A black comedy premiered on Showtime on July 18 that focuses on a depressed and suicidal widow and the family of her adult daughter. Added to this is a teenage character born female but who hopes to go male.
Showtime aired two episodes of the Australian show The end Sunday night. In the first, titled “Do Not Resuscitate”, we are introduced to the main characters. Edie Henley (Harriet Walter) is depressed by her life as a widow and tries to kill herself. Instead, her house burned down and firefighters rescued her. After that, her daughter moved Edie from England to her hometown in Australia.
As Edie and her family drive from the airport to Edie’s seniors community, Edie is confused to hear her granddaughter, whom she believed to be a lesbian, being called under a new name and as ” him “. The girl named Tatiana is now Oberon (Morgan Davies) and uses masculine pronouns. Edie’s daughter, Doctor Kate (Frances O’Connor), confirms the situation and says getting used to the new pronoun usage “just takes practice.”
Edie: I thought Titania decided she wasn’t a lesbian.
Persephone: His name is Oberon. We use boyish pronouns now.
Kate: Just practice.
Later, in the second episode titled “Toxic Shock Syndrome”, Oberon hangs out with a gay friend named Jasper. They observe older men who they think are gays locked up while taking drugs. In a conversation, Jasper describes what Oberon’s penis should look like and how it should be designed. Oberon tells Jasper that she wants to donate her belly to a woman in need. Jasper half-jokes to Oberon to donate his belly to him so they can have a baby together. Jasper ends up telling Oberon to keep his belly because it’s easier to deal with lesbians.
Oberon: As long as it’s attached, I don’t care.
Jasper: Okay. No. If you can conceive of it, you have a duty. Good. I’m thinking eight inches, straight with a slight bend. Black. Yes. Okay. You have a black rooster.
Oberon: I’m going to donate my belly to a woman in need.
Jasper: Okay. Fuck you with the women in need. Give it to me so you and I can have a baby together.
Oberon: With my black cock and your belly? We would be the best parents.
Jasper: Mark wants to see me. Am I fucked too much or just fucked enough? Okay. Listen, listen, listen. There will be a bus here in 12 and a half minutes. You should keep your belly. The world of twinks is brutal. Lesbians are much more forgiving. Good. Goodbye.
Oberon is a teenage girl who went from lesbian to non-lesbian to trans. It appears from the episode that she was suicidal and that she is in therapy. There is nothing normal about all of this for most families, although in today’s entertainment world it is common to feature trans characters instead of gay characters. Trans is the new gay. We will see how far Oberon’s mother, a doctor, goes with this choice of her child.