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As promised, I’ve gotten through re-watching the final four episodes of season one of HBO’s amazing gay-themed drama, Looking. After doing so, I must reiterate with a boatload of more emphasis, how thrilled I am that this show was so character-driven. The writers of the show are absolutely incredible, and Looking is an example of how engaging a show can be when the characters are well thought out. There was no pretence of a “perfect” character, or a character who is always in possession of the most fitting witty response. While those types of characters are great in their respective settings, they aren’t exactly realistic… at least, they don’t truly reflect anyone in my reality. The perfectly flawed characters of Looking represent, far more accurately, the average person – gay or straight – and I suppose that that is why it is so easy to identify with them and, therefore, love or hate them in turn. I once mentioned that, despite so many people calling Looking the gay Girls, I never really agreed. Instead, Looking feels very much to me like a darkened Sex and the City, with Patrick and Richie’s relationship being very Carrie/Mr Big-ish. Just like in SATC, where Carrie and Big met in the premiere episode under cute and funny conditions, Looking’s Patrick and Richie’s train encounter elicited this charming, feel-good sensation.
In both shows, this relationship progressed despite the major personality differences of the individuals involved, yet in such a way that I couldn’t help but root for them. Therefore, I was expecting that, like with SATC, Patrick and Richie would break up in the final episode… I wasn’t disappointed. Fans of SATC (which was a remarkable show in every perceivable way, I might add) would know that the relationship between Carrie and Big was a highly tumultuous one, constantly on and off, and we never knew where it would head. Despite various other love interests throughout the series for both Carrie and Big, this central relationship was never really finished with. If Looking were to take that direction with Patrick and Richie, I honestly wouldn’t be against it. It might be quite a bit for my poor heart to take, but I think that it would make for an addictive storyline. (Fun Fact: Murray Bartlett, who plays Dom in Looking, guest starred in what I always considered to be the gayest episode of SATC, entitled “All That Glitters”).Regardless of the direction that the writers of Looking take, I will remain loyal… provided that they never write off Scott Bakula, because then that would be a deal breaker. I’m sorry but that man is sex on legs.