By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
As noted last week and confirmed by the passionate reaction in the letters section, there seems to be massive dissatisfaction with General Hospital right now. And it’s not only the appearance of three new characters with too-familiar faces (played by Kristin Alderson, Michael Easton and Roger Howarth). The show is frustrating to watch, with too many stories that need quick resolutions or some casting corrections. I have some ideas on how these stories might be improved.
1. Identify the mystery character played by Roger Howarth ASAP. The guessing game as to who this sinister blond is has gone on about two weeks too long. Is he Jason? Is he Franco? Is he a triplet we’ve never heard of? Is this the return of The Talented Mr. Ripley? The guessing game has gone on about two weeks too long, and it’s more confusing and thus annoying by the day. We’ve seen him happily meet harmoniously with baddie Heather and let himself in with a key to good girl Sam’s apartment. Franco, Sam’s rapist, is a ruined character. Would the show really waste a star actor like Howarth on another version of Jason, a character is so identified with the actor Steve Burton (who is now on The Young and the Restless)? Here’s hoping the producers have more imagination. The beginning of his party on the Haunted Star this week will be a much needed big reveal
2. Who is the father of Britt’s baby? Tell us, immediately! Britt’s condition was revealed just about the time Patrick finally revealed his feelings for Sabrina, something we had waited for almost three-quarters of a year. An instant baby “fathered” by Patrick is too pat a relationship spoiler. Or could Britt really be carrying Dante and Lulu’s baby? The story is too frustrating to go one for six more long months. Reveal the identity of the baby’s father right away! Please!
3. Review and think about fine tuning the young casting. Mark Teschner is probably the best casting agent in the soap business, but his choices of late have been disappointing. Jimmy Deshler, who plays Rafe, appears to be incapable of more than scowling, and Bryan Craig, who plays the very central character Morgan (son of Carly and Sonny), seems to be a limited actor beyond his nicely developing young pecs. Neither seems up to the challenge of carrying a story. GH should bring in stronger young actors now, as summertime is always the season when young soap stories are highlighted.
Your turn, Thinking Fans. Any suggestions for getting GH back on track?