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Gays of Our Lives: The Verdict

Neighbours (Australia)

Boy, they didn’t waste anytime with Josh. He died and was replaced in the credits the very next day. I personally never liked Josh he won’t be missed. And I think it’s weird (or bad writing) that the same day Josh dies, Brad’s lost long son shows up in town to kinda replace his dead kid. Geez.

picture_00000Poor Toadie has the worst luck. He just got off his crutches after his long stay in a wheelchair as a result of his last accident and then he has a building fall on top of him.

I’d been hoping that the producers saying that Nate’s absence was only temporary while the actor did a play wasn’t true. I’ve never been a big fan of Nate and would have preferred he not come back. I didn’t like him and Chris together and I definitely don’t like he and Aaron as a couple. They’re just boring with no chemistry. Nate’s absence didn’t make my heart grow fonder.

But since Nate is back and the show is determined to go forward with their relationship, could they at least have an interesting storyline? The show did promise a dark storyline for Aaron that would challenge the character. Here’s hoping they were being honest about that.


People of the Valley (Wales)

Okay, this is no fun. I hope the show changes this beat of the story really quick.picture_00001

Iolo sitting around and pouting while Tyler sleeps his way through dudes he meets on the Internet is not what I want to see. I mean there’s nothing wrong with Tyler have an active sex life with as many guys as he wants. He’s young and hot so why not.

Mostly, it’s just silly for Iolo to be so hung up on a guy he barely knows and didn’t even like until they had a kiss last week. Push/pull in a romance is one thing, but this? No thanks. I know these two will wind up together eventually, but I want a better story getting us there than this.


Secret Lives (Finland)

Is Lari still into Elias? Probably, but you didn’t see from last week’s scenes.  Lari actually seemed angry and appalled that Elias made a move on him. The show really isn’t showing that Lari still wants to be with his ex, it’s all about Lari’s feelings for Kalle.

Not only was Lari upset by Elias’ attempt to kiss him, he immediately went and told Kalle the truth, not wanting to have a repeat of the secrets that nearly ruined them before. Unfortunately, Kalle is still drinking to deal with his guilt over his own infedelity.

I didn’t like Lari beating himself up over the reason he thinks Kalle is being so distant. I don’t think Lari will forget that when the truth does come out, especially since he quit working with Elias so it wouldn’t stir up trouble between he and Kalle.

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As for Elias, despite all his saying he only wants to be friends with Lari (and Kalle), he wants that relationship over so he can have Lari to himself.

He’s lying to himself as much as anybody else. It’s actually kind of gross and desperate.

It’s strange. While I find this story very frustrating, mostly because Kalle is being so self-destructive and I’m not a fan of Elias and Lari getting back together, I am enjoying it and want to see what happens next. It’s got me hooked.

I really wish that Lari and Kalle would get past this and stay together (until the next disaster), but I doubt I’ll get my desires. Really what I want more than anything, even if he and Lari split is for Kalle to be happy. I’m tired of him being so miserable and unhappy.

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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.

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  • The Aaron crap was simply one of the most ridiculously dumb storylines ever. A guy with cancer comes back to reconcile with his mental son and terrible ex-wife only to be railroaded by his self-loathing, manipulative, spiteful, insecure, whiny, rat-faced, putrid children with no evidence of the crime but plenty of shenanigans on the part of the accuser, his podunk family and his murderous sleazeball “boyfriend”. No wonder the rosy resolution was him becoming a full-blown Dingle. Yeah because that’s a badge of honor.

    And just as I called it, Aaron fully admitted after the verdict that he won’t ever be forgetting these long-repressed “memories” of this
    supposed abuse because IT IS NOT AND NEVER WAS THE TRUE CAUSE OF HIS CHARACTER’S PROBLEMS. So yes, Miller yet again gets his way about being a non-practicing messed-up “gay” – now with a brand new perpetual fear of intimacy! Anyone who praises this character in any way is out of their medicine. I really hope they kill him off or recast the role.

  • Shadowhunters will always be hampered to varying degrees by the source materials. In my opinion, the further the show strays from the books the better it gets. The whole Malec arc was completely reshaped by the show producer and writers (to the horror of the purist book fans). They were supposed to be dating on the down low (and barely mentioned) in the earlier books. Also, Alec weren’t supposed to come out by kissing Malec in public until much later (no wedding involved) and the father was homophobic in the books. The show has updated the materials to be more poignant and refreshing for the fans. While the rest of the show often lacked finesse, the way it handled the same-sex relationship as a front-burner story deserves praise.

  • Thanks for sharing my interest in Lawrence. I find him one of the more interesting characters in Emmerdale, especially with his backstory. He has so much potential that the writers either can’t see or don’t want to acknowledge. I hope these letters are the start of a prominent story line for him. Apparently there is a funeral planned for Edna in the near future (the actress who played her passed away recently), and this could be a catalyst for more Lawrence development.
    Add me to the list of viewers excited to see Johnny return to EastEnders. He could pair nicely with Paul as they have a similar temperament and are both out, leading to a nice soapy love triangle with Ben.

  • I enjoyed the Abi and Louise fight. Abi’s more interesting when she drops the self-pity and acknowledges what she wants. I’m also glad that the baby drama is almost done. I’m glad to see Johnny come back. It’s no surprise that his relationship with Luca lasted as long as Aaron and Ed’s. It will be interesting seeing him react to the drama that has happened since he left. Finally, do you mean a public relationship rather than open relationship?

    I didn’t have a problem with a softer Robert showing up for a while. He doesn’t need to twirl his moustache 24/7. However, I was glad to see his ruthless side show up again. Anyone who thought that he had changed was fooling themselves. I’m looking forward to seeing the trial. I expect a lot of good acting.

    I’m not sure whether Shadowhunters can fix its Clary problem because a lot of the problem is in the writing. The show doesn’t seem to see Clary’s self-absorbed recklessness as a bad thing. Without that, they can’t fix her character either by pushing her to the side as a character who messes up the rest of the main’s plans or by having her character develop and learn that she needs to consider the needs and desires of others.

  • I hadn’t realized you continued here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and spoilers for the gays in soaps!