TV That Matters – Pose

Put it this way, I watch an episode of Pose on BBC iPlayer at 10pm Friday night, Saturday morning I’m preparing myself to support Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the FA Premier League.

If that’s not an advert for what Pose is trying to achieve then I don’t know what is.

It was with large doses of scepticism that I clicked to watch the first episode of the transgender drama about acceptance and living through the AIDs epidemic in the 80s, and yet it has completely hooked me. This is down to everything about the show, from the story tropes, to the characters, the acting, and the extraordinary scenes of the ‘balls’.

The premise is simple; Blanca is a member of the House Of Abundance but decides to break away and form her own house (House of Evangelista) after not being able to put up with her cruel house mother Elektra any longer. But out of this most colloquial of story tropes, about the age old maxims of betrayal and revenge, comes a show that is unique, enthralling and terribly moving. The story of the underdog rising from the ashes has been the most satisfying entertainment curb for as long as TV immemorial. However it seems to come across that bit more intense in Pose, probably down to the fact many of the lead actors are transgender in real life.

But Pose is so much more than just another opinionated outlet in the politically toxic sociotheatre arguing for and against whether to sympathise with the struggles of minority communities. In hooking me, who, a mere twelve hours after watching the show was standing in a stadium with a load of predominantly male heterosexual football supporters, it proves that Pose taps into more than conventionality.

Whether it’s down to the writing of messrs Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals and their brilliant representation of the subject matter, or whether it’s just a glaringly natural route the issues of the show takes (the transgender community’s struggles with acceptance, denial, and discovering oneself) Pose‘s problems reaches to a wider audience.

It’s an extraordinary way to prove that the hopes and fears of the LGBTQ community, (and every other minority covered by the rest of the alphabet), are just the same as the majority’s concerns. It’s been a rubbish start to the year personally, but Pose is one of the rare success stories I’ve discovered in 2019.

Pose has two more episodes to run on BBC Two Thursday 9pm.
Catch the entire series on iPlayer now.

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