Thoughts about ED
I’ve already put into words about how much I dislike the Rebecca, Aaron and Robert storyline… so I’m going to talk about it again as I need to get it off my chest once again so here we go with my rather rambling attempts at typing my current thoughts and feelings. Throughout this storyline, there have been several things that have annoyed me. The biggest one has to be how inconsistent of a character they have made Rebecca. She was brought in after being summoned by Robert to help him with the whole saga of Chrissie framing Andy. She was shown back then to be a character that would do anything to get what she wanted, she repeatedly tried to get Robert into bed and didn’t give a damn about Aaron’s feelings. Rebecca also repeatedly slept with Robert when he was with Chrissie, once even at Robert and Chrissie’s engagement party, she openly bragged to Chrissie and happily told Chrissie this. This to me does not create the impression that Rebecca is a nice person. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if they had brought her on to be a soap bitch at that point, at least her motivations would be clearer. What we are seeing of Rebecca as a character on screen is something I just can’t get. I genuinely do not know where Emmerdale intend to go with this character or what her motivations are. When the truth came out about Robert being the Dad she was adamant that she was going to do it. She then, a few weeks later and says that she didn’t mind Robert being involved and that she wanted his name put on the baby’s birth certificate… what?! While scrolling through my dash on Tumblr I have come across many well thought out and written theories about this storyline and where it is leading, and it is so easy for the theories to be written as the writing leads a lot to be desired. Several examples to mind. One such example is when Rebecca and Robert attended the scan, the medical professional shows asked Rebecca if the dad was coming in and Rebecca responded something along the lines of Robert being the dad. We also have only had Rebecca’s word that Robert is the dad, especially after she was also sleeping with Ross (Are we meant to read more into this or not?) They have had the horrific abortion side of the storyline, in which they have said that Rebecca was forced by Robert to have a previous abortion. This is highly problematic and should have been avoided, they used this only to retcon it and brush it off as ‘it wasn’t the right time’ It is quite frankly insulting to use such a personal and sensitive issue as cheap plot drama. Not to mention, the dropped (never going to forgive ED for doing this) consent issues over how 'the incident’ actually happened. Another thing that has annoyed me is how they have thrown so many characters under the bus for the sake of Rebecca. They have had Victoria, Robert’s sister pressuring Robert into having something to do with the baby when he was saying that he did not want anything to do with the baby and he wanted to try and move on with Aaron. They have had Rebecca move in with Victoria (which I do not get). Robert himself as a character has been thrown under the bus, as they had done a beautiful redemption for Robert but they have had him cheat three weeks after his wedding day. There has been zero reaction from Aaron’s family about this whole storyline, in fact, he’s barely had any scenes with his family throughout this tortuous storyline, yet to rub salt in wounds they’ve had Rebecca have more scenes with Aaron’s family than Aaron himself has. The straw that broke the camels back for me is in Friday’s episode after the whole conversation between her and Debbie and then the later conversion between her and Victoria. They have really put Aaron through the wringer for the sake of this plot and it is quite frankly horrifying. They’ve put him through hell. They’ve had him relapse into self-harm, they have had him go back into drugs, they’ve had him attempt to throw a wrench at his husbands head and threaten a pregnant lady. I will admit that one of the only good things they’ve done is to accept that he needed to be away from Robert for his mental well-being. I will never forgive Emmerdale for doing this storyline and would love to see Iain explain himself to fans face to face.