April 22, 2009By Naomi Rabinowitz Posted: Apr 22, 2009
I'm just not feeling the "Kevin fights the chipmunk" storyline on YOUNG AND RESTLESS. The start of Kevin's breakdown was compelling; Clint kidnapped and drugged him, locked the claustrophobic Kevin in a closet, made him think Clint was his late "daddy," and brainwashed Kevin into robbing banks (while wearing a chipmunk mask). However, watching poor Kevin being terrified by visions of a giant chipmunk isn't riveting; it's just plain silly. The chipmunk itself isn't really the problem — in fact, it brings to mind the movie Donnie Darko, where a troubled teen saw a giant bunny. However, the chipmunk is just not scary. It speaks in a high-pitched voice and keeps making bad puns ("You're nuts!") and hasn't done anything remotely threatening to Kevin, other than well, stand there and make jokes. I'm all for showing how messed up Kevin's mind is, but I think there were plenty of other ways to do this. He could've seen visions of Clint or of Terrible Tom, or even of his loved ones getting hurt by his own hand. As of now, Kevin's "nemesis" is just making me roll my eyes, which is not the effect the story is supposed to be having.