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Thursday, May 27, 2010

About: Glee “Theatricality”

(RAH)² (AH)³ + [ROMA (1+MA)] + (GA)² + (OOH)(LA)²

When you think of going Gaga the first thing that comes to mind has to be the clothes. Last week’s wardrobe was outstanding…and then there was Rachel’s stuffed animal disaster! Of course I know it was intended to shock and appall us, so job well done there.

Now let’s get down to business. Am I the only one who thought that Gaga was a strange musical choice for such a heavy episode? First we’ve got Kurt and Finn fighting about living arrangements which eventually boils into one of the most emotional scenes I’ve seen on Glee so far. Then, Rachel discovers who her mother is and is dealing with all that drama to the tune of Poker Face. After listening to soundtrack I can understand how that song works in their situation, having to put on poker faces for each other so that they don’t feel so vulnerable…etc. But that was some really heavy stuff. Gaga seems more fit for a fun carefree episode, which we have had plenty of this season. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the episode, I just thought they could have used their resources in a more productive way.

I did love the guy’s rendition of Kiss’ “Beth”. It’s great to see Puck showcasing his talent. He hasn’t gotten much play this season and I think he’s got a pretty strong voice. Actually, kind of perfect for Kiss. I thought it was a creative way to bring Puck and Quinn closer. Their storyline has been put on the backburner a lot this season, and Quinn is due to pop soon (although this show’s timeline is a little foggy), so I’m glad they are bringing their story to the forefront. They are one of those couples that makes no sense together but you can’t help but root for them. Puck may be a douche bag, but he’s our douche bag and we love him. He is so innocent when it comes to love and it’s becoming clear that he loves Quinn and is prepared to love this baby too. I just hope it’s not too little too late for Quinn.

“Theatricality” had what seemed like the fight of the century! I loved the way the situation was handled. I found myself feeling so bad for Finn and the way he was ambushed by his mom. It’s really not fair to ask a teenage boy to leave his life behind and join a new family. It’s something that Kurt’s dad taking him to a few games can’t fix, so I’m glad they let it break. All these emotions that Finn was dealing with seemed to be funneled into his odd relationship with Kurt. Kurt is obviously in love with Finn and seems to think the sun rises and sets with him. So when Finn went off on him in such a hateful way it seemed to physically hurt Kurt. In that moment I felt like Kurt. I was shocked. I never would have guessed that Finn could be that filled with hatred. It shifted my opinion of who Finn was and what he had or had not learned about himself this season. When Burt Hummel intervened I could see Kurt’s embarrassment. He spends his life being different than his peers and his dad has come to his aid more than once. It seems like Kurt wants a “normal” father-son relationship more than anything but he doesn’t seem to realize that he has something better. His father just loves him. Not because he’s the son Burt always imagined having, but because he’s not.

I have really grown to like Burt over the season. He started out as an overly masculine clueless father but his character has really grown over the season. I thought he gave a very strong performance in “Theatricality”. I especially loved his comment after Kurt tells him that he didn’t take Finn’s use of the word “faggy” as a personal insult.

“That’s Because you’re 16 and you still see the best in people”.

Needless to say I was more than happy to see Finn attempt to redeem himself later in the episode when he came to Kurt’s rescue wearing that huge shower curtain. It probably wasn’t what Kurt wanted to hear. It wasn’t an “I love you”. It wasn’t even a proposal for friendship, but it was an “I’m sorry”. Something that needed to be said.

So overall I thought this episode definitely had its moments. If there was one thing I was missing, it was Sue Sylvester! And I could always use a few more songs.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

About: Gossip Girl “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”

Let me be the first to say farewell Little J! See you never. I was obviously pretty happy that Jenny got written off the show. At this point she’s kind of a one trick pony. She has spent her time on the show defying all our expectations of just how low a person can sink. Well, she has officially sunk and I can’t say I’ll miss her.

What an episode! If I had to sum it up in one word I would call it “overwhelming”. Don’t get me wrong, I love drama but at some point it’s just too much for a one hour episode. The first half of the season wasn’t exactly packed with drama, I wouldn’t call it boring I just think there could have been more development of more interesting storylines. Apparently, the writers realized this a little late and decided to make up for it in the season finale! These are great story lines with plenty to work with for next season but it would have served them better to spread some of the development out over the season. i.e. spend a little less time on Serena’s dad or Chuck’s mom. Man, these socialites have some mommy and daddy issues! Or even to spend less time on Dan and Vanessa- a story line I doubt anyone found particularly interesting (note my use of past tense). So all that to say I enjoyed the finale, I just found it a little too full.

So let’s just re-cap some of the less noteworthy highlights.

-Serena and Nate “take a break”. Bring on the Dan and Serena love!
- Vanessa and Dan are probably broken up at this point. And a resounding “who cares?” rang across the land!
- Serena and Dan kissed. We knew that would happen eventually.
- Dorota had her baby.

Now on to the plot points worth talking about…

Chuck and Blair…we were so close. I knew they couldn’t get back together this season. Drama like that deserves to be stretched out. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t on the edge of my seat as Blair made her way to the Empire State Building. Or that I didn’t squeal when Chuck pulled the engagement ring out of his pocket. They had me wanting what I knew we couldn’t have. That, my friends, is good drama.

Now about Chuck; I don’t know that I really blame him for this. Am I grossed out that he slept with Jenny? Absolutely. But he was distraught. He thought the only woman he’s ever loved rejected him. I can’t say I blame him for his promiscuous behavior. Jenny on the other hand should know better than to mess with a man that Blair has dated, is thinking about dating, or has ever talked to for that matter. Bad decision all around!

If Dan and Vanessa weren’t broken up before you can bet they will be when Vanessa gets back from Haiti and finds Georgina carrying Dan’s seed. My instincts are telling me that the baby isn’t Dan’s. Judging by the men Georgina seems to surround herself with, Dan is probably the most upstanding, responsible one of them all; thus making him the best candidate for a father figure. Either way I can’t decide how I’m feeling about Georgina’s return. I just know she can’t be trusted.

Then, to top that off Chuck goes and gets himself shot! Could this be a catalyst for a Chuck and Blair reunion post summer break? Maybe a bit soon but here’s hoping!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 14, 2010

About: Supernatural “Two Minutes to Midnight”

We are getting dangerously close to the moment we’ve all been waiting for the entire season. But just when we thought we knew what had to be done the tables turned and we’re back in limbo.

At the beginning of the episode the mission seemed fairly simple- all things considered. Find Pestilence and Death and get their rings. It was supposed to be the next step that was difficult. But when the boys wiped Pestilence off the map so quickly (with a little help from Cas, who I was more than happy to see again) I began to get worried. I knew it was a little too easy. Taking on two horseman in one episode seemed a little rushed for Supernatural; not a show that tends to rush plot lines. But I had no idea what kind of twist was in store.

Before I go on, I do want to say that I loved the sequence of Death walking down the street to “Oh Death” (by Jen Titus if you were wondering, and I was). That was one of the most haunting scenes I’ve ever seen on Supernatural. I’m getting chills just thinking about it!

So Pestilence is taken care of. Then, we find out that Bobby, in true Winchester fashion, has decided to loan his soul to Crowley. I can’t say I blame him considering the outlook of things, but come on! Haven’t we learned by now that this soul selling business is never a good idea? Besides, I’m not sure that I trust Crowley yet. I’m still feeling betrayed by Ruby who turned out to be exactly what instinct told us she was. The good news is that Bobby can walk again, for now. But I bet he’d be willing to make a permanent crossroads deal with Crowley if it meant the use of his legs for ten years. I’m starting to think that was in Crowley’s plan to begin with. Let Bobby feel what it’s like to walk again and he’ll never want take his soul back leaving Crowley with the “insurance” to keep him safe from the Winchesters.

How suspicious was it when Crowley led Dean to the location of Death only to find out he wasn’t there? Crowley could not have been more un-phased by that realization. Did he just not care or was he not surprised? I can’t see the point of writing the wrong location into the plot unless there was a reason for it. And Crowley did eventually lead Dean to Death when he didn’t have to so it seems like he wasn’t planning on breaking his deal but is there more to the first location than they let on?

Oh, I haven’t even mentioned the fact that Castiel is now a human! This is just a problem that I don’t know what to do with. At this point there’s no way Cas is going to get his Angel mojo back unless the moment I’ve been hoping for actually happens. God’s triumphant return! I’m still hoping that God will come back to save the day and reward Cas for being his most faithful servant. But I’m an optimist. Well, either way at this point Cas is now about as helpful as Bobby.

Now on to the biggest problem of all. Death. I think we all knew that Dean’s sneak attack on Death was not going to work but I guess he had to try. (Lately it seems like all the demons and horsemen have a spidey sense that detects Sam and Dean. I don’t remember that being something that demons were capable of earlier in the series. I could be wrong though. But I digress…) Then, when Death told Dean to sit down and eat pizza with him (Chicago style pizza!) I started to get nervous. I thought for sure that Dean was going to put his butter knife to use until the conversation took a turn. Death is a slave to Lucifer, that wasn’t a surprise, but the fact that he’s older and far more powerful was. How did Lucifer manage to trap death in the first place? The fact that he wants Lucifer in the hole was also a shocker. Once I knew that, I knew what had to come next. Dean had to promise that Sam would say yes to Lucifer. The exact thing we don’t want to happen. Because now we have a problem; either Sam does what Death wants or Dean dies. If Sam says yes to Lucifer, it’s likely that he’ll “die” as we know it. So now we just have to hope that Cas was right about Sam’s strength because it’s clear that he is the only one who can end this.

What an episode! I can’t wait to see how the season will end!

Thanks for reading!