I’ve never actually watched a season — or even an episode — of American Horror Story. It took me a while to finally get on the TV terror train and when I did, I’d heard not great things about the show’s ability to stick its landings. However, when I started seeing ads this past fall hyping the ninth season’s totally 80s feel, I just had to give it a look!
They hyped tonight’s episode of Glee as the fall/winter/2009 finale. The commercial that’s on right now tells me that it will be back this spring, but I’ll use any excuse to talk about Glee apparently. After my last rant about Glee I’m glad that a few things were figured out like Schue’s wife’s fake pregnancy. Fynn also found out that Quinn wasn’t really having his baby. All that’s aces in my book. The one thing that has bothered me the past three episodes though was that it seemed like the tone of the show has been shaken up. After all the support the club showed to Quinn being preggo, I figured they were kind of like a tiny happy family. Then, we get those episodes (and this one) where it seems like the whole club hates Rachel. That didn’t seem consistent to me. Also, in last week’s episode when Schue confronted his wife about not really being pregnant, it seemed like the show switched directors with NYPD Blue or something (Ben said CSI, but I didn’t want to completely steel his joke). It got super intense. Tonight’s scene coming back from the commercial break with Fynn wailing on Puck was somewhat similar, but not quite as intense.
I did think it was funny that the kids were freaking out about what songs to do. They’ve done like two dozen this year. Sure some of those were in their heads, but whatever. I dug the ones they chose to do and also how Sue got in trouble. I figured this might have been a way to get Jane Lynch off the show to film more movies, but it looks like she’ll be back in the spring. I did kind of want someone to punch her though.
Oh, also, even though Glee is nowhere near as good as the original Office, I still has the same reaction that I had SPOILER when Tim finally kissed Dawn as when Schue kissed Emma, which is both arms up in the air. I’m just a big softy that way. Let’s hope the next half-season will be even better now that a lot of the nonsense is out of the way.
So, the real premiere for Glee happened today, though, the episode they showed months ago that I talked about here still counts as the first episode. A lot of my previous problems with the show still stand, especially the fact that nearly every single person who’s not in the glee club or associated with it is hate-able. You don’t just not like them, they’re actually such reprehensible human beings that you want to see terrible things happen to them. And, hey, that kind of writing works for horror movies because you KNOW those people are going to get their just deserts, but what’s going to happen here? They’re going to learn the error of their ways? Sorry, that’s not going to cut it, especially with the main dude’s crazy wife who is straight-up lying to her husband.
Another problem I had with the show is that when anyone starts singing, it automatically sounds like a soundtrack from another show or movie. I have no idea if any of the actual people in the show can sing because it turns into this weird other thing when they start. I know they can’t necessarily record these people singing live on set, but some kind of compromise would be nice to my ears.
All that being said, it’s still a pretty good show. There were a few moments where I laughed out loud HARD. I do this really loud HA laugh when something comes out of nowhere and really surprises me and there were definitely a few of those. The wife hates it cause I usually drown out the following line. I also really liked the musical numbers even considering me earlier complaints. It’s fun to hear songs done this way, in the same way it’s fun to hear Richard Cheese lounge-out pop songs.
So, for now, I’m still in, but we’ll see what the competition is like once that season really gets up and running.
So, now that just about everything we watch has season finaled, Em and I were pretty excited to see an ad for a new show called Glee on Fox that premiered after American Idol last night. Well, we tuned in, but it turns out it wasn’t really a season premiere.
Well, I guess technically it was because it’s the first episode of a season, but the actual weekly show doesn’t start until the fall. I can understand wanting to get as many of those American Idol viewers as you can, but is it wise to show this thing and then wait for three months? Will people even remember it? I dunno.
I liked a good deal of the show. The premise is this teacher who used to be in the glee club starts it back up or takes it over or something, getting a rag tag group of outcasts together who sing like champs (even though they look different!). He’s also married to a character I hated by her second scene and has Charlie the Waitress from Heroes (hey, I used to like the show before I hated it) who is super cute and obviously a better choice for him as a mate.
Here’s the problem with the show. I’m bored with the above premise of the cool guy being with a crappy girl while there’s a much cooler girl right there. It’s one thing if it’s in a movie where you know things will get better (or not) within an hour or two, but here you have no idea how long it’ll last. Will it be a Niles and Daphne situation? A Ross and Rachel? I’m good on that, thanks.
I also wasn’t very impressed with the background characters, especially the d-bag football players. There’s one dude on the team who’s also in the glee club and, of COURSE, his teammates (who also pick on the other geeks in the glee club) give him a hard time about it. The thing is, these guys just come off as one dimensional, overly-threatening menaces. I’m not sure what it was, but these guys felt like actual bad dudes because they never did anything okay.
Now, I know it’s maybe not fair to judge an entire show based on one hour of television, but that’s what they want us to do right? That’s the whole point of this early, early viewing. That’s another problem, the show should be (and hopefully will be) just a half hour.
All that being said, it did have it’s good parts. I liked all of the main cast, including the glee club weirdos, Jane Lynch and Stephen Tobolowsky. And, of course, the song numbers were pretty sick. I liked the rival team’s rendition of “Rehab” and then, of course, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” at the end was rad. It was good enough to get me to come back in the fall (if I remember AND it’s not opposite something we regularly watch).
Haha, oh, that reminds me of one other thing that left me scratching my head. They did a “next time on Glee” kind of thing the previews the season or whatever where they completely SPOILED what seems like a major plot point. SPOILER. One of the problems in the pilot is that the main guy’s wife (who, remember, I hate as a character) is pregnant. Well, she’s a shady lady so I figured something was up. Well, if you saw the “next time” thing, you know that she’s not really pregnant, but having a Hysterical pregnancy. I kind of think they threw it in to be like “Hey, he might not be with her forever!” Eh.
OH! It also takes place in Ohio, so it gets points for that. I can’t quite place where they are, though they say that Arkon is south and they’re near Carmel. I think that’s near Cleveland? I dunno, until proven otherwise, I’m gonna say it’s Toledo. Yeah Toledo!