Is this show in general meant to be a comedy? Or is it just the gay characters who are being played for laughs? Because if it's the latter it doesn't sit too well with me ...
That being said, I'm pleasantly surprised by how sexual the gay couple is allowed to be, with passionate kissing and bed scenes. I didn't think that would fly on Argentine television, but admittedly I only have the past example of South American telenovelas and the character of Pope Francis on which to base my assumptions.
I remember Botineras was pretty sexual with its gay couple, Lalo and Manuel. It was melodramatic on the same station Telefe several years ago. It was about a professional football (soccer) in Argentina. I did not like the violence on that telenovela. This one is comedy with one of the main characters, Segundo is a professional polo player who falls in love with Tony, (petisero) who takes care of the horses. Not a lot of kisses between the two characters, more slaps (very slap-stickish) and Segundo struggling with coming out and how it affects his family--mainly his homophobic parents, brother and sister in law, wife and two teenage sons. Also he is afraid of losing sponsors with his polo career. I know some find the stereotypical humor homophobic but I still think Segundo and Tony are adorable.
I'm also not taking it as a personal slight on what I think or feel, if someone doesn't share my pov. Not everyone's going to think, or believe in the same way I do. I don't see that as a negative reflection on me as a person. I don't feel put off by coming on here and posting my thoughts, because someone doesn't share them. These varying povs are based (or should be based) on the storyline.
I have been watching this as soon as the clips have gone up! So funny!!!!! mariel2378 (who also did some of the fan vids above) has been putting up translated clips and she is currently up to clip 22 and she has done the final episode (for the people who like to jump ahead!)
The thing I love about this telenovela is Segundo as his face is so expressive and he has these wonderfully funny moments when he thinks his wife has found out he is gay and is love with Tony. I particularly love his little moments in the bathroom when he breaks out with the lip syncing and some dance moves. (close seconds are the cologne ad! and when he sneaks into a gay club).
And of course there is Tony... who spends a lot of time being topless clueless... and a couple of times where he pouts and feels a bit jealous which is really cute. And just recently he has shown a sweet side when he watched Brokeback Mountain and cried! So huggable.
I can honestly say I have never seen anything like this... It is so ridiculous and hilarious but it still manages to keep the feelings real (underneath all the diva antics!). I really feel that when Segundo is trying to get Tony to admit he cares for him (very badly by alluding to Brokeback Mountain in a way that just confused the hell out of Tony!!!) he is doing it to see where he stands and whether he should take the steps needed to leave his wife. Segundo's problem is himself and his need to constantly overthink everything and care what his absolutely horrible family think of him. Can't wait to see the melodramatic showdown between Segundo and his family! I would be surprised to see the house still standing!
And if you need anymore reason to see it, to give you an idea on the humour, there is a scene where Segundo has stopped off the side the road to pray at an altar.. He is asking for signs to help him find his way as he loves Tony but he still doesn't want to lose his family. He then asks for help to straighten out...
And there Segundo is pleading on his knees for help to understand who he is and asks for a sign to tell him when a car drives past and the driver yells out "f*ggot, park where you want!" And Segundos' face is priceless.