Bridgette had quite an interesting storyline on last week’s episode of Medium, but I did find myself wishing that it was a little different. I already mentioned in my review that I thought it would be cool if Marie was demonstrating her psychic tendencies by writing the “I love Finn” stuff as Bridgette, having tapped into her real feelings for the boy. Failing that, why not make Bridgette a lesbian?
I know I’m being a little flip, but I’m actually serious. Maria Lark is a fantastic actress, and she could do an incredible job with such heavy subject matter. When Bridgette was crying to Ariel about how happy she was when she thought she liked Finn because it made her feel normal “for once,” my heart broke for her. Lark is great at portraying a quirky little girl, and I’d love to see her take the emotion she displayed in this episode a little further; to really discover why she feels so alienated and why she wasn’t sure she had feelings for Finn.
One of the things that Ugly Betty (RIP) has done exceedingly well, is write for the character of Betty’s nephew, Justin. The subject of Justin’s sexuality as a middle-schooler was something that was touched on, but not directly addressed until this season, when he entered high school. Mark Indelicato does an amazing job portraying a boy, who, even though he is in a perfectly loving and understanding family who would embrace him no matter what his sexual orientation, still denies that he’s gay to everyone– including himself.
Ugly Betty, while serious at times, is a campy comedy show. Medium, on the other hand, is more of a traditional family drama. I would love to see how they would deal with Bridgette questioning her sexuality at a time when she’s first discovering it for herself. I’d also love to see a portrayal of a young lesbian on television, as many people, including the media, seem to believe that lesbianism is either a product of college experimentation, or a result of middle-aged women giving up on men.
Medium has an opportunity here that few other shows on television do: It’s a long-running show, somewhat in danger of cancellation, and in desperate need of buzz, and it has a child actor who is capable of handling a wide range of subject matter. Medium could get people talking about it again, by portraying this issue not in a salacious way, but in a thoughtful, caring way that nobody else on television is really doing right now. While I don’t think they’re going to take this opportunity, I’d love it if they would.