the end of an era? say what you will about the sexiest, most obnoxious, frustrating, ridiculously unrealistic yet totally groundbreaking show out there, it’s going to be missed. obviously there have been some HUGE missteps along the way (dana dying, carmen leaving, any storyline involving jenny after season 1 including her, you know, drowning in bette and tina’s pool), and i could go on forever about the evil maleficent force that is ilene chaiken; but let’s just leave it at this: the l word will be missed.
while last night’s finale was completely underwhelming (as expected), it did have a few redeeming values:
(any sort of) sex involving helena.
lots of group comedy including some great alice / shane scenes.
the discovery of certain truths such as shane seeing molly (LOVE clem ford!!) and realizing jenny dearest screwed her over biggggtime (though obviously i would have preferred a little resolution there)
guestbians like lucy lawless (i love a straight woman who isnt afraid to pander to her core demographic).
the return of some adorable faces of l word’s past (sarah shahi, if the guy from reba doesnt want to help you raise his baby, call me!; Ivan!!; Marina looking all kinds of sargasso sea-ish; Tim – all daddied out and not at all the scary dude he turned into…).
tasha and alice ending up together.
max actually being treated as part of the group.
tina and bette having non-angry sex for once!
a lack of lines like, “check yo’self before you wreck yo’self” for Pammy Grier.
an unprecedented amount of normalness for Jenny (despite causing everyone else’s world to crash around them…) and even a little niceness (did ilene really have to wait THIS long to make her remotely sympathetic??)
a lack of an arrest for the murder of said psycho – if theyd actually accused someone, lesbians might have rioted last night.
now, i dont have nearly enough room to go on about everything i absolutely despised about the episode / this season / ilene chaiken / the absolute disregard for any sort of character continuity / killing Jenny / that god-awful theme song, but Vulture was absolutely right when they said of the episode, “The whole thing is fucked from the get-go… Jenny Schecter is The L Word, and the death of her is the death of the show.” (thanks to Garrett for posting the prime cuts of that review!).
i will say this one thing: these actresses, the lovely Mia Kirshner in particular, are freaking saints for putting up with six years of absolute bullshit.
so all in all, there’ve been far worse episodes of the l word. it wasnt awful but it wasnt amazing, so pretty much like most lesbian experiences in my life. just kidding, val. with the L word gone, and South of Nowhere cancelled, what’s next?? didn’t that ellen page lesbian werewolf movie get cancelled? damn.