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14 Mai 2005

Damn that Showtime, it's the poor man's crack!

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The goal of posting this photo is to make you lick the screen. Lucious smooth drinking chocolate, it's quite delectable*. Happy Saturday, where I am again getting nothing practical for work done, despite mental scheduling to do so. What is wrong with me?

Now, recall that I don't have cable, so I usually rent DVDs by the bucketfull and try to get whole seasons of TV series when I can (it's cheaper per month and no annoying commercials, and I can watch on my own time). I have a preference for HBO and Showtime series because they are 'edgier' and present subject matter one does not usually see on prime-time US telly-vision-ay. Reminds me more of Euro television. Take 'OZ' for example. Hard core prison life, very Interesting indeed. Or 'Queer as Folk'. In addition to the usual uber-drama (notwithstanding the fact that the story takes place in Pittsburgh but the characters do not sound remotely Picksburg-ish), the fact that actor Gale Harold is the number one doer of gorgeous men on screen and in real-life a straight man? I'm sorry, that's just freaking HOT.

So last night, at the suggestion of a friend and fellow rock star, I checked out Showtime's 'The L Word', starring Flash Dance star Jennifer Beals. OK, so I was thinking it would just be a lesbian version of QAF, which it essentially is, but oh the drama! I was up half the night watching it all unfold. Shiny gorgeous people with not a care about money who always meet at the same cafe and who are always pretty. And it only rains in scenes requiring bad weather metaphors (your air of international mystery is both intriguing and repulsive; I'm sorry to have emasculated you by letting a woman do me-I hope you're OK with that; I know I'm gay but I'm still a tool to my corporate sponsors so we have to break up, etc. etc.). I'm starting to like some of the characters, the writing is Interesting. Even though sometimes it's like who the hell has apartments always that clean? Who can atually talk about who is sleeping with whom at ALL times?

What is it about these cable shows that are just super dramatic and addicting? I think it is the content again, it's less boring than usual TV. Which means they show much better sex. Featuring gorgeously toned bodies of all kinds who always leave fully satiated. When you get two (or more, depending on the storyline) beautiful human bodies intertwining it can be aesthetically pleasing indeed. Although I have to say, for the L Word, I'm just not quite sure how girl on girl...well, whatever. Just a thank you to the producers for also including those token hot hetero sex moments...a little sumpin sumthin for us girls that's not, well...girls. Even though, yes, I fully agree, some of the ladies on the show are Girl Crush Hot. Doh! I'm using that as a band name, do NOT steal it from me.

So now, darn it, I'm gonna have to get the rest of the DVDs and see how the season pans out.

If you have read this far, write comments or you will never see this blog again!

*No, this is not a ploy to help you move my Starbucks stock. But if you purchase about 8 zillion of these 'chantico' delectables, you might tweak it a notch and I'll take you out to lunch.


At 14 Mai, 2005 16:05, Blogger Gina Grace said...

So the L-word is good huh? I still don't know. All the nipples? I have enought trouble with the damned lesbian couble on Queer as Folk. All they do is talk about how hard it is to be non-traditional parents, the "community," being taken seriously as women, feelings, helping people etc. Blech!!! I think they need to be writen off the show. Please, no one watches that show for Mel and Lindsey. Its all about Brian Kinney.

He's delicious as Chantico.

At 14 Mai, 2005 17:25, Blogger Lisaopolis said...

Brian Kinney freaking rawks. Why anyone would watch the show to see anyone else is beyond me.

And here's the pleasant surprise: those super annoying-ass Mel 'n Lins? There's only one couple which sort of compares on LW (they just have the usual boring couple issues, one is all domestic and the other is a mannish power frau, I'm sure they are doomed to break up as the season progresses) the rest are like the QAF gaggle, each one with her own 'special' issue. In fact, on a boring rainy day I'm sure one could match up character types from each show.

Yes, high 'nipple factor' but I do like that some of the characters are indeed straight or bi or whatever because it's not all "ok, you're gay, I GET IT!, march on!"

And while there are some decent romp scenes they do not pack the punch of Brian Kinney on any given night with a faceless, nameless bed buddy.

At 15 Mai, 2005 09:45, Blogger psuacoustician said...

High Nipple Factor??? Its showtime... if they ever decided to do a series about a bunch of young hip straight folks (um, like Friends but with Substance, lol... that would be entertaining) you know that the nakedness would be AAAAHHH-plentiful.

Its just showtime and its longing to be a porno channel ... oh and when you go to watch the 2nd season, there's a full blown Nipple Factor in the Open Credits... which I don't like because I don't like the character and because the season one openner rocked.

At 15 Mai, 2005 13:27, Blogger Lisaopolis said...

Yes, but how boringly unoriginal would a show about hip straight folks be? Except maybe unless they had that Showtime wanna-be porn edge. I say everyone should watch German TV, that'll put a new perspective on what the viewing public could get without paying extra, hehehe. Walking around in your undies or topless? No one bats an eyelash. Making out with a girl? Yawn..

Ewww, don't tell me the opening rack scene is that psycho Jenny, what a FREAK. It's not her, is it? I don't want to see mousy tiny distraught girl confused so she does anything with arms and legs, I wanna see gorgeous people digging each other and leaving the baggage and the door while we as the audience use our omnicient perspective smarts to know that deep down they too are suffering!

But Dana is my new girl crush, sue me, she's got it going on with the nipple factor. Slightly geeky with an anatomically proportioned hot bod, just what I'm looking for in a man! Except her with Alice? Um, I'm not sure if I like that. At least there is a chance she'll get away from that annoying-ass Tonya or whatever her name is who probably poisoned her cat, but she should hook up with the one she really likes, that sous chef chick. They were cute.

At 16 Mai, 2005 13:38, Blogger Gina Grace said...

FYI- Just finished Season 4 of Queer as Folk this weekend. The exciting news is that they close the season with Mel and Lindsey on a break.... Hopfully this is the glad tidings that I've been waiting for: Maybe they're being written off the show!!

At 16 Mai, 2005 19:34, Blogger Lisaopolis said...

yeah i watched disc 1 of S4 of QAF and wow, I'd forgotten how totally annoying those two are, jeesh. Why does every scene in that show necessarily have to revolved around a 'community' issue?


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