Faking It has reached its mid-season finale, and I am finally back to recap the last five episodes. I gave up around the middle of this half of the season because so much of the season felt like filler, and there was very little happening for me to talk about. The problem is that Faking It expects me to care about gimmicks way more than I do. Like, if you give me weird truth or dare to propel the plot, I’m gonna notice if it doesn’t make any sense, but if you create a vague dystopian game that the characters can incorporate into their emotional responses, I’ll go with the flow. The show also doesn’t get that I don’t want to see the characters going to great lengths to conceal things, because the show is best when it’s raw and real, when the characters actually DEAL with shit. Faking It thinks I care about the exact opposite of what I care about, and that means that there are very few moments in most episodes that I’m truly committed to.
ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars has a lot of queer female characters, to the point that it’s a running gag for me to assume that any new female character is interested in girls (especially if she’s on the swim team). However, that doesn’t mean that all of the representation is actually positive; there are still problematic elements.
I have two major issues with the queer representation on the show that often gets called Pretty Little Lesbians. The first is that the main lesbian Liar’s relationships are all kind of poorly executed. This is because they need to be able to draw out her crush on Alison, the show’s catalyst in the form of a missing girl who floats in and out throughout the show’s four and a half seasons. The second is that the show seems to be allergic to the word “bisexual,” which is certainly not an uncommon issue in media, but it’s definitely disappointing considering the show contains so many confirmed or potentially multisexual characters.