Jun 22, 2013
Tim Tyler's Luck: Gay Boy and Pirate in the Jungle
Mae West, gay icon of the 1930s -- 33 hits
Zoey 101, Disney channel teencom of the 1990s -- 330 hits
But ok, we can start with Tim Tyler's Luck.
When he strips down to his underwear to swim in a lagoon, a movie convention usually intended to divest young ladies of their clothes, a crocodile attacks, but lest the homoerotic implication become too obvious, a friendly panther, not Tarzan, rushes to the rescue.
One wonders why director Ford Beebe didn’t let Spud tag along on the adventure and take charge of the comic relief instead of Lazarre. Allowing Tim to meet and rehabilitate the pirate certainly adds to the dramatic potential of the series; however, it also inadvertently reflects the sudden intensity of love at first sight.
The bond between the brash, working-class pirate and the fey sophisticate tennis player replicates the tough-sissy gender polarization of Freddie Bartholomew and Jimmy Lydon in Tom Brown's School Days, but with a more overt erotic subtext. Tim and Lazarre’s scenes are peppered with full-body hugs and sly innuendos: “We can’t leave until daybreak. You will stay here with me tonight.” And they do not participate in the heteronormative conclusion: evidently they plan to stay together forever.