Glee Report: Born This Way

•April 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

In true inconsistent form, Glee has recovered from the last week’s painfully average episode. This week’s episode was funny and moving and the musical numbers were mostly top grade and to make things even better it was an extra long episode. Even with the extra time, it was one of those rare episodes that you wish would never end.

The episode was themed around – as the title suggests – Lady Gaga’s smash hit “Born This Way”. I am a Gaga fan through and through so I could not wait for this episode.

To start the story ball rolling we have the New Directions having a dance practice session, which results in the ever-bumbling Fin breaking the very Jewish nose of Rachel. This leads to a dodgy doctor (who performs plastic surgery on his own children!!) suggesting Rachel get some ‘vanity surgery’.

Cue the discussion on self-esteem issues, lead by Santana. I just need to say that Santana is quite possibly my favourite character on this show right now; she has all the biting words of Sue Sylvester and Lauren Zizes combined and Naya Rivera is the hottest actress on the show. I could go on and on about Santana, but so much happened in this episode I’ll just have to move on. So Santana points out some obvious flaws from Sam’s ‘trouty mouth’ to Fin’s “weird puffy pyramid nipples” (hahahaha :)) in a hilarious fashion. And don’t lie and say you found it offensive, you were all smiling; I on the other hand was laughing myself to tears.

Naturally Will get’s on his high horse and is somehow shocked that teenagers have insecurities.  He airs these thoughts to Emma over some neatly polished grapes, and she inadvertently gives him the inspiration for the week. GAGA!

As mentioned I worship the moments Santana in on screen and her little realization that Karofsky is gay was fantastic. From the inner monologue, to the wildly entertaining scene in the coffee shop (“The only straight I am is straight up bitch” :)), to being responsible for the return of Kurt to McKinley; Santana rocked the foundations of the Glee universe this week.

Now, as much as I’d like to think the episode revolved around Santana alone, that is not the case. We also bore witness to a brutal battle over the Prom Queen crown that gave Miss Zizes another chance to shine and revealed that Quinn was not always so beautiful.

Speaking on Quinn’s beauty, Rachel’s entire story was yet more envy over Quinn. It did lead to some wonderful musical numbers including the moving mash up ‘Unpretty/I Feel Pretty’ and the Barbra-vention flash mob of Duck Sauce’s ‘Barbra Streisand’.

I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of Finn. He’s a bumbling buffoon, looks constantly awkward and his voice is frankly irritating to me. So while his number with Mike was entertaining enough, it didn’t blow my hair back the way some of the other numbers did.

I’ve briefly mentioned Karofsky, but I think he needs to be elaborated on. He’s flourished into an interesting character. Yes, he was pretty much blackmailed into change; but I actually believe that he has turned a new leaf. Oh and the little montage of slushies was so funny.

“Kurt Hummel is back at McKinley!” That’s right people; feel free to celebrate at inappropriately high volumes 😉 It was great to see Kurt back in the choir room performing his best ballad. This means, for now, we say goodbye to the Warblers. I’m not too upset by that, especially because we’ll be seeing Blaine again soon I’m sure, and he’s the only warbler who really matters.

Emma has been a favourite of mine since the first episode, and I love that her OCD is being given the attention it deserves. It’s been treated like just a joke for so long. And even though I thought Will was a little bit scary when he was trying to forced blueberries down Emma’s throat, I thought her scene at the therapist was so wonderfully moving.

The t-shirts for the ‘Born This Way’ performance were so amazing, as was the performance in general. It just made me smile; the song really was made for Glee. And, of course, the little moment of Santana in the audience wearing the ‘Lebanese’ shirt was great.

With that, onto the music. Here are my ratings:

  • Unpretty/I Feel Pretty: A
  • I Gotta Be Me: C
  • Somewhere Only We Know: B
  • As If We Never Said Goodbye: B
  • Barbra Streisand: A
  • Born This Way: A

So what were your thoughts on “Born This Way”? Leave a comment or talk to me @CDWB on Twitter.

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Glee Report: Night of Neglect

•April 22, 2011 • 2 Comments

So after a month of waiting Glee has returned! Unfortunately the show’s return was far from triumphant for me. The plot seemed so incredibly thin and to be honest a little annoying.

The introduction of ‘The Braniacs’ was unfathomably dumb. Artie, Tina, Mike and Brittany as an academic team? Really? Oh and the show they go on is called ‘The Smartypants Show’? My eyes were rolling so much I got a bit dizzy for a second.

Then there was the ‘League of Doom’ sub-plot. I really like the idea behind it; it had the potential to be so funny and entertaining. The introductory segment where Sue explains her motives and goals was mostly pretty good. Although, is it just me or is the whole ‘Sue flipping between being best buds with Will, to hating Will, to being best buds with Will again, to oh look she hates Will again’ getting a little old. The rest of the encounters between Sue and her henchmen were actually hilarious – Sue had some very good lines this episode. Dustin was so sleazy and gross, oh and unbelievably funny. Sandy unfortunately lacked a little something like, I don’t know, a three dimensional personality.

On that note I want to say that I really love Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holiday but she was just not right this episode. Her story was nowhere near as interesting as I thought it would be. She introduces the concept of the ‘Night of Neglect’ which I thought was pretty stupid, and she had hardly any memorable lines. She did, however, perform an amazing cover of Adele’s ‘Turning Tables’.

The return of Charice as Sunshine was as disappointing as the episode as a whole. It made very little sense to me, and the song she sang was good but not great. She pops up for a performance and then disappears again, taking her 600 twitter followers with her.

I really don’t have much to say about Mercedes’ diva plotline except that it was unbelievably pathetic. I loved Lauren’s part in it, mostly because I find her character so entertaining, but overall it was annoying.

I was so glad to hear that the sham of a marriage between Emma and Carl is finally done. And the scene between Emma and Will in the teacher’s lounge was so sweet.

There was nice bit of foreshadowing with Kurt, when he fondly shows Blaine around his old school. I think it’s safe to assume he’ll be back at McKinley soon. This little walk lead to yet another run in with closet case Karofsky for Kurt. However, it was Santana to the rescue. I must say I am LOVING Santana more and more every week I see her.  And the way she took down Karofsky had me smiling from ear to ear.

Onto the Night of Neglect itself, and might I just point out how unbelievably unrealistic it is that only Blaine and Kurt would show up to support the New Directions. What about Bieste, or Emma, or any of the kids parents? You’d think I’d stop being surprised at the number of plot holes the Glee writing team leave gaping in clear view, but it still shocks me from time to time.

I did not appreciate the hecklers ruining what looked like the beginnings of the rare good performance from Tina. I love Lykkie Li, the arrangement looked good and Tina’s voice was good. I personally was offended by little Becky having to hurl insults and mild profanities at anyone, it’s just so wrong.  And, of course, this all lead to yet more bad acting from Jenna Ushkowitz.

The dance number by Mike was really good and I love that song – I’d never heard it before and I downloaded it soon after.

I have a feeling that the segment with Holly talking to the hecklers about cyber bullying was a direct dig at some of the less enthused Glee fans who have been harsh online.

I won’t lie, I was sad to see Holly go. I knew Gwyneth wouldn’t be around very long because she’s a big movie star and not ready to settle down in TV land, but it still hurt. Thankfully the door was left open when Will asked if she’d come back and visit and she responded with her typical “I thought you’d never ask”. I got a little misty eyed I’m not entirely ashamed to say. And as sad as it is it does leave the door open for the long awaited Will and Emma relationship – but knowing Glee there will undoubtedly be an incredibly unrealistic break-in-continuity type obstacle come next week.

The episode ends with Sandy funding the New Directions and the Braniacs in full; followed by Sue resting her hopes on the ‘shrew’ Terri.

So on to the music. Here are my ratings.

  • All By Myself: C
  • I Follow Rivers: D
  • Bubble Toes: B
  • Turning Tables: A
  • Ain’t No Way: B
Next week is the 90 minute “Born This Way” Gaga extravaganza. I personally have high hopes 🙂

So what were your thoughts on “Night of Neglect”? Leave a comment or talk to me @CDWB on Twitter.

iRecommend: The L Word

•April 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So I have just (not 2 minutes ago) finished the last episode of one of the greatest shows ever. That show is the wildly popular and provocative, The L Word.

The show centers around a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles, and follows their lives and loves. The show has created some of the most memorable characters on TV – Dana(Erin Daniels), Alice (Leisha Hailey), Bette (Jennifer Beals), Shane (Katherine Moennig), and of course the infamous Jenny Schecter (Mia Kirshner). The show ran for six wonderful seasons, from 2004 until 2009, on the Showtime network

I personally came to the L Word party a bit late, I only started watching it the end of last year, but I found it to be a remarkable piece of television. The stories were fascinating and compelling and the characters immensely entertaining. The first season was without doubt the best in my humble opinion, it was new and fresh and the plot-line was at it’s most artistic and gripping in the beginning. That’s not to take anything away from the other five seasons, which were fantastic.

While a lot of people may be drawn into watching the show because of the lesbian novelty, one of the show’s strengths is the fact that the stories and characters are phenomenal. It’s the quality of show that I think would have been just as entertaining and popular had it been about heterosexual couples.

I don’t know what else to tell you about this show – it’s funny, and sexy, and moving, and thrilling, and just so damn good! So go watch it people! Right now! Go! 🙂

If you’ve watched the show tell me your thoughts on it in the comments or @CDWB on Twitter.

 

COLT.

 

iRecommend: Body of Proof

•April 5, 2011 • 1 Comment

So I have decided to launch a new column! Yay! What I will do is every so often I’ll recommend a series or movie that I think all of you should be watching. Hopefully you will then watch what I recommend and tell me you loved it, or possibly question my sanity for enjoying such crap 😉 So here we go!

Today I am recommending that you watch ABC’s new series, titled Body of Proof, created by Chris Murphy. The basic premise of the series is that a brilliant neurosurgeon, Megan Hunt(Dana Delany), is in a car accident, which has leaves her unable to practice medicine – on the living that is – so she becomes a medical examiner. She works to help solve crimes and help the dead, who are unale to help themselves. The series will follow her attempts to balance her rocky social life with her daughter and her professional life as a crime solving medical examiner.

I have been waiting for the show to debut for months. I am a huge fan of the lead actress, Dana Delany, her previous works include Desperate Housewives, a brief guest role on The L Word, among others. She has this look about her that I really respond to; it’s a kind of justified arrogance that makes her just so compelling to watch. Her character is both compassionate, cynical and brilliantly clever.

The supporting cast are entertaining enough – I particularly enjoy Curtis (Windell Middlebrooks) – but I think they’ll probably develop a bit more as the series progresses.

The show is a fantastic mix of House, The Mentalist, with a little Desperate Housewives thrown in. The story could get a bit shaky in weeks to come, but Dana Delany is just such a presence on screen that I think it could pull through. So far only two episodes have aired, but I thoroughly enjoyed both episodes and look forward to more.

If you’ve watched the show tell me your thoughts on it in the comments or @CDWB on Twitter.

 

COLT.

American Idol Report: Top 11

•April 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hey guys, apologies for the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks. Took a bit of a holiday from everything 🙂 But I am back with my American Idol Report. It’s not going to be a very long post, because I have somehow not seen last week’s show yet. Thanks to the wonders of the World Wide Web I have procured the results though.

This last week was the second time the Top 11 performed – this was a result of the judges using their one save of the competition to save 20-year-old Casey Abrams the week before. I knew it was coming as soon as Ryan announced that Casey had received the lowest number of votes, but I was still disappointed that Casey was saved. There is just something about him that just rubs me the wrong way.

Consequently, that meant that two people were to go home last week. Those two individuals ended up being Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo. I was so sad to hear Naima was eliminated – I have been a fan of her from her first audition – but I wasn’t really surprised, she has had her rocky moments. Thia never really struck me as an American Idol winner so I was not shocked to see her go.

Well it seems my premature prediction that we could see a female winner this year seems less likely once again. There are now only three girls left compared with six guys. It still pisses me off that Lagone is still hanging around (Why America?! WHY?!) At this point I’m sick of Scotty doing the same country droll every week and I’m equally sick of Jacob doing some sort of song that sounds like it belongs in an over-the-top church service week after week. I sincerely hope the fat get’s trimmed soon and we don’t loose another talented girl.

What are your thoughts on the last two installments of AI? What do you think of the Top 9? Are you happy Casey got saved? Did the right people go home? Sound off in the comments section or talk to me @CDWB on Twitter.

 

COLT.

American Idol Report: Top 12

•March 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hi all. Its time for the American Idol report! I would like to apologise for the slight delay, but I’ve been a bit sick and as a result have not much felt like writing. But I am feeling a little better so I thought I would get cracking on my report. You should know the drill by now, but for the sake of any newcomers this is what I shall do. First I’ll review each performance and then I’ll discuss who went home.

  1. Naima Adedapo started the show off and fell a little bit flat. The arrangement was a little weird and her voice was not great at all.
  2. Paul McDonald annoys me more every week. He’s one of those voices that is cool the first couple of times you hear it and then the novelty wears off. And the novelty has worn off completely. Plus I’m still mildly disturbed by his movements on stage.
  3. I thought briefly that I might like Thia Megia a few weeks ago. Unfortunately the arrangements she’s had recently have just not been right. She did sing decently this week, but, as much of a classic Disney animation fan as I am, the song was not right for her.
  4. I’m a huge James Durban fan, but this week’s performance had its ups and downs. It was great though, and he is such an awesome performer.
  5. Haley Reinhart is growing on me more and more every time she opens her mouth. And I completely disagree with the judges; she does not need to stick to one genre. She can do them all, and that is one of her strengths. Her voice has this quality that just gives me goosebumps.
  6. Do I really need to talk about Stefano Lagone? I really don’t get him, or what the judges  love about him. He gives me this urge to throw something – preferably at him.
  7. I don’t know what the hell was going on with her stage arrangement, but Pia Toscano is fantastic and she gave another solid performance this week.
  8. Scotty McCreery was Scotty McCreery. Good, not for me though.
  9. My first thoughts on Karen Rodriguez was that she looked like she belonged on the set of a bad Star Trek movie. My second thought was that she was once again, painfully average.
  10. Casey Abrams took a giant step backward in my head this week. I’m not a huge Nirvana fan to begin with and I’m just looking for reasons not to like Casey so I really hated this performance. My candidate for worst performance of the week.
  11. Lauren Alaina makes my heart melt. She completely made up for an ok week last week and gave a fantastic performance. My candidate for best performance of the week.
  12. I do not like Jacob Lusk’s voice, it sounds to me like pre-op transexual Cher if she was taking hormone supplements to become a man. Hence I think it goes without saying that I hated his performance.

Come results night the bottom three were Haley, Naima and Karen. I was disappointed to see Haley in the bottom again, but thankfully she was safe and Karen Rodriguez was eliminated this week. It didn’t really surprise me, she hasn’t made too much of an impression and I won’t miss her much.

What did you think of the Top 12 this week? Did you think the right person went home? Who are your picks for best and wort performance of the night? Hit the comments or share your thoughts with me @CDWB on Twitter. And please tune in next week for my American Idol Report.

 

COLT.

 

Rumour Mill – TV News & Spoilers: GLEE Special

•March 17, 2011 • 1 Comment

As some of you may know, Glee is entering a one-month hiatus and will not return to our screens with new episodes until April 12th. So I thought I would use this weeks Rumour Mill to help the inevitable withdrawal symptoms loyal Gleeks will be going through. This is everything I know about what’s to come in the last six episodes of the season:

The last six episodes will revolve around New Directions battling Vocal Adrenaline and making the trip to Nationals.

Expect to see a lot of returning faces including Sunshine (Charice), Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin (Cheyenne Jackson), April Rhodes (Kristen Chenoweth), Holly Holiday (Gwenith Paltrow), Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky), Dave Karofsky, Becky and Jacob.

Sue will form a “League of Doom”, which will comprise of Dustin, Terri  and Sandy . They join forces with Sue to fight against the glee club. Apparently, each of them will have their own missions to carry out for Coach Sylvester.

Kurt will make his way back to the New Directions

April Rhodes will be performing an original song called “It’s 10 a.m. and I’m Drunk.”

Episode 18 is titled “Born This Way” and will feature Kurt, Karofsky, Blaine, Santana, and Brittany singing the hit Gaga song.

Karofsky finally comes to terms with his sexuality – whether he come out or not is not known.

In regards to Santana and her love life: the last part of the season will focus heavily on who she is as a person.

Prom is coming and the Warblers will provide the entertainment.

A love interest for Mercedes might be right around the corner. They are shooting the Glee reality show right now, and the producers are keeping an eye out for someone who could keep up with Mercedes.

 

COLT.