Queer Eye Season 4 Review: Don’t Skip Your Own Chapter Eyes Inward

July 19, 2019
Maggie -Potter 0
Netflix, TV, TV Reviews
4.5

Summary

The Fab Five return in Queer Eye Season 4, as the show returns to more meaningful roots and emphasizes the importance of self-care.

4.5

Summary

The Fab Five return in Queer Eye Season 4, as the show returns to more meaningful roots and emphasizes the importance of self-care.

Queer Eye Season 4 was released on Netflix on July 19, 2019. You can check out our review of the Fab Five’s previous outing by clicking these words.


Queer Eye brings the Fab Five back down to earth this season as they return to their more meaningful roots, emphasizing the importance of facing up to your demons as well as the importance of self-care.

Can you believe (as Jonathan would say) it is that time again when the fab five grace our screens to deliver tear-jerking scenes of sentimental self-love? Audiences will be happy to know the newest installment of Queer Eye is just as lovely, just as flamboyant and just as heartwarming as it has ever been. Viewers can expect 8 brand new stories that will take them through the journey of 8 unique individuals who have yet to learn the value of their self-worth and understand the definition of self-care. The Fab Five touch down in Illinois for one episode before swiftly returning to Kansas, Missouri for the remainder of Queer Eye Season 4.

Last season of Queer Eye was frequently described as fluff; never really touching on anything serious it tended to feel a little more makeover and a little less life-changing. The new episodes seem to return Queer Eye to its former influential glory. Laced with political and social themes the show chooses to delve into some more sincere topics. Episode 2, for example, focuses on Wesley. After being shot, Wesley was paralyzed, but he managed to turn his life around for the better and in turn chose to be a positive influence on his local community. Given Wesley’s situation, the Fab Five take it upon themselves to explore themes of gun violence, gun control and even have Wesley confront his shooter. This contributes to a moving and critical moment in the series and turns Queer Eye Season 4 from an over the top make-over show into a sensitive and topical tv series.

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Even with its found-again social motivation, you can be assured that Queer Eye Season 4 possesses the same cheerfully animated Fab Five and the eventual happy ending you’ve come to expect. The Fab Five remain their beautiful selves and you can expect to see a little more Bobby this season as he receives more screen time, no longer acting as a behind the scenes one-liner. The on-screen chemistry is still unmatched as the friendship between the Fab Five is ever-present with their connection and love for one another taking precedent when approaching difficult topics with their ‘heroes’. Jonathon is back to his fabulous self, although crying more frequently than normal as he comes to terms with his emotional side (you may need some tissues). Karamo will be holding your hand as he asks the hard questions and offering words of wisdom. Antoni will be showing his usual chef flair and looking good whilst doing it. Bobby will be once again grafting 10 hours a day to turn a room into a haven and Tan will unsurprisingly encourage his iconic french tuck when dressing new-found heroes.

As time goes on audiences have come to love and adore the Fab Five and all their sensibilities and in Queer Eye Season 4 viewers will only grow to love them more. Tackling sensitive subjects is not only saved for the heroes this season as the Fab Five open up about their own struggles and heartaches. Episode 1 shows Jonathan returning to his old high school to help a music teacher who taught Jonathan as a child and still remains their today. Jonathon opens up about the trauma and misfortune he experienced in high school and works to heal his own scars in the process of the make-over. The episode, as expected, is emotionally charged and brushes on topics such as Bullying, LGBTQ+ and what it can mean for a child to have support and a place of refuge in high school. Antoni too decides to open up to a hero about his personal dilemmas in a bid to reach a new level of connection and honesty throughout the make-over process.

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Although this newfound candor is a welcome change, audiences should not expect too much variation from Queer Eye‘s proven and successful format. This being said there is some level of comfort and gratification that comes from Queer Eye Season 4’s familiarity. Personally, I believe Queer Eye‘s appeal comes from the sheer inspiration that the show radiates to its audience. With clever cuts of advice and conversation directly aimed at the audience rather than their subjects,  viewers get to experience their own sense of intimacy with the advice being shared. It is rare that I have walked away from an episode without being a little more motivated to take better care of myself, whether its to ‘eat your veggies’ as Antoni advises or ‘take time to yourself’ as Karomo would suggest. I know I am not alone in this feeling and can assure audiences that Queer Eye Season 4 is no different, so take the time to settle down with the Fab Five and join them to achieve the ultimate mantra of self-love.

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