Friday, November 12, 2010

Glee: Never been kissed (and a little bit of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

Total LOVE! That's what I felt about episode six of Glee season 2. There's kinda too many things going on plot wise, true but it was a really good episode. It's the kind of Glee I love, the kind that explores the characters and develop them instead of focusing on a theme that feels totally detached from the rest of the Glee-verse.

So, let's look at it in terms of the characters that were affected alright? [edit] and since this turned out to be a MUCH longer post than I had initially envisioned, I even included pictures in!

He's back from juvie and he's full of stories of how much he rocked the place and he was king. But he did commit a crime and so he's doing community service in return for parole. His community service? "Taking care" of Artie coz trash picking is too ghetto. (Please note that I have a problem with him describing it as ghetto. OMG, snobbish much you ass?)

Since I can't find a picture of Partie performing, here's one of the guys' mash-up

They did a duet of One Love at the school quad, busking for money coz "cash is king." And it was a very nice performance. :) Puck even helps Artie get a date with Brittany. At the end of the show though, it was revealed that he has been lying all along. He was terrified in juvie, and he never wants to go back again. We see a new friendship being formed: Artie hangs out with Puck to be a good influence on him and Puck hangs out with Artie and helps him feel cool. Happy ending. Yay, more character depth to Puck.

(Let's ignore the whole girls are starved for attention "you just have to be a fraction as nice to them as you were mean to them" thing ok?)

Coach Bieste
As an alternative to a cold shower, some of the Glee clubbers (ie Sam and Tina) discovered that thinking of Coach Bieste can help cool them down. Coach Bieste found out and is (obviously) hurt. She decides to quite her job. This leads to a conversation between Coach and Mr Shue where she reveals that she has never been kissed. Will kissed her, which I thought was kinda weird but it's sweet-ish so meh, whatev.

The boys then asked for her forgiveness by dedicating the 2nd annual Boys vs Girls mash-up number "Stop in the Name of Love/Free Your Mind."

I though that the girls' performance of Start Me Up/Livin' on a Prayer was a lot better than the guys :) They get my vote. Hahaha.

Girls mash-up!

Wow. So many things to talk about Kurt's story arc. First of all, let's get the frivolous out of the way k?

Darren Criss, Darren Criss, Darren Criss, Darren Criss, Darren Criss!! Blaine was fun. We've only seen one side of him but based on what he told Kurt, there's a lot of room for development. And Teenage Dream was a dream to watch/listen to. My god, when they released it on YouTube, I watched it countless times over the three days before the actual episode aired. More Blaine please!! Coz that means more sleek Darren :) :) :) I do miss his messy hair though. [edit] Looks like the wish for more Blaine will come true since the producers seem to be promoting Darren to become a regular cast member. WOOOTS!

Ok, now that Darren gushing is over...

Kurt is reaching the end of his rope. One of the jocks is behaving like a total "neanderthal," out to make life a living hell for Kurt, just because he's gay. And his fellow gleeks are not helping matters. Frustrated, Kurt decided to visit Dalton Academy on a supposed spying mission. In actual fact, he was trying to see life on the other side, a world where being gay does not equate to being bullied. And that's where he meets Blaine.

Darren Criss as AVPM's Harry freaking Potter y'all. Also, this is him before Glee/Blaine. Ok, maybe not the Hogwarts uniform or the HP specs. But definitely the hair and guitar.

Like I said above, Blaine is an interesting character. But I (like many others, based on the reviews and posts I've read) wonder about that advice he gave Kurt. And that's especially from the point of view of someone who ran. I mean, he don't know exactly what kind of person this neanderthal bullying Kurt is. What if Kurt gets badly injured because he took Blaine's advice? That guy is two times his size! There is always that risk!

He did come to give Kurt a hand and support later though, so I guess that works. Kinda shows that Blaine is stronger now, as compared to the guy who ran away.

One thing before I continue on. That holding hands and running down the hallway bit... A little bit cheesy no? Sweet, but just a teensy bit cheesy.

And so, with Blaine's advice of confronting the bully and a text message encouraging him, Kurt finally blew up the next time the bully shoved him into the locker. They got into a fierce shouting match, both refusing to back down. When it began getting serious and you could feel something was going to happen, the bully (who shall now be named since it looks like he'll be an important character), Dave Karofsky, leans in and gave Kurt a kiss. Would have kissed him a second time but Kurt had already pushed him away.

Instant reaction: OMG, WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED HERE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! And I immediately rewatched the scene.

Curt, standing up for himself

I'm not gay and I have never been bullied so I cannot say I understand how it must feel to be going through all this. And so I cannot really make a judgement about whether the plot twist of the bully being homophobic being cliched or not. BUT OMG, the actors, both Chris Colfer and Max Adler, acted out the scene so freaking well. Super impressed!

You could feel it. Kurt was shocked and bewildered, really totally surprised at the turn of events. Dave was confused, even pained and really had no choice but to run away. It was a very raw, emotional scene, easily the strongest scene of the ep, and (I feel) one of the top few scenes in Glee's 20++ episodes.

And really what a surprise turn of events for Max Adler I'm sure. I mean we've seen Chris do quite a number of emotional scenes before and he always delivers but suddenly this much depth for Dave, the previously one-dimensional bully?

I mean check out the scene again (it's been inverted, so that's why the courage text from Blaine is inverted):

ARGH, seriously such amazing acting from both of them!!! What a way to grab the attention of Glee fans Max! Now, nobody can stop talking about him. Haha. But yes, I'm looking forward to what will happen from here on. And check out this interview with Max Adler on Zap2it. I don't know if I like the idea of Kurtofsky--he has been really cruel to Kurt, and that's not something that is easy to forget--but there's the potential for a lot of development, so I'm looking forward to it.

Don't know how I feel about about Blurt either though. I can see Kurt falling hard for Blaine but Blaine not actually returning the feelings. And honestly, I thought that framed picture of Blaine that Kurt has on his locker is kinda weird (read a little bit creepy). I mean seriously, it's a framed photo! If it's just a casual shot maybe, but it's a framed, posed, in his school uniform kind of shot.

Now, let's move on from all the Gleekiness to my other major--probably even a lot more major--geek out topic: HARRY POTTER!!!! Total love!

So I spent part of last night (as in the Friday morning between 1.30am and 3.15am) watching... the live-stream of the red carpet event of the world premiere of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie, part 1. Basically, that means watching as the stars come to watch themselves on the big screen, being very jealous of the people who were there and were able to get autographs, not envying the people who were there because the weather was apparently freezing, and basically gushing over the various actors and actresses. Oh and listening to the interviews!

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Emma Watson (Hermione) are super the duper the pretty lah, omg.

The trio with the woman who started it all, J.K. Rowling

For the male side, there's always Rupert Grint (Ron), the Phelps twins (Fred and George) Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Tom Felton (Draco), Dan Radcliffe (Harry) as eye-candy :) Rupert and twins were top for me! haha.

I was a little bit emotional when J.K. Rowling arrived at the event. I mean, she created this world that I find so amazing, and that has been a pretty huge part of almost half my life. I can only dream of creating and/or writing a world that is half that good.

Thanks J.K. Rowling for creating this wonderful, magical world. Thank you.

Glee photo credits go to Fox. If somebody would like to claim credit for the Darren Criss (probably Starkid?) and trio+JKR photo at London premiere please leave a comment on the tagboard. thanks!

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