Oh what a week. What a glorious, swoon-worthy week. I don't know what to do right now. How to cram in all the great stuff I saw into a blog that actually praises THE SHOW!!
(don't adjust your computer, this is not a test!!) hee hee. Settle in for a long read after the jump!
Let's talk about the technical side of things first. One: the lighting. We've noticed it since the new regime came on but I can't stress enough what a difference it makes. We can see the sets!! I don't think I've seen Wyndemere's interior that lit since..well...never!! Someone made the comment that it's probably because GH didn't have any extras so having the lights dim helped with that. Now, we have extras all over the place! Dang!! In the hospital, on the street--in Kelly's. I just am so happy they are employing some people from Central Casting again.
Other note able changes: Editing..quick AND TO THE POINT. Cutting short scenes allows way more movement on the canvas. Some don't like the fact we don't get in depth conversations but I welcome the more frantic pace. Especially now--with Robin's death and the shooting, it takes on more of a anxious quality. I would be bored to death of say, Carly and Johnny stuck in his apartment talking for days on end about the same tired subject. Now, we get AZ thrown in and Carly strutting off to the hospital to have it out with Sam.
Pacing--much more vignette style scenes than full out take forever dramas. When I think back to Jason and Sam's honeymoon I shutter. UGH. That kind of pace makes me fall asleep and not want to tune in tomorrow.
Ensemble work: In the old days, no way would Epiphany have talked to Patrick like that. Or if they did, they'd be laying on the gurney looking at the ceiling tiles. Even"Connie" going over to Johnny's was a different surprise. Everyone is buzzing all over town and even Anna and Luke got to hug!! I'm looking forward to much more of this type of cast integration.
SCENES of the WEEK: I can't pick just one--sorry, can't do it. So here they are....in no particular order:
Epiphany and Patrick
Unexpected, touching and just plain written well. At it's core, GH always had the cranky nurse who underneath harbored a heart of gold. In the first years it was Lucille...then Jessie and now Epiphany. She's been underused for so long now, it was such a great scene, I loved it. Look at Paddy's face in this one, he's smilin' a bit through his tears. Bravo to both actors. It felt genuine.
|Robert and his little Robin..|
|Heart Wrenching...poignant...just plain sad--and written oh so well. When Robert lifted the sheet, I flinched and shut my eyes. You know when that happens what you're seeing feels real. I honestly believed that scene. No matter how you feel about Robin's dying (or the method there of) you have to admit the aftermath has been a glorious thing to watch. Anna, Robert, Mac-- *sigh* That's good storytelling. |
I loved these scenes and was glad Elizabeth was there as well. Just well written and well played!
RUNNER UP: Such a simple scene, really--just two old friends hugging. It made me so happy to see this. Anna looked disheveled, shocked and just plain heartbroken. Even after his beat-down Luke was there to go find Robert. Just like the old days.
MADE ME TWIRL LIKE A LITTLE GIRL: Ah Blair, how I've missed you. So good to see you in MY town of Port Charles. I'm so looking forward to Todd showing up too--even McBain and his super nostrils. I miss OLTL so badly-- stupid ABC. As a fan, I'm so happy for the crossover. I don't think it's taking away from the GH stories, I think it's adding to them.
Other notables: Sam and Carly. Scenes with teeth and true bitchy dialog. Carly literally stomping her foot over not being able to see Jason was classic. Loved Sam standing up to her--"I'm his WIFE now"... who doesn't love a good ol' catty fight?
Anything with Mac--cause I love JJY.
Spinelli telling Maxie. Jen Lilley did a fab job I thought, especially when she had to sit down and started sobbing.
Tracy telling Edward also had me in tears. Jane and John were just so perfect in those short scenes. I'm so glad Tracy is on more.
THE NOT SO GREATS:
Of course, not all of GH was spectacular and there were a few stumbles. I'm going to take that rank wedding dress and strangle Kate with it soon. Her personality shift doesn't feel right to me at all. When "Tess" or "Niki" emerged I got a little jolt of electricity. With "Connie"?? Nothing. Nada. Ziltch. The red lipstick seems clownish and the 'transformation' weak. I tended to laugh when the mirror scenes came. Not a good sign.
Cassadine Foolery: Oh lord.. you know I love Helena--but this week was painful. I am grateful she had insipid Cassandra shot on the spot but other than that? The script read like a plot right out of Batman (the 1960's version). Holly burst out with a double-blind DNA scare that was then changed again when she said she had lied. Why would Hells let them all go when she didn't have her results back? Who can believe any DNA results EVER on a soap when they can be changed on a whim? Reminded me of living through the Uncle-Father-Uncle- Nikolas- Stavros- Stefan days. Stop. Just stop.
I have to say that GH is on my "must see" list again and not just because I run a website about it! I really do want to watch every day and even view the DVR. Bravo to Team Cartini for trying to save the show and not just rest on their laurels while it wilts away. Trying something new (the crossovers) or having the vets come back in droves just might bring those ratings up a bit. They were up almost 200K last week. With the Revulsion doing so badly you never know---ol' Anne Sweeney's heart may just melt a bit. (I picture her as Regina in "Once Upon a Time" heh)
*March is Gagoo Jammie month which means a portion of ad revenue will go to Vanessa's charity. I'm hoping to sponsor 5 children.
*Alberta Wubs is on her way to California this week as well. Lots of surprises coming from her soon! Hit the link to her FB page and see all the fun stuff for yourself!
*Jack Wagner is on DWTS! Now that Kristina is coming in as Felicia I'm wondering if he'll have the time to drop by as well. Probably not, but it will be fun seeing our Frisco on the show. I am voting for him because it will also show support for the soaps. (in my mind at least!)
Thanks again for reading. Let me know how you like the show. I for one am a bit hopeful again. At the very least my soap will end with me enjoying the stories again.