Tina: Is Laurel Holloman really pregnant, or does she have a body double?
I don’t care much for Helena, but the scenes with Tina were really hot. While I do want Bette and Tina to get back together eventually, I like how Tina is getting a chance to learn how to stand up for herself, and explore her sexuality, and all that.
Part of me is just naturally inclined to dislike this guy for his arrogance, but I’m still willing to be patient and see where they take this. He’s obviously developing some kind of thing for Shane (well, who *doesn’t*), which is interesting for the time being (obviously, I’m preparing myself to be disappointed when the writers take this to some non-subversive, cliche place). Anyway, I think the thing that intrigues me about Mark is that he is a variation on my “Character of Invitiation” notion–the character in a story who is the “normal” outsider entering a (fairly) hidden and unconventional subculture and providing a window into it for readers and/or viewers who come to that story from the same conventional standpoint/place. The cameras serve both as the annoying, arrogant violations that will upset viewers who are part of this subculture, but at the same time, they’re symbolic windows into the world of this group of lesbian friends. After all, we are all peering into the world of the L-Gang through a camera; the only difference between us and Mark is they are all fictional characters and we have been invited by the writers, producers, and actors to watch their lives. In Mark’s world, these are real people he is not only watching in their intimate moments against their will, but also actively manipulating now by sending in that (cute!) “delivery girl” to seduce Shane.
Anyway, Mark plays amateur sociologist, and he really is from some other planet, ’cause:
“I’ve never seen a girl have that effect on other girls”
dude, Shane is a dyke archetype. I’ve known more than my share of women like Shane.
Who dresses these people? I don’t think I’ve liked anything Alice has ever worn. And let’s not get started on Jenny’s death by lace. If she weren’t such a tourist in the lesbian world to begin with, I’d do a whole mini-essay on her gender insecurity and feminine over-compensation. Like, “I want to play in this dyke world, but look at me! I’m still a girl!” Um, Jenny? No one really doubts that, babe.
I’m so glad to see Sandra Bernhardt back. When they dumped the Ivan story in mid-stream, and then Sandra disappeared, too, I was like, jeez, behind the scenes problems much? I think Bernhardt’s character should pull out the bull whip, though–I am really bored of Jenny’s acid-trip-without-the-acid fantasy vignettes. I get that the writers are trying to salvage Jenny as a character by actually doing a story line where she learns how to write, thus giving a meta-response to the viewers who complained about her season one purple prose, but, hurry up! It’s annoying.
The Kit story is really dull. It’s so…normal. I don’t watch the L Word for normal. I miss Ivan.
Glad the Dana/Tonya thing is over, but the way they ended it seemed so contrived. How convenient that just when I want to break up with you, you want to break up with me! Granted, their whole relationship seemed phony to me, which sort of makes Tonya’s affair unsurprising, but a little foreshadowing would have been nice. Something to make Tonya’s affair seem more probable? Unless I missed something.
Anyway, the one thing that salvages it (besides Tonya going away, hopefully forever!) is that the Dana/Alice thing might get temporarily emotionally derailed as Dana realizes she cared for Tonya more than she thought she did. I like Dana/Alice, I do, but I’m still worried a hot, sexy relationship might get a bit dull without teh_AgNgSt.
PS: deadsoul820, have you been making a tape? ‘Cause, *points* episode 6! (I have at least two friends that want to see it!)