The L Word: Generation Q ended season 2 with a cliffhanger – several actually – and left viewers rooting for their favorite relationships as always. There were parts of the season I loved (yay!) and parts I thought were a mess (nay!). Instead of a general season review, let’s just look at those two things.Continue Reading: The L Word: Generation Q: yays and nays for season 2
The L Word: Generation Q is an old friend and a new friend wrapped up in a beautiful package. Now that season 1 has ended and the long wait for season 2 begins, I wanted to share some thoughts about the new series.Continue Reading: Thoughts on Season 1 of The L Word: Generation Q
The fall TV season starts very soon. Will there be many good new women-led shows this season? Well, I can think of three. If you have more in mind, speak up in the comments.Continue Reading: Watch This: Fall TV Shows Starring Women
The idea is that you can get everything you need to know about an episode of The L Word from just the opening credits. If you know who was in an episode, you can remember what happened, right? Well, that’s my contention and I’m here to bring you the recap of final season of The L Word using nothing but the opening credits.Continue Reading: The L Word Opening Credits (Season Six)
Recapping season 5 of The L Word using nothing to tell the story but the opening credits. That’s what’s happening right here. Continue Reading: The L Word Opening Credits (Season Five)
This is part four of a series of posts that recap The L Word based solely on what you learn by watching the opening credits. We are ready to take on Season 4. Continue Reading: The L Word Opening Credits (Season Four)
Nothing but the credits recapped here, right up to the moment when we see the director’s name. Then we stop. It’s really all you need to know. Continue Reading: The L Word Opening Credits (Season Three)
The regular cast for season 2, in each episode:
- Jennifer Beals: Bette Porter
- Leisha Hailey: Alice Pieszecki
- Laurel Holloman: Tina Kennard
- Mia Kirshner: Jenny Schecter
- Katherine Moennig: Shane McCutcheon
- Pam Grier: Kit Porter
- Rachel Shelley: Helena Peabody
- Erin Daniels: Dana Fairbanks
- Eric Mabius: Tim Haspeth
- Sarah Shahi: Carmen de la Pica Morales
Take a good look at this season 2 poster. Was there some other actress as Carmen who dropped out and they brought in Sarah Shahi? Because that just doesn’t look right.
Everything you need to know about The L Word can be learned from the opening credits. I take you from the first moments up to the director credit and leave you there. What more do you need to know? Continue Reading: The L Word Opening Credits (Season Two)
2006. Seven years ago. That’s when season 3 of The L Word was filmed. Season 3 is when Dana (Erin Daniels) dies of breast cancer.
I cannot find a video with the particular scenes I want from The L Word in it, so I’ll try to paint the scene with words.
When Dana was admitted to the hospital, the only people the hospital officials would talk to were her parents (Susan Hogan and Michael Hogan). As for Dana’s current partner Lara (Lauren Lee Smith) and her ex-partner and friend Alice (Leisha Hailey) – they weren’t given any news and weren’t allowed to visit Dana. All this is spite of the fact that her friends brought Dana to the hospital and had to call her parents themselves to notify them that Dana was sick. When Dana’s parents arrived, they told both Lara and Alice to go home.
The unfairness of being denied access to loved ones in the hospital was painted loud and clear in The L Word. I think the issue was one of the reasons the series creators decided to do a breast cancer story. Access to loved ones who are same sex partners during health crises has been a rallying cry in the last few years in the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage. It’s been heard.
Flash forward to 2013 and the show The Fosters. Stef (Terri Polo) gets shot. Her partner Lena (Sherri Saum) and their 5 kids are all at the hospital. So is Stef’s ex-husband (Danny Nucci).
Look what happens at about the 3:36 mark after Lena tells the ER doctor (Samantha Sloyan) that she’s Stef’s domestic partner.
Seven years between these two scenes.
We live in a different world today, do we not? Visibility on television plays a part in changing attitudes. Pop culture does matter.
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