On to the task of the day!! I'm going to talk about the black hole that is GH's character development. It's been an interesting process to watch. GH brings on women 'for Sonny' and then they are shoved in our faces 24/7--at the expense of all others---until the next one shows up. Think for a minute:
Kate Howard--Sonny's "first love" from Bensonhurst
Olivia Falconeri--Sonny's other "first love" from Bensonhurst
Claudia Zacchara--crazy lady ONS that morphed into a mob marriage
Claire what's her last name-- lawyer that filled time until Brenda showed up
Brenda Barrett-- the "love of Sonny's life" back for the umteenth time and until she leaves again, Sonny's locked into that relationship.
While looking at some fan bases that are missing their fave characters, I started to think about each one's fate. There's poor Kate Howard-- brought on as a lost love of Sonny's from the old neighborhood, now a glam-jam lady for a fashion magazine. We saw them all the time. Heck, during the back and white ball, they were hold up in a room for days, the result of block taping and insertion. The only time Sonny got out was when Ric needed a blood transfusion. (we won't go into that mess...) Kate was shot by little Michael...was shot on her wedding day...and was present when Michael got shot in the head. Then, never was even around when he woke up. Nice job, writers!
Then?? Just about nothing--because------OLIVIA showed up. Olivia with a little 'present' for Sonny. His son. DANTE (dum, dum..dum dum...drum roll). They flirted...she let him taste her sauce at Kelly's. They kissed. They bantered. Kate became background noise--gone to Paris, gone baby gone. The magazine "Crimson"?? Ah, it held such promise..Maxie and Lulu working like the girlies on "The Hills". Now? Nothing but a few scenes with them in the "office" talking about Kate and not actually seeing her.
BUT! We had Olivia-- and the Dante secret to get out. Finally, Dante gets shot-- Sonny finds out it's his kid. Olivia is on all the time, making out with hot Johnny Z--Sonny's rival's son. Ironic? I guess. Anyway, Olivia was hot property for awhile...then, things shifted...in the middle of it all was:
Claudia Zacchara. The wild card. See, Sarah Brown came back to GH to do a whole new character and based on their old CarSon chem, it had to be done again. Soooooooo, Claudia got married to Sonny for 'convience' and quite a few sex scenes. She yelled at Kate and Olivia, got into it with Ric and then got bashed in the head by Michael and died for her troubles. Bye Claudia!
Who's next? How about inserting a sexy lawyer lady to tempt our alpha male?? A sassy prosecutor that's gunning for the murdering Michael. (Ok, self-defense Michael). Enter: Claire Walsh. Short, spunky and full of distain for the mobular man. Except..she too falls for Sonny's charms. (How can you not??!) Not only does she fall for him, she wants a baby. We did hear about that for quite awhile..didn't we? There were even hints she might be PG. There were many sex scenes. Many. Then? Well, we know what happened. The Face was back. That put the nail in ol' Claire's coffin. She went to Alaska. BUT WAIT!! She was back again..for ONE scene where Sonny asked her to take over Brenda's lawsuit.
Then, nothing. NOTHING. I have no idea where ol' Claire is..do you?
All three ladies (with the exception of Claudia, who's dead) are in the twilight zone. I call it the GH storage closet. Many characters have gone before them. (Bobbie, Mac, Monica, Audrey, Lucas..yada, yada). Sometimes the characters are allowed out to play, other times, they just evaporate. That's Kate at the moment. Olivia has some life left--they are trying her with Dr. Steve, and she did get a part in the 2.3 second "Bus Crash" saga. Other than that? You don't see her in scenes with Sonny often. NEVER with Brenda. I think ol' Abby got her old apartment set. We know Claire is in there, buried deep in the back behind Monica and Helena.
*sigh*. What's wrong with this you ask? Don't soaps have to renew/change characters? Well, problem with GH is they bring in people to peg-hole them, paint them in a corner and when they are done, they can't move along. They are stuck. They've rarely interacted with the whole GH canvas, and hardly get used outside the Sonny-Saga. That's what makes Olivia and Kate's "bar fight" at Jake's so awful and stupid. Why was that even in there? Why waste Kate in something like that when we could have had Crimson scenes? Olivia and Kate were never shown to have an 'outside' relationship even though they were cousins. Why hasn't Olivia been more present in the Dante-Brenda back story? She's usually into all his biz.
This is what makes fans start to NOT root for any couple. NOT CARE about new characters or even want to hope for a future. We worry now that VMG might not sign again--meaning Brenda either leaves town or "Dies" and is brought back later. I personally think Soaps lost so much when they started bringing characters back from the dead over and over again. It might have worked in the past as a shocker, but now? It's expected. And way overdone.
Ah, heck, there's always Carly, right?
Have a good Sunday...here's hoping This week Mother Nature calms down. It's also the start of "Jake Week"...he'll get hit and we'll go into the "brain-dead" story. Kidneys, angst... fan backlash. By the way, I don't think JZ or LC taped any scenes for this. Storage Closet alert!!