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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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.

13 comments

  1. Merli is fantastic and we are a lot to love the teacher and the grandmom. The two last episodes were super great .

  2. It’s so weird watching Derrick be a chaste third wheel between Paul and Sonny as the two of them come up with reasons why they can’t get back together. There’s no reason not to put Paul and Derrick together after Sonny said he didn’t want to get with Paul. That would make Sonny’s conflict about wanting to be with Paul more interesting and their eventual reunion more explosive.

    I hope Emmerdale is thinking like you. That would make a good story that would finally give Finn some good drama.

    I want Philip to get away from Lukas. Lukas is completely focused on his own needs in their relationship and has repeatedly gotten physical with Philip. If he isn’t willing to take Philip’s needs and desires into account, Philip should find someone who will.

    Did James make a rimming innuendo in front of both of their mothers?

  3. Soaps don’t really do female domestic violence stories that much, but a few – Gianni de Marco and Jackie Owen (EE), Rachel Breckle and Sam Dingle (ED), Kirsty whatever her last name was and Tyrone Dobbs (Corrie). I think Hollyoaks also had some story where Mandy would beat up on Tony Hutchison because of some trauma.

  4. I’m surprised by Elias’ death, but I suppose that’s why he and Lari were reunited, to satisfy those fans with a reunion. But then getting back together never made sense given the past two years. For Lari to say “I’ve always loved you” didn’t make a bit of sense for anyone who watched Lari reject Elias time and again. I personally don’t think they needed to put them back together. Lari had moved on, even if Elias had not. But why kill off Elias? He could have just left town like he planned to a million times. And watching Lari mourn Elias won’t be fun. Honestly though I had stopped watching once they put Lari and Elias back together. I never liked them as a couple.

    I wouldn’t say I liked Skam. But I do have my thoughts about the most recent episodes and I’ll share them next week’s column.

    I’ve never seen Merli.

  5. I kind of wish Kasim would have shown up a few months from now and not known who Finn was .. that kind of thing. Finn’s in such an impressionable state at the moment it would be nice if he was in a better state of mind for a relationship. Though, I think, even a friendship would be nice at this point ..any kind of story away from his family and Victoria.

  6. Anthony? You’re not weighting in on the Elias ordeal? It sort of came out of the blue, for me anyway.

    While I’m here .. What are your thoughts on this season of Merli? Do you think we’ll see Nicola before the it’s over? I’m in the “Pol gets jealous once he sees Bruno and Nicola together” camp… even though I know it’s completely unrealistic ;p

    Did you get a chance to fall in love with Skam? I’m not sure about anyone else, but I have been through four translators (for some reason I think the Skam enthusiasm overwhelms them). I have never seen such a fervor. Add in all of the crazy upload times for the clips and the characters texts and social media posts .. it just sort of adds to the addiction.
    Just to clarify things .. full episodes go up on Fridays, and those are mostly made up of the clips plus whatever happens on that Friday. The clips that come out all happen in “real time” which is why they pop up whenever it is that the story is taking place. Pretty much all of the YouTube videos are being taken down due to legalities, but ..for now … two sites remain for your viewing pleasure. One was posted in last weeks comments or you can try
    http://skam-translated.tumblr.com/s3e1
    Good luck and best wishes .. and as always, thank you for your hard work. It’s certainly appreciated :)

  7. Finn’s reasons for visiting Kasim work for his story but would seem contrived for someone else. I would rather see a situation where Kasim came looking for Finn to thank him rather than a potential story with Finn pining for someone whom he knows nothing about. I don’t get the impression that Finn harbors romantic thoughts at this point even though he already remarked how attractive Kasim is. I like the seeds of this story and am interested to see where it leads.

    I was disappointed that there was not more Iolo & Tyler on their wedding day. Gwyneth is another of those soap characters that make me wonder why anyone tolerates her. Half the village would believe Iolo if he told the truth about her. Courtney’s death for me is a distraction from the characters I want to see. The people affected by her death are all characters who don’t interest me so it may be a slow week. It wouldn’t surprise me if her death is the situation-of-the-week that prompts a disagreement between Iolo & Tyler.

  8. Hello i know that we can follow Robron, Ste or JP, Paul and Sonny storyline on YT.
    It’s possible to have some links for the other stories, thanks you.

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