synergy: [noun] a mutually advantageous conjunction of distinct elements.
Well. This week has certainly been a lesson in synergy. Or not. Taking a tiny grain of a story and shooting it off into the television universe. Throwing things and hoping they stick. Multiple characters driving on the same road, all going too fast; distracted. A healthy child suddenly coming down with a life-threatening illness in a blink of an eye. A story that was first done so brilliantly years and years ago. Can you capture lighting in a bottle twice? Especially when 60% of your audience saw it the first time around?
That's for you to decide.
The actors certainly did their job. They always do. The problem this week lay on the cutting room floor. So many scenes not shown--so many, many MANY questions not answered. Whole chunks of dialog seemingly just not there. I'd love to go through them one by one, but you've already read them down the blogs below. I have to say the worst one was the Jason standing there with a gun on Johnny in one scene, and the next has Lisa and Robin walking into his empty apartment. He walks in later, unfazed.
I'm not sure if Brenda really even reacted to the news of Suzanne's being married to Theo. I'm not even sure Sonny or anyone told her about it. Maybe he mentioned it when she was coming out of her Toxic-stupor. You'd think that just might be a powerful scene right there. You know, the woman Brenda trusted all these years, the one she basically lived with in Paris, Rome, Africa is married to her enemy. Mother to the guy she murdered. Wouldn't it have been great for them to have "met" in the Cave? Had it out? Seen Brenda's face when she realized just who Suzy was?? Eh, but why dabble in the details. Off to the honeymoon with you!
So many pivotal characters are going to be missing from the Jake story. Having Luke leave the hospital so quickly was just not right--they should have had Tracy go there. Suppose it was easier to have them alone, sitting on the Haunted Star when filming fitted in the blocks better. Like I said Friday, they'd better show at least one Tracy/Jason scene--if not Tracy/Jason and Edward. I'd hope for Monica but--come on. That might just be hoping for too much. Will Audrey even get a mention? Bobbie? Leslie? Bobbie should be in there especially since Jake AND Joss are both related to her. Would it have been nice to have her giving Scrubs a pep talk or just a "please save my nephew"?
Synergy. Two ladies on a wild goose chase for a syringe that really, in the end can prove nothing. A syringe that has driven a story that has gone on far too long. I can't tell you how many ideas there are floating around for Johnny--but having this little game wasn't one of them. It also totally took away from the fact he planted the limo bomb!! They were shoved together so stupidly, you can't even begin to understand what's going on. No wonder Jason got the hell out of that situation--it time to give the girls the clues!!
I still say threading a story together takes quite a bit of talent and forethought. Day to day dialog is easy because you just put great words into great actor's mouths. I so need someone to thread this together for me. Have it make sense beyond the moment of impact and crying in the emergency room.
This is all kind of like "Brenda's Return" and the "Bus Crash"...huge to the hype, tiny on the follow through. I really want more. *sigh*
Of course, how can I not mention the HUGE RUMOR about Bob Guza leaving GH that was quickly dispelled by the very magazine that put it out there? Heh... oh to be a fly on THAT decision. What the heck happened?? I don't think that sort of thing gets up on a website by accident. Something's up folks. Time will tell. Maybe we'll get a little of that synergy after all.
*** NOTE: Last night, after about 11pm, SOD reported that Tyler Christopher was let go from GH. Now after the flip-flop on Guza, I'm not saying it's true until an official announcement. I will say that his pilot got picked up and lord knows, he's looked miserable on the show for a couple of years now. My only sorrow if it's true, probably no more Helena. I will update the blog today if anything else comes in on this. Hopefully, Tyler will tweet himself later.