I AM COUNTING THE DAYS.
1. What does this show look like to straight people? Does it make any sense? At all?
I have been asking myself this question since this show premiered in the fall. And I think I’ve landed on the belief that Ryan Murphy is, at the core, making a show that investigates questions that gay people, couples, and families have been asking ourselves, for decades but especially in the last ten years. It’s intriguingly subversive to me that those questions are wrapped in one of the tamest shows Murphy has ever brought to air; we’re not in Nip/Tuck where the concept of queerness is shellacked over soap opera. We’re not in a place where the characters are purposefully hurtful, or are purposefully hurt to advance plot. Instead, we’re in idyllic, privileged suburbia, with two (white) dudes who have the freedom, wealth, and education to make choices that would be for a straight couple exactly the same fodder for sitcom those choices have been for centuries.
And that is both the same, which is glorious, and deeply different, which is also glorious. My favorite scene from this show so far was when Bryan told David the sex of their child, and David had the most obvious, stereotypically male reaction to having a son. It is so problematic and at the same time hilarious, and The New Normal seems to revel in the interstitial space there as its raison d’etre. Which I believe is very, very purposeful.
This was a season where Partners revolved around two couples, gay and straight, at the post-thirty marrying/long term commitment stage; and Scandal, showing two middle-aged men deeply committed and preparing to start a family. And none of these three shows treated the storylines any differently than they treated the straight storylines. In this sense, there really is a New Normal, and Murphy’s ability to sell a show targeted towards a queered audience that has enough top-level humor to pass through the Nielsen ratings speaks volumes. And is entertaining as hell to watch.
(It’s worth acknowledging that these are storylines 100% populated by gay white dudes, which is disappointing because where are the lesbians? but still, at least it’s on network.)
WHAT IN THE WORLD….
THEY LOOK LIKE A BAND AND KANER IS THE LEAD SINGER OR SOME SHIT.
Dude all the way on the left is the drummer, then the two guitar players, and the buff bass player. HOLY SHIT.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT
YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT
They had to make them get in the pool to hide that Patrick Kane is a foot shorter than everyone, trololol.l
Everything about this fills me with GYAH.
We’re all ignoring this and it pisses me off.
JOHN-RHYS DAVIES ACTUALLY VISITED THE SET OF THE HOBBIT WHEN THEY WERE FILMING YELLED “DADDY” AND HUGGED GLOIN! OH MY GOD! THIS ENTIRE CAST!
AHHAHAHAHAHAAHAH OH MY GOD I CANT
GOD LOTR FANDOM I DIDN’T KNOW HOW MUCH I MISSED YOU UNTIL YOU CAME BACK TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
The disgustingly long delay in me watching the Who Christmas special had forced me offline, but now I have watched, and am filled with what are essentially pink sparkle hearts of love, and wish to speak of it.
It’s amusing: I have always thought Karen Gillan was basically one of the most…
You know I wrote some Jenny/Vastra, right? Simple Observations: http://archiveofourown.org/works/583571
STOP MAKING ME WANT TO WATCH SPN AGAIN, TUMBLR
god, I fucking know, right? stop. just stop.