Hits and Misses – 29 June-3 July 2015

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Sharon Shock

er37_0003_Layer 2  This week saw the return of the much-loved Sharon Canning as she finally spilled the beans about her afternoon delight with Matt to grieving wife Lauren – and it was brilliant. While Brad’s behaviour continues to be incredibly out of line and Terese is far too forgiving of his inability to spend more than 15 minutes away from Lauren, we’ve been waiting for this secret to be revealed since Matt died and it’s not been a moment too soon. Lauren vs. Sharon was fantastic, as were Sharon’s pointed remarks about Lauren’s friendship with Terese and Terese’s own ulterior motives. While Lauren and Terese shared an emotional heart-to-heart and seem to have put their issues behind them, we wonder how long it will last. We’re also glad that Lauren came to realise that despite Matt’s infidelity, he was a good man. Damning him entirely with this recent news would be hugely unfair given Lauren and Brad’s own indiscretion…

Teamwork

er37_0004_Layer 1Their working relationship didn’t get off to the greatest start this week but there’s something really likeable about the Kyle and Amy team work this week. It was a clash of personalities and misunderstandings but we think there’s real potential there for a fun friendship. Kyle’s a bit of a loveable loser but he could really do with someone to boss him about a bit at work and Amy could be the one, as long as she doesn’t keep interfering and rock the boat. We really like Amy already but she’s quite stroppy and maybe Kyle would be a good balance to that too as we know how laid back he can be! We just hope Neighbours doesn’t go down the predictable route of having them fall for each other now that Georgia is in Germany!

Aaron Brennan

er37_0002_Layer 4This week also saw the arrival of what is fast becoming an increasing presence on the show – another Brennan brother! I think it’s fair to saw that few of us saw the point of Brennan joining the regular cast just as Kate was brutally shot dead but it seems their perseverance with the character is paying off as they begin to build a family around him. We already like the much more mellow Tyler and it seems Aaron is in the same mould. Gay stripper Aaron already seems like a fun addition to the show and we live in hope that two fun-loving Brennans finally manage to save Mark from the pits of boring cop stories. We also really liked Aaron’s scenes with Nate, who we’re sure he’ll be dating in record time as is the Neighbours tradition. Until then however we loved their obvious incompatibility and lack of anything in common. And lest we forget, adding “Dirty Gertie” to the Neighbours universe is something we’ll be forever thankful for.

Misses

Wet Blanket

er36_0000_Layer 6Amber. Just when will her reign of “drama”” end? Don’t get us wrong, both Daniel and Josh particularly are acting out of line. Both men treat Amber like a possession and little thought is given to her feelings but Amber really doesn’t help matters. Neighbours is a soap renowned for its strong female characters. Ask any fan and they could list you dozens of iconic female characters who are strong-willed, independent, funny, clever or all of the above. Then there’s Amber, probably one of the wettest, most bland characters in the show’s history. Rather than taking control of her own life and telling Daniel and Josh a thing or two, kicking both of them out until they can learn to live with their current situation, Amber continues to let them walk all over her, constantly snipe in every scene and make her feel worse. Backbone for Amber please.

No Substance

er37_0001_Layer 5Is there a worse plot than the over-used dodgy substance plot?! As if Josh’s part in the terrible baby story wasn’t bad enough he’s now become embroilled in a deathly dull substance plot. We just can’t work out why we’re supposed to want Josh to provide for Amber and the baby when he just comes across as so controlling and now he’s going to these stupid and extreme lengths to raise cash and compete with Daniel. We’re sure Terese and Brad aren’t that short of cash and all Josh is going to do is end up in more debt and now that Kyle has eyed up Josh’s very dodgy supplies we’re just moments away from a big drug disaster. This plot is predictable and dull and does zero favours for Josh as a character. He could at least do with a fun plot away from this triangle rubbish.

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Scene of the Week – 29 June-3 July 2015

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There was something we really loved about this big Canning scene this week. Granted, we love the family a lot and they always provide comedy and drama gold, but with Sharon’s return and the secret of her kiss with Matt now out in the open, sparks were bound to fly. Sisters in law Sharon and Naomi clashed to a brilliant, fiesty effect, with Sheila making things a whole lot worse. Poor Kyle had to sit there in silence, suffering, as his gran, mother and auntie bickered in deafening volume over who was the bigger trouble maker and homewrecker. Canning scenes, especially big ones with lots of family involved are firm favourites of ours and it makes you realise how believable they are as a family unit.

Hits and Misses – 30 March-3 April 2015

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Rocky Marriage

er24_0001_Layer-4   It was another bad week for Lauren and Matt in terms of their marriage crisis but a good one for us viewers as their fiery arguments continued. It may have taken some time but it’s great to see some real drama and anger in a marriage that’s faced a lot of trauma on Ramsay Street so far and come out unscathed. However, as things appear to be looking up, Matt’s secret hook up is waiting to be revealed. Yes, this week resident good guy Matt succumbed to the charms of Sharon Canning much to Terese, and the viewers’ shock. It was a brilliant twist that we’d been hoping for since their flirtation at the wedding. We’re not one to often push for infidelity in Neighbours marriages but in this case, it’s felt natural and a long time coming. We can’t wait for the truth to come out!

Familiar Faces

er24_0004_Layer-1The anniversary week continued with yet more returns including some faces we never thought we’d see again! Let’s start with Nina, who probably had the biggest impact out of all the recent returnees. Watching Delta onscreen has been a joy and it has been wonderful seeing the character reconnect with her old neighbours. The reprise of ‘Born to Try’ gave us goosebumps and the performance of ‘Only Human’ was a great bookend for all the anniversary events. We even found time for a mini story about her relationship troubles with Jack – and we’re very glad they reunited. Also this week we saw the long awaited return of Des, original character and all-round Neighbours icon. Although he was before our time, it’s always brilliant to see the show’s history be revisited in any form and to see an original character back and serve as a true friend for Paul was an unexpected highlight for us. Another highlight was the web chat cameo from Sky! With Stephanie McIntosh pregnant in LA we knew Sky wouldn’t rock up in Ramsay Street but it didn’t even matter. We were grinning as we heard all about Scotty Jr. and tying Harold’s exit to Sky, with him finding a proper place to call home with his granddaughter was the perfect ending. And all this is without even mentioning Tom and Guy! Can you tell we like returnees?

Doctor Death

er24_0000_Layer-5Just as we thought we couldn’t enjoy Dr Nick’s meddling in Ramsay Street any more, the show drops this killer plot twist into the mix! Friday’s episode saw a frustrated and devious Nick change Paul’s blood test results and deliver the news personally that Paul has cancer and could die! It was a really dark and twisted move from Nick, who is hell bent on getting the funding for the research centre but we couldn’t help but love how wicked it was! Really nasty villains don’t crop up in Neighbours too often but when they do and they’re as love-to-hate as Nick then we feel really spoiled. We can’t wait to see how far Nick’s lies go and how this will change Paul’s life – and how on earth will Nick get away with this? So exciting!

Misses

Hi and Bye

er24_0002_Layer-3Now as you can tell from above, we’re fond of a returnee and while we understand Neighbours’ budgetary constraints and are aware that that’s most likely the reason these returns are so brief, some are ending up even shorter than expected. Whilst Nina provided the ideal template of how to do a short guest return, we also liked how Des and Sky’s fitted well with the plot as well as providing a glimpse of how those characters lived have turned out away from Ramsay Street. Tom and Guy? Not so much. It was brilliant to see them – especially Guy – but both got a scene each before disappearing. Would Guy really not hang around a few hours to support his sister and niece after the wedding fiasco? We hope no one views this as us being ungrateful as its a case of the more returnees the better as far as we’re concerned but in future, we’d like to avoid some ‘one scene wonders’!

Sending our Love Down the Well

er24_0003_Layer-2In the least anticipated wedding of the century it was obvious things weren’t going to run smoothly but I don’t think anyone saw “being trapped in a well” as a reason for Daniel’s no-show (unless you’re a fan of spoilers, of course!). While the well set is good and the actors did a convincing job of portraying the horror of being trapped the whole situation was bizarre and honestly pretty ridiculous. Daniel isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed but you’re hard pushed to believe even he would go down a well to retrieve a ring that was dropped down there a hundred years ago – even less believable that Imogen would follow, love or no love. Imogen’s one of our favourites so she can just about save this plot, but if things get really desperate we wouldn’t mind if she had to sacrifice Daniel for the greater good.

Hits and Misses – 20-24 Oct 2014

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Mr & Mrs Canning

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Who doesn’t love a good Neighbours wedding? It was lovely to see Georgia and Kyle finally tie the knot and defying soap tradition there weren’t any disasters! Yay! Georgia looked beautiful and so did the venue, Chris managed to fulfil his duties as Best Man and Bossy did the ring duty. As it should have been, the Canning wedding was full of love and humour and we very much enjoyed the next day’s capers where Georgia and Kyle tried to consumate their marriage and kept getting interupted, especially by Kyle’s gran Sheila. We hope they keep up these fun plots for them!

Nell: Star of the Show
er6__0004_BackgroundNell, Nell, Nell. Where do we begin? TV soap babies are that rare breed of character – most times they are little-seen burden around the neck of a character that no one truly pays any attention to until they’re of a speaking age, but sometimes, you strike gold. Nell is one such case: cute as a button, funny, a great chemistry onscreen with her “parents” and a pleasure to watch. This week’s highlights involved her comic mastering of Toadie’s iPad and then making poor Mal realise that kids can be hard work as she tested his patience. Even when driving an expecting first-time father to drink, you gotta love little Nell.

Sharon Canning
er6__0001_Layer-3One of the biggest highlights this week was the long-awaited Kyle and Georgia wedding and in particular, the first it gave us of their parents. While Georgia’s seem pleasant enough, the real highlight was Sharon Canning. Fiery, loud and brash, she reminded us of this kind of bogan charm once brought by Janelle Timmins. Her flirtation with Brennan was hilarious, as was her war of words with Sheila and interaction with her “Kylie.” As the episode ended, we couldn’t help but wish she had succeeded in seducing Matt and rally set the cat among the pigeons in the Turner marriage. We’re hoping that with such a strong introduction and reason to return, we’ll see her again sooner than later.

Misses

Missing Fun Factor
er6__0000_Layer-4Now, don’t get us wrong, we’ve been fans of Brennan lately. After the angst of Kate’s death, Paige brought out a whole new, watchable side of him that was charming and funny. So it’s a shame this week to see Brennan of old intrude in the plot between Paul and Dakota and drag it down. Stefan Dennis and Sheree Murphy really give it their all but Brennan’s monotonous investigation sucked the fun out of what could’ve been a very good plot. We’re saying no to po-faced Brennan and hope he isn’t here to stay.

Disliking Daniel
er6__0003_Layer-1Oh dear. It was not a good week for Daniel. First he was a perfect target for Dakota’s schemes as he might just be the drippiest, dopiest resident on Ramsay Street (he makes Kyle look like Einstein!). Then he really goes and makes himself seem even more unlikeable when he kicks sad-puppy-faced Josh when he’s down. Not content with stealing his girlfriend and rubbing his nose in it, Daniel revealed that he’d bought Josh’s medals. He didn’t want them, oh no, but he didn’t want Josh to sell them on either. Sure it might have been a nice gesture to give them back, but it just felt a bit smug – like another thing he has to hold over Josh. On the positive side, he’s a lot more bearable in scenes with Paige and Imogen so there might be hope for him yet…maybe.