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 all the goings-on in the Dales this February… or #Fabruary!
It was all about love and pain this month on Emmerdale, as our favourite soap celebrated “Fabruary” with huge new storylines and two big reunions.
The first few episodes of February finally saw fan-favourites and estranged couple Cain and Moira Dingle reunite, thrilling Coira shippers nationwide. It’s been an emotional journey for the pair of them, but in the end a movie-style ultimatum from Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) had Moira (Natalie J Robb) meeting him on the bridge for a last ditch attempt at love. We’ll let her off for being late as that winning chemistry is just too good! We missed you Coira!
It wasn’t all smiles for the Bartons this month though, as Ross faced a horrific acid attack in the village when Debbie Dingle’s revenge on Joseph Tate (Ned Porteous) went very badly wrong. Already this storyline is showing viewers a different side to macho man Ross and giving actor Michael Parr some challenging material to get his teeth into. Storylines like this might be uncomfortable and upsetting viewing, but Emmerdale has great form for using stories to educate and inform and that’s exactly the potential here. Dramatically it’s great too, it’s an incident that affects many and is bound to cause huge shockwaves when Debbie’s secret is discovered but that makes the complicated story even better in my eyes.
Ross wasn’t the only one having a tough time in February as young Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele) was publicly humiliated by (former?) best mate Gabby Thomas (Rosie Bentham) when she misinterpreted an innocent hug between Liv and Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant). Before this Gabby had been kind and supportive as Liv tried to understand her own sexuality in sensitive and touching scenes, but feelings of envy spiralled the situation out of control. It was a great move for Emmerdale to explore asexuality in a young character, especially with an actor able to give it the emotion and nuance that Isobel Steele can do and this story gave us very honest and painful coming of age moments this month.
February was also a horrible month for Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) as sleazy handyman Phil blackmailed her, threatening to reveal her prostitute past to her family. Amy Walsh deserves award nominations this year for her heart-breaking portrayal of Tracy’s anguish at being confronted by a past she wants to forget. As for her excuse for a husband? There’s no one I hate more right now than David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden), whose coldness and lack of compassionate for his own wife is astounding.
One of the biggest highlights of the month was the hugely anticipated reunion of Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) and Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley), whose feelings had been intensifying all month. It’s no exaggeration to say that after a year of hell fans had been dying to see Robron reunited and it’s safe to say it exceeded all expectations. Not only did we get to see heart-stopping romantic declarations and more will-they/won’t-they drama, but the episode was full of warmth and humour as Robert’s newly formed girl squad took him to a gay bar. Aaron and Robert’s relationship is beloved for multiple reasons, but when episodes take the time to explore the complexities of their characters and the strength of love, it’s Robron at their very best.
The gay bar group outing was just one of a number of community gatherings I loved this month so please make it a regular thing Emmerdale! Other highlights included seeing more of Noah Dingle (Jack Downham) as he bonded with Joe Tate, and Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) and Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) getting more serious.
It was sad to see legendary Sandy Thomas leave us this February in what was a bit of a rushed and half-hearted exit, but at least he got a happy ending. Goodbye to the amazing Freddie Jones.
Is March going to be any happier for the villagers of Emmerdale? I’m guessing not, but let us just bask in the romantic treats February brought us for a little while, eh?
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