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A Critic’s Review Of General Hospital: Jarring Backstory & Squeals Of Delight

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

general hospital critic's review for june 26 – june 30, 2023, three images drew, portia, and austin.Drew Cain, Portia Robinson Ashford, and Austin Gatlin-Holt.

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

Seeing as how Austin (Roger Howarth) is the very embodiment of Chris and Dan’s/Dan and Chris’s lamentable “throw something at the wall and see what sticks” writing style, it was downright jarring to hear that semi-addressed in Thursday’s airshow.

At the onset he was a “long lost, forgotten Quartermaine” bound and determined to get a piece of the pie — and, barring restitution, REVENGE! — but that just sorta…petered out. Then he was briefly Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms) White Knight, but that was royally botched. Next up, he’s the white sheep of a backwoods mafia dynasty put under the thumb of his big, bad cousin Mason (Nathanyael Grey) and then just as suddenly he’s availing himself to Ava (Maura West).

I could have probably gotten behind an Ava/Austin pairing had Austin actually been a fully realized character with a set backstory and a throughline from day one rather than a cipher whose being was determined on a whim and a few keystrokes. But at this point in time, I just don’t care.

Further GH Musings

* A Jeff Kober [Cyrus Renault] sighting! *Squeal* But what about Drew’s (Cameron Mathison) imminent arrival has gotten him so giddy? Is he hoping to make a new convert?

* Am I supposed to hate Curtis (Donnell Turner)? Because, if so, great job! Mission accomplished. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that the character is still supposed to have some rooting value. If that’s the case, then it would behoove TPTB to write him as less a hypocritical ass and more a man truly torn between two great loves, beset by inner turmoil that he’s failing to fathom.

Portia (Brook Kerr) too is a character approaching untenable territory. Here she is, a medical professional, abusing her position in order to manipulate Esme (Avery Kristen Pohl) all in an effort to drive a wedge between Trina (Tabyana Ali) and Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez).

Ugh, Spencer. His attacks [literally and otherwise] on Dex (Evan Hoffer) are really starting to grate. Of course, this latest act of violence was dictated solely so we could get those scenes of Spencer and Esme getting chummy.

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Port Charles, check out all the latest GH spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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