On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, happy Pride everyone! This week I’m celebrating queer joy with the Angel and Papi wedding on Pose and the Marina wedding on Station 19.
Instead of rainbow-wrapped logos, I want corporations to give us happy queers on television for Pride. Station 19 and Pose gave us that, and yes, there were some downs along with ups, but I’m not going to write about that. I am going to do happiness-only wedding recaps!
- Pose – Season 3 Episode 6 “Something Old, Something New” [Catch Up]
By the time this posts, the Pose finale will be over. I’ll be sad and we’ll know how it all ended, but for now I’m just going to celebrate the amazingness that was Angel and Papi’s wedding.
Elektra insisted Angel and Papi’s marriage be legal and not ceremonial. I agreed with her, but this meant they needed to get a marriage license and hope the city official didn’t notice the details on Angel’s passport. It looked like there was going to be a problem for a second, but it was just a missing signature.
Thank you, Pose, for making that easy.
Elektra used her riches to make this the wedding of the century, because their community needs to see and celebrate joy, love and success.
Before the wedding, Angel gathers with the girls and Candy’s ghost makes an appearance! Blanca says a prayer to Candy before the ceremony.
I imagine this episode and the finale must have been emotional for the cast. Every scene feels like we’re celebrating and saying goodbye at the same time.
Angel’s vows are as beautiful as expected.
They stressed us out for a minute when it looked like Papi wouldn’t be able to say his, but it was because he wanted to sing it.
Working a musical number into Angel and Papi’s wedding was a gift!
Finally, in his Ball MC voice, Pay Tell pronounces Angel and Papi married.
Pose showed us joy and love during a deadly time in queer history. We need to see this. We need to see ourselves loved and resilient even when the rest of the world doesn’t give a shit if we are dying. No matter how hard the powers that be have historically tried to oppress and how much it has hurt us, it has not stopped us from being ourselves.
- Station 19 – Season 4 Episode 16 “Forever and Ever, Amen” [Live]
First, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how this all started.
Who knew Carina’s “Are you sure?” to Maya’s “Sorry, I’m drinking alone tonight.” would lead us to Marina Wedding Day almost a year and a half later!
All I ever wanted was for Maya and Carina to have a happily ever after. I know it’s super basic, but all I want is queer joy! After decades of seeing ourselves sad, lonely and dead on TV we are OWED happy queer love stories.
It starts with the two of them cute and excited at home.
They had to throw a little bit of wedding angst in the story and I’m happy it was Maya dealing with her parents and not relationship drama.
Andy comes over to help Maya get ready and her timing is unfortunate.
I love the addition of a little “accidentally walking in your friend’s apartment while she’s doing it” physical comedy.
Maya channels all of her parent stress into picking out her wedding outfit.
Andy calls her out on it and at the last minute, Maya decides to stop by her parents’ house on the way to the wedding to tell them.
It was a quick scene, but I’m glad she had that moment of standing up to her dad.
Meanwhile, Carina gets a moment to see the venue.
We haven’t seen Carina have much screen time with Station 19 characters other than Maya. I’m glad she had this scene with Victoria and I hope we see her more integrated with the rest of the gang.
The Marina wedding was short and very sweet.
I love Carina not being upset about Maya forgetting to write vows and actually seeing it as a plus. The girl who couldn’t put her to-do list away to relax on vacation was so happy she forgot to do something.
For the rest of the episode, Maya and Carina danced happily while the rest of the characters went through their various dramas.
Full disclosure, something bad did happen, but I edited it out! It had nothing to do with Carina and Maya’s relationship so we’ll deal with it next season and let them end with a happy Marina wedding.
This week: Will Sara Lance and Ava be reunited soon or is this going to be an entire season-long thing? I hope the finale episode will be a big queer assassin/clone wedding!