Brian pretends he doesn’t care Justin left him for Ethan, but in private darkly grieves for the loss of his lover. End of ep 1 and beginning of ep 2 are heartbreaking. You feel horrible for him until you realize he did nothing to stop Justin from leaving and seemingly (to Justin) does nothing to get him back.
Brian tries to mind trip Justin into returning and fails until he persuades Ethan to compromise his feelings for career success and Ethan falls for it, creating a crack in their relationship. I would rather Justin, who is shown to be bored with staying in when the carnival enlivens him so much, have gotten tired of all the violin talk and walked rather than have Ethan cheat. The cheating as the reason made it seem like Justin would have stayed with him forever otherwise and Ethan was dull.
Although everything they did to show Justin’s joy in his Babylon life with Brian after they reunite makes his season 5 turn even more perplexing. He was supposed to be the kid who fell in love with the glitter of gay life, not a homebody longing for marriage and kids at 22. I loved the scene in ep 8 where he keeps his job at Brian’s agency by making it that if Brian says no to the internship it is an admission that they had a relationship and that losing Justin bothered him. A shame they stopped letting Justin best Brian sometimes as that was part of their charm. He yet again saves him from legal charges this season too.
They also introduced a hint that Britin are a version of beauty and the beast in Ep 1 when Lindsay chokes up reading the story to Gus and ultimately Brian’s journey is to learn to love just like the beast’s. Sunshine = Beauty/Belle.
This was the first truncated season at only 14 eps and the last 5, while happy Britin wise, get a bit dicey as they focus on a rather tedious political story and not the characters. I love Brian, but an ad exec investigating a murder is just dumb. And I hated that he sold out to Stockwell until it impacted Babylon.
This season felt like eps 1-8 (actually first five minutes of ep 9) were what the show was before and then transitioned into what it was going to be until the end: too short, too much about political issues rather than social life and the characters fractured into their own stories rather than so much about them as a group of friends with side stories of their own.
Hunter, an unnecessary teen character, badly acted and at first another guy crushing on Brian was really annoying. Thankfully, though he sticks around hogging up limited screen time, they take him out of the Britin orbit and keep it that way. Brian getting protective of Justin when Hunter gets too insulting was about the only good moment of that mess.
This season Ben starts the transition from fun guy to the dull guy who makes Michael boring.
The Ted drug addict storyline that carries over to season 4 wasn’t a fave of mine. It ruined his relationship with cutie pie Emmett. Besides I liked his web business and didn’t like that it was taken from him like that.
This DVD set contains the original music, which is great for the Britin love scene in ep 9 because the original song used is perfect for where their relationship is at that point. There is a play all feature but no deleted scenes. Would have loved to have seen the full version (showed in outtakes) where Justin jacks Brian up against the wall for their first kiss this season vs grabbing him while he is seated. But I guess once Randy cracked the wall hauling Gale up there they scrapped it lol.
- Actors: Jane Moffat, Carlo Rota, Harris Allan, Sharon Gless, Hal Sparks
- Directors: Various
- Format: Subtitled
- Language: English
- Region: Region 4 (This version of the DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 4
- Studio: Roadshow
- DVD Release Date: 9 Mar 2016
- Run Time: 632 minutes
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- ASIN: B01I1SASY0
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