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6/08/21 1:53AM
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The first season of Pose was probably its best, because it was fresh and exciting and had a wider range of interesting characters. Was it a tad grim? Yes. Was it great viewing? Absolutely. Read more

6/08/21 1:36AM
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I think that’s why this final season suffered from tonal balance and pacing problems: the writers tried to give everyone and every plot an equal amount of airtime, but forgot that not every subplot was compelling, and that it was to the detriment of its main narrative arc that had been built around Pray Tell and Blanca Read more

6/08/21 1:29AM
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How Blanca all of the sudden seemed to be leading an Act Up meeting years after the organization was founded and it never having made an appearance in the show was baffling and did a disservice to the real people that fought those battles. Read more

6/02/21 10:34AM
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For the life of me, I cannot understand all of the positive reviews I keep running across for this show’s final season. Are critics so completely starved and grateful for a show featuring trans actors that they completely disregard the things they should be critiquing? Read more

6/02/21 10:22AM
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I agree, and think that Kate Mara’s character elevated that entire plotline beyond its exploitative ”coming out” framework. I can see why the show thought that a more limited focus on its central characters would work better with its stated purpose, but this complexity helped to make Seasons 1 and 2 great. It also Read more

6/01/21 12:38PM
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No, I get that, but this entire plot feels like it was written from a contemporary gay male perspective of marriage (and let’s be honest, a white gay male perspective of marriage), and not through the lens of a member of the trans community in 1994. Not that I’m a member of that community, so maybe this was a valid Read more

6/01/21 12:25PM
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But I think it’s worth pointing out that the happy ending for these characters is one that, is, well, more heteronormative than the goals for these characters seemed to be in earlier seasons. This strikes me again as typical of a lot of Ryan Murphy shows, Read more

6/01/21 9:56AM
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Did any trans people, before it was (somewhat easier to) get their gender on their ID changed really manage to get marriage certificates due to someone not seeing their gender status? Read more

6/01/21 1:43AM
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The biggest disappointment for me has been the distance from which Pose has drifted from its original premise. Seasons one and two soared when they explored the lives of a group of people marginalized by their own queer community, and celebrated their lives and the families they created through ballroom culture. Read more

6/01/21 1:11AM
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There also seems to be something...anachronistic about the entire wedding plot. I was in my early twenties in 1994, and I don’t recall, really, any political or emotional energy being expended over the thought of marriage equality at the time. I mean, that year I was dating a man who couldn’t visit his partner at the Read more

6/01/21 12:59AM
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The froth is fun, but I think that the show missed the mark in moving up the season’s B Plot — the wedding — into the foreground and at the expense of Pray Tell’s storyline, which has really grounded this series. The show could have shown the natural symmetry built right into the plot, I think, between Pray Tell’s Read more

5/25/21 2:47PM
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but she didn’t make the money through hard work and perseverance, she made it by laundering blood money for the worst people in society. Read more

5/25/21 2:40PM
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No, this was actually a plausible (if not probable) legal scenario for the era. In a strange twist of logic, a number of courts in the U.S. held that trans applicants (and specifically, post-operative litigants) could be legally married to a partner of the opposite sex. So it’s possible that this could have been a Read more

5/25/21 12:50AM
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I did giggle at the sight of Blanca’s apartment being redecorated — with the wicker chairs and all of those pastels — like the set of the Golden Girls.

5/25/21 12:13AM
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It’s outlandish enough that Elektra seems to be an instant multi millionaire—her behaviour isn’t just “rich behaviour” but SUPER rich behaviour—and I’m not even sure what her friend who introduced the mafia to her does for them, but that they are now at her beck and call? Read more

5/24/21 4:32PM
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The episode was directed and photographed like one of those mini-musicals they often shoehorn into the final seasons of many shows these days — some for the better, and many for the worse — to better showcase the cast members’ real range of talents. They really should have gone this way: we could have had an Read more

5/24/21 4:24PM
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It’s a pity that the A.V. Club doesn’t have one-off minicaps of the entire seasons of each of the international verisons of Drag Race. With possibly the exception of UKDR2, all of these versions of the show have been problematic in their own ways, and it would be fascinating to do a dive into each to discuss why that Read more

5/17/21 11:40PM
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I actually preferred this episode to the great one last week, as the outcome of “The Trunk” just seemed that it was going to be a little too preordained from the outset. Pray Tell’s journey, in comparison — with the exception of the leaden Vernon subplot — felt fresh, and it didn’t lead to any quick conclusions, Read more