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08 April 2009 @ 01:58 pm
skins series three  
Hello, you wonderful queer_as_tv members! After talking a bit with bayamiod she asked me to tell you all about my favourite queer couple on tv right now. I'm not sure how many people have been watching Skins' newest series, but I've completely fallen in love with Emily and Naomi!

Naomi is the blonde, Emily is the redread.

Skins is a British show that runs on E4 and this season the creators did something quite drastic: they changed all but one of the entire cast. They really wanted to reinforce the idea that the show is about kids doing their A-Levels so when the previous cast finished college, they also finished the show. I was a little apprehensive about the new cast but the chemistry between Lily Loveless (who plays Naomi Campbell - no, not THAT one) and Kat Prescott (who plays Emily Fitch) was so undeniable that I was quickly won over.

So Emily is a twin and is constantly overshadowed by her bossy and overbearing sister, Katie, but takes the opportunity of a new school to try and create a new, more accurate persona for herself. She is surprised to see that Naomi is attending the same college, but Naomi is less than excited at the sight of the Fitch twins as they spread a rumour that she kissed Emily once at a party and is a lesbian. We soon find out it was Emily that kissed Naomi (not the other way around), and that Emily seems to have genuine feelings for this very lonely and closed-off girl.

As the season progresses we see that Emily is much surer of her sexuality than Naomi is, and this is where their relationship gets really interesting for me. Emily's coming out process is competely void of the typical anxious questioning period we normally see from queer characters, and I think it's refreshing to see a completely organic coming out process. Naomi's journey is much more stereotypical; all season long she battles to reconcile her feelings for Emily with her struggle to remain straight.

AfterEllen commented on the couple when they had kind a landmark episode together. They said it was "one of the best-developed and most honest depictions of a teenage lesbian relationship" they'd ever seen.

Anyway, I think I've said enough, and hopefully made you want to watch some of this season! You can watch episodes on Sidereel and probably other places. If you like the show you should join skinsfans , and if you fall in love with Ems/Naomi like I have you should join naomi_x_emily .

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you only live forever in the lights you makealasse on April 8th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for this introduction to them! I'm fairly certain I get Skins in Mexico on HBO, but I haven't really kept up with it - I'll definitely try to, now, this sounds like a very interesting couple to watch.
bayamiodbayamiod on April 12th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the report on Naomi/Emily. They sound like an interesting pair. Keep us up to date on any new developments that might be interesting for the community.