So, after 2 1/2 months I finally gave in. I went back to the soap opera I’ve literally watched on and off over the years all my life — yep it’s been on that long. But, I got mad at it for stupid plot flubs and habe boycotted it for a few months.
OK, so the recorder on my TV was still set during that time (and by the way was full and recording over old stuff to make room for new episodes!) so it’s not like I missed a lot.
The thing is — and it still ticks me off thinking about it — I hate it when they “age progress” most of the younger characters on shows, replacing actors who have played in the roles most of their young lives.
I hate it when shows do that. I understand that they are trying to spice up the stories to make them more appealing to younger viewers who are home during the summer months. But to loyal fans, those no longer in their teens, it’s like a slap in the face.
Makes me want to beat ‘em with a foam mallet across the head, but since violence won’t get me anywhere, I guess I’ll just have to deal with it.
I think age-progressing a boy who’s just entering his teens, or an elementary age girl to her teens, a preschooler to middle school is just wrong.
And the actors who have played those roles are suddenly out on their duffs — the sudden swap is so unfair to them. Many have worked their entire lives around the show, doing homework on the set, have tutors and schedule their lives around production. These are kids viewers have grown to love over the years. We see them and their scripted antics make use laugh, sigh and mutter. They’re like family, much like the many other characters on the show.
Of course, keeping characters younger than their true age, making them continue to act younger, stunted in their role with no character growth isn’t good either. It sometimes also means several children hired over a period of time to play the role, often to keep their “parent” younger on the show.
I don’t know the contract details or any of that related to the role and casting of Michael Corinthos Jr. on General Hospital (told you I’d been watching the show all my life -- and that pretty much gives away my age too). But that freckle-faced red-headed kid with braces sure felt like part of the family.
Then, when his character is gonna have brain surgery to wake him up out of a coma they flash to the kid. it’s not the preteen with braces we all know and love. It’s some lanky blonde that looks like he could belong to Jason. Whatever! And the kid’s obviously older. On back episode from June I just watched, he yells about being 17 and missing a year. A year my eye! More like his entire jr. high experience and half of high school too. In my opinion, the character should have died when the other kid made his exit.
Then they age Kristina too. From a cute kid in frilly dresses to a teen into everything she’s not supposed to. Whatever! I remember when they did that to Lulu and Maxie and that generation of cast. Didn’t like it then either.
As if that’s not enough, there’s the whole ‘wake the kid up from the coma have virtually no physical therapy and Michael is up and walking again’ thing. How many ways can they insult our intelligence?
Yes, it’s a soap opera with your typical partner-swapping, lovingly psychotic characters with mob ties, spies, tragedy and drama. But I expect more from a show that over the years has been at the front educating us about various medical conditions, treatments and other things of that nature.
So, end of rant. I’m giving the new kids a try. Enjoying having my fave characters visiting my living room just like old friends. And hey, I have more than 2 months of fun to catch up on — a few episodes at a time, baby steps ya know? And if I get disgusted, I can always hit fast forward or hit delete and boycott again.
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