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I just spent the weekend trying to catch up on 4 weeks worth of General
Hospital (minus the two days when my tape ran out and I didn’t know it but
it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference).
Let me just say that until there’s a new regime in town, don’t
attempt this unless you’re begging to be beaten into a coma.
There are, however, a few glimmers of hope for some decent
entertainment IF the storylines are handled with anything other than a
hatchet. So, what the heck,
I’ll actually start on a rare positive note.
Courtney have the most potential of ANY couple in Port Charles (disclaimer:
I don’t watch “Port Charles” so read accordingly).
Most people are assuming (so I will too because I really like the sound
of it) that AJ will actually fall in love with Courtney.
The possible story “fingers” spreading out from this pairing could
be huge if SOMEONE WOULD PLEASE JUST TOSS US A FREAKIN’ BONE AND TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF IT. The
relationships that would have to develop between Sonny and AJ, the Q’s and
Sonny, AJ and Michael COULD be great. Let
the imagination flow. Forget the
“Pretty Woman” angle. In my
opinion, this could be the best “Romeo and Juliet” scenario since Luke and
Laura. And, although I reserve
the right to change my mind on this at any time, I like the character
of Courtney. Unlike a good chunk
of the newbies thrown at us lately, this chick has flaws.
Now, granted, she gets a tad whiny at times but, please, whoever claims
they weren’t whiny at 20 is a big fat liar.
Billy Warlock has FINALLY been given SOMETHING to work with and it’s
obvious that he’s running with it. I
admit (please don’t hurt me) to previously being fairly ambivalent towards
him but I have truly seen the light. (And
if the AJ/Courtney pairing doesn’t work out, can we figure out a way that AJ
and Skye aren’t related? Talk
about chemistry. These two
together are amazing.)
Another positive comment. I
love that Luke and Laura are reuniting. I
don’t CARE that it happened so quickly on the heels of the Fluke fiasco
(which, by the way, I’d like to erase with a Dallas/Bobby Ewing shower
scene, please). All I care about
is that it’s happening. Let’s
ignore the fact that I’m a HUGE L&L fan from back in the Campus Disco
days. Color me boring, but I just
want to see a happy, stable, FUN couple.
Now there ARE several couples who have been around PC for a while but I
dare anyone to classify them as “stable” or even “fun.”
Alan and Monica? I don’t
have enough time to even BEGIN to delve into that dysfunction.
Edward and Lila? She’s stable. He
isn’t. Am I missing anyone?
If any two actors can make “couplehood” exciting and fun to watch,
it’s GOT to be Genie Francis and Tony Geary -- if they are given halfway
decent material to work with. Again, am I asking too much?
to open a very large can of worms here but it’s a subject that’s been
bugging me for a while now. I am,
obviously, one of the few (scared) GH fans who doesn’t want to see Sonny and
Carly reunite. (However, please
note, I don’t want Sonny to get together with Alexis either - except for a
possible quick one night stand to take a little of the edge off of Alexis, if
you know what I mean.) I don’t
happen to think that Sonny is GOOD for Carly.
Don’t get me wrong. I
LIKE Sonny. However, I also like the direction the character of Carly is
headed -- she’s more confident, more relaxed, more of an example of a strong
woman. But every time Carly has
dealings with Sonny, I feel like I’m watching Sarah Brown stomp across the
stage and the character becomes grating, self-righteous, possessive and
obnoxious. Not exactly a positive
female role model. Again, is a
strong woman (like a stable, fun couple) such a bad thing? Does this automatically translate into boring?
And can anyone actually explain to me WHY Sonny and Carly should get
back together? How is this good
for Carly? To be put in a
position where she’s sent to her room every time Benny or Alexis walks in
the door? To consistently be
called on the carpet to explain your every action or word?
I wouldn’t want to live that way.
Pair Carly up with someone who SHE deserves -- not someone who’s
required to submit to a control freak. And
how is a Sonny/Carly reunion good for Sonny?
He flat out doesn’t trust her. TO
ME, that’s a pretty big relationship no-no.
But again, just my opinion.
for some miscellaneous thoughts:
So Lucky FINALLY got around to seeing Kevin (who, I understand, has
been busy with his own little life and near-death in PC).
Is it me or is it POSSIBLE that Lucky’s “love for Elizabeth”
hasn’t been erased but merely REPRESSED?
I mean, Helena is good but do we really think she’s THAT good?
Can someone maybe call Gail?
there an age limit for SORAS-ing a character?
Isn’t Sarah Webber the same age as Nik, if not younger?
Do they have an accelerated college/medical school program in Europe?
One day she’s a senior in high school and seemingly the next day
she’s an intern immediately noticing that Elizabeth has a collapsed lung?
even going to say everything that deserves to be said about “The
Accident.” There is absolutely
nothing positive to say about this. From
Max getting all of the lines that SHOULD have been Johnny’s to Taggert
ordering a nurse to get a blood alcohol test “stat”?
Is he a cop or a doctor? He
must be a doctor because they certainly aren’t letting him play a convincing
cop. One thing IS for sure --
there’s so much procedurally wrong with this mess that it stuns me that
Alexis hasn’t yet buried the PCPD with a barrage of complaints.
Whoever wrote this crap should be forced to watch it.
Geez, Gia’s hair even looked better AFTER The Accident than it did
before. I really hate it when the
writers think we’re idiots.
dimples are so deep they must come out the back of his head. I just need a private moment to dwell on that...
Be still my
heart. There’s been a lot of
talk of Jerry Jacks lately. (And,
gratefully, once was Sonny reminding Jax of the HUGE favor he did by getting
Jerry out of town.) Is there hope
that Jerry might be coming back? Does
anyone know what Julien Stone is up to? Is
this also too much to ask?
KRISTINA A FLAW OR GET HER OFF MY TELEVISION.
She bugs me.
finally, been deleted from the opening credits after hanging around in them
for twice as long as she was actually on the show.
But couldn’t they have left Stephen Nichols on for just a little
longer? Surely his YEARS on GH
rate that. And why was Helena
axed? Just because she HAPPENS to
be behind bars temporarily doesn’t mean she’s out of the picture. We all know better than that.
kiss between Carly and Zander, I’m really surprised that her daydream on the
pool table was about Sonny. Although
the shirt Sonny was wearing during the scene looked remarkably like the one
that Zander had been wearing...
else noticed that NuNik is a hugger? I
swear this guy hugs everyone he comes in contact with.
And he’s adopted the patented Maurice Benard “stare off into
space” look. MB can pull it
off. NuNik should look for his
own angle. Or at least look at a
Skye has the
most style of anyone on this show. I
wouldn’t even know where to begin to LOOK for a light blue clutch to match
my light blue sweater set and pants. Can
we have her hang out with Laura for a while?
Why is Jax
wearing a wedding ring in the still shot scenes during the intermission where
he’s holding the champagne glass (you know, those black and white and yellow
clips)? Could it actually be that
they took these pictures during the 20 minutes he was married to Alexis?
What was up
with Laura’s saddle bags? And
is there anything else in there besides the toy gun?
I didn’t even see a lump for a toothbrush. I carry more on me when I go from the downstairs to the
upstairs in my house.
happened to Carly’s supposed pregnancy? Add this one to the ever-growing
list of lost opportunities/storylines in the past year plus.
Did we ever
hear where Jason disappeared to?
about Rosco? He was just a little
too easily disposed of for someone who was so easy on the eyes, if you ask me.
Not much of a threat, I guess. Too
another name to the long list of talented actors that have wasted their
valuable time at GH: Jensen
Buchanan. This is a bigger crime
than the lame storyline. If
you’ve watched her in the past week and a half (when she’s all of a sudden
become the Angel of Death) you’ve been able to see what she’s capable of. It’s just a shame.
of a shame, Stephen Nichols’ exit was embarrassing. This man deserved SO much more than what he was tossed at the
last minute. The only scene that
was even BARELY worthy of him was when he said good-bye to Alexis.
I admit to tears.
living in Brenda’s cottage?
And now, my
award for the most positive thing to come from JFP’s reign at GH:
the end of the opening montage where Luke and Laura’s faces appear on
the screen together. I’m still not tired of it.
(Although this is a pretty sad commentary on JFP’s work product, if
you really think about it...)
feel cleansed. Thanks for