Yup. One of ‘General Hospital’s’ all-time dastardly villains
showed up alive and kicking this week – despite dying onscreen (twice) before.
The reveal was campy, over-acted and altogether awesome.
Sue me, this is the reason I love soaps. I love the rampant
The last time we saw Stavros, he slipped into a crack in the
Earth and was presumed dead. Of course, his body was never found.
This week, we found out his mother, Helena, found him and
rehabilitated him. Of course, the minute he regained consciousness he was
obsessed with Laura again – but this time he thought Luke and Laura’s daughter
Lulu was his beloved “Ice Princess” and kidnapped her.
The kidnapping of Lulu – while bringing Luke and Laura back
together – also served as a way to give viewers a few weeks to get ready for
the transition of a recast in the important role of Lulu.
Longtime portrayer Julie Marie Berman left the role a few
months ago – and she’s being replaced by
Emme Rylan. I know it’s early, but I
have to say that Rylan’s first scenes as Lulu were a little wooden. Don’t freak
out – that was just a joke. It was lying there (much like Lulu) and I couldn’t
pass it up.
The Cassidines have always been soapy goodness – like Eterna
on ‘One Life to Live’ – and if you love the genre you can’t help but love the
not meant to be
I have seen a handful of people complaining on message
boards that this is completely “unrealistic.” These are the same people that didn’t
have a problem with Sonny and Jason – and the fact that they were mobsters that
didn’t run guns, drugs or stolen merchandise. They never seemed to question how
they were rich and, yet, never did anything illegal.
Robert Kelker Kelly returned as Stavros and – while he still
is as hot as ever - -his acting seemed a little stilted. Of course, he’s been
working as a pilot instructor for the past few years instead of acting. Despite
all that, though, I loved the reveal.
Here’s the simple truth: I would rather watch Cassidine
madness - -no matter how improbable – than the ridiculous follies of Sabrina
the Super Nurse, Saint Kate of the Multiple Personalities and Dr. Britt of the
I understand the Cassidines are an acquired taste, but
longtime fans of GH cannot deny that the
balance on this show has been so much
better in the past year. After a decade of Sonny, Carly and Jason eating Port
Charles – it’s a relief to be able to see older characters that fans love.
I know that Stavros is not sticking around for the long-haul
– and I have a feeling the current storyline will facilitate the introduction
of a new Cassidine villain (reportedly to be played by the returning Roger
Howarth) – but while it lasts, I’m going to enjoy in.
In the aftermath, I’m guessing we’ll have a brainwashed (or
amnesiac) Lulu to deal with. This will allow fans to spend time with Dante and
Lulu – without feeling the recast was forced on them. The writers will try to rebuild
the magic of Dante and Lulu from the beginning.
Personally, I’m of the mind that I won’t be able to accept
Rylan as Lulu. I know it’s ridiculous, but Berman WAS Lulu to me – like Kimberly
McCullough IS Robin – and I don’t think I’m going to be able to get behind this
I’m willing to give it a shot, though – especially if I get
to see Stavros acting like a loon for a couple more episodes to facilitate it.
What do you think? Were you glad to see Stavros again?