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So yesterday was the low point of being sick and I was pretty sure i was going to be voiceless by the time I met up with [ profile] fourfreedoms for dinner. However I was able to talk (though I did bring post-its as a hilarious backup plan). Instead I nearly screwed up everything by forgetting to print the tickets to see The National and by going to the wrong restaurant.

Yeah, I'm smooth. But it was all sorted out, delicious mint tea was had, a visit to Kinkos happened and we made our way to the Beacon Theatre. I really wish I had felt 100% as my energy levels dropped hard once they took to the stage but I really did enjoy myself. The seats were awesome and the opener was great even if her banter was a bit awkward.

Then I made my way home, cold meds depleted and [ profile] memphis86 convinced me to watch Glee's Christmas episode before I went to bed.

Two things before I dive under the cut with rambling thoughts: a) I have the internet on my phone so I knew Tumblr fandom was in a tizzy about a scene being cut out of the ep and b) Community's episode Regional Holiday Music is the best Glee Christmas episode OF ALL TIME.

Seriously, that song between Blaine and Rachel is so perfectly awful.

I loved the black and white section of the episode so much. SO MUCH. I thought this was a case of the actors exceeding the material: Amber Riley, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer and Lea Motherfuckin' Michele all committed so hard to the cheesiness, the weird jokes, and the 4th wall "oh gosh, we're being TELEVISED" reactions.

"And I told Justin Timberlake, that's not egg nog, you're drinking!"

Perfect dirty joke is perfect.

I didn't really like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, it just felt empty and the homage to the Star Wars Holiday special was really flat. Again, please see Community's riff on it, which was much more clever.

Everyone approves of Kurt and Blaine throwing fabulous holiday parties. I hope y'all caught that, especially Mike Chang's seal of approval.

Christmas Wrapping is a holiday song I actually love but I never remember the title of so perhaps I will now know it by its true name. The dancing was cute and once again, Harry Shum Jr. stole everything with his face.

It turns out I feel about Blue Christmas the way I feel about Sweet Transvestite. Only one person is allowed to sing it. And obviously, Blue Christmas belongs to the King.

The actor who plays Rory desperately needs acting lessons. This is going to backfire when they introduce the other "winner" from the Glee Project, as I believe he's even less charismatic, a far weaker singer, and has no ability to act, he just looks "pretty and conflicted." Oy.

Did you know Rachel and Puck are Jewish? Because you wouldn't know in this episode. The gross gift obsession of Rachel didn't really do much beyond linking up to Sam the Salvation of the Poor and Downtrodden's plot that disappeared halfway through the ep. But then Glee pimped out the Salvation Army, which, look, I know they're loud with their bells but their discrimination practices are disgusting. Having the daughter of two gay men happily dump a large chunk of change to fund a religious organization like that one is just SO WRONG.

I think the whole gift plot would was supposed to be contrasted with Blaine giving Kurt a present but we'll never know since that was cut out of the ep. While apparently Glee is saying they'll put it on the dvds, I tend not to trust Glee about that shit. They may release Santa Baby (done by Naya Rivera) at some point next week, but again, lol I trust Glee never.

Instead we get Rachel and Finn Learn an Important Lesson, the other couples exist in the background (Santana and Brittany: sometimes they are allowed to sit next to each other. Progress?), a lot of songs were just flat like River, which did not need to be the whole song, god, just interrupt it with Artie's weird decisions.

Still, after all that? A much better episode than Glee's Christmas ep last year. I don't go into a blackout rage the way I did watch last year's, I mean, besides Baby It's Cold Outside, I have no interest in that damn episode.

But Let It Snow and My Favorite Things! Such lovely, lovely numbers and holy crap, I think Darren and Amber harmonize really well together, I did not expect that. So I will watch the black and white spoof over and over again and hope Noxon doesn't write any more episodes, a pointless wish. (Oh, and Amber singing All I Want For Christmas! SO GOOD.)

Welp, if the rest of S3 turns into a huge clusterfuck, I can happily choose this episode as the "end" for me: the couples I like are in good places, Blaine got an awesome nickname from Sue, and Chewbacca showed up, so that's an awesome bonus.

Date: 2011-12-14 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm also fairly sure that Artie and Tina are Jewish too, but they never mention it. I didn't like this ep at all.

Date: 2011-12-14 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought Sue was directing her lines about Jewish kids feeling awkward this time of the year to Artie but then they never really picked up on it. And yeah, I sometimes think Tina is Jewish. I think either Jenna or one of the showrunners mentioned something about Tina's background being similar to Jenna's (not sure if they'll deal with her being adopted because lol glee is so fucked up re: how adoption really works).

Perhaps I was just in the right mood for this episode: I didn't expect anything, especially when I found out Marti Noxon was writing it, I'd heard they cut Naya's number beforehand, and I got to see it after my roommate already watched it so we criticized bullshit as it appeared and then enjoyed the amusing stuff the cast performed in this terrible series.
Edited Date: 2011-12-14 08:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-15 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In replying to your post, I ended up writing a whole review on Beyond_dapper and my own journal. I didn't want to spam your post with my...well rage. You can reply there is you want.

Date: 2011-12-15 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
With a name like "Cohen-Chang" there has to be at least SOME Jewishness in Tina's background! Cohen is, like, the most Jewish of Jewish last names and a really important one historically to boot. My grandma was a Cohen before she married.

I was so bored during this episode. Way too many songs, Rachel as harpy = annoying, especially since she's Jewish, and the b&w section went on and on and on and lost its humour after two minutes. And I about flipped my shit when they sang "Do They Know It's Christmas" at the shelter. I don't like that song's message anyway (though annoyingly it's got a catchy sound that always makes me tap along with it) but "tonight thank god it's them, instead of you!" ...where do you think all these people are going after your uplifting song? And then Sue's face while they were singing made me teary and I HATE BEING PREGNANT because Sue, no, that is not the moment to get all sappy and happy, and my brain knows that but my hormones don't, damnit., apparently I cared more than I thought about how crummy this episode was, haha. That said, Blaine's approving face when Sue called him young Burt Reynolds was fantastic.

Date: 2011-12-15 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep, my roommate made the same comment re: the Cohen surname, which I found interesting since I knew several Jewish kids growing up with that last name.

I can't feel anything for Sue. She's just a pointless character at this point and the show isn't doing anything worthwhile. They introduced her campaigning storyline so poorly and it's already over and despite it being HUGE for someone to become a US Congressman (especially if they've never held political office), Kurt is acting like he has no prospects in his the song of the newest Congressman from Ohio elected on a pro-performing arts probably pro-gay rights platform.

Oh Glee.

I wasn't bored, I think, because I knew this was going to be a throwaway as far as plot, and viewed it as an AU/clip show/What if episode and that's how I kept my interest. What if they did a Christmas special! Here are some scenes with other characters too!

Date: 2011-12-14 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Marti Noxon wrote an offensive episode. What a surprise. Hey, at least nobody got raped.

Date: 2011-12-14 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My roommate is Jewish and the one thing that really pissed her off was Rachel's characterization as a Jewish American Princess who was OBSESSED with Christmas. Like. What the fuck. It was just so stupid.

I just hope Noxon doesn't have to write any "serious" episodes. They sang "Do They Know It's Christmas" to a HOMELESS SHELTER. I'm pretty sure those folks know what time it is, kids.

The other (new) writers are all assholes. Last week, after fans criticized the show for not showing an onscreen kiss between Brittany and Santana (they have been off and on since THE FIRST SEASON, are now officially dating, Santana got forcibly outed, Brittany's the senior class president), the writers got all shitty on twitter, which lead to the Ali Adler telling fans that "Scissoring is the ultimate form of kissing."

Basically they said a joke about a sex act is more powerful than an onscreen kiss between an established lesbian couple. Ali Adler is a lesbian. WHAT. WHAT.

Marti Noxon is somehow less offensive than that. These are the creative "talent" behind Glee. It really sucks. A lot of the actors are really sweet.

Date: 2011-12-14 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah the forcible outing sounded just charming. Ick. So much ick.

Date: 2011-12-14 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, it was wonderful! You see, Finn outed her when trying to play trash talk with the master of trash talk (Santana) and he got pissy so he called her out for being in the closet, some girl overheard and told her uncle who made it a part of his STATE WIDE campaign in order to attack Santana's couch (Sue).

Next episode! Finn BLACKMAILS Santana because you see, she dared to slap Finn for outing her and that's Not Okay so he convinces the principal she didn't slap him and in order for him not to get her suspended, he makes her listen to the glee club sing songs at her to make her feel better about the fact that she didn't get to choose to come out of the closet on her own terms. And she doesn't have any say in the matter. (THERE IS AN ACTUAL LINE OF DIALOGUE ABOUT THAT.)

So the only out gay characters sing to her but she brushes off their attempts because it is Straight Hero Finn who breaks down her walls with a slowed down version of Girls Just Want to Have Fun. I AM NOT JOKING. They hug! She is suddenly okay with being outed! Finn never apologizes for outing her!

SERIOUSLY. They built a season-long arc about Santana's sexuality and Finn saves the day. Ba-dum, it's called The Aristocrats!

(And at no point in EITHER episode, does Santana's girlfriend Brittany ever get to exchange dialogue with Santana about how she's dealing with being forcibly outed. Because of course, that might lead to lady-touches and we can't allow that now that it's not for cheap thrills.)

Date: 2011-12-14 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I cannot even. There really isn't enough GLEE in any show to make putting up with shit like that worth it.

Date: 2011-12-14 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think I have just enough tolerance for this utter horseshit. Meanwhile American Horror Story? Enrages me. Apparently a song and dance number is my kryptonite.

Date: 2011-12-14 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For me, the difference is that on AHS it is obvious all the characters are assholes. I mean, I don't think the narrative is asking you to feel good about any of them, or the choices they make. That makes it watchable for me. If at some point the story started to look like "Poor Ben, he is a woobie and bad shit happens to him for no reason!" I would have to tune out.

Date: 2011-12-15 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha, fair enough. I did try to give American Horror Story a shot but it was too much like Nip/Tuck when I fell out of love with that show, and man, once upon a time, I loved N/T hard.

Date: 2011-12-14 09:16 pm (UTC)
ext_41564: (glee - bitch plz)
From: [identity profile]
Damn you! Now I'm gonna hafta listen to that shitty ass song which I've never made it more than 30 seconds through just to see if, indeed, Blaine does have a Santa fetish. I do not like you at all.
*shakes fist*

Date: 2011-12-15 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wouldn't MAKE you listen to the song. For one, I have to watch it because LOL their faces. The opening verses about Blaine's dream of Santa and then he says something like, "he said, 'you and me would be all right.'" or something but if he's quoting Santa, he's saying Santa is talking to him about his and Blaine's relationship. Thus I laugh.

Date: 2011-12-14 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For what it's worth, Santa Baby is on the Christmas album. It doesn't make up for it not being able to chart, but ::coughs:: (

Date: 2011-12-15 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I have actually listened to it (it's not my favorite song by Naya but that's okay, she's had some other great songs this season). It's just a shame that Glee can't figure out how to write a show for 60 minutes including commercial breaks. The song and dance numbers eat up a HUGE amount of time for the actors and then the scene gets cut last minute. It's such a waste.

The amount of money they blew on their S2 finale still boggles me. AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE A FINISHED SCRIPT WHILE FILMING.


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