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Yeah, hmpf – I don’t know, what did you guys think?

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Meh?  Scattered storytelling.  Weird twists.  Less than stellar musical performances (I love Journey as much as the next guy, but they’re not really mash-up material).  And sloppy, quick wrap-ups for enduring narratives (so now Finn and Rachel are together, as are Puck and Quinn, and Shu and Emma soon will be…apparently regionals stir up the love?).  I would say I was disappointed, but I guess I expected this.  So let’s start with the actual music competition.  Thank God Vocal Adrenaline won – that would have been ridiculous if they didn’t.  They are infinitely more professional than our, nevertheless adorable, ramshackle crew.  Their choreography was seamless and creative, and Jesse St. James rocks!  In fact, he rocks so much that it’s hard for me to accept Rachel flitting back to Finn so easily.  Here’s hoping he makes it back for the second season. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 9, 2010 at 9:42 am

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A Meditation on Mr. Shu

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I rarely focus on just one character for a post, usually feeling some sort of responsibility to cover larger storylines and themes from the whole episode.  But last night’s Glee is forcing me to this.  Will Shuster is a terrible guy!  First, in a fit of immaturity, he convinces the Glee kids to retaliate against Vocal Adreneline’s tp’ing of the choir room, resulting in Puck and Finn slashing their tires (their matching Range Rovers were pretty funny, though).  Then, despite the plan being largely his fault, he doesn’t bail the kids out, but instead lets them take on crappy jobs to get themselves out of trouble.  In fact, this progression of events was so strange I was left wondering if something had gone wrong in the editing process of putting the final show together. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

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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

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

Finding Your Voice

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I’m a feminist…that much is probably clear from many of these posts. And when I got married 5 years ago, I got it into my head that it was sexist to be walked down the aisle by my father and handed to my husband (which to be fair, it is – in essence, it’s a patriarchal passing on of goods. The only thing missing is the goat dowry). And so I told my dad that we were cutting that part out of the wedding ceremony. At first he tried to hide his disappointment, to accept my decision, but it quickly became clear that he was devastated. Eventually he admitted that he had dreamed of walking me down the aisle since I was a baby – that that’s just something that dads of daughters dream of and look forward to. In my haste to embrace what I believed to be right – the mores of my own particular time and place – I forgot to pay attention to the world that I had grown out of; the world I had come from. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

You’re a Slut, Will

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Way to go, Emma!  I was so pleased to finally see Emma taking strides toward her own self-expression and healing.  She’s right – if her and Shu are to have a future, they need to start seeing each other for who they really are.  But she also needs to stand up for herself and communicate her feelings.  How strange, though, that this insight and advice would come from Sue, the school’s new counselor.  Sure, she was trying to humiliate Shu, but her advice was sound and it worked.  Of all the characters, Sue is becoming the most complex and interesting to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

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Not Just a Puff Piece

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It’s official – 3 episodes in a row, Glee is legitimately awesome again, in no small part because they brought back Kristin Chenoweth.  Holy crap, is there anyone on this planet who sings like KC?!  She blows my mind.  Usually I would refuse to even acknowledge something as stupid as an all-white cast version of The Wiz, but as she said it I found myself wanting to book a flight to NYC to watch her reprise Diana Ross’ Dorothy.  And April was back, as she said, as ‘full time fancy,’ finding a way to cash in on a dead dude, announce inappropriate sex dreams to a room of roller skaters, be the loudest house-guest ever, and finally go 45 minutes without a drink.  Perhaps her most poignant scene occurred in the bed with Shu, though.  I’m not sure if that was intended to reference last week’s tri-fantasy bedroom scene, but thinking of it in relation to those images gave us a glimpse at what each bedroom scene really sought but failed to gain: intimacy and connection in the midst of desperate situations.  Strangely, sweetly and a little awkwardly, Shu and April got that intimacy in bed tonight simply through the presence of a warm body on the pillow next door rather than through the sex every character on this show thinks they want. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 28, 2010 at 8:45 am