Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Glee Rantaholic's View of Episode 2x22 "New York"

I'm seriously starting to think that I'm addicted to ranting about Glee. If you've read any of my other posts about Glee, you know that I have a love/hate relationship with it. I obviously care about the characters and show enough to watch it, and yet, it's so ridiculously bad at times. In fact, I kind of abuse the show. If I were not me, I would probably tell myself to just stop watching. But honestly, it's fun to criticize and it actually manages to be really good at times. For the most part, however, "New York" was not these times. Anyway, I wanted to embrace my rantaholicism for this post. I'm not even going to write in nice little paragraphs. I'm just going to list what bugged me about this episode, and then I'll say a couple of nice things about it. I know this is kind of an unclassy post, but what can I say? Glee brings out the worst in me. I feel like there's a little more class in my non-Glee related post so please don't judge me solely on the basis of my Glee posts.

  • Why would Quinn know more about Broadway shows than Rachel? I'm pretty sure Rachel would be aware that Cats is closed.
  • Speaking of Quinn, I was way disappointed that her "big plans" turned out to be NOTHING. I was actually looking forward to her sabotage. 
  • Why was the Glee club acting like that kiss is what ruined their chances? Maybe it was the fact that they waited until they were in New York to even write their forgettable and auto-tuned songs.
  • I miss the Jessie St. James of season one (pre-egging, of course). I feel like they've made him into some nasty sleezeapalooza in an effort to make Finn look good by comparison.
  • But if that is their plan, the liking Finn part is not working on me. I'm just sick of Finn. I actually used to like him a lot and Cory Monteith seems like a cool guy in interviews, but Finn has turned into such an unlikable character. First he's dating Quinn, but he starts to have some feelings for Rachel. Then the whole baby drama happens, and he and Quinn break up. He starts dating Rachel but really doesn't even seem that into her at times. Then, they break up and he has ~*~fireworks~*~ (yes, I used sarcastic wavy lines and asterisks) with Quinn, and gets back together with her even though she's dating someone else. Then, Rachel seems to finally be semi-happy with Jesse for a second, and Finn throws a tantrum. Then he breaks up with Quinn to be with ~his true love Rachel~. Then he throws all this romantic crap at her. Ugh. Oh, what do you know? This kind of turned into a paragraph. I guess, I just really dislike Finn.
  • My dislike of Finn had me hoping that Rachel would turn him down because he's a jerk. I mean, she sang "Jar of Hearts," a song about being done with a heartbreaker, just a few episodes ago. So, she says no to him because Broadway is her true love. Good enough for me. Except, oh wait. They're getting back together for their senior year. Ugh, again.
  • That song or song mashup or whatever it was that they sang as they jauntily bounced around New York was just embarrassing.
  • The Vocal Adrenaline performance was pretty boring. In fact, it's already been mostly erased from my memory.
  • The original songs were pretty boring too. I honestly don't remember what they were about. 
  • That kiss scene had me cracking up with the disappearing audience. So cheesy.
  • I was pretty disappointing with Glee for dropping another storyline so quickly. Will has a Broadway gig lined up, and just like that, he drops it for the kids? Seriously? Well, at least he got to pimp out his new album.
  • In general, much of the episode was kind of a snoozefest.
That's enough ranting. It's time for:

The Good
  • I actually think I like the idea of Sam and Mercedes as a couple. It's fun and a bit unexpected, but I can see it. So, props on that pairing. Plus, Mercedes is finally getting a storyline not about her tots!
  • The "For Good" performance was so good. Yeah, it was a bit unrealistic, but it was actually, dare I admit, a bit moving. 
  • Quinn's new hair cut was adorable.
  • It was nice to see a scene between the three ex-cheerios.
  • The New York scenery made the episode very beautiful.
  • It was cute that Kurt and Rachel at breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • "My Cup" is an amazing song.
  • "Whereas I'm spending my summer composing Pip, Pip, Hooray, the Broadway musical about Pippa Middleton."
  • "Yeah" had me cracking up.

That's it for now. If you have any thoughts on the episode, be they good or bad, please feel free to share them in the comments.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Television-Triggered Commentary

Hey everyone! I survived finals, and as promised, I'm back. I started writing a post about the upcoming pilots that I'm most excited about (which I still might finish). However, a certain Youtube video caught my eye, and I felt like writing a post on it. It features an excited-no, exuberant-(I don't really know what's going on with my punctuation there, but I'm just going to claim artistic license) Smallville fan's commentary on the final few minutes of the show. It's probably the it's-five-in-the-morning-and-I-still-haven't-gone-to-sleep-and-in-fact-might-try-to-stay-up-all-night effect taking its toll, but I didn't just laugh at this clip, I guffawed. I guffawed at a Youtube video at five a.m. while sitting in my bed in a room by myself. And, I just publicly admitted that fact. 

I haven't regularly watched Smallville in years. Okay, scratch that, I guess I never regularly watched it, but I used to watch the earlier episodes from time to time when they aired on ABCFamily. Anyway, I did manage to catch some of the finale because a family member was watching it. Honestly, I was pretty much just cracking up at how lame and cheesy the whole affair was. However, I'll resist the urge to snark too much on the show and this Smallville fan (and honestly, I'd be in a more appropriate place to snark if I'd actually seen enough episodes to know what was going on) because I too have been known on occasion to talk to the television screen. Granted, I've never had a reaction quite like this and sincerely hope to never do so. 

The fact remains, however, that I do lamely talk to the television at times. The most recent example I can think of is during The Vampire Diaries season finale. I'm pretty sure I whispered "what?" to myself in a creepy, low voice for at least thirty seconds after the episode ended. This second example is not exactly talking, but I found myself uncontrollably making some kind of strange squeal a couple of hours ago during a cute scene (I'm currently rethinking the whole not going to bed today scheme because I just spelled that "seen" and had to correct it.) from Letters to Juliet. (Edit: I just realized that that's a movie, and I'm talking about television in this post. The principle still applies, though, so I'll leave it in.) These example are kind of tame, but I know I've done much weirder that I just can't remember.

Honestly, though, is it that strange to talk to the television or get emotional over the fictional events that occur on it? Yes, it probably is. But, most of us  many of us some of us hopefully someone other than me will admit to having strange audible reactions to a television show. You know what? I think it's okay as long as we make sure that they stay far away from Youtube.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Just a Note

Hey everyone. I just wanted to let all of my amazing readers know that I'm going on a short hiatus. I only have a couple weeks left of school, and there's a lot of studying and schoolwork that I'm going to have to finish by then. So, in the interest of my grades, I'm not going to post anymore until I'm done with this semester. I should have a lot more free time then and will be able to post more often.