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25 October 2010 @ 10:24 pm
Lip service 1.1-1.2 aka the Lesbian Lee/Kara  
OK, people!! Exciting announcement you did not know you were waiting for: I have found the Scottish lesbian melodrama version of Lee/Kara.

I downloaded the first episode of 'Lip service' on a whim because I was missing Skins. Yes, it really is titled that. I groaned too. I can't exactly recommend it, it's pretty trashy. But I'm now unable to tear my eyes away from the lead ship and the way their dynamic bears a striking resemblance to that of certain pilots. *facepalm* Ok, Katee and Jamie they are not, but at the same time ... well, I've made a picspam so you can judge for yourselves.

Meet Frankie.


She's a photographer in New York.


She also likes banging her clients (even the ones who--like this one--are engaged).


Now meet Cat. She's an architect in Glascow. (Side note for the astute observer: arty but in a much more disciplined way than Frankie. But probably not with so much flair. :p)


Cat is kind of... well, neat. She's very sensible and pragmatic and gives out lots of very good advice to her flatmate (who asks Cat not to lecture her so much).


But Cat is not as uptight and boring as she seems. She can kick ass when she needs to! When her phone gets stolen in episode 2 she runs after the kid who nicked it and wrestles it off him.


Thereby getting herself hauled in for assault. She defends herself stridently verbally, letting out a tirade of abuse at the police for casting her as the aggressor. She's very snarky and funny in this scene.


How are these two connected? We will soon find out! The first episode opens with Frankie (mid frak) getting some bad news from Scotland, where she lived as a teenager. Her aunt has passed away.


Frankie looks shaken on the phone call, but she quickly hides this from the chick she's frakking and resumes said intercourse. Ah, the Kara Thrace approach to dealing with emotional turmoil!


Later she drinks a bunch of vodka and stares moodily at old photos of her Scottish friends on Facebook. Among these, is a shot of Cat. She zooms in.


Frankie flies to Glascow for the funeral and gets picked up at the airport by Helo her male BFF (I forget his name, let's stick with Helo), who also happens to be Cat's co-worker. Frankie is workin' her best rockstar look at the airport.


At Helo's house she sees the same picture of Cat that she was staring moodily at on Facebook on his pinboard. And she steals it. It really is a pretty shot. Cat should relax more. ;)


Frankie makes Angst!Face at the photo, and (via Helo) we learn that Cat is her ex.


Frankie shows up at Cat's work (conveniently also Helo's work) and stands on a street corner until she sees Cat.


Check out how she lights up when she sees her!


Cat, on the other hand, looks like she's had the shock of her life and flees to the bathroom, hyperventilating.


She walks outside looking for Frankie but when she runs into her, she demands to know what the hell she's doing there. Frankie does her best to be charming, but Cat is still looking traumatised. She is angry that Frankie has turned up out of the blue with no phone call.


Turns out Frankie and Cat had been best friends. Cat was dating someone else and they hooked up, so Cat left the other woman to be with Frankie. Then Frankie bailed with no word--just one call three weeks later. Cat is, understandably pissy about this and points out Frankie's bad behaviour.


Cat storms off saying she has to go to a client's. Frankie, undeterred follows her and crashes the invite-only event. Cat is SHOCKED! But is secretly charmed.


That night, Frankie meets up with the rest of Cat's friends on the lowdown. She is--of course--the life of the party.




Cat is going on a date--her first proper one in ages (since Frankie left maybe? everyone wants her to get over Frankie). She is super nervous and her date is late so she calls her flatmate. As she's telling the flatmate to ring back in half an hour so she can make her excuses and leave if the chick turns out to be a dud, her date arrives and overhears her. Needless to say, it does not go well.


Cat, having flunked her date, turns up at the local looking for her friends and walks in to find Frankie... for the second time that day. She storms out. Frankie acts unperturbed.


Frankie goes to the funeral home to see her aunt. She's clearly really cut up about her death. Meanwhile, from Helo Cat has found out the true reason for Frankie being in town. She freaks out, as it turns out Frankie's aunt basically raised her. No one but Cat realises that Frankie is in grief as she's hidden it so well.


Cat takes Frankie out to the park to talk about her feelings (ha!). Instead they end up reminiscing about the old days as teenage friends together.


This quickly gets flirty and intimate, and Frankie says she's missed Cat.


She moves to kiss her because Frankie only really has one mode: FAST.


Cat is having none of it, demanding to know why she left so suddenly.


Frankie's answer being unsatisfactory (basically she doesn't want to talk about it), Cat storms off.


Frankie realises she blew it.


Frankie goes back to the funeral home and seduces (with great ease) the receptionist who she'd flirted with earlier. But Cat has left her wallet behind at the funeral home and walks back to find it. She walks in on Frankie frakking the receptionist (oh so tastefully!) in front of a dead body.



Cat runs out without Frankie seeing her and sobs her heart out.


Meanwhile Frankie bails on her chick as soon as she's finished frakking her, and when the chick asks for her number she says 'Take it from me, you really don't want it'. The way she pulls on her jacket and flees TOTALLY makes me think of Kara grabbing her dress and exiting after the Gaius!sex.


Episode 2! Despite their issues, Cat accompanies Frankie to the funeral. Frankie is late and as she walks up, she sneakily takes a photo of Cat when Cat is not looking. OK this doesn't seem like Kara at all to me but it made me 'awww'.


Frankie doesn't bother to dress properly. She says her family couldn't form a worse impression of her anyway so what does it matter. Cat is concerned.



At the wake, Frankie finds a photo of herself and her aunt when she was little, but she's been cropped out of the bottom of the picture. She attempts to speak to her family, asking them why she wasn't told her aunt was ill and her uncle tells her that they don't want anything to do with her and her aunt didn't want to see her.


Frankie gets drunk. Cat tries (and fails) to get her to slow down.


Frankie hits on Cat to mess with the minds of the disapproving relatives and Cat is shocked and asks her what the hell she's doing, then yells at her to stop.


Frankie's uncle manhandles her out of the wake, yelling at her that she's a fuck-up and does not belong in this family. Uh-oh, this sounds familiar. :(( Clearly this guy's been taking lessons from Bill.



Cat follows her out to try and comfort her.


But the exchange turns bitchy and she winds up snapping 'I missed you so much, I wonder why I bothered now'.


She instantly looks like she regrets it but doesn't say anything.


That night, Cat has a second date scheduled. Turns out the chick--who is a cop and who she ran into again when she got hauled in to the station for assault--is quite into her after all. Frankie learns of this impending date from Helo and despite Helo suggesting that tonight would NOT be a good night for Frankie to drop by and see Cat she does.

Even though they're mad at each other, they can't help laughing when they're around one another.


Cat tries really hard to keep a straight face. They quickly descend into bickering again and Cat points out that she's about to go on a date with someone 'honest and kind', which is what she wants now.


Frankie, pissed off, goes cruising for chicks. In a bookshop!


Cat goes on her date, this time more successfully and winds up taking the cop back to her place.


They have romantic kissy sex.



Frankie, meanwhile, has sex that is... well, like this. I note though that we have never as yet seen Frankie have an orgasm (though her dates scream the living daylights out of



Frankie is unimpressed when her chick wants to stay the night.


But not as unimpressed as she is the next morning when she wakes up to find the chick has taken off with her money and Helo's girlfriend's necklace. Oh, dear, that's what comes of picking up kleptos. :( Frankie contemplates her own messed-up-ness.


Meanwhile, Cat wakes up with her new lover, who finds the tattoo that Frankie persuaded Cat to get when they were together.


The cop says Cat doesn't seem like the tattoo type and Cat says someone talked her into it. When the cop asks who, Cat says 'no one important'. Aaaaaaaah the aaaaaaangst!!


So have I proved my case? :D The dialogue is even more screamingly Lee/Kara. Basically every exchange goes as follows:
Frankie: OMG, I'm awesome, LOVE ME LOVE ME LOVE ME.
Cat: YOU BROKE MY HEART I HATE YOU.
Frankie: Pfft! But don't you see how I'm cute and hot and a total badass! Here, let me flirt with you some more.
Cat: I have principles! I remain firm in my OUTRAGE at your betrayal!
Frankie: OK, clearly that's not working I shall frak some chick or mention frakking some other chick.
Cat: :((((((

Gratuitous cuteness because I am smitten:

ETA: Judging by comments, my pimpage has been successful ... if anyone wants hooked up with source, let me know. ;)

This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Comment here or there, as you will.
 
 
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jarrow: bsg-i_8_ujarrow on October 25th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
OMG THAT IS THE MOST LEEMO THING I HAVE EVER SEEN.

FUCK NOW I HAVE TO DOWNLOAD THIS SHOW.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on October 25th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D I WIN!

(IT'S INSANE!)
hoolia gooliaboom_queen on October 25th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Cat is the lead girl from Neverwhere (which I loved so very much and wish the production quality wasn't so low so that I could vid it)!

Frankie also seems to resemble Shane's character in the L Word heavily; lots of being an oversexed badass fuckup :)

Totally going to have to track this down now!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on October 25th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Ohh, I don't know Neverwhere! And yeah, Frankie is definitely that archetype. :)
hoolia goolia: misc - triple nerd scoreboom_queen on October 25th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, K! I think there is a good change you would adore Neverwhere. It's UK fantasy miniseries from the 90s written by Neil Gaiman. So delightful!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: The Fallbop_radar on October 25th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! *boggles at description* It does sound like I could love it! I shall have to hunt for it in my DVD store!
brokenmnemonic: BSG - Silhouettebrokenmnemonic on October 25th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
That's freaky. It's like Lee and Kara... but with less death. In a more compacted timeframe. And with more breasts.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee armsbop_radar on October 25th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the timeline is super compacted! We've belted through two seasons worth of angst in two eps. :p I LIKE IT.
Becka: lee!beccatoria on October 25th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
OMFG LAURA FRASER! And...she's finally looking ever so slightly older. Which is somewhat reassuring since I keep seeing her in things on and off since Neverwhere in 1995 or something and she never looks any older. Except now she does. And like LEEMO. <3
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee is emo!bop_radar on October 25th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
I do not know this Neverwhere which is sending people into spasms of excitement... but she seems cool. She's got a good line of snark in this. To me she's now filed as 'the female Lee'.
Becka: lee!beccatoria on October 25th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
She plays the female lead in this really awesome but...really weird six part (half hour episodes alas) BBC mini series from the mid-90s. It was written by Neil Gaiman (who later novelised it and the novel is now more famous, but unusually I think the mini series is better) who developed it along with Lenny Henry (if you know him at all?) Anyways, it's pretty fantastically imaginative and bizarre and has actors such as Laura Fraser as the female lead, Peter Capaldi (Frobisher from Torchwood), and Paterson Joseph (he of rumoured 12th Doctorness before Matt Smith's casting broke), playing the role that basically convinced me he's make an amazing 12th Doctor.

It's crazy and weird and pretty fun, although possibly you'll miss out on a lot of the surreal jokes if you're not passingly familiar with London Underground station names (the entire series is set "under" London and plays on the (really weird) station names for locations and people occur throughout) and I once made a music video about it!

Anyway, it was honestly not my intention to turn this into a pimping comment, but if you want to check it out but have any trouble finding it, I can probably hook you up. :)

Though in Neverwhere, Laura Fraser is definitely not the female Lee. Really...there isn't a Lee. Though I suppose Richard, the male lead, somewhat fits that role as he's thoroughly punished for attempting to approach the strange world he finds himself in with anything approaching order or fairness. ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: The Fall hopebop_radar on October 25th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to investigate this. :) I had heard of it as a novel--didn't realise it was a mini-series first. My feelings on Gaiman are mixed, I love his work when he collaborates with someone but alone I find him a bit not to my taste though I can often not pinpoint why--the elements seem right but don't quite click somehow. But this sounds collaborate-y!

Don't worry, I know London well, not a problem. You vidded it? Cool! I'll let you know how I go with finding it. My DVD store is pretty good at cult stuff so fingers crossed.

.there isn't a Lee
There rarely is! More's the pity! ;) I like this description though: thoroughly punished for attempting to approach the strange world he finds himself in with anything approaching order or fairness.

It's only fair that other people pimp me into something considering I'm trying to pimp them emo lesbian softcore porn. ;p
elzedelzed on October 25th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hahahaaaah

Frankie is clearly Kara. IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. Well, except for the chicks vs guys, obv (although I wouldn't put it past Kara to frak chicks, and as I write this I suddenly wonder whether she ever has in canon... SO hard to distinguish fanon from canon sometimes!)

And I can see the Lee dynamic oh so clearly...

OK - maybe I should catch up on this.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee solacebop_radar on October 25th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
OH YEAH. She IS so completely Kara I found it hard to actually remember to write 'Frankie', not 'Kara', in this recap. :D

I don't think Cat emotes as much as Lee (to my eye), in general facial expressions. But she made up for it with her spectacular sobfest at seeing Frankie sleep with someone else. :)
Rayrayruz on October 26th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Pft. In my BSG canon everyone is bi. (don't let me start on my gender "equality" in bsg changing the way sexual orientation functions.)
Ms Cranky Pants of the Depresso Blogbofoddity on October 25th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
I.. must get this into my hands. Into my shaking, yearning hands.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Roslin Kara yaybop_radar on October 25th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, yay converts! *Machiavellian laugh* Be warned: it's addictive.
Cosettecosetteferaud on October 25th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Heeee. You definitely proved your case, dude, this screams Kara/Lee to me (especially Frankie!). Now I have the urge to download some eps, I have such a thing for this sort of dynamics :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara can't notbop_radar on October 25th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
It's way easier to see Kara in Frankie visually I think. And while I think Cat is a poor-man's Lee, she definitely does a good pout and the dynamic is undeniable. I am completely helpless to that dynamic... it's like I become hypnotised by it.
Rayrayruz on October 26th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Directed here by Tara. I need to see this right frakking now.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leekarabop_radar on October 26th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Ahahah, that Tara has everyone's best interests at heart. :D Join me in this madness! (If you have any problem getting hooked up with source, sing out.)
Call Me OneTrack: Jamie: Smirkcallmeonetrack on October 27th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm in your LJ, pimpin' your entries. ;)

You were actually only the first post about this show I read this week! buckbeakbabie posted about it too and I ran your theory by them, but she was more of a Cat/"Dee" shipper, so to speak. ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Roslin Kara yaybop_radar on October 27th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha... Yeah, I quite like the 'Dee' of this realm actually! But I wasn't about to let on in this post. :p As with Dee in BSG, I feel like she's totally the choice Cat should make if she wants a nice calm, sane life. :p Their chemistry is better than Lee/Dee too. But I want Frankie/Cat resolution damn it!!
Rayrayruz on October 29th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I am joining you in this madness.

I've seen the first episode. Already so much better than the L Word.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara can't notbop_radar on October 31st, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
Yay yay! I just watched the third and am even more hooked...

Yeah, I could never really get into the L Word.
Spink Tight III: lee pretty sweaterspinkkitty on October 26th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
i am very curious.

might have to check it out!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee/Kara boundbop_radar on October 26th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
:) No one can replace Leland but ... the dynamic is very similar.
Anoel: bsg starbuckanoel on October 28th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this show! Thank you so much for reccing it, it fulfills a hole in my TV schedule that I didn't know was there. Loooove Frankie although I can't stop calling her Kara now ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on October 28th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
it fulfills a hole in my TV schedule that I didn't know was there
Ahaha! That's how I feel too. :)
(Anonymous) on January 21st, 2011 09:46 am (UTC)
Hola, Interesante, no va a continuar con este artнculo?.