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Corrie Street 21 Jan. 2018

Dawn Light

dawn light kate-and-sophie-at-doorYou never see dawn light on Coronation Street. But in the first scene of Wednesday’s episode, there was the gray of dawn. Not from fog or drizzle. Just that brief morning twilight before the sun fully rises.

It was a little disconcerting, due to its unusualness and the eerie spell it cast on a familiar street. It also matched perfectly with the consternation – then and imminent – of the characters.kate-and-sophie-outside-door

Kate and Sophie were coming home from a night in the bars. Sophie didn’t know it, but Kate was distraught over Rana. She was totally fed up with Rana’s flip-flopping about leaving Zeedan. Sophie misread the situation totally and kissed Kate. Wrong move!

So while they were uncomfortably sorting out a changed dynamic between them, the door opened. It was Alya, thinking the noise she heard outside was Luke coming home. The night before he texted her that he’d gone to a pub with a mate. He hadn’t come home. She was angry and worried.alya-surprised-to-see-kate-and-sophie

He had gone to a pub, but not exactly to meet a mate. He was investigating the mysterious disappearance of Andy. So he went to the bar where Andy’s friend works. There, he saw Phelan having a word with that friend. When he confronted him, the guy admitted he had no idea of where Andy was.

That information led Luke to confront Phelan. A fight, a car chase, then Phelan’s handgun. He shot Luke, then shot the car’s gas tank. The car exploded, with Luke inside it.kate-and-sophie-kiss-interrupted

Soon enough, the police were once again on Coronation Street with the news of Luke’s death. No one knows of Phelan’s involvement of course, so the confusion continues. First with the simple disbelief that Luke could be alive one evening and dead the next morning, then the questions of who did it. There are obvious suspects, but no one except Seb suspects Phelan.

By this time, of course, the winter sun has long been fully risen. The viewer’s sense of disorientation has dissipated, so we can pay closer attention to the confusion reigning on the street.ayla-sadly-goes-back-inside

An effective use of time and light. It perfectly created a mood for the telling of the story. And technically difficult to do. That dawn light is very brief. Therefore a job to get all the takes needed before the light changes too much. If filters were used to smooth out the differences, it wasn’t noticeable. Thanks, camera people, it was beautiful.

Corrie Street Apr. 24/16

Sophie Cat Lady

Sophie describes her future to Tim: “Be by myself, get my own place, a Sophie cat lady describes life after maddiefew cats.” Sophie cat lady. Pity the poor cats. A cat lady puts the cats’ interests and comfort above her own. Sophie doing that? I don’t think so. Sophie’s concern is pretty much all about Sophie. Looking after cats would cut into her navel-gazing time.

Thankfully, Tim talked her off the ledge and convinced her that being happy should be her objective. Presumably, being “happy” and “a crazy cat lady” are mutually exclusive in Sophie’s worldview.

Sophie, I think, does enjoy the thought of a Miss Havisham existence, said-she-does-not-love-herlocked away from the world, mourning her lost love. Problem is, it seems she can’t be around a potential love interest without indeed falling in love.

So Sophie has got herself in the middle of Kate and Caz’s relationship, now headed for break-up. Being a mate, she tells herself and anyone who will listen. But pining away, with unsettled looks in Kate’s direction. Kate, with her own uncertainties about Caz, or marriage to her, or maybe being in a relationship at all, soon started looking back at Sophie.

this-girl-needs-to-figure-outAll this led to a big blow-up between Caz and Kate and their joint hen night being cancelled. The wedding appears to be cancelled too. Caz suspects something is going on between Kate and Sophie and warns Sophie off. But we know, and anyone on the street who has ever actually listened to Kate when the impending wedding is discussed knows, Kate has had cold feet about it since we met her. We just haven’t found out why.

Caz is a bully

you-as-a-crazy-cat-ladyWhatever Kate’s reasons, I think her hesitations are wise. Caz is a bully. She’s also insecure about herself and their relationship. Not a good combination for the person involved with her. Kate might want to talk to Tyrone about that. His ex Kirsty was a cop and Caz is in the army. Both women are examples of the need for rigorous psychological testing before acceptance into jobs which give authority, power, and access to weaponry.

stay-well-clearAnd Kate? She’s accustomed to being indulged. A baby when her mother died, her father and older brother have humoured her in her whims and wishes. So she wants Caz and doesn’t, maybe wants Sophie, maybe wants to be settled in a relationship, maybe doesn’t. Whatever Kate is doing, Sophie should stay out of it, Tim warns.

as-happy-as-maddie-didIt is good that Tim is in Sophie’s  life. Despite his belief that he is a “rubbish parent”, he gives her the sympathy she wants and the common sense that she lacks herself and is unlikely to get from her mother.

Corrie Street Mar. 1/15

Talking Stick

Too bad Dev couldn’t have listened to my mother’s advice: you can’t have more than one julie-hopes-they-are-both-hungrywoman running a kitchen. I’m sure she’d extend that to a shop as well.

Dev went to India, leaving Mary in charge of the children and house and Sophie in charge of the shop. He left Julie in charge of a vague everything. So, wanting to do a good and thorough job, she tried to take over everything. It’s soon open warfare between the three women.

The children pointed out the animosity evident between Julie and the others. To her i-was-really-hurt Julie talkingcredit, she listened to them and realized that, whether she liked it or not, things were not going well for her with Sophie and Mary. It was time to make amends.

A lovely meal prepared for them (although with no advance warning and in the middle of Sophie’s work shift), a bottle of wine, and a talking stick. The air would be cleared. And it was.

feel-underminedSophie is skeptical about the stick, mentioning Sally’s not so successful attempt at negotiations using one (a wonderful scene from October 2012). But with a firm grasp on the stick, she articulates her complaints about everyone and everything, including Julie’s interference. It is magic, she decides. Mary listens and talks honestly without needing the stick. She and Julie sort out the insecurities that underlie their jealousies about the children.

am-attracted-to-clever-menJulie broaches the subject of Mary’s possible feelings for Dev. Mary says of course she cares for Dev – then realizes Julie means romantic feelings. This gives Mary a great laugh, which then leads to an explanation that gives all of us (except Julie) a great laugh. “I’m attracted to clever men!” she tells Julie. Poor Julie feels relief, but wonders how it is that she’s yet again been insulted by Mary.

Corrie Street May 18/14

Foster Care

Friday Maddie showed maybe there is more to her than meets the eye. I have been Maddie gives Ben one sixty changealternately bored and irritated by her and Sophie – please get off my screen! – pretty much since her arrival in Weatherfield. The Dickensian tough but vulnerable urchin that the character seems to be modelled after is done best by Dickens. Seeing this week that her story was about to ramp up again, I considered fast-forwarding through those scenes. But then she and her brother repaid me for not doing so.

a-better-homeSitting in Mary’s RV, which Maddie had broken into, trying to plan a future after a series of rash actions, Maddie’s heartache tapped even my sympathies. I could feel her hurt and loneliness, and the desperation of her love for her little brother. And now he’s going to move with his foster parents to Devon. That might as well be in the Antipodes for all Maddie knows about geography or could find the means to travel to, even if she knew where it was.

your-mad-maddie-daysIt crossed my mind that if Mary came in right then, after she got over the shock of a break-in, she’d understand what was happening because it was so palpable. Even Sophie, for once not being shrill and know-it-all, added to the complexity of emotions swirling in that small space.

Sophie presented the other, rational point of view about ‘care’ in both the official and loving senses. Also about legalities in the form of social services and police. That opened do-you-want-to-go-to-devonthe door for Maddie to ask her brother what he wanted. And he told her; he loved Maddie but he wanted to be with his foster parents. Although I expected and would have liked to see Mary arrive and be the peacemaker, it worked out very well without her or any ‘adult’. The principals in this story – Maddie, Sophie and Ben – sorted out this complex and sorry situation by themselves. That was very nice to see.

cuffing-maddieOf course, we couldn’t have anything as simple as Maddie and Ben presenting themselves to the authorities and explaining. There had to be a confrontation and arrests of both Maddie and Sophie. Sophie’s arrest seemed to be mainly for shrieking, and maybe that ought to be sufficient legal cause.

That laid the groundwork, however, for another quite moving scene back at Sally’s when Sophie’s screaming subsided into pleading and enough what-i-was-going-to-saytears to bring some to my own eyes. And, praise the Lord, when Maddie returned, she seemed sufficiently scared by what had happened that she managed to “keep her gob shut” as Tim has often suggested she do.

I was sorry to see Tim pack his small bag and leave at the end of that eventful day. But I could see his reasons for doing so. I hope he returns. If Maddie is going to continue being sofa-surfingpart of the Webster family, I want Tim to be there to inject some common sense into their drama. He makes Sophie more tolerable and is a fabulous foil for Sally. Also, he would be most helpful for Maddie in what might be her ‘one step forward two steps back’ growing up process.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Apr. 8/12)

Morning has broken

Brides walking toward altar to morning has brokenMorning has broken… That’s what played as guests awaited the brides. By the end, it was Sian’s heart that had broken.  I’m sorry about that, but pleased that the wedding that didn’t happen made up for the tedium of watching Sian and Sophie’s relationship over the past however long it’s been.

Sian saying her vows to SophieIt was a fabulous wedding, with everyone there and the brides very beautiful in matching wedding gowns.  But Sophie’s cold feet showed when she hesitated over her vows.  Then the fun began.

Kevin seeing her distress and saying “you don’t have to go through with this.”  Sally indignant about Kevin and Sunita knowing Sally chastising forlorn looking Sophiesomething she didn’t: “I’m the mother of the bride.”  Rosie seeing her planning go down the drain:  “can we just sort this out at the reception… they said nothing about this in the wedding app”.  Jason wanting to move things along:  “Rosie has a job to do”.  Sian wanting her questions answered by anyone, preferably Sophie.  Wedding ends with Sian running down the aisle, Sophie chasing her, Sian’s mother in close pursuit, Rosie throwing down her bouquet saying “nice one Dad” and Amber keeping well back, well clear of the chaos.

Sian running out of church with Sophie chasingI truly hope this is the end of what has to be the dreariest romance in Coronation Street’s 51 years.  Is it because writers are treading carefully due to it being a gay relationship?  Is it due to their age?  For me, it’s partly due to their extreme youth and getting married at their age and in their circumstances is absolutely absurd.  But Ches and Katie are just as young, and their having a baby is equally absurd.  But Ches and Katie don’t bore me stiff.  Sian and Sophie have since after the early dramatically promising beginnings of their story.

Bridesmaid Amber looking askance at SophieAmber livened their story up, even if she was annoying.  And, to her credit, she called Sophie’s bluff on her stated desire to commit.  She didn’t do it in a nice or empathetic way. But she showed Sophie that forever and ever was indeed a long time, maybe too long.  I did truly enjoy the expression on her face as poor Sian, in love and serious about what they were about to Sophie looking terrified before the wedding as Sian talks about foreverdo, talked and talked about being together forever and ever and ever.

I am hoping now that Sophie and Sian both leave Weatherfield to go find themselves or whatever.  And I feel bad about that, I’ve liked Sophie since she was a child but I’m so tired of the whiny, self-absorbed and even devious creature she has become.  Realistic, I guess, in that she’s a teenager.  But oh how I wish Rosie leaving the church as Amber still stands at altarshe would just stop!

Overall, this week among the Webster family, Rosie is the one who has shown the most sense.  And that’s a very sad state of affairs for the Websters.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (June 26/11)

Lancashire Fusilier

Ches and Roy beside lancashire fusilierThat was the most fabulous wedding I’ve ever seen on Corrie or any other show.  Roy and Hayley on a Lancashire Fusilier. I can’t possibly pick one scene – every one was great.

The singalong on the bus: evocative of old Corrie episodes where they’d rent a bus to go to Blackpool or somewhere.  Those participating in the moment, and those sniping.  Norris grizzling about everyone being so silly. Sally at Claire about everything, and Rosie getting digs in at John the tour leader.

Roy as John and Ches blindfolded him to take him to the train.  Roy obviously never played any trust games – he did not take well to being blindfolded and relying on others.  But his pleasure at seeing the train and learning he’d be riding shotgun in the engine – wonderful.

Roy shovelling coal inRoy and Ches in overalls in the engine, Roy shoveling coal into the burner and Ches saying “faster, faster”.  They both were having so much fun.

Mary, not a guest at the wedding although her dress was there, stole every scene she was in.  Her good wishes to Hayley when the bridal party was leaving the Street was frightening, guilt-producing, yet touching.  Double-meaning in everything she said so you felt both fear and sympathy for her.  Hayley conveyed that confusion of reaction beautifully.

Mary at tracks, hand on the lever Mary’s motorhome following the wedding bus was ominous.  Mary sitting by the tracks waving, hand on a train lever was not a good sign.  Later, in the Rovers, worried about the wedding, her comment to Ciaran about what her mother always said was heartbreaking:  “our Mary will never even make bridesmaid.”

And Sophie and Sian

Sean looks at Sophie in surpriseSophie was obviously tormented by the denial by her and Sian of their relationship, and that she was allowing Claire to be called “mad” and a child abuser.  And the cock crowed three times.

Later that night, she told her father that what Claire said was true, that she and Sian were together.  Good for you Sophie.  Sean’s reactions were great too, first when Claire made her announcement his sidelong surprised look at Sophie.  Then later, when Sally was going on about her daughter being “normal”, Sean’s questioning of her definition of normality.

Bridesmaids pumping handcar along trackAnd, after the bride and bridesmaids realized they were stranded in the countryside, no longer with the rest of the train!  Hayley, gown blowing behind her, standing on the handcar as her bridesmaids pumped the handles – priceless.  They sped along the track, getting Hayley “to the church on time”

Head table, as Roy finishes his speechThe scene that made me cry, though, was Roy’s speech.  With Sophie and Sian in the background, denying the ‘outing’ of them that Claire did, Roy talked about the world catching up to him and Hayley.  Eleven years earlier, he Sophie listens to Roy's speechsaid, he and Hayley wanted to legally commit to each other but the law did not allow it.  “We have remained still and the world has turned to meet us… The world can change its rules, its laws and its opinions as frequently as it chooses but I will remain standing beside you.  That will not change.”  Perfect.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Feb 6/11)

BFFs

Sophie kisses SianA jaw-dropper at the end of Monday’s episode.  Sophie, having scrubbed the back of her neck raw trying to get the temporary tattoo off, crying.  Sian then coming in to make up with her after their fight.  Then Sophie kissing her in a not “just friends” way.  And Sian maybe returning the feeling?

A couple weeks ago, after Sian and Sophie had a little hissy spat, I read a comment somewhere online that said something about their ‘lesbian moment’ in a kind of eye roll way.  I thought, oh, it’s just teenage girl stuff – emotions and hormones all over the place all the time.

Certainly, Sophie’s emotions had to be running amok at this moment in her room.  To recap the past couple days Sian reading text to Ryan from Sophie - "Liar"of her life:  she’s upset because her BFF had turned on her like a savage, taking the word of Ryan over hers about him coming on to her while he and Sian were split up for a nanosecond.  In trying to weasel out of the spot he’d got himself in, Ryan blamed Sophie.  He said she’d always said to him that if he wasn’t attached…  And Sian, confused by hearing two very different stories, chooses to believe him and turn on her friend.

Kevin yelling at Sophie about the tattooComing home to lick her wounds, Sophie gets some sympathy from her father.  Until he sees the tattoo on the back of her neck.  He does not hear her say it’s just henna.  He screams at her, grounds her and slams out of the room.

She Sophie scrubbing her neck to remove the tattoodecides that tattoo’s coming off. Crying, hurting inside and on her neck, and Sian comes in to apologize.  She realized Ryan lied about Sophie.  And, even after his mother (a pinnacle of morality herself) tells him to tell Sian the truth, he doesn’t.  Sian works it out for herself.

The whole situation with her, Ryan and Sian happened because she didn’t take Emily’s advice about sometimes a lie of omission is better than the full truth.  Emily’s counsel was keep yer mouth shut about Ryan coming on to you.  She should have listened.

Sophie tells Sian she doesn't like RyanI don’t know where they’re going to go with the kiss between Sophie and Sian, but I think Sophie could find herself in even more of a dilemma between her faith and feelings.  I don’t know if Emily will be able to help her because Emily is open-minded and kind-hearted.  To my knowledge, churches that have full-immersion adult baptism generally do not believe that God is equally accepting of all His creatures, even the gay ones.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Jan. 16/11)

SWF looking

Rita & Audrey talk in salon - SWF lookingFriday, Audrey and Rita had an interesting conversation about paying for companionship. To the news that Lewis is an “escort” hired occasionally by Audrey, Rita’s reaction was what probably most of us think – “a gigolo!” with a titter of laughter. Audrey denied there was any gigolo-related activity going on, just someone to talk to. “On the meter,” Rita scoffed. She told Audrey that she could find men for companionship or whatever without resorting to paying for them. Audrey doubted the likelihood of that.

Lewis & Audrey "off the meter"It was a sad scene, two widow women talking about finding interesting single men. But more than that, it was reassuring. These women know that they are “of a certain age”. But their age was not something they discussed. Audrey said you watch a movie and fall in love with Gregory Peck or Cary Grant, an oblique temporal reference. They are smart women who know their own minds and know the state of available male-hood in their neighbourhood. Their age and past history of relationships were not the issue, rather a way of giving perspective to their opinions.

Renting companionship

Dramatically, and as discourse, it was thought provoking. Rita’s shock and hint of titillation at the thought of hiring a man was countered by Audrey’s dispassionate assessment of her situation and the purpose of Lewis in her life. You rent a movie for entertainment of an evening, why not rent an evening of good conversation?  Why not indeed – it can be pretty hard to come by.

Norris busy with his new camera phoneWhat strengthened her thesis was that she did not tell Rita that Lewis was “off the meter” when Norris had seen him and Audrey together. Had Rita known that, she would have seen the whole thing differently. She probably would have said, oh so you’ve become friends outside of “work” then. But Audrey didn’t say it, and therefore she kept the discussion on the plane of payment for services, with the type of service being the point.

SWF – 1.0 and 1.1

Sian & Ryan head to the bedroomThis civilized introspective look at being single and having needs for companionship was beautifully placed in the show. Following it was a continuation of a scene that dealt with the same topic, more or less, from the other end of the spectrum.

It started in the episode before. Ryan had suggested that he and his girlfriend and Sophie, in a blind-date Sophie interrupts everyone's planssituation with a friend of Ryan’s, watch a movie at his place since his mother was out. Ryan and Sian watched maybe 5 minutes of the film before heading to the bedroom. Yuck.  Friday, Sophie and Ryan’s friend are still watching the movie while Ryan and Sian are behind closed doors. So Ryan’s friend figures it’s time to put the big moves on Sophie. Double yuck.

It was realistic, as those who choose to remember their teenage years of raging hormones know. And it was cheap and disgusting, as anyone who is past those years also knows. But, dramatically, it was a superb counterpoint for the scene with Audrey and Rita analytically and emotionally looking at the need for human contact.