On Recasts, or: Maybe It’s the Chemistry

When I first really started watching General Hospital, “my” Sonny and Carly were Maurice Benard and Tamara Braun. I loved what they both brought to their roles, and adored their chemistry. Tamara was the only person I could envision being Carly and when I learned that she was leaving the role in 2005, I was crushed.

I was absolutely certain a new actress wouldn’t be able to bring Carly to life the way Tamara had and I knew a new actress wouldn’t be able to generate the kind of chemistry Maurice had with Tamara. 140331_GH-CarlySonny

The first recast, Jennifer Bransford, proved me right. I absolutely hated the storyline they gave her, and wasn’t too fond of the actress myself. It was a complete disaster. Perhaps my dislike stems from my hatred of the storyline, but I really came to dislike her and lamented that the Sonny and Carly I loved were “dead.”

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How I Met Your Mother Gets Its Happy Ending

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It’s just a life story, so there’s no climax. — “Our Life Is Not a Movie, or Maybe,” Okkervil River

So, I’ve had a few days to process How I Met Your Mother‘s divisive and criticized—but no less memorable—series finale. I wanted to wait a bit, let the episode sink in before I attempted to gather my thoughts for a blog post.

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, there be dragons beyond this point! Head back!

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