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(Posted Monday, January 29, 2001, 11:26:00 AM)

Last night's episode wasn't as good as the previous 2. Once again, a different director.It really shows how much a director can get out of a performer especially when dealing with issues that would embarrass the actor.

In the daytime soaps there is a scenario of scenes, characters and development over a period of weeks. So when different writers and directors come in - the show has the same standard.

QAF just meanders depending on who is directing. Chris Potter is doing the best job with his character and he is the one that had the homophobic statements before the show aired.

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(Posted Monday, January 29, 2001, 2:04:00 PM)

Thank you.

Chris Potter's acting has had some wonderfully affecting dynamics that few of the others have come close to. One man's opinion..... Michele Clunie (Melanie) has been very good, with Gale Harold (Brian) and Peter Paige (Emmett) in a tie vote for a distant third in the acting. I'd also give some credit to the young actress playing Daphne (whose name is....).

From each director we have had highly predictable gimmicks that make you cringe-- or feel as though you've been clubbed in the head. Let's not even get started on some of the dialogue.

Yet, I'm going to continue to watch. I'm a sucker for the story.

This post was edited 1/29/01 2:10:28 PM by j.m.e.b..

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(Posted Monday, January 29, 2001, 8:54:00 PM)

I saw the entire British series long before most men had even heard of it here, and I have not liked the American series nearly as well ... but I enjoyed last night's episode very much.

Can't put my finger on exactly why, though.

I agree that Chris Potter should have been gagged (ah, I was really wanting to bound and gag him for my own purposes when he was on Silk Stalkings) to force him to keep his homophobic comments to himself a few months ago, but I agree that his acting seems to really "click". He seems as believable as any in the cast.


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(Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 4:30:00 PM)

Justin's father will turn out to be gay and Brian will seduce him. Just dreaming...

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(Posted Thursday, February 01, 2001, 8:43:00 AM)

Mmmmmmmm.......Dreams can come true!

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(Posted Thursday, February 01, 2001, 11:40:00 AM)

I actually disagree about this episode not being as good as thew previous ones. I think this one was far more well written, and showed the inner motivations and fears of the characters. It showed more of Brians selfish hold on Hal Sparks, and the fear hal has in getting involved with a man, rather then just fucking. I also love the fact Justin used a line of Brians, that "its just fucking", which shows he IS Brian, only 17.
The part I didnt think was very good was the car attack. Were the police called? If Brian had a concussion, why didnt he go to the hospital? Would Justins father be so blatant about it? Didnt seem very realistic to me

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(Posted Thursday, February 01, 2001, 1:51:00 PM)

I likewise didn't think this week's script was bad, and I have gotten at least 8-10 e-mails from friends outside these forums talking about how they see the show steadily improving each week. I could even work out the dad's violent reaction when you consider what he heard Brian say when he thought Justin's dad was his anonymous trick coming over for a quick fuck ... about how he had a new dildo he wanted to try out on him before he fucked him to death. The dad obviously thought those words were intended for Justin, which likely did send him into a rage. You noticed later that the dad clearly realized he had stepped over the line in a big way and was pretty shaken up by it. Wonder if Randy Harrison got his nipple pierced for the role?

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(Posted Thursday, February 01, 2001, 7:32:00 PM)

Re the "car smash":

In the original version, "Justin" had just gotten out of "Brian" 's car in front of his home. "Justin" 's father is just coming home, sees the exit from the car and proceeds to ram "Brian" 's Jeep several times.

"Justin" watches from his front yard and runs to the Jeep and his True Love and roars away with That Older Man. He leave both from his home and from his father's authority behind.

It's a stand-up-and-cheer moment for his independence and homophobia -- and makes a lot more sense the way the original version went.

There also wasn't any of the telephone call/confusion in the British version. I think that was added to make the car accident more understandable since Brian was just out driving somewhere in sunny Pittsburgh.


This post was edited 2/1/01 7:32:59 PM by HandJob.

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(Posted Thursday, February 01, 2001, 10:50:00 PM)

Handjob, unless you have been watching a completely different British version of QAF, my viewing last night of that episode involving the car-ramming (the Brit QAF can be rented in most video stores nowadays - excepting Blockbuster)was different from what you're reporting here: Stuart's (=Brian) jeep was attacked right after he and Nathan (=Justin) started kissing passionately inside the vehicle. The teenager was being brought personally back to his parents' house as a good deed on the part of Stuart and they were just bidding each other goodbye in the best way they know how. The ramming had a bloody and interruptive impact on the occupants of the jeep and it made them jump out to see who their attacker was, Stuart rushing to the backing car while Nathan remaining beside the jeep. The latter thereafter recognized his dad in the fleeing vehicle.

Different strokes for different folks: while I enjoyed the Brit QAF, I beg to differ about it being superior to the US series. I feel that the American version has streamlined the story considerably, jetissoning peripheral characters like Stuart's family members that don't actually lend much to explaining his character, or that African lodger-friend of Stuart's lesbian friend. They probably contributed to the sociological exposition of modern Britain, with its intrinsic class and immigrant problems, but they only steal the focus on the soap opera lives of the main and gay characters. The operative words here are SOAP OPERA. Larger than life. Exaggerated existence.Those who watch this series are looking to be regaled with the over-the-top lives of fictional people who only slightly resemble anyone of us or maybe amalgams of several of us. Possibly projections of our fantasy figures. And so far it's FUN to watch them! More so the American version with a lot (and I mean a LOT) more raunchiness, more blatant sexual scenes, and certainly more eyecandies that we don't know what to do with than the QAF from across the pond. These are the best trade off. As a good example, compare the chiropracter character to the accountant one ( they're the equivalents in the story). I hate to say it but I'll take a massage anytime.

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(Posted Friday, February 02, 2001, 4:43:00 AM)

I believe episode 11(Brits only did 10 I think) will be when the American version can stand on it's own without comparisons. I haven't seen the Brit version, but I'm happy with the American QAF so far, and I think it gets better each episode.

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