Y&R has come some ways from the craptastic show that it was last year but still has a long way to go, IMO. It's been improving in increments.
There has yet to be any storylines that are earth shattering or are the stuff of soap legend.
There have been moments here and there of some good scene-work.
There are still some stale points and scenes that drag and yes, some of those lagging scenes do involve Steve Burton's character. For instance, I think JG should've establish the Dylan character on his own before launching him headlong into flashback fever with Avery. I know I really don't care about these flashbacks, they ring hollow because I don't know them.
Someone suggested early on that Dylan might have been a contractor working on the construction on the ranch. I thought that was a much better idea because, it would've given the Dylan character more time to become established before the inevitable 'big reveal' to Avery. His reveal to Avery in Nick's new club was very contrived and anti-climactic.
Y&R has been making incremental progress before and since SB arrived on the scene. As it happens, the most compelling storylines, to me, don't involve Nick/Avery/Dylan.
If anything, the introduction of the Congressman Wheeler character has set things into a higher gear, much more than the Dylan.
The Innocence Project storyline which also involves Avery, Tyler, Leslie and Victor. The Jack addiction storyline, which brought Congressman Wheeler to town, which also involves Phyllis and Victor (and Nikki to a lesser extent). If anything Mark Pinter is driving far more interest and storyline than SB, although for promotional purposes (Mark Pinter is not really going to be on the cover of soap magazines these days), SB has been used to promote Y&R.
I am intrigued by the aspect of Wheeler putting pressure on Victor to do his bidding (because it hasn't been done in so long) and Victor puts pressure on Mason to do his bidding. The two situations are not really related but it's interesting to see how it's setup.
For superficial reasons, some mistakenly think that SB is driving the stories. He hasn't been a bad addition so far but I'd say that JFP and JG probably think that Mark Pinter is the umbrella where a lot of storylines are resting under right now.
This is just my opinion really.
Edited by DramatistDreamer, 15 February 2013 - 06:31 PM.