barkinmad: (Kurt's Opinion)
I bullshitted a lot of this, but I think this actually sums up my feelings on the show pretty thoroughly. I didn't actually interview these friends specifically for this assignment, but I've either heard them comment on such things, or know that it's how they feel about the show. Obviously, I'm leaving names out:

Glee seems to be a new phenomenon. Just finished in its first year, it’s already renewed for a third season, and merchandising has been through the roof with CDs, concerts, and talks of a Broadway production. For a show that is about high school outcasts, it certainly seems to speak to a huge number of people. The most obvious thing about the show is its taste in music. While it has a number of songs from the Top 40, it also selects from a number of popular tunes of the past, ranging from Queen to Billy Idol to Vanilla Ice. There are also occasionally tunes that haven’t been heard in public media since the thirties and forties. Most especially, there is usually a good mix of Broadway show tunes involved in the production, giving the entire show an ethereal, campy and musical-like quality. But choosing the best songs of all time wouldn’t matter if they weren’t well done. Glee has a certain way of changing a song just enough that it’s new and relevant, while remaining true to the source material. True, a ballad version of “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga doesn’t seem like a work of musical genius, but it’s surprisingly catchy, and undoubtedly well-sung, since the characters are played by two well-known Broadway actresses. The show certainly has a lot to offer in terms of speaking to a group of people who don’t get a voice on TV all that often: fans of good music, and even more specifically, Broadway.

The show also has an interesting representation of minority characters. It has a reputation for being one of the most diverse casts on television, with its share of black, Asian, Jewish, disabled and homosexual teenagers. Perhaps as a joke of the treatment of such characters in other shows, these characters are sometimes given stereotypical lines or actions that are usually performed in a tongue-in-cheek matter. Although these instances can be funny, it should be noted that in their attempt to make fun of the situation, the writers may simply be furthering the stereotypes themselves, or not giving them the full attention they deserve. There have also been complaints that they aren’t given as much screen time as the white members of the cast. While this is a valid complaint, the show has introduced us to a very large number of characters in a short period of time, and the show runners have made optimistic overtures to the fans that each character will get their due in the future seasons. Perhaps one of the main causes for this concern is that not much screen time is left between the musical numbers, which have gotten larger and more elaborate as the show got more and more popular.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to the show. While it’s admirable that the writers don’t waste time with filler, the breakneck speed of the show would do a lot better if some lines were drawn between plot points. Sometimes characters go form one polar extremity of an emotional spectrum to the complete opposite between scenes, with no explanation given. Episodes tend to have individual plots that all wrap up within the course of a single hour, much like a sitcom, and the reset button is hit so often that the characters never get to learn anything from their endeavors. This refusal to make emotional progress from one episode to the next, along with the haywire antics of the characters, sometimes makes the show intolerably frustrating to tune in to every week. But then, the musical numbers are so well executed and catchy, it becomes an irresistible trap.

Many others who watch the show apparently feel the same way. There seemed to be a major difference between the first thirteen episodes that aired in the fall, and the last nine episodes that aired in the spring, after a three-month hiatus. According to SV, the earlier episodes were a lot more realistic in the way it portrayed high school life, and the messages about teenagers and sexuality were somewhat revolutionary on network television. “There’s one point where Rachel says, ‘Girls want sex just as much as guys do,’ and I really liked that. That’s not expressed enough on TV.” The second half of the season seemed a bit more moralistic, with the choral teacher ending almost every episode with some kind of lesson. This change in direction might relate directly to what was being talked about in Heartland TV, where the producers or network executives regard the general midland masses as needing a more wholesome program. Without the teacher guiding the students to the proper conclusions, parents or the general public might feel as though the show lacked a “moral center” and wasn’t suitable for TV.

However, the show has not completely given up on controversy. Several of the episodes heavily focus on the life of a gay teenager struggling to deal with his identity in a rural Ohio town. Of course, most of the students there are not very accepting and this adds to his feelings of being an outcast. Originally one of the more minor characters, Kurt has become a fan favorite, and had a much a bigger presence in the last nine episodes, proving that sometimes a devoted audience can have a say on what they see on the screen. There has rarely been a homosexual character this well depicted on network television, although the show does sometimes veer into stereotype. The show writers’ treatment of the character is not totally perfect, but it can be considered a giant step in the right direction. “I’m sure it meant a lot to a lot of people,” KA says, “They really promoted the issue of acceptance.” K says he watches the show because it’s simply fun. There are really no ties between his life and the television show other than it’s enjoyable to watch.

ER seems to agree with this. “I was hesitant to watch it at first, because I thought it would be too cheesy. But I actually enjoyed it.” However, she usually only watches the show when her friends are around. She probably wouldn’t have sought it out herself. This might speak to the social dynamic that television plays in our lives. Half the shows we watch are because other people started watching them first. There are often a number of shows that people learn to appreciate through mere exposure. With water cooler talk still being an important part of social interaction, it benefits people to share television shows with groups of friends. It can also benefit future interactions as icebreakers and general pop culture knowledge. This has been proven true over and over, especially with sudden popular shows like Glee. There are so many fans, and so many people with complaints, that bringing up the show it sure it start an interesting conversation. Whatever is new is sure to be something of a hot button topic, especially a show as bright and campy as Glee.

Glee has certainly affected many people, either through their optimistic representations of misfit high school students, or the weekly message they send out that if you want to sing, you just go ahead and sing out. It’s interesting to see a culture react as strongly as ours did to the popularity of Glee. It seemed to immediately polarize people into two groups: those who get it, and those who don’t. However, the ultimate effect of having a show that speaks to all ages – the music selection and pop culture references were obviously arranged by someone who has a great appreciation for all decades – and that portrays a positive, accepting environment for people who might not already have one, goes to show just how important a single television program can be to the general public. Part of what makes Glee so successful is the devotion of its fans. There would be no concerts, or CDs or any hope of merchandizing if the fans didn’t somehow feel connected to the show. Even though it has its faults, it’s clear to see its impact on culture and how it is both a reflection and representation of our society.
barkinmad: (YEEEEAAAAAHH)
Okay, so, yes. I posted two things today, and neither one of them had to do with Prop 8. My bad. I learned about it earlier and was immensely excited, but then somehow forgot about it because I was so busy setting my comm up.

Please let me apologize with a mini-gif spam:
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ETA: In other news, IT TAKES ME SO LONG TO READ ANYTHING. GAH. Fandom has to stop moving so incredibly fast.
barkinmad: (Doctor)
Can I just watch the Doctor Who finale forever?

And ever and ever and ever?

I also can't believe I don't have a Doctor/Amy icon. That is blasphemy.

Also, I've started Buffy Season 4 and Angel Season 1, and I have to admit. I like Angel better. I kind of knew this before, when I made it to BtVS S5 and Angel S2, but now that I'm rewatching. Yeah. A whole lot less awkward stuff on Angel versus high school dramatics on Buffy. Maybe it's because I've actually been to college now?

I've been writing a Glee fic but I'm not sure it's going anywhere.
barkinmad: (All My Single Ladies)
Out of all the networks, and all the stations and all the TV shows in the world, I'd just like to remind everyone that's upset that we will always have Colfer.

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Moving on to the less important things. Like the actual show. )
barkinmad: (Ice Avengers)
- I know I said that I'd be crossposting everything over from my shared Wordpress blog, Bonded By Madness, but I recently wrote one about my baking process and it's mostly made up of photos and to transfer the all over would be Too Much Work. So, I'm linking. If you want to read and see how I made delicious chocolate peanut butter ball cupcakes (along with the entire recipe c&p'd), click here. You can leave comments on either blog, if you wish.

- How does one track the anonmeme? I've finally caught on to tracking comms/posts, but I don't know how to get a notification for new threads. Am I gonna have to track each thread individually once I comment? I guess that's better than getting my inbox flooded.

- I'm attempting to use gimp. Not actually failing that hard. Just a little.

- I still kind of have this urge to write, but I don't know what to write about. I guess I'll just write anything. Maybe I'll go back to Bothered and Bewildered.

- I watched "Role Models" last night, and I actually thought it was really funny. On top of the awesomeness of Paul Rudd, there was the added pleasure if Jane Lynch. One of the things I really appreciated that it took it's characters seriously, especially Oggie. The film could have gone the usual route of making fun of the character mercilessly by showing how "awkward" and socially inept he is, but instead they just presented him as a normal kid with a different view of how he wanted to spend his time. They legitimized LARPing, that's how awesome the movie is. There were also multiple Wings reference, so, you know, WIN.

- There's a 90% chance I won't be able to catch the Glee finale tomorrow night because of classes. D: STRONG DISLIKE.
barkinmad: (The Next Tyra)
I realize that a lot of people don't want to click on links or what have you (lazy bitches), so I decided to start reposting. all my Bonded by Madness entries over here. I'll probably do this for tonight's Glee as well if I'm up late at night. Keep in mind that I wrote this a week ago, so that's why all the language is in present tense. To make things easier, I split the post up into three lj-cut sections. On the blog I'm able to use footnotes, but I can't be assed to figure out how (and even, if) it's possible over here. So suck it.

I think that starts things off on a good enough note.


Tonight was one of those episodes. You know, the one where they take a common word and then have all the songs in the episode have that word in the title. Sort of like what I was doing with my radio show. All last year. Why don't I have a job yet?

I liked this episode, it was directed by Joss Whedon, had Neil Patrick Harris and had a handful of memorable and well-made songs and dance numbers. I'm keeping the intro short for soon to be very obvious reasons.

Songs )
Quotes )
& Notes )

Footnotes )
barkinmad: (I Love You)
Two nights ago I had my first Glee dream. It also starred Marlon Brando and Gene Kelly.



Maybe I should stop listening to my Musical playlist while sleeping (or maybe I should listen to it more frequently).
barkinmad: (Kurt's Opinion)
Wrote my Glee review (more like squeeview) here. Needless to say, I loved it. Also, spoilers.
barkinmad: (J12)
Guess I owe you a couple of things, huh?

Day 2
Well, I just wrote about Clueless for a paper, so I'm probably going to have to watch that tonight and quote everything line by line, but I'm going to go with Moulin Rouge anyway. It really just made me realize that all that things I imagined I could do with movies could really be done. And it has an awesome soundtrack to boot.

Day 3
Yeah, this is a little hard. Glee is my new favorite, but it's probably not going to be in my all-time tops unless the rest of the season and every season after is going to be as awesome as it has been. Supernatural is a favorite, but I'm a little behind (haven't seen anything after hiatus) and although I love it, it doesn't get me uber-excited every time I watch it anymore. Gilmore Girls is gone, Primeval is fun but not my favorite, Fringe I'm just getting started on, so I guess I'm going to have to go with Doctor Who. It's a great show (probably not the best ever, but damned if I'll ever concede that to my friends), and I'm happy and content every time I watch it. I was getting a little old of RTD antics, but hopefully this new season will be so much awesome I'll forget about the bad things.

Day 4
For much of my life it was Harry Potter. Now I'm thinking it's On The Road, by Jack Kerouac, not because of re-readability or anything, or that is fills me with happy feelings, but it really changed my perspective about life and a lot of things. It affected my philosophy in what I think is a positive way, even though the "characters" are clearly batshit insane.

Day 5
"I am two fools, I know
For loving, and for saying so,"
-John Donne

Day 6
I just counted the number of DVDs in my room: 56. Number of box sets: 16. I recently borrowed The Graveyard Book from my friend, even though I'm already reading Can't Buy Me Love (still not done, less than a hundred pages to go), The Magicians (still), all my reading for class and a bunch of really long Harry/Draco fics that my friend gave to me. I've also decided that I'm going to start writing a really bad gumshoe novel, so if you guys want me to post sections of that I might oblige.
barkinmad: (Kurt's Opinion)
How is Dianna Agron so pretty? Seriously, it's ridiculous.

Also, on a shallower note, I really love Finn's sweater in "Keep Holding On". Like, really.

One thing I've noticed about the earlier episodes is that they're not as bad as I thought they were when I first watched them. Maybe it's because now I can see that they did have some semblance of where the show was going, or things that it was going to do with the characters (like Tina's fake lisp), but it wasn't apparent until the end of the half-season. And the stuff that they did from episode to episode was way too rushed and didn't feel appropriate. It actually holds up more when you go back, which is strange for a show.

I think a lot of it is also I hated some of their song choices (mostly because I haven't listened to anything on the radio since 2005), so I was always waiting for that great Broadway number, and there weren't any for a number of episodes. I'm not a fan of "Keep Holding On", but in general I loved the numbers in "Throwdown," my favorite being a tie between "Hate On Me" (it grew on me a lot) and "Keep Me Hanging On" (since I'm a full supporter of Quinn/Motown).

Another thing I started noticing is ties between the songs in each episode (Keep Holding On/Keep Me Hanging On, both versions of Smile) which I REALLY enjoy, because I do that all the time. Although some song choices still baffle me (why have that "Crush" song when it could have been Mandy Moore's "Crush On You"?). It may have to do with legal things, but...yeah, I don't care.
barkinmad: (Fond of Hats)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt lost out to Taylor Lautner.

Jason Mraz was passed over for Keith Urban.

My faith in humanity is all but gone.

At least Glee won. It was basically the only reason I was watching, since I don't put much stock in awards shows. I just kind of wanted to see them.

That's not a good sign, is it?

I should start watching interviews..

P.S. Jared is getting married? Alright, dude, but don't say fandom didn't warn you.
barkinmad: (Pleeeeease?)
Are we absolutely certain that the Glee cast twitter accounts are valid? Because they're not certified. I want proof of purchase.

Also, my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] safebehindteeth linked me to two of the greatest things ever. This and this mean that I will never again lack for the lulz. The first one is now my background.

For all the friends I may or may not make (I'm still waiting to hear back from some of you), howdy! I'm kind of just getting back to posting on LJ since Twitter took over my life, but I've been here for a while. My profile says a lot about my favorite movies, shows and people men. I'm currently in a musical phase, which means lots of Glee, Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland pictures and humming while I walk. Enjoy it, one day I'll go back to comics book heroes and wanting to see things blown up.

I went to see "Princess and the Frog" today, and, well. Okay. )

And just because I've been collecting Glee gifs and re-watched Sectionals:
barkinmad: (Beaker)
I know I'm late to this game and all. You probably have all your BNFs and drama queens and fandom traditions all sorted out and everything. But, I DON'T FUCKING CARE.

Kurt is my baby, Finn is my boyfriend, Matthew Morrison is my Broadway partner and Puck is...well, Puck is something different entirely.



OOH BABY BABY.

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