Woollie Weekly Emmerdale Review!
Emmerdale Review: Guest blogger The Woolie Weekly is back looking at the best and worst happenings over the past month in our monthly Emmerdale review. Here’s what they had to say about all the goings on in the Dales during March 2020…
In March the world became a frightening and strange place, and it’s in times like these we take comfort in our favourite and familiar TV shows. Emmerdale has now stopped filming and cut episodes to three per week, but March was a full month of Dales drama that with everything else going on, deserves a recap.
It might feel like ages ago now, but in March, the villagers were still dealing with Graham Foster’s death and Kim Tate (Claire King) and Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) continued their war. In a spiteful yet brilliantly bitchy move Kim arranged Graham’s funeral and made sure she was the only one attending, robbing Rhona of her chance to say goodbye. We did however see a more balanced side to Kim, as the writing showed she was still very damaged by his death and despite their weird and confusing relationship, Kim’s grief seemed genuine. Finally it feels like Emmerdale have the balance right between campy villain and vulnerable heart.
Also in March, Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) began her treatment after some very emotional scenes when Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) learnt the truth at last. Although this led to tensions with Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins), it was touching to see all of Vanessa’s loved ones rally round and support her when she needed it. There have been some beautiful scenes between Charity and Vanessa aka #Vanity too as the former negotiated how best to support her fiancée, but these supportive scenes haven’t been without their moments of levity, showing the sparks in their relationship and making Vanessa smile through the tears.
Marlon Dingle (Mark Charnock) was another person having a tough time of it after his prison release. His first reaction was to disown his family (yes, I did groan a bit at the prospect of another Dingle divide) but after a heart attack, his family soon released Marlon needed help and he too began to acknowledge his out of character behaviour. There were some tender scenes between him and Rhona as they grew closer over their shared trauma and recovery, and despite a misguided kiss attempt, they were able to patch things up. There were some lovely performances in this story, reminding us how well Mark Charnock and Zoe Henry work together.
This month, Arthur’s bullying was finally exposed as Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) learnt that Archie had been Arthur’s victim for months. With Jai wanting to take the next step and live with Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy), Laurel’s relationship with Arthur was pushed to breaking point and she was forced to confess when Archie was injured again. Despite this being a mixed and controversial story, the actors involved are strong and the complicated domestic situation makes the story interesting and heartfelt despite its flaws. The story seems to be exploring interesting ground and I hope in future the psychology of Arthur’s problems will be explored, rather than just the two boys at war.
Other highlights in March saw the return of Zak, Aaron and Liv as a triple christening took place. This was a nice community event that bought characters together, but only if you ignore the whinging Wendy scenes. This month also saw Moira Dingle (Natalie J Robb) and Rhona join forced for a new business partnership and Brenda Hope (Lesley Dunlop) come under fire after Dan Spencer (Liam Fox) had a dangerous allergic reaction. These two stories gave us new interactions and character dynamics and even paired up real-life husband and wife Lesley Dunlop and Chris Chittell.
This month a new baddie was introduced as bent cop DI Malone came on the scene, having history with Will Taylor (Dean Andrews) and Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton). Malone is played charmingly by Mark Womack and had a good sense of menace when he arrived, however since then, the bent cop story has felt like an odd fit for Emmerdale and even opposition from Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) can’t seem to liven this story up. For a big time ex-con Will’s written as a bit pathetic and Malone popping up in different locations is making him too cartoonish to really fear.
Jamie Tate and Belle Dingle reignited their feelings this month and slept together again, putting the world’s dullest custody story in jeopardy. Andrea Tate’s had a particularly dull month as her efforts to trick Kim into confessing backfired and led to Jamie disowning his mother for the hundredth time. Enough already! Jamie and Belle seem like the obvious match and with their other partners fading into dullness, it makes you wonder why they’re hanging on. One couple that did call it quits was Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgkins) and Luke Posner, a tacky tone-deaf relationship cooked up with no real sense of reality. Rather than playing happy families with her rapist’s manipulative and emotionally draining family, Victoria deserves a recovery story with real intentions of telling a responsible story.
There’ll be less Emmerdale on our screens in April but with a big Dingle wedding on its way, it’ll be something to brighten our days in lockdown!
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