News that Kimberly McCullough was leaving wasn’t exactly a
Most fans guessed it when she agreed to return.
I think the surprise is that Jason Thompson is staying. I
know I thought he was probably out the door with McCullough.
We don’t know how Robin will exit yet. According to
McCullough, though, fans are going to hate it.
We’ve already heard some fan fiction about Robin being
locked up at Shadybrooke because of post traumatic stress and Anna breaking her
out and sending her off after Robert.
Personally? I don’t believe that for a second. Ron Carlivati
has show he has no idea how Robin should be written, but I honestly don’t think
he’d be dumb enough to go that far.
The truth is, there’s no feasible way that Robin would leave
town without her daughter. If we’re made to believe Patrick and Robin are
sharing custody of Emma while Robin is off canvas (like Carly and Jax) then
maybe I’ll buy it. If Robin leaves town and doesn’t see Emma, I’m not going to
buy that for a second.
I’m at an uncomfortable place with General Hospital right
now. I don’t believe in dropping a show
because you lose one character. Robin
leaving again, though, just may be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
I love a lot of what RC has done, don’t get me wrong. We’re
seeing vets that were sacrificed during Bob Guza’s reign of terror – and I’m
eternally grateful for that. That doesn’t fix the mistakes, though.
I knew that RC was sinking when he wrote the terrible
aftermath of Patrick and Sabrina’s non-wedding. There were plot holes big
enough to drive the Haunted Star through in that story.
The truth is Kimberly McCullough and Tristan Rogers both
helped bring GH’s ratings drastically up. Does RC think that fans will stay
afterwards? Especially for writing like this?
The best writers in the world are character driven writers.
RC is a plot driven writer. Every story he writes is just a series of beats
until the next series of beats. That’s why we never got Patrick even appearing
to care what had happened to Robin. Instead, the day after his aborted wedding,
he was back at work because they needed him there for a plot beat to go looking
RC doesn’t know how to write character driven stories. That’s
why we have AJ running around drunk again (and we’re inundated with rumors that
Sean Kanan is on his way out – again). RC promised fans the revitalization of
the Quartermaines. Instead, we keep getting more and more stunt casting on an already
Just last week RC was touting “big casting news.” To GH fans
that meant Genie Francis was coming back, or Jack Wagner, or they’d somehow
managed to snag Tristan Rogers long-term.
Instead we got Donna Mills coming in. Who? If it was the
1980s you might know (or care) who she
is. Now? That’s pretty much akin to
finding out that Richard Grieco is being cast as Sonny’s brother. It’s 20 years
past being important.
When I sit down and really think about what I’m invested in
on General Hospital right now, it’s a short list. It starts at Anna, winds
around to Alexis, makes a shot stop on Spoon Island with Nikolas, winds back to
Sam and ends in Lucyville.
I do not care about Ava Jerome. I love Maura West, but I’d
much rather see Laura, Felicia or Lucy than Ava. Watching a grown woman freak out
of a teenage boy isn’t hot – it’s pathetic.
I do not care about Silas’ sudden wife. I like Silas and I
like him with Sam – but I don’t think he needs more backstory at the expense of
I certainly don’t care about BLT-obsessed Heather and her
I don’t care about Olivia, her visions or her chemistry-free
encounters with Sonny.
I don’t care about shrill Lulu and her sudden obsession with
cheating on her husband because he told the truth in court.
I don’t care about Sabrina – no matter how much RC tries to
prop her. You’re never going to make me like her. She could suddenly pull a
lightsaber out of her pocket and start fighting the evil lords of the Sith and
I’m never going to like her. It’s too late. The character was fumbled out of
the gate. Now I hate her and the more you prop her the more I hate her.
I do like Lucas but I know he’s going to be thrown in a
triangle with Brad and Felix – both of whom I hate – so I’m really worried
about having to watch that.
I do like Nathan, but he’s apparently earmarked for Shrewlu
until Maxie returns – setting up another
triangle between the two – and I’m not
interested in watching two women fight over the same man.
And, as much as I love Obrecht, believing she's the new chief of staff is so insulting to fans it's like a smack in the face. There were other ways to keep her on the canvas, kicking the fans in the crotch and laughing at them with a plot contrivance is not one of them.
RC has the tools to make GH great, but the dead weight has
to be cut and the storylines have to be streamlined. And, RC has to do start
focusing on character instead of plot.
I won’t say I’ll stop watching when Robin and Robert are
gone – but I will give it some serious thought.
What do you think? What parts of the writing do you like
right now? Which parts do you hate?