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I loved the first season of "Glee." I continued to watch as the second one got worse and worse to the point where I wasn't sure if I was going to tune in for the third season. Well, when I get latched onto a show, I really have to make sure it's done for good before I call it quits. So I muddled through the first part of the third season. I realized something was bad when me, whose first name means "peace" and would never punch anyone in the face, wanted to punch Lea Michele in the face. Then I realized it wasn't just Lea Michele, it was all of them! I started to hate all of the characters! Well, expect for Tina. But then I was scared to continue watching because I didn't want them to fuck her up like they did everyone else.

Finn was never my favorite character. I was sad to hear that Cory Monteith died, but I also thought he was one of the least talented members of the cast, and it wasn't enough to make me watch his tribute episode.

Upon hearing that, after six seasons it's finally over, I have a few thoughts. First shock that enough people held on to make it last 6 seasons! I mean, I thought I hung on until there was no hope left! There are some dedicated Gleeks out there!

The second is between morbid curiousity over the finale. Do I watch it just to see and risk getting pulled back in to everything I liked about it before it went spiraling down hill? Or would it just be more of the same crap that has been pissing me off since the second season and risk finding myself disiullusioned? Or should I just stay away...far away.

Because I still think I kinda want to punch Lea Michele in the face...

(my hubby says I should watch it so I should have closure...whatever that means).
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So I started to become curious about what the Glee singers sounded like without Auto Tune. What started it is that I have always been baffled by the claims of Rachel being the best singer and leaving everyone else in the dirt. So I started digging through live performances and wow! Some of them are really good, others aren't...and who is who is not always whom you would expect.

Sometimes sussing out which is which is difficult due to poor recordings. Others don't seem to have live performances, which leads me to think that their voices are very manipulated in the show. Then there's the fact of trying to figure out if an artist just had a bad day when it was recorded or if they are consistently that bad. More on that below.

Who is the best? Who is the Worst? )
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So I keep subjecting myself to Glee in the hopes that it will get good again. And if they have more episodes like I Am Unicorn this just might happen. Yes, Asian F is out, but I watch Glee on Hulu and I am NOT paying for Hulu Plus, so I have to wait a week to get the episodes.

Spoilers. )
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Glee is coming to theaters in 3D. I'd be more inclined to see it if I weren't so thoroughly disenchanted with the show. As it is I'm lucky to go out to see ANY movie now, and what stuff I do go out to see are safe bets (wasting 2 hours is bad enough pre-baby, post-baby, it's a tragic).

B. threw two tantrums today. I have no idea what set them off, I just know that nothing I did could calm him down. He has one bottom tooth in, and the other bottom front tooth is starting to emerge, along with the top two front teeth, so I wonder if having 3 teeth at once is doing it. Either that or it's this heat. It got to 111 today.

And may be one of my friends who is British could solve this riddle for me. )

In other news, my journal has been backed up to DW. I think I prefer LJ a bit, at least it's easier for me to read my friend's pages there for whatever reason, though I may experiment with different formats and see if that helps.

Finally, I've been very busy prepping for the classes I'll be teaching in the fall (General Psychology and Human Growth and Development). In fact, I really should be preparing a lecture, but after getting so much work done last night I wanted to breath a bit before diving back in tonight. While I have several meta-y stuff I want to write, it might be awhile...especially once classes start on the 22nd.
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So who is staying and who is leaving for the third season? )
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So who is staying and who is leaving for the third season? )
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Spoilers. )
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Spoilers. )
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Like a lot of people, I was rather annoyed with Terri Schuester at the beginning of the show. Yet as the show has progressed and has shown a good deal of Will's relationship patterns, I'm starting to see the larger picture. Glee is told from several viewpoints, and Will's is one of the most predominate. Naturally the creators would want him to be a character for audiences to sympathize with. Thus the demonization of his wife in the show. To get viewers invested in his romance with Emma, they'd have to create a wife that is incredibly unsympathetic. And they did.

Will and Terri had been together for a long time. Married for five years, and high school sweethearts. The pilot episode established that Will went to high school in '96, so even if they weren't dating that whole time, they've known each other for about 14 years. Unless something drastic happens, people don't become extremely dysfunctional like Terri is over night. So Will must have been getting something out of the relationship. What was it?

On and interesting and related note, William means protector. )

In other news, I'm feeling bad because people have been posting some awesome stuff, both on their journals and in my entries, and I've not been good lately at responding. A lot of times I'll read something great, compose a response, the baby starts crying, I tend to him. Come back, browser has crashed and I've forgotten what it was I meant to do in the first place until I remember a week later...and then it just seems too late. So I'm not meaning to ignore or dismiss anyone. Real life just gets in the way sometimes.
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Like a lot of people, I was rather annoyed with Terri Schuester at the beginning of the show. Yet as the show has progressed and has shown a good deal of Will's relationship patterns, I'm starting to see the larger picture. Glee is told from several viewpoints, and Will's is one of the most predominate. Naturally the creators would want him to be a character for audiences to sympathize with. Thus the demonization of his wife in the show. To get viewers invested in his romance with Emma, they'd have to create a wife that is incredibly unsympathetic. And they did.

Will and Terri had been together for a long time. Married for five years, and high school sweethearts. The pilot episode established that Will went to high school in '96, so even if they weren't dating that whole time, they've known each other for about 14 years. Unless something drastic happens, people don't become extremely dysfunctional like Terri is over night. So Will must have been getting something out of the relationship. What was it?

On and interesting and related note, William means protector. )

In other news, I'm feeling bad because people have been posting some awesome stuff, both on their journals and in my entries, and I've not been good lately at responding. A lot of times I'll read something great, compose a response, the baby starts crying, I tend to him. Come back, browser has crashed and I've forgotten what it was I meant to do in the first place until I remember a week later...and then it just seems too late. So I'm not meaning to ignore or dismiss anyone. Real life just gets in the way sometimes.
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So yeah, like a lot of people I've not been wowed by Glee's latest season. I thought that the last two episodes were better than what has been put out lately, but still short of the brilliance of the previous season.

Rambly thoughts below. Spoilers up to Original Song. )
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So yeah, like a lot of people I've not been wowed by Glee's latest season. I thought that the last two episodes were better than what has been put out lately, but still short of the brilliance of the previous season.

Rambly thoughts below. Spoilers up to Original Song. )
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Saw article about the 15 best Glee performances. I majorly disagreed with it and decided to do my own list :-) Plus one song that I think is over-hyped.

The songs are below the cut. )
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Saw article about the 15 best Glee performances. I majorly disagreed with it and decided to do my own list :-) Plus one song that I think is over-hyped.

The songs are below the cut. )
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...Made me wonder if Mr. Schue was giving Finn lessons on being a douchebag.
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...Made me wonder if Mr. Schue was giving Finn lessons on being a douchebag.
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Even though my husband hates musicals with a passion, he is awesome and bought me the first season of Glee for Christmas. So I've been watching it and the special features. One thing that struck me was how the creators were billing Glee as a new type of musical where people don't randomly burst into song, which apparently is too hokey for the modern audience, but it's framed as a performance so it seems so natural.

The creators don't know much about the history of musicals, because it struck me that Glee is not a new type of musical, so much as a return to the old type of musical. In the beginning, before there were talking pictures, musicals were just show numbers without a lot of plot. Then when talkies came most musicals took place in a theater group or with a group of actors who would sing songs unconnected with the plot. Think Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Then Rogers and Hammersteins' Oklahoma! came out, and rocked the musical world. It transformed the musical by having the songs woven into the story (with characters hokily breaking into song). It was groundbreaking. And not everyone liked it. Irving Berlin hated this new type of musical and did not believe that it would be successful long term. Watch his White Christmas. The main characters? People in show biz performing theatre songs and putting on a show.

But the story musicals did have staying power, so much that it seems that most people have forgotten that musicals began in setting where it would make sense for people to sing and dance, such as a high school Glee Club. It has brushed the dust off something old and made it shiny and new again.

Nothing too in depth here, just an interesting observation I thought I'd share:-)
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Even though my husband hates musicals with a passion, he is awesome and bought me the first season of Glee for Christmas. So I've been watching it and the special features. One thing that struck me was how the creators were billing Glee as a new type of musical where people don't randomly burst into song, which apparently is too hokey for the modern audience, but it's framed as a performance so it seems so natural.

The creators don't know much about the history of musicals, because it struck me that Glee is not a new type of musical, so much as a return to the old type of musical. In the beginning, before there were talking pictures, musicals were just show numbers without a lot of plot. Then when talkies came most musicals took place in a theater group or with a group of actors who would sing songs unconnected with the plot. Think Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Then Rogers and Hammersteins' Oklahoma! came out, and rocked the musical world. It transformed the musical by having the songs woven into the story (with characters hokily breaking into song). It was groundbreaking. And not everyone liked it. Irving Berlin hated this new type of musical and did not believe that it would be successful long term. Watch his White Christmas. The main characters? People in show biz performing theatre songs and putting on a show.

But the story musicals did have staying power, so much that it seems that most people have forgotten that musicals began in setting where it would make sense for people to sing and dance, such as a high school Glee Club. It has brushed the dust off something old and made it shiny and new again.

Nothing too in depth here, just an interesting observation I thought I'd share:-)
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I seem to be in the minority, in that the only plotline I thought that A Very Glee Christmas handled well was the Rachel/Finn mess. I'm surprised by the amount of people who think that Finn is being a douche for not forgiving her and hooking back up with her just because she apologized. Honestly, apologies are meaningless if a person's behavior doesn't change. Someone can apologize for cheating, be forgiven, and then cheat again. Whether or not Rachel would do that is a moot point, because Finn is, quite correctly in my opinion, taking a break from relationships while he sorts out his life.

Hoping I can get this finished before the baby gets hungry. )

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