Drag me behind a truck by my hands. Tie me to the railroad tracks. Force me into a pit full of vipers. Make Courtney Matthews rise from the dead. You could do any of these horrifying things, but my opinion wouldn’t change. I love Morgan with Ava.
It’s one of those situations where it’s so wrong, it’s right, and I’m not sorry for enjoying it. I can’t figure out those two sex-crazed bunnies, but it definitely exposes a lot about both characters. Ava couldn’t give two figs for her daughter…and neither could Morgan, who claimed he was so in love with her, he could never lose her. Of course, it’s really that Morgan wanted to possess her, further proof that he’s more of a little boy than a man. A little boy with a big appetite for the womenfolk, that is. Morgan’s been throwing temper tantrums since his return to Port Charles. We skipped his high school years, so I guess we’re seeing them now. But because Morgan’s older, he’s rebelling his way through grown-up issues like gambling, marriage, and adultery. It’s hard to hate him for it when (a) Ava and he are just plain hot and (b) Michael and Kiki have one of the most ridiculous “connections” I’ve ever seen. One heartfelt conversation, a couple of kisses, and repeating over and over how strong their connection is does not a connection make. I just don’t buy that they loved each other instantly when they’d barely been in the same place for longer than 15 minutes at a time until after the failed wedding reception. It didn’t work with Sam and McBain to force a connection, and it’s not working in Michael and Kiki’s case either. I did like Michael with Starr, but Michael with Kiki is an entirely different relationship, even if both characters have a penchant for wine.
Kiki loves her reds.
Starr loves her reds. But who am I kidding? Everyone should love red wine.
I’m not convinced—yet—that this attraction between Ava and Morgan is legitimate, either. They’ve shared an unsettling chemistry since both characters were introduced onscreen, but Ava has way too much control. She can manipulate Morgan in a second, although he seems to unravel her now that sex has entered the picture. But is it really the thrill of a young man wanting her or is she working on one of her multiple plans? Do I care? Probably not.
I care a little bit more about watching Franco Tumorless get in touch with his artsy side. I’ve been clamoring for the artist to come out ever since the character was reintroduced. But of course, he’s no longer a genius without his psychotic streak, a plot twist I found sadly predictable.
I may have chosen this screen cap for its blocking features.
What would connect me to this character would be Franco using his art to come to terms with everything he’s done. I need to see that if I’m supposed to invest in him. Instead, he makes jokes of what he did half the time, and the other half he’s selfishly looking out for his best interests. Carly seems to see the human in him, but I haven’t yet. Using the artwork as therapy could be really interesting. But no. We get the jealousy game instead. A jealousy game that parallels a bunch of high schoolers doing the same exact thing.
We’ve only had about two scenes so far, but I miss the old Taylor. These teens have never had much focus, so it was jarring for me to have a new actress in her place—she could just as easily be a new character. Taylor’s history with TJ and Molly isn’t associated with the new face for me yet, if that makes sense. And she just seems mean rather than saucy with a side of vulnerable. But maybe I was the only one who saw that in Taylor 1.0. I’m withholding judgment on Pepi Sonuga while still missing Samantha Logan in the role. But I judge the storyline without hesitation. Come up with something fresher than making crushes jealous if you want me interested in the teens. At this point, I hope Molly and TJ don’t respond at all.
Prescription for Better Soap: Keep up the insanity that is Ava and Morgan’s relationship. Give Franco a meatier transformation if you want me to care about him. Stop telling me characters have a romantic connection; take the time to build it up instead. And give the teens something better to do than a fake relationship that makes me roll my eyes as much as it does Molly and TJ’s.
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