'The L Word: Final Season'
(Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, et al / 3-DVD / NR / 2009 / Paramount)
Overview:Unresolved romances and a long-simmering film project finally bear fruit in the sixth season of The L WordŽ. Dreams come true and new life paths are forged for many of the series' characters this year, but not without the The L Word's trademark provocative storylines, sizzling sexuality, and heart-rending emotion.
DVD Verdict: I am highly disappointed in 'The L Word - Final Season.' I watched originally on Showtime with great expectation especially for the last episode. I don't know what happened to the show. The truth is, it was never the same since the creators decided to cut Dana out, after that they barely hung on - but the show was still entertaining. The Final Season however was just plain bad.
First, I don't care if you have gender dysphoria - just because you take hormones does not mean you automatically turn into the opposite sex, and therefore your sex organs no longer work according to their original settings. Max's whole "Oh I didn't think I could get pregnant" was an insult to people facing this issue, as well as an insult to a character who supposedly is intelligent enough to create complex IT programs, but apparently didn't get 4th grade biology.
Girls and boys, penis and vagina equals baby, even if the penis is gay and the vagina is confused. So...girls and boys, put a rubber on it and move on. Having Max become pregnant was just plain cheesy, especially since the plot was created only shortly after the idiocy of the "pregnant man" story. Good job creators, you took a break through character, and screwed it up.
Second, yes Jenny needed to die - but was it necessary to make ME want to be the killer? The character was already annoying to began with, and the majority of The Final Season was basically "The Jenny Show" and "How will Jenny make me want to kill her today?? hmmm." Tedious.
Third...Shane should have grown up. Brian Kinney of Queer as Folk was a much better written character than Shane, and even he grew up in the end. I personally did not see any growth in any of the characters apart from Helena.
Finally...how dare you not re-introduce the entire cast when they say goodbye? I didn't see Carmen, Marina, or Dana in the final "good bye shots." Carmen and Marina showed up in a tape made by Jenny, which begs the question...why didn't Marina just come back and take Jenny? That would have been a better rap up of the show.
Overall, I personally hated this season. The best (and it's a stretch) that can be said for this season, is the last episode where Tina and Bette are sitting at the porch, and we see Shane walking back home supposedly from another night (just as in the very first episode). It was bittersweet, and a good reminder of just how good The L Word ONCE was. [LS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
11th Annual Women's Event of the New York LGBT Community Center
The L Word Photos from Jennifer Beals
First Two Episodes of United States of Tara (on your PC only)
First Two Episodes of The Tudors: Season 3 (on your PC only)
Chapter from Marlee Matlin Biography (on your PC only)