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12 October 2010 @ 10:56 pm
Glee!  
I know, I know, I usually don't write about Glee, but I wanted to write about this episode. Why?

Because it was easily THE best episode they've had in ages. I'm not a Gleek, a Glee lover, etc. I watch the show for three reasons (1) Dianna Agron (2) the songs (3) Jane Lynch. I generally have a buttload of issues with every episode and just find myself confused at the worship of the show. And then an episode like this comes along and I totally, totally get the love. Pretty much every moment was spot-on perfection.

Some specifics ...

- Quinn not only had more than two lines, she had an actual storyline! And, as always, Dianna was lovely. I adored her duet with Sam; their voices sounded beautiful together. And her facial reaction to the Finn/Rachel "Born Again" duet was sheer perfection. Love her.

- Speaking of, oh man, that "Born Again" duet in priest/nun outfit was hilariously, terribly offensive. I can't recall the last time I laughed this hard during a scene on Glee.

- I'm not Brittany's biggest fan, but they did a marvelous job with her character in this one, not too much (ala the insanely stupid Britney episode), but just enough to give us some of those one-liners, and some great heart too.

- I like that Kurt was essentially called out for the fact that he did/was harassing Finn last season. Even if Finn handled it terribly, Kurt did push him way too often, way too much.

- That final duet between Rachel and Kurt was BEAUTIFUL, absolutely glorious. (And, boy, was Lea Michele channeling Barbra like never before or what?)

The only things I didn't like were minor. The odd lyrical changes in "River Deep, Mountain High" and the fact that nothing, not even Chris Colfer -- who is wonderful -- can even remotely compare to the glory of Julie Andrews' "Le Jazz Hot."



See?

Still, this episode was so great that I didn't even realize that Sue wasn't in the episode until the preview for next week! Yeah. That good!
 
 
 
irlandesakirlandesak on October 13th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I agree with you.

I watch Glee mainly because it's on before Raising Hope but I don't think I've loved it for a long time and it was becoming downright offensive.

This episode, however, was one of the better ones in a long time. Finn and Rachel were actually cute working together instead of just being annoyingly incompatible. I enjoyed Brittany and Artie, although Artie's righteous indignation about being "used" for sex was one of those clunky Glee moments that have grown to annoy me since right before they did have sex, he was dumping her.

But more importantly, they addressed Kurt's pushiness. Chris Colfer rightfully became one of the breakout stars of the first season. He moves me even if I have Kurt annoying. Unfortunately, annoying me has been happening a lot with him ever since Ryan Murphy started writing him as a Gary Stu and almost seemed to vicariously relive his youth through him. Addressing the fact that he was pushing things, especially with Finn, was necessary. It was a great father/son moment and I hope this leads to Kurt having fewer crushes on straight or closeted guys and him finding someone also out to date.
Arabian: TVarabian on October 13th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes. All-around. Artie was an ass, but I rather expect that. To me, it was more about Brittany and I think they did a great job with that.

And I LOVE Raising Hope. Martha Plimpton is FANTASTIC (as always). As is Garret Dillahunt.
eolivet on October 13th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
just enough to give us some of those one-liners, and some great heart too

See, that's what I didn't understand about Brittany's storyline. Did she really have a heart? Or was she just confused? Was she really missing Artie at the end, or just remorseful about her actions? Or just shocked that he would stand her up at the restaurant?

I don't know if Heather Morris is a good enough actress to pull the storyline off, or whether it was just underwritten, but Brittany and Artie's storyline at the end was just strange, for me.

I'm glad you enjoyed Quinn's storyline -- I don't like Sam that much, so I sort of thought Quinn was "slumming" with him. If they're going to create a legitimate love triangle when Puck gets out of jail, I guess they had to do it. They did sound good together, though. :)
Arabian: Quinn01arabian on October 13th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
As I said in your journal, I absolutely got that it was that she realized she messed up. She wasn't confused, he explained it enough that she got it. And I actually felt Brittany was real. To me, partly why I think she got it is because she was clearly missing Santana, and so she could put herself in Artie's shoes.

I don't even remotely ship Quinn and Sam, but I don't ship Quinn and PUck either. (Of the canvas, I prefer her with Finn or Will, LOL!), but it was better than I expected and they did sound lovely.
Britt: TV Glee TVbritt_1975 on October 13th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I *am* one of those people who LOVES the show (in general.) The very idea of GLEE night makes me happy. However, I'll also be the first to admit when it disappoints me... and lately that's been more often then not. But that doesn't change the fact that around my house we are all skipping and singing in the hours that lead up to... GLEE!

I'm not normally a Quinn fan - I think that Dianna Agron is quite possibly one of the most beautiful people on the planet... and her speaking voice is very sexy... but her singing voice has always kind of grated... and I hated her character. But oddly enough, I realized tonight that at some point, I have started to warm up to Quinn... because I was totally rooting for her tonight - in fact, when she and Sam got done singing I literally cheered. And I LOVED her voice on Lucky. It's one of the few that I'll be downloading from last night. I like her an Sam... he's a lot dorkier than I thought he would be... in a sweet way. I think they make a good fit... because he's totally different than both Finn and Puck... neither of who I like her with.

I did not enjoy the Santana/Mercedes duet though I loved the dancing and the facial expressions... the signing just left me cold. I think I'm pretty alone in that though, because most everyone else seemed to love it.

Our cable froze for both Kurt's song and Finn and Rachel's performance of "Born Again." So I'll be hunting those down on Hulu later.

I was very pleased that they addressed that Kurt wasn't totally innocent in the whole debacle with Finn last season. And I really liked that Finn emphasized that he DOES like Kurt, and that he doesn't have a problem with gay people... but that other people at the school do, and for the time being, they have to live in their world. I was very happy that they were able to convey that it won't ALWAYS be that way. Finn seemed smarter this episode... or was that just me?

I was ecstatic with the Rachel-Kurt duet in the end... I've always wanted them to be friends... some of my favorite fic is Rachel/Kurt friendship fic... so my heart just squeed with joy at that... which was great... because that helped it feel better after it was CRUSHED by Brittany and her lonely meatball. I feel so bad for her... when she was trying to tell Artie that she didn't know and that she was sorry... wow. Also... Artie was a jerk. And poor Britt all alone - it made me sad.

OMG... I just wrote a book in your comments. I will try to restrain myself in the future. :-)
Arabian: Quinn01arabian on October 13th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love lengthy responses. Woohoo!! Do not restrain.

I have a few others on my flist who are totally in love with Glee which is why I rarely write about it. It's one of those shows that when people love it they really don't want to hear someone who doesn't nitpick and tear it apart, so I rarely write about it. But when an episode I love pops up, I give my two cents to share in the love, LOL!

I ADORE Quinn/Dianna Agron. It happened gradually during season one, and it was the "Papa Don't Preach" episode where she had me really feeling for Quinn that I realized hers was the only character that did not feel like a cartoon to me. And I thank Agron for that; she has such a viability and warmth. I love her. (And, yes, I think she's so very, very beautiful.) I do agree she doesn't have the greatest voice, but I love her so much overall, I'm fine with it, but yeah, on "Lucky," she sounded fabulous!

I thought that Santana sounded great in the duet, but overall, it did not work for me either. So you're not alone.

I was very pleased that they addressed that Kurt wasn't totally innocent in the whole debacle with Finn last season. And I really liked that Finn emphasized that he DOES like Kurt, and that he doesn't have a problem with gay people... but that other people at the school do, and for the time being, they have to live in their world. I was very happy that they were able to convey that it won't ALWAYS be that way. Finn seemed smarter this episode... or was that just me?

I pretty much agree with every word here.

I was ecstatic with the Rachel-Kurt duet in the end... I've always wanted them to be friends... some of my favorite fic is Rachel/Kurt friendship fic... so my heart just squeed with joy at that... which was great... because that helped it feel better after it was CRUSHED by Brittany and her lonely meatball. I feel so bad for her... when she was trying to tell Artie that she didn't know and that she was sorry... wow. Also... Artie was a jerk. And poor Britt all alone - it made me sad.

I'm not into fics or anything (okay, I've read some Rachel/Will and Quinn/Will), but other than that, I'm with you. That duet was just fantastic, and, as I said, I really liked the Brittany plot this episode.
Britt: Misc Ship Whorebritt_1975 on October 13th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not into fics or anything

For Glee you mean? Because I'm sure I saw fic on your journal. I just haven't had a chance to read it yet.

I'm a hardcore shipper - I find it difficult to watch a tv show and not ship someone... and then go look for fic. With Glee, my OTP is Rachel/Puck. :-)
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)01arabian on October 13th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, fic for Glee. I'm a hardcore shipper too, but I only hardcore ship one couple at a time, while I'll have couples I like on most shows. (Obviously, Damon/Elena is my hardcores ship right now.)
Jude: Sheldondanceonstardust on October 14th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
I know I haven't commented on TVD post *smacks own hand* Shame on me. lol.

Quinn not only had more than two lines, she had an actual storyline! And, as always, Dianna was lovely. I adored her duet with Sam; their voices sounded beautiful together. And her facial reaction to the Finn/Rachel "Born Again" duet was sheer perfection. Love her.
RIGHT?!?!! I loved their duet and can I say chemistry during that song? Not that I ship them but I found them adorable singing it.

That final duet between Rachel and Kurt was BEAUTIFUL, absolutely glorious. (And, boy, was Lea Michele channeling Barbra like never before or what?)
lol yes. I LOVE THAT DUET. I thought it was the best. They have awesome voices that suit very well.

I just liked the Victor/Victoria mention lol. And it took me 20 minutes to realize that's James Garner. Even if I've seen the movie like a dozen times. xD

Edited at 2010-10-14 05:18 am (UTC)
boundaid: H - Pre-Loboundaid on October 14th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
The truth about Glee is the ensemble behind Rachel/Finn are truly just delightful. I love Lea Michele and all but I wish they did more Brittany/Britney episodes with other castmembers. I love Santana. She is my favorite character and Naya actually has a lovely raw voice. So...yeah long time no comment but this post struck a chord with me. :)