Is HBO’s Drama ‘Looking’ Boring?

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Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Álvarez is HBO’s Looking

With episode three airing Sunday night in America, there’s been a lot of talk and speculation about HBO’s newest drama called ‘Looking’.  While people are somewhat enjoying the show, they are finding it boring and not very entertaining.  Previews leading up to the shows release had people likening it to a ‘gay version of Girls’ mixed with a bit of Queer As Folk.

In reality, Looking is less QAF and sits just on the mediocre side of where Girls never really visited.  Set in San Francisco, Looking follows three friends – Patrick (Jonathan Groff from Glee) who is single and is a game designer, Agustin (Frankie J. Álvarez from SMASH) an artists assistant and Patrick’s best friend and Dom (Murray Bartlett from Headland) a wine waiter in a gastronomic restaurant.

The series starts out in an attempt to shock the viewer…the very first scene has Patrick (Groff) trying to get a hand job in Golden Gate Park from a stranger.  It’s not something seen on television everyday, but does set the mood for how we are to look at Patrick for the rest of the episode.  He’s the type of guy who is single and hates it, but can’t understand why he is single.  Follow that up with a surprise three way involving Agustin, his boyfriend and another artist’s assistant and we’re beginning to get a feel for the tone of the show – or are we?  Like normal, the very first episode of a new series sets out to not only introduce new characters to us, but to also drag us in and ensure we’ll be back to watch episode two.

Though besides the gratuitous use of sex, there’s nothing really to make us not want to continue, but then again, nothing that really makes us want to continue.

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Can’t say episode two fared much better.  The general response I’ve come across is that “nothing much happens” and “are we supposed to relate to these guys?”  Is it fair to call Looking boring?  To be sure, this show is not some high energy drama filled with plot twists and back-stabbing.  It’s not a Revenge type show, that’s for sure.  Looking however is a slow-burn show that seems to be allowing us to take our time getting to know these characters, their flaws (as many as there are) their new relationships and those of past (a story-line involving Dom and a very successful ex boyfriend plays heavily in ep 2)

Agustin and his boyfriend Frank have just moved in together and we get the feeling Agustin isn’t too keen on the ‘stay at home’ lifestyle he’s suddenly adopted while Dom, frustrated he hasn’t been able to hook up with a new waiter and a less than pleasant meeting with an ex leads him to have a quickie with a younger fellow in a lower apartment in his building.  While this is happening, Patrick is off with his latest love interest Richie and wondering if Richie is cut or not – deep stuff.

So is Looking worth watching or at least worthy of a continued watch?  I’ll keep watching.  It’s more real world than QAF ever was but don’t call me too invested – not just yet.  The fact no scene has taken place in a gym is promising but here’s hoping that’s not the only promising feature of the show.

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No City Views and Semolina Cake

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Team Favourites have their room critiqued.

So were we surprised who was the design replication challenge?  Well considering the editing department chose to show the twins Alisa and Lysandra taking note about ‘not having an apartment with city views…again’ in the Thursday night promo, I guess no one was really at all shocked to find out the Fans won the design replication challenge.

*The most interesting thing to happen in the first 10 minutes – Darren Palmer karate chopping a designer cushion and offering it up as professional styling (after an added side poke).

*I did like Dale’s interpretation of their brick wallpaper (which Clueless fans would automatically call a ‘Monet’) – Great from afar but horrible close-up.

*Thankfully, Chantelle’s very much talked about bright yellow Winnie The Pooh cushion was no where to be seen in the final result – or even mentioned at all. Funnily enough, I did happen to catch Kyal walking away with it when talking with Steve about the placement of a side table.

*Steve’s over-sized hipster beanie is now on par with Dale’s neck tattoo and face hair in terms of my level of hate.

*The use of “chim chineney chim chim cha-roo” while Steve was talking about his chimney cleaning job – Genius

So once again, the twins end up with the least desirable apartment to make over.  Can they make it two for two?  If they keep thinking their roof filled view from the rooftop entertaining area is “like the English countryside” then I’d say no….unless the English Countryside looks like Birmingham.

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Well well well.  Didn’t these twins from Victoria just blow everyone out of the water with their instant kitchen, and by everyone, I mean Chloe and Kelly!  Fair to say, I doubt most would have expected much from the two, and they didn’t really get off to the best start.

Trying to find Hapuku (which sounds like a noise a street fighter character would make) left them running late, and it seemed they spent as much time getting ready as they did prepping the entree, but, these girls, scored three 10′s – oh and also managed to wipe any smirks Kelly and Chloe were sporting.  Seriously, someone needs to make a stack of gif’s of Kelly from tonight’s episode.

Best Dish of the Night?  The big hot bowl of ‘kiss my ass’ soup served to Chloe and Kelly.  The girls were ready for the VIC twins to fail and were ready to pounce on any slight mistake there was on the food.  Then they go and score the girls an 8 for their menu.

The Food Overall?  Didn’t seem too complex.  It was no de-boned quail and the entree was basically fish taco’s and Semolina cake sounds like some sort of medieval virus, but apparently tastes amazing.

The Final Result?  Kelly and Chloe scampered away with their tails between their legs.  Helena and Vikki celebrate by nabbing not only top spot on the leader-board but also equaling the highest ever instant restaurant score given on MKR.  So if according to Helena, they (the twins) have half a brain each, and scored three 10′s, I’m left wondering just how much brain Andrew and Emelia are sharing?

Next Up?  We’re off to South Australia where Deb gets her painted knockers out for Manu and hopefully rips out a rendition of ‘The Rose’ while sporting Bette Middler’s nose prosthetic used in Hocus Pocus and whipping up a batch of Deb Instant Mashed Potato.

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