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General Hospital, inconsistency be thy name. This week and last
have just about done me in. My husband is afraid to fly, excuse me, he's
"a nervous flier" (scared and Italian apparently don't mix), so his
doctor gave him some valium to keep on hand for business trips that crop up.
I have been eyeing the bottle all week. While I don't condone medicating
oneself to get through the hour, it is gonna take more than Calgon to take me
away at this point. To be fair I will start with the few good things of
Emily's accident - While the idea of her running off again
after saying countless times that she couldn't do that to her family kind of
ticked me off, I can't deny that the story has had it's compelling moments.
I find myself looking forward to how Skye's involvement will come out, and to
what Zander will do next. The intercutting of the aftermath of the
accident with the Nurse's Ball was well done I thought. I like Skye
(who, by the way, was the best dressed at the Ball IMO) because Robin
Christopher can act and that is a rare commodity these days.
Well, come to think of it that just might be all the good stuff I have
to talk about. So lets move on to what is causing me to become
Angel and Sonny - Oh my gosh, I haven't been so annoyed by
someone in I don't know how long. And that doesn't apply to Angel alone.
Actually it applies mainly to whoever is penning this fiasco of a story, I am
incredibly insulted by the whole stupid thing! This woman is just flat
out weird and supposedly, Sonny, rather than staying pissed off or hurt or
whatever by Carly, is now Intrigued by a mystery woman in
......white???????? Give me a freakin break - I literally feel like
my head is going to blow up when I start thinking about it. She sounds
and looks like someone from a tampon commercial (watch next time one comes on,
they all wear white - so we can know for sure that there won't be any leaks,
and they all walk through fields with dreamy expressions on their faces, a few
even wax poetic like our dear Angel) and there is so no point to
this character. I've read the little "clues" McTavish is
doling out about her not being what she seems and that Carly ruined her
marriage, not Angel - those just tick me off too. If Angel is not what
she seems somebody better tell me what she is now - because I won't be
watching her much longer, this isn't intriguing it's vomit inducing. And
watching the "nuances" (don't crack me up) between her and Carly in
the parking garage was just riveting, wasn't it? Those two should never
be allowed a scene alone together again because that could be the final
undoing of years of loyalty for some viewers. Instead of asking her
ridiculous questions about loons and water and crap he ought to be asking her
if she is aware that no one wears white every hour of every day and then he
should shove her in a mud puddle and run like hell. If they really
expect me to believe that this man, who has been betrayed by half the female
population of the world would become trusting of, much less intrigued by,
someone he doesn't know within like three days time, well, I find it
laughable. My apologies to Maurice Benard, but I am beginning to think
Sonny is dumber than a brick, deserves whatever the heck he gets and is fast
becoming as unwatchable as the women in his life. I will be first to say
I'm wrong if this story actually goes somewhere even half interesting, but I
am doubting I will have to. The only hope is the possibility that MB
will put his foot down at some point and (please, please) refuse to continue
The Nurse's Ball - I didn't think it was all that exciting
again this year. I don't think Lucy losing her skirt after the
show was well over really counted as upholding tradition. I liked
Edwards number, I liked watching Stavros watch Nikolas dancing around with
Lucky - that had to be a bit painful for him. RKK seems to be having a
blast playing Stavros and so far it's fun to watch him. But as for the
Ball overall - it just didn't seem right. First off no one was there.
I realize that the nurses and doctors were called away but man, it seemed like
a practically empty room. Most everyone there was also a performer.
Maybe some more "extras" would have helped. It just seemed a
little less than exciting and less than touching to me. I did love Alan
singing to Emily, beautiful voice and scene. Some of the better Ball
scenes actually happened on Port Charles I think - Gabriela's strip show was
kind of amusing, she looked like a woman possessed.
Alexis - I am just so bummed that Alexis has been relegated to
following other people around instead of having her own story. Why are
we stuck watching untalented actors in just plain stupid storylines for half
of every show, while NLG and Alexis are waiting in the wings? And this
goes for AJ too - give the boy a storyline! But the Alexis thing really
gets me,she never even makes it to the ball, why I don't know, and then she
has to run around chasing Zander down. She has to listen to NuCarly
whine way more than anyone should have to, the poor woman has no life of her
own whatsoever!! I believe it should be a criminal offense to give Angel
more screen time than Alexis - punishment being lock the writers in a room
with GH tapes of late and make them actually watch this junk for hours on end.
I guarantee they will be begging for the decent actors to walk into a scene
just like I am.
Ok, and what's the deal with the missing flashback scenes?? The
Luke and Laura de-marriaging scenes were fine but where were the flashbacks?
There are only unlimited amounts of footage to use, and we got nothing?
My theory on this is that they are actually afraid to show us previous show
clips for fear it will make the current ineptitude too obvious even to us
silly soap opera watchers. We should have seen some Sonny/Brenda/Hannah
flashbacks and maybe something that showed that Sonny knew Lily was out to
entrap him into marriage too. When we are actually using some of the
history of the show in present storylines, why not actually USE it????
The whole thing with Lucky and Liz living with Nik and Gia was just
silly too - there are only about a million places that would have been safer
for them to be if safety was the real concern. Living with Nik can't
possibly make much sense if you want to avoid the Cassadines, they show up
there regularly. Anyone else think that JY seems more believable when
he's being nice to and complimenting Gia than he is when he compliments Liz?
Speaking of that kind of thing, I read a quote from Ingo Rademacher in SOD,
July 3rd issue, that basically says that he hopes this time they will find him
a "hot" girl to work with - rather that means that Tava Smiley
wasn't hot or that he definitely doesn't want to have a Jax/Alexis pairing I
don't know. But you have to give him credit, I mean is that an actor's
actor or what? Truly cares about the craft and the storylines, I can
just tell. I have no problem with Jax and am anxious for his return, but
if we are so desperate that we are bringing people back to try to rescue the
ship that is listing badly, and we are willing to let them work with someone
"Hot" just so they'll sign on thereby forming storylines based
around that rather than what the fans actually like then I have a problem with
that! It really grinds on me that I put up with Chloe for all this time,
and she was one of my least favorites for quite some time, and then Jax leaves
and she actually started getting good. Then she loses any story
whatsoever - after we get an inkling that maybe she has potential, and now
with the current "actresses" to choose from she has moved so far up
on my list that Angel Boris and Tamara Braun can't even see her up there.
I don't want her with Jax, but if we are getting rid of people I have so
many suggestions! She may still be well below the likes of NLG
and GF, but firing her at this point just ticks me off again! Who would
have thought that I would feel that way a year ago? So I suppose that
means that by this time next year I may be singing the praises of TB?
We'll see, but don't hold your breath.