Gays of Our Lives: Your Man Is Gay, Girl

Hollyoaks (U.K.)

Not a fan of Grace’s brothers.

I actually like the story about Holly and Nathan as Nathan struggles with his feelings for Holly, no doubt feeling guilty about falling for someone else so soon after his girlfriend’s death. And is it really a shock that Holly is actually pursuing Nathan while hiding the fact that she is responsible for Rachel’s death? Holly has always been selfish about her relationships so it’s pretty in character, IMO. This is the girl that was banging twin brothers at the same time. And Nathan is hot.

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That was an interesting scheme of Harry’s to get his father his job back without having to sleep with James, but it doesn’t make much sense. James lives in the village. He’s in the police station all the time. No one in town wouldn’t look at that picture and think it was him? If that were to happen, Harry’s plan would fall apart, you know?

 


Neighbours (Australia)

Is all this leading to the dark storyline for Aaron the show talked about awhile back? I sure hope so. The show needs to find something interesting to do with Aaron other than having him find a new career every other week.

picture_00026As for Nate’s exit, I don’t understand why he was brought back. He and Aaron were done and Aaron had moved on. Instead they brought Nate back, he had a quick reunion with Aaron followed by a lame breakup with Nate deciding to go back into the army in about 4 brief scenes. I think it might be the fastest exit ‘story’ I’ve seen for this show.

I did like how Aaron’s refusal to go was because he still didn’t trust Nate not to walk out on him again. That made sense, even though much of their relationship did not. I can’t say I’ll miss Nate because I won’t. He never quite fit on this show. Still, I do appreciate this show keeping gays on the canvas, even if they don’t always do a great job with them.


Secret Lives (Finland)

I really don’t like Lari right now. Why is he using Kalle like this? Kalle doesn’t deserve that at all. It’s just cruel to do this to Kalle. And Lari has never been a cruel person. It’s actually kind of out of character. Overall, the writing for this really doesn’t jibe what we’ve watched for the past two years. Lari’s revived feelings for Elias frankly came out of nowhere. Now he’s treating Kalle like the second choice rebound guy when a few weeks ago Lari was totally committed to Kalle without a thought to Elias.

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Janne is right about one thing though: Lari and Elias were miserable together and they made everybody else miserable too. Then again, he was wrong about Lari and Kalle too. They never had an easy relationship, not from the start. I just think the show is re-writing these relationships to fit the story they are telling now rather than what actually happened.

For me, it sure doesn’t make me root for Elias and Lari. Not that I ever did.

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  1. The constant fighting between Robert and Aaron is tiring and boring. If they fight again within a week of every reconciliation and reconcile within a day of every break up, none of it has any meaning. Either have the characters work through their issues or have them break up. Watching them alternate between “I just remembered I can’t trust you” and “I just remembered that I can’t live without you” isn’t good TV.

  2. Ugh. “Love is love” is a political statement advocating equal treatment of relationships. It isn’t an erasure of sexual identity. If they want to make Steven bisexual, acknowledge it rather than dancing around it (the same goes for sexual question mark Robert Sugden).

  3. Their relationship is encapsulated in the time Ste had Harry fill in for him at his job trial (how did he think that could work?) because he valued not letting Amy know he was homeless more than getting a job or letting Harry revise. I don’t condone Harry cheating on Ste with James, but I can’t blame him. The right move would be to dump Ste, but if he wasn’t willing to do that, he had few desperate options.

  4. I really hope Hollyoaks sees the obvious chemistry between Harry and James and will keep them in the current bizarre relationship they currently have. Harry is so boring with Ste, because it’s always about Ste and his needs and many issues. Parry seems to be much more lively with the guy who plays James.

  5. Well, if you’ve seen the latest spoilers, Billy/Todd is the direction this story is headed in.

  6. I have a feeling the only reason EE brought Christian back is because the current (outgoing) producer is friendly with John Partridge. I mean it made sense for him to be there for a few days, to be with Jane, but like last year, when he came back for Jane’s wedding, he felt completely pointless. At least he was confused and annoyed at seeing Steven. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Jane and Christian’s mother Linda – she always got on my nerves before. I was, sadly, not surprised at the complete lack of mention of Syed – a part of me wonders if they may plan to bring Christian back eventually and say he and Syed have split.

    As for Emmerdale, I still don’t care about Robert and Aaron as a couple, but I’m glad Robert is finally starting to react more the way he would have reacted all along.

  7. The main problem with Steven and Johnny is it’s just a tired retread of Ben and Abi and Paul. I have a feeling that the showrunners think it’s clever to have sisters as beards. It’s actually lazy as hell. The other problem is that the show is choosing to ignore any conversation about Steven’s sexuality – likely so that we will be “shocked” when he does have a grope with Johnny (although after that look, I don’t know if anyone will be surprised). Aaron SIdwell, who plays Steven, responded to the fan complaints about not mention Steven’s sexuality by tweeting that you can love anyone, “love is love,” and so on. That’s very true, but this isn’t so simple. The last time Steven was on the show, they had a horrible, offensive storyline where they essentially equated being gay with being mentally ill and trying to kill people. They also said being bisexual is a lie and self-hating. That is not going to go away, and if they decide to yet again portray Steven as manipulative and disturbed, then it’s just sending out even more dangerous messages.

    I agree about Billy and Todd, although I don’t know if the show has the ability to write for such a complex couple.

  8. I have to say I really liked Steven and Johnny’s interaction in the pub, it might have been short but the look Johnny gave Steven was hot. Just wish it’ll go somewhere and not drag out forever while Steven is with Lauren(ugh). Unlike Ben ,whose rocky relationship with Paul is now sweet and normal (not for long I know, but still) Johnny never had an actual on screen relation, he had a fling with Gianluca and a couple of kisses. I guess what I’d want the writers to do is revisit the Johnny Tom thing for a while (more of the gorgeous Paramedic defo won’t hurt) make it casual, spark some jealousy with Steven or something, doesn’t matter just make it happen please. They also have to start giving Johnny more scenes ‘cuz by the look of things it’s turning into how it was for Sam before he left the role.

    Emmerdale really surprised this week, Robron actually kissed and hugged, who’d have thought those two were dating? I mean the past couple of weeks they’ve been calling each other “mate” and sitting within a foot of each other. Other than that don’t really care for them, although suppose Emmerdale should thank the last producer for creating this “couple” since it won them best soap. The Ronnie Lawrence stuff is kinda cool, as it might finally mean that Mr. White will come out.

    As for Corrie, I hope with all my heart Billy will be the one for Todd, they look great together and although I’m not looking forward to seeing more of Sean, I’ll endure it if it means maybe Billy will help Todd open up about what happened to him in London(especially since they seem to have had quite the influence on each other.)

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