Menaces: Cesar Faison (SOD 5/18/99)
Almost no one knows what he looks
like (Mac, Felicia, and Helena are exceptions), so creepy Faison, who just kidnapped Lucky
and faked his death, is truly a phantom menace. Luke, for instance, unknowingly
dealt first-hand with Faison in Switzerland in order to fence a chunk of the Ice
Princess. It's hard to hit a moving target, not to mention a target you can't see.
Keep a Dead Man Dead! (SOU 5/11/99)
"When last we last saw Faison
on GH in 1992, he was blown to kingdom come in a massive explosion aboard his boat.
This was one bad guy GH viewers thought would stay dead and buried. During his
two-year reign of terror, Faison was a constant source of trouble for the good folks of
Port Charles. But not only did he return from his watery grave in March, he has come
back with a vengeance- and he's teamed-up with a not-right-in-the-head-these-days Luke.
What did Anders Hove do with himself after leaving GH? Despite what you may think,
he wasn't floating on a raft in the Atlantic but, instead, made movies. Hove's long
hair and menacing features may have typecasted him; just look at the flicks he did after
leaving daytime: Bloodstone- Subspecies II, Bloodlust- Subspecies III, and
Reportedly, the actor is thrilled to be back in his old stomping grounds and signed a
two-year contract with GH. The show's reps wouldn't say what kind of mayhem and
madness Faison was planning to unleash on the unknowing critizens of Port Chuck, but rest
assured, it will be good! Or, bad, depending on how you look at it."
Characters- Anna Devane (SOM 11/10/98)
"The beautiful, sophisticated
Anna is one woman who never needed a man to protect her, although she had plenty of
takers, including Robert Scorpio and Duke Lavery. Anna showed just how heroic she
was when she was kidnapped by the lunatic Grant and kept prisoner in a cage guarded by a
ferocious dog (aptly named Satan). Anna, a trained WSB agent, tried everything in
her power to get free, including seducing Grant, stabbing him with a makeshift weapon, and
breaking the lock on her cage before linking a wire to it to electrically stun the dog.
Though eventually she did escape, Anna's heroism was never more apparent- and
needed- than when she joined forces with a man who claimed to be a space alien in order to
save the planet from the evil Faison."
Intriguing Character- Ian Buchanan (SOD 1/13/87)
"That man. He's so suave,
so unpredictable, so dangerous, so... intriguing. Have I seen him somewhere before?
What kind of accent is that? More important, who does his hair? Port
Charles hasn't seen a character create such a ruckus since Robert Scorpio popped up from
Down Under a few years back. Duke Lavery is a presence to be reckoned with; a Scot
whose complicated, mercurial nature keeps the audience off-guard and on the edge of their
seats. He's the perfect foil for another amalgam of emotions, Anna Devane, who was
desperately in need of the right man. She found him. Lucky girl."
Editor's Choice- John Reilly (SOD 1/28/86)
"Cool passion. A
contradiction, but one that describes Sean Donely. John Reilly has portrayed him for
well over a year and is still peeling off the layers of his character. The mystique
remains. There's nothing more alluring than a charming, intelligent rogue who lives
by his own code of honor.
Reilly doesn't give it all away; he is a master
of control. When Sean does erupt, like when he thought Scorpio died after their tram
fight, the outpouring of grief was so unexpected it realy made an impact. John
instills in Sean a healthy ego, strength and an earthy sense of self-deprecating
humor. With his impetuous Irish nature, surely GH will pursue the previously
unexplored romantic side of Donely in the future."
Casting- Finola Hughes (SOD 1/14/86)
"You hated her.
Instantly. Quite obviously, Finola Hughes was doing something very right.
As Anna Devane, she was calm, cool, calculating and cruel. She roared back
into ex-husband Robert Scorpio's life with a vengence and nearly destroyed Robert and
Holly's 'perfect' marriage in the process. Then, just when you wanted to wring her
pretty little neck, Anna turned into the patron saint of Port Charles and saved everyone
Not an easy transition for an actress, but Finola was up to the challenge. And, oh
yes, she successfully survived the wrath of GH viewers who unfairly persecuted her for
simply doing her job- which happened to be causing trouble in paradise for GH's premier
couple. Brava, Finola!"
Charles' English Rose- Anna, GH (SOM 10/20/98)
"Beautiful Anna Devane was not
only half of two supercouples, she was also one of the famed "miracles" who
caused loyalty to another major supercouple to erode.
Scorpio and Holly were ensonced as a beloved
pair when Anna came to town. She had been his wife years before, but Scorpio had
broken off their romance after Anna had been discovered to be a double agent.
However, much of the audience had began to feel for Anna when it was revealed that not
only was she wearing a martyring scar on her face to atone for past sins but also that she
and Scorpio also shared a daughter, Robin.
But the honorable Scorpio stayed with Holly,
while Anna took up with Scotsman Duke Lavery. The irony of their tortured love made
the now-reformed Anna and mobster-with-a-heart-of-gold Duke audience favorites. The
plot thickened, however, as Scorpio found himself a forlorn widower after Holly's supposed
death. And though Anna and Scorpio worked together on many an adventure, her heart
still belonged to Duke. Duke later had to fake his death to keep Anna safe but would
return in the unrecognizable guise of Jonathon Paget.
Finally, tragic ironies brought Anna and Robert
together for good, as the "new" Duke died in the sobbing Anna's arms."
"A tempting blend of innocence
and sensuality, Emma Samms has turned her role of Holly into Port Charles' flesh-and-blood
fairy princess. By altering her bearing, Emma can be a little spitfire or an
elegant, classy woman. In her first year on GH, Samms has been paired with two of
that show's strongest actors- Tony Geary and Tristan Rogers- and proved herself more than
an adequeate matech for those difficult lovers. Her role has demanded the capacity
to scheme, to fear, to passionately love, to mourn and to support- and Emma has done them
all in a sympathetic, heartfelt manner. Beneath the inherent dignity emanating from
her English accent, Emma Samms is a girl next door who just happens to keep a white knight
stored in the closet."