Iolo better be careful. Gwyneth does not play nice. He should remember she killed someone who got in her way. I don’t know if she’d go that far with Iolo, but she’ll do something despicable to get what she wants. Anybody who’d fake a mental disorder to manipulate people is capable of just about anything. I just don’t think he should be so smug.
I liked that conversation between Tyler and Colin about kids. It would made sense that Tyler would know about teenagers. He’s a teacher. I wish that Tyler (and Iolo) had a storyline though. They haven’t really done anything since the wedding. Thing is, on this show you can go months (or years) without a storyline. Iolo certainly has before.
I gotta mention a couple of the other stories. I never thought they would back Kevin, especially with how they wrote him out. That rape storyline was awful and so out of character. But it would make sense a guy like him would be ashamed and embarrassed for what he did and want to make amends. While it’ll be interesting to see where they go with this, I’ll hate to see folks condemning Kevin. Lots of people in the village have gotten away with their crimes. Kevin is one of the few who went to jail and did his time. He deserves a second chance.
I guess we’re supposed to feel sorry for Chester, believe he’s just a troubled kid lashing out, but he’s hurting inside. I guess that creates a more complex character, but at the end of the day, Chester spends most of his life making those around him miserable. And that’s not fun to watch.
These were nice scenes and the final scene between Rhys and David was interesting and just a little bit hot, but I need to know why Rhys would be interested a closet case like David. Sure, David is a good looking guy, but there’s lots of attractive guys who are out of the closet and doesn’t come with the associated grief. This is a question I always ask myself about gay guys who get involved with closeted men in these stories. Why is this guy worth all this drama and heartache? The show hasn’t bothered to answer that question. And I wonder if they actually will.
It takes awhile sometimes for me to get around to watching shows. Life is just so busy and I have so many shows to cover. I kept hearing about this Norwegian teen drama Skam and the gay love story between Isak and Evan. This week I finally got a chance to check out the show. I only had time to watch the last couple of episodes, but I came away impressed.
***Editor’s Note: SPOILERS AHEAD: If you don’t want to know certain plot twists I’d advice you to stop reading now.***
Mental issues are something not often handled on television and it’s an intriguing twist to have it be the spoiler somewhat in Even and Isak’s relationship. The guys have terrific chemistry and that love scene was really well done, steamy and romantic. Can’t remember the last time a soap did a good gay love scene. The way the scenes were shot and the music used in the background were perfect.
Just from the bit I saw I find their story to be compelling and sad and very realistic. No soppy or turgid melodrama or ‘soapy’ moments. The story beat about Even’s mental condition is fascinating, but painful to watch. You could feel Isak’s heartbreak by the expression on his face when Even, clearly in the grips of a manic episode, was going on about marriage and the future. Isak clearly knew there wasn’t something not right with Even in those moments. This is no hearts and flowers gooey teen romance and it’s all the better for it.
I liked the bit about Isak coming out to his mom on a text and her loving response. Teens do everything, even important moments by text so that was very real to me. Overall, this is a well done and well told and well acted gay love story full of elements not typically find in the genre. Kudos to the show and the writers and the actors for giving us what we’ve seen before, but making it refreshingly different. I’m going to go back and watch all the episodes and I don’t often do that. I understand why this show has garnered such a legion of fans.
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