I know that my posts are skewed toward the Scrubs story line. Honestly, it is the only arc that I care at all about. I’m not going to be worried about whether Jason, Sam and Spinelli can get out of the fire – they can apparently breathe through smoke and the writers obviously believe the show would fall apart without them.
My investment in Patrick and Robin leads me to hold their stories up to a higher standard than others. That is the first mistake, I know. Granted, tenillypo pointed out that missing the “Patrick is trying to force Robin to marry him” and the “Blog Wars” helped keep my expectations from being crushed. It really was a blessing that I moved and stopped watching GH during that time period. The knowledge that these events did occur on GH should force me to accept that nine times out of ten, even the Scrubs plot won’t be satisfactory. But my heart just won’t listen.
I was pulled back in when I found out that Patrick and Robin were getting married. The wedding was everything I expected. It had great soapy moments like Robin going into labor and was followed by a sentimental second wedding that included so many generations of GH characters.
And they continued to throw pieces of good stories in, here and there. The PPD story started out so wonderful, but then was derailed by the GH biotoxin incident and Robin’s crazy snow misadventures. And even now after the crisis is over they appear to be continuing on this path. They don’t deal with any issues at hand, instead opting to drag out stories because they apparently have no other ideas. This is illustrated by the conversation between Patrick and Robin yesterday. It went a little something like this:
Robin: I made the worst choices. I put our baby in a tree!
Patrick: Wait, what?
Robin: I went out in the snow and didn’t find shelter and then put her in a tree.
Patrick: Well that makes perfect sense. This is all my fault.
What? What is happening here? Are these the same two people who are supposed to be intelligent doctors? I’m getting tired of the constant filler. This just feels like a stall conversation to put off getting to the real issue. And maybe that is why daytime is dying. They are trying to sustain a daily format with only enough material for a weekly show.
They have everything backwards. They let you know what the issue is and then draaaaag it out for months. Why not build up to the struggle? Why not have things the audience doesn’t know? Why not treat us like thoughtful human beings who would appreciate not being led while we watch television? These people do exist and I am one of them.
Because they believe the viewers are morons, they end up needing to fill the time until the big reveal or the big conflict. So they have the same conversation over and over or they have stupid filler conversations like this and avoid the issue all together.
There are so many characters on GH whose lines are just there to placehold until the real “stars” get there so you might as well fast forward. I can’t remember the last time Alexis got a story of her own, although I still watch her because she is awesome. With Patrick and Robin it is like throwing a dart at a board. Some days are amazing and others are just mind numbingly ridiculous. I guess it is just a testament to Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thomson that those amazing scenes make tolerating the others worth it. But is it also so frustrating to see the potential of the quality soap that could be there if someone just put in a little more effort in their story.
I know that I’m starting to sound like a broken record. But if I do not vent, I may end up doing something rash, like throwing my remote at the TV.
I hope the other handful of GH watchers have better ways to deal with this.