Hex

I was given the first season of British TV series Hex for my birthday, and three episodes in, I’m unimpressed. What’s largely got my back up is the excessive use of unrequited love between a lesbian Thelma and her best female mate, Cassie. Cassie doesn’t return Thelma’s feelings, and there’s a bit of interpretation as to how Thelma died, all of which, IMHO, involve Thelma’s unrequited love.

But no, it doesn’t stop there. See, Thelma becomes a ghost, and continues on with her unrequited love. And it seems Cassie returned the attraction – enough for the writers/producers to throw in a superfluous scene of Thelma tracing Cassie while she was wearing a bikini, and an even more superfluous scene of Thelma and Cassie making out in Cassie’s dream.

Is it just me, or do these unrequited-lesbian-love-on-straight-best-friend storylines largely exist to provide an excuse for pointless girl-on-girl titillation? It added nothing to the storyline. Neither did ghost Thelma pouting as Cassie went on dates with men.

It really was beyond belief for me. I can’t image a writer doing the same thing to a man – unrequited love between a gay man and his straight best friend. But promise even a hint of girl-on-girl, and you’ve got”¦ well, I don’t know what you’ve got, because it sure as hell isn’t a cohesive story arc.

Comments

  1. says

    I haven’t seen s1 of Hex, but I have seen most of s2. Interestingly, the show will also have equally unashamed boy-on-boy action (including a guy’s daydream of making out with *his* best friend), and eventually Cass is written off the show and replaced with someone who’s a lot more on top of things.

  2. draconismoi says

    Yes, you must see season 2. Think of season 1 as an unnecessarily long prologue. You can get all of season 2 on Veoh.

  3. SunlessNick says

    It added nothing to the storyline. Neither did ghost Thelma pouting as Cassie went on dates with men.

    I think it did, though I agree it was played with too heavy a hand. Thelma dies to save Cassie, and thus fulfills the condition of a loving sacrifice – and what you see as pouting I see as having more to do with trying to keep Cassie focussed on their demon problem, rather than psychologically running away from it (essentially I buy Thelma’s take on her actions, not Cassie’s) – so I don’t see her love as being there just for the sake of it. Though I’m with you about the dream scene.

    Season 2 I see as being in two halves; the first half is the series at its best – not only is there, as Reb says, a new character far more on top of things than Cassie – but Thelma becomes more on top of things as well. The second half falls apart in my view.

  4. scarlett says

    Yes, Thelma did strike me as a hell of a lot more with it than Cassie was. And I’ll give the writres credit – the dead lesbian relationship (with Thelma and the flapper) is original :p

    I got the impression from the end of s1 that s2 was a lot better. But that didn’t take away from the fact my main impression from s1 was what I thought to be a lot of superflous lesbian allusions.

  5. scarlett says

    , the show will also have equally unashamed boy-on-boy action (including a guy’s daydream of making out with *his* best friend),

    Now, if this had been included in the season I saw, I would have been more impressed, because then they would have introduced homosexuality into the show WITHOUT making it solely about girl-on-girl titilation for the men. A huge part of what bothered me – beyond the fact a lot of it was superflous – was that it was the usual ‘two attractive women making out’ tripe. If I’d seen men going at it, too, well, it still would have been superflous but at least that would have been equal oppurtunity :p

  6. SunlessNick says

    One thing I do have to give Hex points for: respecting Cassie’s choice to have an abortion would have saved the world; I loved Azazeal telling the pro-life doctor that “God wouldn’t forget this.”

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