- Fan Wars
In hindsight, it’s not fair to blame “Cartini” for what the fans engage in online right? Well in this case, I think it is. When it was announced that Billy Miller would be reprising the role of Jason Morgan, I was actually excited. First, I love Killer Miller. He’s a great actor and might I add, easy on the eyes. I thought it would be a great storyline where Patrick would then be on the receiving end of what transpired after Robin came back a year ago. I also missed the relationships Jason had with Michael, Monica and yes, even Sonny. Alas, instead of choosing to write this as a prodigal son’s return from the dead and to his loved ones, they have chosen to write it in a way that pits one group of fans against the other. All the while wasting every bit of talent Billy Miller possesses and rewriting character personalities to fit their ridiculous actions. This storyline is not about Jason’s return to his family and it never has been. Until this very week, Jason hadn’t even shared a scene with Monica (no, I don’t count the one in the hospital with his face bandaged) and even that was something the fans had to beg for. It’s about Jasam vs. Liason. This show has proven once again that they write for the Twitter audience. Jason’s storyline thus far has been a complete and utter failure. It has dragged out entirely too long and has been one plot driven mess after another. And even still, the end result seems to be just as predictable as the rest of the show.
- What’s Love Got To Do With It?
When I was watching the Nurses Ball this year, I made a joke on Twitter that the only couple that’s been together for all three of them was Molly and TJ. It seems like the only stable relationships on this show are the ones off screen (Please see Mac & Felicia. Oh that’s right, you can’t because they are never on). With a head writer who has been quoted in the past as saying happy couples are boring, I should expect nothing less, but that’s not my major gripe. I’ve noticed that of all the other soaps, GH has the least amount of love scenes. Don’t ask why I pay so much attention to that. Just know that other fans and I are aware that love scenes only seem to happen every three to five months. There was a brief moment a few months ago where new to town Hayden Barnes was getting it on once a week with newly crowned Prince of Darkness Nikolas Cassadine. But other than that there is no concerted effort to focus on relationships or love in the afternoon if not to suit a larger plot.
- Vet Cemetery
I am not one of the viewers of GH who complains about “newbies.” Every character was new at some point and when done right can become just as loved as one who has been on the show for decades. So you will rarely find me in one of those “vet vs pet” battles. However, what I don’t like is bringing back veteran characters and either A) writing them completely out of character and rewriting their history to fit your present B) putting them in a ridiculous storyline C) keeping them on the cast but completely off screen or worse D) putting them in a pine box.This has happened one too many times over the past couple years. AJ Quatermaine, Duke Lavery, Ric Lansing, Lucy Coe, Scotty Baldwin, Bobby Spencer… I really could keep going but you get the idea. I can’t think of one veteran return whose storyline I enjoyed. Not a single one. It’s gotten to the point where the announcement of said returns has been met with more jeers than cheers.
- Silver Bullet
After fans heavily voiced that they wanted less mob related storylines, they were met with nothing but mob storylines a lot of 2013 and all of 2014. 2015 has seen slightly less of that so far only because the major players were either in Pentonville, fighting for custody or donning stringy black wigs. Personally, I didn’t find everything mob related to be bad. Ava Jerome and Carlos Rivera were the two bright lights of the never ending battle for the PC territory for me. They seemed to be the only ones to ever actually shoot and hit their target. One is dead and the other has a horrible South Jersey accent. It is absolutely baffling to me why in a female driven genre the show runners think we want to tune into discount Scarface every afternoon. Where’s the family drama? One of the best storylines they had going was Michael’s revenge on Sonny for AJ’s death and that was undone in 2 episodes. Where’s the corporate drama? The believable one, I mean. Nickolas raiding stocks in order to take over the ELQ lasted for months and the audience never got a reason as to why until the last minute and even that fell flat. Not Pickle Lila flat, but pretty close. Where are the epic romances that don’t have a ticking time bomb? Where is the balance?
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
So what is Ron and Frank’s overall vision for General Hospital? What is their legacy? Every regime has one, right? So far, I can’t put my finger on theirs. I feel like for the past 3 years I have watched them take bits and pieces of each of the previous regimes to string together and pass off as new. That does not a good soap make. At some point they have to find their own identity on this show. There has to be something to set them apart from the others. They can’t continue to be the anti-Guza or anti-Phelps regime. They have to put a stamp on this show that they fans remember. No longer can they continue to live under the umbrella of, “we saved the show from cancellation.” There are no more excuses. Enough time has passed where they should now be held accountable for the decisions they have made that have gotten them to this place. Last place. Be one side of the coin or the other. This constant spinning in place not only hurts the brand you’re attempting to create, it’s starting to leave you without one at all.
I hope my list has created some food for thought. Why do you think GH’s ratings are low? Hit the comments below to share your thoughts!
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