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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.


Dream Songs

Daydream Believer

Yes, I'm biased. Yes, I was going to do a post about The Monkees and failed. This was mostly played for laughs, but I'm still kind of happy that someone out there in TV Land remembers The Monkees. And you know, maybe listens to something other than the four or five songs everyone knows? [1]

Dreamweaver

Dream On

Although I liked the premise of this number, and the song was sung well, and the set design was creative and directing handy, somehow it didn't build up to the epicness I thought it would be. Actually, it didn't really build up to anything. I think this is probably because Aerosmith is known mostly for their playing ability and weird antics more than their actual vocals. Which is a problem for this set. Also, was it just me, or did Matthew Morrison make some really awkward and kind of unnecessary postures in this song? I know he was supposed to be rock 'n' roll and into it an stuff, but that doesn't mean you have to go around looking like a crab singing in the shower. The whole thing was worth is for the funny faces Morrison and NPH were sporting at the end. They were this weird closed-eyed tounge thingies that were supposed to remind us of Aerosmith. Actually, the ending of the song was pretty fantastic, since we got to here NPH's falsetto, it was just everything else that didn't seem that great. I feel like if I had seen this live, it would have blown my mind, but someone it didn't transfer over as well on TV.

I Dreamed A Dream

Very, very well done, and intentionally heartbreaking. Whedon always seems to know how to do that, but so does Glee, so I'm not giving either one all the credit. I’m glad we finally got to hear Idina sing, since it's been a long time coming. What's with her only being in two episodes, show? I guess she's busy, but that's just more reason to have her back next year! Vocal Adrenaline is not just going to disappear into the ether, especially if they lose. Vengeance is a great motivator. Also, the black dresses were gorgeous.[2]

The one main problem I had with it was the obvious switch from ‘tape’ to ‘recording’. It was annoying and completely drew me out of the moment. I think the sound mixers need to work on that transition a bit more.

Dream A Little Dream

This song. Just... this song. It was my favorite of the episode, but maybe that's because I'm a sap. I think I was just listening to it earlier today, or at least yesterday. I have the version that Louis and Ella sing, and it always makes me smile. Artie did it similar justice, which is just one more awesome point for him. I'm seriously wondering how Kevin McHale hasn't been a break-out star at this point. EVERYTHING HE DOES IS AWESOME. I swear, it is! Check it out! I haven't seen the boy band stuff yet, so don't blame me if you run into that.

Honorable Mention: “The Impossible Dream”

Not A Dream

Piano Man

Sweet, short and just kind of fun. I think it's everyone's fantasy to hang out in a bar with Neil Patrick Harris and sing Billy Joel, and tonight Matthew Morrison got to do it.

Safety Dance

Everything about this number was amazing. "Dream A Little Dream" might be my personal favorite, but this was undoubtedly the best. I think the reviewer I quoted last week was right when she said that nothing could top Kurt, but this came very close. Look at that man DANCE. Just WOW. I tell ya what, WOW. Those were some slick, sick eighties moves and it was just so fun to watch and even though it was a fun, throwaway song, actually had an impact on the character's development. We got to see him at a time when all his dreams came true, so it was a little heartbreaking as well. There were also a couple of nice added tidbits I enjoyed, like the flash mob idea and random cast members joined. The first one I saw was Mike, but Matt, Brittany, Mercedes, Tina and Kurt (!) were also there. For a second I thought I saw Finn but then I remember about how well Cory Monteith can move. [3] Also, I liked that people were taking video on their phones, it added a very 80s-to-modern vibe. 80s because of the music video being awful quality, modern because it's going viral.

Big Spender

I do enjoy this song, in any form. I sing it all the time.


Quotes

- “What’s the matter, Schuester, cat got your talent?”

- “Then something amazing happened. I was introduced to Jesus. He was my Honduran social worker.”

- “Don’t make that face, global warming’s a theory.”

- “Aaaaaand that’s when I started huffing glue!”

- “Show Choir kills.”

- “BIG STAR” “3some” “no stretch marks”

- “You keep saying you want to get with me, but you won’t be honest about your hopes and dreams?” “I’m in a wheelchair, but I’m still a guy.”

- “I’m going to play three parts on Broadway. Evita, ‘Funny Girl,’ and Laurie in ‘Oklahoma’. I was just practicing her dream dance with Curly.” [4]

- “I sound like someone put tap shoes on a horse and then shot it.”

- “You can’t feed a child sheet music, Will. Well, I suppose you could for a while, but they’d be dead in a month.”

- “Look at the pain in her eyes and the hurt she’s feeling from giving up her obviously talented little girl.”

- “Do you want to hear the research that proves that my mother was Bernadette Peters?”

- “We need to do a real investigation. Like CSI real.”

- “I have a box of Playbills hidden away in my basement, Will. Like porn.”

- “I think you’re in fifth position.”

- “You were eight months old.” “I was very musically verbal.”

- “I don’t know this man. His caretaker just walked away, I heard him mentioning that he’s a sex offender.” “Oh, you’re going to need a caretaker in a second, buddy.”

- “Do you want pretzels?” “Hell yes, woman.”

- "Is it a tad over-the-top to have the district billed for skydiving lessons so I can have my Cheerios parachuted onto the football field? Perhaps.”

- "Look, when you told me to seduce her-“ “Befriend her is the word I used, actually.” “Whatever.”[5]

- “I took a little shopping spree through the ‘Jazz Hands’ catalogue.”

- “HOO-ray!”

- “I’ve grown weary of your insults, Will, they sting. And they make me want to punch your face.”

- “Cool. Deal.”

- “I have a lot of new ideas, and next, I don’t really take direction.”

- “But the truth is that any of the guys in there can dance the routine better than I can without even rehearsing. Well, except Finn.”


& Notes

1. Neil Patrick Harris! Very funny, very well integrated into the story. I like that they kept it open-ended so he can come back very easily. In fact, it kind of seemed like we were simply getting introduced to a long-term character instead of having a one-shot episode. I hope they follow through on this. Great one-liners as well, as you can see from above.

2. Joss Whedon! I didn’t remember that he had directed the episode until I went online after the episode, but it makes a lot of sense. This was a good episode, and lot of that went to the sense of pacing that the show usually lacks. Whedon kept things upbeat and manic while at the same time allowing us to breath every once in a while. Also, as someone else pointed out, Puck’s line (his only line in fact, more on that later) asking Schuester if Neil died was probably a shout-out to the whole “killing everyone we love and making us cry” thing Joss has a tendency to do.

3. Daydream Believer! I can’t believe The Monkees are on TV again, even if it is supposed to be a joke. I can’t find the track for this, I have no idea why. I really want to have Neil Patrick Harris singing “Daydream Believer” and “Piano Man” on my iTunes, and the world just isn’t giving it to me. I also liked how they worked magic in. I bet that was Neil’s idea 100%.

4. The guy playing the piano in the flashback looks very familiar.

5. They worked Molly Shannon into the episode! I think she’s going to be a Coach Tanaka or Sandy Ryerson character where they’re part of the cast, but on the outskirts. Which begs the question, where are Coach Tanaka or Sandy Ryerson? Or Terri? Or Howard? Where did all these characters go? [6]

6. Also, Guys and Dolls reference, wooo! Now if only they’d do a song! I’d appreciate “Adelaide’s Lament” but in all honesty it would probably be “Luck Be A Lady”. Oooor I could see “Marry the Man Today” in the cases of Quinn and Santana. Also, I think the bit where they told Shannon to “take her top off” was a sly illusion to “Take Back Your Mink”. What made you think that I was one of those girls?

7. I loved Schuester’s introduction of Brian Ryan to the Glee kids. I’d put in the quotes, but the comedy was mostly in the delivery. I was kind of expecting him to interrupt a second time as well, but I think that’s because my brain has been programmed for annoying vaudeville tropes.

8. I think the dream Mike Chang wrote down was “a speaking role”.

9. Kurt looks amazing. I want to hug him always. I had to get that in now because he doesn’t have all that much to do this episode, it just needs to be said every time I see him.

10. Speaking of Kurt [7], I liked the look that passed between him and Rachel when Brian was talking about show biz dreams. They’re definitely the most theatrical of the bunch, and I like that they recognize it in each other. There was some weird drama with them in the first half of the season, but I think they work better as friendly foils than all-out catty enemies.

11. I like how Tina was crying about her dreams, but the episode was instead of Artie’s. We still really don’t know much about Tina other than she’s a bit naïve but good hearted. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this Tina-Artie-centric episode. No no no, we need MORE. So much more. Has anyone else seen a parallel between awesome songs and Kevin Mchale singing them? (Dancing With Myself, Safety Dance, Dream A Little Dream….)

12. I liked the way they shot Jesse’s entrance. Or maybe I was just excited that it was Jesse entering. I squee’d and my sister literally asked, “what’s wrong with you?”

13. Rachel and Jesse make the cutest couple ever. And now I don’t have to feel horrible about thinking that because the ~true motives~ have been revealed, and it’s not as cliché and nefarious as I thought. It’s actually kind of sweet in a manipulative, stalking, law-breaking kind of way. Hopefully by the time the season ends Jesse will want to stay with New Directions (like most of the students come around to doing) and be with Rachel. I like Finn, but they honestly haven’t milked this triangle for long enough, and that’s saying something when it comes to TV shows.

14. What I don’t get about it is that Shelby was putting all that effort into finding Rachel and having her find out about her mother, but it’s really Rachel who started the whole thing by it being her dream. If the whole thing hadn’t come up with Brian Ryan, Jesse wouldn’t have had any natural way of getting Rachel to talk about her mom, at all. If that makes sense? I think it does.

15. Stop avoiding the dads. I want to meet them.

16. Although funny, the whole after-school special tirade on how music programs and PE programs are beneficial to kids was a little forced. It kind of seemed like they were trying to get educators and politicians who watched the program (do they?) to donate money to their local high school or something. I was half expecting the conversation to end with “THE MORE YOU KNOW!”

17. Rachel Berry was born in 1994. FUUUUUUUCK.

18. Schuester’s spit take at Brian having a crush on Terri was absolutely priceless. “Yeah…yeah, she was cool.”

19. NPH’s fake-outs get me every time. You know, when you think he’s not going to sing but then he bursts out anyway? I should expect it by now, but I still laugh.

20. I’ll just admit it. I liked “Piano Man” more than “Dream On”. It had more sway to it and didn’t depend on instruments that weren’t there.

21. “My baby teeth!” Jesse’s freaked out look was also absolutely priceless. Lots of things without a price in this episode.

22. What’s with Rachel’s total room makeover? It used be pink and full of sequins, now it looks kind of…normal. Now that I think about it, I think the same set was used for “Like A Virigin,” but I don’t understand why it was never addressed. It seems unlike the writers to not focus on every aspect of Rachel’s life.

23. I wonder if Brittany asking Schuester about Jesse in an earlier episode was foreshadowing? But the joke definitely made sense at the time. I love that the lead of Vocal Adrenaline looks like the progeny of the New Directions director, and vice versa. And that the couples dates each other.

24. It’s not called “Anger Sex” it’s called Hate!Sex. Get it right.

25. Do you think having NPH hook up with Jane Lynch was an inside joke?

26. Kevin can DANCE. This was general knowledge, but I’m glad that we finally got to see and he could prove it to us. And prove it he did. I like that they also seem to generally be taking the 80s route with him. He and Quinn should do an 80s/60s doo-wop synth-pop crossover. [8]

26. And emotional car talks in the pouring rain make a startling comeback! Way to go, team! Honestly, any excuse to get Jonathan Groff wet and I’m happy.

27. Okay, I think the best thing about Chris Colfer/Kurt is that even when he’s not the center of attention, he’s always acting. That’s what makes him so great. You get the idea that his life is moving on when the cameras are off and he’s just going to be this reliable character you can easily notice. He doesn’t steal the show, per se, because he’s not a spotlight hog, but he does little things make you notice because they’re just so Kurt. This is all really just a build up to say that I liked his wordless reaction to the jean jackets.

28. I like that the only “Les Mis” song this episode is from two characters who had no connection to that storyline whatsoever. I’ve been wondering when we were going to see “Les Mis” again, anyway, since I’d assume it’s one of Rachel’s favorites. She sang “On My Own” (my own favorite) in the pilot.

29. I just realized something. How come we haven’t seen anything between Puck and Finn lately? There’s going to be absolutely no drama? Really? That could have been an EXCELLENT dynamic to have on the show. Neither of them miss having a best friend at all? Cutting down on the drama doesn’t mean you have to completely cut it out.

30. I like how they wedged in three throwaway lines for the main characters at the very end of the episode. It would have been annoying if it weren’t so blatant and obvious. Made it sort of amusing to watch.

31. It’s nice to see tap dancing. I hope to see more of it. I’ve recently been lamenting the lack of tap dancing in modern music videos/movies/musicals and the like. “Glee” is a start and since the show is popular maybe it can influence some other people to start considering it as viable entertainment again.

32. I thought that Quinn rubbing Artie’s shoulder was very sweet. And the last shot of Tina and Mike in the background was very, very well done.



↩ 1. And even if you think you don't know four or five of their songs, you know them. They're one of those bands.
↩ 2. Or maybe I’m just confusing them for the incredibly amazing hair both Lea and Idina have. WANT.
↩ 3. He can’t.
↩ 4. Fun Fact: I only watched Oklahoma for the first time last week. I’m a horrible musical geek.
↩ 5. And now I know EXACTLY why he’s gets along with Rachel.
↩ 6. And yes, I did catch Tobolowsky in the “Run, Joey, Run” video. It was very fun to see him.
↩ 7. And when aren't I?
↩ 8. No they shouldn't that's a terrible idea.

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