Today is one of the best days of the year in Autostraddle Slack! The L Word: Generation Q trailer has dropped, and it is full of absolute sexy, sexy lesbian chaos! The kind that makes us yell at our screens! And so, as usual, our TV Team has broken it down, frame-by-frame. And if this leaves you itching for more, don’t worry: Riese is keeping a running list of everything we know about the upcoming season. Fair warning: This might look like a trailer you’ve seen before, decades ago, but keep scrolling. It’s new drama, with a side of similarity.
The L Word: Generation Q Season 3 Trailer, Chaotically Annotated
Drew: “You don’t want to buy a painting?”
Natalie: What begins in chaos, ends in chaos…and, apparently, begins in chaos again.
Heather: This has got real “Bette. Turn around.” vibes from the The L Word season five, which means BOTH OF YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER.
Valerie: This outfit is very cult leader chic, and I’d join that cult.
Riese: Love a white powersuit.
Natalie: Sign me up for that cult, Valerie.
Heather: Why, what could she have done, being what she is? / Was there another Troy for her to burn?
Riese: Tess wants to show Shane the world.
Riese: Shining Shimmering Splendid
Heather: Over, sideways and under / On a magic carpet ride. (If you know what I mean and I think you do.)
Carmen: Ok great, I’m glad someone else made the Disney princess joke, so I didn’t have to.
Natalie: Am I the only one that watches happy scenes with Shane and thinks, “oh this is going to end badly?”
Kayla: I love vampires
Natalie: uta, is that you?
Heather: UTA! Hahaha! What wast that lady’s class called? Vampireology: Demon Desire?
Riese: MY FAVES
Natalie: I am not sure about how I feel about this hair color on Sophie but happiness looks good on them.
Riese: Excited for The L Word to celebrate Halloween, its first ever acknowledgment of the existence of holidays
Drew: Please tell me Dani’s Halloween costume is more inventive than “cat”
Riese: It could be worse, her costume could be a sleeveless white t-shirt and white face paint.
Valerie: It’s like that one Mean Girls quote. “The hardcore girls just wear lingerie and some form of animal ears.”
Kayla: I am prepared to be let down by a Halloween episode of The L Word. Gays are good at Halloween and I have a feeling these gays are going to NOT BE GOOD AT HALLOWEEN
Natalie: the potential of a “L Word” Halloween episode is limitless and look at them…squandering it!
Heather: PERFECT opportunity to give us JENNY SCHECTER’S GHOST
Drew: I know she’s a child but I feel like Angie is too cool and gen z for a “sisterhood is powerful” t-shirt.
Riese: She could be wearing a t-shirt from the Autostraddle store
Drew: Exactly that would be much better.
Natalie: I do love the braids.
Carmen: Huge same.
Natalie: I hope Angie can avoid repeating the sins of her mother and make one black friend at college.
Carmen: Huge same.
Natalie: Wait….is this José? is José back to throw a wrench in Micah’s relationship with Maribel?
Carmen: I genuinely do not know who this human is, I just want their shirt.
Valerie: This outfit is SHARP.
Kayla: Someone is borrowing from Mama B’s old closet it SEEMS (as she should!!!!!!!)
Natalie: As someone who relishes what Angie represents, I’m over here like, “YAS GURL” to this hoe phase. But as someone who has watched this character grow up…i’m like, “Oh absolutely the fuck not!”
Heather: Big reputation.
Carmen: I. Do NOT. Want. Angie’s Hoe Phase.
Carmen: I remember her as a baby.
Carmen: I am not equipped.
Natalie: It’s giving:
Natalie: Is this a midseason haircut from Sophie? If so, I approve.
Riese: Excited for Amy to fist Alice.
Drew: And the next one and the next one and then cheat and then be cheated on and then another one.
Drew: Also wait am I out of the loop what happened to Donald Faison?
Riese: Busy doing T-Mobile commercials, maybe
Natalie: T-Mobile internet will not sell itself!
Natalie: I’m so surprised it took this long into the trailer for Dani and Gigi to show up.
Riese: You know when celebs post social media pics without makeup and it’s like “this is the real me no makeup!!!” to promote body-positivity and you’re like actually this just makes me feel worse that you look that good even with no makeup on
Riese: Anyhow, love this everyone is hot.
Valerie: “It was a pretty good bad idea, wasn’t it though.”
Kayla: LMAO RIESE
Natalie: Nat, you’re supposed to be busy hooking up with Hannah on Reboot. You don’t have time for this!
Heather: Good thing Hannah saved her one ask.
Heather: Two people are caught up on this week’s queer TV, and it is me and Natalie.
Natalie: When Gen Q started, I thought Sophie and Dani would be the new Bette and Tina, but clearly I was mistaken.
Carmen: (ok but no — Kayla’s running bit of saying Hi whenever Gigi shows up. Is no one going to talk about it?)
Kayla: Love the art of gay sitting.
Kayla: Wait is that a giant like Costco size box of Saltines?
Valerie: I was also distracted by that. And now I want soup.
Riese: That’s like for the most massive hangover of all time. That’s what you give an elephant for a hangover
Natalie: That feels like morning sickness saltines to me.
Heather: You’d get like four of those bundled together at Costco though.
Heather: YEAH I’M AN OLD BUTCH LIKE CARRIE SUE ME.
Carmen: I know nothing, and yet here I am, already having sold my soul.
Kayla: Some queers’ sleeves really just have a life of their own.
Riese: Everyone is on their own journey.
Natalie: I thought we’d get fun Finley back after rehab but apparently not?
Heather: Finley looks like when my Stardew Valley farmer busted her energy bar the day before.
Valerie: I still just feel 😍 whenever I see Jamie Clayton.
Natalie: Better that than this:
Carmen: Is it?
Drew: Me preparing for another season of this show.
Riese: This is gonna look great on Blink.
Heather: So I showed up at your party…
which is scarier: freddy krueger whispering “tina” in a nightmare on elm street or bette porter screaming “TINA!!!!!!!!!” on the l word
— Kristen Arnett (@Kristen_Arnett) October 3, 2022
Drew: Me preparing for another season of this show, part deux.
Riese: TINY TINNNNAAA
Valerie: Yeah this is a big mood.
Natalie: This is the song that doesn’t end
Yes, it goes on and on, my friends
Some people shipping it not knowing what it was
And they’ll continue shipping it forever just because
Heather: WILL YOU KISS ME ON THE PORCH IN FRONT OF ALL YOUR STUPID FRIENDS
Valerie: I keep thinking these screenshots of Finley are of a teen boy before I click them 😭
Valerie: I’m like “Cole Sprouse, is that you?”
Natalie: All that’s missing is the slouching beanie.
Heather: Three Lucky Lunches and three coffees, please, Gus; I’m going to Skull Cavern today.
Natalie: Is Shane starting a new business? Are we renovating? What’s going on here?
Carmen: I am so excited for Shane’s arms in this scene. I am but a simple girl with simple needs.
Valerie: This is also a Mood™️
Natalie: It’s my mood, actually…when thinking about this season.
Carmen: But this ring placement? Sublime queer culture.
Valerie: This better be post-time-jump is all I’m saying.
Drew: I feel a little like pregnancy is a storyline given to characters when the writers don’t know what else to do but I’ll keep an open mind!
Natalie: It absolutely is what writers do when they don’t have any good ideas, Drew….and let me tell you: DO NOT WANT.
Riese: I do I want it give it to meeeeee
Riese: Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this.
Kayla: At first I was like ARE THEY PLAYING A SPORT
Kayla: ARE WE GETTING THE BASKETBALL EPISODE BUT LIKE A DIFFERENT SPORT
Kayla: But no, looks like woodworking.
Kayla: False alarm.
Riese: Yeah, looks like Flashdance woodworking
Natalie: I hope they are woodworking…because when I saw it, I thought they were dancing and was embarrassed for them.
Valerie: ‘Cause you gotta cut loose
Riese: Some people wait a LIFETTIMMEEEEE FOR a MOMMMENTTTT like THISSSSSS
Valerie: This is also very Zac Efron in “Bet on It”
Kayla: I hope this is at-home karaoke.
Riese: Sophie and Finley giving out free cars.
Valerie: Once again thought this was Jughead from afar.
Natalie: In all seriousness, I really hope they’re able to recapture some of the Season One magic between these two.
Kayla: I love the ALOCE show.
Natalie: I have so many questions.
Carmen: For example, is Dani throwing a rock at someone?!?
Valerie: Is THIS a sport?
Riese: It’s the sport Jenny played outside Marina’s apartment
Heather: Solid form tbh.
Drew: Lots of throwing this season.
Riese: I love this Finley/Carrie friendship thing that is maybe happening.
Riese: To be earnest for a sec.
Kayla: I feel like earnestness is welcome and warranted when Carrie is involved.
Natalie: I agree, Riese. I love this for both of them.
Heather: “… anyway that’s how I turned Madonna gay.”
Natalie: I do not like this look.
Carmen: The most beautiful face in television, I don’t care.
Riese: Is this Alice or Finley?
Kayla: I thought it was Alice.
Valerie: This better be a friendship snuggle.
Natalie: A post-breakup/post-heartbreak big spoon/little spoon moment between friends?
Whatever it is I think I love it.
Heather: Is the name on that jersey WIGGLE??
Valerie: I’m a sucker for the classic hand on a foggy car window.
Natalie: WHO IS THAT?!
Heather: Valerie if you saw this in real life though, you would absolutely think someone was getting murdered.
Valerie: That is very true, Heather.
Riese: Squirting is 4 everyone
Natalie: Better to have a drink tossed in your face than to have someone burn down your entire establishment, amirite Shane?
Kayla: Truly I know I’m bout to be so let down by this Halloween episode
Natalie: Wait if it’s the Halloween episode, who is Shane supposed to be?
Natalie: Also, this person in the background watching is cracking me up.
Carmen: Shane would obviously go to a Halloween party dressed as Shane. That’s the most realistic thing to ever happen in this show, 9 seasons and counting.
Valerie: Truer words have never been spoken. Fletcher LOVES sapphic chaos and I love this guest casting.
Natalie: Type casting, ftw!
Riese: Bette wondering if she remembered to lock her car and going back to check and make sure five times.
Riese: Maybe I am projecting
Heather: She’s fr about to YOU’RE A WANKER NUMBER NINE for Tina.
Riese: All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again.
Heather: New Gen Q quiz idea: Which Museum That Bette Cheated In Are You?
Natalie: I’m really glad they did this whole spin-off so we could return to focusing…* checks notes*…on exactly the same characters in the original series.
Riese: All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again.
Valerie: Are any of these paintings by Serious Artist Laurel Holloman?
Heather: Girl, are you a Monet? Because you’re making an impression on me.
Riese: This isn’t Gigi.
Natalie: What is going on here?!
Natalie: Why can’t we have nice things?
Kayla: MR. PIDDLES JUNIOR
Kayla: MR. PIDDLES THE II
Kayla: LITTLE PIDDLES
Kayla: SIR PIDDLETON
Riese: Devastated that Alice might get a cat and not a dog
Valerie: She could have gotten a chihuahua named Carol, it was right there.
Riese: Thank you, Valerie.
Natalie: If she doesn’t call it some take on Mr. Piddles, I give up.
Heather: NO. ALICE GIVE ME THAT CAT THIS INSTANT. ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Riese: Alice’s suit game continues to triumph.
Heather: I had that same suit in middle school. I got it at the Dick Tracy store at Disney World.
Riese: Finding Amy.
Carmen: Joey Lauren Adams and Alice Pieszecki? I am so ready for this.
Natalie: This feels like a perfect match, tbh.
Drew: Disappointed that the whole trailer wasn’t just Kehlani.
Carmen: Are you sure there were other parts of this trailer that weren’t Kehlani?
Natalie: Personally, I appreciate that they saved their Big Joker for the end. *swoon*
Drew: 🎵 WHAT ABOUT US 🎵
Carmen: On one hand, so many images of Bette Porter running.
Carmen: But on the other hand, Jennifer Beals running.
Natalie: I WANNA RUNNN TO YOU
Heather: Oh man, what if this is one of those Taco Bell commercials.
Riese: 🎵 WHAT ABOUT ALL THE BROKEN HAPPY EVER AFTERS 🎵
Heather: They are 100% cheering Bette chasing down Tina, aren’t they?
Natalie: Personally, I’d hoped it was carpool karoake but alas…
Heather: You know it’s bad when you wish it was Carpool Karaoke instead. 😂
Riese: I love this for all of themmmm
Valerie: JONE WASTE YORE TOYE MONME YORALL REDIII THE VOICE INSOIDE MOYE YEDD
Natalie: This is peak Jughead, Valerie!
Heather: When you’re in the Stardew mines and you look up and realize it’s 1:40 and you’re out of pepper poppers.
Natalie: OH NO! DON’T!
Carmen: The scream that I screamt.
Riese: lol this was a cute little ending situation
Valerie: It was perfect because i went “ahh!” but then they also went “ahh!” so it made me feel better.
Natalie: I really wonder where the heck they are because…what is going on in the background?
Carmen: Some kind of retreat obviously because, “Too high! I’m too high!”
Riese: Yeah someone is about to have a spiritual awakening!!!
Carmen: I love this title card, might be my favorite title card. Is no one going to ask why Finley’s about to kiss Dani?
Carmen: Just me?
Riese: I think it might be like that TLW original Season 6 poster where everybody is licking each other’s necks
Riese: Or else ….
Valerie: NOVEMBER 18th, let’s goooo!