[mediumheader]GH Summer 2013: The Misses[/mediumheader]
Pregnancy Shenanigans (Dante/Lulu/Maxie/Britt/Patrick/Sabrina):
Maxie and Britt both spent the summer pregnant and lying about their unborn babies. While this has become an umbrella story, and has the potential to become even larger once we learn whose baby Britt is really carrying, the beats were not being played out enough before the babies were born. How many times did Lulu catch Maxie talking to the baby like it’s hers? If we’d played a drinking game every time Sabrina or Felix claimed Patrick was not the father of Britt’s baby, we’d all have liver disease. There is a lot of potential here and so many talented actors involved, but was hard for us to form an attachment when it felt like the story was simply treading water. We’re happy it’s picking up now, but it was a very disappointing buildup to get to this part.
And while we’re highlighting Sabrina, we pray an interesting backstory develops with the introduction of Carlos. It was entertaining to watch her transform from “the ugly duckling” to “the swan” but her character development has stalled. We are holding out hope that a bad girl side emerges to make her interesting on her own without Emma or Patrick in a scene.
Michael and Kiki’s Forbidden Romance
We loved Michael and Starr. We love Chad Duell and Kristen Alderson. We’re finding it difficult to warm up to Michael and Kiki for a variety of reasons. It’s hard to believe that one conversation about Michael’s rape suddenly created this intense connection between the two of them. Why are they attracted to each other? When was this deep-rooted connection formed?
The triangle between Michael, Kiki and Morgan started out well (to an extent), but took a major nosedive after the false reveal that Kiki was a Quartermaine. The ‘forbidden love’ trope was boring – mainly because Duell and Alderson lack the same chemistry they did as Michael and Starr. The execution lacked depth.
Not a lot was done to establish their ties enough to warrant rooting for Michael and Kiki to be together. If we don’t understand why they would be in love, then we can’t understand why Michael would try to steal his brother’s girlfriend. In the end, we feel sorry for Morgan, dislike Kiki and are irritated by Michael’s disloyalty.
It’s no secret we’re big fans of Howarth. Our executive editor wrote a highly controversial column regarding the re-introduction as Franco and the endless story possibilities that could come from it. Our initial response to Franco was good, and we still enjoy him, but he was overexposed for most of the summer.
Having the character front and center before the audience could acclimate to him was a risky move that had mixed results. He worked really well as a supporting character in Quartermaine family drama. He was even better as he tried to bond with Kiki. His instant ascension to leading character is what we had the most trouble with. Part of us feels the show should have gradually integrated him into the canvas as they did with Silas; but we understand why it was easier to get all the backlash out of the way instead of dragging it out.
Writing out Franco temporarily as he recovered from surgery was the break the show and fans needed. He emerged from his hospital stay a different man, with an actual future. He has a clean slate. Yes, blaming everything on the tumor was meta and we rolled our eyes, but it was also amusing to have characters channel fan reaction with their outraged and sarcastic comments regarding his excuse.
Howarth excels with characters that are quirky and witty, but Franco should continue to be toned down. Maybe look at this fresh start as a chance to reinvent himself as Robert Quartermaine. Anything to distance nuFranco from original recipe Franco would be a positive.
Of the three reintroduced former OLTL stars, Howarth is one of the few who still has chemistry with everyone he interacted with before – especially love interest Laura Wright. On paper, Franco and Carly just scream, “Oh my god no!” It may be difficult for some of the audience to accept, but if it’s done right, it could work.
Kiki Loses Her Edge
This element divided the staff. Some loved feisty Kiki, some preferred the more toned town version. What we did agree with is that Kiki has become more like Starr than we thought she would. For some that worked, for some it didn’t. Can there be a happy middle ground? We don’t expect Kiki to act like a mob princess, considering she doesn’t even know that her family’s in the mob. However it would be nice to see the sardonic, ‘I get what I want’ girl that first surfaced in May.
When characters disappear for weeks at a time with no real explanation, it’s jarring. We understand that stories are rotated around – with some being the focus of more time while others take a break, but when major developments happen and then they aren’t picked up until almost 3 weeks later, it kind of makes it hard to maintain interest. Where’s Lucy Coe? Where are Mac & Felicia? Whatever happened to the new Deception? Did Scotty already file for divorce? Just saying…
The Baby Plots
There should be a moratorium on sick babies/pregnancies/who’s the daddy/who’s the mommy for the foreseeable future. We were hit with a 1-2-3 combo and it made us dizzy. It’s not that we didn’t enjoy the stories, because we did, it was just too much at one time – Maxie secretly carrying her own child instead of Dante & Lulu’s baby; Britt lying about her baby’s paternity (presumably which is Dante & Lulu’s); Daniel developing cancer.