General Hospital Weekly Blog
In need of a girls night out. (Soaps.com)
“General Hospital” weekly rundown for May 16 – 20:
A couple of weeks ago, I kept my blog completely positive, by solely praising what I was enjoying about “General Hospital.” This week, I’m on a total rant because I’m pretty frustrated with the goings on in Port Charles. Let’s get to it.
State of confusion.
Aside from not understanding why Suzanne even bothered trying to fool Brenda into thinking Lucian was her son (Why not just let her continue to think he was dead?) I have a few issues with this whole Alec storyline. First of all, why can’t Brenda bond with him? She didn’t know Lucian, or that she even had a son, but she took to him immediately. It can’t be because she’s grieving the loss of Lucian, because she hasn’t expressed any sorrow over never seeing him again. It also can’t solely be because he is named after Aleksander. The man was the boy’s father. There is no escaping that no matter what his name is. Secondly, wouldn’t Alec call out for his grandmother, Suzanne, who he presumably spent the most time with instead of Carly, who he spent a minute with before he met Brenda? Thirdly, we’re to believe that Suzanne’s friends lent out their child so she could fool Brenda into thinking he was her own? What if Brenda never asked for a DNA test? Were they going to let him stay with Brenda forever? Lastly, Sonny is totally onboard with Alec being in his family, but there was no love for Lucian. I’m unclear as to why. I certainly hope he demands a DNA test on this boy too.
Where are the female friendships in Port Charles? Carly, Olivia and Kristina have none. Maxie and Lulu haven’t been seen together in ages. I can’t remember the last time Diane and Alexis went out for a drink together. And besties Robin and Brenda have no idea what’s happening in each other’s lives. Why didn’t Brenda and her good friend Robin track down her son instead of Sonny, Dante and Carly? Oh that’s right, Brenda was too busy playing the victim, while Robin was sidetracked by her husband’s fatal attraction. It’s so sad that a medium that’s supposedly geared towards women can’t give us more strong, independent females engaged in fun, realistic female friendships. “Bridesmaids,” a comedy where the relationship between two females was the main story, while the romance was secondary, just killed at the box office. On the CBS hit “The Good Wife,” it was more devastating to watch the end of Alicia’s friendship than it was the end of her marriage in the aftermath of the reveal of Peter’s affair with Kalinda. Clearly, women enjoy watching a true friendship play out as well as a juicy romance.
Another casting casualty.
It's too bad Ingo Rademacher was fired, but they really turned Jax into a total bore. The writing was on the wall though when there was no fallout from Carly and Jax's marriage ending. Carly jumped into Brenda's storyline, but Jax was nowhere to be seen. Carly didn’t even give him a second thought. Now they're making him out to be the bad guy when he's just trying to protect his daughter. The biggest disappointment for me though, is with Jax gone, I fear they won't bring his brother Jerry back any time soon. Even though they screwed that character up too, there was always something fun to watch when he was on.
In my interview with Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough, we learned Patrick and Robin's troubles with Lisa will not soon be over, as I had hoped. Even though the promos declared it was Lisa's 'final act of revenge' and it seems the Drakes' get the upper hand on her next week, Jason and Kimberly revealed there would be more Lisa drama to come. I don't know how to express my annoyance over this any differently than I have in the past, except to just ask why? Why, oh, why must we endure more of Lisa's obsession with the Drakes?
Behind the scenes.
Garin Wolf was named the new head writer of General Hospital last week. The move would indicate some things might shift around onscreen as well. What changes would you like to see? Vote in our General Hospital Poll: Changes In Port Charles.
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- Lori Wilson