Monday, 9 March 2015

Corrie? I'm loving it

(reposted from State of the Street with permission)

Everyone enjoys and dislikes different storylines, characters and actors. What one person loves, another finds tedious. Complaining is all easy to do. What am I loving about Corrie lately?

Loving the Gavin/Andy storyline. Lots of twists, lots of layers. I like all of the characters involved, even Michael whom a lot of you find tedious and insipid. I like that he's gentle and emotional and he's got regrets about his life. He's a nice man and Gail deserves that for once. I like that Andy is a nice man too, even though he's got himself tangled in a web of his own making. Love him and Steph as a couple. Love that David is still snarky with both Andy and Michael but also seems to have accepted them into the family.

Yep, I'm even loving the Platt story with Callum stirring things up with a very big stick. Is he believable as a drug dealer? Stereotypically, no, but there are drug dealers in all walks of life and some really are handsome and smooth. I can't wait for Kylie to get back and kick Callum's butt for trying to take Max from David.

I've enjoyed watching Steve's storyline, even when Michelle and Liz annoyed me for their treatment of him  before his diagnosis came out. It's been interesting to watch Steve try to cope and watch how everyone around him isn't sure what to say or how to treat him.

Tony and Tracy? She's not my favourite character by a long way but she's interesting to watch and she's certainly got Tony in a sticky spot at the moment. I'm hoping Liz wipes the floor with her when she finds out about the affair but Liz is also going to be hurt badly as well. I suspect that will be the end of Tony but who knows?

I like the dynamic of Sharif and is wife, Yasmeen. Kal and his kids are bit dull but I'm hoping that will change over time.

I love Tim and Sally, as do most of you.

Faye's storyline, while annoying in that teen pregnancy has been done before even if not quite this way, is being handled pretty well. It's still surprising that nobody's noticed but when there's a weight gain in someone that young, pregnancy is the last thing you think about, especially when the girl has been a "good girl" and doesn't have boys flocking around her. I also believe that Faye wouldn't have realized before now that she was pregnant because at that age, your periods are erratic and even though you're told that you can get pregnant after only having sex once, it doesn't seem real and a 12 year old wouldn't think it could actually happen to them. I am curious to find out if Anna will discover it before Faye gives birth and how. I think it would be a good twist if Tim or Sally figures it out first, or even Sophie or Izzy.  Cue more chest pounding and angst from Anna. Yeah, that's a bit annoying but the actor that is playing Faye is really good and the paring between she and the love Craig is gold.

So far, I'm enjoying the return of Jenny Bradley and intrigued as to whether she's got an agenda or not. Did she take advantage of finding Kevin's dating profile to finally make amends with Rita? If so, that's not so bad. But she also said she had a messy divorce. What was that all about? Should Kevin be afraid?

I'm looking forward to the twists and turns in the Rodwell storyline, interested to see how Faye's pregnancy plays out, and there should still be a few bumps in Steve's recovery as well.

There are always things that annoy me, things that don't interest me and things, characters and storyilnes I don't like. This blog post isn't about them. Instead of what you hate or what's annoying you, what are you loving about Corrie lately?

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John said...

Great blog! Liking almost everything at the moment. It's the lack of sensationalism and the concentration on people that I enjoy. Last Friday's hen night episodes were superb examples. Long may it continue and long may Corrie avoid the excesses of certain other soaps such as bringing people back from the dead.

Anonymous said...

I'm not loving the Gavin\Andy storyline,in fact I'm not loving the Platts right now as they're in too many dragged out storylines at the same time!
I know I'm the minority but I liked Maria and Luke's tiles storyline,because it was a short simple storyline of an everday occurrence, a return to the Corrie with characters that are rarely seen now and not the ridiculously dragged out dramas of the Platts and now the Windasses.

Anonymous said...

I rarely watch but notice Sharif's accent has changed. I like him and his wife, I like their dynamism.

Llifon said...

I like the Gandy story as well, plus Jenny Bradley's return.

Tim and Sally are great and Audrey, Ken, Roy and Emily are always a joy.

vintgal003 said...

How *refreshing* to read 'positives' about 'our' street!! There always seem to be SO much negativity from so many of the commentators...which I don't really understand?? If they are that annoyed...'why watch'??

I have enjoyed Corrie for 30 years now for what it is...they sometimes 'miss the mark' in my opinion..but I feel there are always positives in the storylines to comment on... and I thank you for expressing yours today! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tvor for inspiring a very welcome shift from negative to positive! I always try to include something positive in my comments and often feel like I'm in the minority.

String Bean said...

I like Craig and Beth and Kirk.
I like Tim and Sally.
I like Roy.
I like Steve and Lloyd.
I liked Julie with anybody.
I like Mary when she's not unstable.
I liked Maddie.
I like Liz with every outfit she wears and everyone she interacts with.
I like Ken.
I like Carla Connor's sassy, strong ways.
I like Fat Brenda most of all.

String Bean said...

and I like Audrey too, mmmMM?!?

Anonymous said...

Well said! I totally agree about the lack of positivity. Is Corrie really that bad.?I've stopped reading Frosty the snowman's comments now as they're always so negative. There's always the off switch

Milly said...

Yes. Corrie is really that bad. I've stopped watching it as of now.
Frosty's comments are often the truth. This show has lost it's beauty and turned ugly. So why celebrate and applaud that?
Watch it with your 'rose' colored glasses if you wish.

AmandaB said...

Well said Milly & well done for being brave enough to say it and for using a 'name' whether it's real or a nom de plume as Ken would undoubtedly say.
I'm getting fed up of all these anonymous snidey comments, get a name or is that too much bother.

Beth said...

Thanks for the post Tvor, I needed a reminder as to why I continue to switch on 3 times a week. There are plenty of positives as you've pointed out.

I personally do tend to point out the negatives more than the positives. I guess I must stop watching old episodes on u tube which then makes me annoyed at today's helpings.

I most of the time agree with Frosty as he tends to be most of the time on the mark.

This blog was a good reminder of what is good about Corrie today but it's thin on the ground in comparison to yesteryear and I do feel that until Stuart Blackburn starts following and watching his own show, gets engrossed in the plots, story-lines and characters then it will never really be back on track. It will only ever seem like a half arsed effort until he does.

Anonymous said...

A cultural institution like Corrie should be able to withstand critique and criticisms. Those who are most loyal and love this show and the trail it blazed for soap opera serials are the ones who are gutsy and care enough to point out the rubbish writing, the continuity gaps and plot holes. I see no need to be an apologist for low quality.

CP from Western Canadda.

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