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And We Have a Jumper

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If there’s one thing I learned tonight – and it’s not that we’re all freaks and need to express ourselves as such – it’s that Lady Gaga is so much more than the sum of her costumes.  Let me preface this analysis by saying that I heart Gaga.  I think she’s a genius – not only because of her reinvention, but also because her music is so damn catchy on numerous levels while also having surprisingly creative lyrics.  Most of all, though, I love her because she plays with identity in ways that force me to think deeply about the relationship between gender, sexuality, self-expression, violence and power.  She can’t be written off.  She’s not Britney.  Dare I say it, she’s not even Madonna circa 1989-1994 (i.e. Madonna at her very very best and, yes, I included Bedtime Stories in that spread on purpose).  She’s something so radically new I don’t yet know what to do with her.  What I do know is that she can’t be copied, even by the amazingly talented Glee kids…they just looked silly.  They didn’t have the personas or attitude to back up their costumes (except for Rachel’s short time in the teddy bear jumper costume-that required little hutzpah).  Whereas Lady Gaga creates a series of characters, the Glee kids looked like they were playing dress-up. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

We are always our own worst enemy…

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Smoke My Peace Pipe

Well, it looks like I was right about Albert. We see him take action this week. What’s interesting about it is the way that the “community affairs” sergeant presents the problem: do we want justice or do we want democracy? In this sense, we see the same issue raised in a variety of arenas this week: from Creighton’s YouTube rant about the topic to the judge’s rant about New Orleans. The message that we seem to be getting this week is that the system is the problem, but we are the system, and so we are the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

Everything Happens in the Blink of an Eye

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Hey Kathryn,

Oh my goodness, where to start?!  I’m sure the inter-tubes will be exploding today with love and hate for this episode, so let me begin by saying – I loved it!  LOVED IT!  I was totally satisfied…and not just satisfied, but it actually showed me what it would even mean to be satisfied and then fulfilled that.  There’s no way to cover everything, so I’m going to focus on what I loved best – the flashes of memory! Read the rest of this entry »

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May 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Haven’t You Ever Read an Archie Comic?

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This really was the core question of the episode, with everyone needing to choose between their Betty and Veronica.  Jack picking between Nancy and Avery, finally – and, in my opinion, making the right choice (wow, I can’t believe Jack’s going to be a Daddy!).  Jenna learning to accept Paul as he is, no matter how creepy he looked in that Cher/Jenna get up (really, is there anyone so awesomely gross as Will Forte?!  You really do have to have a lot of taped up balls to show up dressed like that!).  Liz finally choosing the pursuit of dangerous love over settling for a settling soulmate (although I am waiting for the other shoe to drop on Carroll – are we sure he’s really a pilot and not just an extra from a ‘pilot’ episode filming elsewhere in the 30 Rock complex? Sorry, couldn’t resist it – it’s late, I’m tired…apologies).  And poor Kenneth (who I hope to God isn’t really going to be absent from next season) needing to choose between New York and LA, and ultimately losing both. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm

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Don’t Let the Pedophile Win Again!

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While this was a fun episode of The Office, it felt a little more mid-season to me than season closer.  It’s true that we’ve developed a bit of a tradition on Office closers of the guy getting the girl, or nearly getting the girl, or just missing the girl, or knocking up the girl in previous seasons.  And, sure, we had a little of that with Erin congratulating Andy and Michael facing the possibility of Holly’s return.  But this episode lacked some of the drama of previous seasons, probably because – while funny – this whole season all season long lacked a central narrative or group of central narratives towards which we were building. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Like a Crotch Tourniquet

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What a great episode!  Even without the surprisingly funny Kobe cameo, the Kiss Cam, jokes about Peabo Bryson and the Spurt Locker, and a mud fight at the end, the episode would have been a home run for me with that Ave Maria/House wrecking scene.  Making a nod to another famous family – The Godfather’s Corleones – Mitchell sought out his stones in order to save his daughter from a random pigeon, destroying their kitschiest objets d’art in the process.  First, I love that black and white photo of Cam over the mantel-piece and watching it smash could have provided some powerful symbolism in any other context – but that dark, overly dramatic style is the precise kind of subtle humour I love in this show…then we had the decanter set I’ve been admiring all season – it’s funny how we become sub-consciously attached to background objects.  Finally, the fire extinguisher – I don’t even know what he hoped to accomplish with the fire extinguisher.  And all to the backdrop of Cam’s singing, which made it extra amazing because despite probably being able to do a lovely version of Tiny Dancer at the Karaoke bar, Cam just didn’t have the chops to pull off Ave Maria…even though it was sweet to watch him try. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

When the Dream Becomes a Lie

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Let me start by saying how much I love both Joss Whedon and Neil Patrick Harris.  I’m a burgeoning Whedonite, having just finished the first season of Dollhouse, but I’m gonna say he really knocked last night’s Glee out of the park.  And more importantly, he showed us that if we scale back a little on the musical numbers, the numbers themselves are a) able to be more quality and b) the show itself can incorporate more minor character development.  And it’s a great trade off!  We were 18 minutes in before we had a musical number, and even then it was a sing-along to a jukebox in a bar…understated but still fabulous – in large part because it was NPH doing it!  And now on to NPH… Read the rest of this entry »

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May 19, 2010 at 8:25 am