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.
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.