Quote mrsmcmoose: I wanted to share the "Two Scoops" write-up. Some very interesting discussion points concerning the 'State of Lulu' LOL.
And Meegs I agree. I loved seeing DZ with Olivia. More importantly - enjoyed seeing Olivia as "classic" Olivia. Offering such sage wisdom to her son.
I feel for DZ continually playing such a background role. Dante should be front and center along with Sonny, Michael, Morgan amongst all this Jerome stuff. And I agree about the character of Lulu.
Anyhoo. Here is the link...Happy Reading.
Thanks for the link...it was a good read. I really think that one reason so many are sympathizing with Spixie is because of KS and BA's history as Maxie and Spinelli. If KS hadn't returned and JL was still Maxie, it wouldn't have the same depth. And that's exactly why it doesn't work for Dante and Lulu now which is why people are having a hard time feeling anything for them. Actually I think most might sympathize with Dante but because he's with Lulu it diminishes him.
Couldn't help contrast that with today's show and Scrubs. This is the first episode I haven't FF in a loooooooog time and I loved every minute of it. And I found myself tearing up again, watching Patrick at the funeral and watching him relive his history with Robin. It works because KMc is back as Robin-it wouldn't have this same emotional impact if either one of them had been recast. That's what is lacking with Dante and Lulu now and giving the emotional edge to Spixie.
I am thrilled Robin is coming back. Something "comforting" about her return. I agree that such pay -off type moments are always just better with the original actors executing such moments. And "Two-Scoops" gave example to significant moments in GH history- w/ Lila's funeral and Michael's coma.
With Jen Lilley I felt her Maxie after a month or so. It wasn't the same - but she carried the spirit of Maxie in her execution. Quirky, flaky, warm, caring..BFF to Lulu. And Jen L's "Maxie" really didn't get the best writing either, but she made it work. She didn't try to bring a different version- but played the role.
Also, with Chad Duell's Michael, another example where I began to feel his interpretation of the character. Chad continued the legacy of Michael, bringing a very conflicted, angry, soulful, character to the canvas.
Now, I understand neither character was part of a major pairing, but it comes down to the individual character. In many respects, ER just has not captured that "spirit" of the character, which for me results in some very "hollow" acting. No depth, no soul.
DZ can carry the burden so long. His emotions overwhelmed ER's acting - almost making Lulu non-existent. Sadly the end result seems to the audience rooting for Spixie.