Monday, January 19, 2015

MCM: Jonathan Groff

Last weekend, we received a free preview weekend of HBO and Starz.  Usually during the free preview weekends, they never show anything really great, but the second season of the HBO show 'Looking' premiered last Sunday, so I had the good fortune of getting to see a marathon of the first season of 'Looking.'  If you're not familiar with the show, 'Looking' offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living -- and loving -- in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member -- longtime waiter Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39 -- is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled.

The trio's stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices -- and rights -- for gay men. Also important to the ‘Looking' mix is the progressive, unpredictable, sexually open culture of the Bay Area, with real San Francisco locations serving as a backdrop for the group's lives. Rounding out the ‘Looking' world are a bevy of dynamic gay men including Kevin (Russell Tovey), Lynn (Scott Bakula), and Richie (Raul Castillo), as well as a wide-range of supporting characters like Dom's roommate Doris (Lauren Weedman), Agustín's boyfriend Frank (O.T. Fagbenle), and Patrick's co-worker Owen (Andrew Law).

Jonathan Groff who portrays Patrick is so incredibly hot, sexy, and talented. I really love his character, and if it wasn't for Groff, I'm not for sure I'd even really like the show that much.  I did like Murray Bartlett's character Dom, but Frankie J. Alvarez's character Agustín just left me cold.  Overall, I enjoyed the show, and I hope I will get to see the second season.


Susan said...

It's great that you got to see all the episodes of Looking so far, Joe. I completely agree with your comments about Jonathan Groff. Yum! Did you realize he had a small part in The Normal Heart? He was in the opening sequence at the Fire Island house.

JiEL said...

I did see in direct with HBO Canada the complete season of Looking.

I so much enjoyed it and was waiting to see the season 2.
Which I saw the first episode last week.
As usual, I record them on my numeric recorder directly from my cable provider.
Did take the movie combo also to see Game of Thrones which I love too.

Must tell you that I'm in love with Russell Tovey and I also loved Raul Castillo ..
Was nicely surprised when he shaved his beard in season 1 when he was trying to go to a wedding with Patrick..

I often compare this serie with Queer as Folks but Looking is closer to real gay life.

Hope you'll be able to see season 2.. I'm recording them.

I'm a bit frustrated because they last only 30 minutes..
I could take an hour show..


Mike said...

I have a free month of HBO, and after reading your post remembered it tonight when the show happened to be on. I thought Season 2 Episode 2 was very gay cliche. Every stereotype was there - the tweeker, partier, the cheater, partier. I want to like it and I want to watch more episodes, but I turned it off in the last 5 minutes of that episode.

JiEL said...

@ Mike.

You're right about those "clichés" of the show but, unfortunatly, isn't is the REAL truth about many gay guys.

Some behaviors to often seen in some gay lives?

I'm more a monogamous man and when I have a lover-BF I'm exclusive and faithfull to my lover.

I understand your none interest in LOOKING but must admit, not regarding this, gay real shows are so rare that I continue to see it no matter the lack of quality in it..

AND some of those guys are so cute..

Cheers from Montréal.