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Gays of Our Lives: A Strange New Romance For Finn on ‘Emmerdale’?

In this week’s Gays of Our Lives, Tyler and Iolo get married on People of the Valley, but there’s no time for celebration when someone dies at the reception.  Uh-oh!  While, on Emmerdale, Finn has a new man in his life at last.  However, when Aaron finds out who it is, he warns Finn to stay away from the fella he has his eye on.   But will he listen?  Plus, the latest on A Place To Call Home, Days of Our Lives, EastEnders — and more!


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A Place To Call Home (Australia)

snapshot-8Kind of a boring episode, but I’m glad that Sarah’s baby will be okay.  To be honest, though, I’ve never cared for the George/Sarah story.  I love Sarah, but George is such a stiff I find it hard to like him much.  I don’t get what Sarah sees in him.

Yay to some happiness for Elizabeth.  Douglas is a good guy and she deserves it.  I hope they get married before disaster strikes.

I missed Anna.  Not Gino though.  He can stay behind in Italy.

If I were Regina, I wouldn’t need drugs to screw the sexy, dirty cop.  Sure I’d regret it later, but… well, actually I probably wouldn’t regret it.  LOL…

No real movement on the Harry/James/Henry storyline.  I do hope it gets lots of attention before the end of the season.  Harry and James really need to have that talk they alluded to a few episodes ago and address their messy past.

I figured Olivia would get dumped by Lloyd.  The guy was an obvious loser/user and Olivia ain’t leaving the show.  I don’t think Olivia really loved him anyway, she was on the rebound from James. I do hope that she does find love with a man who can love her back.  But that probably won’t happen until next season.


Class (U.K.)

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-7-33-57-pmWow.  Compared to last week’s slow paced, emotional episode, this one was like a whole different show: fast paced, lots of plot/character development and knee deep in the show’s mythology.  But I liked it a lot, even if some of the plot points were a bit much, like April healing her mother’s paralysis.  

I also don’t care much for Matteusz, who is quite nosy and judgmental where Charlie is concerned.  I kept wanting Charlie to tell his new boyfriend to back off about stuff that’s none of his business rather than keep explaining himself.

The subplot with the blood eating flowers was creepy and intriguing and I can’t wait to see it play out next week, not to mention Ram and April’s adventures in the Shadow World.   BTW, Ram and April are quite hot together.  Ram stays my favorite character.

Were the two Shadow Creatures who had sex both male?  Or do they have a gender?  Just curious.

I suspect that Miss Quill will be freed from her debt to Charlie, only to decide to stick with him anyway because she cares about him, though she’d never admit it.


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-7-48-45-pmI’m pretty sure Days has some gay folks in that writer’s room.  So perhaps they might clue the writers in on how to write young gay men.   They’re just so damned chaste it’s unrealistic and annoying.  They don’t have to be sluts, but they shouldn’t be living like monks either.

If Derrick is just here to pimp Sonny/Paul, then there was no reason to bring him back.  Any of their friends could fill that role.   As I’ve said before, Sonny and Paul have no reason not to be together and replaying those boring flashbacks only reinforces that.  And if this reunion story is dull as hell, what will it be like when they finally get together?  There are no stakes here, no drama, no real storyline.  Just a bunch of tired scenes strung together every few episodes.

And why do Paul and Derrick have to be ‘just friends’?  Why can’t Derrick want Paul for himself, he certainly did before.  Mostly, why aren’t the gays being written like the straight characters when it comes to romance?

When they brought Aiden back, did he pimp Hope and Rafe?  Hell no.  Hope has been emotionally and sexually involved with three men in the past year while the gays don’t have so much as a kiss.  Nicole was mourning Daniel, Lord knows why, but it didn’t stop her romance with Demois.  Ciara was raped, but she still went sniffing after Chad and wanted Theo.  See what I mean?

Different rules if you’re queer in Salem.  And it’s not right.


EastEnders  (U.K.)

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-8-53-45-pmI’m glad Kathy stands up and fights for Ben since he refuses to fight for himself.  After everything, Phil still craps all over Ben and Ben just takes it.  Ugh.   And it’s so nice to have Jay on Ben’s side too.

Those were good scenes between Ben and the shrink, very well acted.  The shrink is right.  Ben isn’t in the right place or the frame of mind to be doing something so life altering.   Especially since Phil will never really appreciate it or love him more for it, which is Ben’s primary reason for doing it, even if he won’t admit it.  And even now that the transplant idea probably won’t work, Phil does his best to make Ben feel like dirt by making it clear he expected Ben to fail.  Some father.  I just wish Ben would write the old bastard off.

I like how Lee fills out those pants.

Still waiting for a story for Johnny.  And not a romance with Ben.  Too predictable.  And I don’t think they have much chemistry to be honest.

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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.