Well, here it goes. I'm attempting to show exactly where GH writing has gone wrong in so many ways--just by using one story as an example. (wish me luck!) Watch as I dissect a Guza story arc.
The Story? Cassadine/Spencer Baby-Switch**
This is Liz' THIRD Who's the Daddy story. Let's just start right there. THIRD. I'm sure as soon as Becky found out she was PG, she just dusted off some of her old scripts, switched the names and she was good to go.
Let's start with Helena because she's the one that messed with things in the first place.
April 2009---Hells comes to town for hospital opening and steals a painting from Wyndemere that has a birth certificate on it. Flies away...
September 2009 --comes back to Port Charles complaining/ranting about a terrible man named "Valentin" who's a Cassadine hell-bent on getting revenge from both the Spencer and the Cassadine families. Poor Matt Borlenghi is hired to play the character, who we have not seen to date. Nikolas sends Grandmother to Greece.
October 2009--Jonathan Jackson comes back to the show, prompting many L&L2 fans to tune in and hope for a proper "reunion" of the characters.
Feb. 2010---Helena comes back after finding out Liz and Nik have had an affair. She switches DNA tests showing that Liz's baby is actually Nikolas'-- when in reality, the baby is Lucky's. Why would she want to bring a Spencer up as a Cassadine? Something about "revenge"--not that she's interested in her real grandson, Spencer OR her half-granddaughter Kristina. Helena also kidnaps Tracy and Luke follows. There's a dungeon scene..yada yada. Valentin isn't mentioned nor is the birth certificate. By the way, the reason Tracy was first kidnapped by Helena was over her suspicions about the baby's paternity. Tracy seems to have a terrible lapse of memory and never mentions this to Luke or anyone else after she's found. This more than anything else demonstrates the non-continuity in each story even within a few weeks!!
So, Helena had been on and off over a period of 10 months, and involved in 3 unconnected story lines, two of which had been dropped.
On to the baby!! Aiden Alexi Nikolovich Cassadine was born on July 15th, 2010. He is really Lucky's first biological child and Luke and Laura's first grandchild. But why bother with all that?
As this story has unfolded a great PR opportunity came up for the show and James Franco (Oscar hopeful no less) does his stint as crazy artist "Franco". Ergo, it makes sense that instead of continuing the story about paternity, the baby is kidnapped and sent to be raised by "Franco's Mother'... Uh..ok....Lucky actually rescues his own child but turns it over to Liz and Nikolas.
Becky goes on real maternity leave in August 2010...taking the children with her.
(PS. Helena still has not been on the show since Feb.)
Liz is back on canvas October 2010. Nikolas has been having a "story" with Brook Lyn involving her escorting him to parties/events we never see. Lucky is now involved with Siobhan an Irish Lass who may or may not be an Interpol agent.
Liz is working at the hospital-- concerned about Robin.
That's it. Now..I ask you--- even when this all fleshes out, who will care? Liz doesn't even talk about Jason's kid, let alone Aiden at the minute so whatever. Helena may or may not be back in Dec or beginning of the year. I have no idea if this is going to happen or not. So many things have been dropped or moved, I don't even want to speculate. Point being, this is a story that was written so badly, took so much time to unfold that it's a BORING MESS. Who cares who raises the kid when we never see either man bonding with him? Who cares when Liz already has a kid with a man she never even mentions his name to? YAWN. And remember, this is just ONE story-arc being looked at. A dozen more could be looked at in the same way.
**Of course, Brenda's back now, so none of this matters.
We have ANOTHER BABY secret to worry about. :eyeroll: Can't wait.