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 November 2019…
November was a month for aftermaths after an explosive October. This month also saw big new stories start for Lydia Hart (Karen Blick) and Arthur Thomas (Alfie Clarke) and as Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) had a moment of revelation, a big twist could change everything. Here’s my recap of the best (and worst) bits of Emmerdale in November.
One of the best stories that took place this month was a new tragedy for Lydia Hart. After Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley) owned up to her identity theft scam, Lydia discovered money had been left by her birth mother. Visiting the address she found, Lydia was shocked to come face to face with her sister Beth (great casting) and was told her mother had recently died.
It was soon revealed Beth was lying and that her jealousy of Lydia was evident. Mandy clocked this quickly and Lydia finally met with her mother in some really emotional scenes. But the tragedy didn’t end there as Lydia discovered she’s at risk for Huntington’s disease and she was conflicted about taking the test.
This story was another way to give Lydia more depth and because Karen Blick is one of Emmerdale’s brightest stars, the digging up of the best was raw with emotion and engaging. It’s big issue stories like this that Emmerdale does best and if Karen doesn’t get award nominations for her work this year it’ll be a travesty.
November saw lots of heartbreak for big characters as Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) reacted to the loss of husband Robert Sudgen (Ryan Hawley) to prison and Cain and Moira Dingle’s marriage broke down completely. Oblivious to Robert saying goodbye, Aaron was shaken to his core to discover not only had Robert blocked contact but also filed for divorce. Grief stricken Aaron showcased Danny Miller’s skills at portrayal gut-wrenching heartbreak, but before long he was bottling things up to get into trouble with Cain.
It was all over for Cain (Jeff Hordley) and Moira (Natalie J Robb) this month too as they tried to talk through what went wrong. Moira fumbled her way through some flimsy excuses but the performances between the popular pair were as strong as ever. Moira attempted to fight for her marriage, but with Cain in meltdown mode, he bedded Kerry in hide-behind-your-hands scenes and then he and Aaron got mixed up with some dodgy criminals for some bad behaviour that put Moses’ life in danger. While on paper a Cain and Aaron bad boy partnership sounded good, it all felt a bit empty and shallow, and their unapologetic attitude to Charity (Emma Atkins) was an unpleasant watch.
We witnessed another big exit in November as Bernice bowed out of the village. There is no one else quite like Bernice Blackstock (Samantha Giles), from her brilliant comedy to the pathos of her more serious material and her emotional exit paid tribute to that. Just as unlucky in love Bernice geared up for her happy ever after, she learnt that Dee Dee’s father faced an uncertain future after an accident. Vowing to put her daughter first, Bernice sacrificed her happiness in a way that felt like a nice bit of growth during her exit story. Bernice will be a huge loss to Emmerdale but with the door left open, fingers crossed she’ll make a return one day.
November saw the beginning of a new dark story for Arthur Thomas as his resentment towards Archie Breckle has built to bullying and torment. We’d seen the seeds planted recently with Arthur uncomfortable with Jai Sharma (Chris Bisson) and Archie’s presence in the family home and it’s been a mixture of resentment and jealousy, as well as the long term impact of Ashley’s death at play.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this story. On the plus side, Alfie Clarke is a superb little actor, making Arthur continue to be empathetic at times and the psychology of a child still suffering the trauma of a parent’s death is a worthy story to tell. However, the story has escalated in a way that’s felt sensationalised, especially with Jimmy King (Nick Miles) blamed for Archie’s injuries. If the empathy is lost in the writing, there’s a danger of losing all love for Arthur and that can’t be a good thing.
This month also had some strong moments like the performances during Charity and Vanessa’s break up. There’s plenty of scope for a bit of conflict between the pair as Charity gets up to no good so it was good to see them challenged. It was far from calm in their household too as the teens got up to no good. It made a nice change to see the younger actors together, particularly as the actors are very watchable. Jacob and Leanna Cavanagh especially had some challenging material that helped to mellow Leanna and give Jacob some closure. Emmerdale also pulled off some great twists this month, such as Maya’s brief shock return complete with pregnancy bump and Kim’s reveal that her and Graham are married.
On the downside, it looks like Wendy Posner is here to stay for the foreseeable, but with no recognition that she stalked and harassed Victoria Barton (Isabel Hodgins) and called her a liar, her re-introduction feels manipulative and badly handled. Not only did we see Victoria empathise with her and apologise – making Aaron do the same – Chas Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) seemed to treat her as a hero simply for doing her job. Wendy’s almost being written as a victim, when she hasn’t earnt forgiveness yet.
While this month saw Billy Fletcher (Jay Kontzle) and Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) grow close in some sweet scenes, their budding romance was dragged down by a boring story involving Al Chapman (Michael Wildman) and his money problems. Al started with such promise – it’s about time Emmerdale had a big villain again but used like this, Al could be wasted.
With Christmas around the corner, will it be full of festive cheer or wintery misery? With big conflict brewing at Home Farm and many Dingles on a path to destruction it might be a chaos filled Christmas!
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