March 9, 2020 at 10:55 am #1203375842
Yeah at least when Nina pretended to take back Valentin there were clear hints that she was setting him up before she revealed the plan to Jax.March 10, 2020 at 9:14 am #1203376985
The show that I most enjoy right now is General Hospital. Over the years, I have often been critical of the show, so I find myself trying to figure out what I like about it these days.
For starters, I am engaged. The show holds my interest. I start watching and the time passes quickly. This is in stark contrast to The Young and the Restless, which I find painfully boring.
So this observation of mine regarding engagement begs the question, what about General Hospital makes it engaging? I think it begins with characters who have rooting value. Ok, maybe not all the characters, but enough of them. I am quite taken with the teen set: Trina, Cameron, Joss, and Dev are all enjoyable to watch. The stories over the last year or two have allowed for enormous character development. I love that all these characters are fundamentally nice people with a lot of rooting value and that the writers do not resort to the stereotypical bratty teen clichés.
Another character with rooting value is Nina. It really surprises me to say this, but the character has finally become grounded. I am enjoying the improved writing for the character and Cynthia Watros shows us on the regular why she won the Emmy back in the day.
There are plenty of other characters with rooting value. Michael, Elizabeth, Lucas, and Laura are a few that come to mind, and I’m sure that there are others.
Another aspect of GH that is working for me: the show feels nicely balanced: comedy, drama, romance, and adventure are given, more or less, equal airtime. There is also a nice balance between character-developing scenes and high-stakes action.
That’s not to say that the show is perfect. The show still has the same infrastructural problems that it has had for years.
First and foremost, the show needs to focus more on the hospital. If you look back to 1980, the heyday of Luke and Laura, the show was still grounded by a major storyline involving four doctors: Lesley, Rick, Monica, and Alan. The show needs an equivalent quad of younger doctors, preferably ones with the last name of Hardy or Quartermaine.
Secondly, the show has too many characters. Shows can only brand themselves with the consistent playing of core characters rather than a cast of thousands, many whom air only once or twice a month. It’s time to let go of some characters, though I am hesitant to make such a statement because it would probably encourage writers to let go of the characters I like and focus on the ones whom I feel have little to no rooting value.
Thirdly, the show still needs to improve in terms of diversity. One easy fix (well, partial fix) would be to revive the character of Tom Hardy and perhaps give him a family. But while the show needs to improve in terms of writing for racial and ethnic minorities, I acknowledge the conundrum that the cast is already too large.
Lastly, GH needs to do a better job with long-term planning. More than any other soap, GH has been one missed opportunity after another. Younger characters should be taking an interest in medicine so that they can eventually become the next set of doctors and other GH staff. Enough with the criminals, con artists, and the like who lack long-term viability.
Oh yeah, one other thing. The fact that Michael would even entertain using anything other than Quartermaine as a last name for himself or his son is nothing short of cringeworthy. Please just stop with the lunacy regarding the name. It’s just an embarrassment at this point.
I enjoy GH every day. It’s entertaining, as a daytime serial should be. It has a lot of room for growth, but I appreciate its evolution given its nearly unwatchable state from 2015 to 2018.March 10, 2020 at 9:52 am #1203377018
Great to have you visit Robert! (: I agree with almost everything you said above! I do get bored whenever the focus is on Sonny and/or Jason and I especially hate Valentin, but otherwise I enjoy the show so much more than the other 3 shows right now. Things can change on a dime with soaps, of course.March 10, 2020 at 10:29 pm #1203377798
Great to hear from you, robbalto! And I agree with a lot of what you said. I’m only watching GH and DAYS right now, but GH is easily the better of the two.
The GH canvas is pretty well balanced in terms of types of stories, rootable characters vs. annoying characters that are pushing story, and even in terms of juggling their contract players. I don’t really mind that there are too many characters, mostly because, yeah, if they started cutting characters it would mostly be characters I like.
My two favorite things about today’s show were how Ava was allowed to drink at Taggert’s memorial while Sonny was not and how the woman at Neil’s hearing fully agreed with Alexis that winning bingo is thrilling enough to just make you kiss a person. I also like that they reinvigorated the idea that maybe Curtis could be Trina’s father.March 11, 2020 at 9:33 am #1203378141
I gotta take up one point robbalto (good seeing you sir) made: this is one of the best teen sets we’ve seen on a show in a long time. The actors have for the last two years had this natural camaraderie and the sense of a lived in friendship. Many scenes they’re the equal or superior to the adult counterparts and I like that the storylines are about their friendship and not necessarily soapy love triangles. It reminds me of the halcyon days of Lucky, Liz, Nik, and Emily.March 11, 2020 at 9:35 am #1203378144
Also if Garren Stitt doesn’t win the Emmy this year I’m burning this fucker to the ground.March 12, 2020 at 4:59 am #1203379038
I really dislike the way they have thrown Brad under the bus while the real criminals (Julian, Sonny, Valentin, Jason) never get any real consequences. I love Brad. What he did was out of love, not hate or meanness. It was stupid and yes he ought to have some consequences but the others deserve far worse consequences.March 12, 2020 at 10:10 am #1203379379
I would say the big three of committing crimes and facing little to no consequences are Sonny, Valentin and Peter, though hopefully Peter’s about to get some sort of reckoning soon. Julian’s not in jail, but literally everyone other than Ava treats him like dirt. Jason commits a lot of crimes, but I’ve really softened on Jason because he’s far far less of a jackass than Sonny (or Carly), and he spends most of his time rescuing people and expecting nothing in return. But I do feel bad for Brad, I think largely because of how underwritten the end of his relationship with Lucas has been. The fact that we’re just taking it as a given that Brad and Lucas would get divorced and they spent basically no time talking about it is frustrating, especially since, despite what people keep saying, Brad really was thinking of Lucas’s happiness, among other things, in taking and keeping the baby. Seeing Lucas and Michael yell at Brad for all of this antics would have been satisfying and probably would have made me less sympathetic to Brad, but instead we mostly got him being browbeaten for Carly and threatened by Sonny, the best way to make a person more sympathetic than they would otherwise be.
It also feels very shortsighted for Sonny to come in and demand that Brad plead guilty under implied threat of murder. For one thing, Brad should have at least had the opportunity to go for a plea and a lesser sentence, but also, and more pertinent to Sonny and the people he claims to care about, Brad’s word is currently the only evidence that Janelle came up with the idea for the switch and gave him Wiley. Certainly that would be more valuable in a custody battle if Brad is both available to make the testimony and not convicted felon serving a sentence. I honestly thought Sonny’s demand was going to involve Brad helping to nail Janelle for her lies, since she’s the long-term threat here. It’s not like Brad can re-switch the babies at this point. But my sympathy for Brad only goes so far, since he did drag Julian into all of this without initially even letting him know who Wiley really was and has been not at all apologetic for it, which he should be. Here’s hoping Britt talks Brad out of pleading guilty.March 12, 2020 at 3:56 pm #1203379650
Am I right that this was Parry Shen’s last day on the show? If so I will miss him and thank him for wonderful performances over the last maybe 5 years? I have loved his character and love this actor. Perhaps he can be brought back in the future? The show will be less bright for me with him gone ):March 13, 2020 at 6:19 pm #1203380698
Just read that General Hospital has shut down production due to coronavirus – does anyone know how much ahead of time they film their episodes?
I missed today’s episode – did anything interesting happen?March 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm #1203380820
If they resume production on time there shouldn’t be an interruption.March 16, 2020 at 6:55 am #1203382739
I wonder if other soaps will follow suit and suspend production for a while. DAYS, at least, could certainly afford to in terms of their episode backlog.
Nothing too big happened, Freeman. A couple of people finally visited Leisl in jail — Nina and Franco — but neither one of them believes her that Peter is the guilty party and not her. (I get that Anna is considered trustworthy, but this seems a little farfetched to me.) Also Britt went to get in Julian’s face about leaving Brad holding the bag on the baby switch thing, once Julian explained how things actually happened, she seemed cool about it and they hooked up. And honestly, good for her. Someone should be taking advantage of how hot and alone Julian is.March 17, 2020 at 8:29 am #1203384162
No offense, but do we really care this much about Brando?
I appreciated Carly telling Josslyn that she’s not necessarily in it with Sonny until the bitter end if she feels like it’s best for her kids to get out of the situation, but it also felt ridiculous because HELLO, we are there.
Sonny should focus less on revenge and grudges and more on productive outcomes. He’s busy threatening Brad and Julian, but should be focusing all of his attention on dealing with the Cyrus situation and trying to do something about Janelle, an actual malicious threat who is consistently trying to do his family harm (unlike Brad or Julian, whose motives for the things they did weren’t related to Sonny and his crew).
Here’s hoping that Robert will be the hero we need, help Leisl out of this situation and nail Peter for his crimes.March 23, 2020 at 8:58 am #1203391209
The look on Valentin’s face when he looked and saw Lulu and Brook Lynn brawling was hilarious. It reminded me the sometimes I like Valentin! I think he works well when he’s just being kind of mischievous, but is too annoying when he gets into serious plotting and scheming.
I’m also really liking the story with Maxie. It’ll be interesting to see if she’s actually happy working for Deception (being involved with Sasha, Lucy, and now Valentin, all of whom can be fairly shady), and to see how Nina makes out running Crimson without her.
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