The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week – July 29, 2019

Queerest Things - Death of Rose

On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, Alice and Joey are still trying to find their rhythm on Good Trouble, and we see the death of Rose (or do we) on Jane The Virgin.

Warning: This post contains spoilers!
Good Trouble – Season 2 Episode 6 “Twenty-Fine” [Live]

Alice and Joey should be in the New Relationship Energy (NRE) phase of their relationship. You know, that period time at the beginning where you can’t keep your hands each other, and you gloss over flaws because you’re so into the relationship. Yeah, that’s not happening on this show. Every sexual encounter Alice and Joey have is fraught with awkwardness and processing.

Good Trouble - I feel like you're making fun of me

I want to like Alice and Joey and feel like I should like Alice and Joey, but I’m just not feelin’ it, y’all. IMO they have almost zero chemistry, and the beginning of their relationship had so many bumps in the road I feel like it’s destined to fail.

Coincidentally, my birthday was last week and this episode was about Malika’s 25th birthday party. Her party was a cacophony of performance art, and to be honest, my 10th circle of hell (with the exception of Davia and Dennis’ duet). My wife kept joking, “Oh, no, I’m going to have to change all of my plans for your birthday tomorrow!”

Alice does this for Malika’s party.

Good Trouble - Alice at Malika's party

I understand when you’re in performance mode, you have the ability to be a totally different person than you are in day-to-day life, but this seems extreme. I love and support performance sexy Alice, but it feels really out of character to me.

But anyway, sexy Alice happened and now Joey can jump on her, but no, they have to process instead.

SMH.

I feel like every other couple on this show is having a sexy fun time except for Alice and Joey. I understand relationships can be complicated, but why does it have to be them and why this early on?

I think it’s time for the two of them to realize they a just not compatible.

Jane the Virgin Baller – Season 5 Episode 17 “Chapter Ninety-Eight” [Live]

We’re at the third to last ever episode of Jane The Virgin, folks! I was still holding out for Petra and JR being endgame but starting to get nervous with so few episodes left. Then Petra learns JR’s mom died and the funeral is going to be in Miami that weekend.

Jane the Virgin - I guess JR will be in town

Ah, the plot device to get JR back in Miami. Will Petra go to the funeral, reach out or randomly run into her? Raf dissuades her from option one.

Jane the Virgin - Yeah yeah you're right

I know Rafael is right, but this is a telenovela and almost nothing is off-limits. Petra winds up sending a note and flowers.

Meanwhile, Rose, the most notorious queer female villain telenovela character of all time escaped from prison last week and surprises Jane when she gets home. Rose wanted it to be Raf, but Jane will do for her diabolical plan.

Jane the Virgin death of Rose - Or villain got your cat

Rose is such a fabulous villain.

What is Rose’s plan? She wants to meet up with Luisa at the premiere of This is Mars.

Jane the Virgin death of Rose - I need Luisa to meet me

She makes Jane call Luisa and tell her to fly to Miami, and if she doesn’t or tells anyone about it, she’ll kill someone she loves.

Rose makes her and Jane dress up in Alien costumes so no one will recognize them at the event. They make it to through the party “leading up to our epic confrontation.”

That was a climactic death of Rose, but was is it really? Remember Roman Zazo from season 1? He was impaled on a statue too, but episodes later he came back to life via his twin brother. Was that the real Rose or one of the half dozen Rose impersonators? Would the real Rose go on such a risky mission?

If that is the end to our beloved villain, I’m okay with it. Getting impaled and then set on fire is a pretty epic way to make an exit. But I won’t be 100% convinced she’s dead until the last minute of the finale. All will be revealed this week!

Queen Sugar – Season 4 Episode 6 “By the Spit” [Live]

Nova is in Atlanta on her book tour and now accompanied by her former professor, Dr. Octavia Laurent, who has invited herself along for the ride. Dr. L is taking it upon herself to act as Nova’s publicist by signing her up for various events.

Queen Sugar - We are already VIP

When Nova gets the news she’s been shortlisted for the National Book Award, she is super excited, and Dr. L does the classic soap opera “over the shoulder make an unhappy face during a hug.” She also disses the award by telling her she doesn’t need it for validation.

Later, she worms her way into one of Nova’s interviews and inserts herself into the conversation.

Queen Sugar - Black women's influence on one another

Great, now she’s taking credit for Nova’s success.

Dr. L adds to her list of manipulations by trying to drive a wedge between Nova and her family, trying to intercept an opportunity offered to Nova and generally being a lying piece of shit.

Nova FINALLY comes to her senses and sends the Dr. packing. Of course, she throws a tantrum before she leaves, saying things like, “I made you!” Bye, Dr. Laurent!

I rarely hate characters, but I HATED Dr. L. She’s pretentious, egotistical and manipulative. I really don’t like the fact that Nova let her into her life for even a minute. She was so obviously trying to tear her down while simultaneously riding her fame to her advantage. She’s an emotional abuser, and I really hope her arc is done.

Oh my goodness, y’all. The 2-hour Jane the Virgin SERIES finale is in two days! I am so not ready for it to be over, but I’m sure it’s going to be a fabulously over-the-top ending to an amazing show.

About Tracy Levesque

America's favorite biracial, TV obsessed lesbian. Tracy will watch almost any show with queer female characters and has a lot to say about it. She is happy to have joined queer WordPress superpowers with Mika to build this site. She lives with her wife and kid in Philly.

4 thoughts on “The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week – July 29, 2019

    • That is a very good question. I’m a couple episodes behind, but I am watching. The show is so bleak, it’s hard for me to watch. I may do a season recap at the end of season one. I almost have to force myself to watch it. Maybe it’s because my kid is going to be a teenager in a couple weeks and she has a trans friend named Jules, it hits too close to home. Thank you for asking.

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      • Hi Tracy,
        I understand that, despite being beautifully shot and having an interesting queer story line, the show can be triggering to many. So… Be safe and, please, don’t force yourself to watch it if you feel that you wont be alright. I understand the lack of recaps… and sorry for pushing!

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