Déjà Vu All Over Again
In the 11/6 issue of Soap Opera Digest, GH head writer Bob Guza gives a sneak-peak of November sweeps:
Structurally speaking, we are going to start the story in a way that's reminiscent of what we did with the Metro Court hostage crisis, but it is going to be different in a couple of significant ways[.] We will begin well into the evening of the Black and White Ball. We will show you the trappings of calamity and then you have to figure out what happened to who. Then, as we go back through the evening, we will arrive at the same point we showed you at the beginning and that's when we will reveal what happened and to whom, and then the story continues from there.
Does "reminiscent of" mean "other than the fact that some of the actors have worse hairstyles and the set will be slightly different, exactly the same as"?
Has GH really sunk so low that it can't even let a full cycle of yearly sweeps go by without directly ripping itself off? I mean, I suppose if you set aside that ultimately (ridiculously), James Craig turned out to be Jerry Jacks, and those mothereffers used the whole hostage situation to kill off Alan Quartermaine, the Metro Court story was decent. But it was six months ago! Can't they go back a few years to mine for material?! The show was much better then! And while trolling for decent scripts, the writers might stumble upon some people called Quartermaines, Spencers, and Scorpios, and we could actually end up with a watchable month of television! Who greenlights this re-hashed sludge?! Most importantly, why am I wasting so many exclamation points, thereby running the risk of appearing to be excited about anything associated with General Hospital?!