I'm trying so hard. I really DO give kudos to a show when it's deserved. GH is just on my last nerve lately. Ever since I read that Guza said he was "Hyperactive" during his Branco (@sudsreport) interview, I can't get it off my mind. GH really IS ADHD and in need of some meds...fast.
So, I've written and rewritten this blog about 3x before publishing. Some people accuse me of being TOO negative about GH. I'm trying to take a critical approach to a show I LOVE and have loved for over 30 years. Trying to watch and blog everyday is difficult because I notice when stories have been dropped, or changed or scenes cut. I notice production, editing and dialog. While GH's production has always been top-notch, it's the other elements that can really make my head spin. I can tell that there's little attention payed to what has been said even 2-3 months ago. I can see great actors languishing in the background with little to do. I can see wonderful stories and couples that are over-played and over-used. Balance goes out the window. When I see "Mike" I am so happy-- until I realize he should be on more than 3x every 6 months, inserted into a random scene here and there. Same with Monica, Edward, Matt, Kate. On and on. Olivia is a character that was on 24-7 when she first came and now? She has little to do because not much attention was paid to building her character up outside of Johnny and being Dante's mother.
I know I tend to make fun of accents and the 'cardboard' scenes that are supposed to be taking place in foreign countries. That's the sarcastic side of me..I will always do that, but it's not as serious as when I feel a story is being completely blown. It's a whole different Fronkey then.
I just want GH to feel like a community again. A family that I tune into everyday that makes me feel that I want to watch. I would have loved for Robin's birthday party to have been longer and bigger. I'm a sap for that kind of stuff. I would love to see Maya trying to fit into the Q household on more than a 1x every 4 month basis. I want to see more than just sniping and fighting and Sonny buying a strong woman a dress and reducing her to an obsessive shrew. I wanted to see Brenda come back and fold into Port Charles, maybe through Crimson... yes, she still could have had a backstory but not one that's going to take eons to tell and involve yet more violence. Suzanne could still be the charity lady but maybe a secret Cassadine..or related to Alexis on her mother's side? I just feel such randomness from the writing. Random can be good, or it can be completely off putting for a soap. Like I said, balance. Giving us a scoop about Alexis and Mac being "thrown together" is exactly that. Thrown. It's been done, either build the story or move on.
For those of you that have stuck with me even when I'm Negative Nancy, I thank you. You know I care about this show and about the actors and fans. I think GH has one of the best communities OUTSIDE of the show I've ever seen. Fansites, charity events...you name it, we're there. Even people that have stopped watching the show check in and keep up with their fave actors and sites. That's dedication.
We soap watchers can suspend belief for just about anything. SORA'd characters, people turning up who were "dead"...wild explanations. One thing I can't suspend is the blatant disregard for making a story engaging and enjoyable. Sticking things in and then letting them disappear. Can't do it.
Now, I'm off to give my neighborhood some tricks..er, I mean treats. Hope you have a great Halloweenie and I'll see you Monday. Candy-bloated I'm sure!