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With absolutely no regard for personal space, the two of them created an unnecessary amount of friction, generating sweat in the process.
I feel lucky to have had the US-version of Queer as Folk when I was coming out. It didn’t give me any lesbian role models to aspire to, but it did help me understand queer chosen family and ethical non-monogamy. This show is a nostalgia bomb in the groin of my heart.
So I decided to rewatch (most of) it.
Here are some of my random observations rewatching this seminal (hah!) show, 12 years later:
* Oh my god all the main characters are under 30. Jesus.
* Brian Kinney is less sexy than I remember. In college, I preferred skinny boys. Today, not so much.
* The original music REALLY made a difference. (QAF replaced all the original music for Netflix streaming). It reminds me that this show introduced me to a lot of music I hadn’t heard before (sigur ros comes to mind). The music cues made some of the scenes, like “Boys Keep Swinging” after Michael’s birthday party, “Save the Last Dance” from the prom scene, and the aforementioned Sigur Ros song. The sound-alike stuff is distracting. Between this show and The State DVD release, I have a new appreciation for music supervisors.
* I feel less bad for wanting to leave the club before midnight. I don’t do nearly the right amount of poppers to keep up with these guys.
* Why does “Pittsburg” look like West Hollywood and the Castro having an orgy? Pittsburg doesn’t look like that. Pittsburg is terrible. Forget unrealistic depictions of gay life. This set up unrealistic expectations of Midwestern gayborhoods.
* The love story between Brian and Justin holds up, though I find myself sympathizing more with Justin’s mom and Debbie than I did before. Also: 12 year age difference isn’t that creepy, unless you factor in the high school thing (which, you should).
* The writing is far more didactic than I remember. “These are gay issues. Gay people experience this. I experience this because I am gay. We are gay gay gay. Society is bad to us. Straight people should learn about us to help us be less oppressed. Gay life is unfair but gay people are fabulous.”
* The lesbians are written from the standpoint of an anthropologist on Mars. It’s not offensive necessarily (though it will get more so as seasons progress; I’m only mid-2nd season now), but just shallow and pointless.
* Justin and Daphne are played by such luminous actors.
* I enjoy playing “spot the Canadian” in each episode.
* SO MANY BUTTS.
* Overall it doesn’t feel nearly as dated as I thought it would.
* The sex scenes that often left me tittering as a 19 year old are a normal Saturday night for me now.
* Debbie is still the best. When I lived in LA, I saw plenty of stars all the time, but the one time I got too starstruck to stay calm was Sharon Gless.
* I have many men in my life who remind me of Vince, and that makes me happy.
* I remember envy the way (these) gay men had sex. And now…well, I still kind of envy it.
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