Jonathan Jackson Burns Down Port Charles
As a viewer, I have some quibbles about how these scenes went down, however. While I am sure Elizabeth haters were jumping with glee over the verbal beat down Lucky gave her, I thought Lucky's wrath was far too skewed in her direction. Elizabeth is defined as a "slut" and a "whore" passing around her "candy," but Nikolas is just the brother who betrayed him? I understand this from a dramatic standpoint given that Liz is/has been/was the love of Lucky's life, but sleeping with someone else isn't the first time either one of them have been to this rodeo and it seems to me that — given that this time the betrayal was with his brother — Lucky should have dished out the pain far more evenly to both of them.
Much more troubling (to me) was how Lucky threw Elizabeth's rape in her face.
"Whatever happened to the girl I found crawling in the snow?"
On a basic level I found line repulsive, but from a dramatic angle it worked because it's the kind of thing someone in Lucky's position would say in real life, no matter how heinous.
On a lesser note, I can give Herbst and Christopher something of a pass in the acting department because their sole job was to basically be passive, although I wondered if Christopher was on the verge of snoring a couple of times. This lapse was more than made up by the terrific support given by Anthony Geary as Luke, who allowed the power of understatement and subtext to let Jackson shine in their heartbreaking scenes.
While I have read in some quarters that many fans feel "the real Lucky is back," I have to disagree. In my opinion, it has been in the post-revelation of the Nik/Liz affair and in Monday's episode particularly that Jackson accomplished a much harder task than simply reclaiming the Lucky mantle: he has bridged the gap between his previous run, Jacob Young's and most recently, Greg Vaughan's. Now Lucky seems like a whole person once again, as opposed to a fractured character sliced up over the years by the writers, and fractured by fan loyalties.