It's time to catch up with the Queer as Folk boys if you missed season 4 on Showtime. And be prepared, because they've pretty much gone from boys to to men.
Don't want to spoil things, but I'll try to sum up what you can expect this season. Ted is in rehab, trying to get control of his life again, distancing himself from his friends at first but then trying to reconcile with them. Brian is starting his own ad agency—in the abandoned bathhouse! But just as things pick up, he faces a serious health issue, and keeps it from all his friends. Justin becomes involved with an extremist, vigilante gay group. Emmett has an affair with an incredibly hot bodied, closeted, married ball player. Michael and Ben struggle to retain custody of Hunter when his mother comes to take him back (DEFINITELY the storyline that found this show trying to jump the shark—and landing right in it's gruesome jaws…). Uncle Vic meets a man, and Deb faces a terrible tragedy. And, while Melanie is pregnant, Lindsay become confused by her feelings for an arrogant artist—a MALE artist. And to wrap things up, the gang participates in the "Liberty Ride" to Canada…where gay marriage is legal, which made this season timely when it first aired.
Truly, things have changed on Liberty Avenue. Some of the issues may seem repetitive and rehashes of old storylines, but they are given new angles, and dealt with in a much more mature tone as our characters grow, most noticeably young Justin, who is really becoming an adult. Gone is that sometimes ridiculous soap opera cheese feel the show has had in the past. The sexiness is still there, but seems like it's more there as a part of everyday life, and not to exploit to draw in fans…you know, like it did five years ago. Ironically, there's barely a "cliffhanger" at the end of this season, and I could have walked away from the show without looking back. It looks like things will soon be wrapping up for the gang.
BEHIND THE BABYLON TOUR LOS ANGELES—Interviews with promoters of the club at Avalon in Hollywood. There are clips of hunks dancing in the club, plus shots of fans who got to meet the stars, as well as a quick clip of adorable DJ Manny Lehman.
WARDROBE CLOSET—no joke, this is text describing the styles and brands each character wears, including Deb.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF PETER'S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT—Peter "Emmett" Paige has written and directed an enjoyable looking film called "Say Uncle", and here are interviews with him, as well as clips from the film. 6 minutes.
SNEAK PEAK OF MICHELLE & GALE'S LATEST MOVIE—Believe it or not Gale "Brian" Harold and Michelle "Melanie" Clunie have done a movie together called "The Unseen." Their performances look outstanding.
PHOTO GALLERY—stills of cast during episodes.
BIOGRAPHIES—text bios of al the main characters.
WIN AN ATLANTIS CRUISE—a promo commercial for the contest.
TRAILERS—for this boxed set, plus other Showtime releases: The L Word Season 1, Fat Actress, Reefer Madness.