“The L Word: Generation Q” Teaser: Love is Life and Shane is Still Shane

It’s only been a month since The L Word: Generation Q blessed us with mayoral candidate Bette Porter, talk show host Alice Pieszecki, and a whole new group of conventionally attractive queers. But already we have a new teaser and with it the introduction of fucks a flight attendant on her private jet Shane McCutcheon.

Yes, this 30 second mix of new and old footage has plenty of gifts, including Bette and Alice characteristically and oh so cutely giving Shane a hard time for this little liaison. We also get our first real look at Leo Sheng’s Micah as he asks a guy on a date and accidentally smashes a chair through a window. And we meet Stephanie Allyne’s Nat as she tells someone she wants them to feel part of her family.

That isn’t all. Alice is making out with someone! And we get another shot of Bette having sex!

“Love… Is… Life” the trailer informs us. Not just a beautiful sentiment, but a promise that The L Word will continue to use L-words whenever possible. This should be reassuring for anyone worried each episode title of the anticipated reboot would start with the letter Q.

My big questions after this teaser:
1. How does Shane have a private jet?
2. How does Micah fit in with the rest of the group?
3. Who is Nat? Is she someone we know and love’s ex or current partner?
And, most, importantly…
4. Who is Alice making out with??

We’ll get all these answers and so much more when the show premieres December 8th. Or next month when another trailer drops.

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Drew is a Brooklyn-based writer, filmmaker, and theatremaker. She is a Senior Editor at Autostraddle with a focus in film and television, sex and dating, and politics. Her writing can also be found at Bright Wall/Dark Room, Cosmopolitan UK, Refinery29, Into, them, and Knock LA. She was a 2022 Outfest Screenwriting Lab Notable Writer and a 2023 Lambda Literary Screenwriting Fellow. She is currently working on a million film and TV projects mostly about queer trans women. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. “Love… Is… Life”? Hmm I don’t know… every piece of Pride merchandise keeps telling me that “love is love”

  2. I mean I am glad this promo at least featured Leo Sheng, but we haven’t seen either of the two cast transwomen’s faces in the two promos we got this far which has me honestly worried.

    Is it just coincidence that the two transmen have been more heavily featured(but not featured very much) than the transmen or is this some conscious or unconscious transphobia that connects transmen more with lesbians/queer women than transwomen?

    Or maybe I am just paranoid and their focus on the original cast hasn’t left them with enough time in the promos to highlight all characters as much as they want.

    • I am also worried about this! I think we spotted Sophie Giannamore (one of the trans women) in the first trailer talking to the actor playing Angelica, which is hopeful, and then Jaime Clayton was part of the later casting which makes me wonder if they haven’t filmed her scenes yet. I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect you’re on the money that the L Word folks are more comfortable bringing trans men into the stories of this community than trans women which is shitty.

    • The trans male characters are almost definitely going to be bigger characters than the trans women. I think the idea was they felt a need to make up for Max. Which I totally get!

      I think the better question rather than why are trans men more prominent than trans women is why are cis queer people so much more prominent than trans queer people, especially when the three main returners are all cis.

      I would brace yourself at least in this first season to have very few scenes with adult trans women. Given the late casting announcement I can’t imagine Jamie Clayton has more than a brief part unfortunately.

  3. The Gillian Anderson lookalike is still looking just enough like Gillian Anderson to make me gasp before I remember that it is not Gillian Anderson. Gutted.

  4. Does that sign above Shane, Alice and Bette at the end say Dana’s or am I totally seeing the wrong partial letters…..

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