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« Reply #40 on: October 20, 2009, 05:29:24 AM »

Joss Whedon will be directing an episode later in the season  icon_biggrin
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« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2009, 03:46:51 PM »

Quote from: EddieA on October 20, 2009, 05:29:24 AM

Joss Whedon will be directing an episode later in the season  icon_biggrin

The Halloween episode of The Office he did a few years ago was pretty good.  In it, Jim pretended to be turning into a vampire.  icon_razz
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« Reply #42 on: November 22, 2009, 08:58:22 PM »

Just Downloaded the first half of the season on itunes for 13 bucks... track list is
Don't Stop Believin
Can't Fight This Feeling
Gold Digger
Take a Bow
Bust Your Windows
Taking Chances
Alone
Maybe This Time
Somebody to Love
Hate On Me
No Ait
You Keep Me Hangin' On
Bust a Move
Sweet Caroline
Dancing With Myself (my favorite)
Defying Gravity
I say a Little Prayer

The second half is available for preorder and releases Dec 3rd I think.... Lean on me will be on that one.
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« Reply #43 on: November 23, 2009, 10:56:20 PM »

The show just keeps surprising me with the quality of the episodes as well as the music and musical numbers.  The only weak part (for me) remains the pregnancy storyline - not so much on its own but having Finn be so stupid he thinks he's the father when they didn't have sex is just kind of preposterous for this day and age. 

Lean on Me is a great rendition featuring the whole ensemble, and the duet on Endless Love IMHO is better than the original.  Definitely worth a listen.
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« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2009, 03:37:04 AM »

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The only weak part (for me) remains the pregnancy storyline - not so much on its own but having Finn be so stupid he thinks he's the father when they didn't have sex is just kind of preposterous for this day and age.

The one that utterly kills me is Mr. Scheuster's wife faking ultrasounds and trying to adopt a stranger's child just because she doesn't want to tell her husband she had a false pregnancy. WTF? It's really irritating, because the show is strong enough to stand on its own without having such implausible characters and behaviors. I really wish his bat-shit insane wife would die in a fiery car crash. The fact that he can even stand to be around that bitch for more than ten seconds seems completely out of character.

It's a testament to the show's strengths that I still enjoy it despite so many things that rub me the wrong way.
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« Reply #45 on: November 24, 2009, 09:02:27 AM »

true... and we haven't seen the wife much in the past few episodes.... maybe they have realized that
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« Reply #46 on: November 24, 2009, 10:07:28 PM »

I'm waiting for the big finale when Hiro comes to save his sweet sweet Charlie, only to find she's in love with Mr. Schuster  Tongue 

Speaking of her, the dual schoolgirl crush sequence was just fantastic.
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« Reply #47 on: November 24, 2009, 10:35:24 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on November 24, 2009, 10:07:28 PM

I'm waiting for the big finale when Hiro comes to save his sweet sweet Charlie, only to find she's in love with Mr. Schuster  Tongue 

Speaking of her, the dual schoolgirl crush sequence was just fantastic.

Nice pop culture memory there!  I was wondering where I had seen her before.  And I agree the mash up song sequence was terrific.  I notice the coach isn't featured much along with the not so preggers wife so maybe they are adjusting the story lines, having said that, no Sue in the last episode either and no way they are writing her out.
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« Reply #48 on: November 27, 2009, 06:42:45 PM »

The wife and I have been catching up on this, and I quite enjoy it. At first I was uncomfortable with the idea of watching a musical. My friends were teasing me about it. But I'm entertained, and it gives me bonus points with the wife because it's something we can watch together, so they can suck it.  icon_razz
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« Reply #49 on: November 28, 2009, 05:54:39 PM »

I love their rendition of "Imagine" and "True Colors" in the last episode.
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« Reply #50 on: January 21, 2010, 02:43:46 AM »

What could be better than Joss Whedon directing an episode?  How about Dr. Horrible himself appearing in that same episode?  icon_cool
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« Reply #51 on: January 21, 2010, 03:42:28 AM »

they have a great show... I just wish that they would be back on with new episodes already.... i am tired of waiting....
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« Reply #52 on: January 21, 2010, 03:53:08 AM »

Quote from: papasmurff on January 21, 2010, 03:42:28 AM

they have a great show... I just wish that they would be back on with new episodes already.... i am tired of waiting....

Agreed.  Castle is back and my wife and I enjoy it greatly, but we're still waiting on the return of Lie to Me, and we're most excited for Glee to come back.  We love the show (it also apparently won a Golden Globe) and are looking forward to its continuation.
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« Reply #53 on: January 22, 2010, 06:10:03 AM »

Quote from: PeteRock on January 21, 2010, 03:53:08 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on January 21, 2010, 03:42:28 AM

they have a great show... I just wish that they would be back on with new episodes already.... i am tired of waiting....

Agreed.  Castle is back and my wife and I enjoy it greatly, but we're still waiting on the return of Lie to Me, and we're most excited for Glee to come back.  We love the show (it also apparently won a Golden Globe) and are looking forward to its continuation.

yup i watch all of those too.....
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« Reply #54 on: January 22, 2010, 07:33:33 PM »

Quote from: EddieA on January 21, 2010, 02:43:46 AM

What could be better than Joss Whedon directing an episode?  How about Dr. Horrible himself appearing in that same episode?  icon_cool

Sweet!!!  Now can we get Sarah Michelle Gellar too?!?!  I wonder if she can still fit into her old Buffy cheerleader outfit.
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« Reply #55 on: February 15, 2010, 12:14:50 PM »

they just started airing this on danish tv - looks interesting enough actually - only seen episode 2 so far, but I'll probably see the rest if I remember it.

So...where can I vote for buffy to return in her cheerleader outfit? ;-)
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« Reply #56 on: April 19, 2010, 02:15:31 AM »

Awesome Glee flash mob.  Also, according to TVGuide, at the TVLand awards, there's a musical number honoring Glee as a future classic.  The song is "Don't Stop Believin'" and the singers are David Hasselhoff, Marilu Henner, Richard Karn, and Fred Willard  saywhat
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« Reply #57 on: April 19, 2010, 03:06:52 PM »

I think with my purchase of the Glee app for the iPhone, I am officially a Gleek.

The show is soooo much better now without the ridiculous faux pregnancy subplot.

The Sue Sylvester Vogue video was hilarious. Not because they tried to be hilarious, but because they played it so straight.
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« Reply #58 on: April 19, 2010, 04:57:05 PM »

I have not seen this show. Is it good?
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« Reply #59 on: April 19, 2010, 09:07:40 PM »

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I have not seen this show. Is it good?

Absolutely one of my all-time favorite shows, unique and creative writing, an incredibly hilarious over-the-top comedic performance by Jane Lynch, touching themes about family, friendship, and misfits finding their place - and the song numbers and arrangements are stellar with standout singing from Lea Michele in particular.  If you like musicals in general, you'll probably enjoy it.  What's even more interesting is how they are able to weave popular songs into what's going on in the various plotlines.  However some caveats since I don't know you:

It's based in high school - so all the angsty soapy stuff is there, you may or may not go for this type of stuff

It's fairly "sexual" - some people were turned off by the frankness and openness of some of the sexual plot themes (which actually lessened as the season continued).  They don't show a lot but they talk a lot about it.

It's pretty "gay" - and I don't mean that in a negative way, simply that there is a major soapy + show choir vibe to it, and there are various gay jokes and one of the main ensemble is gay.

It's very quirky - some people I know just can't get into it because of the style and having people burst into song at a moment's notice.  Personally I think that's part of the show's charm, but I can see how it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea.

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If you are a Madonna fan, tomorrow night is the big all-Madonna song episode and it looks like it's going to be awesome.  Can not wait!
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« Reply #60 on: April 19, 2010, 09:55:18 PM »

Rittchard, your last post was gay.

(that was a compliment).

As for Glee, perhaps - since so many members here have handed in their man-cards to watch it, I can give it a shot.

I never would have watched Better Off Ted were it not for the GT effect - that is a debt I'll never be able to repay.
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« Reply #61 on: April 19, 2010, 10:23:55 PM »

It's worth watching Glee just for Brittany.
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« Reply #62 on: April 20, 2010, 06:36:07 AM »

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It's worth watching Glee just for Brittany.

She's fast becoming one of the all-time great dumb TV characters.

Sue : Do you have anything else to tell me?
Brittany : Sometimes I forget my middle name.   icon_biggrin
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« Reply #63 on: April 20, 2010, 06:12:16 PM »

The story of how Heather Morris got cast as Brittany is pretty awesome, too. She was a backup dancer for Beyonce on her last tour. When they were planning the Single Ladies dance sequence with Kirk, they gave Morris a call to help teach Kirk and Tina the dance moves. They hadn't yet cast Brittany's part and she asked to be considered. Brittany was supposed be "ethnic", but they scrapped that after meeting Morris.

The producers of Glee were brilliant about casting. When they saw talent, they found way to make it work. Chris Colfer came in to audition for Artie. They loved him, but didn't seem him as Artie, so they created Kirk for him instead.
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« Reply #64 on: April 21, 2010, 03:29:02 AM »

The story this season sucks... and i hate that they are doing full shows for one artist.... hope it turns around or glee will be relegated to catching up with it online when i am bored....
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« Reply #65 on: April 21, 2010, 03:40:33 AM »

My wife and I were talking about how great Brittany is today nod

Anyone else feel like it's a lot more obvious the recordings are done in studio this set of episodes? I'm also not sure about all the songs being big set pieces versus in the room and whatnot. Still enjoyable, but we'll see if it can recapture the magic.
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« Reply #66 on: April 21, 2010, 12:22:24 PM »

The Madonna stroking from almost every single character was getting a bit much in that episode, but otherwise it was pretty damned good.

My wife and I were also just talking about how quickly Brittany and Santana (but especially Brittany) have moved up into favorite character status.  Hopefully they won't overuse them.

Brittany had another great line last night, but I can't remember what it was (it wasn't the "Mr. Shue, is he your son?" which was fantastic, too).

I'm not a big fan of musicals.  I should point out that I really love some good ones, but too many of them are musicals just because that was the trend.  My biggest gripe was them is when people break into song for no reason (except that, you know, it's a musical).  Well, Glee does this all the time.  And they thow reality away at every turn (Rachel whispers to the band that she'd like to do one particular Madonna song that she just thought of and the band knows it, and she remembers every word and the kids know where to harmonize and can even pull off some spontaneous choreographed moves).  However, they do it so willfully and in a manner that's self-aware, and so it works.

My favorite line last night: "Why don't you come out so we can talk.  Or sing about it."  It's stuff like this that makes the show work.
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« Reply #67 on: April 21, 2010, 02:30:49 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 21, 2010, 12:22:24 PM

Brittany had another great line last night, but I can't remember what it was (it wasn't the "Mr. Shue, is he your son?" which was fantastic, too).

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« Reply #68 on: April 21, 2010, 05:18:00 PM »

Quote from: Tokek on April 21, 2010, 02:30:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 21, 2010, 12:22:24 PM

Brittany had another great line last night, but I can't remember what it was (it wasn't the "Mr. Shue, is he your son?" which was fantastic, too).

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"When I pulled my hamstring I went to a misogynist"

That was the one.
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« Reply #69 on: April 21, 2010, 05:28:47 PM »

As a Madonna fan for over 25 years (long before I knew I was gay btw), I have to say last night's episode was "like a prayer" - absolutely brilliant use of the songs within the plotline.... except for when f-ing Fox cut my DVR off thanks to stupid American Idol running long, thus chopping the final number.  Bleh.  For non-Madonna fans, I can see it being a bit too much, but for the rest of us, just amazing, I'd almost call it "epic" if such a show could ever be called that, with each sequence topping the previous one.

Highlights for me: the wonderfully rendered 3-way virgin sequence, choreographed to perfection with 3 couples about to get it on to the tune of Like A Virgin.  Humorous and great the way it was woven into the plotline.

Express Yourself with full dance choreography from the girls was excellent, and of course the Sue Sylvester Vogue video was tons of fun.

the Like A Prayer finale was awesome but as I said it got cut off for me so I had to watch the rest on the web.  Still it's my all-time favorite Madonna tune, so seeing it in full Glee glory with a choir to boot was just candy for the soul.  Couldn't stop smiling.

But my actual favorite number in the show?  "What it Feels Like for a Girl" - sung gorgeously by all the MALE members of the cast.  Again, just absolutely brilliant and the song never sounded better.  It's also one of my favorites from Madonna, possibly the best written song I think she's done in terms of meaningful lyrics, kind of bitter and sweet.  I really think it was underrated and underappreciated in its time, but oh well.  I'd always thought it would be a really cool and interesting song to sing for a guy, to give it a completely different interpretation and meaning, and the Glee guys just sounded amazing on it.
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« Reply #70 on: April 21, 2010, 06:24:42 PM »

My loathing of non-animated musicals is at war with my cheerleader fetish over whether or not I should watch this show. 







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« Reply #71 on: April 21, 2010, 06:30:19 PM »

I hate American Idol for causing me to miss the end on my recorder.  I even set it for 4 minutes over and it still wasn't enough.

I liked the somewhat-subtle walking down the hallway scene when all the background actors/extras are sporting different classic Madonna looks.  icon_razz

In general -- great episode.
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« Reply #72 on: April 21, 2010, 06:45:44 PM »

Yeah, I think they're now making a point of dropping a Brittany one-liner into every show. My wife thinks they should all be made into t-shirts. The show is entertaining, but can sometimes border on over-doing things to the point of annoying-ness in a way. My favorite bit from the Madonna ep. was definitely Four Minutes. Kurt was fantastic in that one, and I wish they'd give him more to do, particularly since I get tired of hearing Finn do all the male stuff (which they seemed to acknowledge last night).

If you haven't seen the show, it's rather surreal. All of the characters are deeply flawed in some way and they do things that are positively absurd at times. I don't think "believability" is the objective here, and if you want believability you might want to look elsewhere. Some of the stuff that happens (such as the current shenanigans of Sue Sylvester) are outright ridiculous, but that's part of the show. The show *IS* ridiculous and bizarre. It can also be a lot of fun if that doesn't bother you.
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« Reply #73 on: April 22, 2010, 09:00:22 AM »

Awesome Madonna episode.  I know they had a lot to squeeze in, but I wish they'd done the full version of "Like A Prayer".  Also, if you want a sneak peak at the upcoming songs for the rest of the season, the tracklist for Volume 3 is here.
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« Reply #74 on: April 22, 2010, 11:25:48 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 21, 2010, 12:22:24 PM

The Madonna stroking from almost every single character was getting a bit much in that episode, but otherwise it was pretty damned good.

And they thow reality away at every turn (Rachel whispers to the band that she'd like to do one particular Madonna song that she just thought of and the band knows it, and she remembers every word and the kids know where to harmonize and can even pull off some spontaneous choreographed moves).  However, they do it so willfully and in a manner that's self-aware, and so it works.


High Schools most talented and convenient Jazz Emsemble EVAH.  The all knowing muscians never get the kudos.  Also it was great that they happen to be rehearsing in the music store in "Hell-O"  icon_biggrin

Not enjoying these last two as much as the first 13, but still watching.
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« Reply #75 on: April 28, 2010, 06:48:11 PM »

I'm not sure why, but this week's episode just didn't work for me.  I really didn't like the awkward relationship stuff between Schuester and April Rhodes, between Kurt and Finn, between Kurt and his dad, and the petty immaturity demonstrated by Kurt and Finn about their parents.  I appreciated the "beautiful" theme surrounding Mercedes and Kurt, and it was nice to see other singers get a chance at the forefront, but the rest of the show just fell completely flat for me.  I was kind of waiting for it to end, whereas usually I really enjoy the musical numbers and the show flows nicely (I will say that it was sweet to hear some Springsteen this week). 

This week it was just awkward and had odd pacing.  On one side I'm glad to see them tackling more serious themes rather than making each week silly and fun, but I don't feel that they handled the serious aspects very well, sort of like a comedian trying to discuss something serious but still cracking awkward jokes at the same time.

It was just.......well, I guess "awkward" is the best way I can describe it.  I also don't like how Kurt's character plays into homophobia stereotypes a bit too much.  Homophobes often worry that homosexuals are aggressively attracted to all men, regardless of sexual orientation, making homophobic individuals uncomfortable with homosexuals in the locker room or as college roommates for example.  And Kurt's solo directed at Finn was awkward in a bad way, not for humor's sake, and it played up what I consider to be an ignorant and misinformed stereotype.  I expect more from the show's writers.  Awkward situations can sometimes be funny, but not when based on ignorance and outdated stereotypes.  I also found Finn's immaturity in dealing with his mother's new relationship to be more representative of a pre-teen spoiled brat than a teenager nearing adulthood. 

Next week looks to be a bit more fun, but this week, at least for me, was a misfire.
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« Reply #76 on: April 28, 2010, 07:39:47 PM »

I personally think you're being a bit harsh. I get where you are coming from, but Kurt doesn't have a thing for all men, he has a thing for Finn specifically. I think it's part of the story of Kurt feeling isolated and alone rather than trying to feed some stereotype. He's not the first character to ever desperately want someone he can't have. As for Finn, it's pretty well established that he's as dumb as a box of rocks. Totally cool if that annoys you, but it's not like that came out of left field.
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« Reply #77 on: April 28, 2010, 07:48:13 PM »

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I personally think you're being a bit harsh. I get where you are coming from, but Kurt doesn't have a thing for all men, he has a thing for Finn specifically. I think it's part of the story of Kurt feeling isolated and alone rather than trying to feed some stereotype. He's not the first character to ever desperately want someone he can't have. As for Finn, it's pretty well established that he's as dumb as a box of rocks. Totally cool if that annoys you, but it's not like that came out of left field.

Perhaps, but the entire Finn/Kurt "love story" went from being amusing to unhumorously awkward.  I get the fresh take on the "want but can't have" scenario, but it got a bit creepy with Kurt singing to Finn, and when combined with the story about Kurt's father it went up a creepy notch with Kurt lingering outside of Finn's patio window.  As far as Finn's stupidity goes, yes, his character is pretty thick, but "thick" and "immature" don't have to be synonomous.  He's being a petty child about his mother's new relationship.  I've known folks who were lacking in intellectual prowess, but they didn't act like spoiled 12-year-olds.  I think the show's highlight was "I think my cat has been reading my diary."    

Don't get me wrong, I like the show.  I enjoy the music, I have been entertained by the characters, and some of the storylines (outside of the fake baby nonsense) have progressed fairly well.  The Vocal Adrenaline "spy" storyline is a bit forced and kind of stupid, though.  I think my assessment is a bit harsh because I enjoy the show and felt let down this week.  But, as with any show, you'll have highs and lows throughout a season, and it looks like next week's episode could pick back up again.

I just feel the show missed the mark despite what it was attempting.    
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« Reply #78 on: April 28, 2010, 08:52:16 PM »

I didn't have a problem with the Kurt/Finn/parents stuff.  It was and has been handled consistent with the Glee style, mixing caricature with cheese, HS OMGdrama, and bits of serious here and there.

I think the episode suffered a little bit due to the guest star, despite her general awesomeness.  When you have Kristin Chenoweth on your musical show, you surely want to use her as much as possible.  But maxing out on Chenoweth crowds out some of the regulars and perhaps led to some editing decisions that hurt the flow.  However, for me that was offset by the stellar Burt Bacharach duet/medley in Will's apartment, which is one of the best numbers they have done on the show.
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« Reply #79 on: April 28, 2010, 09:26:38 PM »

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on April 28, 2010, 08:52:16 PM

I didn't have a problem with the Kurt/Finn/parents stuff.  It was and has been handled consistent with the Glee style, mixing caricature with cheese, HS OMGdrama, and bits of serious here and there.

I think the episode suffered a little bit due to the guest star, despite her general awesomeness.  When you have Kristin Chenoweth on your musical show, you surely want to use her as much as possible.  But maxing out on Chenoweth crowds out some of the regulars and perhaps led to some editing decisions that hurt the flow.  However, for me that was offset by the stellar Burt Bacharach duet/medley in Will's apartment, which is one of the best numbers they have done on the show.

Okay, I saw that and liked it. I won't do it again. I promise.
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