And the premise of 1983 sounded promising: a terrorist attack in Poland in 1983 altered the course of history. It's 2003 and Al Gore is president of the U.S. (well, that's a good thing). But the Iron Curtain has never fallen, and Poland is a 1984-style dystopianpolice state.
There must be time-travel, paradoxes, trying to restore history's true timeline? Cool.
Law school student Kajetan and police detective Anatol are drawn into a conspiracy that might lead to revolution.
Two guys together? Time travel and gay subtexts! I'm in.
But I had to be careful. I've been burned before with what looks good, but is actually heteronormative "boy and girl staring into each other's eyes forever" tripe. So I researched the two leads.
Robert Wieckiewicz, age 52, has a long list of credits in Poland.
I picked All will be Well, because it showed two guys together, so I figured it would be gay-themed. Nope: A teenage boy, whose mother is terminally ill, and his alcohol-addicted sports teacher set out on a pilgrimage to Czestochowa.
I found a gay reference:
"Maciej Musiał advertises lipsticks by Baby Lips from Maybelline. 'A guy and a lipstick ... it's not so gay any more'"
And this instagram photo, which sparked a furor of racist outrage,and a news story. Maciej explained: "Yes,I am a patriot,but I am open to other cultures."
So was the outrage about him dating a man, or being friends with a black person?
Maciej must be gay or bi.
So I watched 1 episode, then fast forwarded the others.
The good news: Polish is a fun language, Slavic but written in Latin, with lots of interesting diacritical marks and consonants used as vowels:
To okazało się świetną szansą dla Adama. Zdrójkowski niebawem poprowadzi "The Voice Kids", co z pewnością wpłynie na wzrost jego popularności, choć już teraz nie powinien narzekać.
The bad news: No time travel. No suggestion that this is the "wrong" timeline. Not even many interesting details about how things are different (unless you're intimately familiar with modern Polish history). The guys get involved in a revolutionary movement. Lots of long, boring political conversations.
The worse news: No interesting location shots. Almost every scene is set in a bunker, a secret headquarters room, or an alley. And for some reason it's always night.
The worse-than-that news: No beefcake, except for Katajan occasionally having sex with his girlfriend. Otherwise everyone wears 1984-style uniforms all the time.
The worst news: No buddy bonding, no last minute rescues, no "if it wasn't for you, I'd be." The guys rarely interact with each other. A couple of gazes, one hug, and otherwise they're hanging out with their girlfriends.
I'll give it a D-. But Maciej is cute, so C-.