Yeah, "Eden" Is Not the Word I Am Thinking Of
I was totally on this streak where I was completely optimistic about The Young and the Restless. I mean, between Billy Miller as Billy Abbott*, the genius decision to make Chloe Esther's daughter, Noah FINALLY being aged from the perpetually toddler brained live action Keane child that he was for so long and Melody Thomas Scott's firm commitment to make every scene she's in, even in the background, an Emmy reel scene, the show has a lot of bright spots. Things were good! I was even managing to be zen and ignore my seething hatred of all things Victor and focusing on the positives instead. I know! That's totally progress for me. I even wrote my next Soap Opera Digest column about the show's upswing.
And then...things...stopped being that way. This will teach me to commit positive feelings to paper! Never again!!!
I just...can't be zen, and I can't focus on the positive and I can't even pay attention to most of what is going on because all I can think about lately is Eden and how mind blowingly, epically terrible she is. Even when she's not onscreen, I keep thinking about her acting tics and her complete inability to convey basic human emotions.
It's bad enough that they brought on another family member for Michael, and it's lame that they decided to go in such an irritating, unlikeable direction with her, but HOLY HELL. I thought she might have won a contest, but the IMDB tells me that she was on Zoey 101, which isn't exactly a legitimate show, but that experience proves that she's spoken English on camera before, so I am not sure why "conversing" and "walking" and "modulating her voice" seem so foreign to her now. She is just awful.
Also, she's only seventeen, so I am completely going to hell for complaining about her. I am hell bound and not even in the fun way. That's just great. Thanks for nothing, Y&R.
*Can we just say awesome? Because he is. So, so awesome. I am not just saying that because I am a card-carrying member of the Billy Miller Fans/Borderline Stalkers Association; he's pretty great thus far. He's as charming as he was as Richie on All My Children but without the malice and borderline dementia that Richie had. And, truly, anything that brings more Abbotts to Genoa City is good with me.