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.
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.
I’m doing my best to come back from a post-amazing hiatus. To do that, I spent a lot of time watching TV last night. And then I watched more today. Don’t ask me how I kept my five year old niece out of the room while I watched Dexter. It wasn’t pretty. Either way, four things were on television last night, and I intend to run them down for you in a rapid and haphazard fashion consistent with someone who is still dodging a five-year-old looking to play spaceship with my laptop’s new hard drive. Here is what I watched from Sunday night in order of best to worst.
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.