Let’s talk about some things I’ve watched that haven’t moved me enough to write a full-out review. I’ll give you quick impressions about Harry and Meghan, House of the Dragon, The Sex Lives of College Girls, and The L Word: Generation Q.
Harry and Meghan
Merely from looking at the hate spewing out of the British press, you know going in to this documentary series that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are telling the truth about their situation.
Seeing the full extent of it from their point of view is depressing. It makes the royal rejection of seasons 4 & 5 of The Crown with Lady Diana’s story seem more accurate than ever, too.
Telling their story was smart. This family may never be accepted by the lily white royals in the UK, but they have the support of the people.
House of the Dragon
This prequel to Game of Thrones interested me because much of the struggle for power in House of the Dragon is between women characters. When King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) declares his daughter Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (played as an adult by Emma D’Arcy) as his heir, it begins a years-long plot among many in the realm to find a way to put a man in power instead.
Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke as an adult) isn’t above plotting against her childhood friend. There are brothers, cousins, lovers, and blood ties of every kind at play in this political drama. And dragons. Many dragons.
A second season of this soapy quest for power is on the way.
The Sex Lives of College Girls
Season 2 of The Sex Lives of College Girls sees the four girls, played by Reneé Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Amrit Kaur, and Pauline Chalamet still in freshman year of college. They are all still in the first time away from home rush of being horny, drunk, and stupid most of the time.
I thought the way series creator Mindy Kaling made the character Bela, who is her stand in for the series, into the most flawed and unlikable person in the group was bold. I further appreciated seeing Elliot Fletcher show up as a reporter in one episode.
A 3rd season is coming, which should start in Sophomore year. Maybe the girls will be less drunk and stupid, but I doubt if the horniness subsides – it is about sex lives, after all.
The L Word: Generation Q
The L Word: Generation Q has been doing some unusual stuff this season. Bette, Tina, and Gigi all left suddenly. Max (Daniel Sea) came back and received an apology about everything. In episode 6 of season 3, they have a musical episode in which Dana (Erin Daniels) comes back to sing and dance as a drug induced hallucination.
I’ve said many times that I love a musical. So a musical episode is always a hit with me. Rosanny Zayas and Leisha Hailey in the cast are both great singers. There’s musical talent to spare. Really, why in hell is Rosanny Zayas not on Broadway singing numbers made famous by Patti LuPone?
Will the drug induced musical epiphanies the characters had make a difference in the future of the season? We’ll see if they help.