The L Word’s Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, Leisha Hailey on Dating When Older, Polyamory & More
There’s a familiar but entirely fresh scene in The L Word: Generation Q’s second season premiere. Bette, Alice, and Shane, the characters from the original Showtime series that premiered in 2004, who anchor the reboot, are gathered at a restaurant/café regaling one another with tales of their work and love lives, or lack thereof. The old discussions included treatises on gaydar, “nipple confidence,” and preparing to become a parent. Now the characters (all comfortable in their careers), consider what’s next personally as they mature.
At the close of Generation Q’s first season, which ended about 18 months ago, Alice (Leisha Hailey) was working on her relationship with her partner Nat (Stephanie Allynne) after they’d opened it up to a throuple — and reclosed it — with Nat’s ex Gigi (Sepideh Moafi). Meanwhile, Shane (Kate Moennig), who’d returned from to Los Angeles after a decade-long absence during which she’d gotten married (only to have it fall apart over their opposing views on becoming parents), opened a good old-fashioned queer bar and named it for their long-gone friend Dana. The scene between Bette (Jennifer Beals), Shane, and Alice at the restaurant is breezy and will feel like home to fans of the original and the first season of the reboot. But there’s a resonance, a gravity, to Bette’s current concerns.
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