Telly Talk Schemer
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- Plotville, Shenanigan
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- April 2002
I don't know why, it just feels like that.
I still need to do some E.S.P. to get the DVDs to play but there are no problems during playback.
The soundtrack so far: "Happy House" by Siouxsie And The Banshees and an unknown and uncredited song during a robbery scene.
I've bingd and youtubed various parts of the lyrics but nothing comes up. How terribly frustating.
It's 1980, sex is topical and the film SPETTERS becomes a controversial blockbuster. But that doesn't mean we're entering a more progressive decade. If anything, the 1980s - or at least its pop culture - seems to become increasingly sexless; a moralistic, massive wall of shoulder pads and new ideas of sophistication.
And the way I remember it, that wall will continue to stand until the next generation takes over in the 1990s, and then everything has to be normal and acceptable. That kind of coincides with the fall of the Berlin Wall but I'd be hard-pressed to make a relevant connection, and I don't want to pretend that I actually know stuff.
On the upside, without the curiosity and playfulness of the 1970s, these 1980s episodes can capitalize on the seedy side of it, intentional or not. There's a lot of gays, prostitutes and verboten love affairs in THE GENTLE TOUCH, and it's all presented in a rather grim atmosphere. Well, it is a police drama after all.
Maggie Forbes, with her magnetic screen presence and distinctive Adrienne Barbeau perm, walks a tightrope in order to sell her show.
She can say "fairy" without coming across as homophobic, she has to be a little bit more progressive than her male counterparts, but not too much.
She can't be too feminine but she has to be confident and feminine enough to kiss James "Return To Eden" Smillie in front of her colleagues.
So that's an interesting balance between woman/mother and a police officer (detective inspector sergeant lieutenant whatever - I just never get it right with all these ranks).
In essence, Maggie Forbes is Cagney and Lacey.
Season 2 starts with an updated intro theme, it's much faster and sounds completely out of sync because it suggests a more fun and action-packed cop show in the style of the American cop shows.
It's also the controversial episode about pornography and in particular Maggie's stance on it.
Featuring a pre-special guest appearance by Limahl's Limahl, as if it's not bewildering enough.
Maggie's anti-porn attitude is neatly counter-argued by her male collagues, but without having them come across as a bunch or horny jerkers.
There's no real solution or realization to the story and it just seems like an odd, opionated episode. At the same time there's something liberating about the idea that a lead character is allowed to be so very opinionated, but that's probably my millennial point of view.
There's also a strange sense of denial since The Gentle Touch series couldn't do much story without the "seedy" lusts of its crime & victim characters.
At some point in the episode she fiercely exposes a "bad mother" for what she "is", and the bad mother sort of admits her guilt. It's a difficult and harsh scene and it also shows how easy it is to judge other people without knowing all their personal sh*t.
Again, there's no apologetic insight or turnaround for the lead character, and in fact so uncomfortable that I even considered to abort my complete series watch of The Gentle Touch.
You call this crazy soccer mom rampage "gentle"??
But opportunistic little me spotted the upside in this controversy: the controversy. Suddenly, the very idea that a TV character's opinion could discourage me to such extent became an exhilarating prospect. Bring it on, Maggie Forbes. I'll fight you all the way.