Note: This post contains spoilers for season 2, episode 7 of HBO’s Euphoria.
Euphoria viewers have been patiently waiting for the ticking time bomb of Lexi’s play to finally go off, and boy, did it go off.
For the past several episodes, Lexi (Maude Apatow) has been working on a play called Our Life, which, true to its name, explores the lives of Lexi, her older sister Cassie, and their friends Rue, Kat and Maddy.
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The play also features a version of Maddy’s hyper-masculine ex-boyfriend, Nate.
Except in this play-within-the-series, there’s something just a tad homoerotic about Nate and his group of jock friends.
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Set to the tune of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero,” the dance left quite the impression on both audiences — the one in the show, and the ones watching at home.
“We filmed that over a three-day span, and it was a lot of work,” Austin Abrams, who plays the fictionalized play version of the already-fictional Nate, told Variety about shooting the scene. “It took a lot of physical exertion. I was doing that dance a million times over those days. But, I loved the dance, I loved the guys that I was dancing with and it felt very real. I loved the energy exchanged between the performers and the actors and the audience because there was a crowd there.”
“It’s one of those songs that makes me so happy,” he added. “It puts everyone in a great mood, honestly.”
The season finale of Euphoria arrives Sunday, February 27 at 6pm PT/9pm ET on HBO Max.
A bit of a bore
Im into older men but even I thought it homoerotic by the definition of the word. You must be so jaded to not think so. i am really confused as to if you know the meaning of the word? It was not the best thing I have ever seen but it was FAR from boring
That dance sequence was a blatant example of the homoerotic. If you thought that was not homoerotic and boring, you might want to reconsider how much gay porn you’re consuming. Regardless, you missed the point. Homoerotic or not, it sexualized kids in a way that was totally gross and apparently lost on the parents in the audience. The world that show is set in is completely messed up.
This show is groundbreaking in so many respects. I’m particularly curious about Nate’s dream about daddy climbing on top of him – was this a memory, or a fantasy? Are there any outtakes from when they shot that? Please?
I couldn’t agree more! LOL @ wanting the outtakes! I’m thinking his dream was a memory and is possibly the reason why he’s so evil.
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It bothers me that gay themed shows have to revolve around sexualization. If there’s not a 1/2 naked man it probably will end up on the cutting floor and yet they can’t seem to make a good movie even with gratuitous sex. The plots are either so stereotypical or just bad that most of them I can never get through.
There’s obviously a way to write parts that don’t have to revolve around sexuality I see shows all the time that don’t feel the need to have a sex scene or if they do it’s natural and not the high point of the show.
I haven’t watched this series because I don’t have HBO but it’s gotten lots of comments about the it’s salaciousness. I guess I’m waiting for the show that just happens to have gay people that are just doing other things and their sexuality doesn’t need to be front and center but the plot does. I don’t if any of you watched Family on ABC some years back it had a gay character that was just a person that was part of the family maybe a bit underdeveloped but still it didn’t need to revolve around their sex life as I recall.
Lots of half-naked guys wearing Gold Lamé trousers.
Wait .. let me just go look that up on my hanky code chart.
This show is pukey on a lot of levels, beginning with the drug addict character at its center, played by Zendaya. While I feel for her character–and real addicts in everyday life–there’s essentially zero growth with Rue at all, and it’s frustrating to watch her keep on repeating the same patterns, which I guess is the point, but that doesn’t make it interesting. The show also includes gratuitous violence, really rapey scenes (the rich father character having sex with teenager trans and non-binary characters isn’t sexy), erased the main Black male character, and oozes in general creepiness in its relentless focus on the supposedly teenage girls and their sex lives. The director Levinson actually received pushback from some of the actors, including the one who plays Kat, for good reason.
The New Yorker had a funny “review” recently:
An Episode of “Euphoria,” Based Solely on the Jokes I’ve Seen About It on Social Media
Isn’t is mocking gays for the delight of straights?