitchy Gloria gets. But at the same time, a man who actually listens to her, who lets her unload, is in her life. Surely the fallout when Gloria discovers Eric's plan would have been much more exciting, had it turned out Eric was alive. However, I did enjoy the scene between Eva and Stella when Eva confessed about Eric's plan. What started out as a full-on Eastenders scene (shouting and whatnot) turned into a gentle heart-to-heart between mother and daughter, and Stella finally apologised for forcing Eva to come to Weatherfield with her so she could connect with Leanne. All together now! 'Awww...'

The 'Trust us, this is completely original' Babydaddy Storyline

How hypocritical is Gail? Sure no one is gonna be best pleased if they discover that their son had a one night stand with his brother's wife, possibly leading to a baby, but Gail just plain annoyed me.

Why, I hear you ask. Simple. Gail went through exactly the same thing. She had a one night stand with her husband's cousin leading to her not knowing whether Sarah-Louise was the product of her hubby Brian or Ian Latimer. So she should not be taking the moral high ground here. Even if this was in the eighties.

OK, Gail may have always hated Kylie. But I'd have much rather seen her offer some advice and support her through this. I mean, she must have been aware that David and Kylie had been having marital problems prior to the pregnancy. She was living in the same house as them! Even if Lewis was charming her pants off (don't think about that image!), she isn't blind. A complete idiot? Yes. Blind? No.

In fact, if anyone should have found out, it should have been Audrey. Yes, the matriarch of the Platt family would have been pissed but eventually she would have helped Kylie. I'm sure of it. Ugh, this is probably stemming from my hatred of Gail. In fact, I've always hated Gail. Pity because I love Helen Worth.

Another little niggle I had with yesterday's episode was the heart-to-heart between Gail and Sally. It's not the heart-to-heart specifically that I have a problem with (in fact, I quite like their friendship). It's the fact that Sally was giving Gail quite strange advice. She was urging Gail to keep this secret but not too long ago Kevin was cheating on Sally with Molly. As someone who's been cheated on, I thought Sally might have some better advice than that - something in character at least. What she said didn't ring true.

The 'I can see where this is going and I don't like it' storyline

In fact, I groaned. Out loud. In front of my parents.
If you haven't guessed already, it's that unbelievably stupid and contrived Katy and Ryan storyline. I mean, way to make me hate Ryan even more, writers! He is such a douchebag! I pray for death every time I see him! His or my death, I don't care. Either gets me away from him!

And there is in fact absolutely no chemistry between Katy and Ryan. At all. Ever. Nada. Zilch. You get the picture? Good.

But if there's one thing I hate above all else in this storyline, it's the fact that they're making Chesney look bad. Unacceptable. I still remember Chesney when he was asking for sweets from Mother of the Century Cilla. He was soooooo cute. And the Chesney I know would not nag Katy because she spent too much on a night out. In fact, the exact opposite. He'd tell her to go enjoy herself, that she deserves it.

Why can't the writers have couples who last. Chesney and Katy had at least another few years left in them before audiences got bored and now they've probably got another few weeks because of this idiotic storyline. In conclusion: STOP MAKING THIS STORY HAPPEN. THIS STORY WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!!

The New Father Storyline

Hmmm... I don't know about you but I don't think Anna and Owen are happy with Faye and Tim spending time together...

Seriously, way to be subtle, writers! We got the message the first time, thanks! Repeating the same thing over and over (Tim spends time with Faye, Owen goes off on one, Anna looks angry) is boring. What I'd like to see is some story movement. Kay? Thanks! Bye!

In fact, I'd like to know more about Tim. We know practically nothing about him, his background, what he likes doing. Is he a decent character? Is he shady? I don't know.

Until we get some movement in the story... *yawn*

Flash... Tortoise!

This is what Corrie does best. The silly, comedic storylines that just make everyone laugh. And after seeing Gail's hypocritical face judge Kylie, we need a good laugh!

And Simon Gregson & Craig Charles are great at comedy! In fact, probably more so than the dramatic storylines. In yesterday's episode, they both had a chance to stretch these skills again as Lloyd worried about how to tell Mandy that his best friend accidentally threw away her tortoise. Y'know, all the usual relationship problems!

Yes, it was a little cruel that Lloyd told Mandy that Flash had died. But I do hope she doesn't find out the truth. Because I don't want there to be any dramatic consequences from this. It was a nice little arc but let's move on now.

Sadly I don't think the writers will move on. Judging from the fact that Steve and Michelle saw Lloyd and Mandy talking, it looks like he'll drop Lloyd in it tomorrow. Let's just hope Mandy isn't too pissed off when she finds out.

And that's it. The first Corrie Review this blog has ever done! Hope you've enjoyed yourself reading this, and feel free to comment. See ya tomorrow!