The Corinthos Clan & The Jerome’s
I am tired of the imbalanced writing between half-brothers Michael (Chad Duell) and Morgan (Bryan Craig) Corinthos. The siblings have been in discord since Michael started a romantic relationship with Morgan’s girlfriend and former wife, Kiki (Kristen Alderson), and it’s only heightened since Morgan joined a rival crime family, the Jerome’s, to take Papa Sonny (Maurice Bernard) down for revenge. Angry that Morgan’s actions could’ve gotten their father killed, Michael met Morgan on the docks on 11/11 and the pair physically fought. Michael beat Morgan to a pulp while deeply insulting him. Once Kiki arrived and distracted Michael, Morgan decked Michael, he hit his head on a pole and fell unconscious in the water. Morgan refused to help Kiki get Michael out. Later, Michael lied about how he obtained his injury to his mother, Carly (Laura Wright). Kiki was stunned and noted that Morgan would’ve left him for dead (which wasn’t rue; Morgan was hiding around the corner). Michael expressed he still cared about his brother’s safety and was worried about him being in the mob. Such irritating scenes to watch.
Morgan has a gambling problem, lied to Kiki about her parentage, pulled Sonny into his deceit and is now conspiring with his father’s enemies. Michael did indeed steal his brother’s mate and obnoxiously thinks Morgan should just be okay with it and get over it. Michael is indeed entitled; the lines “Did you ever think that we (he and Kiki) belong together and you didn’t deserve her, not at all?...why would she love you anyway? …a little sniveling, back-stabbing traitor…” said it all. How is he more deserving of Kiki? Those sentences showed he believes he’s inherently better than Morgan. I wonder what Kiki would’ve thought of Michael then, had she heard that and seen his teeth; see him pulverize his brother. Michael thinks he’s done nothing all that bad, telling Morgan he has “pathetic jealousy” and that two kisses were “all we did to cheat on you.” That’s all? Oh, okay, it’s fine then. Another sign of Michael’s oblivion: “what happened to the brother I used to love?” You broke his heart. That’s what. You really don’t understand that (when Michael argued that he’s tried to protect Morgan, Morgan yelled “from everyone except yourself!” I thought those 4 words were so powerful and I wish there was more time given to explore the emotional layers of them)? Michael is indeed favored by his parents (there are too many examples of that to mention). All of these “indeeds” and facts, and yet, the writers are still pushing this one-sided, “good guy, bad guy” concept and trying to get the audience to buy that Michael is on the higher road because in his brushes of faux-brotherliness, he doesn’t rat Morgan out and worries about him a little. There’s been speculation that the writing team is trying to reinvent A.J. vs. Jason, which wouldn’t be fair to do to these characters. Not to mention, A.J. had no real reason to be spiteful towards Jason. What valid reasons Morgan has for his anger are being downplayed and dismissed in writing, making him seem like a bratty villain without a cause. I shook my head at Michael being the overwhelming winner of the fist fight. This “Michael, the Revered” thing is patronizing to the audience because we know that both brothers have their share of sins and most of Morgan’s were birthed from Michael’s. If things were written more evenly here, viewers might be more invested in this part of the show because they’ll feel conflicted and won’t know whose “side” to take, like in the Maxie vs. Lulu storyline.
In discussing whether or not Michael vs. Morgan is A.J. vs. Jason 2.0, a friend of mine said “Michael should’ve been the bad one, if someone had to be.” For anyone who knew there’d be a future feud the moment Morgan was born, I think that’s what we all pictured. Michael had such a dark side when he was young; he played with guns, wanted to join the mob, suggested Sonny kill people if there was trouble and he tried to suffocate A.J. to death with a pillow. His parents worshipping and awing at his every breath, we thought Michael would be Damien on wheels and maybe eventually become at white collar criminal at ELQ. He was raised by Sonny Corinthos and has A.J.’s DNA. Michael should’ve been spewing venom from his head, so it’s interesting that he’s being put in the angel role right now, while the son who was adopted the sleek Jasper Jacks and sent to boarding school is in the mob.