The Young and the Restless spoilers tease that Y&R has pushed politics into a current storyline. One side of the spectrum will feel compelled to back Nick’s (Joshua Morrow) ideology, while the other recognizes Victor’s (Eric Braeden) belief in business development.
Soap opera fans are savvy. They understand that daytime drama has used current topics to promote agendas for decades. Long gone are the days when soaps advanced family-centered themes, though that was a slant unto itself as well. Viewers also understand that writing about these topics in this digital space is a purposeful response to what’s been projected in Genoa City, rather than an invented tone.
So Scott (Daniel Hall), who heads Hashtag, learned from Abby (Melissa Ordway) that Newman Enterprises was fronting a shell company to facilitate a building project in Chancellor Park. He then purposely passed that information along to Sharon (Sharon Case), knowing that she’d supply it to Nick. Anyone who’s been following news in the real world within the last year-plus knows that was Y&R’s way of addressing media leaks.
Nick represents the environmentalist take. Though hardly a tree-hugger to-date, Morrow’s character is being positioned as the little guy who’s going to organize his community to fight the man, or Newman in this instance.
Victor and Vickie (Amelia Heinle) are tasked as corporatists. They’re attempting to balance loyalty with legacy issues, as Katherine Chancellor (played by the late, great Jeanne Cooper) was Victor’s friend and the woman who Vickie named Katie (Sienna Mercuri) after. Nuance has been offered, as father and daughter reiterated positives for the city in the deal and the preservation of green space, which would include honoring Katherine’s importance.
A balanced writer’s room won’t promote one side in any story, or slant words to obviously make another side appear to be the lesser. Legitimate journalists don’t begin with the ending and write backwards to the headline. Neither should soap opera scribes.
Fake News pushes a political party’s position under the guise of facts. Its pushers do that for money and then play act in public, issuing a series of denials, or claimed offenses when they’ve been caught, or are being questioned. Hacks own cheap souls because they don’t think better of themselves, or others.
Kudos to Y&R for establishing what this scribe thinks is a balanced write-in to a new arc. It furthers the Nick-Victor battle, which could also lead to the Christian (Jude and Ozzy McGuigen) paternity reveal and also addresses the linked issues of public property, business goals and the so-called common good.
This scribe likely sees the world as subjectively as many Y&R viewers and all valued readers of these columns do. He’s only an expert on his life and therefore can merely offer theories about every other person’s words and actions.
Great soap strives to be as true to real life as is possible, which means that imperfect fictional characters are often written to look like real life souls. Yes, Nick, Victor and Vickie and other GC residents rightly resemble people, both famous and nondescript, on the other side of the tube.
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