‘General Hospital’ head writer Ron Carlivati made his first
big mistake this week – at least for me.
I know a lot of soap fans think he made his first big
mistake when he killed off Jason Morgan – but I applauded that decision (and still do).
The reveal this week that Roger Howarth was the presumed
dead Franco (a character originated by the Oscar nominated James Franco) had
just about every ‘General Hospital’ fan I know scratching their head. I was one
of those fans.
When it looked like Howarth was portraying Franco last
week, I had my doubts. The anvils Carlivati was dropping had me convinced that
this couldn’t possibly be Franco. I didn’t believe he would be so heavy-handed
in his writing. Looks like I was wrong.
First off, I have a hard time believing that the serial
killer Franco we were introduced to would make his first dastardly endeavor
such a lame one: Poisoning relish.
Second, Franco was a serial killer and rapist. Why would
they have a popular actor like Howarth
portray one of the most hated characters
in all of GH history?
Thirdly, and most importantly, what kind of shelf life would
a serial killer have as a character?
Well, guess what? They’re rewriting Franco’s entire history.
What do I mean?
Franco did not rape Sam. I know a lot of fans
already suspected this, but it’s been confirmed.
- Franco did not “kill” that guy from the art
show. That guy killed himself. The fact that he conveniently did it when it
could benefit Franco is just a coincidence.
- Franco is not behind Michael being raped in
prison. That now happened purely because of his association with Jason (Sonny
has been conveniently spared).
Are you confused yet? Me, too.
Howarth is a tremendous actor with a tremendous following.
Why not create a new character for him? Why resurrect the one character just
about every GH fan can agree should be forgotten?
I was thinking that they would make Howarth some unknown
Quartermaine/Cassidine heir that had ties to both families. Anything but
Franco. I would have taken a Casey the Alien recast over Franco. No, seriously.
Now, I’m not 100 percent convinced there’s still not some
revelation out there about this character that we don’t know yet. Why do I
They clearly want to make Howarth's character Kristen Alderson’s Kiki’s
father. If they do that and
he is Franco and he is still Jason’s twin brother
then that would make Kiki and Michael related by blood – and therefore they can’t
I don’t see that being a feasible long-term story for two
reasons: Alderson’s Starr and Michael were fairly popular when they were paired
together a few months ago and Alderson and Michael’s portrayer Chad Duell date
in real life.
I don’t know how they’re going to fix this situation – and they
desperately need to – but something has to be done.
I was not a fan that could pretend that Jason wasn’t a stone
cold killer. He was not a hero to me. As much as I love Howarth – and no matter
how they try to wash away the sins of Franco – I’m never going to be able to
accept the character.
As someone that has embraced Howarth’s Todd Manning – a vicious
gang rapist and attempted murderer – I know this makes me a hypocrite. It is
what it is, though. I’m never going to be a fan of Franco.
On the flip side, I am enjoying both Kiki and Michael Easton's new Silas Clay character. Why couldn't they have done something better for Howarth? And why did Howarth agree to this?
The disappointment is still giving me a headache.
What do you think? Is there more to the Franco story? And
are you happy that Franco is back?