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Welcome back, “Glee.” It’s good to see you again.

The day that Gleeks all over had been waiting for finally arrived: Super Bowl Sunday. That’s right, the Super Bowl. And it wasn’t because they had a pool set up between the Packers and the Steelers, no. It was because after the football game came something much better: a super-special episode of “Glee.”
Now, in the past two years of being a fan of this show, I have learned to be cautious of the magical super-special episodes, mainly because while they have one or two of blow-your-mind moments, they are for the most part not that great.
Last Sunday’s episode, however, broke that pattern. This episode reminded me, and everyone who watches the show, what this show is about. It’s about friendship, sticking up for them because it’s the right thing to do, not because it will make you look cool or not. And most importantly, about being true to yourself.
Granted, this episode had its disappointments just as every episode of the show does, but for the most part it finally felt like “Glee” was back.
Last Sunday’s episode focused on the fracturing within the football team due to their constant bullying of the members also in the glee club, as well as member Karofsky being the reason  Kurt (Chris Colfer) had to transfer to a school with a strictly-enforced no-bullying rule.
When the fighting actually costs the team a game, the coach decides to force the entire team to join the glee club for one week in able to remind them they are a team and need to be united.
This leads to one of the most epic performances in “Glee” history: a mash-up of the Michael Jackson classic “Thriller” and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll.” The performance also aids to one of the best acting performances of the night by Max Adler, who brings the closeted-gay, homophobic football player Dave Karofsky to life.

The cast of "Glee" performs "Thriller/Heads Will Roll"

We finally got to see the potential of what a good guy Karofsky could be, if he just stopped being afraid of who he is. And, as with the entire bullying arc focusing on Karfosky, Kurt and Kurt’s potential beau Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), it was a moment for the kids watching the show who are struggling with their sexuality or just being comfortable with themselves, if they just let go of their fears they had the chance to be truly happy.
This episode also lead to a lot of character development with other characters, such as Finn Hudson (Corey Monteith),  and we finally got to see him be a leader in both groups, and helped in bringing them together, and some nice scenes with his ex-girlfriend Quinn (Diana Argon). But it was an even bigger character moment for Finn’s former best friend, Puck (Mark Salling), who has been in the background most of this season. In truth it was him who brought back the football team when they decided they didn’t want to embarrass themselves by performing the “Thriller” mashup at the halftime of the most important football game of the year.
When the show started two years ago, Puck was just like Karofsky: he picked on the geeks, he cared only about what others thought of him and he thought the glee club was a joke. But in the past few episodes, he has shown exactly how much he has grown: he loves glee club and doesn’t care who knows it, he’s protective of the people he used to pick on and he’s realizing his former habits aren’t good ones.
While every fan will have their favorite and their least favorite moments in this episode, there is one thing we can all agree on: “Glee” is finally back.

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Week in Review: 11/28/2010

Since this is my last chance to do a review for November I figured I should actually, you know, write a weekly review. I would like to start with a preemptive apology for any lack of coherency as I am falling asleep at my keyboard. Decorating for the holidays takes a lot out of a person.

Two things of consequence happened on “Hawaii Five-0” Monday night. First, we finally met the oft-discussed Rachel. Given that I’m a spoiler whore I was not surprised by her British accent. I was, however, amazed that I actually didn’t hate her that much. Well, at least once she started helping Danny out instead of pushing his buttons. It was a great insight into his character to see that the woman he loved had left him, essentially for a guy with more money. It was something that was hinted at but never outright stated and was all but said in last week’s episode. Scott Caan gave a great performance and I hope we get to see Claire van der Boom again.

The second thing? It was a passing comment, really. Steve was pulling a MacGyver and dusting for prints using vaccum dirt and a pillow feather. As he’s pulling the cleaning apparatus out, Danno says “There’s a cleaning crew to do that, babe” followed by a strange sound. That sound was the collective squeal of the slash fans before they promptly passed out from the overwhelming canon to support their favorite pairing. Seriously, the show is giving “Merlin” a run for its money in the not-so-sub text between their lead male characters.

Just when I thought “Glee” couldn’t top its past two episodes and I was losing faith in Ryan Murphy’s ability to write anything other than a tribute episode, out comes “Furt.” Everything from Finn getting over his lingering homophobia to Burt learning to dance and the looming dread of a Finn/Santana/Rachel blowout was perfect. The entire cast brought their A-game and I actually cried when Finn and Kurt danced together at their parents’ wedding as their friends sang and danced around them. Here, see for yourself and try not to cry:

This was everything an episode of “Glee” is supposed to be and I really hope they continue on this path (given what I’ve seen of next week’s episode, it looks highly likely).

Both “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” were repeats last week, so this gives me ample time to discuss the latest episode of “Merlin.” To be completely honest, I haven’t been impressed so far with the show’s third season. The best parts were mainly the introduction of new characters (namely, Gawaine) and a few epic moments of magic here and there. But “The Coming of Arthur” was the most intense, exciting and best episode of the season so far, for so many reasons. First, and perhaps most importantly, there wa actually a scene hwere Katie McGrath acted evil without smirking. I know, I was just as shocked as you! The scene where Morgana basically gives Gwen the choice of dying by going against her or living by staying by her side was chilling and pefectly played by both actresses. Perhaps even more chilling was the scene when Gawaine, Merlin and Arthur returned to Camelot after Morgause succeed in creating an immortal army and setting it on the city. Seeing these three men walk through the streets that two of them once called home, now strewn with bodies, was heartbreaking and none of them had to say a word. Basically I spent the entire episode on the edge of my seat and for the first time in a while I simply cannot wait for next week.

‘Glee’ breaks hearts and boundaries

As Mel said, I’ve been annoying anyone with ears (and eyes, just ask my LiveJournal friends) about my excitement over last night’s episode of “Glee.” And because it was so much more than I ever expected, I couldn’t wait to until my weekly review to share my thoughts. I do apologize if any of the following sounds disjointed, I’m still getting over a 24-hour fever/bug and my  brain is still on standby.

Before last night’s episode of “Glee” (entitled “Never Been Kissed”) aired, all anyone could talk about was newcomer Darren Criss and whether or not his openly gay character Blaine would be Kurt’s first boyfriend, or at the very least his first kiss. And today the name on everyone’s lips is Max Adler, whose Glee alter ego Dave Karofsky aggressively took the title of Kurt’s first boy kiss for himself.

Up to now, Karofsky had only been known as the two-dimensional jock bully who slushied various members of the Glee club,  and recently set his bullying tactics on the school’s only openly gay student, Kurt (he actually came this close to beating Kurt up in “Theatricality” last season).  After literally being pushed around by Karofsky one too many times, and bolstered by the mantra of “courage” sent by Blaine via text, Kurt stands up to his tormentor, calling him a “scared little boy intimidated by how extraordinarily ordinary [he is].” Karofksy’s response? He kisses Kurt, outing himself to both Kurt and himself, before punching the lockers and running away. He of course, denies it happens and his abuse on Kurt continues.

The kiss that shocked a viewing nation. Cap courtesy of rawr-caps.net

What was beautiful about this moment was not only the shock value (it was the kiss heard ‘round the world and if the world was anything like my living room, it was repeated cries of “Oh my God!”) but the message it sent to teens and adults like Karofsky, hiding behind what it expected of them because they are afraid or curious about their feelings for the same sex. The creators of this show know exactly how many people it reach and know they can use it to help those who are watching it.

This episode is very timely, and I’m sure that is no accident, given the nation’s attention on the recent increase in suicides in gay teens due to bullying. And, according spoilers, this won’t be the end of the bullying storyline for Kurt and the revelation of Karofsky’s closeted desires adds another sad yet interesting level to said storyline.

The main reason this moment, and the entire episode, worked was because of the amazing actors: Chris Colfer and Max Adler. The pain that flashes in Karofsky’s face when he shoves Kurt the day after the kiss and the defeated confession by Kurt to Blaine that “until yesterday [he] had never been kissed by a boy,” were heartbreaking and perfect. While I don’t look forward to the abuse Kurt is going to suffer at Karofsky’s hands, I am looking forward from the amazing performances by the two actors.

Kurt’s storyline wasn’t the only one causing tears last night. Puck’s return from juvie is played off as nothing by the teen rebel but we see exactly how much pain he is in when in the principal’s office, confronted by the principal, Mr. Shue and his parole officer, he reacts violently against going back to the teen penitentiary with the heart aching cry “No one cares about me,” before running away. Mark Salling has seemingly come out of nowhere, taking Puck from the sex-addicted carefree kid to the young man dealing with the loss of his child and the taste of what is to come if he continues down his destructive path.

Also tugging at heartstrings last night was Dot Jones as football coach Shannon Beiste. She shows her vulnerable side to her only faculty friend, Mr. Shuester, when she reveals she’s never been kissed. This after the humiliation of discovering the Glee jocks (and Tina) are using images of the coach to “cool off” when making out with their significant others. It was a well-acted scene by Jones and Matthew Morrison, though I felt that like Kurt, Beiste’s first kiss was stolen by someone who had no romantic feelings for her.

The only problem with a groundbreaking episode like this is that episodes like next week’s, in which guest star Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly has three numbers, look superfluous in comparison. However, this is “Glee” and while like its star Colfer its strong suit is starting to shine in its dramatic moments rather than its comedic, we can’t forget it is still a musical comedy. Fluff episodes are to be expected, however I think after last night no one will ever deny that “Glee” has cemented its place in television history.

A Love Letter to the Week of November 8th

I’m going to make this week’s preview very simple – this is the best week in television ever. Of course, that’s debatable and maybe that’s just the opinion of your humble bloggers, Mel and Sarah, but I stand behind that statement.

Up first is Glee and the unveiling of a new gay boy in the form of Darren Criss, who is ridiculously adorable. If you don’t believe me, watch this awesome version of “Teenage Dream” and call me a liar.

Making its triumphant Fall return fresh off a sixth season renewal announcement is my favorite show ever, Psych. And, why might you ask, is this week particularly amazing? That would be because not only is Carey Elwes back to conclude the tale of Pierre Despereaux, but my sources tell me we may finally get the Shawn/Juliet coupledom we’ve all been waiting for. I’m a total shipper at heart – sue me. Watch a preview of the hilarity below when Shawn practices his Juliet speech on McNabb.

Oh, an on a side note, Psych-os, Club Psych on the USA website is wicked addicting and my new favorite time waster.

And finally, to cap the greatness off this week, is Merlin. Not just any Merlin though, a Gwen/Arthur centric episode sure to make me want to rip Morgana apart slowly and cry a little bit when Arthur and Gwen get ripped apart yet again by Uther. Still, yay arthur/gwen.

 

Anybody have anything in particular they’re looking forward to this week? I know Sarah can’t rave enough about Glee so I know she’s excited. Are you?

Weekly Preview – 10/25/2010

No, wait, I’ll say it for you. We suck – we totally suck. Our poor neglected blogverse. All I can say is we’re sorry and we’ll try hard not to do it again. In a week, NaNoWriMo starts and you’ll be even more amused/frustrated by us. And if you don’t know what that is, google it peeps.

If it’s any consolation, I spent the day being yelled at by residents who can’t seem to figure out their water bills, went straight from work to the liquor store, to Starbuck’s, came straight in and sat down to write this. So it’s technically the first thing I’ve done since I got home. In any event, let’s get to pre-Halloween programming shall we?

Monday – Taylor Swift‘s new album, Speak Now, drops today. I love her and I don’t care what anyone else thinks so 😛 Ahem…if you’re more into hot boys and sunshine, check out Hawaii Five-0 tonight, which welcomes guest star Kevin Sorbo (aka Hercules for those of you playing the home game) to it’s shores tonight.

Kurt as Riff Raff

Tuesday – Get ready to bring your knees in tight and get ready to do the time warp with the cast of Glee as they take on Rocky Horror. As with all things Glee these days, it could either be awesomely bad or just bad so let’s hope they got the awesome memo. In preparation, watch the movie and then watch Tim Curry‘s guest spot on Psych…mostly because it’s hilarious and I’m watching it now.

Wednesday – You should have a standing appointment with ABC’s Modern Family, but in case you’re on the fence, the Dunphy’s take on the tradition of the haunted house and Cameron hates Halloween because of a traumatic childhood experience…which seems fitting because he dresses up all the other days of the year so he’s earned a day off.

Thursday – The Vampire Diaries has been on fire this season with twist after heart wrenching, jaw dropping twist. Given that this weeks episode is set in the midst of a masquerade ball, the roller coaster is sure to continue.

Friday – So I’ve managed to maintain my boycott of a Smallville without Michael Rosenbaum…until this season reeled it’s super head and I rediscovered its wondrous charm, even if it is a Chloe-less charm. After you watch Tess try to find a cure for her rapidly aging little clone boy, Alexander, keep watching for Supernatural, where supposedly we will finally get some answers as to what the hell is wrong with Sam. He’s just not right…

Ok, back to my Psych marathon I go. New season starts next month so I’m getting…aw, hell, psyched. Chocolate pudding here I come!

Week in Review 10/17/2010

Okay, so here is my late (but not quite so late as last week’s!) week in review.

After a weekend of being forced to watch “The Jersey Shore”, believe me when I say I am so frickin’ happy that The Situation was booted of Dancing with the Stars. If I see one more spray-tanned drunk idiot, I might just have to hurt someone.

 

Scott Cann as Danno

 

“Hawaii Five-0” was brilliant as always and as much I dislike Balthazar Getty, his guest-starring role was actually very well done. I couldn’t help but wonder the entire episode, however, if dying your hair with lemon juice and mayo actually worked. Anyone wanna be my guniea pig? Also, I was very surprised to discover that Scott Caan actually had an old injury flare up during shooting so they had to rewrite the script to accomadate his new accessory: a walking stick. Apparently he was supposed to play basketball with Steve against two inmates. At least Scott didn’t bust it dancing (I’m looking at you, Matthew Gray Gubler.)

Chris Colfer once again proved how Emmy-worthy he actually is. The only problem is his forte seems to be more in dramatic acting than in comedy (though he really excels at both) and he will always be in the comedy category with “Glee.” I did like the way his new relationship with Sam was handled, I hope this is the point where he starts to grow up a little concerning liking guys because, seriously? His stalker-like behavior with Finn was really, really creepy. Speaking of Sam, I am so not convinced he isn’t gay and that he actually likes Quinn. Chord had said recently in an interview that while it was originally set that he was going to be Kurt’s boyfriend, the creators saw his “chemistry with Dianna” and decided to go that route. While Chord may have chemsitry with Dianna, that doesn’t neccissarly mean Sam is going to have chemistry with Quinn. Also, Ryan Murphy had said several times last year that Idina Menzel wasn’t going to play Rachel’s mother. So until Kurt actually has a boyfriend, I’m not going to believe it won’t be Sam.

Sorry for my rant. Moving on.

I didn’t actually watch “The Defenders” Wednesday, instead I caught up on the “CSI: New York” I’ve missed so far. And apparently “The Vampire Diaries” was a repeat so I watched “Bones” instead. David Alan Grier was really hilarious and I had the theme tune to “Bill Nye the Science Guy” stuck in my head the rest of the night. Also, how cute was Emily Deschanel in that skeleton costume and tutu? Adorable! I was babysitting Thursday night and apparently “CSI” isn’t baby-appropriate so I wasn’t able to watch it. Thank God for Comcast’s On Demand!

Finally the day we were all waiting for: Friday. Why? Because it was Jensen Ackles‘ directorial debut and it was amazing both with the direction and the characters. Like the Winchester boys, I actually felt bad when I realized how we as an audience take Bobby for granted. He always shows up with the information and if he doesn’t already know it, he dutifully goes to look it up. I never realized what that would actually entail. I liked his cute next-door neighbor and I really hope we get to see her again soon. Plus, the return of Crowley! I absolutely adore Mark A. Sheppard and it was nice to get a little backstory on him as well. The biggest dissapointment of the episode? Bobby didn’t get to eat any of that delicious cobbler! Let the man eat his dessert in peace, you stupid hunters.

Until next week!

Whew! Glee may be getting back on track…

I’ll admit, the first few episodes of Glee’s second season have been mediocre at best, exaggerated and ill-conceived at worst (laughing gas induced Britney Spears hallucinations anyone?). However, if tonight’s episode and the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show themed episode are any indication, the show may finally be getting back to the music.

Tangled in a web of contrived teenage drama, the show seemed to have forgotten the road to nationals, leading many concerned fans to wonder what Ryan Murphy’s vision for this season is. Other than his quite obvious love for Lea Michele (a love that a good majority of the fan base doesn’t share), the first few episodes lacked a direction. However, with last nights duets theme, they seem to be wandering toward a purpose.

Here are a few things last night’s show offered up that bring a glimmer of hope for the rest of the season:

**While I was mad that Finn was such a jackass to Kurt about the new kid, I got to thinking about it and I actually enjoy the idea that the gay/straight issue on this show is not a black and white one.  Though we find ourselves rooting for the gay character, in this case, Kurt, as the underdog, it’s nice to see Kurt being treated also as a human being rather than a martyr. He’s not perfect and he can make mistakes, not because he is gay or straight but because he’s human – which is the most important message of all.

**Sam is a delightful edition to New Directions with the talent and adorability to

Chord Overstreet, Glee’s new character, Sam

counteract the ridiculousness of Santana and Brittney. He also speaks Na’vi, which is awesome on a whole ‘nother geeky level. I’m glad to see him sticking around, and while I was hoping for him to be Kurt’s boyfriend, I like his instant spark with Quinn. Here’s hoping Ryan doesn’t let Rachel’s overwhelming presence stifle a better storyline.

**Rachel has her moments where she remembers she is not a broadway machine, but an actual human being, which makes her a hundred times more likable and more interesting to boot. Her reaching out to Kurt was a brilliant bit of character writing and certainly unexpected.

Now, here are a couple of things still hanging out in limbo:

**What was that nonsense with Santana and Brittney at the beginning of the episode? I’m all about shock value, but it was so random and out of place. If they had any redeeming qualities what so ever, it might not be so random, but for right now, ew…

**I’m not adding fuel to the Mark Salling rumor mill because until we know the real story, there’s no need to. I’ll just say, it’s not the same without him and he needs to come back.

**The adults seem to have wandered away from their posts. Sue popping her head in for a snarky comment or two and Mr. Shue acting all teacher like for two seconds does not a storyline make. Will, Sue, Emma and Teri all need to have real storylines not involving their teenage cohorts.

Here’s hoping Rocky Horror delivers. You can preview the track list on iTunes. I’ll leave you with a preview. Have you brushed up on your Timewarp? 

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