Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Are You in the Glee Club?

I realize that we're already four episodes into this season's most heavily hyped show, Glee (with #5 airing tonight), and I haven't weighed in on the subject at all. Well, I'm here to tell you all now that I'm a total Gleek.

Like most people, I watched the summer pilot and waited anxiously for the first season to begin. So far, I haven't been disappointed. The cast is full of wonderfully talented newcomers and the always hilarious Jane Lynch, and everything is just so delightfully corny.

If I've been disappointed in anything, it's a lot of fans' reactions to last week's episode. Seems that everyone thinks that the football team's late-game rendition of "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" was a little too over-the-top and ridiculous. To these people I ask, "What the hell show do you think you're watching?" Seriously, if you're a fan of Glee, you should already have a healthy appreciation for cheesetastic displays. Of course it was ridiculous. Of course it would never happen in real life! Most of the stuff that happens on this show falls in that realm, so I don't understand why a dancing football team was somehow suddenly "too much." Finn even mentioned the Bears' infamous "Super Bowl Shuffle" to remind everyone that sometimes real-life athletes do really stupid and embarrassing things.

Honestly, I laughed harder at that scene than any other so far this season. So, more of the ridonk, please. Bring it on!

What I could do without is the bizarre pregnancy storyline that's obviously heading right for "baby switch" territory. That's just a really lame plot that's been done to death on every soap opera since the beginning of time. I'd been hoping it would wrap up soon, but I just read that last week's show was the beginning of a five-episode story arc. Ugh.

I suppose the silver lining in that is Mark Salling's character, Puck (aka Hot Mohawk Guy - pictured above), has been thrown into that storyline as Quinn's real baby daddy. Oh yes. MUCH more of him, please. Write him into every scene. And there should definitely be more scenes of him doing his shirtless pool boy gig.


red said...

I totally agree. The ridiculousness is the best part! And Mohawk dude is super fine.

Falwless said...

I'm sorry but that was just too much. I am all for the silliness, but that scene made me roll my eyes and, frankly, rethink the whole show. I'll stick with it but I really hope they reel in the super SUPER ridonkulousness.

SkylersDad said...

I haven't been this excited about a show since Cop Rock... Yawn...

Cora said...

I'm clearly a loser. I've never watched Glee.

*hanging head in shame*

Tennyson ee Hemingway said...

Yes! They're showing this over here at the same time now and it's BRILLIANT! I love it.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

I'm with you, Beckeye. The sillier, the better. That's what I like!

Malcolm said...

To answer the question you posed in the title of this post, I just joined last night. The fake pregnancy storyline is fat that they could lop off and I'd never miss it. Everything else in the episode I watched was on point, esp. KC's guest appearance.

Dale said...

If I was as big as Oprah, I'd declare it one of my favourite things. I don't understand anyone saying that part was over the top. If you buy any of the rest of it, shut up and eat people!

katrocket said...

I saw the pilot as well, but I've only been home to catch one episode - the one where Josh Grobin tells Steven Tobolowsky to stop stalking him. Hilarious! Sadly, I know I won't be able to catch all the episodes, so I'll try to watch them online when I can. Jane Lynch rocks my world.

Billy said...

"Suspension of Disbelief" is one of the oddest and most fickle things about our little culture.

After three movies of ridonkulous moments, we get upset that Indiana Jones hides from a nuclear bomb in a lead-lined fridge. As if up to that moment his movies were Ken Burns docudramas.

The football team dancing is over the top, but the wife and her fake pregnancy and her conspirator sister are the stuff of everyday Americana.

God I enjoy this show...

Penny said...

I love, love, love Glee.
It makes me happy every Wednesday.
As far as the storylines I agree with you, they are not too over the top, it's freakin' Glee!!!!

I'd take Finn over Puck any day :)
He's hawwwtttt

HiTeach said...

They have to do something with the 'fake' baby thing or it seems he would leave her for his teacher friend. the wife is not very likeable to start with. What did he see in her?

words...words...words... said...

I'm carrying the flag for the "football thing was too much even for a ridiculous show" camp. It almost soured me on the entire show.

They kind of won me back with the super funny, super hot Kristin Chenoweth. But it looks like she was only on one episode, so this show is in week to week danger of being cut.

cube said...

My daughters got me hooked on Glee. Yes, I admit it, I'm not just a geek but a Gleek.

I really enjoyed the over-the-top football scenes, but I can do without the baby-torn-out-of-the-womb implications of the pregnancy scenario.


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