Dolly, you look fucked up!
by The Hat
Maupin's More Tales finally had its Showtime debut (6/8, 6/9), and it certainly did not disappoint. More Tales is the follow-up to the highly controversial PBS series Tales of the City that was shown originally four years ago.
The controversy? Well, fellow Urbanites, brace yourselves. Ready?
Everyone smokes pot.
Tits and ass are plentiful.
And, most excitingly, in More Tales we get dick. And there you have it.
While the rest of the nation is still debating whether or not women should "submit graciously to their husbands" (Baptist Convention, June 10, 1998) or if a meteorite will destroy Orlando because of Gay Day at Disney World (700 Club, June 1998), the characters of Tales and More Tales set in 1977 have no "objections to anything whatsoever." And that is the beauty and charm of the series - the unabashed, yet innocent, acceptance of people.
So, I curled up with my current "Significant Other" (really bad pun, I know, I apologize to all Maupin fans), a bowl of popcorn, and some happy smoke, and drank in every moment of More Tales. Without a doubt, Mother Mucka, who is the newest member of the family, steals the show and is surely to start a new vernacular. I think we will call it Mucka-speak.
Here are two Mucka-speak lines you can immediately begin using:
Doll-le, you look fucked up!
Winnemucka is an old mother fucka!
The entire cast is superb, including the new Mouse, Mona, and Brian. The only real flaw was Olympia Dukakis' make-up. Hello! In Tales she was a beautiful, elder lady. In More Tales she looks like a drag queen. A very bad drag queen. Yes, she is supposed to be playing a transsexual, but the difference between the two series is striking, and she simply did not look like the magical Mrs. Madrigal that I remember. But we will always love Olympia anyway, bad hair day or not, and her performance is worth every damn cable/Showtime penny that I had to spend because PBS has no balls!
More Tales is a must see, especially if you think a meteorite is going to take out Orlando. If you missed the premiere, don't worry Showtime if running the entire series on Tuesday nights beginning at 10PM.
Also check out the official Tales of the City website at (http://www.talesofthecity.com/home.html).
Tales of the City, Parts 1 &2, June 9
Tales of the City, Parts 3 &4, June 16
Tales of the City, Part, 5 & 6, June 23
More Tales of the City, Parts 1 & 2, June 30
More Tales of the City, Parts 3 &4, July 7
More Tales of the City, Parts 5 & 6, July 14
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