[subtitles video with thanks to pepsienglish2]
Welcome to Friday Night Conversation. This is a new posting format, suggested by you, dear readers, in the wake of the Marina/Esther TdU story “Dare”. Comments after chapters turned into nice international conversations about various topics – much, though not all of them, related to femslash – and after “Dare” was finished, the conversation went on.
And now the posts are back, too. – I probably won’t be able to do this every Friday, but as long as there are people interested in having a conversation, I’ll try to offer a LGBT-related text (focus on “L”), sometimes non-fiction, perhaps sometimes fiction, and invite you to share your opinions, thoughts and experiences.
This first topic comes right out of the discussion following the finale of “Dare” that centered around various maintext femslash couples currently on air. Last week, we had a brief moment of blind reunion between Pepa and Silvia of “Los Hombres de Paco” (LHDP).
You probably all know this couple and could cite their most important dialogs in both English and Spanish, but in case someone just stumbled in… “Los Hombres de Paco” is a Spanish cop dramedy that took a turn for the supernatural in its current season. For much of the last two years, the show featured a lesbian relationship between tall-dark-and-handsome cop Pepa and Forensics Officer Silvia.
Despite some trademark “lesbian moments should generally be framed by a middle man” philosophy, and some stereotypical, but thankfully brief “wanting a child/sleeping with men/cheating” storyline, this show got it right. To me, these two are the best portrayal of a lesbian relationship on TV so far – as far as I’m concerned Pepa and Silvia are magic. Even the Curtis-falls-for-Pepa-and-suggests-threesome storyline that I would have hated anywhere else managed to come through with Pepa and Silvia making out and stealing each other’s bras and with all of us feeling really sorry for poor Curtis.
Unfortunately, Silvia’s character died a very gruesome death last year (on her wedding day, in her wedding dress, leaving a windowed Pepa behind). The actress wanted to leave the show, and how do you break up the perfect couple? Not at all. Only by death. (or witness protection). I still think it should have been less gory then bleeding out into her own wedding dress.
If all this is new to you, cancel your weekend plans, head over to the current English Channel dedicated to Pepa and Silvia on YouTube and follow their story from Day One. And while you’re there, don’t miss the Magic of the Hangar (and ignore the porn saxophon in the background music, please).
After Silvia’s unfortunate demise, there was an international campaign lobbying for her return the likes of which I haven’t seen in the dozen years I’ve now been around fandoms.
And with the show continuing in its new supernatural season, and WidowPepa sacrificing everything to get even with the person responsible for Silvia’s death, there was an interview with Laura Sanchez (Pepa) where she hinted at a “Ghost” (re)appearance of Silvia, which brings us to last week and the clip above – continuing to work the “one true love” story they have given Pepa and Silvia so far. They still wear their wedding rings, there’s tears and invocations of that “one”, everlasting love.
Anyone around here who did not cry like a baby?
And more so, after many month without watching any clips of the show I was surprised at how much of a gut reaction I had to seeing Silvia reappear. As if the loss to the fandom community had only been come apparent by the character’s renewed appearance, making the empty spot she left that much more palpable.
And my question is: why are Pepa and Silvia a pairing that manages to touch so many people from so many different walks of life all around the planet so much?
Is it the mixture between cute and playful in the slow build-up that probably reminds many of us of their own first love? Is it the way the story is treated as a love story like any other, with addressing fear of coming out, but without making it a central issue? (Re: Hangar!)? Or is it the way the story narrative resembles a fairy tale in always putting those two back together and having them seem intended for the other from the first moment on (despite Silvia’s earlier marriage to Lucas, it was later revealed that the first kiss she had ever shared had, in fact, been with Pepa)? Is it that comforting sense of a determined, intended relationship that thus can withstand all doubts, with even the “Ghost” scene last week touching once more the “one and only” myth? The myth of purpose, and not of distraction?
What is the secret of Pepa & Silvia?
What – if you like this couple – go it you hooked on them, what is your favorite scene? (IF you don’t like them: what’s turning you off?) What makes them so damn perfect? And do you have any fanfic recommendations regarding these two characters?
And what’s your opinion on Sanchez’s recent statement that Pepa “is in love with Silvia, but she needs someone to give her a hug”? What do you think about the possibility of Pepa hooking up with somebody else? Is your hair standing on end like mine at the mere suggestion or do you accept the reality of TV show business (hell no, why else would we be into fanfic?) that dictates that a single female character under 70 must be paired off again ASAP? And what would be worse – if Pepa “needs a hug” would mean hooking her up with a man or a with woman?
Personally, I’d prefer a lonely and driven Pepa. And Silvia coming back eventually. This show IS supernatural now, right? Silvia came already back once… right? So she could come back again… right??!! The only thing she needs to work on is visibility. To Pepa, that is. – It could be a cameo in the last episode ever, I don’t care, it would give everything a frame of meaning.
Do you have a favorite “Silvia returns” scenario?
I only have one demand: it’s got to raise goosebumps.
…and apropos goosebumps: