[mediumheader]GH Summer 2013: The Hits[/mediumheader]
The Battle for ELQ
Using ELQ to put the Quartermaines front and center was one of the best creative decisions. Edward’s death last fall set off a chain of events that resulted in quite the few power shifts and temporary alliances. Jane Elliot (Tracy) excels at everything she does and it’s nice to see Tracy focusing on something other than Luke for a change.
The storyline pulled together threads from other stories to form an umbrella: AJ & Elizabeth’s blossoming romance, the search for Kiki and reintroduction of the Jerome’s, Michael and Kiki’s ‘forbidden’ romance, the return of Franco and subsequent murder of Connie Falconeri – it all tied back to ELQ. When done correctly, GH can bring the corporate storyline heat while tying it back to the families of Port Charles.
One of the best aspects of the story featured AJ and Michael working side-by-side to restore their grandfather’s company back to its former glory. It was a great way for the two to bond and get to know each other without things feeling forced.
It’s amazing how far this character has come since the summer of 2011. Former head writer Garin Wolf tore down the character with the intentions of rebuilding him, and Ron Carlivati continued that renovation by crafting stories around Sonny, the person. Sonny, the mobster, hasn’t been appealing in a very long time. Somewhere along the way, Sonny lost his humanity; his appeal and charm. Instead, his positive qualities were bastardized as a plot for whomever Sonny was seducing at the time.
This summer saw Sonny on a quest that unfortunately led to an unfortunate end. He was a man in love, trying to support the woman he loved during a trying time. He was a father struggling to balance a delicate relationship with his sons, each as stubborn as he in their own way. He was a man rebuilding a power structure that’s been weak since the murder of his best friend and number two, Jason Morgan. He was a person first, mobster last
With the death of Sonny’s love Connie, the show is embarking on a dark path for Sonny, as he spirals deep into his depression. When Maurice Benard is handed a bat and steps up to the plate, he does what he does best – makes you feel for Sonny. Give it to him more often and he’ll hit you a home run.
Casting director Mark Teschner has been on his ‘A’ game. 2013 has seen a mixture of newcomers and veteran faces, tapped to plug the holes in an ever changing canvas. Newcomers Jimmy Deshler (Rafe), Samantha Logan (Taylor), Bryan Craig (Morgan) helped flesh out GH‘s underdeveloped teen/young-adult scene. Rounding out the new additions are daytime vets Emme Rylan (Lulu), West (Ava) and deVry (Derek/Julian).
Bryan Craig’s been a favorite of ours since day one, but his work opposite heavy-hitter Benard (Sonny) proved that this guy is a star. We’re hoping GH really pushes Craig with something meaty post-Morgan’s inevitable breakup with Kiki.
Maura shows just grossly misused she was at The Young and the Restless. Their loss has been GH’s gain in every way imaginable. A veteran in every sense of the word, Maura West commands your attention without even having speak a single line of dialogue. Whether Ava’s scheming or manipulating, we love the internal conflict Maura projects. You can’t help but feel the pain Ava feels when she’s hurting those she loves the most. What do we have to do to ensure Ava doesn’t end up six feet under? There hasn’t been a female villain that has taken the show by storm since Cynthia Preston’s Faith Roscoe.
Emme settled in very nicely as Lulu, bringing her own flavor to the role that has made us love Lulu than we did before. It’s always a challenge – for fans and the actor – whenever someone new takes over a role; even more difficult when the predecessor is a fan favorite. Bringing Emme in as an amnesiac Lulu was a great creative decision. It allowed Emme to gain her footing and not force a happy reunion as she was still finding her chemistry with Dominic Zamprogna (Dante). With the surrogacy storyline about to kick into high gear, fans will be able to see what kind of energy Emme can bring to an angry Lulu.
The love triangle between TJ/Molly/Rafe became interesting the moment Taylor set her sights on Molly’s boyfriend. It’s filled with typical teen angst clichés, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Rafe’s innocence, charm and enduring sense of optimism has made him one of our favorite characters. His personality and overall adorableness has us rooting for him to get the girl.
There’s something special between Molly and Rafe and we hope the show capitalizes on it this fall. It’s nice when teens are written realistically. They’re not jet-setting around the world or solving a murder mystery, they were falling in love and pining for someone they can’t have. That makes all the difference.
Sam’s Father Revealed
The identity of Sam’s father is a story line that we have wanted to be told for a long time and we’re glad that it is finally happening. It’ll no doubt provide some great material for Kelly Monaco, but we are most excited about the story that it is creating for Nancy Lee Grahn‘s Alexis. Between Alexis’s painful break-up with Sean and her tearful confession to Sam that she didn’t know who her father was, NLG will have a lot to choose from come Emmy submission time. The potential of new romantic pairing with another handsome bad boy also has us excited. Having Alexis and Derek become lovers and then find out that they have a child together would be soap gold.