For years, ‘General Hospital’ has been ruled by the mob.
For years and years and years and years.
It got really old.
What’s interesting about ‘General Hospital’ is that you can
actually trace to history of the show and pinpoint where the ratings started to
plummet. It happened to coincide with Sonny, Carly and Jason – and their mom
shenanigans – and the hostile takeover they purported on Port Charles.
The problem wasn’t necessarily the mob. The problem was that
the mob was everything.
Soaps are meant to be over-the-top. You have grand galas
with murder mysteries and mysterious virus infections. You have switched babies
and hot love triangles.
For a good decade, all those things revolved around the mob, and that was totally unbelievable.
The moment that most sticks out to me was when Jason took a
speedboat out to Spoon Island to save the day. Yeah, Jason, the mob enforcer.
Sonny and Jason were made out to be these huge heroes – when
the real heroes like Jax, Ned and Mac were shoved to the side.
It got old.
When Ron Carlivati took over, the mob took a backseat right
away. It was a breath of fresh air.
I’m not pretending for a second that all of Carlivati’s
stories were good. He went to his ‘One Life to Live’ well far too often. We had
Connie and her multiple personalities, the nonstop propping of Sabrina (the new
Natalie) and the introduction of the lost Ford brother (new Morgan).
What Carlivati has done right, though, is bring back the
vets. Sure, they’re not getting enough airtime, but that’s because the cast is
far too big. That’s a whole other argument, though, and I’ve lamented it so
many times I’m even bored with it.
Carlivati’s newest endeavor, though, the reintroduction of
the Jeromes does something that none of the other mob stories have done before:
Mine GH’s rich history.
New fans probably don’t realize that the mob in GH hasn’t
always revolved around Sonny. Decades ago, the Jeromes ran the mob – and Frank
Smith ran the mob – and Luke was involved with the mob. By reintroducing the
Jeromes, Carlivati is launching a mob story that can easily involve more than
half of the cast.
I know there’s some Kiki fatigue on the message boards, but
I’m liking her more than I ever had. Kiki
being a mob child and being involved
with the offspring of two mob children is the stuff great soap stories are made
Bringing back Julian Jerome – and making him Sam’s father –
was a genius move. Fans have been complaining for years that they didn’t know
who Sam’s father was. And, while I was sick to death of Sam fans trying to tie
the character to legacy characters like Robert, Sean and Duke, this is a legacy
character that drives story without ruining the history of a beloved character.
This umbrella storyline anchors Kiki, Ava and Silas to the
canvas – in a good way. Silas is Kiki’s father and his romance with Sam will
now be interesting because the uncle of his daughter is also the father of his
Kiki has a new father figure to bond with, an uncle to get
to know, and two fighting mob offspring to choose between.
Sonny has a new enemy, one that has ties to Duke and Anna.
This also opens the door for the reintroduction of Lucas – Julian’s biological
son and Carly’s adopted brother. Lucas is also a gay character that might be
able to revitalize the lagging gay story between Felix and Brad right now.
That’s good storytelling, in my book.
That brings us to our other big story: Luke’s search for a
On Friday, longtime fans were blessed by the return of Sean
Donnelly. Sure, he’s in a wheelchair, but
I have a feeling he’s suffering from
the same ailment as Luke and that’s why he has the cure Luke needs.
Sean Donnelly has a rich history with a number of the characters
on the GH canvas right now, including Luke, Anna, Duke, Holly and Mac. All we
need is Robert to wake up from his coma and I’d be in 1980s heaven.
I know I could be wasting my wishes, but I am desperate to
believe that Luke and Sean are going to join forces to find Jerry – and stumble
over Robin in the process. For the love of all that’s holy, bring Robin home.
I am more than happy to watch Sean and Luke rescue my girl
and bring her home to her family. Robin adds a whole other aspect to Port
Charles and, if the rumors are true and Jason Thompson is leaving the show, I
want Robin and Patrick to get their happily ever after.
Also, if you resurrect Robert and bring him and Sean back to
Port Charles, they also have ties to the Jeromes. Do you see how that works?
Of course, the big problem with all of this is the bloated
cast. I know I said I wasn’t going to discuss it, but it is a problem. This
cast has got to be cut. Period.
There are a lot of unnecessary characters floating around
Port Charles right now. We know Connie is
going, which will heat up the mob war
between Sonny and the Jeromes, but we need quite a few more characters to get
out of town.
I nominate Britt, Sabrina, Spinelli, Ellie, Maxie, Olivia,
Sean and T.J. I know some of those characters have fans – but there are more
important characters out there and some hard cuts have to be made. In addition,
I would cut Franco. I love Roger Howarth, but his return has been a dud. Why
didn’t they make him a Cassidine? Why bring him back as such a loathsome
character? A brain tumor didn’t make me love Jonathan on ‘All My Children’ and
it’s not going to make me love Franco.
The good thing is, GH is “must watch” television for me
again. That’s a definite step in the right direction.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the new mob