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.

Jul 28, 2011

Glee's All-Time Best Musical Number is...

That's right! I Feel Pretty/Unpretty has just been voted as Glee's best musical number of all time. TVline.com's tournament lasted for weeks, and after six rounds of 64 Glee performances competing with each other, it came down to the finale, where I Feel Pretty/Unpretty took Don't Stop Believing, the beloved unofficial Glee anthem, by 55.6%. Girl power, eh?

This is obviously not the result one would expect, or at least I didn't. I followed the tournament pretty much the whole time, also casting my votes (to the songs that would usually lose, haha. Is it me or the world that is wrong?) along the way, and it was pretty clear which performances would compete for the crown. And indeed, the top 4 also included, not surprisingly, Teenage Dream and Don't Rain On My Parade. And somehow Unpretty beat them all! I honestly had no idea that the song was so popular.

However, it is a great song, great mash-up, and it did struck me too, when it was first performed in Born This Way, because, well, any girl can relate to that message and feel touched by it. And honestly, I never could've guessed I would like a Rachel/Quinn duet so much. Also, as crushed I was for I Want To Hold Your Hand losing the game so early on, and as much I was hoping for Teenage Dream and all the Darren love to conquer the world, I am very happy with the winner.

The top 4 were there all for different reasons: DSB, because obviously it has a very special place in every Gleek's heart for starting it all and tying season one together so beautifully. Teenage Dream, for blowing our minds and for that awesome initial shock over the fact that a Katy Perry song sounded so good, which made us all fall for Darren Criss and which also was the beginning of the Warbler revolution. DROMP, for the brilliance that is Lea Michele belting out those tunes. And Unpretty? I guess it has to be the message, then.

So I'm not happy with the result only because DSB would have been a totally obvious and boring winner, but also because this kind of proves that people don't watch Glee just to hear mind-blowing renditions of Katy Perry songs and to see hot guys and hot girls make out with other hot guys and hot girls, but for the message, too, and the inspiration. Every one always goes on about how Glee touches so many people and improves their lives etcetera etcetera, but I guess it's actually true. I truly believe that I Feel Pretty/Unpretty saved at least one cute little nose somewhere from getting under the knife. And I guess that makes a song worthy of the top spot.

So here it is, once again. Let us all watch it one more time and let us feel beautiful and let us never ever ever take a nose job. Okay?

Jul 22, 2011

All Harrys go to Broadway...?

Oh, what tidings of joy! Darren Criss, who, as we know, built his pre-Glee fame by appearing in YouTube as Harry Potter, is in talks to follow Daniel Radcliffe as the leading man in the Broadway musical comedy How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, after the Harry Potter from the Harry Potter movies retires from the musical on January to move on to make more movies. Don't you just love the symbolism?

I'm of course thrilled for Darren, even if this meant no more, or at least less, Blaine for me. Go, my boy! Go and rule the world!

Jul 21, 2011

Season Two Wrap-Up

What a season it's been! I know the opinions vary, but I definitely prefer the second season of Glee to its first. Sure, there's been a bump or two. The first half of the season was pretty solid, good stuff; I remember feeling quite satisfied after every episode (expect for episode 10, the Christmas episode). However, the only word to describe the second half of the season is... symmetrical. Let me explain myself. The season follows a patter, determining whether an episode was awesome or lousy. This is the pattern, starting from episode 11, the Super Bowl ep: awesome, awesome, lousy, awesome, lousy, awesome, lousy, awesome, lousy, awesome, lousy, lousy. It's weird, seriously! I really expected the pattern to break at some point, but it didn't, not even in the very end. So, symmetry is the key word. It was a very bumpy and uneven season, but the awesomeness of the awesome episodes compensates for the lousiness of the lousy episodes.

That being said... This won't do anymore, this mediocrity and varying quality of the episodes. For season three to be interesting and maybe even beat its predecessors, Glee needs to shake things up. Do something totally unexpected. (Like they did all the time in Lost with the flashforwards and timetravelling and all that! Maybe the New Directions should find a mysterious hatch on the choir room floor... Haha.) You know in the season finale post I was joking that Dustin Goolsby should replace Will Schuester, but that's just the kind of thing they should do! Stir up the soup and totally mix the dynamics! You know, maybe if the glee club got a new enemy - their own coach, Dustin (because he'd of course be totally horrible before he'd finally turn likable as the club would teach him some manners) - maybe Sue would try and save the glee club for a change! As in the end of season two she's kind of friends with them anyway, it would only fit perfectly. Yep, Ryan Murphy, feel free to hire me. I'm quite cheap!

Anyway. A lovely season full of love and other wonderful things! Let us look at some of the highlights with the help of some pictures and my choice of winners of the season (in my choice of categories, of course). Please click below.

Jul 18, 2011

2x22 New York / Big Apple, bigger disappointments

Season two - it's a wrap! It's been a bumpy ride, and it finished accordingly. New York was only decent as an episode; nothing like season one's epic, touching, heartfelt, thoroughly wonderful finale, geez, you can't even start comparing the two because it's too embarrassing for the writers of the show. I liked the New Directions' Nationals performances the least of all the competition performances they've had so far - seriously, just give up the original songs, they don't work like covers do. New York looked awesome (and I'm so pumped I get to go there this autumn!), and it's an awesome setting but it took away too much from the story. The episode wasn't very coherent; mostly just random, New York -related scenes one after the other, and I felt that while they were so hard trying make every second in New York count, it caused messy and hurried storylines, and almost made it all go to waste.

ANYWAY. Even if I'm a bit disappointed, I short of could see this coming, and it was still an okay episode. The last minutes kind of saved it for me. Haha, right after they returned to McKinley everything was awesome again! Who needs New York when you've got Lima, Ohio! I think I'll change my travel plans! Haha. No.

That's just the initial reaction from the top of my head. Now, time has passed and I rewatched the episode and I don't loathe it quite as much as I first did. Still, it's an undeniably and crushingly disappointing episode compared to last season's finale. Blah!

More individual things I didn't like:

- The irrationality of the whole Let's-write-our-songs-in-New-York scenario. For god's sake, they're getting so close to their dream of winning Nationals and they decide to leave all the preparation to the few days just before the competition?? Come ON! And Will says they can only afford two rooms, but still they can afford spending a couple of extra days there. I mean, yeah, I get that the writers wanted them to spend some time in NY, but still, it's infuriatingly ridiculous. ARGH.
- Quinn knows that Cats doesn't run anymore, but Rachel doesn't. Excuse me, who's the lifelong Broadway freak again?? GEEZ, what's wrong with the writers...
- The cheesy and horrible jokes, like Rachel's credit card and the butt crack, and Mercedes's Old York/New York. They're so not funny I almost feel like crying...
- Will's boring Broadway storyline ended accordingly... and in a horribly cheesy way, as a dude comes to him while he's singing and says he knows so much about the talent and Will's got it. That was maybe the most clichee moment in the history of Glee, I wanted to throw up... Soon Will remembers that he likes his kids so he doesn't choose Broadway. Yay, aww and all that jazz or whatever.
- The Finchel 'work date' that was too much like a bad romcom. Yeah, the parallels were intended, I'm sure, and I might have liked the scenes, if I wasn't so anti-Finchel.
- The whole 'career or love' spectacle didn't get me very fired up. Mostly because I knew Rachel would crawl back to Finn anyway.
- The awkward and cheesy Rachel/Sunshine interaction in the bathroom. The girl can't act. The smaller one, I mean. Lea is fine.
- That stupid spontanious kiss. Which I saw coming all the way. I don't know if that was supposed to be a climax moment or something.
- The ah-so-wonderfully-happy-and-sweet Finchel reunion in the library. Hnnnnnnnnnngh. I'm so sick of them. Hope they break up again soon.

I don't think I've even bashed a Glee episode so thoroughly before, but come on, it deserved it. Still, you can find some things I DID like below. Becauce, believe it or not, there were such things. (And I did tone it down a bit. You should've seen the first notes I'd made earlier. That was quite harsh.)

Things I (hallelujah!) did like:

+ The ND singalong on Time Square. New York, New York...
+ Sam, after Puck refers to NY as the city of love, mouth full of chips: "I thought that was Paris."
+ When Kurt wakes Rachel up, she wipes drool off her face.
+ Breakfast at Tiffany's! Although I hated that movie.
+ My favourite scenes in the episode, part 1: Santana, Quinn and Brittany in the hotel room. Quinn is feeling a bit down and lonely. "I just want somebody to love me." Santana: "I think I know how to make you feel better." Quinn: "I'm flattered, Santana, but I'm really not that into that." Haha. And aww. Santana was only talking about a new haircut! Who knew, a season ago, that those three horribly bitchy and shallow girls could have a sweet and heartfelt moment like this! Love me some character growth!
+ Dustin Goolsby! More more more! Make him a regular! "I hate my kids." & "Your kids are hideous. They look like they haven't been baked right." I'm not supposed to say this, but I almost hoped Will would go and have his awesome Broadway career and Dustin would come and coach the New Directions. Okay, you can shoot me. But he's refreshing and funny as hell. While Will is just kind of boring now.
+ Puck spontaniously hugging Will, aww!
+ Jesse! Whoo! He just rocks my world.
+ Best thing about the episode was they didn't win Nationals. Thank god. That would've been awful. Now we have something to look forward to next year. Maybe they actually give a worthy performance then...
+ My favourite scenes in the episode, part 2: Kurt and Blaine at the cafe. The 'I love you' that felt so wonderfully spontaneous and thus real, and Kurt's subtly bedazzled reaction. "Kurt Hummel has had a pretty good year." Can't argue that.
+ My favourite scenes in the episode, part 3: Brittany and Santana at the lockers. Brittany explains why she's good even though they lost as she compares the glee club to a family: they always fight but still love and support each other. World's biggest AWW. In Santana's words: When did you get so smart?


My Cup: Quite funny and Brittany-licious. Especially the full version is wonderfull dirty.

I Love New York/New York, New York: First I found it quite cathy but still just okay. Now I see it's began to grow on me a bit. I don't feel quite as indifferent towards it as I first did. And hell, it's New York they're talking about..

We Still Got Tonight: Blah, Mr. Schue just doesn't do the thing for me anymore. And, as this was his own production, neither does Matt Morrison. Boohoo.

Bella Notte: About time they did a Disney song! Even if not any of my favourites. It was ruined a bit by the stupid Finchel scene.

For Good: Killer duet partnerts at work! The setting was lovely and it even fit the story. Still, not my favourite Broadway numbers.

Yeah!: Hilarious combination of costume and coreography. I don't know if it was intended but I had a blast watching it anyway.

As Long As You're There: Surely you could do better, Dustin! I mean, this and Boheamian Rhapsody...? Please. Ridiculous.

Pretending: Forgettable. Boring. Lousy. Very High School Musical. Annoying in its mediocrity. And I just think it's uncharacteristic of Finn to write a song. Absolutely my least favouirite of all the more or less horrible original songs.

Light Up The World: Could grow on me, I suppose, though hasn't yet. At least no more Finchel solos. Even Tina got to sing a bit. Brittany's bit is kind of cathy. Still, it feels like a cheap copy of Loser Like Me, which in itself wasn't nothing too spectacular, but at least it had an awesome performance and a story behind it.

Rest of my thoughts:

- The opening with Time Square and Rachel in the centre of it all, although nice, immediately felt so not like Glee. The feeling continued pretty much the whole way through the episode, until the return to McKinley. I guess, for me, Glee is Glee only when in Ohio.
- The appearance by Patti LuPone was nice, because in season one Rachel has a theory that she's her birth mother.
-  Quinn's new haircut suits her, although now she looks even less like a 16-year-old.
 - I cherish every moment of Santana's Spanish breakdowns.
- Samcedes! I guess this was inevitable after the little fling in Prom Queen, but I'm quite happy about it. It's a different issue whether or not something comes out of it in season three...
-  The tiny trophy was cute. Number twelve, yay!
- Nice final scene and final image. Not as nice as last year though. But yeah, nothing was as nice as last year.

Next... Intend to write a wrap-up post about season two, plus list all my favourite songs of the season. They would've made more sense right after the end of the season, but what can you do, apparently I do have a life outside Glee after all...

Jul 17, 2011

The Glee Project

As long as the show will go on, Glee will constantly be in a need for new fresh faces and voices, something to keep it interesting and realistic. Realistic, because the show is about a high school, and high schoolers usually have to graduate at a certain point. Just a few days ago it was announced that Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer won't be returning on season 4. I'm just in the middle of mourning, dwelling on the thought that my dear darling Kurt (and Chris - who just snatched another Emmy nomination!) will only be around for one more season. And yeah yeah, I'll miss Finchel too, though currently I'm being very anti-Finchel. But let's not get ahead ourselves too much.

The Glee Project is a competition series that intends to find a young new guest star for Glee. Every week they take on a challenge (so far there's being stuff like Individuality and Vulnerability Challenge) and shoot a music video, working with various members of the Glee crew, like the choreographer Zach Woodlee. Three of the weakest will perform to Ryan Murphy, who then sends someone home. In every episode there is an appearance by a Glee cast member (so far Darren, Dot-Marie Jones, etc). As the takeover of a new 'generation' is clearly beginning to approach, I wouldn't be surprised if the winner of the series would gain the status of a regular cast member. If only they pick the one I know is the best one. Hohoho.

Here's two of the music videos they've made so far.

I expected The Glee Project to be so annoying. Actually, my expectations weren't too different from those I had towards Glee itself before I decided to give it a try. However, I've found myself enjoying the series quite a lot and even beginning to like various competitors. I even have a clear favourite, who's so going to win, and if not, I'll be so pissed. This is kind of funny, actually, how people will learn to know the person who will be on the show, and they either like or dislike the winner for the things they've done in the course of the competition, which will probably affect the audience's reception of the character. It'll be quite interesting I think!

Anyway, meet my favourite, Damien! He's the the dude on top-left in the group photo. He's from Northern Ireland, which makes him kind of stand out among all the Americans. I love his accent and how he's sort of awkward and how he's not very sure of his abilities and his accent and how he once sung that he wants to be Jessie's Girl and his accent. I even kind of like how he raises his eyebrows in a very stupid way when he's trying to look sexy. Most of all that accent though! Aah! For along time I've been mentally campaigning (if I try hard enough RM might receive my telepatchic messages and pleas) for more characters with heavy foreign accents! I mean, Principal Figgins is hilarious! Glee needs more of that! I've kind of been hoping for an annoyingly posh upper class English accent, but Irish would work well, too, if not better.

Here's Damien singing Are You Lonesome Tonight. He melted the rest of my heart with it, singing it (as I've understood) thinking of a girl he had to leave to Ireland. Aww.

The Glee Project is a nice extra spice to my otherwise Glee-less months before September. I'll probably write more about it as the season goes on and (hopefully) the right people start to get eliminated. While the Irishman goes strong.

Jul 16, 2011

2x21 Funeral / Glee, stop being so sad

The New Directions is getting ready for the rapidly approaching Nationals, as Will hires Jesse St. James to be their new show choir consultant. The club isn't feeling too sure about this, especially Finn, who immediately clashes with him, and thus gets his confidence broken down. He's just 'Lima good, not NYC good'. So he does not audition to be the lead singer in Nationals; Rachel, Santana, Kurt and Mercedes do. Jesse eats every one of them alive (and it's pretty hilarious), except for Rachel, of course.

Sue's sister Jeans dies, which breaks her down completely. Even her insults towards Will's hair lack the usual gusto! And that's saying something. The club, especially Finn and Kurt who know what it feels like to lose a loved one, feel sorry for Sue, and so they decide to help her with the funeral arrangements.

Also, Finn breaks up with Quinn and she says she has some big plans for New York. Wouldn't hold my breath, though... (Can't wait to begin the merciless bashing of the season finale!) Then Terri makes an exit (from the show? I'm not sure if she'll be returning), a very sissy exit not worthy her bad-ass character. Blah.

There was something very wrong with this episode, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was simply the excess of sadness: too much sad doesn't suit Glee. Maybe it was the personality make-over of Sue Sylvester: the good Sue/bad Sue storylines have been quite frequent this season, and I've personally got enough of them. No, her breakdown and anti-evil-ness wasn't uncharacteristic, per ce, as it's always been clear that Jean was her soft spot and her rare source of humanity. Yes, her speech at the funeral and the hug with Becky afterwards were quite sweet and somewhat touching. But I don't like watching Sue like that.

I have no idea which direction they will go with Sue next season and I'm a little afraid to think of what might be coming. The character has been in a huge crisis this season, and she needs either to go back to the pure evil season one mode, or turn into something totally different. We'll see.


 - Back To Black was pretty splendid! Maybe my favourite song in the episode. It was just perfect for Santana, like every song was for their singers in this audition.
- Some People... I just love Kurt. I don't love his pants. The song was kind of same old, same old. He killed it, though.
- Try A Little Tenderness. Same old, same old. She killed it, though.
- My Man. Oh man! If someone had forgotten about the talent of Lea Michelle, here's a little reminder. Oh my gosh. Feel the goosebumps, hmh?
- Pure Imagination was nice, but nothing earth-shattering.

 Rest of my thoughts:

- "There's only one way to win." Brittany: "Poison darts?" I actually think they should've given it a try...
- "I do this thing where I sort of alternate which one of those kids I hate the most. Right now it's the dancing Asian." There's the old Sue. And I think we share some short of a connection, because I'm not too hot for Mike Chang at the moment, either.
- There were some nice Wemma moments in the episode. Hopefully there's more on the way!
- "That's sweet. You remember the masculine clip of my designer boots." Aw, Jesse.
- This was another very BLAH episode.

Next, only one more post and I've caught up! And then I'll have time to wallow in the though of the Glee-less-ness of the following months. Some of those months have already past, though...

Jul 15, 2011

Glee in 3D

Is it clear that this film is made only because certain people would like themselves a bit more money? Yes. Will I more than happily go see it anyway? Hell freaking yes. I just happen to have arrived to the US less than a week before it opens. So, whoo! I just got some serious goosebumps watching the trailer. It'll be awesome.

Jul 10, 2011

Glee Quote of the Week

"Let me tell you something about Will Schuester. That guy has tiny baby hands. Seriously, it's weird. Once I saw him try and pick up a Bic Mac, he couldn't do it. He had to eat it layer by layer. Teeny, tiny, wee baby hands."

Dustin Goolsby / Night of Neclect

Jul 2, 2011

It's a game over for Sam Evans

Sam just got kicked out of McKinley! Glee creator Ryan Murphy has just announced that Chord Overstreet is not returning on season three, at least not as a regular cast member. So he still might make some random appearances, which is necessary to say the least, as the finale of season two introduced us to the budding relationship of Sam and Mercedes. Which is why I find this kind of weird! Why did they introduce this new storyline, and right after that kick out another one of the key characters? Well, we'll see how this plays out.

The thought of losing Sam Evans from the New Directions choir room isn't too shocking for me. He never was one of my favourites; in fact, I very much disliked him most of his time in the show. But then again, he kept growing on me more and more as the season went on, and I can't say I'm super thrilled about his departure, either. After all, he gave us the inspiration for Trouty Mouth, Darth Vader imitations, abs, best Justin Bieber cover ever, some wonderfully geeky and awkward comments, tensions to other characters' relationships, two cute younger siblings and a whole lot of blond, wavy hair.

Sam Evans maybe isn't the proudest moment in the history of Glee (the writers must have realized this as well, so they admited their failure by kicking him out before giving him any proper storylines), but he wasn't a total loss either, at least not for me. So long, Sammy. Keep your blond head high and forever remember the charm of Na'vi and Sean Connery.

"I am Sam. Sam I am. And I don't like green eggs and ham."