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A Critic’s Review Of General Hospital: Feuding, Disbelief & Greek Mythology

The author’s opinions on GH are his and his alone. They’re suitably scathing, fairly humorous, and normally bang on target.

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When it comes to General Hospital, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days, we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of the GH week that was.

General Hospital: The Critic’s POV

Recasts rarely take me out of a scene, but I couldn’t help but blanch when the bag was pulled off that peroxide blonde’s head and Holly (Emma Samms) gasped “Ethan!” Ummmm…that might be your Ethan, but he’s not my Ethan. Nathan Parsons, where were you when you were needed?!

That said, this Ethan sure does resemble a young Anthony Geary, so, he’s got that going for him.

Further GH Musings

* Apparently Drew (Cameron Mathison) didn’t know his Greek Mythology that well, because as Gods and Goddess go, Demeter is pretty up there in the pantheon, being Zeus’s sister and all.

Also, do you mean to tell me that that map was folded up in that book all that time and Oscar never once questioned Drew about it? There’s expecting your fans to suspend disbelief for a good story, and then there’s just poor, inexcusable plotting.

* Chase (Josh Swickard) finally has his job back. Thank G-d that’s over…until he finds out that Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) pulled some strings to get him that second audience with the review board, that is. Huff.

* Surprise [not so much], Sprina fans! Victor Cassadine’s (Charles Shaughnessy) madness pushed Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Trina (Tabyana Ali) oh-so-much closer together. At least there was some payoff for die-hard fans when they shared an intimate moment [maybe their last?] on the Haunted Star.

* I’d like to think that General Hospital is actually about to embark on storylines with Molly (Haley Pullos) and Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) at the helm, but something tells me that as soon as the show can hammer home the symptoms and treatments for Endometriosis Molly will go back to being a “rarely seen” and rather than have Kristina run that charitable home for youth, she’ll only be called upon if/when the need arises for someone to sing Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) praises.

* In the wake of Joe Flanigan’s needless dismissal and the even more needless killing of his character, Neil Byrne, a contingent of fans clamored for Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) to be given a new love interest, and Chris and Dan/Dan and Chris answered them by pairing her with Gregory (Gregory Harrison)…and then having him diagnosed with ALS. Way to listen and reward boys!

* It’s fun when a series lets a character speak for the audience at large, as was the case when Carly (Laura Wright) pointedly questioned Ava (Maura West) and Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) friendship.

What’s not fun in the continuous returns to the dry-as-bone well that is the Carly/Nina feud. It’s stale, it’s uninspired, and it’s no longer entertaining.

That said, I will grant Carly two things: she hit the nail on the head when she threw in Nina’s face the fact that Nina and Nina alone is to blame for her and Willow’s estrangement [that is what she gets for making Willow’s life Hell just because she wanted Nina and Valentin to make Charlotte mind and teach her that bullying isn’t very becoming] and that it’s Willow’s decision who gets invited to her wedding.

But you know what else? That works both ways. It’s fine and dandy for Willow not to want Nina there but it’s another for her to browbeat Michael (Chad Duell) into inviting Sonny (Maurice Benard). Michael is as entitled to his feelings as she is and he should have made that argument instead of acquiescing.

* Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Diane (Carolyn Hennesy), cute-ish…though I could have done without him pulling her into that kiss while she continuously and loudly protested even though it was played for laughs.

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