Feeling nostalgic this morning for some original flavor Queer as Folk with Charlie Hunnam and Aidan Gillen, which has been on Amazon Prime for ages now and I feel a real cad for not having given a re-watch. I have seen the show again at least once since it first aired in 1999 but it doesn't matter how much time has passed -- this is one show that will transport me like a lightning bolt back to that time and place in my life.
I was only a couple of years older than Nathan was supposed to be on the show and everything he was going through while still in high school I was going through in college (late bloomer, a la a lot of us gays back then) -- one of the reasons I'll love Chuck all my days, no matter how many bad movies or stupid things he says in the press. Anyway this scene from I think the show's second episode, presenting us with The Morning After after Nathan (Hunnam) has slept with Stuart (Gillen) for the first time, meaning he has slept with a man for the very first time, well it brings me back lemme tell ya. Sometimes I picture this scene instead of what really happened! Not that I have anything I need to forget -- those are good happy memories.
But seriously -- the first time you showered in another man's shower? The first time another man walked into the bathroom and saw you, and looked at you, in that way? It's a charge, man. Made everything suddenly seem possible. Anyway I know it's ridiculous to think we'll get a QAF: 25 Years Later special in a couple of years but I'm hoping anyway -- Hunnam & Gillen just worked together with the King Arthur movie recently and spoke kindly about their past, uhh, working relationship. Keep hope alive! And hit the jump for a few more gifs from this scene...