Most Disappointing Storyline – James, Harry and Henry, A Place To Call Home
I love this show and this past season was entertaining in many respects so it really pains me to write this. But the truth is, I was very disappointed by the writing for the gays this past season. The inital setup was delicious, classic soap combined with progressive gay storytelling.
Closet case James Bligh fell in love with super hot physician Henry Fox. They had some ups and downs but eventually James accepted his sexuality and he and Henry embarked on a loving relationship. Enter smoldering and sexy Harry Polson, James’ ex-lover from a time he couldn’t admit how he felt about men. Harry, clearly still in love with James, didn’t want to cause any problems for his ex, who he could see was happy with a new fella.
James’ family didn’t want Harry and James together either, mostly because Harry was from the wrong side of the tracks while rich Dr. Fox was a more acceptable lover. Eventually, though James and Harry reunited and in an ingenious twist that I loved, James didn’t remember Harry! See, James had some electroshock to ‘cure’ him of being gay a few seasons ago and it was said then he might lose some memories. But once James saw Harry, after a time, the memories did come back. There was a juicy love triangle ready and waiting to be told. Instead, we got…. nothing.
James and Harry promised to get together to discuss their past. Weeks went by and that conversation never took place. In fact, James and Harry had no scenes together at all until James suddenly invited Harry to a gay party. Any romantic feelings they had were gone as if they never even existed. There Harry met a friend of James, immediately fell in love with him and that was that. Meanwhile, James and Henry had no story together either. Henry had a mostly off screen story about being blackmailed into procuring drugs for evil Regina. James spent most of his time comforting his wife Olivia after her boyfriend dumped her.
Now, the writers were trying to convey a message about gays needing each other as friends for support and survival and how they could have monogamous, happy relationships. That’s a great message, but not very interesting television. I love this show and I love these characters and there was some progressive, important storytelling done here. But in terms of soap opera drama the show failed.
Honorable Mention: Will’s Coming Out Drama, Nashville
Guiltiest Pleasure – Shadowhunters
There’s a lot of bad acting and even worse writing on this show. The plotlines are often ridiculous and ludicrous and some of the characters are so unlikeable you wish they’d get run through with a seraph blade. And yet, I’ve watched each episode and can’t wait until the show comes back in January.
The biggest problem with this show are its leads: Jace and Clary. Their relationship is chemistry free and you don’t buy their insta-love for one second. The acting between the two is horrendous and selfish, bubble headed Clary in particular is not a very appealing character
The supporting players are what saves this show: Alberto Rosende is awesome, funny and cute as vampire Simon and Harry Shum constantly steals scenes as the warlock Magnus. I’m still not sure why Magnus would have anything to do with a stiff like Alec, but the two do have chemistry and Matthew Daddario’s Alec is so blisteringly hot you almost overlook that he’s an idiot. I also love Emeraude Toubia’s Isabelle and David Castro’s Raphael.
I’m just learning to ignore Clary and Jace scenes, especially when they are acting opposite each other. Well, if you can call it acting.
Honorable Mention: Quantico
Most Twisted Relationship – Justin and Jeffery, The Haves and The Have Nots
I shouldn’t like this story, but I do. I couldn’t help but find it intriguing, even though the story is dark and ugly and sometimes the characters are very unpleasant.
Last season, Jeffery was harassed and arrested by hot, but homophobic cop Justin, who threatened Jeffery with rape.
This season, Justin returned and he still had a boner for Jeffery. There was more harassment and threats of violence, but when Jeffery stood up to Justin, Justin found himself turned on. The two of them eventually had kinky sex with the show making it clear that Justin enjoyed being dominated and tied down. After the sex though, Justin turned back in the homophobic bigot who insisted he wasn’t gay and their relationship was only about hooking up.
As the season played out, Justin and Jeffery had sex several more times and eventually it seems there was actual feelings developing between the two of them, not that they’d ever admit it. Justin was quite the greedy bottom, demanding Jeffery handcuff him and do him. LOL!
I have no idea where this story is going and on this show it’s likely to end in ugly violence. But I do find the two of them hot and very watchable in a so bad it’s good sort of way.
Honorable Mention: Lee and Dom, Holby City
Most Pointless Death – Elias, Secret Lives
Here’s the thing: I never cared much for Elias. To me, he’s always been an awful brat who got involved with dim, but pretty Lari and harangued and obsessed over the guy so much that eventually Lari got out of the relationship. Then while Lari moved on with his life and other men, Elias pined over Lari for over two years until inexplicably Lari realized he still loved Elias (despite being engaged to marry another guy and repeatedly telling Elias it was over) and they reunited. Elias and Lari had a few happy weeks together until Elias was suddenly murdered. Now, I know the show wanted us to find it all very tragic, but I just thought it was short sighted and stupid.
Elias and Lari’s reunion was hard to believe and even worse to watch given that they spent so much time apart and Lari had zero interest in getting back together. Given that, the reunion came off as forced and rushed. Moreover, Elias did not need to be killed off. If the actor wanted to leave the show, Elias had planned to leave so many times on business and the show could have simply had him do that. Given all the ties Elias still has left in town, he could have left for a bit and returned with a new face for some new stories and a fresh perspective. I just don’t get why he had to die and especially for such a badly told storyline.
Honorable Mention: Jack Is Murdered, The Fosters
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