How about that Anniversary Episode? Well, you know I'm talking about that today along with the rest of the show. I'm back in "please fix this" mode! My excitement lasted about 4 months I guess... from October to January. Then, seemed like another 'reset' happened. I swear I can hear TPTB saying "calm it down" or "get back to what we do best-- having too many stories chopped up and way too many characters isolated". I'll try to be gentle since this is Easter.
I'm having my fave EGG-Salad.
Let Us Begin.
Let me put this bluntly. I loved the new co-writer switch and felt the show had really stepped up everything from pacing to editing to story quality. The air went out of the balloon right around the time that Genie was let go. Not sure if it was a psychological thing for me or the fact that the story had to switch because of her departure. Whatever the reason, I just wasn't as excited as I was to come home and watch.
The saving grace has been the Mike story. Other than that, pretty predictable. I'm SO tired of the JaSam Dream on going SAGA that I could bore my eyes out with a spoon. Almost the same with Julian and Alexis. Either cut them loose or say Fk it and have them own their dysfunctional lust and move on. Maybe then we could have time for the Brad Lucas adoption story? Lucas IS a Spencer--and he IS connected to a hell of a lot of people on the show. So...?
Let's face it-- the 50th year anniversary show was pretty spectacular with all the vets coming back and new blood at the helm. Five years later and at 55, was bound to be more subtle and shorter. I didn't expect it to be totally Sonny-Centric though. Yes, it was framed around Mike's memory loss but in the end, CarSon took the last dance and Sonny toasted himself. Maybe we can wait until the 60th for a bit more substance.
This was a show based on the child/parent relationship. Jason called Monica "mon" and flashed back to when he first held Michael. Monica reflected the time Jason saved her from herself. Sonny remembered he shot one of his kids and was honoring his father by recreating a special night for him. Scotty thought about Lee--Anna remembered her child running into her arms. Bobbie and Felicia with their heart-wrench when on lost a child and another was saved. I got the "Circle of Life in Memories" theme right away which is why the insertion of some clips (ie: Nurses Ball) instead of others (no Liz child scenes?) was puzzling.
Besides the flashbacks, it was a night of immersion therapy for Mike, to help him remember the good old days when he was a bartender at Luke's. I would have absolutely shown old Mike clips even though there's a recast. If you're going to use memories, you have to USE memories. Wish it would have started with an old clip of Mike washing off the bar. Just a few minutes of it. Have some Luke's Club memories. They didn't even need to be big ones--just enough to show the feel of the place.
Remember when she was the police ...oh never mind.
Ned singing was... expected. Still enjoyed it. Wish Brooklyn had popped out and done a duet.
I was also secretly hoping Brenda would come around the corner when Mike mentioned her. THAT would have been epic. Just have VM on for this one show. "Hey, passing through town--how ya'll doing"?? giggle
I just didn't find the episode that great or memorable--and it should have been. I was also hoping for something a bit more unique like Nate's funeral. Yes, the actors were great and yes, thank you to ABC for acknowledging the milestone. I'm not a total brat.
REST OF THE WEEK:
Oh, Sam..what's wrong?
I can't decide... I can't . It's so damn hard! I just don't know what to do....If I choose Jason, the Dream fans get all pissed off and if I choose Drew, the JaSam fans are mad as hell. It's all so hard! I wish Lucky would come back. Or Patrick. Or... Silas. Hell, I'd even take Ric right about now!!
So, wanna sleep together?
I don't see why not!
Yeah, you...me....me, you...
NOTE: They DID fight... but it was off camera. We jumped to them at the PCPD sporting black eyes.
This story was just written so ... back over top wise. We lived through the Scarecrow mess, and finally get some payoff and it's falling flat.
Ok, there may be some promise here, although geesh--don't be subtle there Dr. Handsie-Onsie. Kiki's a pretty strong girl and yes, I know this can happen to strong women, but I hope she handles it by punching him in the face and going directly to Monica. That won't happen tho-- it will be a story about conflicting angst of her being a doctor vs outting the guy. Let's hope he doesn't send her nude you-know- what pics. I also think I said this before but damn, if Kris Alderson was playing Kiki still? I couldn't watch this. Nope!
I need that meme of Gwyneth Paltrow screaming WHY?? WHY?? over an over. The only time I really liked this guy was when he was being nasty to Faison in the hospital bed. This character is...puzzling. Anna never once thought about the baby boy she gave up until now (maybe off camera but??). If he would have had the gene for Huntinton's it may have had some interest?? But he doesn't so?? Why is he still in Port Charles anyway? This Valentin connection is thin and just weird. Don't get me started on Maxie. Thank GOD she was in the 55th episode without him. Their attachment and talks 1:1 outside of everything and everyone else bores me to no end. The rumor about Dante being front and center for Maxie (Nate did ask him to look out for her) would have been the more logical way to go here. That and the fact Dom is a kick-ass actor that seems regulated to--showing up at events and having 3 lines. *sigh*
That's about it! The Silas Anna Dance is still churning. The Ava Griffin thing is-- what it is. By the way, she COULD have helped him with the dilemma of telling Anna who Pete really is. Sometimes an ex-priest turned doctor needs someone to push them into the real world.
Well, that's that!! RUMOR ALMOST CONFIRMED PATROL: Kin Shriner had some strange tweets after his live tweeting this Friday. They seemed to suggest he was leaving GH--and Jackie Zeman was wishing him well "in your new stage in life". Wally Kurth chimed in and was basically shocked. Billy Warlock tweeted: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life, my friend" to which Kin replied: Yep. That's the most confirmation I've seen.
So, is Scotty off the show?? Kin is not on contract, he's listed as recurring. I haven't seen anything from the more well known sites that usually confirm this and ABC has been silent. I sure hope not. The Franco/Scotty duo is one we can all enjoy, no matter how you feel about the characters. Kin and Roger just deliver fun. I'll try to keep you updated.
RATINGS PATROL: Well, GH hit number one last week in 18-49 demo.
I have this week OFF work!! BUT--can you believe a dental appointment 2:00 Monday ?? Geesh, who made that appointment ?? DERP.