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I don't watch Logo, the nominally LGBT
cable network, often. It's not that I don't
appreciate the art of drag on "RuPaul's Drag
Race" or enjoy endless reruns of "Will and
Grace" and "Golden Girls." But, that's a
discussion for another day.
While watching an episode my partner
recorded of one of the aforementioned
sitcoms, I ran across a promo for two new series
on the network, "Cucumber" and "Banana."
Thank God for On Demand because the short,
8-episode series had already concluded their
"Cucumber" and "Banana" are the British
companion series from Russell T. Davies,
creator of "Queer as Folk," and I can't believe
I didn't know about them. I don't know why
Logo doesn't have the arts & entertainment
editor of SFGN on their press list to promote
them, but again, that's a discussion for another
d ay.The inspiration for the titles came from a
research study Davies discovered that came up
with four descriptions for the relative hardness
of a male erection: tofu, banana without the
peel, banana with the peel and cucumber.
Needless to say, the supermarket will serve as
both a location and a metaphor throughout
both interwoven series.
"Cucumber" explores the lives of Henry
Best, a 40-something insurance company
manager (Vincent Franklin), and his "long-
suffering" boyfriend of nine years, Lance
Sullivan (Cyril Nri). Like so many couples, they
are comfortable, but both yearn for different
things---Henry, the unattainable affection
of any young twink, and Lance, a physical
relationship with Henry.
After a threesome gone wrong, Henry walks
out and takes up with two 20 year olds living
in a tenement loft in downtown Manchester.
Freddie (Freddie Fox) is the boy of Henry's
dreams, smooth and good looking, confident
and able to land any trick he desires. Dean
(Fisayo Akinade) is a likeable young black man
who is happy to join in on Freddie's bedroom
escapades, but also manages to keep busy in
his own right.
"Banana" offers viewers 25-minute stories
told through the eyes of Freddie, Dean and
their friends. There's Scotty (Letitia Wright),
a young lesbian who becomes infatuated
with a married woman she encountered at
the market; Josh (Luke Newberry), an 18-year-
old student who tricks with Freddie and then
rushes to tell his best friend she's too young to
get married; and Aiden, a handsome, muscular
hunk who must choose between physical
beauty and character.
In one of the most powerful episodes,
the show touches on transgender issues in
the story of Helen, a trans woman whose
boyfriend refuses to accept their relationship
is over and terrorizes her through cyber-
bullying and stalking.
Many gay men in South Florida will quickly
relate to Henry and Lance and the joys and
pitfalls of their relationship, but it's the insights
into the sexual and gender fluidity of the
contemporary young people in "Banana" that
is most illuminating. No, they didn't invent
sex---every generation thinks they did---but
the game is definitely changing. Both series are
witty and uplifting, but can also be dark and
disturbing. But, hey, that's life.
It's Never Too Late
for a Mid-Life Crisis
"Cucumber" and "Banana" are available on Logo On Demand through June 30.
Check with your cable provider.
The cast of Logo television series "Cucumber," currently
available on demand.
Photo Credit: Channel 4 Television
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