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Gays of Our Lives: A Little Brainwashing Never Hurts

Photo Credit: © Jill Johnson/JPI Studios
Photo Credit: © Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Welcome to a new edition of Gays of Our Lives. This week, on Days of Our Lives Paul is kidnapped and possibly brainwashed, which is nearly a rite of passage in Salem. But will he recover from his ordeal? The big question is though: is the drama worth watching?

Meanwhile, John Paul gets a new “daddy” on HollyoaksAnd would you believe he makes out with two different guys? Well, this is John Paul McQueen.

Plus on Neighbours Aaron starts dating sleazy, scheming Tom, which could cost him personally and professionally. Let’s hope the sex was good.

All this — and more!

I must warn you though this was a really bad week for the shows I watch. If you’re looking for positive thoughts, this isn’t the place.


PICKS AND PANS

Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

Those Paul/John/Yo Ling scenes were dreadful. Badly acted, badly written and just plain bad. I mean, I literally laughed when I wasn’t groaning. And Paul being brainwashed into being a killer? Didn’t Chad get brainwashed in a completely different storyline only very recently? Talk about lazy!

It might be interesting if there some some lingering aftereffects for Paul, but I have the feeling he’ll just disappear again once this story arc is played out.vlcsnap-2016-03-20-18h01m51s627

I love how Rafe and Steve just deduced where John and Paul were being held without leaving that apartment. They didn’t even need a computer.

And while Rafe said the cops were just hanging around outside the compound to make a move until he decided to show up, he stopped to reunite with his brother. Guess he wasn’t in that much of a hurry.

Why wasn’t Roman involved in this story? He’s the police commissioner and he’s close to both John and Marlena. Must be too busy covering up other crimes to be bothered.

It’s enough to make wish for endless yammering about elephants.

I think throwing yourself a birthday party the same day your rapist is put in jail is kinda weird.

Which makes me point out that Days’ teen scene is awful. Aging those adorable and appealing children from last year only to turn them into teenage murderers and rapists is bad enough, but most of the actors playing out these horrible stories are wooden to be kind. Some emergency recasting needs to be done immediately.


Emmerdale (U.K.)

Gordon was clearly fakinvlcsnap-2016-03-20-18h12m43s147g. Surely the courts have seen such performances from criminals facing trial before. I mean, he was way over the top in his coughing and moaning to be real.

Besides, what is he hoping to accomplish? He would be examined by a doctor (which the prosecution should have demanded) and revealed to be pretending and that would be that. Must be more to it, of course.

Chas doesn’t have her phone locked with a password? I know people who don’t, but it still seems weird to me. I have to say that the show cast well.  That girl looks a lot like Aaron. Not a fan of bratty teens on soaps though.

Why wasn’t Paddy at Aaron’s hearing? I hate how Paddy seems to have mostly dropped out of Aaron’s life for this story except here and there.

I enjoyed the scenes with Chas and Saundra. Some really nice acting on everyone’s parts.

I’m not a fan of the softer Robert. I really preferred the scheming bad boy. He was much more interesting. I’m afraid since the new producers have determined that Robert and Aaron are the show’s favorite couple, bad boy Robert is a thing of the past. And that’s a shame.

I liked how the cop smiled at Chas during her ranting and raving in the courthouse. I dunno, I thought there was something there. Hmmm…..

I don’t know about Andy and Chrissie as a couple, but anything that gets Andy out of his clothes I’m all for.


Hit The Floor (U.S.)

I liked that Zero was bad at tennis. That was fun. And I like Zero supporting Jude and his problems for a change.

I guess I was right about them looking for Zero’s sister. But I need a different/better story for them though. This doesn’t hold more interest for me. Maybe with Oscar out of jail, it’ll give Jude more to do now. Perhaps Oscar might represent that person who doesn’t want a queer on his basketball team. That’s a plot point that needs to be addressed.HIT

I know we’re to have sympathy for Raquel, but it might help if the actress could shed a tear in the scene where she tells Kyle she’s going to die. I don’t think the show will kill the character, so I’m wondering what plot twist to reverse her impending demise.

I liked Jelina making peace with her mother (nice acting in those scenes), but I wonder if she’ll tell Terrance she can’t have kids or come up with some crazy scheme to get a baby without Terrance finding out. I bet the latter.

Why does the show want us to feel sorry for Germann, who murdered a woman and let someone else take the blame? The story is written as if he’s the victim or something. Olivia might have been a bad person, but she did not deserve to die and I hate that the writing comes off as if he did the right thing or it wasn’t his fault. And any man who ranted about ‘killing for love’ like Germann did should not be on the streets.

Seeing Thomas Calaboro brought back my Melrose Place flashbacks. Man did I love that show. Actually, HTF is a lot like MP. Only the acting is much worse and the guys get to kiss.


Hollyoaks (U.K.)

Scott and John Paul? I’m sorry, that is just scraping the bottom of the barrel. John Paul deserves so much better. Just stop it now, show. But it continues JP’s track record of the worst taste in men.

What’s the point of revealing that Scott is actually a virgin despite his previous claims of being a slut? Curious plot choice. I guess it’s supposedly to soften Scott’s character, but it’s not working for me. I tend to have trouble overlooking kidnapping and attempted murder.

Why did Jake come to the school to see JP? To steal the computers or did he just see his chance and take it? And how long could JP have been gone that Jake had the time to unhook several computers and cart them away?

Are we to feel sorry for Tegan that she’d rather Ste be on the streets than admit to Leela that she’s a drug user? And I know we’re supposed to see Ste as a good guy for keeping quiet and winding up without a home, but it just makes everybody look stupid and/or selfish.

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No way would Leela turn Tegan out and Diane’s threats of going to social services are empty. They would never take Tegan’s child from her based on a simple accusation of drug usage which could never really be proven.  Dumb story.

It was funny when Ste noticed that Diego was ‘popping’ out of his shorts, but he couldn’t stop looking.

So the show finally revealed that Sally was John Paul’s biological father conceived before she transitioned from a man into a woman. It’s a nice twist and I want to see how it plays out. I hope HO doesn’t ruin what could be an interesting story. They probably will though. For now, at least it’s something you haven’t seen in soaps yet.

I know a lot of people complained that Sally (formerly Ian) being JP’s dad doesn’t fit the timeline of the show, but I have no trouble believing Myra cheating on Ricky and then telling him he’s the father of her baby once Ian ran off. But I do think the show is being vague or sloppy about the details of Myra and Ian’s relationship when there’s no need to be.

But Myra said that Sally wasn’t around when JP was raped? Myra wasn’t there either for most of that story, IIRC. Wasn’t that when she was on the run or am I misremembering?


Neighbours (Australia)vlcsnap-2016-03-20-18h56m38s697

This story is ridiculous and I hate it for so, so many reasons.

Shoe shopping? Is that what the gays do? You know I’ve been on one or two dates in my 50 plus years and not once did I ever go shoe shopping with them. Especially as a second date. Course it might have something to do with the fact that I hate shopping. Still, the whole thing seemed kind of silly and stereotypical.

And Aaron letting some guy he’s known for a few days buy him clothes? He doesn’t think that’s weird and inappropriate? Didn’t Sonya have him return those shoes and a bottle of bubbly last week? Why was it bad then but okay now? I guess we’re to assume Aaron and Tom had sex since they came out another room buttoning their shirts?

Aaron betraying his boss whom he’s known for years over some guy he’s dated twice is kind of implausible and makes Aaron seem like a idiot. I just don’t buy that Aaron would risk everything for a guy he hardly knows. Even Aaron dating Tom is a complete conflict of interest and I can’t believe anyone, like Toadie or Kyle or anyone with a brain, wouldn’t have pointed that out to Aaron. This really bad, plot driven writing.

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About the author

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.

  • Chen

    Thanks :)

  • Marco B

    The links are all there, just click on the show name (blue lines) ;)

  • José Chen

    How can I watch the shows, as you used to put the link?
    thanks!

  • kcwin

    I agree that the Shadowhunters AU is a bit of an episode filler and is not used to its full potential. Alec and Magnus having reversed role is kind of fun but ultimately trivial. And as you said, Jace and Clary are awesomely dull in any universe. lol But I have to say I appreciate how good the AU Jace and Alec look, though. AU Jace is softer looking which makes him more attractive IMHO, while AU Alec is more aggressive with a predatory glint in his eyes. They *would* make a super couple. The real world stuff is a bit more interesting. Alec using the parabatai bond to track Jace is an original concept from the TV show, and thumbs up for that, since it got Alec half naked and writhing in tandem to Jace in the Fairy Forest, yelling each other names, no less. Being parabatai has never been this homoerotic in the books. And I have noticed Hodge eyeing Alec with a bit too much interest.

  • rquigl03

    I can tell you aren’t familiar with the Shadowhunters’ books. Granted, they’re horribly written (we can thank Twilight for that) but they’re sorta interesting. Kind of like this show. But I will say there’s a lot of backstory mythology that explains a lot of what you’re not happy about.

  • UiscePreston

    I don’t think or even mind that the Iolo/Tyler thing seems rushed. Garry just throwing them together in the house, the immediate and obvious Odd Couple tension, Tyler showing no interesting in Kelly hitting on him during the whole “Colin needs a beard” thing – it was all a bit obvious that Tyler was brought in for Iolo. Plus the main story of Friday’s kissy-face episode was the culmination of that vile Angela and her pathological liar BS – which has been emotionally draining for MONTHS now. So at least the show juxtaposed that blowup with the B Story of the boys getting all hot and bothered. I am sure that Tyler has some secrets or a dark side or something. But I am not entirely sure what their immediate threat is. Right now, Sion has no room to talk at this point. Dani will have a reaction since I don’t think she knows Tyler is gay or she would have mentioned that to Iolo; she’ll be ecstatic. Britt and Iolo are getting along, allied against Sion’s middle-life crisis. Garry has no beef with them as long as they pay the rent. But Tyler is part the school now, so short of a scandal there, he is around for a while. If anything, this relationship will probably self-destruct since Iolo isn’t meant to be happy. Currently I don’t see an outside saboteur.

  • King Wilson

    No info or spoilers about Shameless?

  • Hue-Man

    Glad to see Disqus back.

    A comment on American Crime finale. I agree with your assessment of AC and its riveting story. I had expected that another team member would be revealed as the rapist. That seemed more likely than Eric switching to a predator role. It also was consistent with Taylor’s claim to having been raped. The ending didn’t answer the questions but that’s often the result of tragic stories like this.