Show: The L Word. Character Status: Recurring. Endgame: None. Orientation: Lesbian. Show Status: Over.
18 Things About "The L Word" That Make Absolutely No Fucking Sense
Paige Sobel, The L Word - LGBT Fans Deserve Better
I enjoyed this—the fourth—season of The L Word more than any since the first. Producer Ilene Chaiken has returned to form, allowing a pleasing lightness back into the show, and slowing down the race to caricature and stereotype the characters. The star-billed guest artists enhanced the season, and the plot stayed on the more realistic side of outlandish than it has for the last two years. The Season Four finale left our heroines in various states of relationship distress, disorder, and for the first time in a while, pleasure. Max was estranged from the rest of the L Word women this season, spinning out his gender transition mostly at work, which offered the show a chance to address gender discrimination in employment. While this polite trans-mentsch says his good-byes, the smug straight people sit chagrined and a little ashamed at their own ignorance and bigotry.
The Feminist Spectator
Shane was originally billed to Moennig as "sexy" and "androgynous". She has elements of realism because "life imitates art and art imitates life". The actress further explained that she related to certain aspects of Shane's storylines because she had previously experienced them. Fellow cast member Leisha Hailey who plays Alice Pieszecki also disagreed and believed that Shane was more androgynous. Moennig told Karman Kregloe from AfterEllen.
In the first episode, she shows up wearing a tiny leather vest and some string. No one in the history of clothes has ever dressed like this on purpose. Even when they weren't wearing shower curtains or beige plastic, the cast were strutting about in mirrored sunglasses, paisley bandanas, and cheesecloth shirts with birds embroidered on them why, Tina, why. They deserved better.