Tracy uses flashbacks to fill the audience in on what has occurred in Jamie’s recent past. The series is neatly structured into themed episodes that deal with their own important issues, but always in relevance to what is going on in Jamie’s life. The amount of flashbacks can be overpowering at times, especially when trying to keep track of the overall timeline. Every flashback is dated, some more general like “July”, others more detailed like “September 1”. There were a few moments where I had to pause and reorient myself as to what had happened and what hadn’t happened yet when a new flashback started. Overall I thought the use of flashbacks was a great idea, some colour coding would have been helpful to immediately identify switching between then and now.
Jumping from one hook-up to the next Jamie is desperately trying to fill the void left by Jared. He needs them to feel good about himself and fight his loneliness. He cannot be alone even for a minute. This is perfectly captured in a scene where we see Jamie clinging to his phone like a lifeline. When the battery is empty and he has to wait for the first tiny bit to recharge before being able to use it again, his life literally comes to a stop. He sits on the floor, leaning against the wall that has the phone charger plugged into it, staring at the lifeless device, not sure what to do. Once it comes back to life he immediately comes out of the catatonic state he was in. The series has a few powerful moments like these, but I don’t want to give too much away.
partner to fill a void, is an engaging journey everyone can relate to. You don’t have to be gay or male to know what it’s like going through the things Jamie encounters, processing what has happened to you and trying to come out the other end a better man. I really enjoyed this series and am hoping there will be more. You know what they say, never judge a book by its cover. So do not judge this series by its first episode. Give Jamie and his story and his friends a chance. I’m sure you’ll be happy you did. I know I was.
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