May 29, 2011

2x20 Prom Queen / big night, big dreams, big expectations... big fun fun fun fun!


Prom, prom, prom! The biggest night of the year! Hurray! This was a very fun and cool episode, and I loved all the drama, too. Plus nice music and all those fabulous prom looks! Me likes!

The main storylines in the episode were:

1) The Quinn/Finn/Rachel/Jesse love, eh, square. Yes, Jesse St. James is back, praise the heavens and lock up your girlfriends! Finn seems happy enough with Quinn (and he should, did you noticed that she looked sort of, um, perfect in that prom dress and all that?), but he's not very excited about the fact that Jesse and Rachel are getting close again. At the prom the guys put up a little fight (which is so sissy, by the way, they just push each other for five minutes. Lauren and Santana should teach them how to fight...), and get thrown out. Then Quinn is upset and slaps Rachel in the face.

2) Mercedes is a little down because no one's asked her to prom, and she'd really like to be Cinderella, just for one night. Her, Rachel and Sam then agree to go together (aww), until Jesse shows up, of course. At the prom Sam asks her to dance, so she gets her Cinderella night after all.


3) Dave takes his redemption process up a notch, as he apologizes to Kurt, sincerely, wholeheartedly, truthfully. At the prom, he has a chance to come out, but in the end he can't.

4) Blaine agrees to go to prom with Kurt (even though he has a major trauma when it comes to school dances) because he's "crazy about Kurt". Aww. Kurt chooses a very Kurt-like outfit for the night, which Burt doesn't like too much, because he doesn't want him to give the bullies any reasons to cause trouble. And indeed, because of some lame joke Kurt is elected the prom queen. He's upset, because he thought the situation had improved, but apparently it hadn't. Finally he decides to go back there and and show the bullies he can't be touched.

Also, Artie tries to win Brittany back, but doesn't succeed. Puck needs to boost his 'lovable bad boy' reputation, so he recruits Artie to be his 'ass-isting badass' in the perilous 'spike-the-punch' mission. Artie, however, gets caught and Sue Sylvester almost pulls the teeth out of his mouth (which is once again so stupidly over-the-top, sigh). Plus Santana is just being awesome, as usual. The Bully Whips thing is just hilarious.


1) Jonathan Groff is awesome and it's wonderful to have Jesse back to stir the pot a little. He's a jerk, but the awesome, entertaining kind. Wouldn't trust him for a second, though. The Rachel/Quinn slap looked so fierce in the promos, but ended up being quite anti-climactic. On the other hand, it was kind of nice how Quinn immediately said sorry and then they bonded. I've been liking all the Rachel/Quinn scenes recently, although they kind of seem to repeat themselves.

2) Yay, Mercedes! For one, she looked just fab in that prom dress. And it was such a sweet moment when Sam asked her to dance. Yay, the girl needs some romance, hear.


3) That Dave/Kurt scene must have been my favourite scene in the episode! It's almost weird and certainly unexpected how naturally their relationship has turned from harrasment into almost like a friendship. When Kurt said he thinks Dave should come out just because he sees how much not to is hurting him, and then Dave tears up and says how freaking sorry he is for everything... Well, it teared up, too. Max Adler rocks to hard. That scene was just so AWWWWWWesome. Even though he still wasn't ready to come out, the moment is definitely approaching.

4) Boy, wasn't this a luscious episode for a Kurt fan. We got it all: the funny Kurt, the romantic Kurt, the mature and supportive Kurt, the hurt and sick and tired Kurt, and the out and proud Kurt! That almost hysterically upset conversation with him and Blaine, after the prom queen announcement, was acted so well by the both of them, and it kind of hurt. And then, "Eat your heart out, Kate Middleton". Just so kick ass! Awesome. Not to forget the final dance. Aww. Oh how I love those two.


The music:

Rolling In The Deep, as a scene, was so absurd, but still made so much sense, because it happened between the biggest drama queen and the biggest drama king in the world, and that's how you'd expect a dramatic reunion to be in their case. And boy, don't they sound spectacular together?

Isn't She Lovely was... lovely? Yes. The scene was very cute and sweet, with Brittany's reactions, the using of kitchen tools as musical instruments and Kurt's awe over a romantic prom proposal. Artie got the song so right, she is lovely! And I loved that even though she turned him down, she did it very gently and without any drama. Aw.

Friday is seriously the lousiest song in the world. That said, this is theoretically the best cover Glee has ever made, because they made the lousiest song in the world into a freaking awesome and catchy and groovy song! If you ignore the lyrics, it's so very fun fun fun fun, seriously!

Jar Of Hearts was okay, not Rachel's best. Song quite forgettable. And way too sad for a prom!

I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You kicked ass! Oh, Darren, my love, you just do it every freaking time. The performance was so fab and awesome and cool and quirky! It was just ruined a bit by the sissy fight of Jesse and Finn. Still, it rocked! And I loved the Santana/Dave spanking moment.

I'd been waiting for Glee to do an ABBA song for like forever, so I was very excited about Dancing Queen, but it fell a little flat. Even though it was sung by one of my favourite duos, Mercedes and Santana. It was cut so short in the episode, and the cover was quite mediocre. (Nothing like the epic Mamma Mia! cover with Meryl Streep and the girls dancing around a Greek island... But that's kind of an unfair comparison.) (With this and I Follow Rivers, it's 2-0 for Sweden! Damn them! Unless you count the two Angry Birds references, then it's a tie. Yes, good. Now everyone's happy.)


Rest of my thoughts:

- A classic Sue moment (I've missed those): her pulling the list of worst song ever performed by the glee club out of her pants. Hahahaha. And the gag continues as Rachel suggests that they should do Run Joey Run at the prom. Hahahahha some more. That was indeed one horrible song.
- Quinn on why prom is more important than your wedding: "You can get married as many times as you want, but you only have one shot at prom."
- Brittany's prom plan: "I don't have a date. I'm just gonna dance and then all your dates are gonna ignore you and come dance with me."
- No one remembered Sam's birthday. Aww. Poor thing, really!
- The awesome prom gown dry run with the girls and Kurt. "I look like a living merengue pie." "I think you look delicious."
- Brittany confused over a baby chicken's house. Aww.
- Finn gives an approval for Kurt prom outfit: "Dude, that rocks! It's like gay Braveheart!" Love that bro love.
- Jesse's wise words about recession.
- Santana after Dave is crowned prom king: "You suck so bad Quinn Fabray I won."
- Santana, when she didn't win, and she thinks everyone knows she's lesbian: "Do I smell like a golf course?" And then Brittany says it's just because they know she's not being herself. But she voted for her. Then they hug. Aww.
- Brittany and Artie maybe broke up, but I love that they're still not acting strangers. They even took that prom photo together. Aww.
- Lots of awwww's in this episode. Awwwww(e)some.


Next... even more catching up. Hopefully by September I'll be back on schedule.

May 24, 2011

Glee Quote of the Week


"You ignored me for weeks this summer."
"I was playing a marathon game of Halo, woman." 

Tina Cohen-Chang and Artie Adams / Audition

May 22, 2011

2x19 Rumours / "Pssst! You didn't hear this from me, but Glee has been mediocre suspiciously often recently!"


Blah. What a thoroughly mediocre episode. I'll just keep this very short and rude and unemotional. (I'm giving Glee the silent treatment. Haha. That'll show 'em.)

Okay, so. There are a lot of rumours going around McKinley.

1) Brittany let's slip that Santana 'plays for the other team' and she gets a bit mad, and Artie gets suspicious and asks Brittany if there's something going on between the two girls and he also calls her stupid, which really upsets her and she breaks up with him. She is sad (like a sad little panda) and then she suggests to Santana that they should go to the prom together, but Santana is still so not ready to come out.

2) April Rhodes is back and writing her own Broadway musical and she asks Will to hit the road with her. Sue provokes the school paper to keep spreading the rumor, and he kind of wants to go, but in the end he doesn't. Because the kids matter the most. Aww and all that jazz or whatever.

3) Sam is seen in a motel first with Kurt and then with Quinn, which is most suspicious, of course, and the Rachel/Finn/Quinn triangle tightens. Finally it turns out that Sam's family is having major financal problems, and Kurt and Quinn were just helping him. Sam has two cute younger siblings and a weird new haircut.


It kind of sucks that Brittany and Artie broke up, but on the other hand, it's nice that there was still nothing more between Santana and Brittany than there was before. I don't think they'll get together and I don't think they should.

 April was kind of useless. Shame, she is a potentially fun character, but the episodes she's in somehow tend to fall flat.

I liked the Sam storyline the most and I think it should've been more in the centre. His crying scene was quite sweet. It was a bit awkward, but not in a bad way, necessarily; somehow it fits that Sam is not a very natural weeper.

I have so little to say it's almost embarrassing. I don't even feel like going through the songs individually. They were all from the Fleetwood Mac album Rumours, but I only really liked Go Your Own Way. And Songbird. And I Don't Want To Know was okay, too. But that's all I have to say about that.


Rest of my thoughts:

- Second best line of the episode (or should I say, 'First one of the two good lines of the episode'?). Kurt to Rachel: "Oh, I've missed your insanity."
- Best line/second one of the two good lines of the episode. Santana about Brad the piano man: "He's just furniture."
- Okay, okay, I didn't loathe the episode quite as much as this post might imply. It was just so mediocre it hurts. And I don't really feel like writing about it more, because there isn't anything else to say.


Next... More catching up. Damn this.

May 18, 2011

2x18 Born This Way / embrace your flaws and wear a cool t-shirt!


Finn accidentally breaks Rachel's nose at dance practice and she takes the chance to consider getting a nose job. Santana plots her evil schemes again: she blackmails Karofsky to get Kurt return to McKinley and thus become a hero, and maybe a prom queen, and make Brittany want her. Lauren decides to join the prom queen race, so she digs up some dirt on her biggest opponent, Quinn. Emma struggles to accept the seriousness of her OCD.

Basically everyone is dealing with their insecurities and learning to love those flaws they were born with. Isn't that what Glee has always been about, really? It felt good to return to the very core of the show and this was my favourite episode in I don't know how long time. This is Glee at its very best: feel-good, funny, yet right amount of sad, great character development, great music and a great message conveyed in a great way. More of this, please!

Rachel's nose job storyline was a bit funny and a bit tragic. The poor girl just keeps comparing herself to Quinn, and now I guess she feels that making herself look more like Quinn might want to make Finn want her again? There were some really nice scenes between Quinn and Rachel, and that nice moment when the club is trying to talk Rachel out of the idea and Finn says: "Don't do this, Rachel. You're beautiful." I truly like Finchel more when they're not together!


Quinn also has some drama of her own. Thanks to the surprising cruelty of Lauren, McKinley finds out about the shady past of their number one prom queen candidate: Quinn was once called Lucy, and she was a chubby, lonely girl with a brown hair, glasses, acne and a bad nose. I think this twist was pretty awesome for the character. It know makes more sense how the ultimate high school cliche is so very important to her. This might even make me like her!

Santana brought the house down again, not surprisingly. She catches Karofsky glancing at Sam's behind and counts two and two together. Their conversation in the cafe was an awesome scene, the two are both such awesome actors. She confesses to him that they play for the same team, and the look on his face is wondeful; almost relieved, happy that he's not the only one in that particular situation. They end up making a deal: she won't let anyone know about his little secret, if he appologises to Kurt, and they'll from now on act as each other's beards. Towards the end there is also a nice Britanna moment, when Brittany asks Santana wear the "Lebanese" shirt, but she doesn't have the guts.


The Dave saga goes on as he first apologizes in front of the Glee club and swears he's sorry and changed. Even though they were all Santana's words, it was a nice moment and maybe not even completely insincere. Then they have a sit-down with Dave, Kurt, Burt, Will, Figgins and Dr. Arnzt Dave's dad, discussing whether it's OK for Kurt to return to the school. Kurt asks to have a moment alone with "David" (I loved that he called him that), and just directly asks him what his angle is. Dave decides to be honest with him. I thought it was wonderful how they handled it in such a mature way! Kurt clearly wasn't afraid of Dave anymore and Dave's hostile attitudes where hardly there to be seen. There was almost like some level of mutual respect! Awesome! They're handling this storyline so well, I'm so happy! I was expecting even more development in the episode, but knowing now that there will be some more very soon, I forgive them.

So, Kurt's back then! About time, I might add. It feels wonderful to have him back in the choir room and spicing up the group numbers. And the outfits! God how I've missed the insides of his wardrope. That Warbler uniform never suited him. That outfit he was wearing in the Barbra Streisand scene made me very very happy! I might even get over the fact that I have to say goodbye to the Warblers now. Sniff. I'll miss those boys, especially the chubby one and blond one who always does awesome dance moves. You will be remembered.

It was nice to have a proper Emma storyline for a change! The therapy session was one of the best and most poignant Emma moments ever! And the actress playing the tharapist was brilliant.


Music:

I Feel Pretty/Unpretty was brilliant. One of my favourite duets at the moment. Who knew! I mean, it's sung by two characters that have never been even close to the top of my most favourite list, Rachel's voice is suffering from inflation and Quinn's almost always annoys me. But no, this is brilliant! It fits perfectly well in the context and the mash-up works flawlessly and the two girls sound great together. And of couse, as the episode goes on and we learn about Quinn's past, this number becomes even more meaninful. Great, great, great.

I've Gotta Be Me felt a bit irrelevant, as Finn really didn't have his own storyline in the episode. But hey, it was fun! I even applauded at the end! Finn's dancing is always a joy to watch, haha. ("But I'm getting better, right?" "...") P.S. Don't kill me for this but I'm getting a bit sick of Mike Chang. I don't know why. Even his dancing isn't so cool to me anymore. What a shame!

I knew I would love Somewhere Only We Know. I mean, I've always liked the song and it was performed by Blaine to Kurt, so of course I loved it, duh. It's lovely. Lovelylovelylovely. I've been listening to it almost too much. And I love the random piano in the school yard. I didn't like the look Blaine gave to Kurt just before leaving, because it reminded me too much of one of those infamous "last looks". But then I remembered Kurt's line ("I'm never saying goodbye to you") and breathed normally again. Nobody's going nowhere, never. I just used a triple negative. My teachers would be proud.

As If We Never Said Goodbye was beautiful. It was perfect for Kurt's character, perfect for the moment, perfect for Chris's voice. It was cool that they didn't cut the song at all. That that might have been the longest solo performance in Glee ever, or so I'd imagine. And I don't mind.

Barbra Streisand was fun. Yes, I could've lived without it. But Kurt's dancing did imporove my quality of life a little.

Born This Way was awesome! AWESOME! One of my favourite group numbers in a long time! I'm kind of addicted to it. The t-shirts were genius (Brittany's (I'M WITH STOOPID pointing up), Puck's (I'M WITH STUPID pointing down), Kurt's (LIKES BOYS), Sam's (TROUTY MOUTH) and Quinn's (LUCY CABOUSEY) were some of my favourites). The song is like made for Glee, and I think their interpretation of it brings the point across much better than Gaga's original video. And by the way, this number just makes Kurt's storyline in Sexy even more stupid. Because, can I just say, Kurt was pretty freaking hot in the number and those awkward 'sexy faces' are only a bad, distant memory. I think we could just pretend that whole episode never happened. Oh man, isn't he just smokin'!


Rest of my thoughts:

- Sam's Sean Connery imitation! Ah! Oh Sam, never let the dork inside you die.
- Santana's "I've gotta gay. Go." Haha.
- Quinn's Carrie reference was cool! I'm impressed that the girl knows her horror classics. Luckily the prom ends up being quite pig-blood-less.
- Dave about the glance at Sam's ass: "I was just checking what jeans he was wearing." Santana: "Like that's any less gay." Hurray, girl.
- A truly character-defining line by Santana: "Only straight I am is straight-up bitch."
-  Tina wants to be an Asian sex symbol to look up to because there are none. Yay, go girl.
- When Puck pretended to barf when Santana said she and Dave are in love now. That was hilarious.
- Kurt talking about Lady McBeth and Eve Harrington and when Dave looks confused: "OK, if you're gonna be gay you simply must know who that is." Haha.
- I didn't like that Kurt's first line after returning to McKinley was: "Let's get ready for Nationals!" Ugh. Like that's the reason he came back for. Not cool.
- The looks on Santana and Dave's faces in the end. Loved them.


Next... I'll try to catch up. I'm so falling behind with these posts. Argh! Slow down, Glee! Or slow down, life...

May 16, 2011

Will Schuester / the cool teacher with an uncool taste of music

Will Schuester, played my Matthew Morrison, is a Spanish teacher in the McKinley High, who one day decides to pull Glee club out of the depths and restore its former glory. And that's where we get a TV show! Will used to have a very freaky wife, but luckily she faked a pregnancy which gave him a good reason for a divorce. Once he dated Holly Holiday, but that didn't go anywhere (because Gwyneth has much more important things to do than gueststar on TV shows). He has a crush on Emma, the school's guidance cousellor, who for a while was married to a hot dentist, but is now available again. Go for it, Schuester! Okay, not yet. But they'll get together in the end. It's an inevitability. Also, I'll throw one hell of a tantrum if they don't.

Mr. Schue is the coolest, most awesome teacher one could imagine. He genuinely cares about his students, and wants them to feel special the way they are. He has a curly hair and he wears a lot of vests, as he is constantly reminded by Sue Sylvester, with whom Mr. Schue more than often finds himself debating about educational methods or just generally arguing. He is of course loved and respected by his gleeclubbers, even though they don't always see eye to eye. Most conflicts are caused by artictic differences, in other words, the music. Will likes Journey and disco. The kids like stuff a bit more modern.

As awesome and right-minded and empathetic Will Schuester is, he also has had his share of embarrasments and inappropriate situations, when he crosses the line. Usually they have to do with his efforts to win Emma over, like in season 2 when he performs a provocatively sexy Britney Spears number with the club, and insists that they do Rocky Horror Picture Show as the school musical. Oh and that time he drunk dialed to her was a very proud moment, too. I enjoy those moments pretty much every time, because it's just so fun to see how desperation drives him to make a great big fool out of himself. That's not the way to get Emma, Will, darling. But you will, eventually. (RIGHT??)

 I can't say Will has ever been one of my favourite charaters, but he's such an essential part of the show, it wouldn't be the same without him. Matthew Morrison fits the role perferctly. And that butt chin really is quite cute.


My favourite Will song is still Over The Rainbow, but Dream On is awesome, too. It's like a life and death situation, and he sings accordingly. Neil Patrick Harris is of course a nice add to the song.



The Don't Stand So Close To Me/Young Girl mash-up is pretty hilarious. Will should've known better, really. A school girl has a crush on you, and you try to get your point across by singing? Smart move, yeah. I love the reactions of his audience. Especially Emma's slo-mo flapping of the eyes. Haha.



 
"Kids don't like it when I rap?"


"I love you, Emma. And you love me. Dentist or no, this thing isn't over between us."


"Everyone loves disco!"


"Glee club... it's about expressing yourself to yourself."


"Good news everyone! I found a Journey song we haven't yet made!"

May 15, 2011

Glee Quote of the Week

 
"Are you okay?"
"Why are you talking to me? Are you gonna steal something from me?"

Noah 'Puck' Puckerman and Rachel Berry / Special Education