He's not sure, but Judge Brett Cullum thinks that the angular distance of Noah's arc is 40 cubits.
When I dream, all I see
Noah's Arc has been one of Logo's most popular shows to date, and yet
nobody's certain what's happening to it after this second season (just released
on DVD). Logo is a basic cable channel, offered by the people who run MTV, which
caters to GLBT programming. They picked up this show about four gay black
friends living and loving in West Hollywood during 2005. The series was
originally going to be shown on the Internet through a paid subscription
service, and creator Patrick Ian-Polk was shocked when the network approached
him about creating an episodic drama-comedy for cable. The first season was nine
episodes, and the second is eight. These are smaller numbers than what you'd
find on network television, but the writers do a nice job of making each season
feel somewhat complete on its own terms despite the brief run each year. But
here's the rub for fans—the second season ends on a cliffhanger, and there
has been no official announcements as to when a third series or oft-rumored
movie project will be released. Logo claims officially the story will be
continued in an independent movie, and then they will consider picking the show
back up after that project hits theatres. Production is rumored to start in
August of 2007, and we'll have to see if that happens or not.
One thing is certain, Noah's Arc: The Complete Second Season is an
excellent DVD package with lots of extras heaped on to keep the fans occupied
while an uncertain future is sussed out. Not only do we get all eight episodes
for season two, but there are also "digisodes," deleted scenes, commentaries for
every episode, and a whole disc of featurettes on the making of the series.
Everything from production design to input on the outrageous fashion is covered,
and there's a lot to love. Transfers are the original fullscreen, and the colors
and images look good. Sound is a basic stereo, and dialogue is clean and clear
throughout. The music can be a touch loud in contrast to the other elements, but
that is part of the show's energy. Noah's Arc: The Complete Second Season
is a prime example of how television on DVD can be done right, and it's an
excellent set from a technical standpoint. The extras are exhaustive, and any
fan of the show will be thrilled with the amount of material presented.
Season two of Noah's Arc picks up six months after the first season
ended with Eddie (Jonathan Julian) and Chance's (Douglas Spearman, Cradle 2 the Grave) botched nuptials.
The gang seemed to only have each other by the conclusion of that first year,
and the second year would have to see some changes. The production was moved
from LA to Vancouver for budgetary reasons, so we have an earthquake which
serves as a device to shake up the world of the characters. This way the
production designers can change key interiors, and send a metaphorical message
that things will be different for everyone on the series. The focus of season
two is on Noah (Darryl Stephens, Boy
Culture) who has lost his relationship with Wade (Jensen Atwood, Their
Eyes Were Watching God), and is trying to find a way to carry on and deal
with his changing world. Chance is still with Eddie, Ricky (Christian Vincent,
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous) is still pining after Junito
(Wilson Cruz, My So-Called Life), and Alex (Rodney Chester, Punks)
and Trey (Gregory Keith) are reunited after Trey's medical mission to South
Africa. Things move quickly as Noah drifts through at least three relationships,
Alex and Trey take on an interloper, Eddie and Chance deal with some shocking
closeted lesbians, Ricky flirts with monogamy, and a British rapper appears to
shake up Hollywood.
Noah's Arc is pure dramedy, and we can blame Sex and the City
for setting the mold from which this one's cast. The show runs in brisk
half-hour bursts, and has the pacing of comedy mixed with the dramatic arc of
soap opera. Even the darkest moments have an effervescent quality that keeps
things from sinking into preachy angst. In contrast to Showtime's Queer as
Folk, nothing is taken too seriously. But don't think that prevents the
actors from pulling you in and caring about the relationships. The best moments
are when the four core characters show their love for each other. As much as sex
and relationships are the issues, it's the friends that make Noah's Arc
as special as it is. Even though the melodrama can get thick and the acting can
falter, you walk away believing these men care for each other deeply. The
revolutionary thing is here are four gay black men, all attractive, and nobody's
a bitch to anybody. It will make you want to run away to West Hollywood to live
with the guys. At the very least it makes me want to picket outside of the Logo
headquarters to get a third season out of them.
Noah's Arc: The Complete Second Season is the fully loaded set from
Logo showcasing one of the most entertaining series to come along in quite a
while. This one's definitely worth it, and it would be a shame to see this mark
the end for Noah and the gang. It all ends on a painfully dramatic cliffhanger,
and it's hard not to clamor for more. Noah's Arc isn't perfect by any
means, but I've rarely seen a show with so much love behind it. I'm willing to
forgive some ridiculous twists, soap acting, and a furious pace because it's too
much fun to see the guys take care of each other. It's been called revolutionary
and ground breaking, but the truth is it's just a whole lot of fun. It's a
romantic comedy told from a unique point of view, but at the heart of the show
are characters that feel real.
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