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Written by on July 23, 2020

Story By Chuck Tackett


“Some boys take a beautiful girl and hide her away from the rest of the world. I want to be the one to walk in the sun, oh girls they want to have fun, oh girls they want to have fun.”

Cyndi Lauper, singer

Since some of my readerships are not all LGBTQ folks, I thought I probably need to explain what the term “Cisgender” means.

According to Healthcare magazine, the prefix of “cis” means “on the same side as.” Folks who are Cisgender remain on the same side of the gender they were initially identified as at birth. People who are Transgender move across genders.

Recently, on July 5th, a new movie premiered on Netflix. The title of the film is called “Only.” It is described as a post-apocalyptical romance movie.

In this film, a couple named Eva and Will is forced in quarantine after a comet spews snow-like ash all over the world. The ash contains a virus that kills Cisgender females if they come in contact with it.

Eva is played by actress Freida Pinto and Will is played by actor Leslie Odon Jr. of “Hamilton” fame. The only other actor I recognized was Chandler Riggs. He is best known for playing Carl Grimes, the son of Rick Grimes in the TV series, “The Walking Dead.”

“Only” centers more on the stress and strain of being in quarantine and how it affects Will and Eva’s romantic relationship. Eva feels like a caged animal. Their home is covered in plastic. When Will goes outside to run errands, he has to decontaminate himself before entering their home. He is also stressed trying to keep Eva safe while she becomes more agitated being locked up. Will has to deal with predatory men and hiding Eva from government military-type troopers who invade folks’ homes looking for healthy, non-infected Cisgender females of child-bearing ages and beyond. Some viewers would define Will’s actions toward Eva as controlling and or misogynistic.

When I first learned what “Only” was about, I wonder how were they going to address Transgender males and females. For a quick second, a Transgender female was shown trying to pull tricks. Nothing was mentioned about Transgender males.

Thinking about Transgender males in that possible scenario, reminded me of that 2001 documentary regarding the last year of Robert Eads, a southern Transgender man who was dying from ovarian cancer. The documentary was called “Southern Comfort.”

My next thought was would they address this possible scenario regarding folks who are Hermaphrodites. That answer was no. Some folks may think I am being far-fetching, but looking at what the characters were eating, I didn’t recall seeing any eggs, any dairy. I was wondering if it was just the females in the human species that were endangered of extinction.

Everything considered, it was an entertaining movie to watch, but in my opinion, it should have been a Netflix limited series, or what we used to call a miniseries. instead of an hour and a half movie. There was just way too much info they could have worked with. It just felt a little rushed.

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