A Tale of Two Jasons

I don’t often write about current soaps, but I really wanted to comment on the two Jason storyline on General Hospital.

Shedding a Remembered Tear for Craig and Sierra Montgomery

First off, I want to say that I 100% feel for the fans who’ve been waiting to get Steven Burton back. I KNOW that feeling. Craig Montgomery was really important to me back in the day. Craig (the amazing Scott Bryce) and Sierra (the phenomenal Finn Carter) were a wonderful supercouple who never really got a fair chance because after the initial short run only an alternating one of the pair were on the show at any one time for years. Sadly the story had to twist to try and write around this availability issue. Eventually they gave up. Craig and then eventually Sierra were recast. None of the rest of the “Craigs” ever captured the same heart of the Craigness. After Bryce left in 1994, Craig stayed off canvas for awhile until they brought him back in the person of Hunt Block. Block is a great actor, but they brought him on to play a variation on his Guiding Light character Ben Warren and that’s what he did. I always hoped someday that we’d get Craig back and then 13 years later, in a total miracle, in April 2007 HE CAME BACK! It was such a brilliant piece of luck. Craig was suddenly CRAIG again. Then not even a year later in February 2008 he was fired by one of the stupidest TPTB ever. So I’ve known this miraculous return. I truly wish the best for you that have been waiting for Steve Burton to come back and I sincerely hope it’s going to be what you wish and end better than mine did.

Not In MY Story

My opinion is also shaped by the fact that General Hospital isn’t one of my stories. Although you hear that “my stories” is a synonymn for soap operas, but that isn’t exactly right. A soap that is one of your stories has a special place in your heart. You feel like you are part of the community. For example, in some ways I live in Springfield and Oakdale. I don’t live in Port Charles, I just visit. That’s not any kind of comment on its quality. I’m sure there are people who DO live there, but it effects my viewpoint.

Danny Horn of the hilarious Dark Shadows Everyday blog holds that the audience doesn’t care about the characters, they just want the most interesting thing to happen. I used to totally disagee with him. I’ve never had the opportunity, but I honestly think I’d be happy watching Manny have family dinners, talk with friends at Company, have business deals that go well, and make love lots and lots and lots of times.

However, when it comes to soaps that I just watch that aren’t my stories, Danny is 100% correct. I do want interesting things to happen even if they are terrible things for the characters. Even though my current favorite soap couple is Killon and there are other characters on the soap I like, what I really want is the show to be interesting.

Will General Hospital Be Interesting?

Now with that as our goal, to do the most interesting thing, what should obviously happen is that Billy Miller’s Jason should be the real Jason. That way you’d have all these people who were certain Steve Burton’s Jason was Jason have gone out on a limb. They’d have damaged their relationship with real Jason and leave both Jasons wondering just where does their identity come from. Even though they said this week that Steve Burton was the real Jason, for the good of the show he shouldn’t be. There is just so much more story to work with and if the writing was sharp what they say now wouldn’t be the final answer.

It would also be the smart move because so much of the talk has been a copy of the Two Todds storyline on One Life to Live, to have this resolution be the opposite of that would be much more interesting.

But I doubt that’s what is going to happen. They’ll already passed up a brilliant opportunity. When Jason “remembered everything” the next day should have been that he remembered being Jason Quartermaine or Jason Quartermaine AND Jason Morgan. They didn’t take advantage of that so it’s unlikely they’ll take advantage of this one. Steve Burton will be the real Jason Morgan and that will be that.

Second Story

Which means that the Steve Burton fans will get what they want in the short term. However, whether Steve Burton was really Jason or not is not really the thing for his fans to be worried about. It’s relatively easy for writers to come up with a spectacular return for someone fans love. My personal favorite being Shannon McKendrick returning from the dead on As the World Turns which even though word had leaked she was coming back so everyone knew they wrote it in such a way that everyone expected Duncan to find something terrible had happened to his current wife Jessica and when they opened the door and when it was Shannon instead I think it shocked everyone. Then there was that first story where they had to deal with the fault out. Would Duncan and Shannon get back together or would he choose to stay with Jessica? After that, they never really found that second story and they were written out soon after. The terrible shock of Phillip Chancellor III really being alive on The Young and the Restless followed up with him going back to Australia. Not that it can’t work, but the key is sticking the landing, the second story. So what Burton fans should really be worried about is if they can find a second story for him. Given what I’ve seen so far, I don’t have a lot of hope, but I genuinely wish his fans well.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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