*** Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the Barbelle Season 1 finale***
Are you in need of more Barbelle? Well Poptarts, you’re not alone in that feeling. Since its official release on KindaTV’s YouTubechannel, we here at The TV Junkies have also been hooked on the web series starring and co-created by Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn. The duo portray pop stars Barbelle, and most of Season 1 saw their characters, Veronica and Alice, keep up appearances for the public despite breaking up behind the scenes. While Veronica lamented the loss of the relationship and tried to get Alice to reconsider, Alice was busy falling for another young pop star they were working with, Lulu St. Clair (Cynthia Hicks).
The 10 episode season was a bit of a roller coaster, especially for Veronica as she struggled with drug and alcohol issues, and heading into the final two episodes it looked like she may have officially hit rock bottom. That’s exactly why Episode 9 was the perfect time for Natasha Negovanlis, star of KindaTV hit Carmilla, to appear in a guest role as the Ghost of Girlfriends past. She took Veronica on a journey that ultimately served as the wakeup call she sorely needed. Negovanlis’ appearance, no doubt something that fans loved, came about organically. “Natasha and I have been friends for a long time and we’ve never gotten a chance to work together,” Cumyn recently told The TV Junkies. “This was just us forcing an opportunity,” she said before adding that she hoped “this isn’t the last time we work together because that little piece was fun!”
Negovanlis’ ghost took Veronica on her personal journey just as Alice was covering for her by showing up as prom date for Barbelle super fan Brooklyn (Kiana Madeira). While there, Lulu tracked down Alice to tell her that she thinks she loves her, but Alice ended things since Lulu wasn’t ready to come out publicly to her parents or the public. Regardless of whether or not that was the end of Barbelle’s central love triangle, it’s one that’s been refreshing to watch as it has kept viewers alternately rooting for Lulu or Veronica based on the situation.
“To be honest we got nervous about it all the time,” Cumyn told us about writing that love triangle. She said that they “constantly had discussions like ‘Why is anyone going to like Alice? Everyone is going to hate Veronica here! Why would anyone enjoy Lulu’s presence?’” Cumyn speculated that the triangle may work so well because of “the fact that we were constantly worried about it.” Regardless, in the end Cumyn said she “hopes the audience feels for all those characters in turn.”
Just as Alice was rejecting Lulu’s last effort to save their relationship, Veronica showed up at prom and serenaded Alice. The grand gesture worked in her favor as the duo reunited officially, and not just for cameras. But does this mean their problems just magically go away? “Absolutely not! If there is a Season 2 I have a feeling that there will be a lot of therapy session scenes,” joked Cumyn. Speaking of that Season 2, well Cumyn told us that she “just saw Karen last night and she would not shut up about Season 2. She’s already started writing the first episode.”
That’s great for fans who want more Barbelle and may be wondering what the next steps could be. Cumyn admitted that she’s “not sure at the moment” what’s next and urged fans to just “hang tight.” However, if it involves something like Season 1’s Indiegogo campaign they will definitely let fans know. “We will totally ask for things if we need them,” she joked. Mainly though, Cumyn said they are just “trying to figure out how to go about it and who to approach that would be interested in making another season happen.” She also joked that “we have very expensive ideas and want them all to happen.”
Wanting those ideas to happen and not compromising on production value, locations and other aspects of Season 1 served to really set Barbelle out in a crowd to the viewer. “I am glad to hear that,” Cumyn noted. She went on to explain that it “was very important and it’s something that has always bothered me and not seemed fair to me, that series with a LGBTQ focus always fall down in some aspects of the production. It’s always been unfair.” Cumyn is quick to note that she’s not calling Barbelle perfect, but is proud of the series and ready to make it even better should they get a Season 2. “We had a very small budget, so we did have to compromise in certain ways, but I hope to never have to do it again,” she said.
What did you think of Barbelle‘s first season? Add your thoughts and hopes for Season 2 in the comments below!
Barbelle Season 1 is available in its entirety now on KindaTV.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.