Queer Beats – November 30, 2018

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Welcome to Queer Beats, your weekly one-stop shop for queer television news! This week, Black Lightning got cuddly, Caity Lotz teased an entire fandom, and Runaways is back with a major glow up.

The 100

One of the saddest anniversaries for the wlw fandom, it has officially been 1000 days since Lexa’s death this week. I admittedly had to pull my calculator out for this but that means it has almost been THREE YEARS! Although we will always remember her untimely death as one of the low points for queer fandom, Lexa sparked a movement that gave us Clexacon and began a conversation about LGBTQ representation on TV. On that topic, Evangeline Aguas, a PhD student, is working on a Clexa fan documentary and released the trailer this week!

This makes me “heavy sigh” but it all needs to be said!

Batwoman

I know I should really rename this section “Elseworlds” but I won’t let go of thinking about this crossover as the-one-where-Batwoman-is-introduced. We’ve gotten some great new stills this week:

Batwoman kneeling

The CW also finally released an Elseworlds trailer, although there is definitely not enough Batwoman for my taste:

If you squint hard past the heterosexuality you can see one (1) gay.

Next, we got the episode summaries which also do not include enough Batwoman (just saying). It sounds like she will be introduced in the second crossover episode:

THE ELSEWORLDS CROSSOVER CONTINUES IN GOTHAM CITY WITH BATWOMAN (RUBY ROSE) — With Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Barry (guest star Grant Gustin) still stuck in the other’s bodies, the two get a lead on John Deegan (guest star Jeremy Davies) and head to Gotham City with Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist) to figure out why their reality has changed. While there, they meet the mysterious Kate Kane (guest star Ruby Rose) who provides them with information that leads the group to Arkham Asylum. James Bamford directed the episode with teleplay by Marc Guggenheim and story by Caroline Dries (#709).

If you can’t tell, I’m feeling skeptical about Batwoman’s involvement in the crossover. But, I am staying positive and still cannot wait to see Ruby Rose‘s interpretation of such a beloved character! And if you live in the Nashville area, I have great news for you! Team LezWatch (the Mika and Tracy part) will be hosting an Elseworlds watch party on Sunday, December 9th. I will be there in spirit!

Black Lightning

Black Lightning is back to feeding us that good wlw content with another ThunderGrace cuddling scene. We even had both Nafessa Williams and Chantal Thuy live tweeting along with the rest of us. 

Chantal’s way of saying “EVERYBODY CALM DOWN!”

However, I will admit that I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see the ThunderGrace kiss from these stills:

I’m not a fan of cut wlw kisses but I’ll accept the cute cuddling for now.

The Bold Type

So this isn’t technically “news” but I miss Adena‘s face so please enjoy this cute picture of Nikohl Boosheri.

Don’t come at me about Adena’s role in the next season of The Bold Type because I’ll probably cry.

The L Word

This hella cute queer icon photo made me remember that I have no idea what is going on with that L Word reboot, but I’m happy to know these people are all hanging out together anyway!

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Grateful for this crowd right here

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I would be grateful for some L Word reboot gossip though (wink wink).

Legends of Tomorrow

So, let’s just jump right on into this. We all saw some things on LoT this week. Things we can’t unsee and would never want to unsee.

Sara Lance in lingerie
Oops, I dropped that. Sorry!

For the record, I personally cannot wait for Tracy to cover this on her Queerest Things post next week!

Looking back, I can see that the cast was teasing us about this moment:

The little Zarlie interaction probably made me pass out before I even got to “lingerie.”

And even Jes was right there with us:

Oh, sweet god.

Caity even retweeted some of the best fan reactions:

The lesbians are definitely not okay!!

ANYWAY, back to the real world, both Caity and Jes were announced as guests at the Heroes and Villians Fan Fest in San Jose this weekend and, if you’re really into LoT, you should definitely check out the guest list for a bunch of your other favorite actors.

Check back next week for my favorite online convention content!

Orphan Black

You should know that I will never ever pass up an opportunity to talk about Orphan Black so, here I am, bringing “news” about a show that ended over a year ago! Tatiana Maslany was on Watch What Happens Live and answered a question about her favorite clone:

Honestly, I’ve heard her answer this question a million different ways and love her more for it. NO CLONE FAVORITISM!

Runaways

Marvel’s Runaways finally dropped a trailer for the second season, which returns December 21. I am beyond excited for more Deanoru content and to see the teens all learn how to use their powers!

A true glow up!

Even better, Virginia Gardner hinted that we will be happy with the Nico/Karolina content this season:

I stan actresses who stan their own ships.

Pose

Pose has been getting tons of (deserved) praise since it aired last summer. It highlights stories that have been buried beneath prioritized cisgender, heterosexual storylines for far too long! This week, MJ Rodriguez talked about how this show “feels like a form of activism”:

This Is Us

A character on This is Us came out this week (no spoilers, check out Tracy’s Queerest Things post on Monday!) so Sterling K. Brown posted this sweet picture in reference to the new storyline:

Gotta love a good, wholesome family!

And that’s it for Queer Beats this week! Always thorough, always professional, never random.

About Nikki Tantum

Nikki has always known two contradictory things to be true: queer TV can save lives and queer female cop/agent characters will be the death of all of us (looking at you Officer Haught, Director Danvers, Detective Sawyer, and Sameen Shaw). Her first dive into fan content was when she ran a secret Xanga blog dedicated to pictures of Lorelai Gilmore in the 7th grade. She has never looked back.

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