[Hi Soapbox1 readers! I wanted to introduce you to a new guest blogger, Joshua, who watches all the ABC Soaps plus As The World Turns. He will be popping in from time to time and giving us his take on our favorite soaps! – Michele]

By Joshua

Last week was an all around good week for soaps. I was on the edge of my seat many times.

The most dramatic had to be Friday’s General Hospital. I know that Fridays are generally the big cliffhanger days, but I really haven’t seen a good cliffhanger Friday in awhile.

Jason (Steve Burton) gets ready to punch Franco (James Franco). ABC/Chris Chavira

Jason (Steve Burton) gets ready to punch Franco (James Franco). ABC/Chris Chavira

Jason and Dante make a great team, as do Lucky and Dante and Lucky and Jason. These three actors are so talented, and their chemistry with one another makes a great dynamic.

I gotta say, though, I didn’t like Sonny’s reaction to Franco. Sonny has so much potential. When Franco looked Sonny in the eye and called him a coward, the next shot should have been Franco’s body floating in a river. But Sonny proved Franco was right and released him. That just didn’t make sense.

I am glad Franco is leaving next week. He has been used to death, and I hope he has a good send off. I don’t really think GH needed him at all – the story seemed so rushed and the ratings didn’t go up. Next time a celebrity wants to try soaps for a while, I think they should find someone even more high-profile.

Then there was As the World Turns. The scenes with Henry, Katie and Simon early in the week were wonderful. The scene where Katie looked around her house at “her boys” was so sweet; and Henry and Simon waking up together was priceless! Those episodes really made me think: Why did CBS pull the plug on this? It has everything a good soap opera needs – humor and drama mixed in together.

I liked seeing Noah back, but his return wasn’t really written well. He was there and he and Luke got into ANOTHER fight. Yawn. Mick is also another lemon story. Why bring James back AGAIN? He just died less than a year ago. Emily put a mirror under his nose – he wasn’t breathing. Barbara stuck him with a pin – he didn’t flinch. They’ve got a big job to do to justify this story.

And then we have One Life to Live. I’ll be the first to say that Crystal Hunt is an amazing actress. I’ll also be the first to say that Stacy Morasco is a horrible character and her exit is way too late. But dammit if I wasn’t rooting for her the whole time she was facing off against Mitch and his crazy minion. She actually started to seem human. But now Rex will move in with her and she will manipulate once more.

Then there’s the story that I have named “Dorian’s Debacle”. Mitch threatened her girls, so she did what he said. She did what he said, so her girls moved out AND she is the town pariah. I felt every emotion Dorian portrayed throughout all of the scenes. And Mel’s ghostly return was nice, too. I was just a little upset that they said he might be alive – and this was such a tease.

Which brings me to All My Children. The anniversary was a let down in some ways – the old characters never interacted at all. They did get to use nice clips from the past, however. It seemed the writers focused more on what’s happened in the last two years than what happened in the 38 years before that, though.

Watching Adam try and name his wives in order (Althea, Erica, Brooke, Dixie, Natalie, Erica, Gloria, Liza, Arlene, Liza, Krystal, Annie) was funny; as was Erica giving her full name (Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler Roy Montgomery Montgomery Chandler Marick Marick Montgomery).

All around, this week was great for all my soaps.

3 Responses to “Last Week’s Soap Roundup: AMC, OLTL, GH, ATWT”

  1. You are a great poster!! i look forward to reading this again!!! WILL YOU PLEASE WRTIE ABOUT DAYS OF OUR LIVES???

  2. Hi Josh! just had to say I loved watching Franco call Sonny out, I get tired of watching him (and Jason) run roughshod over any & everybody they don’t like or doesn’t agree with them. Loved watching someone have Sonny/Jason looking over their shoulder for a change, but that’s just one chick’s opinion 🙂 Is Franco coming back cuz I didn’t expect an open door exit for him.

    I actually kinda liked Stacy cuz she made Rex/Gigi interesting for me, & her history/inateractions with Schuyler helped. I’ll kinda miss her but the character is a witch with a “B” for sure lol. Without protagonist Stacy I think R&G will be a snoozefest. Which is ironic cuz Gigi’s character helped me start to like Rex/Adrianna cuz they put me to sleep lol. Ah well.

  3. Stacy seemed like a character that the writers didn’t seem to think out very well. In my opinion, Stacy was a little too one-dimensional. The only compassion I have seen from her so far has been the scene with Mitch and Nurse Charles.

    As for Franco, James Franco is returning in the spring to direct and to act for a few episodes. Many websites have reported this, so you can try and check them out.