The Color Theory – Emmerdale Style

Welcome back to the Tin Hat Society. I am your host Amanda (@AmandaJ718).  With the help of my friend Justine (@BeauitifulHusbands), we have been talking about colors and clothing choices being used on Emmerdale.  We are not the first to consider this, but we are noticing a trend that we must talk about.

Since my film class days, I have been analyzing the mise en scene (the arrangement of scenery and stage properties in a play) of movies and television shows like it is my job (I would like it to be my job. Hire me). Anyway, lately, there has been so particular colors being used with Robert, Aaron, and Rebecca that deserves to be discussed in full. Read on if you want to learn about Robrons and Rebecca’s Color Theory!

Robert – Blue/Dark Red(Maroon)

Blues

Wearing blues equals calm. Our brains associate blue as positive and free.  We see this color as trustworthy something to depend on. 

The Positives

Calming/Loyalty/Trust/Devotion/Calm

The Negatives

Deceitful/Depressed/Weak/Unforgiving/Spiteful

How It Relates to the Scene

Robert is feeling a bit free. Rebecca is not in the village anymore. He is with his husband. He has a game with his husband’s best friend/sister’s husband (estranged). He is having a good time. He is sticking his foot in his mouth but so is Adam. It is a normal day for them. However, he is underneath depressed and spiteful that his life is a mess. He is unforgiving of himself for what he has done to Aaron and his life. He is hurting Aaron, and that is the last thing he wants to do.

One would even say that the shirt is a sky blue. Light blue is seen as honest or trustworthy.  Which juxtapositions itself with how Robert feels about his actions in the past couple of months.  He does not feel that way at all. He is still conflicted and beating himself up.

Maroon/Dark Red

Red is about power and bravery. We associate red with being confident and driven.  We also associate red with being oppressive and anger.  This is a polarizing color. 

The Positive

Serious/Controlled Power/Ambition/Thoughtful/Controlled

The Negative

Fearful/Bearing/Angry/Resentful/Aggressive

How It Relates to the Scene

Rebecca is back. He is being forced to face his mistake, and everything is serious again. He is stressed out because Ross is the idiot that we all know he is on the daily. Aaron is getting more upset. Victoria’s personality has disappeared and is now up Rebecca’s butt.  Robert is wearing a color he wore a lot during the affair era. He is controlled but fearful as well of what this is doing to his husband whom he loves more than life itself. He is also resentful of Victoria choosing Rebecca over him (then again, we are all confused by that too).  As time goes on, he becomes aggressive towards Ross, plotting revenge.  He went from feeling somewhat better and in control of his future with Aaron to going back into a freefall.

Aaron – Grey/Black/Dark Blue

Gray

Gray is a color associated with depression or unsettling feelings.  It can be associated with a loss that affects the body and soul. 

The Positives

Mature/Neutral/Intelligent/Solid/Stable

The Negatives

Sad/Depressed/Indecisive/indifferent/Isolated

How It Relates to the Scene

Aaron is trying to be different this time. Normally he runs. This time he is going to stay and fight. That means he is going to be mature and stable. Well, as stable as he can be.  He is wearing a lot of grays lately because he is feeling sad. He is feeling indecisive about his and Roberts future. Aaron is holding back on many emotions. He loves Robert. He is upset with Robert. He can be upset. Robert hurt him. However, that does not negate his love.

We have to see how this story plays out before really going into how long the sadness will continue.  Aaron can only stay solid and stable for Robert and himself for so long. Old habits will creep back up in the worst ways.  That has yet to be seen through, but these clothing choices show this could be a possibility.

Black

Black is associated with the unknown. It can represent strength and power but also negative feelings such as depression and feeling aloof. 

The Positives

Comfort/Protection/Strong/Contained/Mysterious

The Negatives

Aloof/Pessimistic/Withholding/Sadness/Negative

How It Relates to the Scene(s)

This is his hoodie in the same scene.  You could argue that the black hoodie was a protective layer since I always thought Aarons array of hoodies were just metaphorical shells to protect himself. He has been wearing a lot of black hoodies. So, he is trying to protect and comfort himself while out in public.  This is a given.

*Aaron wears a dark blue sweater in the 6/16/2017 episode.  Dark blue is conveyed as being superior. Make of that what you want. *

Rebecca – Yellow

Yellow

Yellow is associated with being creative or a sunny feeling.  Bright and happy. It can be considered anxiety-producing for some and conveys a sensitivity to criticism and a retreat from responsibility. 

The Positives

Optimism/Creative/Challenging/Confidence/Fun

The Negatives

Spiteful/Cowardly/Deceitful/Low Self-Worth/Lacking Compassion

How It Relates in General

When we meet Rebecca, she is mostly wearing Reds, Blacks, and Multi-colors.  As I wrote above, the reds equal control and power. The black coloring is mysterious and strong. She was brought on to be fun while trying to be that strong independent woman the show was desperate to sell us.  After ‘The Incident’ episode her wardrobe changes to mostly yellows. Mustard yellow to be exact. According to a few websites, that shade of yellow means a lack of self-worth or self-respect.

Let me back up for a minute.  Before the turning point in her character’s story, she is feeling powerful and in control of herself.  After ‘The Incident’ she goes out of her way to look brighter and happier while hiding those feelings of lack of self-worth, self-respect, and deceitfulness, spite even?

We see this come out after Robert rejects her the next day.  Her whole attitude goes from sunny to spiteful in a heartbeat.  She starts to throw out accusations and gets bitter about Robert turning back to his husband.  When she thinks, he is deciding to be with her and Robert rejects her again, out comes the spitefulness. In one case, sending Ross after him.

She shows this by lacking compassion towards Aaron and what he is going through.  She is in that mustard yellow around Aaron during her biggest show of manipulation and deceitfulness and lack of compassion. The scene with Aaron as she tries to convince him to leave Robert. She is wearing a very loose mustard yellow sweater. She keeps pushing Aaron with her words and building this case that Robert is the worst person for everyone. Instead of apologizing for her actions and how they affected Aaron (like Robert did the night of the reveal episode) she doesn’t do that. She is spiteful towards Robert, acting like that night was all his doing when it takes two to tango (if we ignore the consent issue like the show).  She is also a coward. Pretending Aaron yelling would affect her thumb-sized baby in her stomach.  Grabbing it at every chance she could, taking the cowards way out of taking responsibility for her actions in this situation.

The show may want us to side with her and think of her as the victim put I believe that is only the outside. On the inside, she is a much darker human being. We have seen it since she met Aaron and it might get worse and spread towards Victoria. Hence why this story might get “compelling” very soon.

What does all this mean?

It could mean nothing. A soap opera operates on a tighter schedule than a prime-time show.  Sometimes they might not have the time to figure out certain clothing choices and colors.  However, with this storyline being the way it is, all we have is the colors of their clothes and their non-verbal actions.  So, I think it is important that we all pay attention to their clothing choices from now on.  It is telling us more than we realize.

What do you think? Tell me below or tweet me @AmandaJ718. Until next time, keep your tin hats on tight and hold on. This bumpy ride of a storyline is not going to be over for a long time.

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Here are links to the research. (Check out the websites for yourself. Come up with your own ideas and share them with me and others!)

Blue/Light Blue

Grey/Black

Dark Red/Maroon

Yellow

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Super Soap Week Theory – The Feet in the Sand

Super Soap Week brought us lots of drama and intrigue that lead us to the death of James Barton.  With that death saw a few stories play out throughout the year.

Rhona and Pierce.

Laurel and Ashley

Robert and Aaron

Emma and James.

You would think that is it. Those were the people in play.

Did you forget Lachlan?

Lachlan who was tied up and locked in Aarons trunk got out alive. Then nothing. He went to jail. Right?

Not so fast. We have one more story left untold from Super Soap Week.

Lachlan and the Feet in the Sand

Justine (@BeauitfulHusbands come on over and say hi to her too!) had noticed something during a rewatch of the Super Soap Week festivities.  What Lachlan was doing once Robert jumped into the water to pull him out of the car boot.

Watch the scene here (should be cued up to the right spot but if it does not start there go ahead to 1:56)

 

This video got both of us thinking. Lachlan was not alone. He stood on a hill of sand with three other people.

Who are these people? Where did they go? Why did the camera decide to pan over their feet and only show Lachlan’s full body?  With all the crazy happening at the scene did they just walk away?

There was never an explanation of how he got out of that trunk. There was no explanation of who was standing next to him. All we have is this, and then his story disappears from the screen. Was that the plan? How does this fit into the Robron story?

While we cannot answer all those questions here is some speculation as to who the feet in the sand belong to.

Possible Owners of the Feet

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Ross

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Belle/Chrissie (we are a bit unsure about this too)

Rebecca (who wears lots of hippie looking clothes like the fringe above? Yeah.)

What does all this Information Mean?

Our guess, playing off the Super Soap Week and what we think of these characters, the people in the sand with Lachlan are the people who plan to get revenge. What kind of revenge?

Against Robert Sugden.

Rebecca

Rebecca wants nothing but to be accepted by her family. She screwed up with Lachlan and his jail sentence by aligning herself with Robert, but she can help him now, on the outside. So, the best revenge is to take away what Robert has built for himself. His little family.  Robert would completely lose everything and breakdown. Something Rebecca might want for him. Especially if she feels trampled.

Rebecca was the one to start first. After the big accident, she pushed herself harder into Aaron and Robert’s life. She is seen in the background of their scenes at the pub and even at The Mill.  She started having personal conversations with them. Acting like a friend to Aaron while throwing herself at Robert. Any reason to make Aaron feel insecure. She was hoping Robert would fall back into old habits.

Nothing worked until Robert got drunk and called her over. She saw her chance.  They make out, and Robert takes off his jacket but passes out. After he passes out, she pretends they slept together. Ready to use it against Robert. However, she found out she is pregnant. It is Ross’s but why not use it against him. In her eyes, Aaron would leave Robert if he found out about the baby.

She did not’ count on the two to come through and stay together. Now she is stuck with a kid that could easily be proven to be someone else’s. She runs.

Ross

Ross and Robert have a complicated history.  Ross shot Robert. He knows about Katie. Aaron and Ross don’t have a great relationship either. After he meets Rebecca and sleeps with her a few times, she might have opened to him. Upset about how much she felt Robert used her.  So, he helps her out with her plan in little ways. Anything to get back at Robert who he seems to not like. Also, he could get some much-needed money by blackmailing him.

Belle/Chrissie

Here is where we get stuck.  We aren’t sure who these feet are supposed to be.  We thought Chrissie, but she seems to be surprised by everything Rebecca throws at her.  I feel like she would know if Rebecca was going after Robert. Mostly because she would help.

Belle is a wild guess because out of nowhere she is now in Lachlan’s/Chrissie orbit.  Apparently, if our research is correct, Belle and Lachlan have been here before.  So, Belle might have helped with a few things; we aren’t sure. This is where things get a little tricky. We also think we might not know who that is supposed to be yet.

Even we don’t have all the pieces.

Conclusion?

The feet in the sand confuse us. Without Justine asking me my thoughts about the feet in the sand we wouldn’t have this theory. How could we have forgotten Lachlan? He might be the missing key. This could all lead to Lachlan going serial killer and the Ross vs. Robert spoiler printed in  Soap Life magazine. It also walks back the cheating (Robert meant his vows comment from Iain) and walks back the baby while still having soapy revenge on the table.

Even if none of this matters, in the end, you have to wonder about the feet in the sand.

 

Can you add to it? Do you think we are all officially losing our minds? Tell us below or tweet me @AmanaJ718. Until the next theory grabs our fancy, keep watching to see if we are right.

Rebecca White: Playing Everyone?

Ok. Here is something I have to get off my chest. I’m sure no one will be surprised by this statement. This is something I’ve talked about with a lot of you. Including my dear friend, Justine (@BeautifulHusbands).

Rebecca White isn’t a Victim.

Whew. Shocking, right?

Next statement.

I think Rebecca White is playing everyone in the village.

Here is when things get a bit tricky and possibly straw grabbing. This revelation started when I came across a written out theory from Vicky (@aviewfromtheclouds25). Please check it out here and then come back. I’ll wait.

I’ve had the same idea in my head for awhile now.  She just wrote it much better than I could have. Here are some dots we (Justine and I) have connected to support her theory. They are not in any order just things we noticed. This is more Robert focused than White family focused.

Dot #1: The Conversations

Rebecca has conversations with Liv and Aaron. One on One conversations. They seem to come out of nowhere. With Aaron, it is about Gordon (which we will get to that), and with Liv, it is about things Robert isn’t comfortable talking about with her.  On the outside, it looks like she is just trying to be nice and innocent. If she wants revenge on Robert, she could be collecting information on the two people he loves the most. I always found it odd that Aaron would open up so easily about Gordon to her of all people. Someone he didn’t trust. Liv was more about her fears and issues but still something she could use (less likely, but I always found it an odd scene. Victoria could have talked to Liv. Not Rebecca).  She now has some inside information. Hurt the people Robert loves the most.

Dot #2: “I Passed Out.”

I know everyone is sick of me talking about consent and how the show seems to be dropping it. We all have eyes. We saw what happened that night. Robert drunk. Rebecca sober. The sober one should be the responsible one. We all know this. The show seemed to imply to us to let this go. If they wanted us to let this go, why have that line in there.

“I must have passed out, and she left”

Robert doesn’t remember passing out? He doesn’t remember in general? Why leave Rebecca if you “know” Robert wants you. If we are to forget about it why bring it up in the biggest Robert and Aaron episode. One could argue Aaron saying, “Don’t blame the drink!” was the show’s way of telling us to let go, but I don’t think that is the case here. Aaron was rightfully upset.

Dot #3: No Reaction to Lawrence/Overreaction to Aaron

This one is small but noticeable in Friday’s episode. When Lawrence yelled “NO!” at Rebecca, he was in her face. He was loud. He was angry. She didn’t even flinch. She just stared at him. Flash forward to Aaron having his conversation with her, and he raises his voice, and she immediately acts like he hit her covering her stomach in fear. What is the difference? Lawrence wasn’t meant for this part of the plan? She didn’t need to play up a reaction yet? She needed to make Aaron feel bad. Question why he even came to talk to her.

Dot #4: The Rebecca Speech to Aaron

That whole speech made my skin burn. It made me want to throw a chair at her head. That whole speech about how Aaron should dump Robert was her version of what Gordon must be saying in Aarons’ head. Since she knows about Gordon and what he has done to Aaron from their previous talk she knows how to get inside his head. She was measured in how she spoke. She was trying to get to him. Break them up for good. Since that is part of the plan. Hurt Robert. Take away, Aaron. She just didn’t count on their inability to cope without each other.

Dot #4: Whiplash

She always changes her mind. It’s whiplash for us. Twitter user, @AmanaJRooney wrote this out:

She changes her mind so much because she is trying to control the players in the game. She will say one thing to Robert and another to her family. She has to keep them on their toes if she is going to get revenge. Hence why we feel like she is insane. She is just saying what she needs to say to keep it going.

Dot #5: The words of a Victim?

Please click on the link to see the video that I can’t get to embed because technology hates me today. Click the link and come on back after you are done watching.

Is this the same Rebecca that we are supposed to see as Roberts victim @emmerdale? #robron #bexit pic.twitter.com/F5kOMYftCf

She is the worst. The worst. These words are what she is bitter about. Why she wants revenge against Robert.

Conclusion

All of this could be grasping at straws. However, we can see it. If others can see this happening. There must be something there.  I don’t know what Emmerdale is up to but if the tables turn and she becomes the big villain? I will be ecstatic. We are aware they can build up a story for months. Maybe we are getting a villain story after all. Just poorly acted and badly written.

I wrote this in haste. Please. Blow it apart. Hate it. Love it. Sorry if I give someone too much hope. Sorry if I offended. This is just something we noticed after reading that theory from the lovely Vicky.

Thoughts?

Young and the Restless Theory Time: Billy/Victoria and the Soap Opera Super Couple

Super Couples and You

Soap Operas have been a part of my life for as long as I could remember.  I always remembered loving to see my favorite characters dealing with the most absurd circumstances and
surviving day after day.  While I loved the individual characters; I truly fell hard for the couples that populated this world.  Some couples came and went but there were always a select few that the world would always love.   These types of couples were called, affectionately, the super couples.  Super couples are defined as when the public becomes captivated or even with a popular fictional couple.  The best examples of these couples were Luke and Laura, Reva and Josh, Jack and Jennifer and Nikki and Victor.

Over the years the idea of the super couple in soap operas had started to die out.  Some blame the fact that the writers, for ratings sake, kill off couples before they could even be thought of as a potential super couple.  That is what Young and the Restless writers seemed to be doing (excluding Victor and Nikki) with most of the couples they created.  Then came along Billy Abbott and Victoria Newman and the viewing public became interested but a bit wary knowing how the writers work on this particular soap opera.

From the first kiss to their “Father Knows Best” wedding, Victoria and Billy have managed to make viewers fall in love.  However with the good times comes the bad.  From daddy issues to the loss of Lucy, Victoria and Billy have been though a lot of pain.  Instead of breaking up and forgetting that each other existed, the writers kept them in each other’s orbits. Viewers
watched as Billy and Victoria crossed wires, supported each other, fall apart and never felt worthy of each other’s love.  Some might feel despair, watching their favorite couple go through this, but the seasoned fans of soap operas know this is the markings of a super couple.  The super couple goes to extremes.  From extreme happiness to extreme sadness but they never get each other out of their systems.

There are so many amazing Victoria and Billy fan videos out there but I felt the one I placed below shows how much happiness and sadness this couple has truly been though.

All of this leads to my theory.

Theory Time!

As we stand, Billy and Victoria made love and Billy split right after.  This left fans with a bad taste in their mouths.  However, I see this as an opportunity for Billy and Victoria to become a full-fledged super couple.

Just a warning before I start.  This theory is full of flaws and holes, hence why it is a theory that I need to fix with time.  Please just humor me and my obsessive nature and read with an open mind and heart.

I am convinced that Victoria will become pregnant from that last moment they shared.  She won’t know this until she is far along (no miscarriages here.  That is has been done with them).  Since she cannot find Billy and she feels he left her for good, she keeps the pregnancy to herself deciding to raise the child on her own.  Obviously this won’t happen since someone will figure it out but more on that later.

Meanwhile Billy is off trying to make himself better and more worthy of Victoria’s love by going to rehab (Thanks to Robansuefarm  on twitter for that idea).  He doesn’t have a clue that Victoria is pregnant with their child.  He just focuses on getting better to come back to his wife.

As time goes on Victoria obviously starts to show and she can’t keep this secret for long.  One of the Abbott siblings finds out and finds Billy to get him home.  Obviously, wires cross, and Billy believes that Victoria was purposely trying to cut him out since he thinks she doesn’t want him anymore. It also reminds him of what Chloe has done with Delia and he becomes angry with Victoria.  He comes back to Geona City and Victoria with a chip on his shoulder.

After much angst, Victoria just explains that she kept the baby a secret since he left her with no explanation.  She was convinced he left her and he didn’t care for her anymore.  Once again…wires have been crossed and misunderstands emerge.

Something happens to Victoria (thanks to Victor) and she almost loses the baby.  This makes Billy and Victoria realize what they have and finally get smart and get back together to raise the baby together as a big happy family (obviously Reed and Delia are included).

*Fans rejoice*

If you are still reading this…wow…you must like me….

This puts them on the list for super couple status because of the up and down nature of their relationship.  The angst leads to happiness and vice versa.  While this plays out on television the fan base would grow more obsessive and Billy and Victoria become more and more popular.  People just want this couple to succeed together as well as apart.  This makes them a great super couple.

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank the Villy family on twitter and tumblr for supporting my Villy love and obsession.  I would also like to promote a great tumblr page, Daily Young and the Restless.  (http://timothybilton.tumblr.com)  It is a place to talk about the show and just generally fan girl over villy and any other characters or couples.  All is welcome.

Thanks for reading and please be gentle.  First time I talked about a theory outside of the Daily Young and the Restless.  Hope everyone enjoyed and wasn’t scared off by my obsessive soap opera self.