On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, Cable Girls season three dropped, and I watched it all in a day. Bubbleline is canon, and I get hooked on Burden of Truth.
- Adventure Time – Season 10 Episode 13-16 “Come Along with Me” [Streaming]
When I heard about Princess Bubblegum and Marceline years ago, I watched the first couple seasons of Adventure Time. Even though they are cute, and the show is cute, there wasn’t enough queer content to keep me watching — especially with shows like Steven Universe on the air.
Since my Twitter feed blew up over Bubbleline during the series finale, I had to watch it. I didn’t know the details of what was going on, but I am really glad they gave everyone the parting gift of making Bubbleline canon.
- Burden of Truth – Season 1 Episode 5 “Witch Hunt” [Binge-Watch]
Burden of Truth is a Canadian drama that already aired in Canada last winter and spring, but The CW has been airing it the US this summer. I read about it on Twitter, and because there’s a teen queer female couple on it, I decided to give it a try.
I was pretty hooked right away. A corporate lawyer named Joanna Hanley goes back to her small home town to defend a big pharmaceutical company after several high school girls there get sick, and they think it was caused by a vaccination produced by the company.
It turns out it wasn’t the vaccination, and Joanna is ready to head back to the city with a win on her hands, but then she starts to uncover an even more insidious conspiracy. As she gets deeper into the case, she uncovers secrets about her own family that dramatically change her life.
It’s a fun summer watch with just enough mystery to keep you hooked and entertained, but it’s not too complicated or serious.
Molly, the main girl with the mystery illness, has a girlfriend named Luna. At first I thought it was cool that they randomly had two main queer characters, but I didn’t think their relationship was too integral to the story. However, as the episodes progress, each girl has an important role in the show on their own and their relationship gets more focus as well.
This is a perfect example of how you can organically include queer characters in a show without their queerness being the main subject of their story lines. There are four episodes left to go, and it got renewed for a season two. I’m excited to see how this season pans out.
- Cable Girls – Season 3 Episode 3 “Chapter 19: Truth” [Streaming]
Las Chicas del Cable, aka Cable Girls, season three dropped last Friday, and I was so excited! My wife and I binged the whole season in a day. I love soap operas and this show is the perfect level of straight up soap opera formula mixed with feminist themes.
This part wasn’t queer, but right out of the gate, we hit a square on the soap opera BINGO card.
Pablo has a surprise identical twin! His twin Julio is a womanizing, confident jerk — the exact opposite of Pablo. It’s so perfect complete with sub-Orphan Black quality “one actor playing two characters” filming.
Carlota and Oscar/Sara are living together now, exclusively. They are living in Carlota parents’ main house while Carlota’s mom stays at their other house. The house comes complete with a wait staff and a boatload of inheritance money. Miguel was an addict on the street until Francisco’s dad give him a job at his new club, “White Lady,” as long as he stayed sober.
While Carlota and Sara/Oscar are out at White Lady, they see Miguel. When they get home, Sara/Oscar asks Carlota if it bothered her to see him. She said no because of the way he left their relationship.
At the house Oscar is free to be his true self, and he looks amazing.
However, now that they live in a house with an entire wait staff, of course they get walked in on.
Carlota is giving zero fucks about being out and being an activist for women’s’ rights this season. It gets her into trouble later on, but I love her boldness.
There wasn’t a lot of focus on Carlota and Oscar/Sara’s relationship this season; they were steadily together the entire time, and while they remained friendly with Miguel and let him know they missed him, he didn’t rejoin the relationship.
I thought this was cool because it’s what we want, right? Queer relationships that are not in a constant state of conflict. They got to live freely as a couple and support each other along the way.
I’m going to save the end of my recap for next week, because I don’t want to spoil the cutest part just yet for folks that haven’t seen it.
- Wynonna Earp – Season 3 Episode 8 “Waiting Forever For You” [Live]
There wasn’t a ton of Wayhaught story line in this episode, but there was a super cute/funny moment during the Unkillable Gay Squad’s BGD (Big Gay Dinner). Waverly and Nicole host a Big Gay Dinner at the Earp homestead for Jeremy and Robin, and once again, Bulshar’s ring makes it back to Nicole.
The disappointed look on Waverly’s face was so sad, but the scene was comedic perfection. I’m wondering if this is going to happen more than once this season.
- The Deuce – Season 1 Episode 2 “Our Raison d’Être” [Live]
Season one starts with a little time jump to 1977. Vincent now owns a disco named Club 366 in addition to the Hi-Hat and French Parlor.
Melissa is now working for CC, and we did not see Barbara at all. Maybe she is still in jail.
The best surprise was Roberta Colindrez making an appearance as Irene! She manages the Show Land Sex Emporium with Vincent’s brother Frankie. Vincent pays Irene a visit after he learns Frankie stole a bunch of money from the Show Land office.
I hope we see a lot more of her this season.
This week: American Horror Story is back! This one is titled Apocalypse. I can’t tell if there is any queer in it from the official trailer, but if there is I will definitely report back.