When the news broke that Tyler Christopher was handed his pink slip at General Hospital, my immediate reaction was not one of shock. Once confirmed and the dust settled, I thought about what it all really meant for GH and the canvas surrounding Christopher’s character Nikolas Cassadine. Of course my second thought was that our own Luke Kerr was crying over one of the last Cassadines left leaving Port Charles. Is that the problem? Nikolas being our only real connection to the iconic Cassadines? With no story for the Cassadine family, is there a reason to keep the main connection to them?
I know, I know, he’s Laura Spencer’s (Genie Francis) son and what I’m about to say next may shock some of you. Should GH hold onto a character that is seemingly going nowhere based on a hope that IF Francis and ABC were to strike a deal, the onscreen mother and son could share a handful of scenes? Shocking, coming from me, who values the connections to characters' pasts, but it’s not Nikolas’ familial ties that I am struggling with. It’s the obvious lack of direction for this character and the Cassadines that seems to be plaguing the writer’s table. Yes, we still have Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and her girls, but the longing that Sam (Kelly Monaco) fans have had for her to explore her Cassadine roots have fallen on deaf ears.
If you caught me on Twitter after I finished up GH, you saw I promised to save my reaction for the blog. So here it is, Jake’s Hit and Run, Day One, what I liked, loved and would have done differently.
I readily admit that my thumb was on the fast forward button during certain scenes. Sorry Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) and Sonny (Maurice Benard), your honeymoon plans and stupid giggles mean nothing to me. A baby is about to be run down and I wasn’t one of those people who gushed over your nuptials. I also could care less about your baby, Brenda. I did catch the snippet that Suzanne stashed the kid away with a family she met through ASEC; snooze, yawn. Brenda’s child does not interest me if it’s only a means to VMG's probable exit.
Now that I got the crap out of the way, let’s break it down. Steve Burton, Jonathan Jackson, Rebecca Herbst, Laura Wright, Ingo Rademacher, Tony Geary and yes, Chad Duell, great job! Actors do their THING with their eyes and faces. Anyone can spit out some lines. Bow down to Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and those eyes. Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) is starting to give Mr. Burton a serious run for his money. Becky Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) shows true heartbreak like no other. Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) and Ingo Rademacher ‘s (Jax) scenes with Josslyn were fantastic and natural. Tony Geary (Luke Spencer) was fantastic and I would be remiss if I left out Chad Duell (Michael Corinthos III). Mr. Duell is definitely paying attention when playing with the big boys and learning.
Shocked, dismayed, sad, disappointed, angry, heartbroken — I’m experiencing a full body of emotions, all due to the ridiculous firing of Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) from General Hospital. I know, some—maybe most—will jump to the conclusion that my dismay is due to my love of all things Liason, the unforgettable romantic pairing featuring Herbst’s Liz and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), and I won’t lie, that definitely plays a part, but I have been having a love affair with the character of Elizabeth Webber since long before she fell for Jason. In fact, I've loved Liz and Herbst since they first popped up in Port Charles back in 1997.
Elizabeth’s storylines over the past 13 years have made her one of my all-time favorite soap opera characters, while Herbst's performances in those storylines resulted in her becoming one of my favorite daytime actresses. "Bad" Lizzie Webber was a force to be reckoned with when she first showed up at Audrey’s (Rachel Ames). You just couldn’t help but root for the underdog, little sister over the more “perfect” Sarah.
When GH scribe Michele Val Jean made the decision to write a brutal rape storyline for the character of Liz, Herbst’s acting choices —not to mention the elegant writing—transformed her into a fan favorite, which she’s been ever since. Who could ever forget a shattered and broken Elizabeth crawling out of those bushes, only to be found by Lucky (Jonathan Jackson)? READ MORE
Don't mess with Edward (John Ingle) and his kin! Entertainment Tonight has the first look at tomorrow's episode of General Hospital featuring the Quartermaine patriarch laying down the law with Port Charles' resident rebel Luke (Anthony Geary). Edward lets him know either put up, or shut up when it comes to his darling daughter Tracy (Jane Elliot). Watch the showdown after the jump!
If you remember Brenda (Vaness Marcil Gioninazzo) and Jason's (Steve Burton) hilarious Vegas nuptials, you may recall the man who married them. ABC Soaps In Depth has news that comedian David Leisure is bringing back his character, Reverend Grace, when Luke (Tony Geary), Tracy (Jane Elliot), Ethan (Nathan Parson) and Maya (Annie Ilonzeh) hit Las Vegas for a night none of them will be able to remember the next day. Question is, which couple will tie the knot?