On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, praise be: The Handmaid’s Tale season two finale is finally here; Kat goes to imaginary lesbian bar number two on The Bold Type; and I cover a couple movies for a change.
- The Bold Type – Season 2 Episode 6 “The Domino Effect” [Live]
- At the end of the previous episode, Kat was having a sex dream about Adena’s friend, Leila. Now Leila is texting Kat to invite her out to another fictitious NYC lesbian bar.
Kat decides to go meet Leila at the imaginary lesbian bar and gets cruised hard as soon as she steps inside.
I do love this show for its honesty in portraying queer relationships, but these imaginary bars are over the top. I think shows like to pretend all bars are like gay male bars where people aggressively hit on each other and hook up in bathrooms. Women rarely hit on each other like that — you can be on a third date and still not know if a girl likes you or not. But it’s their show and they can create any queer social scene they want.
Kat is getting drinks bought for her left and right. Leila says it’s because Kat’s, “kind of a big deal around here.”
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I remember when a new person would join a scene. Yeah, people noticed and were excited, but they didn’t pounce on them like feeding time at a feral cat colony. Also, Leila introduced Kat as “Adena’s girlfriend.” It would be really rude for everyone to swarm on her like that when they knew she had a girlfriend.
Well, Kat gets to dancing with “Desperate For New Blood” Daniella, and the Footloose Prophecy™ comes true again.
— The Bold Type (@TheBoldTypeTV) July 11, 2018
The bar may be imaginary, but making out with a girl to Hayley Kiyoko is 100% real life.
Ooooh shit, Kat! That was more than a dream, what is going to happen now?
Adena’s finally back from her retreat and Kat makes the return home of shame to meet her. It’s just as horrifyingly uncomfortable as you would imagine.
Adena senses Kat is being weird and asks her what’s wrong. Kat comes clean about the kiss.
I’m really glad Kat was honest right away, but then she says this.
Oh, Kat, those are your inside thoughts. Telling Adena you’re curious about other women is one thing, but letting her know you dreamed you banged one of her friends is unnecessarily cruel.
Adena can’t deal with this news, leaves the apartment, and avoids Kat’s texts for a little while.
Eventually Adena is ready to talk and the two of them meet up at Kat’s apartment. Adena begins by telling Kat she appreciates her honesty. Then she says the first time she kissed a woman there was fireworks everywhere, but for Kat there’s only been her.
Kat is scared it’s sounding like the beginning of a break up speech.
Adena knows they are in different places when it comes to relationships and being out, but still she doesn’t want to lose Kat and vice versa. So, where do they go from here?
Ugh, it’s so painful because it’s real. I know we all hate that one of our favorite queer TV ships is being taken down this road, but it is realistic.
I have spent some time thinking about my first girlfriend because of all the Kadena processing that has been going on the internets this past week. I was totally in love with her. Still she was my first girlfriend, and I was like her 3rd or 4th. I wound up leaving her after a few months for another girl who wound up being my first LTR (of almost 3 years). Kadena and Kat are older on the show then I was, and they are handling it like grownups with a lot of honestly and 1000% less drama than I did at 18.
I trust the writers, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 2 Episode 13 “The Word” [Streaming]
- Blessed be, y’all, I made it to the Handmaid’s Tale season two finale!
Our girl Emily has been through a lot this season. We got her horrifying backstory; she was sent to The Colonies; and now she’s been assigned to Josh Lyman from the West Wing as a new Handmaid. I feel like we’ve been led to not be sure about him — is he a bad guy or a good guy?
On the night of her first “Ceremony” with him, he lets her off the hook. But the next day Aunt Lydia visits and says, “Commander Lawrence says it went splendidly.”
Okay, so maybe he is a good guy because he is lying to Aunt Lydia.
Then Aunt Lydia practically tells Emily she’s lucky to be OfJoseph’s because she’s a lesbian pervert. Well, that’s the straw that broke the lesbian Handmaid’s back, and she’s had enough of Lydia’s shit.
“God is merciful even to the most perverse and degenerate among his flock.” Emily giving “Aunt” Lydia what’s coming to her. (Warning: Don’t watch if you avoid violence!) -T #HandmaidsTale #HandmaidsTalefinale pic.twitter.com/okOUbNLA3h
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When this happened, my wife and I yelled so loud our daughter was like, “What’s happening on your show?” from the floor above.
I am not a violent person, but watching Emily knock Aunt Lydia’s ass down the stairs was very satisfying.
Joseph is like, “Oh, shit what did you do?” He whisks Emily off in a car where we learn she doesn’t like Annie Lennox. Emily is completely freaked out and doesn’t know where he’s taking her.
Meanwhile, over at the Waterfords, there are fires going off everywhere. It turns out the Marthas set them all over the neighborhood and now June can escape with her baby via the Martha Underground. At the end of the escape route there is a car parked under an overpass. Joseph and Emily then get out of the car.
Joseph was a good guy after all; he brought Emily there to escape Gilead.
A truck pulls up to take Emily and June to freedom. Emily gets in, June hands her the baby but then instead of getting in herself, she slams the door. The truck pulls away, and June stays behind for her other daughter Hannah. That’s the end of season two.
However, I’m not going to completely celebrate Emily’s freedom yet. Many horrible things can happen between now and Canada.
- Professor Marston & the Wonder Women – Movie [Streaming]
- I’ve been wanting to see this movie written and directed by the fabulous Angela Robinson since it came out, and now that it’s on HULU, I finally got my chance.
I’m embarrassed to say, I didn’t know the backstory behind the people who created Wonder Woman, and I definitely didn’t know they were a long-term polyamorous triad. I absolutely loved the movie and found it to be well done and really fascinating. According to the interview with Angela below, she did a lot of research to make the story accurate.
I highly recommend it!
- Wedlocked – Short [Streaming]
- Two of my very best friends were in a situation where they wanted to get married, but they couldn’t because my one friend was still married and couldn’t get divorced. It was during the time before same sex marriage was legal nationwide. The whole situation was so uniquely shitty and frustrating at the time, my friend’s friend Puppett decided to make a short film about it.
It was super cute and funny to see my friends portrayed by actors. You can watch it on Seed & Spark.
Tonight, y’all, four words — WYNONNA EARP SEASON THREE!