Queer as Folk is not a reboot or a sequel for the original one. And that’s a good thing. It makes for gripping, sometimes solemn, sometimes irreverent, and always sexy viewing.
First, I’ll start with a confession. I’ve never fully watched the original shows (both UK and US), so I don’t have something to compare it with. However, while there’s a lot of messiness in this new version, it also introduces an interesting new set of characters and examines how much things have changed and stayed the same for the LGBTQIA community.
Being a new and modern take on a new era of queer community, it’s thankfully one that looks at intra-community micro-aggressions and dynamics beyond the original’s occasional awareness that it was easier to be a super-hot white gay guy than a less hot white gay guy. You get a lot of representation that isn’t forced or over engineered.
Even when I really wanted to hate Brodie (Devin Way), I understood him. And that says something about Devin’s acting. On the other hand, Johnny Sibilly‘s Noah might be at the center of the drama, but his acting is so smooth, you forget that he’s acting. I can watch him in anything (and i do. Check HBO Max’s Hacks!)
Ultimately, by telling a wider and more disparate set of stories, the new show manages to produce a narrative that’s broader and deeper — and significantly queer. There’s plenty of emoting going on, and the issues at stake are clear enough from the get-go. Two episodes in, we’re already watching our characters survive and deal with a shooting, homophobia, and PTSD.
My only comment might be that there was just too much going on, I didn’t get to really connect with some of the characters. Their character development was barely there.
However, keep a note while watching. The amazing Kim Cattrall delivers unforgettable quotes almost every episode.
Should you watch it?
Equal parts silly, sexy, serious, and smart. The show hits hard but feels needed. It’s not perfect, but that gives us much to discuss. Can’t wait for a second season.