Dec 2, 2011

December! You know what it means!

No? Well. This is what it means:

1) I'm struggling with finals and final projects and the fact that I'm leaving Emporia in 13 days, so there hasn't been enough time to write about the recent episodes. I've liked them, though! Maybe I'll catch up during the holidays. Because I will have nothing else to do and it will be glorious!

2) It's normal to watch this video at least twice a day.


3) I've given myself permission to finally listen to the content of the new Glee Christmas album! Here are my favorites:







Especially the last one. Oh, Damien. If you find someone melted on the floor, that'll be me.

Nov 15, 2011

3x05 The First Time / the one you wanted to be perfect


And it was, wasn't it? I did like this episode a lot, even though 1) it had its weak points, and 2) my ridiculously high expectations weren't just quite met, but it's okay, because 1) I didn't expect them to, and 2) it was a very beautiful and sweet episode anyway, and 3) I might grow to like it more as I'll watch it again (and again (and again)). (I have now watch it again (and again (and again)), and indeed, I like it much more now than in the first time. (The second time was better than the first time, when talking about The First Time. Hehe.)) Definitely my favorite episode of the season so far, and that's just me being shamelessly biased, as always.

What's going on:

- Artie quite frankly tells Rachel and Blaine to go and lose their virginities, because otherwise they won't be believable enough as the leads of West Side Story.
- Finn hopes to be recruited to Ohio State.
- Beiste has a crush on the recruiter guy. But she thinks he's not interested even though he keeps rubbing the suggestions on her face.
- Blaine stops by at Dalton, and meets Sebastian. Sebastian wants Blaine.


The bad:

- Rachel looking at the lyrics when she sings Tonight. As of she didn't know the lyrics by heart. Duh.
- Artie and Beiste's sex talk. Kind of awkward.
- It was kind of a mess how they cut from A Boy Like That to Blaine and Sebastian and back again. Nice idea, but didn't work very well for me. Same again with Tina's first time speech.
- Rachel was pretty idiotic.
- Mike Chang is cool and the storyline with his parents is pretty touching, but it didn't fit in the episode. There was enough going on anyway.
- Same with Artie and his speech. It was out of place, even though pretty great.
- Finn and the recruiter drama. Booooooring.
- In summary, there was nothing too bad about the episode, only thing was that there was too much going on. I would've been much more interested in Beiste's love affairs in some other episode, but now I just wanted my Klaine. Beiste at least somewhat fit the theme of the episode, but Artie and Mike didn't. Still, not much to criticize.

The undecided:

- Dave. On one hand I loved that he made a comeback (however brief), because Max Adler is great and I'd been wondering what happened to the character, hoping they hadn't completely forgotten about him. And it was a very nice moment between Kurt and him. BUT. I need to know what happened between this and Prom Queen. Is he okay with himself now? Is he out? How did it happen? Dave is such a complex and interesting character, I sure hope that wasn't the ultimate redemption we were all waiting for.


The good:

+ Artie trying to highfive Puck, and Puck ignoring him.
+ How Emma and Beiste very subtly escape when Artie starts talking about sex.
+ Dalton and the Warblers! Oh, how I missed them! Especially the chubby Warbler! I even loved Sebastian, even though I wanted to slap him in the face all the time. That cockyness was just brilliant, and the predatory looks he shot at Blaine, and how Blaine gets all uncomfortable and bashful, and how in Lima Bean he keeps flirting with Blaine even after Kurt shows up. Nice and bitchy, hopefully he'll come back to stir things up again!
+ Beiste thinks Applebee's is a fancy restaurant. I'm just so happy I know what Applebee's is. Three months haven't gone to waste! Oh and Finn talks about a Marriot hotel and I'm like hey, I've stayed in a Marriot! Small joys, allow me to indulge myself...
+ Beiste, overall. How she couldn't take a hint, and then wouldn't believe she was sincerely asked on a date.
+ The girls giving advice for Rachel. Although Brittany's rape comment wasn't funny, and Tina's story about her wonderful first time was kind of too cheesy.
+ RORY! He was in the episode for half a second but it was the funniest half a second  in the whole episode.
+ Finchel, I guess. I've never been too excited about the pair, but I guess it's nice they finally had their big moment. I was just a bit disorietated, waiting for the other big moment...
+ Klaine.


The Klaine:

Aaaaah, where to start? Klaine-wise, this episode was PERFECT. It was a perfect and significant milestone in the story than began in Never Been Kissed, continued in A Very Glee Christmas, Silly Love Songs, Original Song, Prom Queen, New York, and now The First Time. I loved all the Klaine scenes, and I loved every moment in all of them. I want to talk about them separately, just so that I can repeat the words "perfect", "sweet", "beautiful", and "wonderful" over and over until everyone loses their minds. Ok, I try not to.

Bedroom scene 1: One of my favorites! Actually, I should write that in every single one of these scenes, so I won't point that out from here on. But I loooooved this scene! (Okay, here's another remark I should ban myself. I promise I won't use it here again.) So awesome to see Blaine and Kurt just hanging out. Loved Blaine's random dancing, loved his hands when he made the masturbation comment, loved Kurt's adorable facial expressions, loved how they talk about sex and it's not awkward, and loved, loved, LOVED the cute little smack in the end. I want to eat that kiss, that's how adorable it was. And ok, no more "I loved (something Klaine-related)". I don't want to be a broken record.

Locker scene: Kurt's bucket list was kind of brilliant. And very nice of him to be on Team Jacob. Though I don't approve of a Taylor Lautner obsession, in any case. Another very cute scene, and don't you just love the sexual tension?

Lima Bean scene: I'm not saying that I loved it, because I promise not to use that expression anymore, but I very much liked the way Kurt acted around Sebastian. That body language and tone of his voice. "I'm not intimidated, but this boy is mine, and you better keep your filthy hands off him, bitch."

Gay bar scene: Haha. The fake IDs. The drag queen conversation. Blaine's dance moves and how Kurt kept glaring at him and Sebastian. How Kurt cuts between them to join Blaine on the dance floor. There, I just managed to list all the things I loved without saying I loved them!

Parking lot scene: First it was kind of funny, and then kind of hot, and then kind of awkward, and then kind of heart-breaking. Another great scene, anyway.

Auditorium scene: My favorite scene in the episode, not just one of them! So beautiful and sweet and wonderful and all the other words I promised not to use, and god damn me, but I LOVED IT, I loved it so much, so much that I want to cry or scream or pull my hair out, or something. Those two just make my heart burst. Those two, not only as in Kurt and Blaine and their beautiful and perfect love, but also as in Chris Colfer and Darren Criss, and how they act these things so sincerely and perfectly, and make me go crazy.

Bedroom scene 2: So we didn't see any of the actual, um, act, and before I kind of wished we would have, but now, after thinking about it and watching the scene a million times, I think this was just perfect, with the eskimo kisses and the touch of the fingertips and the condom on the floor and the gentle, loving looks. And I feel like a pervert for wanting to get a glimpse of some of the real action, because actually, it would've been a bit wrong to show something so intimate and special and sacred. And yes, I'm again taking this too seriously and acting like we're talking about real people, and yes, I bet they would've showed something more if only Fox had given them an OK, but damnit, I still think it was perfect and extremely special the way it was. And anyway, I think this was a milestone, not only in the world of Kurt and Blaine, but also in our world. Glee is making a difference, my friends!

(So I loved it more than life. At the same time, doesn't this just make a girl horribly depressed? It began with Disney's infinite happy endings, continued with The O.C., Moulin Rouge!, and Kate and Leo, and now it's Klaine, convincing a poor little girl that this is what real life is like, this is what you'll get too, you'll love and be loved and it will be so epic and beautiful that the whole world will cry out of happiness with you. Thank you, all, for these impossible and unrealistic expectations that just turned one inch more impossible and unrealistic. Haha. The encouraging thought is that when I'll be a sad and fat 60-year-old old maid, I will still be a shameless fangirl, and get all the joy I need out of the joy of fictional characters. Can't you just picture me, sitting on a rocking chair with my seventeen cats, weeping over an episode of season 34 of Glee. Heart-warming, to say the least. Ok, I'll  stop rambling.)


The Music (I'm not including those short bits of the WSS songs that I have no opinion about):

Uptown Girl. Brilliant! And so much fun! It's the freaking Warblers! Loved it! The freaking Warblers rock even without Blaine's vocals! But what the, there is a TEACHER at DALTON? Well, at least one thing is settled: everyone is Dalton is gay. Otherwise they couldn't have a teacher like that in an all-boy school. There'd be riots.

America. A nice number, and Santana rules, but at this point I couldn't have cared less about a school musical.

One Hand, One Heart. Boring song, but oh my god. Talk about sweet and beautiful. And I did, above, in case you missed it. Haha.


 Best quotes:

- Blaine to Beiste: "Are you gonna cry every time we sing?" Beiste: "I'm such a girl." Aw.
- Beiste: "Man I love to weld."
- "Once a Warbler, always a Warbler, right?"
- Sebastian about what he'd heard of Blaine: "Apparently he's sex on a stick and sings like a dream."
- Puck when Finn asks him about condoms: "Are you cheating on Rachel?" Haha.
- Puck: "I'm happy for you, and Rachel. Always thought it would be me, but secretly hoped it would be you."
- Rachel: "I've never had meat substitute that tasted that much like real meat." Finn: "Of course, because you're a vegan, which I remember, because we know each other so well. More sparkling cider?"
- Santana: "I also think that you should wait. Speaking from experience, Finn is terrible in bed." 
- "Enjoy. It's drag queen Wednesday."


Best Klaine quotes:

"I mean, we are playing it very safe by not granting our hands Visas to travel south of the Equator."

"Have you ever had the urge to rip off each other's clothes and get dirty?"
"Ah, yeah, but that's why they invented masturbation."
"So hot in this room, can we- can we open a window?"

"Besides, tearing off all your clothes is sort of a tall order."
"Because of the layers?"
"Because of the layers. (mmmmwah!)"

"Don't you think now is the time to be adventurous, while we're still young?"

"This was the best night of my life! I wanna live here, and I just wanna make art and help people."

"Come here. Give me your hand. And hold it to your heart."

"Sure beats the last time you were drunk and made out with Rachel."

"I wanted to be your gay bar superstar, but try as I might, I'm still a silly romantic."
"It's not silly."

"You take my breath away."

"I'm so proud to be with you."
"I hope so. I want you to be."

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.


Next...

Well, it can be nothing but a serious downfall, can it? That's what happens after episodes like this. Anyway, the promo looks horrible. The only good thing about it is the Adele mass-up. I've seen the clip and it's perfect. I do love mash-ups. So there's still hope, I guess.

Nov 9, 2011

Yes.


I wonder what it's like being normal. I'd guess a normal person wouldn't feel that two fictional people having sex is the highlight of their week. Thus, this week must be very boring for anyone normal. I kind of feel sorry for normal people. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to cherish this glorious moment some more. Isn't everything just beautiful? I swear, the keyboard of my laptop never looked better.

Nov 5, 2011

3x04 Pot O' Gold / a good ep-- OMG NEXT TUESDAY GET YOUR ASS IN HERE RIGHT NOW


The fangirl inside of me is embarrassingly happy. I took it very calmly, at first, and was very cool about it, but them I came here and thought about it and read some other reactions and now I realized how awesome this is. I'm so going to be so disappointed, because it can't be as good as it seems.

Anyway. Oh, there was a new episode, too? That promo kind of made me forget about it. And yeah, right, there are two other episodes, too, that I haven't written about yet. But there are priorities. My number one priority was to say how happy I am about next week's promo.

Now that that's done, let's talk about Pot o' Gold. A nice episode, really! BUT. I'm still waiting for my mind to blow away. I want something that will make me so happy that I'll spend a week smiling. Or will still thrill and entertain me after twenty rewatches. Like, for example, Never Been Kissed and Born This Way and Blame It on the Alcohol and Duets, from last season. Some of that, please. Now, please. You might be able to process my request by next week. (Although thanks to some spoilers, I wouldn't count on it. I might spend a week crying. Or just generally pouting. Anyway.)
 

Storylines:

- Rory is an exchange student, just arrived in McKinley fresh from Ireland. He lives with Brittany. He likes Brittany. He really wants to 'snog her'. She thinks he's a magical leprechaun. He also befriends Finn. And joins glee club.
- Quinn wants to stage Shelby as a bad mother so that she's get Beth back. Puck doesn't want anything bad for Shelby. He just wants to, WHAAAAT, kiss her??
- Sue gets a nemesis! Burt Hummel himself decides to run for congress against her.
- Mercedes allures Santana and Brittany to join Shelby's glee club.

What I didn't like:

 - Finn being a bitch to Blaine.
- Puck's weird new haircut. What's wrong with that mohawk, dude?
- I don't know if I liked the bitchy Santana in this episode. I love when she's bitchy for a good cause, but now she was just a plain, mean, cold bitch. How she acted towards poor little Rory was too much. I need Brittany to give her a wake up call.
- I don't know if I liked Sue, either. I certainly like this Sue more than season two Sue, but I don't know.
- The Shelby/Puck storyline. They actually kissed. In the first episode of the season there was a vibe between them, and my friend said: "Oh my god, they're gonna be together." And I went: "Oh no, no no. It's Glee, it's not The O.C. Glee is not that lame." Oh well. We'll see. Maybe this'll actually turn out interesting.


What I liked:

+ Rory. Duh! Damien was my favorite all the way through the Glee project, so I knew I'd like him, never mind the character. But his character is awesome, too! It's so funny how he just has that sheepish smile on his face all the time. And he's so vulnerable and innocent and sincere and dorky. And that accent...
+ Brit doesn't understand what Rory says. I feel you, girl. Having some difficulties myself. And I've never loved difficulties so much!
+ Santana and Brittany. Kind of. I mean, I still don't think they're meant to be or anything, but they are not as unrealistic and awkward as they were last season. I liked how Santana says she has to stay in ND to take care of Brit. Of course, she didn't, so that's that.
+ Beth is so cute.
+ How Rory wears only green until Brit tells she doesn't believe in leprachauns anymore.
+ Burt for president! Really! Awesome! Seriously!
+ Finn calls Brit the 'I' word. That wasn't cool, but I liked the scene, how Brittany reacted, and when they made up.
+ How the hockey players are scared of Coach Beiste. Whoo, yeah, you should be!
+ Rory bonding with Finn.


Music:

- Bein' Green. Nice. Love Damien's voice. Song's a bit boring, but will probably grow on me. I didn't know this but it was originally sung by Kermit the frog! Haha. Explains the slighty random lyrics.
- Last Friday Night. Fun! Just goofing around. Not Blaine's best, and not even in his top five, and not nearly as capturing as his previous Katy Perry cover, but still. Fun. And better than the original, though that's needless to say.
- Waiting for a Girl Like You. Ugh. The cougar-hunting Puck doesn't do the thing for me. Also, he sounds weird singing songs like this.
- Candy Man. I wanted this to blow my mind, because any Santana/Mercedes song is supposed to, but it not quite did. Still, liked it.
- Take Care of Yourself. My favorite song of the episode! So beautiful and sweet. Loved Kurt's reactions when Rory reaches the high notes, and then 'OK, fine, he's alright'. Aw.


Best quotes:

- Rachel: "I'm considering changing my name into Maria."
- Rory: "Finn Hudson." The way he said it. Haha.
- "My name is Rory Flannagan. I'm a foreign exchange student from Ireland. And I love everything about America. Especially Nascar, your half-black president, and Victoria's Secret catalogues."
- Finn: "In America dudes don't ask dudes to be their friends. Expect on Facebook, and even then it can take years."
- Santana: "I wish you'd hold my hand... Like under the napkin."
Brittany: "Oh, I thought you were talking about Selena Gomez's pregnancy rumors."
- Brittany: "Free beer." Best show choir name ever.
- Hockey player: "Say U2's overrated. Say it!" Rory: "Never!"
- Finn: "What happens when the Pope dies?" Kurt: "Heaven, one would think."
 

Next...

OOOOOOOOOOOOMG. (Hopefully it'll be an okay episode, but my expectations are far too high, anyway.)

Sep 23, 2011

3x01 The Purple Piano Project / three, two, one... fire!

 
IT'S BAAAAAAAAAAACK! Someone's life just became complete again. I hadn't even been waiting for season three too anxiously, because 1) there's been a lot more to do and think and hype, and 2) season 2 finale was disappointing to say the least. But it's clear: there is always something missing without the weekly fix of glee. Also, watching Glee live on Fox was a whole new experience, but not althogether a positive one. There are too many commercial breaks (duh, it's America, after all), and the show comes back without any warnings, so I missed a few seconds here and there. (Arvostan Suomen "Jatkuu..." ja "Nelosella seuraavaksi..." -osioita nyt aivan uudella tavalla...) In addition, we were having a birthday party in the house at the same time, so there were distractions. But still, it was live! On Fox!

So, summer holidays are over, and the New Directions have returned to McKinley for what will be their last year in high school, for most of them. A lot has happened since season 2 finale. Mercedes and Sam are no more. Well, they never really were, officially, but anyway, typically for Glee, his departure is explained in one fleeting sentence. Oh Trouty Mouth, you really will be missed. Kind of. Seems like Lauren is kind of gone, too. Finn is in a tiny crisis, because he feels lost and doesn't know what he wants and who he is ("Welcome back, glee-ach!" "Now I remember.") Will and Emma are officially a couple, and even seem pretty happy. At least they are almost sickeningly cute with their matching lunch boxes. Rachel and Kurt are all pumped about their New York plans. Quinn is all good-girl-gone-bad, and Sue declares a war against arts education in public schools. Blaine get transfered to McKinley, surprise surprise.


I wasn't totally blown away by the episode, but it was a nice start. Here we can safely work our way towards blowing minds, right? Here are some aspects of the episode I wasn't too crazy about.

- Mercedes's new romance. There's nothing wrong with it, per se, but a backstory would've been awesome... It's her first real boyfriend, after all!
- Sue. Agh. I don't know. I said at the end of last season that something needs to be done with her. And yeah, she seems to be back on her full evil mode, but now I'm thinking... She's still not the same season one Sue, and she'll probably never go back to that. I still think it would be better if she was on Glee club's side for a change, and together they'd fight againt some new enemy (like my very own Dustin Goolsby, for instance...?). Oh well, that's just me, I guess.
- How Finn and Puck were whining about Blaine joining ND. Sorry, guys, you just have to get used to being outshined! Haha.


What I liked about the ep:

- The food fight. Nothing beats a good foodfight.
- Sugar Motta! Haha, we have a new comedic genius amongst us! Hope we'll see more of her.
- Harmony. Lindsay Pearce is first of the four Glee Project winners. (Yes, four...) I very much disliked her personality throughout the whole season of GP, so I expected to hate every minute of her screen time, but no. She sure does the mean girl well. The sweet-on-the-outside-mean-on-the-inside girl even better. I think that's what she is in real life, actually, so it doesn't take much acting. Haha. But anyway, I enjoyed her scene.
- The friendship of Rachel and Kurt. It's been developping for a while now, and it's quite sweet. Makes Rachel kind of likable.
- Quinn. Aaaaw, mama, I like this twist of events! I suddenly like Quinn's character more than ever before. This is just what I needed for her to happen. She's turned all upside down, which means she's made a 180-degree turn from the old Quinn, who I didn't like, so naturally I now like this new Quinn. I hope this arch won't be over in two episodes.
- Blaine! So everyone knew he would transfer, but aren't we still glad! And those Klaine scenes, oh my god, it's just too adorable. Those two make me feel all nice and warm inside. They should kiss more, though. Come on, Fox, it's not that dangerous.
- The music. See below for details.


The music:

We've Got The Beat: Okay, quite good, solid stuff. Nothing too special, though.

Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead: Love me some Rachel/Kurt duets. This was quite sweet and funny and playful, but not their best. Won't be a classic.

It's Not Unusual: Talking about classics! Helloooooooo! Oh my god, I loved this like nothing before... since the last song perfomed by Blaine in the school yard. Anyway, my point is, OH MY GOD. Just... oh my god. That seems to be all I can say right now. But just so you know, my feelings towards this musical number are most positive. It will be on my top 20 of season 3, just wait and see. And it's definitely my new happy pill. That man is just too much. I pretty much crawled to drool on the TV screen when I first saw it. Oh my god. It's unfair that someone can be so damn hot. Oh my Darren.

Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do: The most surprising number of the episode. The surprise is that I liked it. The girl can sing, and that almost makes me willing to look past her unpleasant personality.

You Can't Stop The Beat: Good old Glee kind of song. When Rachel began singing, I was just like 'oh noooo, not these boring ballads again', but it turned out very nice and not at all boring. And purple is a nice color.


Best quotes:

- Rachel, holding hands with Kurt: "We have an important announcement to make." Emma: "I thought this day might come. Really, this is the only dating combination the Glee club hasn't tried."
- Rachel: "No one ever became a star by playing it safe."
- Kurt to Blaine: "I want my senior year to be magic, and the only way that's gonna happen is if I get to spend every day and every minute of it with you."
-Will: "Holy sh.....Sugar!"
- Emma: "So this is what being turned on feels like."
- Will: "Sue Sylvester... You just got glitter-bombed."
- One of the creepy musical theatre guys: "As my future husband Robert Pattinson always says, it's refreshing to get new blood."
- Rachel to Kurt: "You make me wanna be your boyfriend."
- Sugar: "I worked that song like a hooker pole."


Next...

An episode called I Am Unicorn can't be too bad. There's is someone we used to know on season 1 creeping back into the show. There is a brilliant comment from Brittany (really, for once, it actually makes sense!). And there is Burt. Hallelujah. Bring it on.

Sep 20, 2011

Tomorrow


Season three. Live. On Fox. With all the three million commercial breaks and all that. It'll be awesome.

Aug 29, 2011

Some ugly people


It's such a shame how they are all so ugly. And none of them is sexy at all. Such losers, can't even dress well. And Darren clearly wasn't undressing Chris with his eyes. So boring and ugly and not at all hot.

Aug 25, 2011

First promo for season three


Well, yeah. It's nothing amazing, really, and I long for some actual video material. Still, it's Glee and it's fun and and it has all the old faces in it and Beiste is awesome, so I'm happy.

BUT I NEED MORE.

Aug 24, 2011

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie / because experiencing it once is not enough


How freaking lucky it was that this movie happened to open less than a week after I arrived to the US? And as it only runs for two weeks, I easily could've missed it. But I didn't! It didn't play in my city, but we happened to make a little trip to Wichita, where it did play. (I expected film tickets to be cheaper here, but they really weren't; 13 dollars for a 3D showing, so not much difference to Finland's prices.)

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is a sort of a documentary concentrating on the tour the cast of Glee did this spring and summer. We see most of the performances, get a glance of what happened on backstage and hear from the fans. More than once I almost began to sing along, or applaude after a number, because it was easy to forget that you were in a movie theatre, and not actually there, looking at the concert live. After it was over, I left the theatre humming Raise Your Glass and found myself smiling stupidly for the rest of the day.


All of the live performances were shown, except for Dog Days Are Over. Oh and Single Ladies! Nooo! It was the only thing I was left missing. Luckily I could go to YouTube right now and see several versions of it there. Yeah, I'm actually going, just a moment... Back now! Let's get on with it.

There were so many awesome things about seeing the live performances again. 1) Hearing Glee music is always awesome. 2) Hearing Glee music with a superb sound reproduction system is even more so. 3) In the concert you couldn't really concentrate on the little details happening on stage. Now you could see the little wrinkles around Lea Michele's eyes when she reaches for a high note in Firework, and Kevin McHale and Mark Salling goofing around during a group number. 4) Although the concert on screen wasn't the same one I saw, it took me back to that night in June and the memories were sweet. 5) YouTube videos are great, but a huge canvas and 3D glasses are even better. A huge, three-dimensional Heather Morris doing I'm A Slave 4 U made me quite happy. Hehe.


There wasn't enough behind-the-scenes material. Though I doubt nothing would be enough for me, as those people are just so lovable and adorable and funny and I could look at and listen to them for hours and hours and hours. The biggest surprise was that the blond Warbler with the cool haircut can actually talk! And other Warblers, as well! They were funny, too.

I also wanted so much more Chris. All he said was 'Thank you for loving me'. Though I think that pretty much sums it all up. That's all that wonderful man needs to say.


In between the numbers and behind-the-scenes materirial there various clips of fans declaring their love for Glee and naming their favourite characters and other things in the show. With some we looked a little deeper. Three young people described how Glee has affected their lives and improved them, or pretty much saved them. It was the good old American sentimentality, constructed in the familiar dramatized way, but still, I did find the stories quite inspirational and moving. This country is making even more of a wuss, haha.

Say what you want and call me what you wish, but I firmly stand behind my opinion that Glee is a real life-saver. Maybe it was mostly love for money that made this movie happen, but I think it's also love for something true and real and human. Glee rocks, period, and if any TV series was ever even to come close to saving the world, it would no doubt be Glee.
 

Aug 6, 2011

Next stop: somewhere over the rainbow


I'm so listening to this on the plane tomorrow... Hopefully it'll calm my nerves and the nine and a half hours will just fly by! No pun intended.

If you don't know where I'm going and why, and want to, do click here.

Aug 5, 2011

20/20 of my favourite musical numbers in season 2

Part 1 here.

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10. Teenage Dream / Never Been Kissed

I recently chose Teenage Dream as the most memorable performance of the season, for being new, unexpected and kind of revolutionary. I still granted it 'only' place number ten, because I've heard it one or two many times, and it hasn't endured time as well as some others have. Still, it's a freaking legend! And it gets a whole lot of extra points for the context. We've met Kurt's future BF like thirty seconds ago, but he doesn't wait along: he immidiately proceeds to blow our minds by channelling that inner rock star we'd lated get to know more than well. And whoops! There goes Kurt! And the rest of the world with him. We've been there since.


9. I Feel Pretty/Unpretty / Born This Way

Recently voted as the best Glee song of all time, I ranked Unpretty quite high, too, mainly for reasons stated also in this post. It's the clever mash-up, the relatable contex (not that I've even been planning to make my nose to like my friend's, but you know), the important message and the surprise over me liking a Rachel/Quinn duet.


8. Don't You Want Me / Blame It On The Alcohol

The Rachel Berry House Party Trainwreck Extravaganza culminates in the killer duet by drunken-thus-horny Rachel and drunken-thus-bi-curious Blaine. It's one of my favourite Glee songs to crazily dance to. And Rachel's dress in its horribleness and ridiculousness is nearly a legend.


7. Blackbird / Original Song

Kurt singing slow, sad songs is magic. Colfer's voice is made for them. He does Broadway well, of course, but nothing beats this stuff. Kurt sang Blackbird to honour the memory of Pavarotti, and even though the bird's passing didn't necessarily arise any melancholic feelings in me, Kurt's song touched me like it has every time since. And it made Blaine realize something highly important. So, + 10000000000 points for the context.


6. River Deep, Mountain High / Duets

Ooooh girls, you rock so haaaaaaaard! Santana and Mercedes click perfectly together in this; their voices and their badass characters. This is the catchiest song of all time, period. I was again listening this while driving a car this week, but unfortunately I was on motorway so I couldn't pull over to dance. Did my best sitting down, though. Hopefully I didn't cause too many dangerous situation with my personal little party.


5. Baby, It's Cold Outside / A Very Glee Christmas

This is the sweetest thing ever, and I will take no arguments. Also, everything I said here in the 'Most ground-breaking moment' category. Come December, I again get to listen to this song and watch the clip at least twice a day, without it being weird.


4. Valerie / Special Education

This is Santana's first real moment to shine, and isn't she just fantastic! Anything with even a fingerprint of Amy Winehouse is perfect for that voice and personality. The choreography is awesome, and boy oh aboy, Brittany and Mike kick ass like never before.


3. Born This Way / Born This Way

With Born This Way it's not the song as much as it is the performance and the context. The song is not really that great, although it's catchy and has a great and beautiful message. But the number itself is simply brilliant.  I'm the hugest fan of those t-shirts, and Kurt, aaaaah man, he's just so smokin' that I can't believe it. Seeing this number always makes me feel happier and an inch better about myself. Oh, all those epic private dance sessions me and this song have lived together... And what do you know, this ended up being my favourite ND group number of the season. They so would've taken Nationals with this.


2. Somewhere Only We Know / Born This Way

Talk about addiction... I loved this song long before I'd actually heard it, as I knew it would be like made for me, and oh much I've been listening to this and loving it more and more every time. The wonderful melody with the Warbler treatment and beautiful lyrics, Darren Criss's dreamy voice... And the beautiful context, with the Warblers singing this to Kurt as a goodbye, and Kurt's "I'm never saying goodbye to you", and Blaine's longing but accepting look as he leaves Kurt among his friends, where he belongs. Aw, love love love it. It's a bit sad, but so, so, SO beautiful.


1. I Want To Hold Your Hand / Grilled Cheesus

In the end, there wasn't much inner argument about which musical number should be number one. It was pretty clear from the start. I Want To Hold Your Hand is in my opinion one of the best, most creative and genius covers Glee has ever done. The original Beatles song is obviously a happy, upbeat song about optimistic, young love, but in Glee it has turned into a thoroughly touching and emotional message from boy to his sick father. Add the angel-like voice of Chris Colfer, and what you get is not far from perfection. My devotion to listening to this song every time I hear it could be described almost as religious. Like, I will most probably stop talking or doing whatever I'm doing, and dedicate those minutes to this wonderful, wonderful song.


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There you go, then. Protests? Finally let us have a moment of silence in honour of all those songs I really wanted to slip into the list, but couldn't. They include, for example, Raise Your Glass (!), Misery (!), Fat Bottomed Girls (!), Blame It (!), Tik Tok, Friday, Go Your Own Way, I Follow Rivers, Singing In The Rain/Umbrella, Losing My Religion... Looks like I should have done a TOP 30. Luckily I've already published part one, so I can't change it any more. The most important ones are on the list anyway, and I'm quite happy with my TOP 10, at least.

Aug 4, 2011

Dianna Agron, a potential world-saver


I just stumbled across a Tumblr post by Dianna Agron, and was quite moved by it. (Wandering around the internet is just one of these things I happen to be doing while I'm supposed to be packing...) It's filled with love and wise words, and it made me quite happy. Just the reminder that there are people out there who care and are passionate enough to talk about these highly important things... It's not only Glee that is inspirational, it's also the people in it. Dianna Agron, for one, might just have the potential to save the world a few times over. Yay, woman! My respect for you just soared straight through the roof.

"We are each other’s children. Unless someone has committed a violent or hateful act, why should we judge? We can so quickly resort to anger, often, the product of a whole other issue. Most often, an issue with our own self."

Aug 3, 2011

10/20 of my favourite musical numbers in season 2

NB! 1: This is the first part of me listing my favourite musical numbers of the past season. It's the combination of the song, the performance, and the context that I look at. A list of my favourite songs might be a whole lot different. Maybe.

NB! 2: I keep changing my mind all the time. This list lives constantly on my mind, but I just had to froze it at some point and promise myself not to mess with the ranking anymore. But it's not 100% accurate. And I feel sorry for some songs. And all the time songs that I didn't include keep popping in my head and I feel I should've included them. And some lucky bastards are ranked better than I right now feel they'd deserve. Damn them.
 
NB! 3: As a protest, I didn't include any original songs. Hell To The No might really deserve a place here, or even Loser Like Me for that killer performance, but nah ah. Twenty isn't enough anyway. It's a lot for a list, but still not nearly enough.

NB! 4: I was freely biased when choosing the songs. The selection is not very diverse, and the emphasis is clearly on a certain few characters, but at least I resisted my urge to include every single Warbler song ever made (and that was painful! Had to make some serious sacrifices). Still, mostly this is just me being totally and shamelessly partial. Ha ha haa!

Anyways, do take a look.

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20. Time Warp / The Rocky Horror Glee Show

It's goofy and freaky and insane and balding. And somehow it fits Glee perfectly! More than once I've found myself humming the song and doing the crazy dance moves.


19. My Man / Funeral

Rachel knows her ballads, that's common knowledge. Her whole-hearted serenade to 'her man' (who that might be, I wonder?) is one hell of a singing performance; the girl really sings her heart out. This might just be my favourite Rachel solo since Don't Rain On My Parade.


18. Need You Now / The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle

In between those endless Finchel duets, I enjoyed me some Puckleberry! They sound great together, and yes, there's that chemistry. Extra points for Beiste being adorable and lip-syncing to the lyrics.


17. Empire State of Mind / Audition

The first number of the season, and somehow I still keep coming back to it. The song is not amazing or anything, though I like it more than the original. But the clothes and the setting and and Kurt's hair and the overall mood of it... Me likes.


16. I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You / Prom Queen

This would be way higher, if the performance hadn't been cut so short in the episode. Blaine is a rockstar, that was settled ages ago. He's quirky dancing is totally awesome and the song is very dancable.


15. Thriller/Heads Will Roll / The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle

This is the most massive number Glee has ever made, and I had to acknowledge that. Everything is massive about it: the costumes, the make-up, the setting, the songs, the volume. When I listen to this in a car I always first turn the volume down because the first OFF WITH YOUR HEAD always makes me jump.


14. Toxic / Britney/Brittany

How good can a Britney Spears song sound? Well, this good. This is definitely my favourite song in the episode, because the rest sound too much like the originals. Mr Schue's bits are awesome, and the perfromance... Well, it's a Britney Spears sex riot. Enough said.


 13. Stop! In The Name Of Love/Free Your Mind / Never Been Kissed

Just when I had promised not to mess with the list anymore, I watched this number again and simply had to move it up, up, up! I mean, what's not to love? The guys look better than ever in those tuxes and bow-ties, and that choreagraphy just kills me with its awesomeness. Strike that, it's KURT doing the choreography that kills me. I don't know what it is, but this must in the top 5 of his most AH-dorable moments. I could watch him in this forever. Might end up eating him for that irresistible adorableness/adorability/whatever, though. The song is good, too. Unexpectedly groovy and catchy.



 12. Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again / Duets

This is definitely a feel-good song. Rachel/Kurt never fails, and the performance in its simplicity is very charming. It's just these two remarkable talented people sitting and singing to their hearts' content, and obviously enjoying every second of it. Aw.


11. When I Get You Alone / Silly Love Songs

Blaine in a Gap! What more can you ask? This is one of the coolest and most interesting settings Glee has ever done. The Warblers rock hard. And those pink sunglasses... Oh god. Blaine has never been hotter, this is definitely his number one sexy moment. At the same time, I've never felt so embarrassed for him. Haha. Poor supermegafoxyawesomehot Blaine. And poor Kurt with the dummy. And poor unemployed douchebag Jeremiah.


TBC...

Jul 31, 2011

My Glee Live Experience


It was a Sunday towards the end of June in 2011. It was a glorious, hot, bright day, very uncharacteristic of my dear England. I went to the O2 arena in London and had a freaking blast. Click below to read the whole story.

Jul 30, 2011

A girl can dream, right...

I had this dream the other night.

I was dating Kurt, or at least sharing some lovely romantic vibes with him.

I was like 'I thought you were gay'. He was like 'no no no'.

So then we exchanged some more vibes.

I didn't even get to first base, though. Most disappointing.

A plus is that the dream also had Alexander SkarsgÄrd in it. But we didn't share any vibes.

Even though there were no kisses, I truly wish I had more dreams like this one.

Maybe tonight, if I work on my subconscious really hard, we'll be ready to take our relationship to the next level!

See: the title.


Edit// My plan didn't work. Last night I dreamed about an ugly, 20-centimetre-long fish in an aquarium, which kept spitting water on me. Oh well.