THIS FREAKING EPISODE of Queer As Folk is so good! Lindsay’s prudish behavior draws a confession out of Melanie. Ted’s new business, JerkAtWork.net, is up and running, thanks to a friendly favor from Emmett, or should we say Fetch Dixon. Michael goes to work setting up his shop, and his passion for comics catches the eye of a hot professor. Hello, Ben Bruckner!! A trip to the grocery store stirs up trouble for Brian and Justin’s….relationship? Situation? Anyway, it results in two classic QAF scenes, so we are here for it!
Michael MacLennan stops by the diner to dish about Queer As Folk from the writers’ perspecitve. Our conversation begins with a technical discussion about how the episodes came together, and goes on to cover a few key moments and arcs from Season 2 through Season 4. This episode does contain SPOILERS so beware! Check out Michael’s recent project, Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix!!
Heeding the words of the King (Elvis, that is), several members of our gang are on a journey to follow their dreams. In this episode, Ted climbs out of his “black hole of depravity” and decides to pursue a career in the porn industry. Michael eventually stands up for himself, and follows a life-long obsession into a new adventure. Justin’s dream appears to be out of his grasp, but a fellow artist and his ‘non-boyfriend’ (??) help him recapture it. It’s funny, and honest, and emotional, and everything we’ve come to expect from Queer As Folk.
PrideFest comes to Pittsburgh!! As our gang prepares for the festivities, it’s not all rainbows and roses. Shame, grief, rejection, weakness, insecurity, and a host of other obstacles threaten to derail the celebrations. Each member of our gang has to make a choice to be proud.
E’Shel sits down with Erin, host of the podcast called It’s A Fandom Thing, to take a closer look at Season 1 Brian Kinney. They share their opinions and observations on the man, the myth, the legend, and the looker! It’s a fun and insightful conversation between friends, during which they try to unveil the humanity and vulnerability behind the ego and enigma.
This super smart and satirical episode explores hypocrisy from several angles. Seriously, it’s such great writing! The gay-social-consience of Pittsburgh, Howard Bellweather, hits Liberty Avenue with some harsh words about its newly appointed hero, Brian Kinney. Michael feels like life and Brian are moving on without him. Justin and Gus take some very important steps! Emmett’s new employees are not quite what they seem, and both Emmett and Ted have to let their personal heroes off their pedestals. Also, we discuss Gay As Blazes, the show within the show!! Other things to note: Ken accuses E’Shel of being Michael-insensitive – she’s not! Well, not 100%! Also we are not shading comic book fans. We love comics! We’re just making a specific point about Michael.
This episode is full of new beginnings and chances to begin again for our Liberty Avenue Gang. Michael is trying to rediscover his footing, and Emmett helps him find a way to pay the rent in the meantime. Ted’s extracurricular activities in the office land him in some big trouble with his boss. Inspired by a classic ‘from the mouth of babes‘ moment, Melanie and Lindsay revisit their conversation on marriage. Brian tries to find the key to unlock Justin’s trapped memories. Fortunately, this episode makes us laugh enough to keep the tears at bay. Mostly!
It’s the SEASON PREMIERE and we couldn’t be more excited to catch up with our Liberty Avenue Gang. Lindsay and Melanie have to play nice and straight at Lindsay’s sister’s wedding; Emmett is still fabulous; Ted is dealing with his breakup; Michael is visiting from Portland; and Brian is in the backroom. Yep, seems about right. We also get to see what happened with Justin post-bashing. This episode gives us a lot to get riled up about, and we take advantage of as many opportunities as possible!
DISCLOSURE: Ken and E’Shel share some personal thoughts and opinions on a few social justice issues in this episode. The statements are not intended to be inflammatory, but to briefly explain some of their own observations. By no means are they suggesting that we are now living in a wholly just society, only that some progress has been made, through possibly unexpected channels.
Ken and E’Shel have wrapped Season 1 and use this episode to talk about their journey so far. It’s an honest conversation between two friends, who happen to be co-hosts of a podcast about an increadible show. You will get to hear Ken’s hopes and predictions for Season 2, while E’Shel navigates the minefield full of spoilers! We loved this chat and hope that you will enjoy it as well. And yes, we know you can hear all kinds of background noise, blame on the juice that had us feeling very loose.
We’ve reached the season finale, and this episode has no regard for our emotions. Ken and E’Shel do their best to hold it together and cover most of the ground this episode explores. Brian turns thrity, even though he really really doesn’t want to. Ted can no longer ignore Blake’s relapse and tough decisions have to be made. Michael’s move to Portland with Dr. David is looking a little iffy. Justin attends prom and everything is perfect. We’re not crying, you are! And yes, we spend ten minutes talking about a scarf. WE HAVE NO REGRETS!!!