Is It Weird To Give My TV A Standing Ovation?
A person is technology deprived for quite a while, thanks to weather related-madness (the one-two punch of a devastating hurricane followed almost immediately by a freak early-November snow storm was more than a little bizarre. And now I lost one of my favorite soapy cliches to snark on: the weather sweeps stories that, based on season and climate, are completely improbable! Because NOTHING is improbably when it comes to weather. Al Roker SCOFFS at my naivete) and then scrambling to catch up on time I lost from weather-related madness and all of a sudden, General Hospital is not just good, but fantastic. And maybe not even fantastic, but amazing. The show has been on a creative upswing for quite a while, clearly, but the past few days have been golden-era great, to the point where I actually (not really) (well, kind of) started to consider the plausibility of time travel--could I have gone back to the early 90s? Because Faison and Duke and Sean Kanan and Anna as the heroine of the show! But if I had, why has the cast aged and what happened to so many of the Quartermaines? So many questions! This is why I tend to shy away from science fiction novels.
So it must be true, right? The show is just THAT GOOD. I've been getting texts nonstop these days from friends who consider themselves reformed General Hospital fans. "Oh, you still watch that?", they'd sneer. "I gave up in 2005". And now they're texting things like "OMG, did you see today's GH?" "I LOVE THIS SHOW!" and "All of that was awesome!"
And it IS awesome. The Faison reveal--which I think we all knew was the most likely explanation for Duke's unbelievable non-Dukeness, but be predictable all you want, show, when a reveal is revealed in such a ridiculous manner--just felt right, like this is how General Hospital should be: filled with Duke masks, and secret identities, and Anders Hove overacting to the nth degree. And Duke is alive. And so is AJ Quartermaine, which is filling Carly and Sonny with all sorts of rage and fury...okay, that part is totally status quo, but Michael's reaction to all of this is a nice surprise! I had forgotten what it was like to watch one of his scenes and actually hear his lines; for so long, they were muffled by the sound of my inner monologue saying, "God, I hate this punk" repeatedly.
Michael: I AM involved in this.
Dante, who...I can't adequately describe just how much self-righteousness was dripping from these words. It was a little bit insane: Why? Because he's your biological father, you think you have some sort of obligation to him?
Michael, admirably restraining himself from saying "I KNOW YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I?": It's not that simple.
Dante, clearly high on drugs: It IS that simple. He's a criminal and he should be put away for the rest of his life.
Michael: It's easy for you to say, you've never been locked up.
AJ, clearly thinking "Who in the what now?": ...
Dante, disgusted: He shot his own father in the back.
Michael and I in unison, although his delivery was more like "Hey, this is my trump card" and mine was a shrill "OHMIGOD HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SCREECH THIS?!?!?!": And your father shot you. Or have you forgotten that?