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Wednesday 5 November 2014

Tracy Barlow does the right thing

We've seen the back of Rob Donovan tonight. I've enjoyed the character quite a bit and meeting him here in Halifax in November, 2013 added to that enjoyment because I met the man behind the character. At that time, there was no immediate end in sight for Marc Baylis on Corrie but he was the one chosen to kill Tina. Was he the expendable crew member or was it the case of last in first out? We were losing Chris Gascoyne as Peter and it could just as easily have been him that killed Tina but as he's attached to the longest standing family on the show and they'd want the chance to to have Peter back at some time in the future.

I enjoyed the whole storyline and liked that we knew from the start who the murderer was. It was interesting to watch Rob's guilt torture him, all the while planning a future with Tracy. He ended up confessing to Carla, the only one that knew him inside and out and that was it. Just a matter of time.

This week, it was Tracy that offered to run away with Rob but it seems maybe that was the "old" Tracy. The "new" Tracy backed out and was even the one the turned Rob in to the police. She said there were two reasons. She couldn't leave Amy and she didn't want to risk going back to prison. I wonder if we'll even see Tracy with a changed point of view, someone unselfish, someone that puts their daughter first from now on. Maybe not.

I had a feeling she might be the one that turned Rob in but I wasn't sure. I did figure that he would get caught, perhaps the police following Tracy. It's soap law, after all. All in all, Marc Baylis and Kate Ford *both* turned in very good performances this week!

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John said...

Fully agree - a great twist and great acting from all concerned and some superb direction from Corrie newcomer Nickie Lister.

Louby said...

Brilliant episode. Great location for the final Tracy and Rob scene - do you know where it is?

Tvor said...

No I don't know where it is but It could even be in a dark unlit corner of the studio or a nearby warehouse loading dock or something.

Anonymous said...

Great acting for sure, but I think you're giving Toxic Tracy too much credit.
She's going to turn even nastier and bitter than ever before I reckon!
C in Canada

Humpty Dumpty said...

It will be interesting to see if KF/Tracy can improve further without Marc Bayliss/Rob. Chris Gascoyne and Jane Danson had a very compelling partnership, and Leanne has not achieved that with anyone else they've paired her with.

Anonymous said...

It does seem both performers' game were raised by the Rob/Tracy pairing. I would have preferred Rob make a final run for it. It's obvious he's in great shape -- refer to the cricket match and his burst of speed running away from his own wedding. I would not have minded him getting away and managing to evade the police temporarily or permanently. Nothing tells me that even if there is a soap's law that this law has to continue to hold and bad guys have to always be caught --particularly murderers. It was 'law' not to kill off a main character in US TV and now they are killing them off left and right.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed watching it and Kate/Marc were very good but I really wanted a better exit for Rob. It's good that they managed to keep the details of his exit out of the spoilers, though.

It's a shame Corrie is losing two great actors and characters. I for one will miss Chris Gascoyne and Marc Baylis and their brilliant on-screen partnerships with Alison King and Kate Ford but it's a new chapter for Carla and Tracy and I'm looking forward to it.


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