“How Can This Be Happening?”
Good morning, GHers!
I need your arsenal of good thoughts, prayers, and positive energy for today. Today is a very BIG day, and I need all of the support I can get. I know that I can always count on you all to have my back on days like this, and I thank you in advance.
As many of you know, I deal with anxiety and panic attacks, and have been a nervous wreck in anticipation of this day. I have been as shaky as Kate before she starts channeling Connie, and have been trying everything I know how to do to keep a full-blown panic attack from winning this battle, but it hasn’t been easy. *deep breaths*
I hate to say it, but my favorite all-time soap hasn’t really been helping, either!
I agree with Sam. (No surprise there)
How Can This Be Happening, indeed?
If something doesn’t change quickly, the marked sadness and romantic lethargy which is affecting viewers all over the world is going to bury our soap in an early grave. It’s as if the writers have forgotten what kind of television show they are writing! I’ve gotten so spoiled from having to watch my grandmother’s telenovela with her, (since I refuse to watch any of the craptastic daytime shows ABC put on the air – and that will include Good Afternoon America and Katie Couric), that I switch the channel back to ABC at 3:00 pm faithfully, but often find myself still in an escapism mentality. I tune in and expect to see misunderstandings between lovers be resolved passionately and emotionally – with tears and kisses and the sweeping off of feet as the characters hastily take off up the stairs to apologize and make amends in every 18-49 woman’s idea of the best possible way. Every telenovela has super couples to root for, to invest in, and to fight for, because the spanish telenovela never fails to give viewers exactly what they tune in for – lovers whose love can, and eventually does, overcome anyone and anything to be together. It’s a beautiful thing, but more importantly, it draws in millions and millions of viewers every day who are seeking an hour of escape from their real worlds and real problems.
I guess it says a lot about the understanding the men in charge have (or don’t have) of their audience. I mean when my favorite super couple has more problems than me to deal with, I almost feel that I need to spend my hour at therapy talking about them! That is not my idea of escapism!
Romances are not the only relationships in trouble in PC, either. Michael Corinthos, III has been sleeping in close proximity to, if not with, the enemy. Starr Manning wants to see Michael’s dad rot in prison, and she doesn’t even make apologies for it. And while I get that, I do have trouble getting how Michael could walk into the courtroom for his dad’s verdict, and choose to sit on the opposite side and next to the girl who hates Sonny more than anything! “How Can This Be Happening?” If there is one thing I thought Michael understood, it’s loyalty. I guess I was wrong.
To be fair, I guess we can’t really judge Michael too harshly. The apple never falls from the tree. His mother, after all, has made quite the life for herself by continually aligning herself – and sleeping with, Sonny’s enemies. Alcazar, Jax, and now John. Of course Carly would see nothing wrong with walking into the courtroom and sitting on the opposite side of Sonny’s defense, even though she was also sitting opposite her “best friend” Jason. “How Can This Be Happening?” Honestly, I think it happens anytime Carly finds someone she’d like to sleep with. No one comes between Carly and her lovers of choice.
Kate Howard is hanging by a very tattered, thin thread. She is desperately trying to stay in her Kate moments, but Connie is more like the viewers said to be disgruntled with everything Sonny gets away with. Just the thought of him going free makes Connie crazier than she already is. It’s as if Connie is always thinking, “How Can This Be Happening?” once again, and Kate does nothing to stop it? In most cases where someone who cares about you tries to stop you from making what hey think are the same mistakes over and over, you have the choice of telling them to mind their own business and/or to butt out of your life. Not so in this case. In Kate’s case, Connie quite literally does take over. I still have to say that Kelly Sullivan does an excellent job of being Torn Kate. Kate loves Sonny in spite of the danger and pain he represents for her, and her absolute terror over the thought that Connie might be the cause of danger or pain to Sonny is enough to turn Kate into a shivering, shaking hot mess.
Allow me to refresh my memory. Steven Lars Webber is a licensed, practicing M.D., corrrect?Okay, then I have to ask myself, “How Can This Be Happening?” How is it that Steve doesn’t realize that his mother is still quite off her rocker? Oh well, one can only hope that Steve will finally get what a menace to society she really is when she does us all a favor and gets rid of his sister. One can dream! 🙂
“How Can This Be Happening?” that Sam is being portrayed in every promo as a woman who cheated on her husband, got knocked up, and is now hiding the paternity secret from her husband? Talk about misogynistic writing! SAM IS A (SUPPOSED) VICTIM OF RAPE, AT THE HANDS OF HER HUSBAND’S ENEMY. Jason should have no right, or even a thought, to feel angry or betrayed here! This is all about Sam, and what she thinks happened to her and her body. And guess what? For years, we have all moaned and groaned about the fact that every woman in Jason’s past gets to keep what they think is a connection with Jason. They get to seek him out in times of trouble. They get to lean on him in times of distress. They even get to barge into his house and launch themselves into his arms whenever the fancy strikes. For years, I wished the writers had written Sam the same courtesy. I wished LUcky had always been someone she could still share a connection with, even if just to complain about the same things we were complaining about! Now the writers have given Sam someone to talk to, since her husband is out saving the world for Sonny to rule, and she feels she can’ keep burdening him. Do I like how contrived the whole thing is between McBain and Sam? No. Do the scenes make me uncomfortable? Yes. First because he is a cop, and second, because I wish that it they just had to pair them in scenes together, they’d written them as people who knew each before, instead of all these ridiculous “other life” deja-vus. Third, I don’t even want a hint of a romantic pairing for John and Sam, because I believe in the vows Jason and Sam took, and more than that – I believe they believe in the vows they took. That being said, if it makes Jason’s heart race and his fists clench to know that someone other than he was there to lend support to the Fair and Fairly Pregnant Samantha, then so let it be written; so let it be done. And this time, rather than run off to crush leaves and send them off a bridge with Liz if he gets ticked off at Sam, I hope Jason becomes paralyzed with fear that John will be more than happy to be there for Sam in his absence. Perhaps it will give Jason pause, and he will be forced to wonder how Sam has been able to put up with all the other women he “supports”.
I just want all of this Franco drama to be over and done with, so that I can stop asking, “How Can This Be Happening?” How can I again be spending my sleepless nights going through thousands upon thousands of Vintage JaSam vids, trying to fill the romance void left by those writing for our couple lately (the couple with nearly 2 million views of their honeymoon night already – just over 6 months ago!)because onscreen, it has been one major emergency, crisis, psycho, and paternity test after the other. “How Can This Be Happening?” when we are all fighting so desperately to save our show? Viewers are starving for some of the LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON playing out on every other daytime soap! It was no wonder that Twitter was afire the other day over a kiss Jason planted sweetly on Sam’s forehead! Poor romance-deprived soap fans!
Droughts make us appreciate even the drizzle.
We need a DOWNPOUR…and some dancing in the rain!
Hang in there, and don’t forget about me!
Here I go!