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The Rise and Fall of “General Hospital”
by Carrie

April 15, 2004 – this day is etched in my mind, because it was the first time I watched “General Hospital.”  Since then, I’ve become a loyal and dedicated fan, watching daily and even belonging to one of the fan clubs.  But something changed at the beginning of 2012 – the entire show went from being interesting to watch to downright irritating.  Here’s why:

1.  Bringing on “One Life To Live” characters.  If the soap needed to add more people, why not have beloved GH characters come back?  I would love to see Frisco Jones or even Alcazar return from the grave. 

2.  The exit of Ethan Lovett.  The real reason I had been watching for the past couple of years was to see Nathan Parsons (Ethan).  I believe he’s a talented young actor, but “General Hospital” didn’t give him a good storyline at all.  When there seemed to be hope with the Cassandra-Ethan love story, they axed the storyline, reportedly causing Parsons to leave the show.  And getting rid of Abby, Michael’s girlfriend, didn’t make any sense to me.  Now he doesn’t have much of a storyline either, except for keeping Starr Manning company during Sonny’s trial.

3.  The Franco saga.  If it isn’t bad enough that Franco was a psychopath who raped Sam, why make it worse by revealing he’s Jason’s twin and the father of Sam’s unborn baby?  Next I’ll hear Franco is really alive and wants to steal the baby from Sam and Jason – which he probably will because it’s a soap opera.  I know that soaps can be more lenient with over-the-top storylines, but this one has gone too far.  Jason and Sam used to be one of my favorite couples, but it’s hard to root for them anymore when they never get a chance to be happy for even one episode.

Not that it’s all been bad.  It’s refreshing to see the Kate/Connie storyline, because the dual personality story hasn’t been done in a while.  I especially enjoy Kate/Connie’s scenes with the handsome Dr. Keenan.  It’ll be interesting to watch what sort of trouble Heather Webber gets into and if Steven can save the day.  And maybe the Port Charles Police Department will finally solve the stripper assault case – who knew it might take Lulu of all people to figure it out?

It’s safe to say I’m not sure if I’ll keep watching.  If the storylines improve, if more time is spent on romance and not violence, if “General Hospital” returns to its roots and concentrates on the hospital, maybe I’ll continue to check it out.  Otherwise, it looks like we’ll be seeing guns drawn and bullets flying for days to come.

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