The world has changed a lot since The L Word first premiered back in 2004, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the desire to see our queer selves depicted in media. Showtime, which has brought the groundbreaking show back for The L Word Generation Q, has put a lot of time, money and resources behind the show, something that is still a rare thing to see. If you haven’t yet tuned in to the sequel, or have reservations, here are some reasons why you should give this new modern L Word a chance before the finale airs this weekend.
Bette Porter is still the biggest badass boss lady. For all her type-A, messy, bad decision making, Bette Porter has always been the glue that held The L Word together. Jennifer Beals brings back the best of Bette, but also shows a softer side of the beloved character, especially when it comes to her daughter Angie, and her besties Alice and Shane.
There might be hope for TiBette. I’m no psychic, but I know I’m not the only one who felt the chemistry between the two exes when Laurel Holloman‘s Tina made her surprise return to the show last week.
It’s still melodramatic, just the way we like it. There was always a soapy quality to The L Word that made it oh so addictive, and the new series shares the same energy. You like drama? You’ll find it here in abundance.
The new characters show a lot of promise. There’s a lot of new blood in town, and most of it is pretty terrific. There’s relationship drama, promises made and broken, friendships that cross the line…kind of like the old L Word! While Dani, Micah, Finley and Sophie are the core four of the new cast, don’t sleep on characters like bartender Tess (the always delightful Jamie Clayton), Angie (newbie Jordan Hull embodying the best of TiBette), singer and Shane’s leading lady Quiara (Lex Scott Davis) and Gigi (Sepideh Moafi), who is the ex-wife of Alice’s girlfriend Nat and a member of a poly relationship with the two.
The love scenes are hot, if not hotter than the original. Thanks to a queer writing staff, and a largely queer cast and crew, there’s a lot of care and authenticity brought to the love scenes in Gen Q.
Shane and Alice are all grown up. Sort of. These two characters dealt with their share of drama, love and strife the first time around, and in Gen Q, both have a more mature and thoughtful way of dealing with their emotions and the world around them. Shane is married and dealing with life’s big decisions like whether or not to start a family and running a new business. Alice has parlayed her podcast into a talk show that while exciting and earnest, struggles to keep its head above water, just like a lot of queer media. They still make some of the same mistakes they did when they were younger, but they also try to learn and grow which is beautiful to watch.
The L Word Generation Q is now available on Showtime, with the Season 2 finale airing this Sunday. The show has been renewed for Season 2.