Ah, here we go. Young girl, stripper with a heart o' gold is going to be attacked by an abusive ex, only to be rescued by a GH "hero" (non-police naturally) right before or during the rape. Yep, they are going there again.
Now, I'm on the high side of 40. I've gone to 4 colleges, lived in the middle of two rather large cities, spent many months on my own in Southern Cal...even bartended for 3 years. Guess what? I've never even HEARD of anyone being attacked that I knew. EVER. Not to say it doesn't happen, and not to say this isn't a soap-- but come on. One reason these plot devices can be so shocking is because they'd don't happen often. Well, of course they do on GH. They happen so often they are a joke.
Our show has a nice, rich history of women being attacked. From the infamous Luke/Laura saga, to Liz's brutal rape...Ric's chaining Carly up in some dang room and on and on. There are too many to list. Faison always had to tie someone up-- Franco puts Sam in a glass Pledge Box. Lulu's on a bomb. Claudia was on a roof tied to a bomb. "Damsels In Distress" takes on a whole new meaning on GH. Logan turns out to be Lulu's stalker-- Kristina gets beaten by her boyfriend-- the Balkan is after Brenda. On and on it goes. They've become the "go to" story for our illustrious Mr. Headwriter. The guy that seems to revel in female suffering.
Got anything new?? Do we really need to further this Abby story by mixing in another potential rape on top of a prison rape? I think it may have been cool for Abby to have been an intern therapist treating Michael and have them fall for each other. Taboo right there. The whole stripper crap is just stupid. There's Dramaz and there's recycled victim mentality. We get the recycled bits.
So, when you see those scenes of Brandon and Abby...Jason flyin' in to the rescue, think o' me. Silently screaming into my air-sickness bag.
So, anything else happen this week? Heh...that's the understatement of the year, huh? Goodness. ABC Daytime just imploding step by bloody step. When will it end? Not sure..but I do think more vets will be asked to take pay cuts. Specifically, those working over 10 years in the biz. They did this once before (who can forget the Robin Strasser hoo-ha awhile back?). There will be more exits. And all the while? The stories will suffer. There's a credible rumor out there that another fan fave, vet/female is exiting GH. Since there aren't many "vets" left you do the math.
I tell you one thing, I'm kinda feeling like a daytime victim after all of this! LOL..here I am, a small blogger/webmistress doin' her thing and feeling lousy about her fave show most of the time. Someone that's been online since THE BEGINNING of "online" sites-- doing the PR shuffle for free. Doing more to promote their damn show than they do. Now? Eh...they pretend to listen. Pretend to 'care'...but we know it's all a business. I'm of two minds. Support the genre that I love by sticking it out or just walk away. Pushed up against the wall and year after year of disappointments doesn't really lend itself to loyalty. I've tried to invest in new couples like Jolivia or new characters like Claudia. Why bother? They don't last anymore. Anything that ever gets started on GH hardly gets a middle, let alone an ending.
We spend our money at events, fan weekends and flock to actor appearances. Give generously to charity. I don't know of any other fanbase that's so invested. What do we expect in return? Not much but a watchable show that has decent, engaging stories.
We don't like it that SSW in Florida was canceled for east coasters or that Soap Net will be going off the air. 22 repeats a year per soap will be starting and of course, less and less of our faves and watching our history evaporate. Future looks bleak, Blanche.
Finally, we all know it's not the end of the world. There are a lot worse things happening right in our own backyards. Maybe that's why soaps matter so much--it's our escape. Now they're being messed with as well. Maybe that's why we are so cranky. Maybe that's why I feel like turning my TV off from 3-4 everyday. Maybe someday soon, they'll push far enough and it won't be worth it anymore. Maybe they'll drive away the 1.7 ratings peeps that are still left.