By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
General Hospital: So what do you think of GH’s vampire story that features characters from that soap canceled a decade ago, Port Charles? Because it’s not over yet, I’m not going to conclusively judge the storyline that already involves one murder (Allison Barrington’s) and has “mad” Lucy as seeing John McBain and Sam McCall Morgan really being vampires Caleb and Livvie, the characters Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco played on Port Charles. I surmise the story is a means to an as yet unspecified end, providing suspenseful sweeps month mystery and excitement and introduction of a new character, Rafe (played by Jimmy Deshler), the teenage son of murdered Allison. He seems to be a future love interest for Molly.
But the story so far seems a whole lot more than a nod to Port Charles, as promised in a magazine interview with GH executive producer Frank Valentini. So far all I will simply opine that it seems to misuse the talents of veteran guest star Lynn Herring, whose Lucy Coe is supposed to be smart, funny and feisty rather than the screaming and insane Ferncliff resident they’ve currently made her out to be this time around. Plus, I find the entire story very confusing. Is McBain really the vampire and an alien murderer, as Rafe contends he is? Oy! Marlena is just too old for vampires, no matter how popular the Twilight movies were. And it really breaks the reality of General Hospital, which has been rolling along with purely great (and more linear) stories all this past year.
But what will happen now? Will anyone else be killed on GH? Will this crazy mystery really bring murder investigator Sam and detective McBain (Caleb?) closer romantically? Or will the whole fanciful vampire story turn out to be a waste of time? We’ll just have to see.
The Bold and Beautiful: I’d like to give a thumbs up to the renewed romance of Dr. Taylor and Eric Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful. Of course, Eric’s wife Stephanie has only been dead two months — but this is soap opera! And of course, Eric is a lot older than Taylor — but this is soap opera! Of course, the story bomb of last year was much, much older Victor marrying younger Sharon on The Young and the Restless. But that was so unpalatable because Victor is a disgusting scheming villain, but Eric is a wise paterfamilias, and always a good guy. Unlike Victor, Eric is still suave and has charm. Anyway, B&B already tried to put Taylor and Eric together at least a decade ago, but that was pulled because he was still married to Steph, who was Taylor’s friend. And as you know, Taylor hasn’t had a love interest or a lover in ages. She deserves something more than just angsting over the romance of her daughter Steffy with that mindless jerk Liam.
Days of Our Lives: The suddenly rising ratings are saying it. And Marlena’s two best soap buddies are saying it independently. Days of Our Lives is getting great. “It’s our only classic soap opera. It’s all about real relationships,” says one friend who is mesmerized by all the storylines on the show. “It’s really soapy and it has all these great bitches, and Kristen (Eileen Davidson) is terrific,” says another. So what do out there think of Days of Our Lives? Is it the best of the four soaps left? Marlena and your fellow Thinking Fans want to know.