Right, so remember when I watched “The Real L Word” because I downloaded the wrong episode “True Love.” Well, mischief managed! I managed to get my hands on the right copy (and for those still wanting to do the same, I believe you’ll find some help in the comments here). And now that my curiosity has finally been satisfied, let’s discuss our BIG LESBIAN FEELINGS about the episode.
First things first, a little background. “True Love” is a BBC five-part miniseries where each 30-minute episode is a snapshot of love in all of its highs and lows. The third episode, titled “Holly,” revolved around a school teacher (played by Billie Piper) who starts a relationship with one of her 16-year-old students (played by Kaya Scodelario). Yes, I know – it’s the student-teacher taboo again. Yes, I know – we also saw this in “Mädchen in Uniform” and “Loving Annabelle” and “Bloomington.” And, I know – it’s kinda icky.
What I will say about the episode is that Billie and Kaya are simply lovely. They say so much without saying hardly anything at all. Which is good, because the episode is sparse at best. It asks viewers to fill in football-field sized gaps in the storyline for themselves. The framework is simple. An unhappy is woman having an affair with a married man and finds comfort with a student. The details of what exactly made them fall in love are largely left to our imaginations. Art? Loneliness? Kaya’s ridiculously mesmerizing saucer-sized baby blues?
But the connection between the two, well, that actually works. Yes, sure, clearly – there is the ohmygodsheissixteenyuck factor. While the age of consent in England is actually 16, there is still the very troubling teacher-student dynamic at play. But that aside (which, granted, is a very big aside), what I liked about the episode was its hopefulness. Yes, these are two people who are probably not right for each other for a multitude of reasons. But they still get to have (spoiler alert) some sort of happy ending. Or, at the very least, hope of a happy ending. Because in the end that’s really what love is – hope. It’s a hope that someone else will understand you, accept your flaws, see your worth and love you for all of it.
And then there’s the shallow bit where I like seeing Billie and Kaya kiss. See it for yourself as long as YouTube will allow it.