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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: A Critic’s Personal High And Lowlights
Ava Jerome Cassadine (Maura West) and Laura Collins (Genie Francis), Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) and Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms), and Cameron Webber (William Lipton) and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) all had one-on-one scenes, and man, were they good or what?
Even though the conversations did nothing to advance the plot, they were excellent instances of soap operas at their best. Heartfelt exchanges supported by natural performances from top-tier talent that are grounded in character and are completely relatable and comfortable.
And Britt Westbourne, played by Kelly Thiebaud, passed away while her mother held her? Chef’s kiss: flawless
In the immediate aftermath, in my opinion, General Hospital made a mistake. Although I’m gradually but surely starting to warm up to Cody Bell (Josh Kelly), his mourning struck me as particularly hollow. Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), Brad Cooper (Parry Shen), and Maxie all responded to the news in ways that I didn’t find very moving. The moment Felicia Jones (Kristina Wagner), who was visibly upset, asked to hug Cody and then tightly embraced him was the one that made me cry the most. She should have been comforting her own daughter, not this relative stranger.
Further GH Musings
* Best General Hospital Exchange:
Ryan: That’s rich. You spend a lifetime ignoring that Esme even exists, and now your what — Joan Crawford?
Heather: Joan Crawford? I like wire hangers.
* I see that General Hospital is desperately trying to recapture the magic that was Franco/Liesl via Austin/Liesl. Roger Howarth and Gati still have oodles of chemistry, no doubt, but it’s never, ever going to be the same, so why even put forth the effort?
* Mercenary Martin (Michael E. Knight) for the win!
* My favorite soap opera trope: amnesia. My second favorite trope: bad girls pretending to have amnesia in order to lull their foes into a false sense of security.
* The takeaway from Curtis Ashford’s (Donnell Turner) and Portia Robinson’s (Brook Kerr) scenes on Thursday’s airshow? Britt’s dead but life goes on. Here’s a plant, tend to it to pass the time.
* Unless I have proof positive set down before me, I refuse to believe that Heather Webber (Alley Mills) was the character originally slated to be The Hook. For one, it makes no logical sense — not that that has ever stopped Chris and Dan/Dan and Chris before — and second, you’ll never convince me that a trained Marine couldn’t fight off a septuagenarian. No way, no how. As per usual, this has been a storyline constructed via a make-it-up as you go along/
* Wyndham’s shout-out. Squeal!
* You want to know why I hate Josslyn Jacks (Eden McCoy) — AKA Carly 2.0 — so damned much and will never, ever let up on her? She cheats on her boyfriend and then has the audacity to interrupt the afterglow to besmirch Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and his character.
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