Join us as we discuss the second episode of Looking.
So, did, you guys ummm ... know what “uncut” meant?
Alex: C’mon. I’m 31 and a homosexual. Next question.
Esther: I mean, I’m 23 and not a homosexual but I’ve seen that episode of Sex and the City in which Charlotte dates an uncut guy so...
Was "Looking for Uncut" boring, considering that seems to be the discussion du jour about Looking?
Esther: The episode certainly had way more in it than the first episode, and I did not think the first episode was boring. I think Looking, honestly, simply has a different pace than a lot of TV shows. It doesn’t aim to have big moments every episode.
Alex: There was a lot in this episode — Grindr was used, there was some man-on-man sex, there was “Defying Gravity”, an ex comes back, a really embarrassing date, and a move to Oakland. That’s a lot of stuff.
Esther: Don’t forget Patty’s recitation of the Golden Girls theme song, that was in there too. Do you think the show tried to “normalize” the gay experience here?
Alex: I think the show is trying hard to give us a different view of gay characters. Like the music — no Madonna, no Britney, no Beyonce — and the main characters’ personas — barely any snark, no mention of fashion, no RuPaul’s Drag Race catchphrases — cut against what we’ve seen of gay men on television and the portrayal of what a gay man’s pop cultural interests are. Patty quoting Golden Girls versus quoting Sex and the City kinda makes sense, right? Or am I reading too much into this? I feel like a terrible graduate school student.