G.H. Commentary by
The Assassination of Lucky Spencer Must Stop
Let me preface this by commending Greg Vaughn on the wonderful work he does
with the character of Lucky Spencer. He brings across what the writers want
wonderfully. With that said, I cannot be the only one who is tired of Lucky
Spencer and his woes. I refuse to accept that anyone can be sympathetic to what
he is going through right now. If you are, I endeavor to change your mind. Why?
Well, it is not because I inherently dislike Lucky. I believe that the powers
that be (TBTB) in GHland are murdering the fun loving, caring character viewers
of General Hospital once adored.
In reality, this slow assassination did not start with his drug habit. For
any long term General Hospital fan, Lucky hasn’t been himself since he was
“killed” in the apartment fire only to be found years later after being Helena’s
captive where he was brainwashed. The person that returned in the role of Lucky
Spencer was Jacob Young, not Jonathan Jackson. That was a marvelous choice if
the intention was for loyal fans to absolutely despise Lucky.
Elizabeth’s treatment of Lucky notwithstanding, he has been a horrible person
to her ever since his return. It was as if Helena stripped Lucky of his Spencer
savvy and smarts, replacing them with insecurities and constant self-doubt. He
became this person who required constant pandering. Of course, Elizabeth did not
help by enabling the behavior because in the end, she always catered to him,
forsaking what she really wanted.
However, let me not belabor the far gone past. Just looking at the last year,
Lucky has not demonstrated that he should even be called a Spencer. It seems in
times of adversity, he cannot handle the pressure. His woe-is-me attitude was a
constant cancer that was so affecting, it drove his devoted (at the time) wife
to seek help else where in order to boost his ego up. Then he moved on to
blatant paranoia where it was not warranted (at the time) by constantly accusing
Liz of cheating on him if she sneezed in Patrick Drake’s direction all the while
he is sleeping with a teenager and using her to score his pills (not that Maxie
Jones was totally blameless).
Fast forward to present day, TBTB have the opportunity to make Lucky deserve
his Spencer namesake. Instead they continue to make him look like a fool. Not
only is he still in the dark about not being Jake’s biological father, which as
a cop he should have had suspicions on something going on long ago but he was
too wrapped up in himself to notice how Elizabeth was feeling or what she was up
to, but now they are also allowing him to be duped by Samantha McCall!
The thing that is most sickening about it is that it only demonstrates how
weak this once thriving character has become. Where is the Spencer love and
loyalty? It seems that Lucky never had an ounce of it. Yes, he has found out
that Elizabeth slept with Jason and he is hurt. It is understandable how he may
doubt her when she assures him that it was only one night. However, it does not
warrant him already moving in to get intimate with Samantha McCall only days
after finding out about it when he is constantly professing how much he loves
his wife. Looking at his past behavior it just seems as though cheating is a
part of his DNA. Besides, how much of a numbskull can he be if anyone with half
a brain can surmise that Samantha McCall is, in all probability, using him to
get back at Elizabeth?
The one thing that Lucky Spencer has definitely mastered is the Spencer’s
knack for self-destruction. TBTB, can you please set Lucky free of his blatant
incompetence, self pity, weak resolve, and lack of loyalty and give him some
true worth. He needs to be his own man and not a shadow of the intriguing
character he used to be.
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