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.
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!!!
A trick offers Brian a New York treat. Blake and Ted’s new relationship hits a pretty significant speedbump. Vic faces his truth and reclaims his name in the process. Dr. David is needed elsewhere and decides he wants Michael to come with him.
This episode shows our guys responding to and interacting with the idea of love. Whether they are diving head first into it (Emmett), trying to pin it down (Justin), running from it (Brian), cultivating it (Ted and Blake), daring to hope for something similar to it (Vic), or right in the thick of it (Michael and Dr. David). Also, Babylon crowns a new king!!!
We devoted a few very important minutes to debating zodiac signs, because it felt natural.
Ted committs to helping Blake, despite Emmett’s very loud and very aggressive warnings. Justin does a favor for Daphne and blurs some lines in the process. Brian deals with a loss the only way he knows how. Also, we detour briefly to thank all the adoptive parents, both legal and implied, who have opened their hearts and homes to younger members of the LGBTQ+ community.
*To be clear, we know the members of the Liberty Ave. gang all love each other. They just misunderstand and mishandle each other at times. Just like any other family!