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.