My first burning question is, do they really have raves in the redwood forests? Do they get away with it? The neighbors don't object? The environmental concerns don't wage war? Hmmm. Oh, I guess that's my only burning question.
This is a quiet show, with none of the dramatic characters one would expect in a major Hollywood gay themed series. No flashy drag queens. Not even very many witty comebacks---what was once the staple of a gay character. This is not San Francisco of the 1970's where gay folks were forming a visible community; or the nineties, when the gay community had not only established itself, but had become a formidable political bloc (both periods when "Tales of The City" was written, and when it became a PBS miniseries). Nor is it the gay world of either version of "Queer As Folk", where sex seemed to comprise the entire definition of being gay. This is a show about normal people who happen to be gay, in a city where being "just gay" is "so 20th Century" and where the Castro, as it transitions to just another expensive straight enclave, has become something of a bastion and refuge for broken people who desperately need to circle the wagons, even in San Francisco. In this the second season, almost none of the show takes place or is filmed in the Castro, and many of the scenes that are set out of doors are in parts of the Mission, including 16th between Valencia and Mission streets, which is frequented by "everybody" but isn't really classed as anything other than hip, or perhaps at its most descriptive yet still inaccurate, "metrosexual". In other words, not gay. And since this series was filmed, even Esta Noche, the only gay bar there, has closed.
I'm not surprised the show has been cancelled. If it were a story about straight people, would we have watched it at all? Not much is happening, as is often the case in Life among ordinary people. Given that it is now the finale of the entire effort, what was intended as the season finale was a piss-poor fade out. I'll try not to give away any spoilers, but two of the characters decide to move in together, but only at the very last minute (almost literally) they realize that they haven't really discussed whether theirs is an open or monogamous relationship, or what degree of either. Really? What makes this all the more important (and it's not a light subject to consider at any time) is that one of them will have to give up his rent controlled apartment (as of June 2015, the median SF rent has topped $4200/month---the median, not average). When I was single rents were much more affordable, so giving up an apartment to take a chance on a relationship wasn't nearly the risk it is today. What a stupid idea that these two would get this far without covering the most basic questions!
In the event, we'll never know.
Fact is, you'll probably watch this anyway, and it's not a bad time by any standard. There are lots of shots of SF, although for all the effort they make to film in real locations, it's amazing how very little actually ends up on screen---in shots that are often extremely intimate. It's a quiet night in, not much happens; there's not a lot of suspense, or action, or drama. And for a treat, you get a field trip to Modesto (Water Wealth Contentment Health), which figures as the highpoint of the season. Go figure.