News
Top News

Gay Espionage Series ‘Q-Force’ Lacks a Central Presence to Pull It Together: TV Review

Gay Espionage Series ‘Q-Force’ Lacks a Central Presence to Pull It Together: TV Review

If quality were measured in good intentions, “Q-Force” might be the show of the year.

Netflix’s new animated series sets out to tell a James Bond-style espionage tale about a gay man, Steve Maryweather (Sean Hayes), who’s been marginalized from a fictionalized version of the CIA — here called the Aia — due to his sexuality. After years of isolation in the West Hollywood station thanks to a homophobic agency chief (Gary Cole), Steve gets vouched for by a mentor (Laurie Metcalf) and ends up taking his group of queer spies around the world. He fights both to protect the planet from evildoers and to make room in the tradecraft complex for queer people.

The show, created by prolific TV writer Gabe Liedman, toggles back and forth between heightened and grounded sensibilities. It attempts both to dazzle with self-consciously over-the-top spyjinks and to comment on the power of queer communities.

See full article on Variety