The audacity of hope. It’s not just the name of former President Barack Obama’s best-selling memoir but my vibe when it comes to Hilary Curtis and Devon Hamilton. When their powers combine, Hevon is rising.
Earth, fire, wind, water and heart. All of these have been summoned lately in the past month as my favorite couple on daytime has got me in my feelings. Mishael Morgan and Bryton James have given tour de force performances on The Young and the Restless as their characters have inched closer to reconciliation. My blood pressure couldn’t take them being apart and now my heart flutters. These two.
I’m a romantic (and crime buff) at heart . I have no shame in admitting that I woke at 4 a.m. to watch the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. On a regulr day and for the past five years, Hevon has had me wrapped around their fingers even when I wanted to give Y&R the bird. Lately, their relationship has been out of a fairy tale with the renewed care Executive producer/Head Writer Mal Young has shown to their development.
Hilary and Devon are sharing kisses, smiles, massages, holding hands, dancing cheek to cheek and those simple glances that convey more than words. Speaking of which, the dialogue has shifted from Devon and Hilary hurling insults at one another to having real conversations. They’re getting to know each other again, admitting past mistakes and forging a new path. He even crowned her his Queen.
Gone are the days of Devon tearing into Hilary because she tripped Mariah or threatening to haul her into court because she wanted to quit The Hilary Hour. Or throwing Simone in her face as though she were anything but a rebound. He’s lucky he wasn’t sued for sexual harassment but I digress. Devon was acting like a fool but so was Hilary. Given Hilary’s scheme to get pregnant with his baby, I expected another round of Devon going all Pusha T on her when he showed up at the hospital. Color me shocked when she admitted the truth of her false positive to the pregnancy test and he comforted her. He still wanted his love to carry his child. Growth, the power of love and a new script prevailed.
For the Bianca’s and Richard’s out there, I’m just gonna let Whitney take it from here.
Hevon isn’t for you. Never has been. Never will be. They are for the fans of this couple who saw the fire between them long before the show thought there might be a spark. We have been watching from the mountains. Well, more like the comfort of our homes and apps for this wave of optimism and story worthy of their dynamic.
Since this is a soap opera, Hevon started out as an affair. Hilary was married to a blind Neil, Devon’s foster father. Those weren’t ideal circumstances but I was still about my shipping. It is what it is. Neil hasn’t been in my good graces for a minute. He was touched by a feisty angel named Dru but it really should’ve been him who went over the CGI waterfall while Lily needs chocolate and Advil. The Winters being against Hevon made for good drama at one point but even back then and now, the raw chemistry between Morgan and James was too potent. They’ve got the ability to have Hevon hit all those erogenous points with that eye sex.
Hilary and Devon just have a certain je ne sais quoi. There are many couples on daytime that need endless propping when the magic just isn’t there. Rafe and Hope on Days of our Lives comes to mind. As do Frank Valentini and any random parking lot where he can hire actors to join the bloated cast of General Hospital. The billionaire and his lady have made do with sparse airtime because a former head writer said it wasn’t in the budget to feature them more. More than once, it felt like the show resented their enduring popularity.
This is where the opinionated Aries jumps out. I do believe the energy of Hevon took Y&R by surprise and the writing has often gone out of its way to dilute the magic. Devon and Hilary, at times, have been stripped of their individuality and turned into clichés. I like that Hilary is a vixen and messy while Devon is her righteous balance. But that balance has to be there. They were both veering into becoming cartoons and not fully fleshed out characters with strengths, flaws and humanity. Maybe a black couple wasn’t meant to rival the chosen ones but they did.
I don’t love Hilary and Devon together because they’re Black. Jordan and Curtis are paired on GH and I have stronger opinions about what I’ll have for breakfast than that pairing. No shade but I just don’t feel it for them. Hevon grabs my attention , stirs something in me and the fact that they’re Black love being celebrated is just icing on the cake.
Angie and Jessie’s love conquered all, including divorce and even death. Drucilla and Neil also captured hearts in Genoa City. So by no means is the concept of Black love new for daytime. It just feels damn good that Hilary and Devon are being given the baton to carve out their arc in the Rushmore of other supercouple greats.
Hevon on earth. Or at least in Genoa City until the next sweeps.