By Becca Thomas
Every year, I make the same new year’s resolutions. And 98% of the time, I don’t keep them. But I continue to make them. Why? Tradition, I suppose. For probably the same reason, at this time of year I map out changes I’d like to see on my soaps. I’ve given up on the really crazy ones (like that GENERAL HOSPITAL should be less violent and mob-centric, or that DAYS OF OUR LIVES should have consistent quality for more than three months), but I still have some smaller-scale hopes for 2010.
On GH, while I have given up hope that Port Charles will stop revolving around the mob, I do hope that there are at least some consequences for the mobsters this year. The only reasons I’m remotely optimistic are: 1) the reveal of Dante (whom I adore, by the way) as Sonny’s son would be hard, even in the hands of a writing team that clearly worships Sonny’s homicidal self, to conclude with anything other than some anti-Mafia reflections and happenings, and 2) I don’t learn lessons very well and have forgotten the 738 other opportunities for such consequences that have already passed by.
More realistically, I hope 2010 sees more of the episodes centered around karaoke nights at Jake’s, or similar setups. Those were easily the best of GH in 2009, and that kind of cast interaction and escapism is exactly what GH needs. More of Robin and Patrick as something other than back-burnered medical Nancy Drews would be nice, as would an actual storyline for Patrick’s brother Matt. More screen time for Diane and Alexis’s almost uniformly delightful and entertaining friendship, and an actual romance for Alexis with someone who isn’t a sociopath, would be great too.