Woollie Weekly Emmerdale Review!
Emmerdale Review: Guest blogger The Woolie Weekly is back with a run down of the best and worst happenings in the past month in our monthly Emmerdale review. Here’s what they had to say about what happened in the Dales during August 2019…
August in Emmerdale started with a bang – literally – as the factory went up in flames, Frank Clayton (Michael Praed) died and Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton) became the most hated villager among fans! Struggling to remember what went on last month, let me remind you.
Poor Frank met his fate after helping his daughter Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) escape being trapped in the factory after it went up in flames. He managed to make it out too, but was barely out the door when it exploded and he died from the impact. His daughters and Megan Macey (Gaynor Faye) were obviously devastated but the bigger question soon became – who stole the charity money and started the fire?
As real culprits Amy Wyatt (Natalie Ann Jamieson) and mum Kerry sat guiltily in the background, Tracy, Vanessa and Megan suffered in their grief. The writing for Frank was often quite dull, but his death prompted some fantastic performances from Amy Walsh, Michelle Hardwick and Gaynor Faye. Amy Walsh in particular, whose excellent work last year was sorely overlooked in awards season, did a great job with Tracy’s emotional breakdown and determination to find out the truth about the fire.
Much of the month’s biggest stories centred around the fallout of the fire. After Frank’s funeral resulted in Megan having an outburst at the gathered villagers, she decided to leave the village for good and Gaynor Faye left the show after seven years. It was a bit of a flat exit, however Megan’s final few episodes showed just how good Gaynor was when given more heart-breaking, emotive scenes.
The aftermath of the fire also affected the Sharmas, whose business was in tatters after first the debts, then the fire and the insurance company not paying out. Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) was forced into a corner and Kim Tate (Claire King) was quick to step in with an offer, which the family reluctantly accepted. Now, with the Sharmas at her mercy, Kim has big plans for the site of the sweet factory and she even has a new partner in crime aboard. Not only have these scenes been great for the Sharma family as a whole, this is right back where Kim should be, ruthless, ambitious and pulling the strings.
Speaking of Kim’s new business partner, step forward Al Chapman, Jessie’s ex and Ellis’s dad. Unlike Jessie (Sandra Marvin), Al doesn’t see the good in Billy (Jay Kontzle) and his breezy charm slipped whenever he spoke about him. Al is played charismatically by Michael Wildman had a great introduction in August, stirring up trouble, patronising Marlon (Mark Charnock) and now, the new devious partner Kim needs. Could Al be the great new villain for Emmerdale? Let’s hope so!
One of the fire plot’s less successful elements was the focus on the increasingly unlikeable Kerry and her reluctant accomplice Amy. Rather than be torn up with guilt, Kerry’s behaviour has been pretty horrid to watch, landing Frank in it, sidling up to Tracy and discouraging Amy from revealing the truth. Last year Kerry was the most likeable character in the missing Amelia storyline but now with many Emmerdale fans, she’s public enemy number one. Even if she gives a grovelling apology it’s going to be hard for her to come back from this. The villagers might eventually forgive her, but will viewers?
Away from the fire aftermath, Robert Sugden felt the consequences of his actions this month as he was charged – GBH with intent. This carries a much more serious sentence than just GBH and he could face up to life in prison. The scenes in which Robert learnt his fate were a gut-punch and well performed by Ryan Hawley who conveyed Robert’s devastation as the case stacked up against him.
With husband Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) waiting at home going out of his mind, Robert decided to lie about the charge, terrified about what this meant for the future when they were so close to starting a family. Scenes at the end of the month where Robert revealed the truth were disappointing glossed over, a particular shame when the actors exceed at Robron’s angsty heart-to-hearts, but as Rob’s exit draws nearer, there will likely be plenty opportunity for more emotional scenes in future.
There was another goodbye this month as Debbie Dingle left for Scotland in a rather strange exit to explain Charley Webb’s maternity leave. By the time Debbie left, she was used for more dry humour and it suited her – more of that when she returns please! Also in the Dingle household, Lydia Hart (Karen Blick) faced a setback when Samson returned home and struggled with the truth about her past, but thankfully their little family got over the setback and are ready to plan a wedding. Can’t wait!
There have been some fun smaller plots this months that have been a good watch, like Charity Dingle’s pub war with Brenda (Lesley Dunlop) and Doug Potts’ foray into smoking weed, but this month Matty Barton’s toxic masculinity story fizzled into nothing which seemed like an abrupt choice.
But that’s not the worst thing that happened at Butler’s this month, as Moira and Nate kick started their affair. This seems to be a story almost universally hated by Emmerdale viewers – even more than Bob and Laurel – and is a particular affront to Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Moira (Natalie J Robb) fans, of which there are many. While the aftermath might give us some good scenes with Cain, Moira’s characterisation has been thrown under the bus and all for never-ending scenes with cardboard Nate (Jurell Carter). Make it stop!
Next month is the start of Autumn, and usually when the big stories start. With Mandy Dingle’s return, Robert’s plea hearing and more to come, hopefully it’ll be a good one!
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