LOOKING: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

The experiences of three close friends living and loving in modern-day San Francisco.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Looking” is not a show that’s concerned about its orientation. While shows like “Queer as Folk” or other gay premium cable show that I don’t remember would spend time obsessing over tolerance and acceptance, Looking has moved past it. We live in an era where the gays have taken over our apps, our entertainment, our culture and everything else. These cats won the culture war and now it’s time for them to be just as miserable as the rest of us. While that doesn’t sound like the grand promise at the end of a long road of struggles, it’s the back-handed slap of reality. People don’t grow to become better, they just find themselves in the standard stations of life wondering where it all went. That is our shared struggle and now it’s time to watch the homosexual community experience it.

Patrick would have to be the easiest one for mainstream viewers to follow. Jonathan Groff has had turns in everything from Glee to Frozen. He’s a guy’s guy that a lot of casual viewers wouldn’t guess to be gay. That’s what makes the show so awesome. There are no stereotypes on display, as femme is not even in the realm for these guys to act. Hell, the older one is pretty rough. Our introductory trio are just dudes that could hang at the Gamestop or the local YMCA locker room. That doesn’t evoke the best image, but I don’t want to call them Bros either. Cultural politics are such a minefield anymore.

The DVD comes with six audio commentaries as the sole special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp. You get a stunning standard definition transfer. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track supports the dialogue. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 01/06/2015

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