Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.
I am here at 5:11am on Wednesday writing part of my blog so it's fresh on the page after today's show. That, my Wubbers, is dedication :)
So...Jason's "dead"--and we watched the fall out rip through our screens. Only...guess what? The hollowness of it all just made me finally say: Not buying it. Not for a second. We all know when Burton wants back in, or needs money or there's a sweeps coming, he'll be back. (they even said in one of the soap mags "we are leaving the door open for a return'). You can't get much more transparent than NO BODY. I'm waiting for the scene where we see him ala Victor or Robin... chained to a damn bed somewhere.
The whole process cheapens the show for me. When Phil came back on AMC (even with a new face) That was a shocker. (and that was many, MANY moons ago!) When you have your 300th
character "die" on a show ...it's meaningless. Some characters like Brenda and the Jacks boys have come back so many times it's laughable. Then there was Robin.Ah, Robin. That's what broke it for me. Even with the rumors I thought NO WAY would they mess with us on that. We saw her DIE in a fire/explosion IN FRONT OF OUR EYES. Patrick's sorrow was so genuine. Mine was too..I missed our little Robin. Then what happens? Ah, the rumors of her being alive were true. Great. There she was, a bed, getting electroshock no less. Hey, just like Victor (who died on the floor in Tea's arms)-- when he turned up tied to crazy Allison's matress.
Great. Thanks. Whatever. Another NON-death. *sigh*
Lucky dying in the fire. Back with a new face--only to be back again with his old face. Dixie dying and a ghost but really part of a "Genesis" project. Mitch Lawrence, Marco Dane...Catherine Bell-- Todd times 20, few Cassadines more than a few times-- on and on and ON.
BTW, the face switching sheeze is out of control. A character dies, comes back with a new face, convinces us they are the "real" old character and usually are then to be found to be fake after the first actor decides to come back.
So, when Jason rolled into the water? Eh..so he'll be off the show for however long. Cry me a river.
But wait.. GUESS WHAT? His brother AJ is back from the dead with his old face. Hey, there's a twist!!! His DEAD brother isn't really dead after all! SHOCKER!!
Only it's not. Shocks are only shocks when they are not played out 4 million times. I would rather have had Jason go to jail or just leave because he's in danger than this false shit.
Soaps can be campy, we all know that. They turned the corner on that when Erica Kane's aborted fetus walked back into her life 20 odd years later. Hell, if the BJ death/transplant stuff was written today, she'd turn up because some organ-switching ring was in Port Charles.
Case in point: DUKE.
And, I CAN write that with my eyes closed.
So, GH for me was just hollow this week. I could appreciate the acting and the dialog but not the sentiment. I feel cheated. And that's the truth. (insert Litte Edith noise here!)
Maybe somewhere we'll get a soap like the beginnings of Ryan's Hope was: real life sorrow, sadness, happiness and joy. All rolled into a bigger story of a family. No "guest stars" that pop up after "falling to their deaths"... (Franco), no torture, rapes or double baby switching kidnapping DNA false-testing. No "They died but here they are with a new face..." Just a good story. British soaps have done it for years. I know it can be done. I'm waiting.
SCENE OF THE WEEK: Yes, there was one. Monica and Michael. Honest and way overdue.
NOT THE SCENE OF THE WEEK: Sonny trying to talk Trey into having ConKate committed. Just painful. You can tell by Alexis' face she thinks so too.
RINGER SCENE: If this chick isn't a fake, I'm going to drink Drano.
SUPER PROP SCENE: Monica's couch. Stained and ruined by Joe Jr's rancid death. Only..gee, it didn't even need cleaning!
Well, what say you? Did you enjoy the show? Was the drama "real" enough for you? Do you care that AJ is back? Personally, without Jason there to take it all in, it loses a LOT for me. What will we say if a bunch of others come back? Alan, Emily-- Victor (OLTL) Georgie... Jerry, Franco?
My eyes will be rolling OUT. of my HEAD.
BTW, someone actually texted me Friday asking who that was at the end of the show. AJ's been gone so long they don't know--especially THIS AJ! lol...He did look yummy though, didn't he? It will lose a lot with Jason gone...the retribution for the Michael years will be diminished greatly.
So, to sum it up: Any Death on a Daytime Soap doesn't mean anything to me, no matter how it's written. Duke is being weird, and since so many people never saw him back in the '80's, I'm wondering if that point is moot. AJ looks awesome. Spinelli and Diane made me tear up a bit. Trey is useless. More Sexis. More MonTra -- so glad LC is back in form. And finally, please get rid of the couch.
BE CAREFUL East Coasters, that includes my area--which looks like rain for the next 70 days plus one. Row, Row Row your boat!