By Michele Dargan

I LOVE to discuss my soaps with other fans, because it helps me to see things from other points of view…other perspectives.

And even though I might not like a particular storyline, there are fans out there who do.

It was just one of those convos I had recently with my good friend and loooongtime soap fan, Sharona.

You see, she was telling me how GREAT she thought General Hospital was these days and how she was liking the storylines – particularly the Michael & Jason in prison storyline.

Huh??

Did I hear you correct, Sharona?

She explained it like this:

“The fact that Jason gave up his freedom for Michael is heartwarming and going to great lengths to protect him in jail since he blames himself for handing him over to Sonny as a baby. He knows now that was a huge mistake and you feel the same guilt he does watching that storyline develop. He literally gave up his own life and love life for Michael.”

Chad Duell (Michael) and Steve Burton (Jason) behind bars. (ABC/Patrick Wymore)

Hmmm. I never thought of it that way.

Sharona did agree that it would be implausible for a judge to send an 18-year-old to a hard-core prison for five years in order to teach the adults who perjured themselves a lesson.

But, as I always say, you do have to suspend reality when watching soaps….That IS part of the real draw, after all.

And Sharona reminded me of that.

But still, I hate the whole Michael going to prison thing.

And I ESPECIALLY hate that Michael has probably been raped (although we haven’t actually heard the r-word yet).

Hasn’t Michael been through enough already?

It’s just another facet of GH’s going to the dark side….everything being either depressing, sad or violent.

As a quick aside – I think Chad Duell has been doing an incredible job as Michael….stepping into the role during a highly-charged, front-burner storyline and seamlessly making the change.

I have to say the ousting of Drew Garrett as Michael left big shoes to fill. Garrett was amazing in the role, it was hard to imagine the change.

But Duell HAS done a superb job!

Click here to read about the recast and to watch this very quirky video with Chad Duell in it!

Now – on the Carly trying to destroy Lante by using Brook Lynn (Adrienne Leon) ….Well, I hate the whole s/l because I love Dante and Lulu together.

Lulu has grown so much since she’s been with Dante…Not to mention the GREAT chem going on between Sonny’s son and the daughter of supercouple Luke and Laura.

And not only that….THEY did the right thing and now they’re the town pariahs….I don’t get it and I don’t like it.

And I am SO sick of hearing Carly blaming Michael’s fate on Dante and Lulu, when – in reality – it’s the fault of Carly, Sonny and Jason for putting Michael in the line of fire, so to speak.

As far as Sharona’s thoughts on the subject:

“It’s been fun watching the Lulu-Dante romance develop and build slowly, watching her support of Dante through the whole brother Michael and Sonny mess was encouraging and hopefully a test of time for their relationship no matter what Brook Lynn and Carly throw at them. The romance is very believable and it’s just nice to watch a young couple develop like that through all the adversity. The chemistry is great between them and the writers have done a good job with that. The scene between Lulu reading Brook Lynn the jealous girlfriend act was priceless.”

Julie Berman (Lulu), Adrianne Leon (Brook Lynn) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante). (ABC/Rick Rowell)

Sharona continues, “What I don’t get or like is how vindictive Carly has become. Just when I thought she got over her witchy ways her nails come out again. I think her Lulu-Dante plan is going to blow up in her face.”

ITA about the jealous GF scene….I was so with Lulu (Julie Berman) on that….telling BL to stay away from her man and getting all territorial – with Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) listening in to boot! Yes, it WAS priceless!

Here….Give it a look see….

So Sharona and I are pretty much on the same page about that s/l.

And Laura Wright as Carly makes me want to slap her one minute and cheer alongside her the next!

She has so many dimensions to the character!

I’m hating what she’s trying to do to Lante. But I really love when she goes toe-to-toe with Sonny and puts him in his place.

And although I don’t like much of what Carly does when she’s on her own and I haven’t liked Jax much over the years – I like Carly and Jax together as a couple.

I have to say, that I have liked what Jax has become recently as a father figure to Morgan and Michael and a father to Jocelynn.

But it took me a loooong time to get over the way he ditched Skye (Robin Christopher) on their wedding night when Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) showed up – which led to Skye spiraling downhill.

Speaking of Brenda, she’s coming back to Port Charles, if you haven’t heard yet.

Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett). (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)

And I really don’t know how I feel about it considering her last appearance brought about the Jax/Skye split.

If she can lighten up Sonny – I’m all for it!

But as for Franco‘s return…..

James Franco returns as the psycho-artist Franco. (ABC/Carol Kaelson)

All I can say is fasten your seat belts!

By Michele Dargan

All I can say is – Thank Goodness Luke is back!

Luke BEE-lieves Ethan and is fighting for him!

Ethan (Nathan Parsons) and Luke (Tony Geary). (ABC/Greg Zabilski)

Loved, Loved, LOVED the Luke/Sonny scenes!!!!!

Tony Geary as Luke and Maurice Benard as Sonny ignited the TV screens. The intensity between them was explosive and I couldn’t take my eyes off the TV – or even blink – while the two friends verbally fought for their respective children.

Now, in general, I’m not a huge Luke OR Sonny fan (dodging rotten tomatoes as I say this)….But, to be honest, they’re not my personal favorite GH characters.

Let me say that I think both actors are incredible!

But I’m talking about the characters here, not the actors.

I like Luke. I do. He’s just not on all that much anymore. And I do love his scenes with Tracy. They’re always entertaining, for sure.

But Sonny….well, he’s another story.

I hate his temper. I hate what he does and I hate what he stands for…Helloooo, The MOB! He kills people and orders hits on people and there’s so much more that I detest about his character.

Maurice Benard as Sonny (ABC/Greg Zabilski)

Shooting an unarmed cop in the chest point-blank kind of says it all.

I know, I know…. He wouldn’t have shot Dante if he knew he was his son….Exactly HOW many times did he say that line? Like that justifies it!

I guess I really never got the appeal….how he reels ALL those women in with just a flash of his smile and those dimples – despite all the really bad things that he does. I just don’t get it!

But I have to admit, ya gotta love the drama that surrounds Sonny.

How about all that glassware flying on Friday?

One thing about GH these days, I can’t WAIT to watch it!

How about seeing Lindze Letherman return Friday as Georgie? I Love Georgie!
I’m still mad that they killed her off…one of the only truely good characters on that show! She had so much potential, but TPTB felt the need to kill her! Grrrrr.

Be that as it may, I hope we see more of Georgie on Monday. I’ve always liked the dynamic between Letherman and Kirsten Storms as Maxie.

I’m also really looking forward to the Luke/Kristina scenes.

When last we left GH on Friday, Luke had just told Kristina that she needed to tell the truth and that they BOTH knew Ethan didn’t beat her up.

Lexi Ainsworth has been A-mazing as Kristina throughout this teen dating abuse storyline.

But it sure is time for the right person to be ID’d as her abuser – and that’s Kiefer!

Does it strike anyone as odd that Carly and Michael are the only two people who realize that it’s Kiefer and not Ethan who beat Kristina?

Michael (Drew Garrett) and Carly (Laura Wright) (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

I just wondered why no one else even brought up Kiefer’s name as a possibility, considering she dumped him that night to be with Ethan.

And can anyone tell me WHY they’re replacing Drew Garrett as Michael?

Chad Duell is slated to take over the role with his first appearance on April 20.

Chad Duell as Michael (ABC/Chris Chavira)

Garrett has been so good in the role since taking it over as the SORASED Michael emerged from a one year coma. He has given some really strong performances in showing Michael’s struggle to fit in and be normal, despite his inner turmoil.

And he seemed to have a really good rapport with all the other actors.

So I really don’t get the change.

One thing’s for sure….

Today promises to be some good GH watching.

I have to say, I just can’t get into Michael Corinthos III waking up on General Hospital.
It’s because Michael – the Michael who we have seen on our TV screens for years growing up before our eyes – is now magically tranformed into a bigger, much older and totally different Michael.
TPTB fired the loveable, kid that we watched for years – Dylan Cash – and hired an older version.
It’s called SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome) and is done on a lot of soaps.
But, in some cases, it just doesn’t work.
And, in this case, I’m not feeling it.
Dylan Cash was 13 when he got the axe, not that far from the age that this Michael is supposed to be – somewhere in his teenage years.
So when I see Carly (Laura Wright) crying through a soliloquy over the comatose new Michael, I don’t feel sad like I would if it were Dylan Cash lying in that bed.
I don’t feel anything.

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Dylan Cash
So WHY couldn’t they just use Cash, someone who we all watched grow up onscreen since the time he was 7 years old.
I think it makes everything so much more credible and makes the audience so much more invested in having a young actor/actress stay in the role that they originated.
Cases in point: Kristin Alderson and Eddie Alderson on OLTL and Kimberly McCullough on GH.
Nu-Michael is newcomer Drew Garrett.

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Drew Garrett
I don’t have anything against this young actor, don’t get me wrong.
He probably is a very good, capable actor.
But, for me, he’s just not Michael.
He’s not the kid who I watched grow up before my eyes and became attached to over the years.