One HAS to wonder if there's a hole in a certain head-writer's head to have green lighted this mess. You know I' going to talk about it, and after a morning of chatting on twitter, I'm ready!!
The NY Post had an article that came out on Tuesday titled "4-year old soap death enrages Fans"
With a crying Burton heading the piece, it goes on to post some messages that were left on the ABC board about the story. My problem with the article is that it's about Jake's "Death" and not the poorly written story arc itself. Yeah, we're all sad that Jake is gone, but if it was written in a decent manner, I could deal. This shoddy, rushed half-told story is just so off in so many ways, one has to wonder if they even bothered to plan it out.
From the article:
While Jake's death brought life to fellow Port Charles resident Josslyn Jacks -- Carly and Jasper's year-old, cancer-stricken daughter who will get Jake's transplanted kidney -- his shocking death sent the show's passionate fans into a tizzy.
It took WEEKS and WEEKS to get Brenda back to Port Charles. Guza wanted a "back story" about her charity work, her engagement to a movie star and numerous run-ins with Balkans "hench-men". *sigh* It was torture. Fast forward to this hit and run and transplant. It happened in TWO DAYS! Hell, Joss was out and in her crib (not even with tubes) after a blink of a soap eye. It was surreal. It made the bus crash look like a full length mini-series!!
This story has become about WHO hit Jake. Since we know from the spoilers that are out there, this will indeed be a very powerful tale. I don't know how they'll pull it off given the enormity of the situation and the icon of a character. It will be like taking the last of GH's vets and throwing them to the wolves. Nice. Can't wait. :rollseyes: It might be better if Bobbie was around-- or Laura....or Leslie..or anyone else from the past. Not having Mac or Maxie around during the actual transplant pre-scenes was stupid, imo. The gaping hole of GH's invisible history was so evident during this story, it hurt.
There is speculation that Franco has Jake. It would be nice to think that but how could it be? Where would even he have gotten a 4 year old to switch bodies with? (gross as it sounds). No one saw him after the operation-- and assuming that Scrubs didn't know it was him, was he switched before his brain stem became detached? If he was switched after, how did a missing 4 year old have organs to donate? If they pull off such a story it will defy even "soap logic". They could have maybe pulled it off if it wasn't for the kidney transplant I guess.
Eh, I don't know. If Franco does have Jake, it will probably make me more angry than his death. I hate when story manipulations are that transparent and stupid
We all know the missing player list in this story. Why they didn't take the time to have Maxie and maybe Mac in there to talk about transplant success is beyond me. Pay Leslie C to come in for a day to find out Jake was indeed her grandson and hug Jason. Bobbie--ah, Bobbie. :throws up hands:. I was just thinking yesterday that the only characters left from the '80s are Tracy and Luke. (Mac is close, he came on in 1991). With Tony's vacations and Jane on less and less when he's gone, GH's canvas just pales in comparison to the other ABC soaps.
MAYBE Guza's giving us all a giant middle finger on this one. That's what it feels like to me, anyway. I'm sure he was tickled pink that the story made it to the NY Post--good PR or bad.
And this in no way is an actor bash. They rocked every line. I think you know I respect them all-- certainly not their fault no one even bothered to make this feel "true".
Hey, don't fret..they are bringing in yet another kid to ignore--Brenda's boy. Kill off the last tie for Liason fan's and bring in another boy about the same age. Bizarre.
So, questions of the day: Do you think Jake is really dead? How do you feel about the reveal of the driver? Are you done watching GH? Did you think this story was told well?