[mediumheader]GH Summer 2013: What Needed Improvement[/mediumheader]
Corinthos’ Brother Love Triangle
It’s hard to believe anyone in this triangle is actually in love the other. It’s more of a tug of war between two brothers; with underlying tension due to their complicated family dynamics. The familial strife is where this story turns to gold. Morgan’s issues with his parents’ favoritism towards Michael are all very valid and painted a sympathetic picture. He’s always felt like he didn’t belong; like he came second to Michael’s happiness. The one time he finds someone who he thinks loves him, he’s supposed to cast aside his desires because of Michael’s happiness.
Morgan’s inferiority complex turned a sympathy picture have a relatable factor, but Michael’s insensitivity is wearing thin. We like Michael, but we’re having trouble rooting for him. He seems completely unconcerned with the fact that Morgan is with Kiki. There is a strange and unattractive sense of entitlement. We believe that Michael just lacks the awareness, due to his upbringing, to realize his actions are wrong. That doesn’t make it less annoying though. This triangle needs to take a bit of a step back.
There have been moments that have made us hopeful for improvement. We enjoyed Morgan comforting Kiki after she told Franco he wasn’t her father. There was also a heart-to-heart scene with Michael and Kiki that showed that the pair, while still learning about each other, had some compatibility. But at this point, we’d rather see what would happen if Morgan and Ava hooked up. Consider that fallout…
Balance, balance, balance
It would probably be easier to cure cancer than to get a soap’s audience to completely agree on one character or storyline. It’s never going to happen and there’s nothing wrong with that; differing opinions are what makes the soap world go round. That being said, no character or storyline should ever be on five days a week.
We understand that some of the recurring actors/actresses have limited availability and that’s fine, but contract players and stories need to be better spread out. No one wants to see a cliffhanger ignored the next day, but at the same time, we don’t need to see eight characters discussing Kiki’s paternity all week long. It slows down momentum for storylines and it also makes it easier for viewers to start skipping days when it feels like we’re watching the same thing we saw less than 24 hours earlier. GH has a large, fantastic cast. Take advantage of that, please.
Sam’s Love Life
Sure, Sam has had more important things to worry about, but it seems she has been single for far too long. We understand that she lost the love of her life a little less than a year ago (or just over in PC time), but it’s as if Sam was treading water this summer. Ultimately we would like to see Sam enter into a relationship with someone who is very different from Jason and maybe see a different side to her as a result. The framework of a triangle with Silas and Ava has a lot of potential, especially if it echoes elements of the classic Anna/Duke/Olivia triangle.
It’s no secret that Monaco and Easton have smoldering chemistry, and we understand the desire to want to pair them up, but it shouldn’t be the only plan in mind. It’s never too late to do some chemistry testing with a few of Port Charles’ other eligible bachelors as well.
This brings us to another issue…
One thing we hope is prevalent this fall is romance. There was a lot of action during the summer, but we feel like the tradeoff was the loss of “love in the afternoon.” Don’t get us wrong, there were romantic moments (and they were pretty big), but there could have been more consistency. The smaller moments are just as important. Something as simple as holding hands, kissing, going out on dates – the courtship process – those elements build momentum to bigger elements and gives fans something to look forward to. And it’s nice to see couples doing normal things. When was the last time Dante & Lulu went out on a date?
That’s What Friends Are For
Whatever happened to Sam and Maxie’s friendship? When was the last time Elizabeth confided in Patrick? Remember when Carly and Patrick became friends in spite of Carly’s longtime hatred of Robin? Wouldn’t it be great to see those ties revisited once again?
Usually, when one is going through tough times, they lean on those who love them, including friends. If anyone would understand what Maxie was going through over the summer, it would be Sam. It would have been nice to see Elizabeth turn to Patrick for some advice as she struggled with her complicated feelings for Nikolas. Lulu and Carly were once really close (even after that whole Brooklynn thing). Why didn’t Lulu confide in Carly as she feared Maxie’s growing attachment to the baby?
Of course Sabrina and Felix’s friendship was strong, but when you have friendships and relationships with years and years of history, I’d be nice to see those beats played out as well.