Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wooooo boy, there is a LOT to talk about with that one!

I loved the musical numbers...so good!

While we wait for the denizens of the internet to upload the videos I'm just going to post this picture for you:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Glee has finally returned to us, the wait felt eternal and now that it's come I'm ready for the next one already. I think all of the promos for "Hell-o" kinda messed up my viewing experience. I'd already heard some of the best lines, knew that Rachel was pissed at Finn and then during the last song I already had it in my mind being one way, so Rachel's turmoil felt uncomfortable to me. That said, I'm super happy it's back and am going to avoid watching teasers, promos and advance-release clips and numbers from the show. I want to experience it the way they intended for viewers, not through the lens of the FOX publicity machine.

Alright, song #1
Hello - The Doors - Finn

It was a really cute moment to see Finn singing to Tina towards the end of the song.
Sidenote: I interviewed Ray Manzarek of The Doors (he's the keyboard player and without him The Doors would not exist) and he was really nice, but kinda post-age-of-Aquarius crazy. Still very much for hallucinogenics...about acid he literally said "...and it opened the doors of my mind."

Gives You Hell - Rachel

Even though I'd seen this one already it was still super-satisfying. You agree? Love watching Harry dance and everyone jumping in to sing and then the shouting/singing thing at the end was great, great, grrrrrrrrrrreat!

Hello - Jesse & Rachel - crappy tv-to-cam recording:

I have a hard time listening to anything by Lionel Richie. When I was a kid my mom played his albums so repetitively I could play them by ear on the piano. Confession: It just reminds me of when I had a really bad haircut and horrible red-framed glasses. I knew this song would be in the episode and was therefore kinda not looking forward to the moment.

Highway to Hell - Jesse St. James & Vocal Adrenaline - another crappy tv-to-cam:

Meh, didn't do anything for me.

Hello, Goodbye - this version of the video sux - I'll revise all of these as they come up online:

This was so painful to watch...Rachel suffering through the whole thing.

Sneak peek of Vogue - Sue Sylvester:

And here is what I'll say about this. It's awesome, truly, but I wanted to see it in context of the episode. I know it has to do with the "Mercedes is black, I'm gay, we make culture." "How do you two not have a show on Bravo." thing...but I DON'T WANNA KNOW UNTIL I SEE IT FOR REALZ DURING THE EPISODE.

I guess I just have to be better at blocking out all promos/spoilers/pre-released performances until after I see the episodes. During the hiatus I was so Glee-hungry I'd seek out and watch and find anything, but now I'm going old school and mandating for myself "no snacks between meals."

That said, MADONNA EPISODE NEXT WEEK!!!! I may listen to a ton of old school Madonna just to get excited about it...

Show notes:
1. Seeing a shot from the pilot of Rachel/Lea in the here's-what-you-missed "if you live in a cave or just got out of prison" made me notice that she's lost weight/gotten in better shape. Makes sense, it's like the American Idol effect...tons of activity mixed with tons of (mostly good) stress = transformation into a lean, mean fighting machine.
2. Still during the catch up: "Rachel loves that she and Finn are the Glee club's new power couple" - WTF, I hate when shows go on hiatus and then take away something we would really want to see, like how Rachel and Finn became a couple. Obviously she just started assuming it and the emotionally comatose Finn didn't have it in him to participate in the choice, but still...they're our Ross/Rachel-Dawson/Joey-Felcity/Ben-Pam/Jim-Meredith/Derrick-Ned/Chuck-Luke/Lorelai...we wanted to see them get together for goodnesssakessss!
3. Love that they used "Don't Rain On My Parade" to score the first scene!
4. Credits don't have Heather or Naya under starring, they're still guest stars even though they totally dominate the episode.***
5. Some time when you're watching an episode for the 5th time pay attention to the kids in the background. There are always a TON of Cheerios in the background of every shot. You'd think they have 175 Cheerios in the school...
6. Sue is horrrrrrible to blackmail Figgins like that! She's so good she makes us want to throttle her!
7. Is Puck's mohawk wider than before? Before it was like the width of a mountain bike tire...not it seems like the width of a dirt bike one.
8. Puck & Quinn's only lines in the episode were pretty great:
P: "I'm not breaking up with you, I'm just saying please stop super-sizing cause I don't dig on fat chicks."
Q: "I'm pregnant."
P: "That's my fault?"
9. Love that Tanaka gained "40 pounds and stopped showering."
10. Sue really cut off that dudes ponytail. Where's the interview with THAT guy? I love when she hands the ponytail to the confused Cheerio.
11. Loved the answer the phone lines "no she's dead, this is her son," but I had already heard that bit in the promos, so it took away from the in-context joy of it.
12. Rachel's line "I have a slushie stained training bra to prove it" slipped by me the first time because I was thinking the last thought. I love the idea that she still wears a training bra. The thing about high school kids that people often forget is that not that much time has passed since they were in elementary and middle school, so some vestiges of those parts of their lives often stick with them...childhood toys, training bras, etc. I see this type of awareness from the writers all the time and really appreciate it.
13. Jayma is realllllly good at creating the romantic tension. She reacts the way we feel inside during those types of moments.
14. The scene where Sue is berating Brittany and Santana is one of the funniest... "I'd ask you to commit Sepuku" "We were seduced by the glitz and glamor of show biz" "let me drop some knowledge on you" - although Sue was a bit misguided in thinking that Rachel would lose her mind if the girls went after Finn.
15. I love when Mr. Schu invests in his kids the way he did with Finn during the "finding yourself"/Jim Morrison scene. I also think it's another true-to-life thing - when people are going through a positive change they often immediately translate it in to helping another person with their new found knowledge. Good job writers!
16. During the basketball scenes Finn's upper arms looked green...like they did a terrible job in makeup covering up tattoos. He does have tattoos, right?
17. They're really playing up that Brittany/Santana sex thing, eh? Walking around holding hands by the pinkies...
18. Rachel & Finn breaking up was well done.
19. Mr. Schuester laying down the law after "Gives You Hell" was fine to move along the plot, but "Glee club is in jeopardy" plot-line can ONLY happen this season. They're going to need to find another device next season cause I don't think we have the tolerance for it beyond Regionals.
20. Jesse St. James saying "you totally lacked Barbara's emotional depth, but you're talented" was kinda awesome for a couple of reasons. We all know she didn't, but there's this veil of reality where in their world she isn't supposed to be quite as good as the way we see her on TV...she'd never gotten any part she'd auditioned for, etc. Also, she's insecure, so the simultaneous "insult-n-compliment" pickup technique worked perfectly on her. (Boys don't be assholes and use this one in real life. It's crap.)
21. Santana & Brittany are totally right that Puck is hot and Finn is just cute. I love when they call out stuff that's true in real life too.
22. I <3'd how Brittany responded, "Finn, that's mean" when he said Rachel was kinda cool. ("dolphins are just gay sharks" was equally hiarious) I think they need to be careful about how they use Brittany. They know that there was a huge response to her and that everyone loves her, but there's a chance they could overuse her now instead of leaving us wanting more. 23. The "Hello Again" song by Neil Diamond blech. I can't stand this song. 24. OMG EMMA IS A VIRGIN. TOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME. And so heartbreaking. 25. The exercise ball scene where Sue is punishing the girls pretty great too. Looking back the scenes with the three of them are always solidly hilarious. 26. Was Idina Menzel super-botoxed or was she intentionally making her character flat-n-stiff? And um, Will IS a mess to be making out with her. WHAT ABOUT EMMA? I get it, I get it, from married with a baby-on-the-way to separated/fake baby is a mind-eff and erratic behavior is to be expected. OH! My husband, who ain't so up on his Broadway trivia (thank God) said "she really looks like Rachel." I got to give him the fullll rundown on her: people wondered if she'd play Rachel's birth mother since she's got two gay dads, Idina was in the original Broadway casts of Rent and Wicked, and she played the Patrick Dempsey's fiance in "Enchanted"...she's the one who went to the cartoon land at the end. Now there's two things she SHOULD have sung in and didn't - Enchanted and this episode of Glee. 27. McKinley High Old Maids Club whoa boy...doesn't seeing a scene like this make you think about the actresses who auditioned for the part of "highly unattractive girl"? Sidenote, the black girl next to Rachel actually played a cheerleader on "Heroes," and you can kinda tell a lot of what they did to make the girls look terrible had to do with hair/mu/wardrobe, and you do have to have a thick skin in Hollywood, but it's gotta be internalized for at least a couple of those girls. Awesome lines: "now I spend my Friday nights making out with my cat and watching Ghost Whisperer," (that girl is going to be in an upcoming TV movie with Nikki Blonsky about girls at a fat camp) (Sue's lines) "if i weren't ignoring what these ladies were saying out of an overwhelming sense of deeeep repulsion..." and "you have to become more narcissistic and self-centered than you already are." 28. Terri got some Botox or Juvaderm or somethinggggg during the hiatus. You noticed she looked extra "fresh" and youthful right? Aside from that, she did an awesome job being vindictive during the confrontation with Emma. Jessalyn and Jayma are two of the best dramatic actors on the show. 29. Jonathan Groff reminds me of the actor who plays Evan Chambers on "Greek." Anyone else? 30. Early on in the episode, I think during the library scene, I said to my husband, "wow, this could be realllly bad for Rachel, being dumped by Finn, then falling in love with Jesse only to have him screw her..." then she flat out tells him this on the Vocal Adrenaline stage...then he looks at Ms. Corcoran (Idina Menzel) when he kisses Rachel. Either they're scheming, he's got a vendetta against his coach or they're sleeping together AND scheming. I'm guessing it's just the first thing, but maybe the last? 31. I always love when Emma distills things down to the emotional core like in the scene where she breaks up with Will, "how is you compromising yourself for my crazy any different than you doing it for hers?" Oh, and the heartbreak! This poor girl! A virgin and OCD and so sweet and wonderful. I want her to win. I want her to be able to get "messy." I love her. 32. What's Rachel mean when she says, "I ended it with Jesse, you can spread the word, I know you know how to do that"? Regardless, now we're set up back at square one of the longing and tension between them again. Emotional reset button! Except now the tables are turned.

***Here are the credits - WTF?:
Starring: (this is alphabetical) Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin Mchale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz
Then special guest stars:
Jonathan Groff
Idina Menzel
Then guest starring:
Iqubal Theba - Figgins
Patrick Gallagher - Ken Tanaka
Naya Rivera
James Earl - FB player
Josh Sussman
Max Adler - FB player
Heather Morris
Harry Shum Jr
Dijon Talon
HOW do those barely noticeable football players get the same billing as people like Figgins, Brittany and Santana? Would they just add the 4 of them already? They're in EVERY group scene and more in every episode.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sneak peek - Rachel sings "Hope It Gives You Hell"

New show performance video!
Hope It Gives You Hell by All American Rejects
(this wasn't embeddable)
Looks like Rachel is pissssssed at Finn.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Dear Heather Morris - You're the coolest

So, you know I/we love Brittany beyond words. Heather Morris is pretty amazing herself. She was a former dancer for Beyonce:

On Ellen:

On the Today show:

She was one of the "suit" dancers in the How I Met Your Mother musical number about Barney and his love of suits:

You can most clearly see her at the end in the front right area in a purple shirt.

Here's a random acting thing with her:

This is from her personal YouTube channel. Here's a link in case you want to stalk her.  I mean, see what she's been up to.

And lastly, here's how Heather got hired as Brittany on Glee.

Seriousy awesome Glee related press-n-bits

Didja see the great Glee parody on Jimmy Fallon last night? I did...

On top of that Oprah had a whole special.
Somebody To Love:

Somebody To Love on Oprah's website

Don't Stop Believin':

Behind the Scenes
The Cast Answers Questions
Tour of the choir room by Matthew Morrison
Slushie tutorial

AND they went to the White House (as I'm sure you all know):
Somebody To Love, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Sweet Caroline:

True Colors, Home and Don't Stop Believin':

So much Glee love! And their promos have been glorious:
Like A Prayer:

9:28/8:28 promo:

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello promo:

Glee is back:

This is allllllll very exciting! (I know you get excited inside when you see these promos during American Idol).

Sectionals - jampackedfullofincrediblegleeness

And I Am Telling You:

How could this girl have not gotten onto American Idol?  This song, even outside the context of Dreamgirls, has a huge emotional impact...
"I'm going to hug you now." Rachel to Mercedes

"Well I do have something I've been working on since I was four" - Don't Rain on My Parade:

You Can't Always Get What You Want:

How 'bout the chick from True Blood being Candace Dystra. "They weren't singing, they were like honking..."

The only not awesome thing about the episode was Eve's lame acting...and the soft pretzel craving it gave us.

Terri coming clean with the truth of what she was experiencing kinda made me want to give her another chance in the future, which is good, because I know she's going to be back. She does need to pay some penance though...

Principal Figgins schooling Sue Sylvester was awesome. "My word is official. Let it be written."

"Get ready to board the Sue Sylvester Express. Destination HORROR."

My Life Would Suck Would Without You (Glee):

Anyone notice all the choreography is a call back to previous numbers? Pay close attention for the Tina-KatyPerry-audition-thigh-chop.

And the kisssssssssssssss.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sigh.....swoon...... <3 <3 <3... perfect edit to cut out too.

I can't wait for their prep for regionals. Sigh.

Mattress - aka the yearbook episode - aka the big fight


Jump - couldn't find an embeddable one:
Jump video

Smile - Charlie Chaplin version from the end of the episode:

Favorite lines of the episode:
Brittany about Patches the homeless guy outside the library who was a former Glee club kid shown in the Thunderclap: "he barks at my mom"
"I could use a lieutenant, I have over 65 proposals." Rachel on adding a Glee club co-captain

Most potential prophetic statement, especially since all of the eps were in the can before the show went on the air:
Rachel before shooting the commercial: "guys, I want us to always remember this moment. Soon there may be agents and managers and movie deals, but right now I want us to remember what it feels like to be here together as a team."

The fight that Will and Terri have towards the end of the episode is some for real acting...and was really well done.
Quinn's standing up to Sue Sylvester was where she turned a corner to human...(so says my husband).

Hairography ... aka "The Art of Distraction"

Sometimes a guest star isn't as bright as the regular cast, and that was the case IMO with Eve. They should have gotten someone with some comedy experience who was at her star-power level.

(there wasn't a good quality video to embed, but there's a video link below this video)


Papa Don't Preach:

Crazy In Love/Hair hairography mash-up - I couldn't find it, but this is a featurette on it:


This made me cry real tears.

So did this - True Colors:

Favorite line of the episode:
"Rachel somehow manages to dress like a grandmother and a toddler at the same time." -Kirk
Other awesome lines:
Brittany teaching hairography: "K, so you guys, it's like cool epilepsy."
Santana to Quinn: "asking a guy to babysit is so 90s."

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A "ballad" is a male duck -Brittany

Brittany, I love you.

Endless Love: (endless awkwardness)

I'll Stand By You:

Wasn't that moment with Finn and his mom after the song really nice and lovely? I'll stop saying that now because there were a ton of scenes with great acting and heart in this episode.

Young Girl/Don't Stand So Close To Me:

Emma was too good in this scene...and Rachel's takeaway from the song was brilliant:
"Yes, it means I'm very young and it's very hard for you to stand close to me."

Crush (not really a full song on the show, but...)

"I have to go, they'll think I'm pooping" --Finn to Kirk via his cell from the Fabray's bathroom.
You're Having My Baby: (couldn't find a video for this one)

Lean On Me:

General show comments:
--Based on the depiction of Quinn's parents, someone on the writing staff clearly grew up in a WASPy family in New England. The prop department failed though because WASPs don't drink pink wine.
--Wasn't in love with the concept of Suzy Pepper, but loved that they cast Everwood's Sarah Drew. When this Glee aired she was also doing a stint on Grey's Anatomy at the same time, so she had a good October/November '09 for sho.
--The "More Than Words" soundtrack while Suzy ate the superhot pepper was awesome. Anyone else have angst/swoon-ey high school memories attached to that song? I do.
--Wiping the tears from Lean On Me.
--Sue Sylvester was completely absent from this episode...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fan videos are getting reallllly good folks

Check these out:
Manny Garcia is the man - True Colors/Defying Gravity mashup:

More Manny - X4 - Imagine:

This guy, Jay Norton, is pretty adorable - and I'm almost certain he's a Brit, just listen to his pronunciation:

Another with Jay - Don't Stop Believin' - does he remind anyone else of Friday Night Lights' Matt Sarancean?

This isn't a cover, but these kids (who seem pretty young) made up a rap about Glee:

This girl made a good cover of Keep Holding On - I think her name is Sarah Jade:

This girl seems sweet - singing Defying Gravitty:

Another sweetie singing Defying Gravity:

Cute trio doing Somebody To Love - I'm guessing they're in show choir:

Cute couple doing Smile:

Father-Daughter combo doing Papa Don't Preach:

The beauty of this is not lost on me...dad spends time with daughter creating youtube videos of songs she heard on Glee, she'll probably not get pregnant.

Sassafrasses do Take A Bow:

Monday, March 29, 2010

K, I'm about to get back to it, but...

...so, I often have to go find new video versions of the songs performed on Glee and I ran across a slew of dudes lip-synching to Quinn's audition for New Directions and I have to share:

Please envision the conversation had between these three guys to determine who would play Quinn:

Know Featherman and the Featherettes? You do now.

I think Martin Short and Ryan Reynolds my have had a baby together.

Something makes me think these fellows are brothers...or from another country:

Not brothers:

Straight dudes? Tough gay dudes?

Again...same questions:

I think Sue Sylvester may have some choice words for they boys in the previous two videos:

These boys might be my favorite (next to Featherman and the Featherettes that is...):

And to finish it - Diana sings it life with George Lopez:

P.S. I hope you know me well enough by now to know that Sue's opinions are not my opinions, I was just making a joke.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Artie Artie Artie Artie Artie Artie Artie Artie

I love Artie so much and he has a great voice.

Dancing With Myself

Defying Gravity:

Glee - Rachel & Kurt - Defying gravity from Sjumilakliv on Vimeo.

Proud Mary

glee - Proud Mary from JAPH JAPH on Vimeo.

Mash up

Bust a Move

How 'bout those freestyle skillz on Mr. Shu? And Chris Colfer is especially hilarious to watch during this number...watch with an eye on him.

That is one helluva wedding dress on Emma Pillsbury...

Thong song (I always kinda hated this sleazy song):

(ooh, poor Ken at the end)

What A Girl Wants

"your arms are lovely but..."

Sweet Caroline dedicated to a Jewish Musical Icon":

and a BTS on it:

Finn & Santana Lopez all pissy in the back on the side & Quinn thinking the song is for her...do hoof.

The irony of this number is that it's called "Sing! Sing! Sing!"

I Could Have Danced All Night (how surprised were we all that she could sing like that?!)(couldn't find a video this time around - if you know of one send me a link!)

Quinn's "cool" sunglasses are supposed to be Jackie-O, but they're more glaco-mo.

That's a lot of numbers for one show...

The mother of all inappropriate racial nicknames

Oh Throwdown, how beautiful are your completely inappropriate racial epithets.

Hate on Me:

I love this song b/c it's live, real signing instead of it sounding like it was pre-recorded in a studio - Ride Wit Me:

Contrasted with the totally convoluted No Air:

You Keep Me Hangin' On

(is it just me or does Quinn sound like she has a cold half the time?)

OMG I'm crying from this last song - Keep Holdin On

No, Sue, not the children....!!!!

Bye white people!

Oh hello there! Time for some Vitamin D in the middle of winter.

Please forgive me for deserting you. I got a little disheartened by the Kristen Chenoweth episode. For some reason I felt like it was just taking the show in the wrong direction. She's so awesome, they could have made more out of her. Anyway, after that I got really busy, like working 90 hours a week busy, and then I got laid off, and now we're in a Glee drought, so I'm going to get this blog caught up to speed while we wait an interminably long time for Glee to return on Tuesday, April 13th.

Anyway, let's begin where we left off with Vitamin D - the D being for DRUGS or Dextroamphetamine. The episode where Terry comes to spy on Will and takes a job as the school nurse only to drug all of the kids with the same drug in the diet pills she took in high school. And the kids. The kids are being lazy in Glee club so Will makes them compete against each other boyz-against-gurlz and here's what happens:
It's My Life / Confessions Part II

Halo / Walking on Sunshine - this is one of my favorite songs of the show so far:

"...also angels"