huh, so i'm finally all caught up with "general hospital" i mean, like i watched a whole month's worth of episodes over the last couple of days. i often find that catching up with gh is a lot of work, and not work that is particularly rewarding. however, much to my surprise in the last month a good amount of gh was actually entertaining. unlike my year in review, i think i should start with the bad first. work it out of my system so that this post ends on a high note.
claudia and the search for the hidden dvds
oh jerry jacks, why did you have to come back for this? so many gh characters taunt us with leaving and then randomly show up when we least expect them, but at least track-suit wearing alan quartermaine is somewhat welcome. you are just smug and annoying in your britishness when you are supposed to be australian and i can't get past how the writers clearly had no idea what to do with you as a character since you pinged and ponged from maniacal to skeevy from one scene to another. please make this stupid plot go away, or at least stop having claudia rewatch the stupid dvds and get walked in on by yet another random person who has full access to a mobster's allegedly secure home.
which reminds me, how is it that you had access to sonny's home for enough time to hide these dvds all over the place? are max and milo just the most useless bodyguards to have ever existed?
sam and jason redux
so i'm not a liz and jason fan at this point. the fact that they are over after so much teasing, before they ever had the opportunity to explore being a real couple is so beyond frustrating that much like liz, i have given up and am moving on. but i don't see why the end of liz and jason means that sam and lucky have to end too. i mean, sam and lucky have some serious hotness and chemistry going. i like how they have redeemed sam, and with lucky i actually found her sort of likeable.
of course, that's when the writers decide that sam and jason should get back together. because somehow sam can stand the danger where liz never could. and the months of anger and bitterness that sam felt during her break-up with jason can be erased now that the thrill of danger and the excitement of smelling jason's pheremones has her on the mob train yet again.
strangely, i'm not against liz and lucky getting back together. for some reason, liz and jason's break-up didn't feel forced and contrived (it's only annoying in the sense that it majorly dicked over fans of the pairing that had been waiting for them to get together for the last ten years). but the way sam and lucky have fallen apart feels contrived, and the propping of sam's attraction to jason and danger feels completely forced and i am not really all that interested in going down that road again.
nicholas and nadine's adventures across the united states
first a farm in rural america, then washington, dc. watch out everyone, nicholas and nadine are taking on the world. blah.
i seriously can't wait for natalia livingston to come back on the canvas, claire coffey is okay as nadine, but i can't stand her "aw shucks" nature and am sick to death of watching any scenes involving her and tyler christopher, who couldn't be less engaged if they were paying him--oh wait they are!--but it doesn't matter because this whole storyline is so stupid and boring that to waste any more time on it would be a travesty.
johnny and lulu against the world
why is lulu such a smug prat? this whole thing with johnny leaving the family and how are they going to get by on only lulu's salary is aiming for "living on a prayer" sadly the whole storyline isn't even half way there...and that's all there is to say about that.
jason versus sonny versus the fbi
i keep hoping that one day jason wakes up and remembers that he is a quartermaine and is horrified with what he has done with his life and sets out to make amends and earn his medical degree. with all the mob-propping this show does (you know here in boston, the cops and the feds are out to get the mob, and they aren't the heroes of the story, they are the criminals), i have little hope of anything actually interesting happening here, other than jason and sonny becoming friends again and rejoicing in their lifestyle of crime and violence.
but i do hold a shred of hope, because maybe for spinelli, jason will finally turn on sonny. who is a smug, self-important, misogynistic bastard.
carly and jax avoid divorce by dragging the process out
i don't hate this pairing the way so many others do. i don't hate carly the way so many other do. so really, i just want them to get back together so that we can be done with this stupid storyline and maybe have them become a couple with real issues a la robin and patrick.
also, as an aside, what the hell is the show doing with all the falconeri women. kate is an annoying mob and sonny apologist who treats everyone close to her horribly. olivia is kind of cool, though insanely jealous of sonny, is sticking around port charles even though there is no rational reason for her to do so, especially since she is terrified that her son may come find her there and also happen to run into his biological father, the one and only sonny corinthos, jr.
at least the divorce provides some good diane and alexis repartee.
maxie and spinelli
when spinelli first fell for maxie and kept having those stupid daydreams from film noirs i thought, eww. not maxie and spinelli. but i think kirsten storms and bradford anderson are amazing. somehow they have redeemed both their characters to a point where them getting together is not something icky. their fight scenes from last week and this week's scenes in the precinct have been spectacular. i love them together.
that being said i do wonder what will happen between maxie and matt hunter. because why bring the character on if they aren't going to do anything with him. he's a retconned legacy character with ties to the scorpios and the drakes, we should see more of him. now that he's not acting like a prick all the time, i'm interested to see what they will do with his character.
robin and patrick
i love how this couple that kept having the same argument for over a year about how she wanted a baby and he was afraid of commitment now have a beautiful baby girl and are married.
their wedding episode was beyond sweet, it was a fitting tribute to robin's character, especially considering the fact that she's grown up on the show. and watching them deal with the changes in their life, marriage and a baby, i love that it's robin who is having such a hard time with it. especially since that's what she claimed she wanted...granted i do think it is what she wants, but i love that she's having a hard time getting used to the changes, and that she sees patrick take all the challenges of being a husband and father in stride.
i love that they are exploring her post-partum depression, especially since i remember when she wasn't so forgiving of carly when carly went through it after giving birth to michael. i love that as a married couple, they are being given a meaty storyline that doesn't involve adultery or falling out of love, but rather facing the challenges that real life often throws at newlyweds and new parents.
but i said i wouldn't end on a downer, so here is a little something from the wedding episode to make us all swoon with love gh style: