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This review is from: Queer As Folk USA - Season 1-5 Complete [DVD] (DVD)
Queer as Folk - the US version. How long it took me to gather up the courage to watch this, I had seen the UK version at the time on Channel 4 and loved the concept, the story lines and more so that it really got everyone talking due to the subject matter. TV is, or should be, programmes which are noticed, admired, or not, but for everyone to have an opinion. So much wallpaper TV we are doomed to suffer, that when something as great as this comes along, it should be celebrated.
Oh and how it has been. Bought entirely on a whim, following a conversation at work, I ordered the entire box set with a week off to watch all 83 episodes. What was a marathon watch turned out to be an event which will stay with me forever. I felt as if I were part of all the lives of a set of characters you simply had to either fall in love with, or really hate. There was no room for indifference, and to me this marked QAF as a stunning piece of drama, right down to the supporting cast, people like Brian's mother, father, the work mates at Michael's supermarket, the mothers' group which grew along with Mel and Lindsey.
But it was the main characters who spoke to me and several shone. Brightly, superbly. Of particular note, of course, Mr Brian Kinney. Charisma - wow, yes, he had it in bucket loads, in fact he should be the dictionary definition of the word. What would Brian Kinney do? Whatever it was, he'd do it superbly well. Gale Harold, you should be immensely proud of your work, sometimes at 3 am while watching, I felt I was in the room with you. Transfixed by an actor who made the role come alive, and then some. I laughed along with this incredible man, I cursed him, yelled at him to treat Justin right, and wept with him, the many times he simply messed it all up. As a straight woman I have to say, the love/sex scenes were stunning. Beautifully acted, filmed, wow. Nothing gratuitous, the Babylon scenes were amazing. The whole of Liberty Avenue feels like a street I know well and adore. The diner in particular was a central hub, and this brings me to Debbie. Along with Brian K, she was the stand out character for me. How wonderful she was, a mother to the very tip of those always brightly painted fingernails, she held them all together.
Then of course the simply adorable Sunshine. How long, how many years it took Brian to utter those words, when he was in love with Justin all along. The very crux of this fascinating series was the growing of Justin, how he suffered, how he dealt with rejection over and over again, yet always knowing deep down how much Brian loved him, and how all of Brian's friends stuck by him, sheltering and encouraging him. Beautiful. Justin, you are an inspiration to all young men out there. Then there was Emmett, wonderful Emmett who was the most fabulous, heartwarming man in any drama ever. How I cried for him when George died, that relationship was so brilliantly done.
Of course there were the usual issues, and we should welcome a chance to explore them, death, HIV, parenting, but it didn't really take over, the main stories, the intertwining lives, the struggle and reality of growing old for a gay man, the eternal question as to who really loves me - thank you so much to the writers who have taken on the original concept and given it so much colour, so much love and hope.
Finally, the scene after the bombing, when we heard (thankfully at last!) those famous three words, surely that scene has to go down as one of the best ever filmed. If anyone can watch that without crying, then they are NOT alive. I cannot praise this series highly enough. Epic, heartwarming and happy, sad, hilarious and just plain sexy. It had it all. Brilliant work US!