Be warned: What follows will be
mostly opinionated ramblings. Like just about everyone else these
days, it's sometimes been hard for me to really feel like I care what
happens on GH when compared to the real-life tragedies transpiring around
the country and really, the world. So I watched for almost a week with
pretty jaded eyes I admit and then I started to feel a small tug of
appreciation for the normalcy of the soaps, even though the current normal
isn't always very entertaining. While things aren't ever going to be
the same "normal" again for many of us, life really does go on.
And while I hope I never forget how deeply it affected me to see our country
attacked before my very eyes, and while I hope it continues to change the
way I look at things and doesn't allow me to take things for granted like I
often have in the past, I also want to continue to enjoy things that I have
always enjoyed. So I am working on getting back into the swing
of GH and trying to view it without being overly judgmental of what
sometimes feels really inconsequential because the truth is many of us do
need a diversion and that's really what the soaps have always provided.
They aren't real life and that's why I like them.
On that note, I'm a little bummed that
the biotoxin storyline is being completely trashed. I completely
understand the compassion issue and would be wholeheartedly behind dumping
anything that had to do with airports or airplanes, but I'm having a hard
time with the Cassadine/Spencer war being dumped at this point. If by
some slim chance they actually had a well thought out ending to this story
I'm sorry that we will miss it. I'm not saying it was the wrong thing
to do, just that is a little bit of a let-down for me. While I realize
that the tone of television will have to change as a result of the tragedies
(and it should!) it's tough to stop midstory and completely switch gears.
I guess it is better to be cautious in these situations and if it saves some
from being offended or hurt by words said onscreen then they will have done
the right thing. I guess from a personal standpoint I have never
really viewed the Cassadine/Spencer story as having anything to do with
terrorism (I always just ignore the "we will rule the world"
comments because they are so darn ludicrous - they haven't been able to
control one measly little family for pete's sake) and I would rather see GH
work that hard on hiring and then actually using African-American (or take
your pick of any other under-represented ethnicity's) actors in a manner
that is more befitting of real society than to see them work overtime on
rewriting this particular storyline. But, understand, that is
just a personal feeling and I completely understand that others may feel
differently and I respect that. I also realize since I have no idea
what they had written I am probably in no real position to judge whether it
should be aired or not. ( I warned you this would be rambling, if I'm
changing my own opinion back and forth in one paragraph I apologize - I'm
sort of thinking as I go on this one) And I respect that the soaps are
trying to do what they can to ensure no viewers are upset or offended by
what they portray onscreen. Though I have a sinking feeling we may all
be irritated with what we get "off the cuff" to wrap this story
up. Hopefully I'm wrong, either way I'll be watching closely! My
wish would have been to hear that GH was rewriting and reworking scenes to
edit out dialogue or actions that may be offensive to some viewers in light
of the tragedies, rather than the storyline is "scrapped".
Speaking of crap (sometimes you have to
read between the S's and the ped's - ya still with me?), for the first time
in my General Hospital viewing history that was the word that came out of my
mouth when I saw Sonny come on my screen in the first scene of Wednesday's
(I think) show. Tuesday was such a nice day because I didn't have to
see Carly or Angel at all. There was a whole show with minimal showing
of the superpower couple (Roy and Melissa) working their magic and no, and I
think I can say this, no bad acting the whole show. Gia and Nik,
though saying the same junk over again, were compelling. It is truly
amazing me that some of these actors can actually make what they are saying
mean something to me when I've already heard it twenty times. That is
acting! Watching Lucky and Luke stare at each other with matching
blank looks actually cracked me up, but in a good way. I thought it
was kind of interesting watching them try to carry on a conversation.
TG is acting his you know what off - he's always good but this stuff is
really up his alley I think. And the L&L reunion at the end of the
show was so, so good. I was actually ticked that the show was over and
that hasn't happened all that much lately. I also really enjoyed
watching Stefan and Laura in the days before. It was nice to see that
glimmer of why they ever hooked up to begin with; it's easy to forget that.
I have to say too that it was a nice surprise to me that they actually
figured Stavros out before he made himself known. After all that
sneaking around for forever I was completely shocked that the whole town
didn't figure it out together as he made some grand entrance. I was
picturing the shock on all the different players faces being the last scene
on a Friday, blah, blah. At first I thought I might feel let down by
the way they chose to reveal him to Laura and Stefan but I found that I
still got to see the reactions I wanted and now I get to look forward to
them turning the tables on the sneaky murderer. I like that. Now
somebody just has to tell me how we are going to keep Constance Towers
around because I am not - I repeat am not, willing to see her be a casualty
of this storyline. I won't accept it, no way no how. So somebody
better get a brainstorm on that one.
Kristina - she can stay (provided she doesn't
upset Alexis), Angel - not fast enough, NuCarly - I don't really care
anymore, I can fast forward her since she looks pretty much the same at
either speed and disappears faster when I keep my finger on the ff button.
I've resigned myself to the fact that she isn't going anywhere soon and
since some seem to have accepted and even like her (yikes!) I am trying to
take her in small doses. Now I understand how the people who have just
never liked the character to begin with feel. I loved SB and loved her
as the character but I am not seeing much use for this version of Carly,
just loud, over gesturing and annoying with no real redeeming qualities.
I really like Gia more and more. And Sonny and Alexis talking about
surviving and its aftermath was quite good. At least there is an
attempt to explain Alexis current behaviors and it even seems credible to
me. Notice all these comments are mostly regarding characters not
storylines, that's my way of coping this week, because if I get started on
too many of the storylines we'll be here all night and none of us wants to
waste that kind of time.
A few random thoughts: Can Jax the Corporate Raider actually
threaten to use his "raiderness" on Sonny? I mean, he did-
so I guess he can, but does it really work that way? I didn't know you
could raid a mobsters holdings thereby putting him out of his illegal
business. And along the same lines: Helena has absolutely no way
to defend her holdings against Jax and his telephone calls to whomever pulls
off this magical takeover? I don't really get the whole thing, and I
don't really see where Ingo has much more of a purpose than he did when he
left. As far as I'm concerned his character is less likeable than he
was due to his poor treatment of Chloe and his lame Brenda explanation.
I'm not sure I want a fab four re-do so I'm holding out hope that there will
be something to the Skye/Jax pairing idea. I miss Skye, by the way.
I look forward to her being involved in a storyline of her own. How
long is AJ going to hang on that hook without his jacket ripping? I do
not, under any circumstances, want Sonny's bodyguards to "guard"
me from anything, I swear they are straight out of a cracker jack box.
Someone please remind me why I care who killed Sorel? I can't even
remember who the suspects are anymore - weren't there more than just the
hospital staff? If it's a certain someone's ticket out of town then
great but I wish they'd stop pretending this is a real storyline because I
just don't think it is. You can't ignore something nine days out of
ten in favor of catfighting women and silly threats and then expect me to
care when you want to bring it back to the front burner. Just my
Take care everyone and give your loved one's an extra hug or two -
they're worth it!