Carly Corinthos Jacks. The moment Sarah Joy Brown stepped foot on stage, I became a Caroline “Carly” Benson-Roberts (…Quartermaine Corinthos Jacks)” fan. Carly is a character who is so good, she practically writes herself – and by “good” I mean good at driving people crazy with her half-baked schemes.
I absolutely adore Laura Wright in the role and not just because I would crawl into a deathmatch cage to have hair as gorgeous as hers. I’ve been madly impressed with her interpretation of Carly. Unfortunately, I haven’t been as happy with the writers’ re-invention of the character since Wright took the role. It started off well enough, but then the writers transformed a relatively self-reliant, strong, vibrant character and into a highly co-dependent, whining, meddling pain in the ass. HEARTBREAK! So what’s to like?
The writers are reinventing Carly once again – for the better. She’s taken a huge step forward and has decided to put her marriage before the mob. Jax’s quixotic attempts to rescue princesses who aren’t exactly looking to escape from the clapsed arms of Port Chuckles’ dark knights has been painful to watch. I’d given up hope that the man could ever find true love. To have Carly choose him gave me a glimpse of the old Carly. It’s about time some woman realized that Jax was the much better alternative to a life of gunshots and death threats – hard to believe it’s taken so long.
Choosing Jax hasn’t been her only shining moment. To have her reach out to Robin shows both Carly’s depth and vulnerability, traits the writers have ignored for far too long. Wright and McCullough were amazing, bringing great sensitivity and a delightful sense of history to their scenes, addressing Robin’s post partum depression. (Click HERE and you’ll see why I think it makes perfect sense that these two women can now become friends). Theirs will be an uneasy truce, if the writers bother to take them that far. Can’t you see Carly and Robin as great ‘frenemies’? Imagine them as daytime’s answer to Ouiser and Clariee!
Jason Morgan. I wouldn’t use the word ‘love’ to describe what I feel for him. I do find Jason a TAD more watchable right now. We’ve seen Jason sacrifice himself for the women he loves – but only when he’s personally involved and presumably getting something out of the deal. His willingness to fight for Spinelli’s freedom is impressive. The writers created a character so stoic and removed from any emotional response that he was transformed from the living-giving Jason Quartermaine, to the life-taking Jason M.
What’s next? Who the hell knows? This is GH! What I would like to see, besides getting Jason away from Liz and finding out that the Jake isn’t his, is to have Jason Q. return. Jsaon Quartermaine, in the realm of daytime at least, could have a medical breakthrough. He could wake up one day, reliving every kill Jason Morgan ever made. Since Jason Quartermaine never indulged the same, weak, moral equivalencies that Jason Morgan does, he wouldn’t view JM’s kills as ‘righteous’. After a brief psychological breakdown, Jason Quartermaine could walk back into his family’s home, pick up where he left off, and become a new man again. He could return to the hospital, post medical school, and join the medical staff at GH. That would be a far better tribute to Alan than having his ghost show up every other month. Another option is having him put his new business skills to use at thelegitimate though sometimes shady at ELQ.
By the way, I was wrong, I said that I couldn’t get worked up over yet another GH disaster storyline. The commercials have me hooked. Of course, it was disappointing to see Jason MORGAN there, calling shots and taking control yet again. BASTA! Enough already. Let’s hope the doctors are the centerpiece heroes in this storyline about a MEDICAL crisis.
Johnny Zacchara. For the son of a psychotic mob boss, and a man who was anxious to take the reigns of power from his father, Johnny is an OK guy! I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Johnny/Lulu relationship – though I did enjoy the care he gave Lulu when they were on the run for Logan’s murder. Brandon Barash (Johnny’s portrayer) has it all but the writers have made little use of it.
Johnny has spent most of his tenure on GH playing a stoic, stale version of Jason Morgan. He’s so much better than that! Watching the guy remake himself has been provided fans with a fascinating character study. Johnny, as he’s written, has never had to think about what he would or could become. There was never a choice. Yet, he has become the hope of that segment of the audience that has always wanted to see Sonny and Jason walk away from mob life for good and figure out what kind of people they are. Johnny has shown a grit and the courage that the scary big bads haven’t shown so far. He’d rather mop floors than run drugs? He’d rather clean tables than prostitute women or kill rivals? FINALLY!
If we’re lucky the writers are treating him as someone who wants this change for his own sake and not just for Lulu. Johnny has to be the mob-boy-turned-human-being who makes it. I’m rooting for him (and for the writers to continue to make him a unique character.
Liz and Lucky.
Fine, that’s not a picture of Liz and Lucky, it’s a gratuitious shot of Maxie and Spinelli (Maxelli). GH has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to it’s younger couples. Couples at midlife? Not so lucky. In GH’s younger set there’s Robin and Patrick, Sonny and Claudia (for now), Jax and Carly (for now), Lulu and Johnny (for now), Jason longing for Liz and vice versa (for now), Lucky and Sam (for now), Maxie and Spinelli (sorta’).
Clearly, the only confidence I have is in the Scrubs pairing. Sonny and Claudia’s marriage is running on borrowed time, as are Lulu and Johnny given his connection to Claudia’s soon to be ill fortune! Rumors/Spoilers suggest that Kate Howard will get to have the last laugh and find one of Jerry Jax’s magical DVDs. Once Claudia falls, Johnny can’t be far behind – hopefully this won’t be the end of the Zacharra sibs. I have a feeling they’ll find out that their hired gun wasn’t responsible for Michael’s shooting after all, but that their father sent someone who was responsible.
Of the above mentioned couples, the couples that are seemingly headed for the land of ‘couple swapping’ is that of Liason (Liz and Jason) and LuSam (Lucky and Sam). They’re headed back to their original pairings as it SHOULD be.
Lucky and Liz together bring out the best in each other, when they’re good. Jason and Liz together bring out the worst in one another. They also bring out the worst in those around them. To make Jason and Liz work the people around them have to be trashed to hell. It appears to be the writers’ only trick to make Liz sympathetic (instead of desperate, clingy, and careless with her children’s lives) or to make Jason seem a better man when with her – when in reality nothing ‘s changed about him..
–Carly had to betray Jason and sleep with Sonny – something she would NEVER have done, just to give Jason cause to turn to Liz. Carly’s love (or obsession, you choose) for Jason was so great that she risked jail time and death just to be near him. No matter how much she loved Sonny later, it was easy to see that Carly still regretted that the one thing she couldn’t give her son, Michael, was Jason’s DNA. Her great regret was that his brother A.J. was his father. Sex with Sonny? Completely out of character for Carly. It was, however, the beginning of his turning to Liz for help during his dark times. It was also the beginning of the writers stealing back Lucky’s hard earned place as a true GH hero.
— Heroic Lucky had to become a drug user and cheat (discussed HERE). Out of character for Lucky who was one of the truest of true hearts this show’s ever produced.
— Sam developed a vicious form of babymania and had Liz’s child kidnapped just to hurt her. Given the scenes of Sam with her own brother before he died, and her feelings about her own pregnancy, family was always her first priority. It was simply by watching the ‘great love’ of Jason and Liz that she quickly become capable of risking harm to a child. Sure. Anything to make Liason more sympathetic… only NOT.
When you have to work that hard to put a couple together:
1 – you’re tearing apart a great cast, dumping on your show’s history, and chasing off viewers.
2 – there’s nothing worth having with the couple you’re foisting on the audience. There’s a reason there was such a negative reaction to Jason and Liz. There’s just far too much emotional manipulation of the audience rather than an emotional connection between the characters. I will be more than happy to see Liason go.
I’d like the writers to restore the LnL2 history. I’d like to see Liz try to figure out what her attraction to Jason has been when he’s so unlike anything she’s ever wanted for herself and her children – yes, despite the fact that both of her sons have biological fathers with criminal histories.
I don’t want to see Lucky beg for her love or try to win her back. If she can forgive Jason’s murderous tendencies, she owed Lucky more than walking away from their marriage when he was ill. The writers need to take Liz on a journey of deep exploration, and let her try to win HIS love and trust back. St. Liz passed another man’s child off as his when he was ill, she really doesn’t have a lot of room to judge the man for his past.