I just saw the first two eps and I'm really liking it. The comparison to the L Word is inevitable (though this is five million times better written), particularly in terms of Frankie and Shane. They even have the same haircut, for cryin' out loud. Though, I think the real difference is that while Shane was screwed up and had her own reasons for being a player, at least a part of it was because she actually seemed to like women, and offered a bit of a sweet quality toward them that made her likeable (and I wasn't a Shane fan at all, just to clarify). Frankie, on the other hand, is too much at this point. She has such self contempt and that's one thing, but she also shows nothing but contempt for the women she interacts with. Worse, she displays this same contempt, to the point of being abusive, for the person, Cat, that the writers (I think) are trying to tell me is her best friend, the one she loves and apparently can't get over. Not only is it difficult to root for such a character, it becomes very easy to completely loath her. She's going to have to start showing, as a previous poster put it, some shred of decency, just to save her character at this point. Otherwise, she just becomes tedious and dispicable.
Cat and Tess took me an episode and a quarter to warm up to. At first, their strongest qualities (anal retentive and winsomely inept respectively) were more irritating than charming, but at this point, two eps in, I'm really starting to like Tess in particular. I believe she's headed for heartbreak with Lou, but that's part of her journey into maturity. These feel like very young characters, after all. It makes sense that neither Cat nor Tess should be more sensible at this point (as opposed to shows where the leads are all well into their thirties and they still act so inane about relationships.)
What I like about Cat is her earnesness. She just trying to do the best she can with what she's got. She really seemed to love Frankie, foremost as a friend long before they were lovers, and I can see where that's a really hard thing to let go of. I just hope that it doesn't get in the way of her relationship with Sam. If this relationship can't work out, let it be for reasons other than Frankie. Both Cat and Sam deserve better for their characters.
Sam isn't as well sketched out for me as the other leads, yet, beyond being the 'mature one' but she becomes more attractive to me the longer she's on screen. I love her humor, that dry, Scottish wit. I can easily see her becoming my favorite.
It's clear Cat's brother, Ed is in love with Tess, and while that could be a very tricky road to go down, it could be a valid one, particularly if Tess continues to have bad taste in women. I could see her, after the upteenth heartbreak, looking around and finding this guy who absolutely adores her and treats her like a queen, and at least considering the possiblity of 'giving it a go' just because he makes her feel so much better about herself than any of the women she's been with. It wouldn't work in the long run, of course, (loving someone as opposed to being in love with them) but I could see it quite logically happening at this point. More predictably, Tess will probably find someone more suited to herself, while Ed will finally give it up as not worth the effort or find someone, himself. I like Ed. He's sweet and kind and very appealing.
I would like to see an older, 'solid' lesbian couple on the show, just to give the other characters some grounding. (In my fantasies, it would be a couple owning that local gay bar, one named Nikki and the other Helen, offering sage advice and guidance to the other characters. They wouldn't have to do a lot, just be there every so often.)
The other two? Whose names I can't remember. I don't like the smarmy guy though I could see his slow, painful maturing act as a guide to Frankie. I suspect he'll relapse in the near future. I like the girlfriend/flatmate so far, but I really don't want these two to be the 'older, mature' couple. I'm not interested in their story at all.
Edited by gldartt, Oct 24, 2010 @ 6:35 AM.