They are relying on long term fans love for these characters to sell stories.
I don't think expecting the show to provide writing that could make drama more impactfully prior to drama occurring is being coddled. I call it writing a complete story myself. Jill's heart disease story was a similar
example. It'd been more impactful if she'd been on with the symptoms prior to her crisis
First, there kinda was build up. They were mentioning him within the last 2 weeks or so. Lauren couldn't get a hold of him.
Secondly, incidents like this do happen out of nowhere in the real world so don't act like this is phony. Its not. If there were 'build up' to Scott's perdiciment the impact, which there is, wouldn't be as great.
I'm finally understanding what most of you posters here mean by 'build up'. 'Build up' to you guys really 'Being coddled.' On a side note I finding that many of you guys aren't even watching the show regularly or you guys are fast-forwarding. Does it ever occur to you guys that you gotta actually watch all it? The scenes you guys call 'boring' are the ones that tend to be the most important because they offer support for the framework of the story.
Too clarify, when I talk about build-up I'm talking about the supporting scenes before the action starts. Not, however, the situation specifically affecting the character Scott. So, yes, there needs to be build up in the sense that the audience needs to be reminded of what he is doing, which did happen.
I am just watching last Monday's episode and the whole Steve/Shane exchange seems like it was written in haste. I half wondered if the show didn't write something quickly after Mascolo's death but then I realized that the show was on a shooting hiatus from Thanksgiving to mid-January.
Posted a comment on another board about General Hospital, and it was removed ten minutes later. Why have a comments section if people's opinions are subject to being censored. <cough> Looking at you Soaps.com.<cough>