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Adventures in Halloween Television, part I

Dear Dianna Agron, Sue Sylvester has a message for you: "Just because you're free to say whatever you want doesn't mean you should. Artists are free to push boundaries to make art. But when pushing boundaries is their only aim? The result is usually bad art." Not that Ryan Murphy will be taking heed of his own words, but at least he put them out there. Or the other writer did.

Glee, 2x05, "Rocky Horror Glee"
Forget hate. Now I just want to kill them all.

OK, after reading the Wikipedia summary and then hearing the 105823 mentions of adult/risque material, the constant reservations about whether it was appropriate for a high school (rule of thumb: anything not appropriate for teenagers is never appropriate), something about performing scenes on stage in underwear, and internet chatter about how TONED DOWN this was, I am pretty sure that all of my previous reservations about Rocky Horror were perfectly apt. I resume my stance of "revolted." You say this was originally a show that appealed to outcasts? Then I'm thinking there's probably a very good reason they were outcasts.

And, show, of all the choices for stage productions, why this? Why would you taunt me with Rocky Horror? Your former pipeline to my brain seems to be clogged, as you have clearly misinterpreted my previous wish for the group (see #22) - including Mr. Schue and a random adult not associated with the school! - to perform "Les Miserables." At the very least, if you were going to push boundaries - especially if Kurt's going to go through all the trouble of name-checking it - couldn't you at least have done Rent? That would have almost been more awesome. It would have even fit right in with your self-proclaimed throughline of the season.

-Since I made the foolish mistake of watching this live (stupid wind, messing up CBS), I don't even know how I got through that "Touch Me" song, except by DRY HEAVING IN A CORNER through most of it. It makes "Tell Me Something Good" look classy. "The Thong Song"? Charming innocence!  I think the lesson we should all learn, and by we I mean Emma, is not to let Will sing to you in a classroom after hours. If he approaches you with a boom box, JUST SAY NO. Slap him and run.

-SHUT UP FOREVER, WILL.  I wish that last word was a typo.

The only time I felt inclined to let him speak at all was that last scene with Emma, and even so, it was more aggravating than endearing. Like, how wonderful that you love her so much you need to let her be happy with someone else. "For now," anyway, heavily implying that eventually she'll come running back to you (douche). Didn't you realize this 3 episodes ago? Couldn't you have at least re-realized it before you staged this production like an idiot? Why are you talking about abusing "our feelings for each other"? She has no feelings for you, Will!  It's just you, making an ass of yourself GO BACK TO TERRI.

-Because I had nothing to do in this episode except hate and mock, I amused myself by asking rhetorical questions about precisely how pervy Mr. Schue is, as clearly he's angling for a lot of student skin exposure, both male and female. And then he took over as Rocky, which seemed off even before I found out that Emma was singing Janet's, a/k/a Rachel's, part on that duet, which, WHAT AM I EVEN SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THAT, no wonder Emma gave him the O.O face. And then they told me that somehow he was aware of Brittany being pantsed and wearing "a lot less than her underwear," so I'm going to assume he was a bystander at the time.

-I avoided most of the music. I gave each song 15-30 seconds to get to me, but it just resulted in me wanting to strangle them all, although for some reason nothing set off my rage trigger more than that weirdly robotic "Janet" chorus. WHY. WHY DOES THIS STUPIDITY EXIST. In a related note, Emma is so gross for liking this, and my admiration for Carl took a serious blow.

+ Fortunately it was restored by Carl storming onto the stage at the end, loudly and publicly calling Will on his Emma-harassing shit. Awesome!  I've never backed anybody except Terri in a fight against Will before, but this was totally the best part. I especially love how all the kids just slunk down behind set pieces and disappeared like a bunch of moles. Now I want them all to gossip behind his back. If Brittany and Santana do not have some sort of incriminating waiting-for-YouTube footage of the shirt stripping antics they witnessed through the window, I am deeply disappointed in their henchwoman potential.

Other bits of scattered promise
+ Becky was adorable in her Sue Sylvester costume, pestering/threatening Mr. Schue for treats. Their brief 2-part scene together was about the only time this season I've recognized him.

+ Guess who says what in this conversation?
"You can't expose kids to material like this. Not on the taxpayer's dime."
"Oh please, they have the internet. They ARE exposed."
"Don't lead them to it!  Don't make it OK. They're KIDS."


Yeah, it continues to make me sad and confused that Sue's logic center, intelligence and general likability seem to be growing at a rate proportional to Will's increasing stupidity. When she caught him in the teacher's lounge and basically informed him he was an idiot/terrible model for the students? Um, that was her most amazing scene ever, including stuff with her sister, and I just wanted Will to go quit and be an accountant where he can't screw young people up. Also good: Sue's Corner, all editions.

+ Other than Sue, Mike Chang's parents are the wisest people on the show.

+ Santana throwing herself at Carl continues to be entertaining

+ Emma/Carl. ♥

Look how cute we are! In a normal movie theater.
Watching a normal 21st century movie.


Up Next: Because I am full of desperate optimism and read my season 1 reviews on a nigh weekly basis to maintain the good memories, I somehow think that the previews for upcoming episodes intriguing. Things might improve? I cannot imagine an entire season of a once-good show 100% sucking from start to finish without reprieve. Not even CSI: Miami at its lowest point.
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By epic contrast, RAISING HOPE RAISING HOPE RAISING HOPE!!!!!!!!!  It is intoxicatingly wonderful, to the point where I am desperately trying and yet CANNOT form words, I just want to squeeze it tight and hold its precious nature forever. The Halloween episode is my new favorite, and not only for the obvious Sabrina reasons. Jimmy's dad just wants his son to hug him!  Oh, I am growing ever more fond of both parents, even if Maw Maw is still 100% unnecessary and I'm waiting for her to die or wander off screen and never return.

P.S. What?? Stop DOING this, network.  CBS cuts 'Medium' order short. (#*&%)*#%&*#(%!  When you renew shows for full seasons, one expects that you give them full seasons. And bitchcakes, 13?!  That's worse than you treated Numb3rs, and worse than NBC treated Medium during its off years, and even worse than the strike. If you didn't want it, you could have just stopped it last year, you know, with that big ol' gift bow of a perfect series-concluding finale. 13 is better than none extra, I guess, but it's no 22.

I don't think the shock of this is actually sinking in for me yet. I cannot fathom a world in which little Marie is not upping the adorable quotient on my screen all the time. Or where the world's most believable couple no longer exists on my screen. OTPs are not being replaced at the rate they're being lost!  Just because I can create 720 ships on Glee doesn't mean I am ever guaranteed material for any of them in a given week.

Comments

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eleigh
Oct. 28th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Raising Hope is the best.
rainbowstevie
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Yes, more fans for the bandwagon! I'm so happy it's getting a full season.
dollsome
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
-Since I made the foolish mistake of watching this live (stupid wind, messing up CBS), I don't even know how I got through that "Touch Me" song, except by DRY HEAVING IN A CORNER through most of it. It makes "Tell Me Something Good" look classy. "The Thong Song"? Charming innocence! I think the lesson we should all learn, and by we I mean Emma, is not to let Will sing to you in a classroom after hours. If he approaches you with a boom box, JUST SAY NO. Slap him and run.

Hahahahahahaha! This is like my favourite paragraph I've read in AGES. TRUTH. It is so surreal to me that even you are being turned against Mr. Schu! Show, look at your life! Look at your choices!

... I really wish Terri would come back and sink her claws into him again. More and more with every week I feel like she is just his ideal, perfect other.

Also, that Emma/Carl cap, SO FREAKING ADORABLE! I wish he could be her boyfriend for always. :(
rainbowstevie
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Show, look at your life! Look at your choices!
Right?? How is it even possible to make things this weird this fast? The fact that Terri seems like a viable option just speaks volumes.

Meanwhile, I'm flat out denying that Stamos will ever leave. Based on past experience, I imagine it'll work really well up until the point he smashes an egg on her forehead.
poinsley
Oct. 28th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I adore Raising Hope.
rainbowstevie
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
I love finding all these random fans hiding in the woodwork.
janusfiles
Oct. 29th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
I still think you need to rent the DVD of Rocky Horror to fully appreciate the episode. But if you really want to have your brain warped, ponder this: In the movie, the song "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" was sung by Susan Sarandon.

What I particularly liked was that they were able to get cameos from Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf for the episode.
rainbowstevie
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
>.< Don't put images into my head I can't take out.

There were cameos? Where? Understandably I did not see those. (sorry, I keep editing this for silly typos...)

Edited at 2010-10-31 01:55 am (UTC)
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