The past year has been chalk full of drastic changes to our beloved General Hospital, and for good reason, too. With the announcements made of the cancellations of other soaps required General Hospital writers to really examine the show and the story lines and create a “new” show that not only satisfied the current audience, but also could bring over fans from former soaps, as well.
The Glory Days
Gone are the days of gun wars, mobsters, and drug lords, so it seems to be. And in place of those stories are more relatable narratives…mental disorders, biological parental conflicts, etc. In a world where the vast majority of television seems to be low-budget reality shows, the realisms of General Hospital may not be the most creative story lines, but they do the trick and strike a chord with many viewers. Dante and Lulu being unable to conceive is not only the perfect example of relatability to real life, but its heartbreaking.
Has this character grown or what? I believe this character has evolved significantly. Maxie was always the girl you loved to hate. Blonde, beautiful, independent, and fierce, she was the epitome of who I always wished I could be. Although Maxie was also a selfish, spoiled brat, there was something about her that you just knew was deeper than the eye could see. I could never place my finger on it exactly, although the writers brought it out in bits and pieces during certain times (Georgie’s death, Robin’s post partum depression, etc), we never really did see the full potential of Maxie Jones. What we have seen was Maxie seducing married Lucky Spencer, luring him to her bed by feeding his drug addiction, faking a pregnancy in attempt to keep Lucky away from Elizabeth; Maxie placing a bet with Lulu’s former boyfriend, the late Logan Hayes (also son of Scott Baldwin) with the prize being Maxie herself; and Maxie toying with Spinelli’s heart for years, jerking him around falling in and out of love with him and Matt Hunter, making it a game in which the only person who could possibly come out ahead and still relatively sane was again, Maxie herself.
Becoming a surrogate mother for her best friend really shows the audience that Maxie isn’t the same brat she was not even a full year ago. Maxie’s surrogacy could really be the start of a new and much more mature character for General Hospital. Its certainly relatable to the audience. And this is daytime drama at its best. But what about Olivia’s premonition? It boggles the mind to try to figure out what THAT could be all about…but again, its prime daytime and the exact reason viewers keep watching! What are your thoughts?