Over the weekend I saw the final installment of The Noah’s Arc series, Jumping The Broom (purchased off Amazon.com). Long story short the plot centered around Noah and Wade’s impending nuptials and great gay drama.
I’m a huge fan of the show. I’ve been buying the DVD sets since the first season. It ended after the second season (on a cliffhanger no less) before it was abruptly cancelled by LOGO (the station treated the show like the bastard red headed stepchild from South Carolina during it’s entire run…Forget the fact that NA gave LOGO it’s highest ratings). Fortunately, the option for a feature length film was picked up. Therefore the story got the conclusion that it so richly deserved.
Personally, I loved it (contrary to some critical thrashings online)! Granted, some of the acting was a little amateurish; and there were several PSA moments (that looked like PSA’s due to some less than stellar acting). Furthermore, a few plot points were rushed and over the top (e.g. Wade’s homophobic family finding out he’s gay and marrying another man, over the phone, and still attend the wedding). However, overall, it was a very sweet romantic comedy that had it’s heart in the right place, in my opinion (okay, I cried a little at the end. I don’t know about you).
Surprisingly, this was the first time I completely identified with Noah’s character. As a matter of fact Noah is me (not literally). I often fancied myself as a Carrie from Sex And The City type of guy; but, after seeing Jumping the Broom (and watching the previous seasons in succession) I came to realize that Noah was infact my on air counter part.
Now I would NEVER dress like him (although his style became a bit more subdued in season two and Jumping The Broom) but that’s besides the point. Noah is such a wonderful, sweet, and gentle soul who truly embraced his romantic idealism. He was the calm center in the midst of all those brazen personalities that he called his friends. More importantly he never stopped believing in love and all of it’s infinite possibility. Noah shared my same hopes, dreams, and aspirations. He merely wanted to be a happy, healthy, and productive individual by simply being himself.
For me that aspect of the series was so affirming…I cheered for Noah because, for the first time, I saw myself–a young black gay man–reflected on television. Again, his life is not quite similiar to my own but close enough to draw parrallels. Finally, FINALLY, someone (Patrick Ian Polk) reflected my reality outside the sensationalism of the Down Low (although Noah’s Arc could be myopic at times at least it tried to show black gay life in a positive manner)!
Anywho, it was kind of sad knowing that was the end of the show. But it will always live on in Syndication.
Jumping The Broom was great.