Once upon a time in Indiana, I went over to hang with my BFF and he made me watch The Game
Well, I mean, it's not as though I hugely minded (when you are with your BFF, obviously, you can potentially have more
fun if you watch the dumbest thing ever made, as long as you're together), but it was definitely not, in any way, my choice: A dramedy about a bunch of bitches in the NFL and their wives, girlfriends, and mothers? No thank you, although the fact that it was on BET, which had previously led my BFF (who, by the way, grew up in "the hood") to introduce me to more than a few Pure Unadulterated Comedy Gold gems, did pique my interest quite a bit.
Anyway, despite its boring-beyond-all-reason premise, I did find myself enjoying it for the following reasons:
* One of the main characters was played by Brandy, and that just makes me all kinds of happy.
* From a purely SCIENCEY sociological-ish perspective, I find it fascinating how these people, who range from younger than me to middle-aged, can make all this insane level of money for literally playing games (or, in the case of the wives & girlfriends & mothers, knowing people who literally play games), and still act like teenagers.
* Sometimes, intentionally or not, it is beyond funny. For example, in the episode we watched then, I laughed myself to tears over a scene in a grocery store where one of the NFL Bitches asks his girlfriend why they're on the cover of a bunch of sports magazines and Black Hair
. Her response? "Because my hair happens to occasionally be on point."
SO YEAH, when I discovered that the first three seasons (which did not air on BET, interestingly; read up on this show's strangely complicated channel-hopping journey here
) were available on Netflix, you can understand how NATURALLY I would be inclined to do a thing like watch seven episodes in a row.And I have thoughts!
MELANIE - Is played by Tia (of Tia & Tamera), who eventually leaves and gets replaced by a new character who is played by Brandy (note: Tony explained all of this to me during commercial breaks, and I should have recorded the whole thing). In medical school. Her boyfriend, Derwin, is a rookie. So far, we have met zero of her non-Sunbeam friends except for a classmate, whose name I've already forgotten because she was only in one episode, who weaseled her way into a game so she could hook up with Malik. Although she is, you know, in med school, so she probably doesn't have a ton of free time, and whatever time she does have is pretty much taken the fuck up between Tasha and Kelly. Anyway, she's pretty great, but I'm trying not to get attached, since I already know she will eventually leave the show.
DERWIN - Melanie's boo thang. In his rookie year on (with? in? I don't care about sports terms) the San Diego Sabers (who I'm fairly certain are as fictional as Pawnee, Indiana). Should never wear a shirt.
TASHA - Everything. No, seriously, this character might be my new everything. Long before meeting my BFF (who, remember, is from "the hood" and sometimes tells me stories about his mother and grandmother and auntie), I always felt this weird kinship with Sassy Black Women
. . . which basically explained itself in a way that made perfect sense once I realized I was gay, because some stereotypes are completely true.
I know I'm only seven episodes in, but I kind of worship her. She's every bit as snarky as Emily Gilmore or Lady Grantham or Endora . . . but, you know, younger. And not a witch. Or British. Or a ginger.
MALIK - Quarterback. Kind of a dick. Lives with his mama (who, I forgot to mention, is also his manager, who is also Tasha). Any time he's unhappy about anything, everybody around him acts like he's an exceptionally emotional toddler who will literally go nuclear if he throws a tantrum. Frankly, it's pathetic.
KELLY - The white girl! I don't know, y'all. I want to like her even though she annoys me. Because she is just that funny. Sort of. It's complicated.
But I do love the fact that one character, who has so far made two Completely Serious Jokes about "black hair" that I've caught, also says something about the fact that she's white about once an episode. And that character, obviously, is Tasha.
JASON - Will eventually end up with the character played by Brandy, so it's interesting to me that the writers have already
made the fact that he & Kelly have deep-rooted difficulties in their relationship kind of a crucial theme of the show.
Are those all of my thoughts? No, of course not. But shut up, I must watch episode eight!