Sunday night on HBO brought you the latest episode of “True Detective” and the crazy antics of Lena Dunham and company but it also premiered their latest series, “Looking.”
The brainchild of buzzy British director Andrew Haigh and writer Michael Lannan, the series focuses on a group of tight knit friends as they live and love in the city of San Francisco. The pilot episode, titled “Looking For Now” showcased all of the trademark elements that made Haigh’s previous film a critical success: the attention to setting and a sense of realism and naturalism that a lot of other series lack.
Here are some of the biggest moments from last night’s premiere.
Let’s Talk About Sex
From the opening scene where main character Patrick attempts to unsuccessfully hook up with a man in the park and to the very successful threesome that Agustin and his boyfriend initiate in their art studio, the show definitely has plenty of awkward, funny and intimate interactions. And while there are plenty of salacious moments, it’s clear that the sex scenes drive the characters and story rather than focusing on the act.
Oakland Is Cheaper
The rent is too high in San Francisco. That’s one of the reasons that Agustin decides to move in with his boyfriend in Oakland. But as we see later in the episode, Agustin clearly misses life in the city. Will this cause friction in their seemingly happy relationship? Stay tuned to see if Agustin can truly give up life in the city for domesticity in the suburbs.
“Instagram Filters Ruin Everything”
Apparently social media and online dating sites do not make finding love any easier. From Patrick’s dislike of Instagram filters and his date from hell with someone he met on “Ok Cupid,” the show seems to take a skeptical view if people can find real connections over the Internet. Which leads us to…
The Subway Scene
After Patrick’s disaster date, he takes the subway back home only to encounter a young man looking across the car. That guy strikes up a conversation with Patrick, flirting, teasing and making a genuine and sweet connection with each other. It’s a cliché we’ve seen many times before, but in the hands of Andrew Haigh and Michael Lannan it’s a scene that is simultaneously romantic, funny, touching and achingly real that you can’t help but root for Patrick to track him down.