Down and Out in Denver

Thoughts on Glee

Posted in tv by Blake on December 1, 2010

So the main reason that Alastair and I have been so mute is that we’ve been boring. Not so much dining out or carousing about town.  Big A is now in San Francisco so maybe he’ll have some stories to share.  Alastair?  I, on the other hand, have still not done anything interesting.  I did go to Boston for Thanksgiving and that was lovely, but it did not produce any DOD-worthy tales to tell.

I did, however, watch last night’s episode of Glee during my lunch break today.  And I had a good time, almost as good as when Gwyneth guest-starred (see above), which I enjoyed much more than I thought I would, not being the biggest fan of GP normally, finding her a little self-satisfied.  But I enjoyed last night’s episode far more than the bullying episode that I wrote about a couple weeks ago, which was egregious on any number of levels, some of which I noted, and some of which YOU noted.  A few thoughts about this most recent episode:

1. I love it when the show-within-a-show decides not to feature Finn and Rachel (Finchel) so much, because then we get to see other people sing and dance.  And sing and dance they did!

2. Blaine, plasticized as he may be, does a good dancing and singing number himself.  Two questions: Could it be that Kurt is a horrible back-up dancer?  When are these two boys going to get it on?  Or is Blaine, far cuter than Kurt, using him for some nefarious purposes?  Though that seems doubtful, given the doe-eyed looks he shoots at Kurt every time he sings and the fact that Kurt isn’t getting solos so clearly isn’t being taken away from New Directions to be used by the Warblers for his voice.  (OK, that was three questions and then some.)

Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.) and Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris) on Ryan Seacrest

3. LOVE Brittany S. Pierce and Mike Chang. LOVE.  Love Brittany’s dialogue, love Mike’s cardigan in the final number (too cute!), love their dancing best of all.  Want. More.

4. Also loved the Hipsters singing Mike and the Mechanics’ “Living Years.”  I admit it; I teared up a little bit.  And promptly downloaded the original song to add to my “Old Guys Who Make Me Cry” iPod playlist.  (Yes, I have such a thing; maybe I should speak to my therapist about it.  Who else is on it, you ask?  Don Henley, Steve Winwood, Marc Cohn: 80s pop rock.  I can’t explain it; don’t ask me to.)

5. Also loved that Tina got a chance to sing at the end, and with Mercedes, who of course belted it out like she always does, making me smile as I always do (not as much as when she and Santana did Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High,” of course, but that was a moment to be savored for years to come.)

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  1. ej said, on December 2, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I’m sure I’m reading too much into this, but I do find it interesting that although Kurt is finding acceptance at Dalton (b/c of their zero tolerance policy) it is at the expense of his individuality (b/c of the uniforms and lack of solos). I’m sure his departure from Dalton (which is surely inevitable so he can return to New Directions) will somehow speak to this irony.

    And I agree, GP rocked. Though I did not find the hipsters quite so moving. In part because they were pitched as the geriatric group, but I swear some of those people were close to my age! And I’m not that old.

    • Blake said, on December 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

      Great point. I find the whole “no tolerance” business a great idea but am deeply skeptical that it’s working in practice. But you’re right about the lack of individuality being emphasized by Blaine: uniforms, not making a show of oneself, Kurt mentioning it as well. We shall see…


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