Second Verse, Same As The First (Depressing and Off Key)
The most galling thing--I know that there are many galling, offensive and downright depressing things to choose from and ranking them would be an arduous process, since there are so many things to choose from ("Well, Sam's sexual violation really hits the trifecta: ambiguous rape PLUS violence against a tiny woman PLUS a probable Who's The Daddy? story, but I can make a compelling case for Luke Spencer: Portrait of the Artist As a Sickening Shell of His Former Self. Also, Spinelli...", but I think we can all agree that THIS is the MOST galling thing about the current state of General Hospital: somewhere, Bob Guza has a smug smile on his face remembering the universal glee that his firing brought to the world.
"Yeah, I remember. You heard Bobby was out and it was all 'Now there will be romance! And Laura! And Quartermaines! And a hospital!' How'd that work out? Because from where I'm sitting--which is in a very expensive chair--I'm seeing some raping, killing and grimness. How do you like them apples? People still say that, right?"
That bastard and his rightness.
Franco's latest quest to destroy Jason (Sam, as she has been for most of her time in Port Charles, is mere collateral damage) is like a Frankenstory, with grotesque pieces of prior stories cobbled together. Sam being terrorized by one of the many villains to sweep through Port Charles happens so often that it barely requires comment at this point; it's just such a given, you know, that something horrible will happen to her, because horrible things always happen (she's been blown up, shot in the uterus, kidnapped). The ambiguity of what happened to Sam is not only disturbing but a rehash of the months that the show danced around Michael's rape with a sly smile and a "We'll never tell!", which...there is a special place in soap hell reserved for those who are both gravely upsetting and blatantly unoriginal. I feel like I am having a Helen Lovejoy moment here but REALLY, there are some stories that, if they must be told, should be told without gimmickry and RAPE ("Did it happen...or didn't it?") and THE DEATH OF A CHILD ("Jake's dead! Whodunit? Stay tuned to find out!) are such stories. Why, Garin? Why must you gimmick?
And why must you relentlessly and lazily continue to rip off the works of your predecessor? On, like, every level? What about the curious case of Dr. Lisa Niles struck you as so impressive and thought-provoking that you're planning to do your own version with Maggie?! A former flame of a GH doctor comes to town nursing a crush and is blatantly unstable?
I mean, I'm just making assumptions at this point, but nothing about this woman came across as anything approaching sane. I look forward to two years of her harassing Steve and Olivia and wreaking complete havoc on Port Charles. Just kidding, General Hospital won't be around in two years.