Shameless and Fear of Sunday Nights

"Fionaaaaaa!"

“Fionaaaaaa!”

If there’s one thing I’ve discovered during this (probably the best) season of Shameless yet, one of the most significant running themes is that opportunities are fleeting for the Gallagher’s family and connections.  So many of these characters scramble to keep their grip on the little pieces of hope or stability that they find, and they either get fried or completely destroy themselves.  The problem is that constant sensation that everything has been falling apart, which has left me with some sinking feelings all season long.  Here are my thoughts, hopes, and fears for the season finale and season 5.

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Why Do Women Love Toxic Gay TV Relationships?

 

I notice a pattern here

I notice a pattern here

There’s something about the way women swoon over gay relationships on television.  Shameless has drawn a great deal of romantic attention for Mickey and Ian’s tumultuous affair.  Whole Tumblrs are devoted to their moments together.  I cannot help but wonder why I, and so many other women, are drawn to what is objectively a damaged and abusive love-affair constructed from internalized homophobia and slowly loosening repression.  I have to wonder if observance of tortured gay relationships provides a means of satisfying a deeper desire for male tenderness while only proximally experiencing the abuses of that relationship.  It makes me think back to the last Showtime-based gay relationship that ever got this dark: Queer as Folk’s Brian Kinney and Justin Taylor.

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I’m Just Not Into The IT Crowd.

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The IT Crowd came highly recommended to me from a number of people, most notably Doug of Doug’s TV Reviews, as well as Communies of many sorts. This cultishly classic Britcom launched the careers of the very adorable Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade. It appears to be somewhat iconic among nerdfolk for its representation of wacky computer supporters. Here’s my problem with it: it sucks.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Snatch Game!

What the crap is this?

What the crap is this?

There is nothing I love more than well dressed queens in shit tons of makeup causing drama and being fierce. The Snatch Game is a take on the 60s game show “Match Game,” where contestants have to match answers with celebrities to win, and do so with hilarious results. The Snatch Game is a rite of passage. The girls who make it to Snatch Game have to bring the laughs and be a real caricature of a public figure, or face the chop. The girls get READ during Snatch Game. There is no surviving it.

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Shameless: A Celebration of Trash

Fiona, borrowed from here

Fiona, borrowed from here

Poor people are what make America great. Poor people are the best schemers, toughest fighters, and craziest drunks in the country; nay, the world. There is no show that capitalizes on the hilarious antics of poor people like Shameless.  The Gallaghers are like the MacGyvers of poverty, only instead of turning paperclips and gum into small arms, they turn crappy situations into extremely funny crappy situations.

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