In closing, it would be appropriate to briefly mention another aspect of the possible "queering of time" that has been done many times over and thankfully keeps reappearing on our screens. The cinematic effects of slowing time around the lovers are one thing, but what if the time was slowed, or completely frozen, as part of the plot of the story itself? What if the queer characters were allowed to exist in spite of time, forever youthful, forever joyful? There is a multitude of examples of immortals in media, but the explicitly queer ones are few and far between. Just two years ago I had the pleasure of watching two immortal guardians of the earth preserving their love through literal centuries in Greg Rucka's The Old Guard (2020)
– and it changed me forever, I think, and it has the potential to change you as well. More recently, Victoria Schwab's First Kill (2022)
showed the world what the lesbian vampires and their huntresses are all about – messy, campy, but all the more queer for it. These examples, once again, challenge the concept of "straight time" – in a literal sense, by not making the characters age, of course.
After all, there is no greater refusal to adhere to time imposed by a patriarchal society than the ability to fuck it up completely. Right? Our Flag Means Death has been renewed for season 2.
Heartstopper has been renewed for seasons 2 and 3.
Young Royals has wrapped filming on season 2.
The Old Guard has been approved for a sequel.
First Kill is available for streaming on Netflix.
José E. Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, 2009.