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Gays of Our Lives: Getting Busy With ‘The Neighbours’

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Welcome to another edition of Gays of Our Lives! This week, Aaron tries to get over Nate by getting busy with Tom on “Neighbours”, but could this new relationship cost Aaron more than his heart? Meanwhile, on “Days of Our Lives”, Paul is kidnapped by his grandfather who wants his blood. Just another day in Salem. Also, “American Crime” comes to a close, “The Fosters” has a major breakup and Aaron’s rape trial begins on “Emmerdale”.  All this — and more!

PICKS AND PANS

American Crime (U.S.)

And that’s a wrap.

I wouldn’t say this was a satisfying conclusion, but it was a compelling one. It wasn’t particularly satisfying because we got so few answers about the fates of everyone. I mean, we still don’t really know what happened that night. It was never answered definitively.

Both Taylor and Eric stuck to their positions and never wavered. Or maybe that was the truth as they saw it and that was the whole point. Though the truth, whatever it actually was, wouldn’t really change anything after everything that’s happened, I guess.

But then that’s not the TAYLORonly question left hanging.

We don’t know if Taylor took the plea deal, we don’t know if Eric and the team will be brought up on hate crime charges (for which they could possibly serve as much time as Taylor if convicted).

Everyone’s fates were pretty much left in the air. Life went on for them. And perhaps that’s the most realistic way to end a show like this.

This was undoubtedly the best show I’ve seen in quite some time. The acting, the writing, the subject matter made for a powerful and thoughtful ten week series. I wish we got more shows like this, that tell a story and move on.

I think TV might be better for it. And we get a chance to see the kinds of drama we usually don’t. I’m thinking American Crime will be my Best Show of 2016 when I do that column later this year. Anything else that follows from here is going to have a high bar to reach.


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

Well, I guess we’ll be seeing Sonny soon with that huge anvil dropped by Paul calling him. Will was mentioned last week too. Hmm..

What’s the point of this Paul/Henri storyline? Paul counseling this very minor character about coming out seems odd unless there’s more too what we’ve seen so far. And I have the feeling there isn’t.

I love how these characters just break contracts and jump ship to new companies like they were changing underwear. Even funnier how Kate became his tyrannical awful boss that Gabi and Paul could no longer work with — all off screen.


Hit The Floor (U.S.)

I’m not sure if I like the direction this story has taken. The impact of Zero’s coming out, frankly, has been treated far too lightly and now it lHTFooks like they’re going to totally move away from what it would really be like for a gay athlete to come out while in the height of his career.

I mean, the show spent the first couple of years building up to this point and then to do nothing with it makes little sense and is not a good storytelling choice.

There are so many issues and stories that could be told and explored with Zero’s coming out and thus far, we’re not dealing with any of them.

I’m guessing the next story beat will be Jude secretly tracking down Zero’s family and inserting them in their lives. The show wouldn’t have mentioned a sister if we weren’t going to be seeing her very soon.

To be honest, I’m not all that interested, not when there are other stories that could and should be told with this couple.

However, that moment at the end with Jude holding Zero might be one the most romantic — and hottest — gay scenes I’ve seen in a while.


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

If anyone deserves a happy ending, it’s Theresa? Seriously? She still hasn’t gone to prison for murdering Calvin, not to mention all the other crimes she’s committed, so no she doesn’t deserve happiness. I’m just glad the character is gone. Let’s hope she stays away this time.

I’m glad the show quickly put the kibosh on JP having feelings for Diego and had him realize he’s lonely and just wants to be in love. I want that for JP too.

But the show is still trying to make us belJPieve that Ms. St. Claire is romantically interested in JP, when it’s obvious she’s his father from before she transitioned from male to female.

Are we really supposed to believe that Myra isn’t past her child bearing years?  And is Diego completely stupid? He knows JP and Mercedes, who are both near 30 themselves. There’s no way that Myra is as she told him, 38 years old. Can he at least add?

Okay, I’m tired of Cam. He killed Danny and Sam two years ago and is still walking around causing trouble. Now he’s framed Ste for this drug rap.

I feel for Ste and I don’t even like him! Unfortunately on this show, Cam won’t be exposed for a long time. I mean, the serial killer plot has been running for over a year now with no end in sight. Sigh!

I’m glad that Tegan came admitted the drugs weren’t hers. I thought for sure she’d stay silent and let Ste and Harry wind up homeless, even though that wound up happening anyway. At least she tried.

Scott just proves that clowns are creepy. Or maybe it’s just Scott that’s creepy.

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Anthony D. Langford

I watch a lot of television, probably too much. But can you really watch too much TV? I've yet to find out. Anyway, I especially love TV when they give us positive portrayals of gays, something that has gotten better but we're still fighting for. I've written about gays in television for many years first at the much missed After Elton, then New Now Next and now at TV Source. It's kind of a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing it with you.

  • UiscePreston

    So yeah, the Tyler/Iolo thing progressed as I had hoped on Friday’s Pobol. Sure was tasty to observe.