Posts tagged glee
Posts tagged glee
Although I will continue to watch Glee, I will not review the forth season. Perhaps if an episode is really good, or I have something I would like to say I will make a quick post, but most likely I will no longer be writing weekly reviews. (Sorry to any of my Gleek followers).
So far my thoughts on the new season are simple… too much of the same, not enough “new.”
The new characters are like copycats of ex-Glee clubers, why not bring in completely new characters. Instead we have the new Rachel, the new Mercedes meets Kurt (perhaps?), new Quinn, new Puck… these new characters look, act and dress exactly the way the old ones do. WHY? There are millions of teenagers out there, try something different, please!
Also the whole making Marley’s obese, lunch lady mother, didn’t we JUST cover that with Coach Beast? I feel like they’re recycling storylines and characters, when there is so many new storylines just waiting for them to tackle. What about a lunchlady who is mentally disabled slightly? What about a lunch lady who has visible deformations or scarring from an accident, maybe a teenage suicide attempt, brain or physical damage from a car accident or being born that way. Something, ANYTHING different. She even looks similar to Coach, (speaking of which, where is she?) Did the lunch lady replace her?
All I see in the new relationships are the copy of the old ones, it’s true that history repeats itself, but come on we just saw Rachel/Puck, and Quinn/Puck. I don’t want to see it again. What about Marley and Teen Jesus, or Kitty and Artie. Give me something different.
I don’t want repeats, if I did, I’d go watch season one, it was better. Glee, I beg you give me more by giving me something new. Also please do not start using autotune. Just don’t. (And way to give a speech about lip-synching when your cast lip-synch on tour… just saying)
(Also just NO to diva Blaine, no.)
Oh and finally: Glee, Do you realize in real life you can’t just transfer schools because you want to. You either have to move (like they said Jesse St James did in season 1-speaking of bring him back to NYADA. St Berry> whatever is going on ATM in NYC) or they have to pay a lot of money. So stop making characters switch schools! It doesn’t make sense. Glee magic only goes so far.
So far this season:
the New Rachel: 2/5
Britney 2.0: 2.5/5
I’m not sure if I’m going to have time to blog about all the usual shows this fall + some new ones so this is just a tentative list of the shows I’m looking at covering:
Mondays: 2 Broke Girls, Hawaii Five 0, Revolution*
Tuesday: Pretty Little Liars (possibly, when it returns)
Wednesday: American Horror Story
Thursday: Person of Interest, Elementary**,
*Revolution is going to be hard since it’s on the same time as H50, but I will try, at least for the first couple episodes just to give the show a feel.
**I love BBC’s Sherlock, and I hate the idea of a “Joan Watson” but I feel boycotting the show is silly and petty, so I will give it a chance. If I like it, perhaps I’ll pick it up. Although, I must admit it is on the same time as Scandal and previously I would have said no contest, but now that Henry Ian Cusick has left the show, I’m a bit more open to other options, so we’ll see.
I was sitting here trying to figure out what to say, while casually browsing my tumblr dash when I saw the gif below used to describe tonight’s season three Glee finale. It is quite possibly the best, one sentence explanation of what appeared on my television tonight.
When one hour of Glee is just not enough for one night…
D-I-N-O-S-A, you are a dinosaur
With the third season of Glee coming to a close, “Choke” is the first episode that I feel focused more on those graduating then other issues. In other words, the episode was not over dominated with Blaine. We actually went an entire episode and Darren did not have a solo. I thought the world might end before that, but I was wrong, thankfully. Obviously that was dramatic and I don’t entirely mean it, but needless to say, I welcomed the lack of Blaine solos. Darren Criss fans really can’t complain either, Blaine still had plenty of screen time (more than many other characters) so it was a nice middle ground. Blaine was still there, he just wasn’t in my face every five seconds.
That all being said, I liked the episode. While it was not the best or my favorite, I feel it began to point the show back into a direction that will help bring it full circle and pull the focus back to the original glee club members and the graduating seniors.
As I predicted earlier in the week due to my crazy schedule working the Tribeca Film Festival this year, I didn’t have time to review the shows as they aired. However rather than ignore them, I felt it would be worthwhile to post short, condensed reviews on all the shows at once. Starting with the most recent and working backward.
I must start by congratulating both Fringe and its fans for the great news that came yesterday/Thursday. I could not be more thrilled than to have this amazing series return for a fifth and final season. My only complaint was that it is only a half season, but that was to be expected. I’ll take it. The more Fringe the better. Thank you Fox.
I honestly do not know what I am going to do when Fringe comes to a close next season. I said that about Lost too but, when Lost ended it wasn’t as bad because I had Fringe.Without Fringe television will be lacking in truly original, cutting edge series. Words cannot full express my adoration to this show. I can only say its brilliance is astounding as is its ability to devastate.
Although tonight’s episode did not directly correlate with last week’s amazing flash forward/future episode, it did set the show up for its fourth season finale, which will air in two parts over the next two weeks. Despite only being a lead in episode, I personally found the storyline captivating, and quite emotional. It easily could have been part of the finale (assuming the storyline continues over the next two weeks).
Seeing all the doubles, and FINALLY getting a double douse of John Noble was long overdue. Watching the two worlds work together to fight David Robert Jones, and make sacrifices for the greater good was beautiful and upsetting. I love each and every version of each character we have met over the past four years. That alone is a testament to this great show. What other series can hold viewers and make them fall equally in love with multiple versions of the same character? Even Lost had trouble with this with its flash sideways. I think Fringe far exceeds Lost in this department. The writing and acting surrounding the characters is easily one of the most fantastic things about the series.
My only complaint with the episode and the general storyline recently is the Lincoln/Fauxlivia storyline is moving too quickly and is kind of out of the blue. I’m not over the other Lincoln dying yet. I still stand by my original opinion that the wrong Lincoln died. Lincoln and Olivia from the other universe loved each other, especially him her so it kind of kills me to see our Lincoln with her (even though I do want him to be happy, I just loved Lincoln from over there with Fauxlivia when she had Henry…)
I can’t wait until the season four finale to see how the story plays out. Though, I am not looking forward to the season ending as that means hiatus followed by a final 13 episodes with no hope for another extension. While I am grateful for those additional thirteen episodes, I will never stop wanting more from this series.
Overall, I did enjoy the latest episode of Person of Interest, although, I found much of the case of the week predictable (even though the format was slightly different). The best of the episode, was finally seeing what really happened with Reese and his partner and what happened to them back when they were with the CIA. While this leads to more questions, we did get some answers and some new leads. I can’t wait to see where that storyline takes us. It will be interesting to see what goes down between Reese, his ex-partner, the CIA and the FBI… where the truth actually lies, no one knows. I do imagine Finch may be able to help uncover the truth. Reese and Finch, forever!
My only major complaint about the episode (there are several smaller ones) but I honestly don’t feel Tommy would have been careless enough to leave Reese alive. He shot the other guy twice, why only shoot Reese once? I know he is the hero, but it just felt a little too easy for Reese (not that I enjoy him being injured).
"Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled plotting…." -Nolan
How is this show so good? Why is this show so addicting? How do they keep the suspense up week after week? Why does Daniel never die? (Seriously every time you think he’s dead he’s just chilling somewhere waiting to be found.)
While Emanda’s revenge plan is on temporary pause, in that she isn’t taking out a person a week anymore, she still has her sights set on the Hampton’s King and Queen. In a shocking reveal at the end of the episode, viewers learn (as Emanda does herself) that Conrad can have someone murdered in prison without raising any alarms. I always questioned the death of David Clarke. I knew it was never as simple as dying in jail. While I did not suspect Conrad of having him murdered, I had always wondered what would happened if he didn’t actually die in the fight and it was all a cover up. Scandalous!
Revenge continues to deliver an engaging, captivating, exciting story each week. The show is a guilty pleasure for sure.
“Dance with Somebody”
As of now, I plan to finish this season out, reviewing it, however I highly doubt this show will find its way on my fall television review schedule. I don’t know if it is the show, its writing, or my taste changing, but looking at Glee critically is impossible to do and have a positive outcome.
While I do enjoy the cast’s covers and think they are for the most part talented, the storylines and lack of continuity are killing me. I can’t take it. It’s too cheesy and verges on parodying itself.
While I welcome any break from Kurt/Blaine, why does there have to be another new boy? What happened to Karofsky? Didn’t Kurt promise to be his friend? I’ve never seen them hang out once? How is Karofsky doing? Is he still alive? Will he ever be back? Also Blaine was definitely overreacting with everything. Yes he transferred schools but no one asked him too. He could just go back to Dalton for his senior year and be happy. No one was forcing him to stay and be alone. It’s not like he has suffered at McKinley. Blaine came in and became an instant success. He solos at least once a week and everyone loves him. Kurt never had that, if anything Blaine stole the little spotlight Kurt had, so Kurt should be the one upset. The whole Blaine/Kurt storyline has gotten out of hand, but I know my opinion is in the minority on this so nothing will change. Blaine can do no wrong. I gotta learn to accept that.
Why is Quinn the newest disappearing Glee club member?Why can’t they explain why people aren’t there? Whats going on with Quinn and her family? How has this changed things?
Also, I must comment on the theme. While the songs were beautiful, and I think a Whitney theme fit the show, the way they wrote it was a little ridiculous. I don’t remember any of the Glee clubbers loving Whitney that much (to the extent they were shown in that episode). Yes they always spoke highly of her, but I don’t remember any hero worship. They had never shown depression over her death recently either. I also am not so sure comparing her to this generations Princess Dianna was also a good comparison, but maybe that’s just me?
Overall, it was a mediocre episode in my opinion filled with ridiculous stories and plot holes/continuity issues.
I will be working at the Tribeca Film Festival this week during the afternoon and nights. Therefore my television viewing will need to be adjusted. If I can watch a show (the night it airs) as soon as I get home, I will still review it. If I can’t watch a show until a day or two after its original air time, there will be no review this week. (Effected shows in the tags)
Thanks for understanding.
I skipped reviewing Glee last week for two reasons. Firstly, I was not able to watch “Big Brother” on Tuesday, and by the time I was able to watch it, it seemed irrelevant to review. And secondly because my bias against the character of Blaine, would have made for a more negative review than the episode deserved. On a whole level, it was a great episode and guest star Matt Bomer was amazing, but as I have stated previously, I think there has been too much Blaine this season. I do not approve that Blaine gets a brother episode before Finn/Kurt. They are two of the leads (well they were prior to Blaine) yet we’ve never actually seen them have brother time, which is disappointing.
I was hoping that “Saturday Night Gleever” may bring a break to the Blaine centric songs, but to my dismay the first person we see and the first solo of the night went to Blaine. Really, Glee? Really? Since when is he the only person on the show? Honestly has Kurt (the only reason Blaine is in New Directions) had a solo since pre- West Side Story? I don’t think so. Seeing as Kurt (not Blaine) is the one graduating, it may be nice to give some of the actual Seniors songs.
It’s funny I don’t actually hate Blaine or Darren Criss, I just feel they have over saturated Glee and I want other characters to sing. There is just too much Blaine, and he’s not all that interesting, to be honest.
Aside from Blaine opening the episode, he actually did fade away, which I was grateful for. The rest of the episode (for me) was overshadowed by the return of Jonathan Groff’s Jesse St James. Although, Groff was only in the episode for probably one minute, he captivated the screen. I really hope he is utilized more in future episodes, because he is far too talented to just have a couple scenes culminating a few seconds each. I hope that they give him more material or a song in the future. He is an amazing guest star and deserves more. However, I loved the scene between him, Kurt and Mercedes. It was perfect. The dynamics and tension were phenomenal.
"On My Way" marked the last new episode of Glee until April. Fans everywhere have begun having nervous breakdowns…but I am sure the weeks will fly by and our favorite musical high schoolers will be back on our screens before we know it.