When the news broke that Tyler Christopher was handed his pink slip at General Hospital, my immediate reaction was not one of shock. Once confirmed and the dust settled, I thought about what it all really meant for GH and the canvas surrounding Christopher’s character Nikolas Cassadine. Of course my second thought was that our own Luke Kerr was crying over one of the last Cassadines left leaving Port Charles. Is that the problem? Nikolas being our only real connection to the iconic Cassadines? With no story for the Cassadine family, is there a reason to keep the main connection to them?
I know, I know, he’s Laura Spencer’s (Genie Francis) son and what I’m about to say next may shock some of you. Should GH hold onto a character that is seemingly going nowhere based on a hope that IF Francis and ABC were to strike a deal, the onscreen mother and son could share a handful of scenes? Shocking, coming from me, who values the connections to characters' pasts, but it’s not Nikolas’ familial ties that I am struggling with. It’s the obvious lack of direction for this character and the Cassadines that seems to be plaguing the writer’s table. Yes, we still have Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and her girls, but the longing that Sam (Kelly Monaco) fans have had for her to explore her Cassadine roots have fallen on deaf ears.
I truly love the character of Nikolas. I have enjoyed plenty of storylines and cherish quite a few Nikolas moments. When he was shot outside of Luke’s (Tony Geary) club, falling in love with a cancer-stricken Emily (Natalia Livingston) and Luke saving him on that mountain. Christopher pulled out all the acting stops during the Black and White Ball when his beloved Emily was murdered by Diego Alcazar. There is plenty of history with this character, not to mention some Buckeye pride with Christopher, to have me plenty upset, but I’m not as mad as I should be. Sure, my favorite Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) was saved and I don’t have to worry about Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) going anywhere, unless he wants to go . So if I love Nikolas Cassadine so much, where is the impassioned blog post?
Post Emily, the story telling for Nikolas has been less than spectacular. The brain tumor that had him seeing a dead Emily was ridiculous and do not even get me started on Nikolas and Elizabeth. What should have been a great storyline, had Christopher showing lackluster acting talents during Nik and Liz’s affair. While Jonathan Jackson brought his version of Lucky back with vengeance in the scenes revealing their affair, Tyler merely sat back and let himself be outshone by his onscreen brother. Even when baby Aiden was missing, I felt more connected to Lucky’s grief and concern than Nikolas’, the baby’s believed father.
The current story opposite Brook Lynn (Adrianne Leon) is not as appealing to me as others. I admit, that is a matter of personal taste. I don’t mind Brook and Elizabeth’s little snarky battles, however as for the love affair I’m supposed to be invested in, I could care less. I don’t find myself rooting for them or against them for that matter. Is this a case of Luke Kerr’s dreaded indifference? Perhaps that is worse than outright distaste.
Basically, my lack of outrage is simply due to the lack of story I see for Nikolas Cassadine. The Cassadine story that was supposed to hit our screens last spring was tabled in favor of a movie star (James Franco). The brass does not seem to have any interest in the Cassadine matriarch Helena (Constance Towers) for any real length of time, if at all. The Spencer-Cassadine feud that used to have fans on the edge of their seats is nothing but a fond memory. Alexis’ connection to her Cassadine roots have become practically non-existent. I suppose my point is, I rather hold on to the fond memories I have than rack up more crappy ones.
I guess this could seem as I’m kicking someone while they’re down, which I would never do to a fellow Buckeye. We’ve all seen Christopher turn out some pretty good work and with his pilot The Lying Game getting the green light from ABC Family, I hope it only means good things ahead for the actor. I rather see him set free to pursue better things than be stuck out on Spoon Island with Nikolas Cassadine, doing nothing.