A Very Brief Summary (Covering Seasons One and Two)
A new law has been passed (in the show’s fictional universe, that is) in which equal marriage rights are now acceptable. Two men, who have been dating for only a few weeks, wake up in a hotel in Las Vegas and discover that they celebrated by getting drunkenly married. Following a news report that places them both as the first married gay couple, they decide to stay married at first to show solidarity for “the cause,” but later on give the marriage an actual, honest shot. They move in together, get a dog together, and start being more and more couple-ish in public, which prompts the media and agents to think that they’re “too gay” for the public world. They do an interview in order to try and smooth things out, but end up not caring about the consequences and just stay out to the world.
Even though the show is amusing, there are a lot of stereotypes being used in association with what is perceived as being “gay.” The characters of Brady and Cheeks show two extremes of gayness—the newly-out athlete with a major case of cleanliness and sense of order, and the flamboyant actor who likes to stuff his orientation down the throat of conservatives. While I am sure viewers understand the fact that this is satirical and entertaining, and that these extremes are not the end-all of what it means to be gay, I do feel as though the jocularity is a little much. It reminds me of a currently-running television show, The New Normal, where the “normal American family” has been extremely redefined. Don’t get me wrong, I like how family has been redefined to include what was once perceived to be the outcasts, but the type of humor and situations shown are rather outlandish.
Since it is very much a satirical show, the stereotypes work in favor of the humor, but it still is rather much in my eyes. I find myself rolling my eyes when various situations occur, facepalming myself when I can’t believe they put in a specific joke, and falling over while trying to maintain some sense of stability in my life due to the jokes. In Season One, the format was at most 3 minutes for each episode, spreading the jokes out more, but with the change for Season Two, the episodes lasted longer with more jokes to take up time. I’m not sure if the new format works, though it does bring about a more professional standard of production; I just hope that the stereotypes aren’t quite so stereotypical in the future.
Season Three and Comics
With Season Two, the format changed from 2 or 3-minute episodes to 8 or 9-minute episodes, allowing for a smoother flow of character interaction and scene change, but it also makes the season a lot shorter than the first one. I’m not sure what the format will be for Season Three—or if there’s even going to be a Season Three—but I’m really hoping that there are more interesting guest stars like Dichen Lachman and Joss Whedon. I’m hoping that in Season Three there will be better stories, better scenes, and better interaction, while still keeping the hilarity that has kept the show going thus far.
While I haven’t had a chance to read the comics that have been released from Dark Horse, I do like the fact that such a young series already has a comic line in relation to it. I am eager to find out just what the comics are like in relation to the show, and how the writing there relates to what I’ve seen online. I only hope that they’re as funny, but also different, so I’m not reading a copy of what I’ve already watched.