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Brief first impressions, three episodes in [Jul. 6th, 2008|07:38 pm]
Zoethe
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The ugly stereotype for lesbians is a homely, brittle woman whose neuroses and bitterness prevent her from having any lasting relationships.

I can report that, three episodes in, The L Word has effaced only the first in that long list of descriptors.

Not quite getting why this is a hit yet - is it only because of the hot soft core lesbian action? Or do the characters actually become compelling at some point? It's sure as heck not for the humor.
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[User Picture]From: caudelac
2008-07-07 12:11 am (UTC)
believe it or not-- it's still among the best and least depressing lesbian media... well, ever. And, unlike most of the movies one had to suffer through coming out in the mid 90's, there aren't a million scenes of Doing It With Guys that one has to suffer through before one gets to the lady-nookie. At least, if I am remembering correctly.

Seriously... Claire of the Moon and All Over Me FTL.

Though "But I'm a Cheerleader" and "Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love" were okay. But the gay boys always have done infinitely better than the lesbians when it's come to movies and tv shows and the like.

(I didn't watch way, way too much queer media of various sorts in my youth. At all.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 03:02 pm (UTC)
They certainly do concentrate on the women being the ones doing it, you can say that much for it!
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[User Picture]From: ebonypearl
2008-07-07 12:13 am (UTC)
I was also baffled by "The L Word". I won't give any spoilers unless you ask. I've watched most of the seasons available on DVD through the offices of assorted friends who watched it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 03:04 pm (UTC)
No spoilers, thanks. I have it here; I will watch it.
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[User Picture]From: weirman
2008-07-07 12:49 am (UTC)
I watched all of the first season several years ago and I found myself wondering much the same thing. From my perspective the L Word seemed to be encouraging a lot of the negative stereotypes that christian conservatives love to harp on, particularly promiscuity. The oddest thing is that most of my lesbian friends love the show. Maybe it's just because it's their version of Dallas or Falcon's Crest...with more gratuitous sex and nude scenes. I don't get it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 02:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not getting it, either, if that's the case.
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[User Picture]From: ponygirl118
2008-07-07 01:20 am (UTC)
I tend to stay away from media impressions of gay women, really. Usually just pisses me off.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 02:33 pm (UTC)
And with good reason, if this is the best they can do.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2008-07-07 01:50 am (UTC)
I watched two episodes of that show, not in order, and basically thought the same thing. Aside from the hot softcore scenes, I didn't like it at all. I never had any real urge to watch the rest of the series.
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[User Picture]From: blazepoet
2008-07-07 01:53 am (UTC)
I'm laughing really hard right now.

One of my coworkers loaned me the L-word and I was trying to get up the nerve to watch it by myself and not lose any more man points.

But now that I know that there are soft core sex scenes...omg I'm totally in.

HA! Yeah, seems kind of odd that both of us would be watching this at the same time. Cosmic creepiness or something.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 02:37 pm (UTC)
There is lots of writhing and moaning. You'll love it.
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[User Picture]From: pkthunder
2008-07-07 02:02 am (UTC)
I've watched it all the way through Season 3, and I think the reason I do is because it's like gawking at a train wreck.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 02:40 pm (UTC)
Great. Not exactly what I was looking for, but it's own entertainment value, I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2008-07-07 02:12 am (UTC)
I watched the first season on dvd, and have the rest in my netflix queue, but have not been in a hurry to watch more. There have been a couple of really great scenes, a lot of bizarre crap, and some bafflement.

My favorite reason for watching is the dark-haired butch woman who plays the hairdresser. ::purrrrrrrr::
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, they are definitely a sexy bunch.
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From: stella_x3x3
2008-07-07 03:09 am (UTC)
Its partially because it becomes a decent story line, but mainly because the soft core lesbian porn gets all the closeted teenage lesbians and their partners off forcing them to continuously tune in and buy merchandise.

As a straight woman myself, I do find the show somewhat entertaining.
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[User Picture]From: shydescending
2008-07-07 06:29 am (UTC)
I couldn't get into it either. really wanted to like it, but...no.
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[User Picture]From: ktar
2008-07-07 07:34 am (UTC)
I can't say anything bad about the L-Word. Sure, the first three seasons were enjoyable, and after that I just watched it to find out what happened. But I got to know my now-girlfriend because of that show, so it has sentimental value for me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 02:50 pm (UTC)
Totally understood!
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[User Picture]From: funwithrage
2008-07-07 03:09 pm (UTC)
Ew.

Mind you, going by Carrie Bradshaw and everyone Julia Roberts/Meg Ryan has ever played ever, the stereotype of a modern straight woman is pretty much the same thing. Though in some cases you might substitute "childish fragility" for "bitterness."

Die in a fire, Hollywood.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 07:55 pm (UTC)
Good point, really.
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[User Picture]From: uplinktruck
2008-07-07 03:42 pm (UTC)
"Not quite getting why this is a hit yet - is it only because of the hot soft core lesbian action?

Based on the above recomendation, The L-word just made my buy list...

Put away the flame throwers, I'm kidding
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hell, why do you think I'm still watching it? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: shadeofnight
2008-07-07 03:55 pm (UTC)
In a nut shell it is a soft core porn soap opera, that is fun to watch.

The reason it has so much drama, is the same reason we get so few happy families on TV.... entertainment. If everyone was happy, and there was no drama, then it would die a sad and fast death.

Does this show, show what lesbian life is really like? No, but then again does ANY show do that for any type of family? Nay.

We do not watch TV to see real life, we watch it to see a fantasy life, or high end drama life.

The watching a train wreck comment is very true for this series. heh.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-07 07:57 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see some humor written into the script. I don't want continual happiness, but something like the witty repartee on Deadwood or The West Wing or Farscape would be nice.
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[User Picture]From: supremegoddess1
2008-07-07 11:32 pm (UTC)
it grows on you. i promise.
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