Saturday, 21 January 2017

The Corrie Nitpick post

Reposted from State of the Street by permission

Ah yes, nitpicking on things that ITV would rather we just ignore because they can't be bothered to fill in the details. But God is in the Details, right? Or the devil is. And this inquiring mind wants to know...

Is anyone visiting Maria in prison aside from that one time Aidan showed up? Has Eva found a replacement slot? Audrey or David? What about Kirk? Kirk never mentions Maria yet he is close to her and was very protective of her when she was going through the trial and everything. I imagine he probably is visiting her but this is the kind of thing I wish they would throw into a random conversation, something like Audrey telling David he'll be on his own this afternoon because she's visiting Maria. Poor Maria, it's bad enough being locked away. Imagine not having one visitor? And what about her parents? You'd think they would come to see her, wouldn't you? I wonder if we'll ever know if they deported poor Pablo who was too frightened of his own family's reaction to just marry his boyfriend in the first place instead of having a sham marriage with Maria.

At the moment, Michelle is too consumed with grief to think of anything besides her loss. I would like to see, at some point, either that she's heard from Maria or maybe see a scene when Maria finally gets out where Maria comforts Michelle. Does anyone remember that Maria went through the same thing? She went to the doctor because her baby stopped moving and was told the baby inside her had died and she had to deliver it, knowing he was already dead. I don't remember how far along she was, past Michelle's 23 weeks but she wasn't much farther along I don't think. The baby certainly would have been premature but a good couple of months though likely would have survived if he'd been born alive. But of anyone in the show, Maria would be the one whose situation is the closest to what Michelle has gone through.

I applaud Corrie when they bring up old history and they have mentioned that Liz has lost a preemie baby, her Katy, with a lovely conversation between she and Michelle, sharing similar emotions. But I also think they could pull out history a little more often. When Faye had her baby and then rejected the child, Anna might have had Sarah talk to her. It might not have changed Faye's mind but that nod to Sarah's teenage pregnancy would have been nice. I know Sarah didn't know Faye but it still would have been nice to have a mention.

Doesn't Brian still own half of the flat next to Rita? He and Julie bought it off Jason. When they split up, there was talk about Julie not being able to afford to buy Brian out of his half but she continued to live there until she left as far as I recall. They left together at the time and have now broken up. Are we to presume they sold the flat at some point? I think so. But if they sold it, why isn't there anyone living there? Poor continuity there, I think.

Why did Adam post Daniel a birthday card? They live together in the flat over the corner shop. Or did he just say that because he forgot to buy one? Probably this. Speaking of Daniel, I hope we eventually find out what happened to his mother and why she left. Surely a bit of teenage angst couldn't have sent her out the door without a word for all those years? Maybe Daniel has killed her. It's the quiet ones you have to worry about, you know! He's already showing signs of being his father's son by quietly flirting with Sinead even though she's already involved in a long term relationship even if it *is* with the old-before-his-time Chesney.

Peter moved back into the flat over the flower shop which he owns, you may recall. He is only renting the shop premises to Tracy and was renting the flat to Anna. Anna had her own furniture in there, I think. But if she moved in and was using Peter and Carla's things, then what did they do with her stuff from Number 6? Storage? Sold? If she moved her goods in, then when Peter first moved out and away to Portsmouth, he must have arranged for his things to be sent so there was room for her stuff. Now she's living with Kevin and he's got a house full of furniture. What did she do with hers? When we've seen Peter in the flat, it looked like it had been emptied with only a few things in it. The case of the disappearing furniture. I think someone's playing a shell game with it.

I'm still confused about the money Sharif owes. (and what is Yasmeen using to live? Just her own pension plus whatever Zeedan and now Rana bring in, (some of which is going to pay Dev back, apparently)?) Sharif paid for the down payment on the flat that never happened and he gave Alya about the same amount for the specialized machine for the factory (which doesn't really seem to be earning its keep, does it?). He took some of the money from the gym's accounts but surely not for both things so some of it must have come from his and Yasmeen's own bank accounts or investments which would appear to have been substantial at some point. It seems odd that there is no money to repay the gym.

And if Dev had to pretend his car was not his car (he gave the keys to Chesney when the bailiffs were carrying out gym equipment), why didn't the bailiffs go after his other businesses? It was said they couldn't take the sewing machine because it wasn't related to the debt directly so why was the car, a personal belonging of Dev's under threat? Dev as a long time business man would know whether it was or not, wouldn't he? So if he thought there was a chance of his personal belongings being confiscated, then so would his house and shops. Oh, I don't know. I'm willing to suspend disbelief but I hate being confused.

Mary didn't go to South Africa after all. So where is she? We haven't had so much as a glimpse of her let alone a line of dialogue. She might as well have gone! I think she should have, too, if just for a holiday to get to know her son and his wife. I think we had a throwaway line that she was pregnant, not that they already had a child but I could be wrong. What would keep her from at least going to meet her grandchild or be there when the baby comes? Maybe she will do that. Seems a waste of the ticket Jude must have bought her. I know nowadays she can talk to them every day via a video app which she likely is doing and it's a very good way to get to know someone. I hope he's not completely forgotten and that she mentions him from time to time and visits.

Where did Phelan bury the body and when did he have the time? When he arrived late to his wedding, there was a bit of dry dirt on his shoe. When he fought with Andy, time was already getting a bit short for him to make it to the church/registry office on time. Are we to believe he had time to dig a hole somewhere, dump the body and still make it to the wedding not quite too late? Also, bashing Andy over the face at arms' length is not going to be clean. He should have had blood splatters all over his coat, tie, collar and cuffs even if the coat protected most of his wedding suit. I did notice he came into the wedding venue without his coat on. I guess we'll have to be satisfied with that. One more point, Luke lives in the flat with Andy and Steph. Won't there be blood on that carpet? Did Phelan also have time to tear up the whole thing? It would have taken more than a wipe with a damp cloth to clean that up.

That's it for the nitpick rant this time around, gang. I try not to be too negative most of the time but sometimes, I just can't help myself. There's a lot of good to Corrie, far more good than bad in my opinion but it helps to get the little everyday picky stuff off my chest now and then. I'll just get me coat.

Tvor (Twitter @tvordlj)
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Lily Bigfield said...

Oh, I love a good nitpick, and your gathering of all the plot holes that bother me as I view, is a joy - thank you!

Maricha said...

Thanks Tvor for this review of all the details that I can't let go of :D. When all else is going wrong on a show you usually like, at least you can always nitpick.
It's inconceivable that businesses that Dev set up when he was younger and presumably less experienced went under without his personal property being seized yet he wouldn't protect his assets when deciding to invest in this venture. Also, any way you cut it, I don't understand how a 15000 pound loss could lead a business that was going well to close.It's not a small amount but it isn't huge, plus partners usually have to get life insurance to protect their fellow investors which should have kicked in when Kal died. Unless I'm mistaken this money wasn't for day to day operations but to buy new equipment so how or why would creditors know it was missing? This could cause a rift between investors not with outsiders. Sharif, who can now be considered to have stolen the money, is still in the country to get his assets seized or at least to get arrested. Embezzlement is a serious crime so why would Dev let Sharif go on his merry way without reporting this to the authorities or being reimbursed?

Linda Shockley said...

Yeah, since Kirk is Maria's brother you'd think he'd visit more often!

Flo said...

Along with the blood in the carpet, I hardly think Phelan had time to clean up all the things that they broke in the process of fighting. I guess Luke is so clueless that he's never going to notice any of it???

More holes than swiss cheese lately...

Cobblestone said...

Everyone seems to be forgetting that the Nazirs also own Jamilla House. Yasmine could perhaps have sold it.

Also, why the hell did Andy stay behind to tinker with the laptop when he could have popped it in his bag and analysed the footage in Portugal? They do have such a thing as wi-if there, which would have given him plenty of time to edit the material and email it to Weatherfield Plod. I thought he was desperate to get away. (Steph's unforgivable failure to warn him also rankled).

Anonymous said...

that is exactly the problem with Corrie lately, nothing makes sense. People do things that don't match their character, heck they do things that are just plain silly and we all know it's only to set up a situation for the next big "explosive drama". I don't think the writers or anybody really cares whether it flows or makes sense. Just shove any old thing in there and keep on going down the road. Too many shortcuts or just plain sloppy.

Maricha said...

One good aspect to the rush job is that Phelan will likely bury the laptop alongside Andy. It's pretty hard to remove the hard drive from a laptop and he couldn't erase it after smashing the device on Andy. So, once that's found, Phelan is done.

Louby said...

Great post. At least Michelle's mum was referred to when Michelle didn't want to talk to her on the phone, but surely it would be more likely that she would visit? It wouldn't matter if they had to use a different actress, I think the role has already been played by two actresses anyway.

Flaming Nora said...

Thankyou Tvor! SO much has been bothering me with all the holes lately.

Tom said...

Just goes to show how poor the writing is at times. Are these really the best writers they can get?

abbyk said...

Thanks, Tvor. Plot holes are a pet peeve. One other thing that really bothered me is that before Pat used the computer as a weapon, it was a barehanded brawl. Were we supposed to believe that fat old just-out-of-hospital Pat had a chance against a young man in his prime. Yeah, it was stupid that he didn't grab the pc and leg it, yeah it was stupid that normally sharp Steph didn't warn him, but is was ridiculous that Andy didn't beat Pat to a pulp in the first place.

I wish Steph had stayed. She could have become the house manager and let Leanne be a stay home mom for a while, something new for both of them. And yeah, Mary should have gone for a visit. Oh well

abbyk said...

One more thing. They didn't create a cloud backup for the Security footage. And the police didn't ask if they did. This is 2017, right?

paul r. vickers said...

Love that you have posted some of the things we all want to know about! This show just gets worst. The police are a joke! When & will any1 hold David accountable?? He gets a speeding ticket. Gary knows the truth but only cares about his private parts not his FAMILY!! I have a question how many ppl has David tried to kill? Must times its with a car! Story lines are just dropped & we are to 4get them? Maria only gets turned on by Guys that belong to her friends! Its the same story diff' guy!! WHY

Anita B said...

Hey TVOR - you've covered a lot of territory but there are one or two things you neglected to mention... Sophie's abroad and hospitalized with whatever ailment that's costing Kevin an arm and a leg to cover. It seems to me Kevin won some serious money on a scratch card a few years ago, right? Why isn't he using that money? For that matter, he gave half his winnings to Sally - she is Sophie's mother after all, let her pay for some of it. Even supposing they've both eaten through their winnings (or it's all tied up in the business) why on earth not just go to a bank and apply for a loan like a normal human being?
One more thing, very minor. A couple months ago, Eileen thought she was going deaf. After a visit with Phelan to the medical center, it turns out it was a simple wax build-up and now she's fine again. What, pray tell was the point of that whole story??? I kept waiting for something to do with Eileen having misheard something but as far as I can tell, the whole episode was entirely random.
Thanks, I feel much better now :)

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