note: We don't usually post episode reviews on this blog but this one, written for the Coronation Street Blog by Emma is so poignant and perfect that I thought the Canadian followers should read it, too! And obviously, it aired in Canada last night, January 9 but is the episode that aired on New Year's Eve in the UK.
The residents of
Coronation Street may have bid farewell to 2014, but it sadly appears that anything but a Happy New Year lies
ahead for most of them with last night’s episode fraught with pain and tears and
barely an ounce of light relief.
The Street is surprisingly divided where
’s actions are
concerned. While we know he has the support of Chesney and a number of other
residents, with Jason and Tyrone happy to help him clean the graffiti from his café front, it’s very disappointing to see him rejected by fickle friend
Mary. While similarly deflating, it’s less of a surprise to find Anna being entirely
unreasonable, viewing the whole sorry mess through frustratingly rose tinted
glasses, and even allowing it to drive a wedge between her and Owen. Regardless of
what others think of him however, Roy ’s
harshest critic is himself and his reaction to what has happened is entirely characteristic, as his honesty and integrity see him determined to
plead guilty on Friday. Roy
Alya calls in to the flat to wish him a happy new year, and there is a lovely bashful awkwardness and chemistry between them which I find endearing. She knows of his failings but believes in him which speaks volumes concerning her own character. Despite the horrible circumstances, the Roy, Gary and Alya scenes were the ones I enjoyed most in this episode.
Circumstances are similarly dour at Platt towers where Michael announces he’s been evicted, and Max blames himself for his mother’s departure. David agrees to let Michael stay there temporarily, and assures Max that Kylie loves him and that her leaving had nothing to do with him.
Steve is relieved to hear Liz can give him the money he needs to set things right at Streetcars. A ray of sunshine, she also encourages him to give Michelle the gift he had bought for her, and tell her how he feels, but after overhearing her say she and Steve are done and she wants to put everything behind her and move on with her life, he gives up.
Erica and Nick continue their cringe inducing fling, but each one fears the other is looking for more than just a bit of fun.
Gavin shows a glimpse of his true colours when Steph accidentally sends him a text about what she thinks it would be like to kiss him, and he finds her trying to delete it from his phone. While he apologises to Steph and all is well between the pair, he succeeds in making Leanne more suspicious of him.
As midnight arrived I surveyed the scene before me. While there was a snog fest afoot in the form of Alya and Gary, Steph and Gavin, Leanne and Kal and Nick and Erica, none of them with the exception of Alya and Gary warmed my heart, especially considering everything else that was afoot.
There were some pertinent words of wisdom from Michael who observed, “It’s easier to get through the day if you’ve something to believe in”, and Liz who asked “Who wants ‘what if’ on their headstone? Seize the day.” As 2015 begins, it is these words that I will take from Corrie's 2014 finale, and hope that things are brighter on our beloved cobbles beyond the spring. And to our editor Glenda, my fellow bloggers, readers and commenters, may the New Year be your best yet.
By Emma Hynes
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