View Single Post
Old 01-28-2013, 03:25 PM
MrFarFromRight MrFarFromRight is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ping-ponging around Europe, trying to get a publishing concern off the ground
Posts: 718

OK, OK: not a film, but other people have mentioned television series, so I´ll say that I´m amazed that nobody has mentioned "The L Word". Of course it was - in a way - a glorified, sexy, funny soap opera, so jealousy issues and relationships falling apart because of new love interests were to a large part what it fed on. But still...

Shane was the only one of the MAIN characters who was happy to be non-monogamous - and the writers/directors/producers were obviously trying to get across to the audience that Shane was non-monogamous [promiscuous] because of a weakness in her character: due to a history of abandonment and LOW-class prostitution, she was "afraid to commit". All the other main characters LOVED her... but pitied her and hoped that she´d find "the right girl" and settle down. (She only SEEMED to be happy: really she was an emotional cripple [in their eyes].)

One of Shane´s lovers, Payne (a short-lived minor character, but one of my 4 favourite characters in the whole 70-episode run [mothers turn me on!]), even offered Shane an open relationship. But she turned it down!

Aside from - obviously - Shane... Alice and Dana could have profitted from a V or triad relationship. Alice-Dana-Lara should have worked as a V. It´s ironic that when Dana, the potential hinge, was out of the picture, Alice and Lara [minor character, but also in my top 4: OMG was she lovely!] become lovers (possibly to console each other, but it worked... for a while).

Then later, there were all the signs that Alice AND Tasha were BOTH falling in love with Jamie, but - instead of going for it and being HAPPY - television romantic drama rules forced Alice (the WONDERFUL #1) to get jealous and lay down a tearful ultimatum. "Go with her and work it out. If you´re not back by this time tomorrow, I´ll know what you´ve decided."

Come ON!!! I know that other people on this board - even on this thread - have argued that unless there´s conflict, films are boring. But for a show that was breaking all sorts of tabus (and had LOADS of other characters who could confront - and lose to - jealousy) NOT to address polyamory fairly - when it was staring them right in the face - was an act of cowardice!
Reply With Quote