- Thursday’s episode saw several characters daydream about the same meeting
- A ‘bottle episode’ is restricted in scope to use as few cast and sets as possible
- Latest dream scenario failed to have the desired impact for some viewers
The Young and the Restless viewers were left unimpressed after Thursday’s episode saw several characters daydream about the outcome of the same business meeting.
For the entire hour of the popular soap’s episode, the action was focused on Victor Newman (played by Eric Braeden) finally announcing who he had chosen to name as the new CEO of Newman Media following a dramatic merger.
However, the use of the ‘bottle episode’ trope meant that the attention of viewers was place solely on the characters, Adam Newman (played by Mark Grossman), Sharon Newman (played by Sharon Case), and Nicholas Newman (played by Joshua Morrow).
In episodic television, a bottle episode – also known as a chamber piece – is produced cheaply and restricted in scope to use as few regular cast members, effects and sets as possible.
The attempt to shake things up in the chamber piece episode by showing each character’s dream scenario failed to have the desired impact for some viewers, with one labelling it ‘awful.’
As the show kicked off, fans immediately revealed their confusing as one tweeted: ‘So, how much of today’s episode is real? Is this supposed to be a stand alone video? The lighting is weird and they aren’t cutting back and forth.’
Nick, Sharon and Adam had been summoned to the ranch with Victor asking them to share their vision for the company.
Each character then envisioned a scenario in which they all got what they wanted from the meeting.
With the action on screen flitting from the present to the dream-like visions, many viewers were left feeling confused.
‘This episode was weird as f***,’ one viewer tweeted, as another added: ‘What’s the point of all these daydreams?’
Another commented: ‘Sorry. That was awful. As far as video editing goes I couldn’t really tell what was real and what wasn’t.’
‘Not feeling this episode,’ one fan simply stated, while another wrote: ‘What’s with the day dreaming?’
One fan called out the show’s head writer Josh Griffith for using the storytelling tactic as they stated: ‘I hate when JG resorts to putting dreams in episodes. This is not needed.’
‘This episode is dumb as f***,’ another moaned, while one fan admitted: ‘I had to ffwd (fast forward) all the stupid “what if” scenes.’
It’s not the first time that YR has used the storytelling device on the soap.
However, it appears it simply caused more confusion and annoyance with viewers who were starting to grow tired of the business merger storyline.
One viewer stated: ‘These business episodes are boring as hell to get through as it is. So now we get dreams about those business episodes. Make it stop.’
‘I don’t mind business stories but it’s all dry talk,’ another tweeted. ‘It’s like having someone reading a book on tv.’
One fan simply stated: ‘I’m so sick of hearing Newman Media.’
Another wrote: ‘So over crap on Adam theme. Wash, rinse, repeat. Wash, rinse, repeat….Is there any other story lines other than the Newman’s hate him???????’
The latest wave of complaints came after many soap fans have been vocalizing their frustration over ‘lazy’ storylines featured on long-running shows such as YR and General Hospital.
As a result of the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, temporary staff have been hired to fill in and continue the dramatic storylines for the much-loved programs – but viewers have been left unimpressed in recent weeks.
Branding certain episodes as ‘boring’, many fans have taken to social media and slammed the ‘atrocious’ writing and even claimed that certain storylines are ‘insulting to loyal viewers.’
Despite many actors having joined the strike on July 14, Deadline reported that production on the daytime soaps would continue because soap actors are employed under the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting, also known as the Network Code.
Negotiated between SAG-AFTRA and the big four broadcast networks as well as other producers, the National Code covers soaps as well as morning news shows, talk shows, variety, reality, game shows, sports and promotional announcements.