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don't dream it's over...,
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This review is from: Queer As Folk USA - Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)As a Brit, watching the American version of QAF always felt like a betrayal of sorts, but I must admit I've loved this show. The focus of this series seems at first to be on reunions and setting down. By 3/4 of the way through everyone's happily paired up and seems to be settled, and I must admit there's something a little bit depresing about how neatly it all seems to have been tied up. As Brian is so fond of saying, they're not straight, they're queer, and to have everyone 'married off' at the end doesn't really sit well with the dissident, anti-heteronormative QAF style. All that changes when a bomb goes off, literally shattering the illusion that peaceful protest and hope for the future will make everything alright. Suddenly the end of the show becomes about the resolution of personal and political conflict; the choice every homosexual has to make, of fight or flight. Relationships suddenly break down, and the final message QAF has for its audience is the durability of friendship; which is really why we watched it in the first place.