By Marlena De Lacroix
Today Georgie Jones becomes the victim of a serial killer on General Hospital. We mourn not just because we’re losing a very intelligent, good-hearted teenager we’ve known from birth who could have grown to be a major heroine show anchor, like Jessie or Bobbie were in their day. We mourn because we’re losing a delightful actress in Lindze Letherman. We mourn because with this third murder in a row of a woman in Port Charles (Leticia, Emily, Georgie), GH‘s headwriter Robert Guza Jr. has sailed up the river toward the insane world of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.
Mr. G, although men watch soaps, American soap opera has always been a women’s medium. Since the time of Irna, we have always been the overwhelming majority
Marlon Brando as Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now
of viewers. Women want to see romance and family and emotional situations. Women don’t like to see other women killed — we are the givers of life! Women don’t get off on watching other women being murdered. The killing of Georgie, female victim number three, signals that Guza has officially turned the genre inside out. Insanity! As the Doors sang whens Kurtz finally appeared in Apocalypse Now, this is the end my friend.
For his entire tenure at GH, Guza has tinkered with remaking the America soap opera into an imitation of other movie and entertainment genres. And certainly he and ABC Daytime and current executive producer Jill Phelps have the moxie and the budget to experiment so radically on an on-going basis. The continuing mob story influence (Jason and Sonny, a character originally created by Claire Labine) remains the centerpiece of the show now. Guza’s Metro Court disaster imitated the big crime/hostage thriller like Die Hard. Last month, his Black and White Ball clumsily combined the haunted house movie and slasher film.
But by killing beautiful young girls like Emily and Georgie (and Leticia too), GH is edging closer and closer to snuff film. This is not soap opera, it’s literally the subversion of an entire American dramatic art form.