Another L Word: Ludicrous
1. Those of you who have Showtime and watched Season 2 as it came out: it is totally worth renting the third DVD anyway, just to watch the commentary on Episode 9, which is the one where they all go on an Olivia cruise. Leisha Hailey (Alice), Katherine Moennig (Shane), and whatsername who plays Dana do the commentary, and I swear they must've been drunk at the time. Or else up very, very late at night. They dish all kinds of dirt and laugh hysterically at everything each other says and make in-jokes and reveal quite pointedly how much they hate the opening song. It's like a cross between "Car Talk" and a late-night college bull session. My God, those women are funny.
2. Speaking of the opening song: RW and I hate it too. For anyone who's never seen this pinnacle of television brilliance (it is so, so, so, so NOT "Six Feet Under"): The opening song plays over a montage of the characters looking incredibly glam and L.A.-ish, while the band belts out "This is the way that we live....and looooooooove!" This never fails to crack us up.
3. Jenny, a/k/a The Most Irritating Character Ever Seen on Television, has basically worked out her sexual-identity issues and is on to other things. But just because she's not marrying and then dumping people does not mean she has become any less irksome; quite the contrary. Now she is exploring her Jewish heritage, which seems to consist entirely of waxing dramatic about the Holocaust and muttering Hebrew prayers under her breath as she assembles collages of family photos, her family consisting of stock sentimentalized Old-Fashioned-Jewish-looking people. Worst of all, every time she shows up these days she is accompanied by a mournful Klezmer-esque French horn, sort of like she's just wandered out of a production of Fiddler on the Roof in her tattered artsy $300 outfits. I find all this excruciating (and actually kind of offensive), and whenever Jenny and the musical score wax all Semitic I scream and clap my hands over my ears and duck under a blanket and beg RW to tell me when it's over.
4. Because the show is called "The L Word," every episode title starts with...an L. Subtle, no? Like, "Lap Dance"; "Late, Later, Latent"; "Loyal"; etc. etc. One night, punchy after watching two episodes in a row, RW and I started working up some titles for our own version of the show: the way that we live. We came up with: "Laundry," "Leftovers,""Lists," "Lazy," and "Lunch". And I just thought of another one: "Loopy."
And yet, we keep watching. It's addictive, in its trashy soap-y way. And now, thanks to that one brilliant commentary, I feel like Alice, Shane, and Dana are Laughing along with me.