I commend GH for telling this undoubtedly controversial story with a character as significant as Michael. Though the story is being thrust into the middle of an already busy array of major stories ... i.e. Sonny and Brenda's wedding, Carly's angling to destroy that union with revelations about Sonny's other son Dante and his wife, the Balkan, along with all the goings on in the hospital and with the Quartermaines/Scorpios,, I believe it is worth telling ... even if on daytime.
Too many times soaps take liberty to have a woman raped and although the stories are usually compelling ... sometimes, not "Hi EJ on DAYS ...they always end up being similar to other stories told and don't really seem new or a different way to tell of these tragedies.
Tell Michael's story if done well will be a great eye-opener for many. If told as a sideline to the SONNY & CARLY show (albeit about their son) then the impact will be a waste. This is the type of story that should stop all other in their tracks. Slowly characters should react to the news of this crime that was inflicted upon a character that is loved and admired by almost every character on the show and connected to a vast majority.
It would be amazing if this one act of violence against Michael forced the likes of Jason and Sonny to rethink their line of work and instead of ordering a hit on the guy in jail they reevaluate what they have brought upon their families and will continue to bring upon them. Laura Wright has the chops to play the mother role beautifully here by dropping her screaming and picking up her nuturing side when it comes to Michael and all her kids. It would be great to have one character ... a female or even another male ... console Michael by what it was like for them, especially if its a character that really has no true connection to Michael. It would be wonderful if Edward QUartermaine instead of ordering Michael to move into the mansion away from Sonny just showed up and said nothing but gave his shoulder to his grandson.
This story when its told on other shows has been a way to reform a bad character into a good one, a way to redirect the story telling on a show and put energies toward better writing and compelling arguments. For GH, mired in the bottom 3, the powers that be at ABC took a chance on this story and now have to deal with the outcome. By taking advantage of this sort of thing, showcasing true talent, giving a voice to what so many young men/boys must experience on entering prison or even outside, GH could redirect their energies away from violence and away from a one/two character driven model.
The rape of Michael should not be a subplot but a main one. It should derail the wedding of Sonny and Brenda, calm Carly, elevate Jason to more of a hero by showing him actually regret his past actions, promote the young actor playing Michael, create new and truly compelling story and, above all, redirect the energies that GH puts towards senseless violence (whether shown or not, implied is just as bad) and make the show something that makes it a true vehicle for amazing stories.