Our Sara wrote a beautiful response to SID’s Hit or Miss poll about Sonny and Brenda’s reunion. Suha, wrote an equally powerful and beautiful post… I couldn’t have said it better myself so, I didn’t try. I just kept it simple.
The reunion was AMAZING.
I haven’t been that captivated by a scene on General Hospital in 8 years since the Amazing Grace montage. Did you see Sonny’s eyes when he saw her standing there? She took his breath away. And he approached, unsure of what reaction he would get when she turned around… Sonny never even got to say her name, because Brenda already knew he was there. It was written all over her face and then… BOOM. Vanessa and Maurice=MAGIC. Then she smiled, and you saw relief on his face. She was happy to see him too. And all of the emotions they’ve been fighting came to surface… And it was beautiful.
Sonny and Brenda never ended up hurting each other so badly because they were mismatched. Sonny & Carly were mismatched. Sonny and Brenda are soulmates…To each other they were exactly what they didn’t know they always needed.
Before they fell in love, this power over another person was unknown to them. Power in general isn’t that complicated– it’s always misused when it’s new to someone. Whether in the context of love or not, that’s just how it works. Loving someone THAT much was scary for both of them…so sometimes they misused it. If you’re biggest fear is losing someone, wouldn’t you rather be the one that is lost first? The difference Sonny and Brenda experienced with each other vs when they were with anyone else is a lot like the difference between when you smile because you can’t help it and when you smile just because it’s appropriate.
Now, after 7 years, they know what it feels like to be without that love. And as scary as it was, living their lives without having those highs & lows has left them both empty. Yes, the lows were definitely low. But as human beings we feel more alive when we are in pain than when we feel nothing. But no matter how alive you feel after the pain, at some point we all do try to avoid what has hurt us the most.
Which leads to one question: How much pain are you really saving yourself from when you spend your life unfulfilled? This is the story of Sonny Corinthos and Brenda Barrett. There is intense passion inside of them each individually, not just them together. That’s one of the things that’s so amazing about Sonny and Brenda. They didn’t become totally different people when they were with one another. They were the same people magnified. Their mutual love lit up our screens and their differences defined angst. Watching them made ME feel alive.
But wait… It’s “poison.” Just tell me this: why, after seven years, would this be happening? The memories, the longing, the almost-contact? And finally… a reunion?
Sonny and Brenda are both at that point in their lives where they feel like they should at least try to be grounded. Sonny, for his kids… Brenda, for ASEC and for the sake of trying to pretend her way into oblivion with Murphy….
There is something in the way, though. They just aren’t where they expected to be by this point. Sonny tried to save Brenda’s life but she’s in danger anyway… They can’t forget the dreams they formed during the best time in both of their lives. You know, when they actually felt alive.
“I don’t want you to save me. I want you to be with me.”
Brenda said this to Sonny long before he left her on their wedding day. The day he ended up breaking his own heart and Brenda’s because he wanted to give her “love, and a life without fear.”
And now she has neither.
As much as Brenda drove him crazy, he was determined to keep her the way she was, even if she didn’t realize it. He didn’t want their marriage (had it happened) and life on the run to “destroy everything” he “loved about her.” Sometimes you don’t realize it when you’re misusing power, and the reason for that is fear. You don’t realize that even the most intense love and need to protect someone doesn’t give you the right to choose the ending you think is best, no matter how selfless your intentions are.
Fate is fate.
Sonny even told Brenda they were “inevitable.” As long as they were alive, it was going to happen between them.
Fate doesn’t only exist in hindsight.
Out of sight obviously doesn’t always mean out of mind.
The connection they share runs much deeper than even they understand, and you can only ignore something like that for so long. Since it’s something they could never control, they call it “poisonous” and “toxic.” Not only is it beyond understanding, but their connection runs deeper than any drug… right into their souls.
Which comes full circle to one fact: they’re soulmates. ♥
Well to me I think the writers have gone back to layered, slow buildup, old-fashioned soap writing when it comes to S&B. The S&B story is an example of why romance worked and lured millions of people to tune into soaps. You have 2 characters with an incredible amount of history that you cannot make up (like with Olivia and Kate) and there’s plenty of video evidence of this love story on Youtube. Their story is one that always captivated, no matter the situation. Case in point – when Brenda returned the first time and she was speaking to “someone” through a vent. The sparks they had between a wall and a vent is more spark than any couple on GH has had in the last decade. I BELIEVE when Sonny says Brenda is his true love because the writers and the actors have been showing me this since 1994. With all the violence and “insta-romances” that soaps have been stuffing down our throats it is incredibly refreshing to see a BONAFIDE POWERHOUSE SUPERCOUPLE such as S&B get such a simple, yet beautiful reunion. We already had the grand EPIC seeing-each-other-for-the-first-time scenes when she returned in 2002 so I do not feel slighted in the least. I cannot wait to see this EPIC couple SET THE WORLD ON FIRE again 🙂 It’s definitely the only reason I am back to watching GH!
Please take a few moments of time and vote in poll. Sonny and Brenda’s reunion is not a miss, it is a hit that has hit all the right notes. TPTB have taken their time and have been very deliberate. This reunion has been amazing!