Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Surgery: Brender 3.0 Begins.


I will say there's been 3 incarnations of Brender that I can remember, so I'm going with that-- Purists be damned. There's the first Brenda--fresh faced--starting the entire Jax/Sonny war, Brenda the Crazy like her Mama, and now...I guess Brenda the Angelina Jolie of the Fashion World. You know, part of a charity, saving youngin's from Sex Trafficking. Timely yes...I'm just surprised as heck they don't have her with 2-3 adopted foreign kids. Brenda has always been trendy. Heck, when she first came on the show,  "90210" was hugely popular and even her name was a pop reference. I totally rolled my eyes at the name Brenda because, let's face it, before Shannon Daugherty, it hadn't been heard in eons.

As always, when something "huge" happens on GH, we see a slow down or stoppage in all other stories and focus shift almost entirely to Guza's newest vision. It won't be as telling watching Brenda's story as it will be all the others that also make up the show. Or, as it were, don't make up the show.

How would have have written her return?  Big and Bold..which doesn't include having her be in Europe for weeks, not interacting with anyone from Port Charles .  Have Kate call up Jax after reading about Brenda's ties to this charity, and propose that Crimson run a huge feature on her. She's storms into town, bringing with her the paparazzi and all her fame, knocking PC for a loop. Maxie following her around as her temp assistant-- Jax and Sonny and the rest all a flutter. Why the hell waste weeks leaving her to block tape with new characters we don't care about.  We get that sheeze enough when characters come back from the dead. You know, skulking in the shadows on the fringe until they finally, FINALLY make their "appearance" to a shocked town.  All I can say is the way the Internet, reality shows and other dramas move now a days, waiting for even 3-4 days for the 'payoff' is ridiculous.

I will be so interested to read your comments and twitter feeds while this starts happening. Watching Brender with "Sterling" the movie star and Suzanne the charity administrator. You know I'll be giddy with excitement to see the "European Sets" they use. Heh. Of course, there's Sonny dreaming of The Most Beautiful Girl -- *Sigh*. Poor Claire the Seat Warmer will be another thing to watch. By the way, on a side note...Laura Wright just tweeted last Tues or Wed she hadn't worked with Vanessa at all yet, but hoped to in the future. There ya go. Which means, Carly won't be seen with Brenda for at LEAST 5-6 weeks from now? And there it is.

Pinning your hopes to a comeback (I don't care WHO it is) means playing with fire. I am so afraid that this will languish for so long, even people that are Brenda lovers might be bored. Guess we'll see together, won't we!!? Remember that the 10th, ABC is running a 3 hour Brenda-Thon. Then, she'll be on the screen for real on the 11th. Get your boots on.

Tweeted by the ever-candid Nancy Lee Grahn last night:
Saw a promo for Vanessa..Thought Jesus was coming to GH. I may b half Jewish but if Vanessa can raise the ratings..Im in!!!"

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just curious.

If the Blessed Virgin Mary returned to earth, kinda like a second coming, would she get LESS media coverage than Brenda/Vanessa is getting right now?

Anonymous said...

I've always been a big fan of Brenda, and i am excited for her return, but I don't think anything could live up to this hype. And with the famous block taping I completely agree with Karen, I think people will get bored. On the plus side, if this gets rid of Claire I'll be happy!

Anonymous said...

I've always loved Brenda. I'm intrigued by what the spoilers say about her story, but I think all the hype is over the top. I'm not sure how fans are going to receive her when all the other stories are going to get relegated to the back-burner for awhile, which we all know is going to happen. And I agree- having her on screen but interacting with characters we don't know and have no connection to? Ugh! Get her to Port Charles already! Get her in the same room with Sonny, Jax, Jason, Carly, etc., and let the good times roll!

Anonymous said...

Right now I am not that excited about Brenda coming to GH. The only reason for that is the over the top media coverage. I liked the character and all but not enough to watch her every second of GH's time.
I think that what they should do if they are going to have Brenda in Europe is bring Robert Scorpio or Anna Devane in. I mean if this is a big time stalker hoping to stop Brenda's work with sex trafficking then I could totally see them becoming involved. Plus that way she would be interacting with a character(s) that we know.
By the way, can we please have Brenda break up Sam and Jason? I know that a lot of people like them but I am not one of them and could use a break from the coupling.

Anonymous said...

One of the most annoying (and insulting?) things will be the way that Brenda will no doubt know everybody and also be up to date on every body's lives since she left.

she will run into Lisa in the lobby of the hospital and say "oh, yes, I heard of you..."

Or run into Dante and say "right. you're Sonny's son who he shot..."

They do this exposition with returning soap characters all the time.

Its stupid.

Anonymous said...

Other stories on the back burner? PLEASE DO IT! THE CURRENT STORIES QUITE FRANKLY SUCK! Any time a big name returns they build it with anticipation (ala scenes with everyone we don't want to see for an agonizing period) it's called ratings people. I hate it, too. But their numbers will go up for 2 months as opposed to just 1.

kdmask said...

The stories suck now because they've been chopped to hell for the Franco return and now Brenda. It's like the writers got a vacation because of all the "hugeness" going on!!

Anonymous said...

Morning everyone! I have to say that I don't mind the hype. Heck if they can give James franco hype, at least give it to one of our beloved characters. I do wish however, that they were hyping it more with Jax than with Sonny. I want to see carly shake in her boots. Jax doesn't love anyone the way he loves Brenda! I wanted Jax to tell Carly that she disgusted him by sleeping with Sonny again. It sure disgusted us, especially since now we're supposed to believe that she's fed up with Sonny? Really? She'd fed up with him NOW? Not when Michael got shot? Not when he married Claudia? stupid, stupid, stupid.

Anonymous said...

Well at least Brenda's return will bring things in a bit with the Robin/Patrick story, Breaking up Jasam (hey a girl can hope), and carly/Jax

Jen

Andrea said...

Brenda is probably up-to-date on hospital stuff since Robin saw her in Africa....

Anonymous said...

Frankly, I'm feeling abit sorry for Vanessa. That is a LOT of pressure Who could live up to that hype and if she doesn't, she'll be attacked by critics and fans alike!

ABC is WAY overdoing it, and if/when it fails to get the right results, ABC, poor Vanessa, GH, and the viewers will all suffer.

And Karen is absolutely right--get her right into Port Charles immediately and interacting with people she knows and who know her. Back story can catch up later. All the build-up demands it or it will flop.

I'm just dreading having to put up with more and more Sonny....