On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, Anissa wastes no time in the Black Lightning Season three premiere; Edie and Amanda can’t stay away from each other on Almost Family. I’m finally on board with Mindhunter.
- Black Lightning – Season 3 Episode 1 “The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of Blackbird” [Live]
I was so excited for the Black Lightning Season three premiere! It’s one of the CW shows I miss most in-between seasons.
After Anissa sees Grace on surveillance footage in
leopardand old man form, she doesn’t waste any time going to the local fictitious lesbian pick-up bar. There she’s approached by a reporter named Jamillah Olsen.
These TV lesbian bars are full of women handing out pick-up lines. Can they please visit some of my IRL friends who take FOREVER to figure out if someone likes them or not?
Anissa asks her how to find someone who doesn’t want to be found (aka Grace), and no time is wasted waiting for the answer.
The absolute best commentary on this scene is from Grace herself as she watched the Black Lightning Season three premiere live.
I LOVE when actors troll on Twitter as their characters.
I don’t know if we’re supposed to trust Jamillah or not, but for now, she seemed like a sweet and understanding break from loneliness for both of them.
- This is Us – Season 4 Episode 3 “Unhinged” [Live]
I am a proud Philadelphian, and since Randal, Beth
andfamily moved to Philly, I am VERY CONCERNED with figuring out what neighborhood they are living in. From the listing last year (yes, I screenshot and read it), it looked like Germantown, but from this season’s fancy exterior shots, it looks more like Mt. Airy or Chestnut Hill. This matters because Tess is the same age as my kid (and they go to a school in Germantown), and I’m trying to figure out how accepting of the gay Tess’ school may be.
Randall would probably send their kids to magnet public schools (because that’s what politicians do in Philly) so there is a decent chance Tess’ school would have
an LGBT/Straight alliance. But even if it does, middle school is the literal worst, and Tess feels like she is blowing her chance at a fresh start.
It’s okay, Tess, we’ve all been there.
My wish for Tess is to find a queer group of friends at her new school. That would make me so happy.
- Almost Family – Season 1 Episode 2 “Related AF” [Live]
Oh my goodness, this show is delivering the queer goods.
Edie is defending her gross bio donor, who illegally inseminated countless women, and Amanda is on the other side, prosecuting him and his unethical acts. When the two of them are battling it out in the courtroom, it’s classic flirty combat, and I’m here for it.
Even though they’re on opposing sides in court, they still make time for dinner with drinks.
I know the “Lesbian Spectrum” is problematic, and I would NEVER make anyone define themselves on a scale, but I LOVE these two.
Later, after Edie delivers a blow to Amanda in court, they talk about it in the hallway.
Amanda can even make defeat look sexy.
This conversation, the making out, and Julia accidentally seeing them is the perfect formula to make this my surprise favorite new Fall show.
- Mindhunter – Season 1 Episode 6 “Episode 6” [Streaming]
My wife is so into Mindhunter and Wendy Carr I knew I needed to check it out. I’m about eight episodes into season one, and I get it.
The show is about the real-life FBI behavioral division who interviewed serial killers in the late 70s and early 80s to try to understand how they think. Wendy Carr is based on forensic researcher Ann W. Burgess who worked with the FBI on this project. Ann was not a lesbian, but fortunately for us all, the show made Wendy one.
Wendy is smart, foxy, mysterious and strong — the perfect TV lesbian to fall in love with.
The dudes on the show are intrigued by her, but they can’t figure her out. In this episode, we find out why she keeps her personal life so secret.
Wendy’s got a girlfriend!
Also, did anyone notice Wendy’s girlfriend is played by Lena Olin, who was Sabrina in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, one of the few movies in the 80s to have any wlw in it? I watched that movie many times when I younger.
- Supergirl – Season 5 Episode 2 “Stranger Beside Me” [Live]
Y’all, I really want to like Alex and Kelly. I want to fall in love with them so I can forget about Sanvers. I know I should have moved on a long time ago, but Alex and Maggie were so perfect their breakup still hurts. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling the chemistry between these two. They are too similar. They’re both sweet and nice, and I believe you need contrasting personalities to create good chemistry.
A couple I am in love with is Nia and Brainy, so I’ll talk about them first.
Nia is outgoing and fun; Brainy is serious and thoughtful: this is a good recipe for chemistry. Their morning breakfast scene is super cute too.
Meanwhile, at Alex’s apartment, breakfast time is awkward. Alex made a big breakfast of poached eggs, bacon, whipped cream,
andblueberry pancakes. It turns out Kelly is deathly allergic to blueberries and doesn’t like poached eggs.
A character making that face over another person’s shoulder during a hug is a universal TV distress signal.
This scene points out how little Alex and Kelly know each other, and to be honest, we don’t know a lot about them together either. It feels like most of their new relationship energy time happened in-between seasons.
I’m not going to recap this episode and pull apart all of their scenes because I don’t want to dump on Alex and Kelly. I want them to work and be happy together, but I feel like the writing is off for these two.
After an entire episode of processing how little Alex knows Kelly, they come to a kind of breakthrough at the end, but it feels forced.
I really hope the writers turn this ship around because I want the best for them.
This week: I am LOVING the newest season of Mr. Robot, and I fingers crossed I’ll have things to report for Dom’s character.