New overlapping dramas ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’ Come to Logo
Russell T. Davies, who gave us the original British version of the sizzling hot gay soap opera Queer as Folk, returns to his Queer TV roots with a pair of interconnected gay comedic dramas now airing on Logo.
The peculiarly titled Cucumber focuses on Henry, a restless, middle aged gay man in Manchester, UK, who can't keep his wandering eyes off of younger men who have little interest in him. Every time Henry salivates over a younger man's tight jeans, he envisions a large, hard cucumber slapping into his hand.
Companion series Banana examines the lives of some of the younger gay men whom Henry is lusting after. Characters from each series wander in and out of both shows.
As Cucumber begins, Henry (Vincent Franklin) has lived with Lance (Cyril Nri) for nine years. Their sex life sucks. After Lance brings a hot young guy home, all hell breaks loose. Henry is left to start his life anew as he moves into a loft with two twenty year old slackers. Cucumber will focus on Henry's new life in a serialized format.
Sister series Banana allows viewers to take a closer look at the lives of the young kids that Henry is so enamored with. The overlapping storylines are easy enough to follow providing viewers never miss any episodes of either show. One series featuring all of the characters might have been a better course of action for producer Davies to follow.
That one issue aside, “Cucumber” and “Banana” are well worth a look. Alternately funny, serious and insightful, both shows are a no holds barred look at 21st century gay life. The language is graphic. In the first episode of Cucumber, Henry delivers a hilariously raunchy monologue about actor Ryan Reynolds' cock.
Things take a very serious and dramatic turn in Cucumber's second installment when Henry deliberately sabotages his one chance to repair his broken relationship with Lance — he'd rather chase after a twenty year old blonde boy. It's both heartbreaking and humorous to see how often we can be our own worst enemy.
“Cucumber” and “Banana” are now airing on Logo.