Writing soaps is tough. One viewer’s dream is another viewer’s nightmare. People watch soaps for a number of varied reasons…habit, entertainment, boredom, romance, adventure. They root for good guys and for bad guys . The viewers all think their favorites are the best and find fault with those they hate. That’s good. That’s as it should be. Interest breeds discontent and disagreement and that is the stuff soaps are made of. Now let’s take a look at what General Hospital is serving up to its viewers right now as the last of Bob Guza’s writing plays out on our screens. We think for now change should be simple, subtle and exhibit some much needed character growth. This would work better than some jarring “insta” plot changes or story lines (we got that with Guza remember? He promised HUGE changes and we got them: bombs, shoot outs, mob wars out the wazoo, lots of loose ends, etc ) Stories should be character not plot driven
For starters we will concentrate on the big three, the most popular on the show and unmistakably recognized as the leads. There is no point in explaining all the wrongs Guza put out there because he insisted on writing characters the way HE saw them instead of the way fans wanted to see them.
Guza saw Sonny Corinthos as the eternal bad boy and because he was a lead, he chose never to punish him legally and write believable stories, but instead to use his mental illness and kids to punish him for years, thus depriving the character of the layering and story line that could have been so much more entertaining. The man portraying Sonny is gorgeous. He is sexy. He is funny. He is immensely capable of giving us a well rounded Sonny combining his dark side with his light side and he needs to be written that way. Stop using kids to punish the man. Allow him to find a way to combine the mob with family life and bring GH’s mob into the 2lst century or find a way to get him out because mobs do not even remotely resemble this “dangerous daddy mobster can’t be with kids” stuff and haven’t for years. Give it a rest once and for all. Let this man deal with mob related problems while including meaningful family interaction.
Knock the Jason Morgan shrine down and keep it down. The man in Guza’s eyes was supposed to be brain damaged yet he could cure anyone, save anyone, counsel anyone, kill anyone, and still be God’s right hand man up there, miles and miles above all other characters on the Guza worship altar. When Jax is given dialog that curses the evils of Sonny while saying “Jason is a nice guy” it darn well is time for Guza to leave. Jason is a killer. Sonny is a mob boss. Both have good sides. We need to see the balance and to stop feeling sorry for Jason for every hangnail while punishing Sonny for doing the same things.
Under Guza Carly Roberts Bensen Quartermaine Corinthos Alkazar Corinthos Jacks
has been a runaway train. Nobody really wants to be in her way or even watch where the train is going, yet she has been so obnoxiously written that often one can’t turn away simply because it is so ugly to watch, so annoying to watch, or because when you least expect it, a small watchable side appears. Carly needs to give up the bull in a China Shop approach and once and for all just plain grow up. Stop the cutesy entitlement act and show some character development.
These are the three that Guza boxed into their own little corners giving them little room for growth or entertainment…just way too much one dimensional stereotype writing. It would seem now that a new writer is coming that some think an invasion like red ants of endless Quartermaines on the attack will “save” the show. Will it? Or will it turn off as many as it turns on? GW says he wants more romance, fun, secrets, triangles, and balance. Will he want to reunite old couples and try again? Will he continue to bring back the old golden oldie bunch and hope nostalgia can turn this show around? Will we just keep bringing in more and more old characters while dumping present ones?
Here’s a suggestion…go easy on trying to please the grumblers who have NOT watched throughout this mess…who did NOT stick it out but chose to leave while the brave stayed and put up with Guza. Don’t mess too much with the present characters, just give them some breathing room and some believable writing for a change. Sonny is not completely evil, unstable and unlovable….ask the huge fan base of men and women who love their bittersweet mobster. They believe in him. It is not necessary to canonize Jason weekly and tell us how great he is constantly. Carly can be Carly without the sneers, screaming and constant annoying meddling. The rest of the cast needs believable writing as well, not contrived ups and downs that do nothing but break up every couple on screen endlessly.
If there is a possibility of ANY couple actually being happy together, stop breaking them up immediately . Pushing triangles will do just that and this viewing audience is sick of broken relationships complicated mainly by third parties. Spread some happiness and believability around for a change please.
Tuesday, July 19
*Carly wins sole custody of Josslyn!
Thursday, July 21
*Brenda leaves town!!!!!!
/18 Carly, Kristina and Ethan set out to find the missing Morgan, Molly and Josslyn.
Lulu struggles against Javier as things get totally out of control.
Brenda tells Sonny she is leaving him.
Dante rescues Lulu from Javier’s violent actions.
7/19 It’s a guessing game as to who will show up for Aiden’s first birthday party.
A decision is reached in Josslyn’s custody.
Jason and Sam grow closer.
Carly wins sole custody of Josslyn.
7/20 Maxie helps Jason make a special purchase.
Lucky tries to stop the drama between Liz and Siobhan.
7/21 Brenda leaves town with her son, Alec. (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo’s last airdate)
She leaves on a much happier note than two others who stay behind in PC: Sonny and Carly.
Jason and Maxie make preparations on the roof top.
Jason proposes to Sam.
7/22 Sam makes a heartfelt decision.
Liz tries to help Lucky with a case.
Anthony surprises Abby with flowers.
Monday, July 18
*Brenda tells Sonny she is leaving him because of JAX!
**Carly, Kristina and Ethan set out to find the missing Morgan, Molly and Josslyn.
*Kristina remains set to accompany Ethan to Vegas.
*Lulu struggles against Javier as things get totally out of control.
*Dante rescues Lulu from Javier’s violent actions.
*Lulu takes care of the Bordello in true Spencer fashion
Tuesday, July 19
*Sonny is determined not to lose Brenda!
*Sonny, Brenda, Carly & Jax face off as they await the judge’s verdict.
*Carly wins sole custody of Josslyn due to Jax’s arrest.
Wednesday, July 20
*Jax plans to leave town.
Thursday, July 21
*Brenda leaves town!!!!!!
*Brenda catches Sonny & Carly in a situation!
*Brenda gives Sonny make the rings!
*Sonny is heartbroken as Brenda makes it clear just how over their relationship is.
*Sonny goes to see Robin & Carly!
*Devastated & heartbroken Sonny receives little comfort form Robin & Carly!
*Jax says goodbye to Michael, Morgan * Joss.
*Having proven losers in love, Jax and Brenda leave Port Charles together.
*We see Brenda on board a plane with two surprising passengers.
Friday, July 22
*Dante and Lulu leave Florida and find themselves in a cave on Cassadine Island & their NOT alone!!!
*Asher continues his efforts to cause problems for Michael.
The following may have come from GHH
Spinelli and Maxie experience a bit of deja vu when they find themselves once again hunting for a dropped engagement ring.
Sonny takes off after Brenda leaves Port Charles.
Sam accepts Jason’s proposal, and Jason DOES put a ring on it!
Jason and Sam are interrupted by Monica after she learns about Jake.
Jason and Sam consider the impact their engagement may have on the other people in their lives.
Siobhan begins experiencing headaches and may have other symptoms…but of what?
Lucky and Siobhan continue to argue.
With Lucky preoccupied with Siobhan, Liz seeks out Jason after another flashback of Jake;
Sam is there.
Helena gets flirtatious with Dante.
Helena knows where Luke is!
Michael and Abby try to locate Sonny.
More romance ahead for Steve and Olivia.
Expect to see more interactions between Anthony Z. and Tracy Q.
Lulu and Dante will join others (including Johnny, Sonny, Olivia, Steven and Kate) in Bensonhurst.
Anthony will try to draw Sonny back to Port Charles.
Siobhan gains a new confidant.
Look for shades of very early Luke and Laura (no, not the infamous rape) with Ethan and Kristina.
Robin Christopher (Skye) returns to Port Charles the week of August 1.
Although not yet officially confirmed, all signs point to Stuart Damon reprising his role as the late, great, Alan Quartermaine when the character returns as a “presence” who will be seen now and again.
Expect to see a lot of Tracy, Helena, Robin and Patrick, with some Monica thrown in, during the first few days of the new head writer’s material (which begins on July 26th). We should see more of the Quartermaines and more of Patrick and Robin (dealing with their professional differences/natural competitiveness).
Look for important character development in the relationship between Sam and Alexis.
Kristina ask Johnny to fire Ethan
Sonny leaves town after Brenda leaves him, not sure if they will show him on screen or now, but he is missing for the whole week