Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lip Service

I have to admit that Lip Service is gradually growing on me. I wasn't keen on the first couple of episodes, simply because I found so many of the characters unlikeable. I found Cat annoying, her copper girlfriend boring, Frankie is just too much of an Anglicised Shane from the L-Word to be real, and Tess, well, Tess was the more likeable, if too blatantly desperate.

As for the male characters. Oh dear. I find Jay particularly grating: on the whole gangs of gay women tend not to hang around guys who don't really respect women, though of course there are always exceptions. Tess's adoring hanger-on, on the other hand, is very true to life. I do know lots of fairly ordinary, decent guys who hang adoringly around girls who they can't ever have, not out of some mixture of ego and creepy perversion but simply because they just adore those women.

But the series has deepened. I felt the characters were a little shallow and the plotlines a little obvious in the first episode. The result was that apart from Cat, characters came across as a little 2 dimensional. I particularly like the kleptomanic and irresponsible Sadie, who strings along as much as she is strung along.

There are some good aspects to the series: being serious about relationships, unrequited love, heterosexual dalliances, the tension between friendship and relationships, moving on, dating hetro women, infidelity etc. But its developing nicely along and it will be interested to see where it ends up.

Of course there will be the usual bulldykes whinging about over glamorous women but then again, I think the community has long since woken up to the fact that being gay simply is no longer to be confused with a masculine-centric gender orientation. It really is high time that we separated that aspect of life from identity, since really its totally separate, and its a shame that so many communities have been completed hijacked by politicos and hardcore butch types. Maybe this kind of programme will help raise awareness that we are all different and sometimes, yes that means lippy and handbags.

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