Helena’s Interrogation

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Helena’s Interrogation

Befuddled and confused... Can someone explain what is going on here?!helena_interrogation.png
(Seems Showtime finally wised up that they were leaving the embed code on all their video for anyone to swipe. So now you'll have to click the link and come back here to kvetch.)



Comments [38]

shiva's picture

Fastgurrrl, Instead of an old

Fastgurrrl, Instead of an old clip, I wanted to share one from today. Her scene starts at about 1:57. The scene before hers features Natalia (dark hair), who is in denial about her lesbian feelings for Olivia. Then comes the scene with Olivia (Crystal Chappell), who is hanging around bars, trying to drown out her feelings for Natalia. The guy at the bar is an ex-husband - one of many, I'm told. Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7PUo0nGmkE

minniesota's picture

It's true. I'll watch Rachel

It's true. I'll watch Rachel Shelley in anything.

Oops, my name is supposed to say, "MinniesotalikesRachelShelley."

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

shiva's picture

Oh, go ahead - give it a go!

Oh, go ahead - give it a go!

lucia_2008's picture

I can't even think of a

I can't even think of a response.

Smile...life is good!!!

Not2Taem's picture

That makes sense. I don't

That makes sense. I don't foresee many Tibetters watching Alice in the Cage.

shiva's picture

I know - my late night

I know - my late night ramblings "almost make sense!" I can get hyper and obsessive at times, and I think last night was one of those cherished events. I apologize to Grace Moon for appearing to hijack her column.

I did get a sense of credits rolling as the character reels off a list of feminist and lesbian organizations. I intuitively threw out the idea that maybe this was some sort of thank you note to IC's buddies but wrote it as fact.

In the light of day, (and after everyone has moved onto other subjects and don't give a shit about this any more) these tapes still appear to be loosely contrived advertisements for the DVDs that Showtime is selling (see last frame), and they are a segue to the Farm series. So primarily, it's marketing. But - and this is the thing about Chaiken's work that really disturbs me - she could have used good writing and a sensible plot WHILE INCLUDING scintillating sexual suggestions and Xena the Barbarian to make work that honors her lesbian viewers. We shouldn't have to choose between one or the other! Instead, she creates creepy shlock, with no interest in character development or continuity.

Now, she has the money to hire good writers. She has every resource for making good work. SO MY ONLY CONCLUSION IS THAT IT WAS NEVER ABOUT MAKING GOOD WORK. CHAIKEN'S WORK IS ABOUT HOOKING IN EVERY SLEEZEBAG VIEWER SHE CAN. SHE IS THE STRIPPER JENNY WHO BETRAYED HERSELF AND THE GAY COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO MAKE MORE MONEY.

Ok, I'm done obsessing for today. I've always wanted to meet a California Medicine Woman, so I would love to hear your thoughts about this or anything!

yonks's picture

Oh i see, its a brain diet.

Oh i see, its a brain diet. avoiding fat and sugar
Smile

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

peacekitty's picture

Okay yonks, I just tried

Okay yonks, I just tried watching Helena's because I like the actors...but these things are just WAY too stupid. Stare

I have a whole new admiration for a popular saying in our library.."Fight prime time, read a book."

*reaching for my copy of "The Secret Life of Bees", by Sue Monk Kidd*

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

peacekitty's picture

Hi yonks, well I have a

Hi yonks, well I have a couple of personal rules that I live by when I decide whether or not to support any kind of artistic expression....especially television and movies. I won't view anything that is utterly absurd or stupid or anything that is made strictly for "shock value."

Shane's Interrogation = absurd/stupid

Tina's Interrogation = shock value

Smile

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

Fastgurrrl's picture

No way, bring it. ;)

No way, bring it. Wink

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Ahhh, now I get it! This

Ahhh, now I get it! This isn't about the story at all, it's about paying off a debt?

Almost makes sense.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Nope, you nailed it. Made no

Nope, you nailed it. Made no sense, but at least it didn't destroy the character in the process.

I guess Ilene is more worried about Rachel Shelly fans than she is about Tibette fans, lol.

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

Well, yeah, there is that,

Well, yeah, there is that, lol. Taken in that sense, the webisode was way too short! Wink

I just couldn't figure out what the whole point was to the dialogue. Isn't this all supposed to lead to some sort of conclusion or something?

BTW, the BSG scenes with D'Anna and Caprica Six were way better, even if Baltar was there most of the time.

yonks's picture

I can understand for Tina but

I can understand for Tina but why you boycotting shanes?

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Xanadu's picture

and so, it goes on ...

and so, it goes on ...

peacekitty's picture

Im with Julia and Longbeach

Im with Julia and Longbeach down there. Writing schmiting...I no longer care what the story is, Lucy Lawless and the other actors are worth watching, as long as its not negative. Smile Im boycotting tina and shanes interrogations but will watch the rest

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Now, that's what I'm talkin'

Now, that's what I'm talkin' about !!

Julia Watson's picture

Bad-writing-schmiting. I am

Bad-writing-schmiting. I am perfectly content to allow myself to be sidetracked a la "Ooh, shiny." And D'Anna/Xena/Sarge visibly wanting to throw Helena on that interrogation table and make her confess all her secrets? Yeah. Shiny.

shiva's picture

Well, she did until Natalia

Well, she did until Natalia tamed her, you see. The videos from last spring have her saying the nastiest things to people. Now she's nicer but sexually frustrated.

I saw a recent video of both actresses making a public appearance in Florida, and I noticed a little bitchy dominatrix attitude in CC as well. But it could be my active imagination...

I'll find the link unless you are sick of this already.

Lezbeth's picture

I'll have what she's

I'll have what she's having....

Fastgurrrl's picture

I just don't know anything

I just don't know anything about her and was wondering if she acts like a dominatrix on the tv show.

shiva's picture

Am I showing my 51 years or

Am I showing my 51 years or do people still use the word "dominatrix"? Anyway, I'm not submissive, but I could work at becoming so for her.

Not2Taem's picture

:twisted: Consider yourself

:twisted: Consider yourself tagged. :twisted:

Fastgurrrl's picture

Mmmmmmmmmhmmmmmmmmmmmm! I

Mmmmmmmmmhmmmmmmmmmmmm! I don't watch tv, but I watched your link, Shiva, then I googled her...

http://www.crystal-chappell.com/

What's up with "the dominatrix" comment?? *drool*

itty's picture

LongBeach!!!!! That was

LongBeach!!!!!

That was supposed to be 'private'...
:oops:

P.S. I'm on my way!!! Wink

LongBeachDogLover's picture

That is excellent... daytime

That is excellent... daytime TV has always taken risks with subjects that 'primetime' makes such a big, stinkin' deal over.

Thanks for the hook-up Shiva. Very cool... Laughing out loud

shiva's picture

To answer your question LBD,

To answer your question LBD, that scene happened a few weeks ago. And I have to follow it all on Youtube. The scenes are uploaded almost every weekday.

Now I was not a soap opera junkie until this show became a, umm, "guiding light" for me. Smile

But I have to give it real credit. The writers have developed this one storyline slowly over the course of a year!!! And I would guess it has another six months to go before they have to pack up and leave town or are kidnapped by aliens or whatever. But the subtleties in this script are so wonderful and thoughtful. The eye contact, the subconscious gestures... have fans on the edge of their seats ( which is different from the Edge of Night).
This show is so much better written than the L Word ever thought about. It's a little goofy because it's a soap opera, but, frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!!!!

shiva's picture

Stay tuned til

Stay tuned til tomorrow!!!!

Isn't Crystal Chappell (the dominatrix!) hot!!!

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Okay Shiva, what happens

Okay Shiva, what happens after the kiss?? Now I'm v-e-r-y curious..... Laughing out loud

Tex's picture

For Shane? Another ewwwwww!

For Shane? Another ewwwwww! Where is my body wash?

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

OGL? On Going Lust?

OGL? On Going Lust?

Not2Taem's picture

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. But at least they haven't done anything blatantly offensive or dumb ass with this one. Or did I miss something?

shiva's picture

It's simple, folks. The

It's simple, folks. The video clips are promotions for the DVD that showtime is about to sell. Plus IC paid some political debts by mentioning some key organizations who probably spent lobbying funds for receptions for her or whatever.

They are simply trying to keep it all alive.

I have my own video to share today. It's a fanvideo from scenes of Guiding Light.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaGSFo3P5_I

Caramelteddy's picture

Grace, let me explain. What

Grace, let me explain. What we have going on here is further shitty writing. We go from Helena whining about her crappy social and relationship skills, to her appreciation of Alice, to what she really did with the money, to her lamentations of being used, to Xena hitting on her, and finally ending on her alcoholic needs. All of it irrelevant. All of it stupid. But at least I got to look at Helena and listen to that sexy accent for a couple of minutes.

Tex's picture

Oh good lord.....that one

Oh good lord.....that one made me feel like I need to go take a shower - ewwwww! Now I'll go watch Shane's for another OGL moment!

Wait a minute - Helena just admitted to having all the money and doing away with it - whatever happened with that? Momma took care of things, right?

Twitter Time @kdhales

LongBeachDogLover's picture

I don't get it. But, being

I don't get it. But, being the shallow, horny lesbian that I am.....Well, hot damn !!

I want to see the show that these two lovely, luscious ladies star in. I've always had a 'soft spot' for Lucy Lawless......a very wet, soft spot. *thud*

P.S. Itty, I know what you're thinking...........

P.S.S. Ms. Itty......oreo cookies, you're a very bad girl. Laughing out loud

P.S.S.S. Yes, I would love to Itty. Thank you. Wink

CA_Medicine_Woman's picture

I have no fracking idea, the

I have no fracking idea, the whole bit makes no sense.

peacekitty's picture

hi Grace. Dang am I going to

hi Grace. Dang am I going to have to bite the bullet and watch one of these acid trippy things? id rather watch the actors in their new shows and pray diablo cody helps write an l-word movie.

"Fight Prime Time. Read a Book"