When I first saw the trailer for the web series ‘Where the Bears Are’ I was really excited. I like that it’s a series about bears, which I love, and its lighhearted tone. Plus, the production values looked better than some of the other gay films/series I’ve seen. After seeing the first few episodes, it’s a decent series, but there are problems with it.
The shortness of the episodes doesn’t give much time for character development within each episode; the characters, thus far, seem more cardboard than real folks. The line delivery has a more “time to say my line” feel then seeming like a natural conversational or off-the-cuff comments. The murder seems more like a vehicle to set up the laughs than a real plot point. Though the show bills itself as “Part ‘Golden Girls’ and part ‘Murder, She Wrote,'” at this point, it’s not quite as funny nor does it take it’s murder mystery premise as serious as Jessica Fletcher did or even the more recent Desperate Housewives. Still, with all these negatives, the series has me intrigued.
As I mentioned before, the series focuses around bears. The three main characters are all roomates in the Silver Lake neighborhood of California. There is certainly plenty of eye candy to look at; especially with Chad Sanders as Detective Winters in Episode Three. You gotta love where he takes his clothes off in a fantasy by Reggie, one of the roommates (played by Rick Copp). The line Winters delivers when Reggie suggests in the fantasy that they go to a “dark bar” is priceless.
It’s these type of moments that show that ‘Where the Bears Are’ has potential. Aside from the beefcake aspect of it, this scene is one of the gems in the early episodes.
I’m also curious as to how the murder mystery will play out. While at this point, it doesn’t seem very central to the characters or story, I love me a mystery. It will be interesting to see where the characters and story goes from here. And this is why I think that ‘Where the Bears Are’ is worth your viewing. In the pre-instant gratification days of television entertainment, many series started out as duds and grew to become huge successes. Cheers is an example of this. Too often today, we dismiss series that are just okay when they aren’t instant hits. Though I think that ‘Where the Bears Are’ will have legs due to it niche focus on bears, I think what will really give it longevity will be how the characters and story develop so that we care about these guys; what happens to them; and, most importantly, want to make time to watch them each and every Tuesday/Thursday.
Learn more out more about the ‘Where The Bears Are’ web series including an interview with the creators and cast bios — complete with head shots of the hotties.