OPINION: Why Morgan Corinthos is The Only Character Left in Soaps With a Working B.S.-Ometer


Bryan Craig debuted as the new Morgan Corinthos in 2013. It was a bit of a shock seeing the character, which had last been portrayed as a preteen two years earlier, reappear as a college-age hottie. It wasn’t a bad thing, as it allowed General Hospital to explore Morgan’s sizzling chemistry with the ladies of Port Charles. Usually, while he was shirtless.

Though he first appeared as just another soapy “hunk” character, it quickly became known Morgan wasn’t some brainless piece of meat — not with Craig in the role. Morgan refuses to live in a world of perpetual b.s. He sees the truth, and then promptly calls people on it.

Usually, soap characters are written as being too dim to ever pick up on the heavily-hinted dramatic clues playing out around them. An anvil could get dropped on most soap characters’ heads, and they still wouldn’t realize anything was amiss. This certainly isn’t the case with Morgan.

When Morgan noticed his girlfriend Kiki (Kristen Alderson) and brother Michael (Chad Duell) were making googly eyes at one another, he called them out. When he saw them continue to do this—even after discovering they were supposedly cousins—he again spoke up.

When he overheard Ava (Maura West) lying to Silas (Michael Easton) about Kiki’s age, he realized Ava was doing it to dupe the doctor into believing she couldn’t be his daughter. Morgan confronted Ava, and she subsequently convinced him to keep quiet for the best interest of his relationship with Kiki.

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  1. Profile photo of Scout
    Scout

    You’re right. Morgan is smarter than the average soap character and Bryan Craig gets better all the time. I loved those scenes in the MetroCourt lobby, when Morgan and Sonny were quietly yelling at each other.

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    Patchworks

    Craig’s Morgan is a character that has quietly grown on me. I wasn’t a fan of the recast Morgan, at first, but Craig has made the role his own. Morgan is the perfect foil for Sonny.

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    thecourt99

    I agree that Morgan is written as smarter than the average bear, but I have always felt that characters were smart or dumb based upon the needs of the storyline. I consider Tracy Q to be extremely smart, and they are writing her as oblivious to meet the needs of the faux Luke story.

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    sweetiepie

    Morgan has grown on me too, but I really wish he would wash his hair and shave. The 5 o’clock shadow is sexy, but it looks like he’s trying to grow a full on beard. His hair could use a trim too.

    All that being said, I love every single time he calls Sonny on his bs.

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    Mets82

    I might sound dumb but how did Morgan know that Ava/Sonny were having sex? I mean he didnt walk in on them while they were doing it, they were both fully clothed etc. I just dont see how Morgan was able to put 2 and 2 together so fast.

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    Scout

    Mets82, I don’t think someone has to walk in on the act to know if two people just did the deed. They looked guilty as hell, and IRL, you can smell it…

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    Cornfed

    I liked Bryan Craig from the get go but the problem with GH is not CAPITALIZING on his scorching sexuality and Brando broodiness. Exact same thing happened in Salem USA with Casey Moss. Instead of reflecting the times, soaps seem to have gone BACKWARD not forward. Both of these shows needed to cast alluring young female leads for these talented lads. Anyone remember Lujack & Beth, Bo & Hope, Holden & Lily? Tho i cant deny the sizzling hookup of Mava, the Disney suits have intervened and kiboshed this pairing, citing the huge age gap, along with LiRic being another casuality. I wish the suits would butt out cuz the writing is bad enuf as it is! :(

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    liason4real

    I applaud the move to stop LiRic, because Liz is only 32/33 and Ric has always looked like he belonged with the older crowd of Sonny, Carly, etc.

    Morgan needs a bath and a shave! However, he was on fire when confrontin his crypt humping Daddy.

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    DevinMissesOLTL

    WOW!! I’m in the middle of watching Mondays GH on Hulu as I type this! Gotta say, LUVS me some Morgan! Like much of u, I wasn’t a fan. But how refreshing to finally call Sonny on his shit!!! Where have YOU been all my life young man??!! Awesome work Craig!! Way to go Morgan!!! :bigsmile: :party: :beer: :beer: :beer:

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    J Bernard Jones

    Post-manipulating Sonny into killing A.J. …

    That’s not exactly what happened, though. Sonny came to Ava’s, heard AJ going off at the mouth, burst in on AJ choking Ava for reals. Sonny immediately flashed to AJ choking Connie and picked up Julian’s gun off the floor. AJ backed off and Ava collapsed to the floor. She said “He tried to kill me,” which technically seemed to be the truth to her and from what Sonny saw at the time…especially with her gasping for air with AJ’s fingerprints fresh around her throat. At that point, Sonny said he’d had enough and shot AJ in a rage.

    Sonny himself has said several times that he shot AJ because he wanted to and because he (incorrectly) believes AJ had gotten away with killing Connie, not because of Ava.

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    GHFan777

    I agree with the posters about his shaving and hair. He has the potential to be smoldering sexy, but lately his hair and beard are skiving me out. His hair almost looks like a greasy comb over, and I have heard a lot of comments on Twitter it makes him look like Eddie Munster. The beard does nothing for me…(I also hate JT’s beard). If BC shaved and cut his hair into a better style, he would look fantastic.

    As for the character and actor…I have liked him from day one and saw his potential. I have said from the beginning he could act, and he has that little extra something special, that makes him stand out.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    I said this once before and I’ll say it again. Bryan Craig resembles a very young Elvis Presley, in the hair , lips, and esp. the eyes. Cartini should sit up and take notice on how good an actor they have (unlike those horrible Ford brothers on OLTL).Not only does he have smoldering good looks but his acting continues to get better and better. They have this really hot actor with so much potential. Please give him better story-lines!!!

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    ChrisGa

    [quote=Trish8148]I hope he wins next year but he have to submit in Supporting Actor[/quote]

    He’s only 22 so he’d most likely submit in Younger Actor.

    That said, Friday’s and Monday’s episodes were most certainly Emmy caliber performances in my book. The crypt scenes were insane; he OWNED both Maurice Benard and Maura West right there.

    I will echo others regarding the hair and beard, both of which need shaping up(although it almost looks like he’s going bald or receding on top and thus the need for the comb over–might need to buzz that). As a complete aside, Jason Thompson can keep the beard; I think it’s very sexy on him(not that he needs help in that department mind you).

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    J Bernard Jones

    Cartini should sit up and take notice on how good an actor they have…

    Given the level of material he has, the caliber of actors he’s been playing against and the deepening of the character , it’s very evident that Valentini and Carlivati know what they have in young Mr. Craig.

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    soapbaby

    Morgan is only an albatross in Port Charles because General Hospital’s writers puts plot before character. Morgan’s ability to deduce SonAva’s crypt sex because the plot called for it. He’ll be appropriately clueless in no time as the plot calls for it. Virtually every character has been reduced to imbeciles to advance plots and not true character development. In fact, the “dumbing down” of characters like Anna, Tracy, Monica, Carly, Nikolas, Lulu, Dante and Sonny, regresses and reduces these characters further.

    Particularly, Tracy and Carly, two characters I have always regarded as smart and cunning. Anvils dropping all around her and Tracy cannot figure out that Luke is not himself. At the very least, Tracy buying the idea that Kiki would sexually harass Luke is ABSURD and only makes her appear foolish.

    And then there is Carly, who has exhibited some smarts over the years and always held on strong to revenge is now in love with the man who orchestrated her son’s rape! Further, she is still with the man who “murdered” his mother in a room adjacent to the room she was showering in?!

    Carvialti’s GH run began bumpy but with promise. Eventually, the show became overwhelmingly good so I could easily gloss over the real problems the writing but now the quality of the show has become so poor, one character doing something reasonable is a highlight. When will the logic, heart and soul of GH return? Anyone have Claire Labine on speed dial?

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    soapbaby

    Thanks for the affirmation IOWAHAWKEYE. Your love for soaps runs deep as evidenced from your posts. You’re inspiring me to get to YT and watch old clips of ATWT, GL and DAYS!

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    soapbaby

    Oh, and I bet ABC received a barrage of fan mail requesting the return of Michael Saucedo as Juan Rivera, the soap opera icon and arguably the biggest star from late 90’s General Hospital! LOL.

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    SwanQueen59

    [quote=soapbaby]Morgan is only an albatross in Port Charles because General Hospital’s writers puts plot before character. Morgan’s ability to deduce SonAva’s crypt sex because the plot called for it. He’ll be appropriately clueless in no time as the plot calls for it. Virtually every character has been reduced to imbeciles to advance plots and not true character development. In fact, the “dumbing down” of characters like Anna, Tracy, Monica, Carly, Nikolas, Lulu, Dante and Sonny, regresses and reduces these characters further.

    Particularly, Tracy and Carly, two characters I have always regarded as smart and cunning. Anvils dropping all around her and Tracy cannot figure out that Luke is not himself. At the very least, Tracy buying the idea that Kiki would sexually harass Luke is ABSURD and only makes her appear foolish.

    And then there is Carly, who has exhibited some smarts over the years and always held on strong to revenge is now in love with the man who orchestrated her son’s rape! Further, she is still with the man who “murdered” his mother in a room adjacent to the room she was showering in?!

    Carvialti’s GH run began bumpy but with promise. Eventually, the show became overwhelmingly good so I could easily gloss over the real problems the writing but now the quality of the show has become so poor, one character doing something reasonable is a highlight. When will the logic, heart and soul of GH return? Anyone have Claire Labine on speed dial?[/quote]

    This. It’s not just Morgan, it’s seemingly the majority of the canvas. No way would L and D be held hostage by Dr. O. They’d be formulating a plan to make her think they’re bowing to her demand for immunity all the while they’d be getting help behind the scenes from contacts of Luke, Sonny, Anna, maybe even Robert, although the last two would be aced out because of Victor and the WSB connection. Still it would be better seeing them doing something instead of wringing their hands in such a passive and pathetic mode. Talk about being neutered as characters. Insulting…. 0:)

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    Cornfed

    [quote=soapbaby]Morgan is only an albatross in Port Charles because General Hospital’s writers puts plot before character. Morgan’s ability to deduce SonAva’s crypt sex because the plot called for it. He’ll be appropriately clueless in no time as the plot calls for it. In fact, the “dumbing down” of characters like Anna, Tracy, Monica, Carly, Nikolas, Lulu, Dante and Sonny, regresses and reduces these characters further. Particularly, Tracy and Carly, two characters I have always regarded as smart and cunning. Anvils dropping all around her and Tracy cannot figure out that Luke is not himself. At the very least, Tracy buying the idea that Kiki would sexually harass Luke is ABSURD and only makes her appear foolish. And then there is Carly, who has exhibited some smarts over the years and always held on strong to revenge is now in love with the man who orchestrated her son’s rape! Further, she is still with the man who “murdered” his mother in a room adjacent to the room she was showering in?!
    Carvialti’s GH run began bumpy but with promise. Eventually, the show became overwhelmingly good so I could easily gloss over the real problems the writing but now the quality of the show has become so poor, one character doing something reasonable is a highlight. When will the logic, heart and soul of GH return? Anyone have Claire Labine on speed dial?[/quote]

    ^^^ Yeah, this entire post is so on point and is sorely lacking on these threads lately. But don’t ever blame the messengers!

    The fact that ENTIRE THREADS are being created around “Mensa Morgan” is a bit of a stretch, tho it does stimulate conversation, which is what websites need to do. TPTB do tend to make Morgan a bit more street smart than his eternally Debbie Downer, anguished brother, but CarToony will most def dumb down any character needed to advance plot. At the moment, the 8 year olds are being written as smarter than the adults, but doubly annoying :Sp

    And related to another news thread, the LAST thing this show needs is Juan returning to Port Charles. Michael Suacedo’s only REAL purpose should be to usher Sobrina outta town for good, but we all know that won’t happen :(

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    Ryan45212

    Morgan is just plain hot hot hot.. Would love to see him and Lucas just workout shirtless but could you see Morgan getting drunk and saying wth i will tonite with Lucas!! That would be off the wall hot hot hot!!

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    ChrisGa

    [quote=Ryan45212]Morgan is just plain hot hot hot.. Would love to see him and Lucas just workout shirtless but could you see Morgan getting drunk and saying wth i will tonite with Lucas!! That would be off the wall hot hot hot!![/quote]

    That would be hot. BTW, where the hell is Lucas? Both him and Brad haven’t been seen in nearly a month. GH is really wasting a great opportunity with those two characters. Although, I’ve said it before, if they put Lucas with Nathan West then some TV screens would be melting. Of course, Nathan would just need to stand there and look beautiful. Preferably in nothing but a towel. And Lucas could do all the talking and look beautiful. Preferably in nothing but a towel.

    I think I could really save this show some money on their wardrobe budget. ;)

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    Cornfed

    ^^^Hell, at this point there isn’t anything else worth commenting on in Port Charles LOL, the show is a big ol’ steaming pile!

    I bet Re-Ron is FUMING today, he took major swipes at the DOOL — or was it Brad Bell/BB? — team for taking what he thought was HIS trophy last year! She’s probably a cranky one today, but that’s what you get for writing a CARTOON instead of a soap opera! Devoted viewers are currently just sitting back and connecting the plot points. GH has now become “Can Miss TV”!

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