So General Hospital
writer Ron Carlivati took in all the fan
complaints over the past few months and fixed them.
He listened as fans complained about newbies taking over the
He listened as fans complained about killing off another
He listened as fans complained about plot-driven writing
when they really wanted character-driven writing.
And he fixed it. No, he did.
He took the legacy character of Rafe (he’s a Barrington – he
is a legacy character), made him a drug addict and then had him work for Fluke
to run Patrick off the road and ultimately kill Gabriel. Then they had him try
to run a police barricade – somehow fly out of the car (are there no airbags in
Port Charles?) and die from a blow to the back of the head, even though he flew
face first out of the car.
Oh, wait. What the heck is going on here?
This is the exact opposite of fixing things.
First off, if there was nothing for Rafe to do – and that
was apparent – send the kid off to boarding school. Instead, we’re supposed to
believe that Rafe got into drugs and let Fluke order him to knowingly run
Patrick’s car off the road.
Rafe may not have been a perfect kid, but he certainly wasn’t
a purposeful murderer. He risked his life for Sam and Danny numerous times –
and that was before he even knew them.
So Rafe was suddenly a drug-addicted thug – even though we
hadn’t seen him on screen for months – and he’s perfectly fine with running
Patrick off the road with a pregnant woman and a small child in the car.
The sad thing is, Rafe’s drug addiction could have been a
decent story. As fans remember, Patrick spiraled down into drug addiction
himself after Robin “died.” How great would a story of Patrick hating Rafe and
then helping the kid go through rehab and come to terms with what he accidentally
did (instead of turning Rafe into a hitman) been? It certainly would have been
a superior story to what we got.
After directing his anger at the perpetrator who killed his
son for all of five minutes – seriously, Sam and Patrick solved that case in an
hour, so why couldn’t the PCPD – they blamed Silas, blamed Kiki and then
figured out it was Rafe over the course of one conversation.
There was no flow. There was no buildup.
Then Molly jumped in the car with Rafe and they fled from
the police – and tried to run a road block. That
sound you just
heard was millions of GH fans collectively slamming their foreheads against their desks. It’s
And, what’s even funnier is that Rafe isn’t dead quite yet.
He’s just brain dead. I mean, just last week, Alice collapsed at ELQ and we
found out she needed a new heart and – oh my stars and garters – here’s a heart
for her. What are the odds of that?
Pretty big in Carlivati’s world, frankly. Why do you think
Lulu is considering having a baby? Because Ava is going to need one to steal in
nine months after Nina throws her down a flight of stairs. That’s why.
Why do you think immigration suddenly showed up at Maxie’s
apartment? Because Levi called them himself to force Maxie into a green card
marriage (just wait for it) to try and keep her away from Nathan.
Carlivati needs to stop with his current mantra: All plot
all the time, none of that pesky character development.
He needs to reverse course, take a long look around, and fix
what he’s broken. Sure, Bob Guza actually broke GH. Carlivati is desecrating
the corpse, though, and it’s gone from mildly irritating to repugnant.
Fans want to see what’s going on with Lucy, Felicia, Kevin
Fans want Monica trotted out for more than a medical malady.
We haven’t seen her since AJ’s funeral, for crying out loud.
Fans want to see some romance – and Nathan and Maxie can’t
carry the entire show.
I will give Carlivati some (minor) kudos, though: Revitalizing the
Brownstone was a great idea. All these
young hipsters that are living with
family members would actually have a place to live together – and that could be
entertaining while also being a nod to the past.
That’s the only good thing – besides Nathan and Maxie (I
know, I sound like a broken record) – right now, though.
Because there’s certainly no rooting value in Nina and Ava –
the airhogs of summer. There’s certainly no rooting value in the rapist with a
brain tumor, Franco. There’s certainly no rooting value in Ric faking his death
and letting Julian go free. And there’s certainly no rooting value in Jordan
and Anna having hilariously public conversations in the park.
Shape up Carlivati. Fans have put up with enough. We want
our show back.
What do you think? Did Carlivati make a mistake killing off