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  1. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    I don't have much more to add about how wildly different the GH version of Alex is from the AMC version. They both suck and are pointless, but they go about it differently. I think the GH writers and Finola are trying too hard to give the sisters distinct identities. GH Alex has this taunting humor that wasn't AMC Alex's style at all. She was downright humorless. I gather they explained on the AMC web soap why she isn't with Dmitri anymore, but whatever happened to her and Anna's younger half brother, Gabriel, who was mocked by other Pine Valley youth as "Dog Boy" because he had been kept in a cage and...growled when angry, or something I'm blocking out? They left town with him in tow, didn't they? For the love of God, where is Dog Boy?! I must account for every badly conceived ABC soap character from 2001, and Angel Ellis's trail is cold! If he ever shows up, I hope it isn't with the same actor. I'm all for greater diversity in soaps, but that dude's range of expressions was barely sufficient for catalog modeling.
  2. Asp Burger

    Spoilers and Speculation: Clink Boom and Cheese Fondue

    Back a year or two ago, when Carly was consistently acting even more unhinged than usual -- I can't remember about what, maybe Michael still giving Nelle chances even after her first round of scheming/sekritz came out -- I suggested in the episode thread that she should get a stroke story. I mean, it's a hospital show with some doctors, and one of them does brain-related things, and she's going to be front-burner all the time anyway, so why not? They saddled another female lead with polycythemia vera, after all (which I hated). I said at the time that LW would probably do well with the rehab scenes, playing things like being frustrated because she can't button her clothes or express herself clearly. Now, I'm not taking credit for anything (writers, if you're reading these boards and taking our suggestions, I wish you hadn't picked mine! There were better ones!). However, I'm wondering if that's where it's going now. Didn't Kim actually mention stroke as one of the risks of her high-risk pregnancy? I'm damn sure not expecting her to follow orders to keep calm and take it easy for the duration. She's done stupid risky things during all of her pregnancies, the successful ones and the unsuccessful ones. And she's Carly.
  3. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    It's because she's brave and strong and fans with her whole hair. Not just a part of it.
  4. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    All I have to add is that although we did not know it at the time, she was rolling around in cat feces at the bottom of the ravine. The germs gave her a disease that made her have hallucinations and want "Jason" away from Sonny. It was truly a tragic year for Sam. Fortunately, Sonny and Carly have forgiven her.
  5. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    That's where I am too. I know it's easy to come up with a list of soap-terrible things Ava has done, but I one hundred percent prefer her to Carly. The show has not been insisting for years that I find her admirable, and the whole town isn't bowing down to her or kissing her ass. Quite the opposite, usually. I like Maura West, and the character has a good combination of pathos and humor. And some of it is just a preference for one kind of character over another. I'm going to get more enjoyment out of a morally gray character who wears cool clothes, has an art gallery, and makes sarcastic comments over the rim of her martini glass, than a possessive, overbearing soccer mom from hell who became a successful businesswoman and "pillar of the community" in very flimsy, unearned ways, and is fake-laughing at everything when she isn't shrieking. On Danny and his age-inappropriate toys and toddler behavior: Maybe when he's 12 or 13, Monica will inform his parents that he's "special," like his namesake. She'll be all, "What, you didn't know? Of course you didn't. You saw him so rarely." Unpopular (?) opinion: I have really liked the way all the crazy strands have come together at the climax of the Ryan story. A lot of "Where the hell are they going with this?" material actually ended up being relevant and useful. It's been a pretty good couple of weeks, IMO.
  6. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    The previews keep taunting me with scenarios that won't be as good as what's in my head. Friday, it was Sonny saying "Is there room for one more?" and he wasn't asking about a mass grave. Now Sam is saying "Maybe I should just bail on the whole thing," and she won't be talking about living in Port Charles.
  7. I'm very sad. Here's my random Luke Perry memory. He made several appearances on Arsenio Hall's show in the early 1990s, promoting 90210 or one of his movies. Of course,, there were always a lot of screams from the female members of the audience. But on one occasion, there was a lone male voice screaming with them, just as excited. Arsenio jumped on that to get a laugh. He said something like, "Hey, that was a dude!" For most of Luke's interview, he was maintaining that aloof, too-cool-for-school public persona his fans associated with him in the era, very much like Dylan. But when Arsenio started to tease this male fan (it was a kind of humor that today we would more readily label homophobic), he said, "Leave that guy alone." It's something that always stayed in my mind about him. I think it showed how forward-thinking and essentially sweet he was. He knew he was a heartthrob for all kinds of people.
  8. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    But...what about the occasions when it does mean something? Should people like that (and their stories) be made invisible? This is reminding me of the spasms of outrage over Felix five or six years ago, as if gay men with his speaking style and mannerisms didn't exist, and weren't part of the behavior spectrum just like the more understated, "non-stereotypical" Lucas. I don't consider that progress.
  9. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Yes. His nickname will be "The Ice Princess." (I know. I'm going to hell. It's just all I could think of, especially remembering that scene of Liz trying to control Lucky's mind when she stole the diamond from Helena.)
  10. Asp Burger

    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    There are also tributes from Wally Kurth and Jon Lindstrom within this piece. https://deadline.com/2019/02/kristoff-st-john-hollywood-reactions-yvette-nicole-brown-alice-hunter-young-restless-1202549067/ It is just heartbreaking. I used to watch Kristoff St. John and Anthony Addabbo as Adam and Jason, respectively, on Generations. They were two of the young male leads on that bravely diverse, ahead-of-its-time soap. Now they're both gone, only in their fifties.
  11. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Carly never convinces that she really cares about anyone outside of her little bubble of (roughly descending order of importance) Jason, Sonny, her two living kids, Sam, and (barely) her mother. Sam only makes the cut because that's who Jason wants to be with, so she accepts her as a sort of a sexual surrogate. If Jason informed her one day that his taste had changed and he now preferred an inflatable rubber woman, I suspect we'd see as much of her friendship with Sam as we see of her friendship with Olivia. When she's showing up at Kim's place or giving Drew advice, it rings so hollow. Oh, and if Jason did suddenly decide he preferred an inflatable rubber woman, I doubt the Jason romantic story could be any less dynamic. Hell, they'd probably be running neck and neck with Jason/Sam in fan polls. It would be the new fan-base war. Especially if the inflatable rubber woman were designed with a convincing smile. Brick is a weird recurring character. How much of the audience is up enough on his ESPN doings to even get these in-jokes they always put into his dialogue, like the thing about how he had an appointment in Toronto that he couldn't miss? (Stephen A. Smith has had a love/hate relationship with Canada, and Toronto specifically, in his day job. I think a flare-up was going on when this stuff was taping.) I liked the Liz/Brad/Lucas scene because it covered various points of view that have been argued here. A lot of people may have had Lucas's experience, but also Brad's. But...Liz nodding in agreement that most of Aiden's friends are girls? He has friends now, of any kind?
  12. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    I assume a lot of people here saw the Best Picture winner of a couple years ago, Moonlight. In that movie, we follow the same character at three points of life, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. In the first part of the movie, he is about Aiden's age. Everyone realizes he's gay (or, tm Curb Your Enthusiasm, "pre-gay"). His mother. The drug dealer who becomes a father figure of sorts, and that man's girlfriend. Other kids his age. The first time we see him, he has taken refuge in an abandoned building because other kids are chasing him. Excerpt from the screenplay: PAULA: You ever see the way he walk, Juan? JUAN: Watch your damn mouth. [Paula real close now, extremely close, her nose at his chin, looking up into his eyes:] PAULA: You gon' tell him why the other boys kick his ass all the time? Huh? Now, Barry Jenkins could have made a movie about a kid who proves everyone wrong by growing up to be crazy about the ladies. That just wasn't the story he chose to tell. The character was, in fact, gay. In the final third of the movie, he has a male love interest. The people who knew him at a young age sensed something, and whether they were cruel about it or compassionate about it, they were not wrong. I think the General Hospital story is trying for something similar. Liz does have two other sons, and there are several other boys on the canvas who, if the show goes on long enough to SORAS them, will be there to carry the torch for heterosexuality. I actually think it's a refreshing change from the usual gay reveals in soaps, such as Lucas and Kristina, who become gay or bi in their young adulthood for storyline purposes, with no preparation of it. Edit: Spelling of Jenkins's first name.
  13. It would have kept Stephen Martines from ever getting his mitts on the role, so it would have helped me. I don't know when GF expressed that opinion, whether it was at the time Tyler Christopher was leaving or retrospectively, but maybe she just thought he wasn't well established enough after three years to have the kind of career he hoped for. Even some multiple-award winners like Sarah Brown struggled with that transition. TC did rack up a lot of credits on high-visibility TV shows in the years between his first and second GH stints, but they were one-offs; he didn't land a series or anything. Catfish in Black Bean Sauce didn't launch a big-screen career either. One could argue that he had been well positioned on GH circa 1999 to be the young leading man, if he'd chosen to renew. He was well liked by fans. Jonathan Jackson was gone, but the female members of the Scooby gang were still there. They were trying to make Juan happen as the newcomer to the group. Once they realized TC was unlikely to stay, they did back-burner Nikolas, but the character did get a lot written for him after the recast. Much of it was by Megan McTavish, so it certainly wasn't kiss-the-pages greatness, but he was in a lot of front-burner material with Gia, Stavros and Helena, Endgame and all that. I was really happy for a few minutes when TC returned in '03, but...well, we all remember what the material was like. So much of it was bad, right up until the end.
  14. Asp Burger

    Spoilers and Speculation: Clink Boom and Cheese Fondue

    It's true. Not just the JaSam fan base, but what remains of the overall General Hospital fan base. Whenever I look at comments on Facebook or on soap-opera news sites, it's so different from how it is here. "Ryan better not kill Carly! I'll stop watching!" "Ava needs to lose custody of Avery for good. " I'm still bummed that Kiki and Griffin's sweet love story was cut off so soon. This stupid Ryan thing needs to end."
  15. Asp Burger

    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    I think they've done okay with it so far. The worst thing about is that the show's present-day budget/other restrictions have given it a hollowed-out, tell-rather-than-show feel. The only onscreen representation of the bullying has been via another character we know (Charlotte), and even most of that has happened offscreen. If a better-funded TV show or movie were telling this story, we'd be seeing more of Aiden at school, and there would be other kids. It's being told mostly indirectly through the adults. But the response I'm seeing on line is a little disheartening. Inclusiveness and the ability to be "seen" is important to a lot of people, and Aiden's story is a real thing. But it apparently went over better with the audience when Liz's other son was a brainwashed terrorist who was going to release a biotoxin. No one was threatening to stop watching over that (which I'm seeing on other sites re: the Aiden hints). No one that I recall was saying the show should never go there with a child so young. When the story of "Aiden being Aiden" is much more upsetting and objectionable than Jake's brainwashing and the young Michael's hit-ordering, it says a lot about why kids like Aiden get bullied or retreat into invisibility and fake it 'til they make it. Even here, the preferred response is that all this setup will conclude with a reassurance that he's still within the viewers' parameters of "normal."
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