WATCH: Episode Two of Sexy New Gay Web Series “About Him”
A scripted series about a young man trying to find himself and love in a confused stage in his life where he is struggling with his sexuality. Set in the 90’s the series starts off with Damien finding himself in comprising positions with his brothers best friend, Vincent.
The writers here, Henderson Maddox and Tyson Anthony, attempt to expand the basic premise established in the first episode by introducing family backstories for the main characters featured. While the attempt is appreciated, there’s still not enough narrative meat on the bone yet.
Two episodes in, there is still no clear direction for the series, besides seeing if and when the virgin Damien will eventually have sex with his older brother’s best friend. Don’t be surprised if the season finale features such a scene. Either that or a cliffhanger where the older brother “walks in” on them in the act (cut to black, fade in to a voice-over asking for donations to fund a season two).
Speaking of voice-overs, there are way too many voice-overs on this show. I may be biased because I think adding narration is lazy, but film and television is a visual medium: Show the audience, don’t tell the audience. There is a scene in a kitchen where the side characters literally stand and wait for the voice-overs to finish before they continue talking. This makes the series feel more like a stage play than a web or television series.
While this episode lacked in momentum and narrative drive, we carry on with it for now. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the audience drops off after this chapter. Here’s hoping episode 3 gets much better.
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