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Glee: Blame it on the Alcohol

Spoiler Alert!

After an absent Kurt and Blaine in last night’s episode of Glee, the show will return next week for an all out wild weekend for the Gleeks.  And I have to say, I’m pretty pissed.

Judging by the promo, the creators of the show have gone out of their way to have Lea Michele kiss every new hot guy that comes onto the show.  Case in point, next week’s episode Blame it on the Alcohol focuses on the Gleeks getting their party on with Kurt and Blaine in tow.  A game of Spin the Bottle later, and Rachel and Blaine are getting their mack on. 

Bummer.

As we all know Darren Criss is straight but seeing as how the creators have promoted the hell out of the fact that he is some ‘gay’ role model, let’s just hope that this act actually serves the show and isn’t some stunt to add some drama.  And we ALL know that if Blaine turns straight, Ryan Murphy will never see the light of day again.

The promo in question after the jump:

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Glee: Special Education

Last night on Glee, Ryan Murphy has finally began storylines that viewers can actually get interested in!  Warning: Spoiler alert –

Following Kurt’s departure from McKinley, New Directions goes off into Sectionals and judging by the promos they will be covering no other than Florence and the Machine’s breakout hit, ‘Dog Days Are Over’.  We should also see the Hipsters for the first time and the Dalton Warblers with Kurt perform Train’s ‘Hey Soul Sister’.  Looks like it’s going to be one exciting episode!

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Glee: The Substitute Review

So I’m really pumped after watching the LATEST glee episode: The Substitute, starring the beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow.  Therefore I have decided that after doing an intense amount of posts showing my Gleekness, I think it’s time to do, that’s right, you guessed it:

MY FIRST REVIEW OF GLEE!

Here it goes – spoiler alert, I will mention the plot of the episode, if you’re one of those people that screams when they hear spoilers look away, if you’re like me & believe spoilers enhance your viewing pleasure, enjoy!

Let’s start from the beginning,

Jane Lynch is back as the EVIL Sue Sylvester, personally I hate it when they try to humanize her character.  The sister storyline is great but when that interrupts her utter disdain for Will, everything is just…awkward.  So her conniving ways to get herself Principal of McKinley was pretty tricky, making Figgins sick, blackmailing officials so that she would become head honcho.  Hopefully I hope the writers don’t make this permanent, I love Iqbal Theba’s part as the Principal and with Sue in that role, most of her foil will be gone – and where’s the fun in that?

The show started off strong with the impossibly cute kid versions of the entire glee club that Mr. Shue hallucinates.  I was disappointed they didn’t use this to their full effect.  I only burst out laughing at little Mike Chang’s statement of his only real role:

Baby Mike Chang:  “I just want to dance.”

Of course, with Mr. Shue sick, Terri’s back. Yay?!  I seriously hate her character, even from the first episode you knew she was a pain.  Her storyline in this did nothing to justify why she returned.  Oh great, her and Will slept together, he won’t take her back STILL and she gives him one last chance.  Didn’t this all happen last season?  The writers really need to step up if they want us to have any sympathy for Will.  Sure he’s a great teacher, but he’s a total “manwhore” in the words of Sue and I find his escapades with women really do him no justice to deserve Ms. Emma Pilsbury.

But I digress, let’s go back to the episode.  One of the duller storylines included Mercedes going crazy for some tater tots because she’s eating her feelings over feel abandoned by Kurt and his new “friend” Blaine.  Really?  I mean it’s not too much of a stretch when we’ve seen before how strongly Mercedes reacts to Kurt but I thought this was a really weakening storyline for her.  I hate how the writers only focus on her ‘black’ and ‘fat’, I think Amber Riley has a lot more to bring to the table and this plot just didn’t fit it.  And was anyone else disappointed with Darren Criss’ 2nd appearance?  He didn’t do much and basically did not have to be there.  Let’s hope they use him better next  episode.

However what made this episode truly amazing was the guest star we’d all been waiting for: Gwyneth Paltrow.

I must admit, I was a little wary as to her comedic chops.  I never really liked Paltrow to begin with and that only started to fade after watching the Iron Man movies.  But from that first inner monologue with that monotone voice she was gold.

Holly Holiday:  “It’s not easy being a substitute teacher, kids feel like they get a day off . They’ll goof off, egg your car, cut class, break into your car, throw spitballs, throw alligators in your car.  And I don’t even have a nice car.”

Wouldn’t everyone want a teacher like Holly Holiday.  She gives students answers, she’s fun, she gets Taco Bell for everyone, and she tells the annoying know-it-alls they suck.  I think I’m in love 🙂

The realism of the Glee Club welcoming their new substitute was to DIE for as well.  I love it when the writers just show the club having fun rather than being losers and hating life.  And can someone please just give Artie some praise?  His attempts at being black are hilarious especially when you least expect them. 

Beiste is also such a great character.  She may look strange but she’s funny.

Beiste:  “This is not up for discussion fellas.  You do NOT spray athlete’s foot medicine in your team mates eyes, COME ON!”

Now onto the songs: –

Paltrow’s rendition of ‘Forget You’ was fun, sure.  Not amazing though.  I loved the energy and the cuts back to Rachel’s hatred.  And she’s a pretty good singer.

Grade: B

Schue’s Make ‘Em Laugh felt forced.  The beginning was cute but a few seconds more into it and I felt awkward watching it.  He likes Singin’ in the Rain, we get it.  You don’t need to throw it down our throats.

Grade: D

Nowadays from Chicago was fun to watch.  Yet awkward AGAIN.  No one wants to see a teacher and student dance provocatively together.  Although I have to give it bonus points cause I love me some Chicago.

Grade: B-

Umbrella/Singin’ in the Rain was beautiful.  Seriously if they performed this at Sectionals, they’d WIN!  Although I have to minus marks for not letting the Glee club even sing, cause you know, it’s kinda they’re club :/

Grade: A-

Overall a solid episode musically but storywise they still need to work on it.  However, I really feel the season’s picking up finally.  Going by the 3 Glees theory which I believe is absolutely correct, I’d say this was Ian Brennan’s doing, just because of the weird tots plot but otherwise, he’s improving 🙂

Oh and before I forget, award for best running joke in episode:

Random Glee member:  “Sir I was wondering if we could do ‘insert modern song’?’

Mr. Schue: “No.  But listen up guys, I’ve found a new Journey song we haven’t done yet.  YAY!”

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Darren Criss to be on GLEE!

Glee, oh how I hate thee…

Judging by the premiere episode for Season 2, all it seems to look forward to this season is the Regionals (which New Directions will DEFINITELY get in – there has to be some story right?), the themed episodes (excited for next episode!) and finally the guest stars.

And yes there ARE stars. 

Firstly, I’d like to apologize for the ample posts on GLEE, but these days, the casting announcements ARE breaking news.  Yes, you read the title correctly, Darren Criss aka Harry Potter of Youtube sensation ‘A Very Potter Musical’ and it’s sequel ‘A Very Potter Sequel’ is to star on GLEE! (sitting front row in picture above)

Once you’ve recovered from your blackout, it gets even better.  Previously I imagined that Chord Overstreet, better known as the guy who sung Billionaire with the tennis ball mouth on the premiere episode seemed to be the likely candidate for Kurt Hummel’s much anticipated boyfriend.  However, according to reports, Darren Criss is to play such a character (pause for effect). 

Indeed, Criss will play Blaine, a gay student from a rival glee club (thankfully not Vocal Adrenaline) named the Dalton Academy Warblers, and will become a love interest for Kurt.  Although I would’ve liked Criss to play a love interest to Quinn Fabray, his appearance in GLEE is enough to renew my interest in the second season, which seems to be focused solely on getting famous people to just walk on.  Although Criss could be considered a celebrity to Potter fans, in actual fact he is not.  Wikipedia-ing him will get you nowhere and the only mention of him is his short-lived role on the even shorter lived Eastwick and his fanpages from Potter fanatics.

Here’s hoping this news isn’ t just a rumour, because this role could finally get Criss the recognition he deserves.  Frankly though I think the entire Potter Musical cast deserves their own show, Criss’ involvement in a major Hollywood show is a good start.  He practically wrote all the music for the Youtube musicals and has a great voice, so we’ll have to wait and see if his role on GLEE will get him an even larger fanbase as it did for Jonathan Groff as Jesse St. James.

For those of you in the dark on who Darren Criss actually is, here’s the musicals which has made him famous on the interweb.  It’s perfomed by Team Starkid, students at the University of Michigan.  The first video is the original musical while the second is it’s recent sequel.  Prepare to lose a couple of days 🙂

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The Vampire Diaries Promos

So I’m not the biggest fan of The Vampire Diaries, but I’ll admit it was one of the best shows from the ’09-’10 season.  Despite people believing that it was just another Twilight knock-off, the show is actually engrossing in that it not only focuses on the love triangle between Elena/Stefan/Damon but also introduces the audience to the supernatural world that resides in Mystic Falls, the show’s setting.

However, we all know why the show is REALLY popular.  Although Paul Wesley is the main love interest in the show, Ian Somerhalder (previously in Lost but now more famously known as Damon Salvatore) is the real star.  Not only is he incredibly good looking, but he’s also a “Bad Boy” who genuinely cares for his brother and his brother’s girlfriend 😉

Now with Season 1’s immense following, the CW network (home of many hit shows such as Gossip Girl) is promoting the upcoming Season 2 very strongly.  But to be fair, the real boost to the show came from Entertainment Weekly’s recently closed poll where fans were asked to vote for their Sexiest Beast.  Beasts included vampires, mutants, aliens, machines and werewolves and personally I found the voting quite entertaining.

However the result, although believable and in my opinion amazing, was quite shocking considering the fact that it’s such a new face in Hollywood.  The winner of EW’s Sexiest Beast was:

Courtesy of EW.com

DAMON SALVATORE

Not surprising was the fact that it came down to him and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) from the Twilight series.  We all know how crazy these Twi-Hards are, which is why I was surprised that Salvatore actually won.  Although the difference between the two was nearly 4000 votes.  That’s a lot of people.  It’s probably because of Somerhalder’s endearing tweet that showed that he would probably appreciate the win a lot more than RPattz. 

With the winner of EW’s poll showing the power of The Vampire Diaries, it’s no wonder the CW has just released the new promos for the series.  Enjoy the gorgeousness –

Love this one

And for those who need even more of a Vampire fix, here’s the video promo for Season 2:

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GLEE: Britney Vs. Brittany

For all you Gleeks that don’t already know, filming for season 2 of the UBER popular Glee has begun.  With that of course comes a slew of new guest stars, one of which seems to be causing the most hype.  That is: Ms. Britney Spears.

Spoiler for Season 2:  There will be a whole episode dedicated solely to Britney Spear’s music, much like The Power of Madonna episode of the first season.  In it, Heather Morris as her breakout character of Brittany will be the main focus of the episode.  Not much is known of it besides that the scene where Spears will appear, Brittany will be undergoing a hallucinogenic dream which will recreate the Me Against The Music video between Britney and Madonna, with Britney fulfilling Madonna’s role.

With Matthew Morrison’s (Will Schuester) public cry to not have Spears music on the show, Ryan Murphy (creator of Glee) has announced that the episode will also show Mr. Shue’s resistance to doing Spears music on the show.

To keep us interested in the episode, Britney Spears herself released a photo from the set with Morris on her Twitter.

For all you Gleeks 🙂

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