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Gays of Our Lives: A War on Several Fronts

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In this week’s Gays of Our Lives:

  • We take a look at the new UK series The Halcyon.  Set in London on the verge of World War II, this show features a wealthy family who owns a lavish hotel.  And part of the family is secretly gay Toby, who is at odds with his brother – and himself.
  • On Rownd a Rownd, David’s desire for Rhys is growing stronger, but Rhys refuses to get involved with David unless he breaks up with his girlfriend.  When Rhys, David and Dani are find themselves sharing a drink will the truth come out?
  • On Emmerdale, Robert and Aaron’s relationship problems collide with Finn and Kasim’s and someone winds up getting attacked and someone else arrested.  It could spell the end of both pairings.
  • Neighbours returns for a new season, with David and Aaron far apart.  Will a surprise evening together make these two finally get romantic?
  • The Haves and The Have Nots gets even more ridiculous, but there’s something that keeping me watching this show.  What could it be?
  • All this and the latest on Shadowhunters, Holby City, Nashville — and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Eastenders (U.K.)

So I guess this means the show is about to finally go there with Ben and Johnny?  I don’t think I’ve seen them be so casually flirty like that and the bits were cute.  Besides, it’s time.  Johnny hasn’t done anything since he came back and Ben has mourned Paul a suitable period of time.    Let’s just hope there’s a good story here.  One good thing is that since both Ben and Johnny are out of the closet so thankfully, no coming out issues.  I still think the show should throw Steven in and make it a triangle.  Steven is another character ill used since his return.

You’d think given their history Ben would be a little more sensitive to Abi.  He used her, cheated on her and gave her a STI.  I don’t blame her for being angry and walking out.  But then the Mitchell men aren’t known for sensitivity to their exes.


Emmerdale  (U.K.)

I still have my fingers crossed for Finn and Kasim.  Kasim obviously still has feelings for Finn and if Finn could just take a few steps back maybe they could work it out.  I’m wondering about Kasim’s family problems, which he has discussed several times.  Maybe that will play a role in getting the guys together?

I figured that Lachlan was behind the beatings himself and Cain was lying.  Having kids beat up really isn’t Cain’s style.  He’s more a hands on kind of guy anyway.  Lachlan should be in jail though, the kid is clearly a sociopath.

Still Chrissie is the world’s worst mother.  She talks about sacrificing and how much she loves her kid, but she would let him go to jail to protect herself.  I mean she was more worried about Lachlan implicating her than anything else.  Even with Lachlan now convicted of the crime she committed, she’s still making it about herself.

I thought it was funny how Ronnie was checking out all the half naked guys while Lisa was whining about her relationship problems during the stripper review.  I wonder if that’ll only highlight to Ronnie he’s not getting any sex at home.   I’m glad that Ronnie won’t put up with Lawrence’s bad behavior.  But I hope they don’t get into this cycle where Lawrence does something awful and they fight, but Ronnie ends up forgiving him anyway.

EXTRA SCENES

LAWRENCE AND RONNIE


Holby City (U.K.)

I can’t believe Dom took Isaac back after the incident with the medal right before Christmas.    It should have been over then and there.  It’s pretty clear that Isaac is emotionally abusive and that’s where this relationship is headed.  

Dom’s mother knows it too given her reaction at the bar.  Perhaps it’s because her marriage has been like that and that’s why she knows it when she sees it.  I guess Dom’s streak of bad luck with men is going to continue.  Hopefully this time he won’t get stabbed!


Neighbours  (Australia)

I think it’s going to be awhile before Aaron and David to work out and become a couple.  Seems like this is going to be a slow one.  Interesting that Leo is trying to get them together.  Leo and David are supposed to be close, but I don’t recall them having a conversation about David’s struggling with being gay, even though Leo clearly knows his brother is queer.   Maybe Leo doesn’t want to pressure his brother? I’d like to see Leo at least try to talk to David about this.

Judging by the spoilers, I’m guessing David will claim he’s the father of Paige’s baby so she doesn’t have to admit Father Jack is the daddy and he can avoid coming out.  Paige was talking about she keeps making bad choices. I think that’s going to be another one!


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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.

  • Eduardo Leão

    I guess it have started yet, right?

  • Tai Cooper

    The Halcyon on ITV is a pretty good one.

  • Tai Cooper

    Emmerdale: I actually like how the three gay relationships and storylines are becoming a mini-umbrella arc while maintaining their individual strengths and weaknesses all the same: Finn dealing with clinginess while becoming open to dating another guy, while so sudden, was a nice twist on things, I thought. Though Kasim clearly has clinginess and family issues all his own. It also gives Kasim a chance to be an individual, something I felt was sorely lacking with Darren, who was little more than a plot device IMO.

    As far as Lawrence and Ronnie goes, Lawrence really needs to deal with his bedroom skills, and fast, especially with Ronnie’s wandering eyes (funny and cute as that scene was, even with Lisa’s complaining.) That said, though, I’m glad Ronnie doesn’t take Lawrence’s shit, either. Although the fight and fuss over Lawrence’s bollocks only to make up quick is starting to remind me of an older Aaron and Robert.

    Speaking of those two…the previews this week actually posit them as interesting after so long a while.

    Holby City: Given Dom’s seemingly bad luck with men, I was reee~~~ally hoping Isaac would be the one. But the pre-Christmas episode only showed this relationship is going downhill fast. Good thing Dom’s mum noticed it, too. He needs her in his corner pronto…a shame, considering Marc Elliott is sexy with a buzzcut.

    River City: Speaking of downhill, I’m kinda glad Gary and Robbie’s relationship is going down, much as I hate saying it. Gary IMO is as useful as tits on a bull at this point.

    The Haves and the Have Nots: Yeah, the whole everyone becoming sociopathic and psychotic is becoming a bit much, though at least Veronica finally got what was coming to her from Katheryn. I just hope that Justin gets the drop on Wyatt, so at least Jeffery can get some sense. Better yet, Jeffery grows a brain and actually leaves EVERYBODY to their own devices. That would make a good finale.

  • Eduardo Leão

    Is there any history really worth to watch right now? I miss A Place to Call Home

  • marie line

    Hello i would love to follow the storyline about The Haves and the Have Nots, Rownd a Rownd and Neighbours, so far i didn’t find anything on YT, have you some links, thanks you.