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  • Sean Phillips
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    I don’t know how I went so long without realizing Lisa LoCicero’s husband directed Drop Dead Gorgeous. MIND BLOWN.

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    ^^^Whoa, I didn’t realize that! I love that.

    To me, the interesting thing about the Franco story is that this is the first time it’s really threatening the existence of a character who seems to matter somewhat. Drew has always felt very, very expendable. Even when he was supposed to be Jason, it’s never felt like it mattered all that much what happened with his memories. Steve Burton came back and made Drew even more marginal as a character. But now that Drew’s memories have overwritten Franco’s entire personality, it feels like all the issues they’ve been dealing with since Drew showed up will have to be resolved.

    I don’t think the show has quite lived up to the promise of Hayden’s initial return appearance. I could watch Rebecca Budig all day, and any Hayden/Finn scene is a stark reminder of how much better these characters work as a pair than Finn does with Anna, but everything surrounding what is ostensibly her primary goal for being back in Port Charles doesn’t really work.

    And I tend to agree — I don’t want Alexis back with Julian either, but that seems to be the unending, undeniable pull for the two of them, and especially for her

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    I am finding the Franco story compelling due to the actors and not the story, and that is true for most of the compelling stuff on soaps right now. The writing is subpar but the acting and the love for the characters is so strong it can overcome the weak material.

    Hayden’s return so far has been a bust for me. It doesn’t help that we have a fake Nina and not the real one in the storyline.

    I think the solution for “Julexis” is for Julian to permanently leave town. I remember he was fired a few years ago but they brought him back ): They conveniently forget that Julian tried to murder Alexis – so much for loving her. Only on soaps can characters be in love with people who have raped them and/or tried to murder them! Ugh!

    I am watching The Doctors circa August 1978 and those are the stories and “my soap” right now! A pregnant teen about to give birth in a cabin in the middle of nowhere is compelling – no sci-fi plots, just real people (characters) who are complex and interesting dealing with real situations.

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    I have not much liked the Hayden return but I am LIVING for the scenes she’s had with Herbst. There’s been a nice natural chemistry between the two that’s been really lovely. Also good to see the Curtis and Hayden scenes. I’ve always liked it when they had friendships of opposite sex that didn’t hint at anything romantic because that’s how the real world is.

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    Sean Phillips
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    Now we need to talk about Nina:

     

    The problem is this character was always written as a Daddy’s girl who grew up rich and a bit spoiled and then lost 20 years and none of that entitlement. Stafford always put the character across as having a bit of a haughty diva air which was appropriate. Watros doesn’t do that. In fact I don’t know after over a month exactly what take she has for this character or if she even has a handle on the role. I can’t see Watros playing her crazy at all. And it’s a shame. But this character needs to go off canvas as this is hard to watch.

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    Michael E Knight, 3-time Emmy winner for portraying Tad Martin on All My Children, will be joining the cast of GH. Not sure if this is a guest stint or if he will be sticking around? I think it’s part of the Shiloh/Drew story they are dragging out interminably.

    Lisa LoCicero did good work reacting to Lulu’s news about the divorce. I wonder if she will start to be utilized more and get more air time?

    I wish Rebecca Herbst would stop putting her hands inside of her sleeves; it’s distracting! (;

    Earlier in the year Jon Lindstrom was my pick for Best Actor but now I am leaning towards Roger Howarth. It’s really a tie for me! But JL is now a supporting player rather than a lead ): I do wish they would give Kevin – and Ryan – more to do!

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    I was away for a few weeks and am still catching up on both GH and DAYS, but since this thread hasn’t had any new comments in weeks (eek), I can jump right in.

    Other than having some of these stories dragging out for a ridiculously long time, I think the show has at least done a decent job of balancing the characters in terms of screen time. People like Kevin and Laura were on really heavily at the start of the year, then it was a lot of people in the Chase/Will/Shiloh area, and now it seems like most things are revolving around Franco and him thinking he’s Drew. While I think Roger Howarth did a good job in the scenes where Franco rescues Cam and takes his place with the memory transfer, I haven’t been impressed since then. Mostly Howarth just seems to me to be playing NotFranco. I don’t feel any connection to Drew, and the way the character is being both written and played feel really remote from what we know about him, including the weird accent Howarth has thrown into the mix.

    Overall, I’m enjoying the show enough, but I kind of wish they were writing all different stories. No more Shiloh’s reign of terror. More Chase/Willow/Michael scenes. More Lisa LoCicero, doing whatever. Less discussion about memory transfer. Less peril and heartache for Joss/Cam/Dev/Trina and more fun. I’m loving having Mac on more, and would love more of Dustin, which I’m hopeful we’ll get, since school is starting back up. Watros’s Nina has been a bust, and I would do without that character hanging around. Better story for Hayden — it seems like the show has several options they’ve been not using in favor of this business with Jax. Maybe just less of Alexis in any love story right now? I’d be fine with her and Dr. Byrne being together, I think, but I’m tired of watching this kindling attempt to catch fire, and as terrible as some of what he did was, it would be much more interesting if she were getting involved with Julian again. (I consider that stuff with trying to kill her to be a terrible decision on the part of the writers and not something he should be held accountable for forever. It has so little connection to the character now or shortly before all that happened.)

    The show has made, I think, extremely poor decisions in terms of characters/actors leaving the show and how they handle it. It seems like their favorite option is to have the character leave for something where they’d be back in a few weeks, and then having something weird happen so they just don’t come back (Drew, Dante, possibly Stella). They recast Nina, when it’s clear now that they had plenty of time and could have just written her off. They recast TJ with an actor who feels jarring as Molly’s boyfriend or Jordan’s son. They only recent departure I think they did well was Valerie. They got a recast to play out the rest of a story that really didn’t center on her, and then they just sidelined her.

    Hopefully I’m liking the storylines a little better by the time I get current. (Seems unlikely, but I can hope.)

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