Letting Go of 'Looking'

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    Apr 15, 2015 11:38 AM GMT
    Todd Fjelsted's (Production Designer)

    I've grown tired of the snark and armchair reviews. I worked as key on this show and can say without a doubt that it was conceived by, for, and with kind, talented gay men who wanted to tell the intimate stories of our current struggles in love and friendships. It's heartbreaking to see the very people for whom the show was made - with great love and sweat - rip it apart with sarcasm and 'shade'. Worse yet, celebrating its demise? It feels like watching black people vote republican? Looking wasn't for everyone, clearly. But it was a rarity. It was honest. It was authentic. It didn't judge its characters, or its audience. And thanks to the vitriol of our detractors and contrarians, an actual gay ensemble won't happen again for a long time. You thought looking was "boring"? I think your attitude is boring. Please go out there and make something with a fraction of the quality and care that Looking was made and try to get it seen by anyone but your snide friends. Just try that. It's a Herculean feat. You have no idea.

    POSTED BY: TODD FJELSTED | MAR 29, 2015 9:23:07 PM



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  • Eli_jah

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    Apr 16, 2015 7:31 PM GMT
    I kind of have to agree. Looking was not a great show by any means, but it did humanize its characters. It seems gay viewers only want to watch caricatures or outrageous parodies which highlight the worst aspects of gay life (ie. Drag Race). But whatever.


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    Apr 16, 2015 7:45 PM GMT
    This reminds of people who criticize the Russian author Chekhov who wrote stories in which the focus was not the plot. I was pleased to watch the show even when there wasn't much going on because the characters are so interesting on their own.

    Looking left many questions unanswered. Will that open relationship work? Will the artist guy be ok with PrEP? What about the chicken restaurant? Hopefully the movie will give it a closure.
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    Apr 17, 2015 10:34 AM GMT
    Yeah, I was happy watching the mundane daily life of those characters. I understand it could be boring for many people, but I think it tried to portray gays as normal and boring like any other people. What I am afraid about is what Todd is saying - an actual gay ensemble won't happen again for a long time
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    Apr 18, 2015 7:50 AM GMT
    I also like this series. It tackles the serious issues, in motion picture, that I find useful to know.

    "an actual gay ensemble won't happen again for a long time"

    The actors and production team don't have to be gay to make a believable gay-themed movie or TV series. Witness Alvarez who plays Augustin. His acting is very good, making viewers believe the character he was in.

    But I am not surprised that the commercial TV channel did not renew it. It was good while it lasted.

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    Apr 18, 2015 8:32 AM GMT
    I feel like partly the reason it was treated that way was because of previous shows like Queer As Folk that just over-hyped the party life and encouraged hypersexual sex lives.
    Coupled by the extreme prominence of gay porn in the everyday gay man's life and of course anything actually 'normal' would look boring.

    This however is not a surprise.
    How often do we see gay men completely attack other gay men right here on this very site.
    It's not a shock that it would be very similar in other settings, I mean gay people don't even believe in a gay community so the "support" was clearly not going to be found anywhere.

    It's almost like if it's not 'slutty', then it's boring which is a sad thing really.

    "an actual gay ensemble won't happen again for a long time"

    It's true.
    Even popular known gay actors now still have to play straight roles simply because it is very seldom roles are made for gay men that aren't overly exaggerated or purely comedial.
    They certainly are hardly ever key characters and are usually just fillers on t.v shows that do have a gay character.
    NPH is a very known gay actor who played a straight guy an entire TV series.
    Matt Bomer does the same thing too.

    People just don't like seeing gay on screen, and the one time they tried to make it more normalised, the actual gay people criticised it for not being a bit of slut-fest practically.
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    Apr 28, 2015 3:08 AM GMT
    I just finished watching season 2. I really loved this show (season 2 more than season 1). It moved me in a way that QAF never did.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Apr 28, 2015 3:15 AM GMT
    I loved this show! I was so sad it was canceled. Great writing and acting, and I loved the look of the series. It sucks it will not continue. Hey Todd, I salute you, and everyone else who was a part of this show, it will be missed!
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    Apr 28, 2015 8:17 PM GMT
    duluthrunner saidI just finished watching season 2. I really loved this show (season 2 more than season 1). It moved me in a way that QAF never did.

    Yeah, I enjoyed season 2 way more. I am watching the 1st season again. I have to say pilot was kind of boring.
  • metta

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    Apr 29, 2015 1:09 AM GMT
    I have never seen the show but I have a straight male friend that really enjoyed that show. But one of his favorite types of movies/tv shows are slice of life stories that can often times be seen in independent films.