That's what my clever friend calls it, and I'd say that's absolutely right.
It's the kind of show you just have to share, so afterward we emailed about it.
Her: I'm dancing! I'm singing! I'm giggling a lot! Gold Digger -- brilliant.
Me: What about the car accident as prophylactic?
Her: My head hurts from laughing. The entire Celibacy Club bit followed by Push It? I think I should feel bad about enjoying it this much. The Cheerios Coach is up there with House among the evil people I'd like to have dinner with. Just once. The counselor with OCD -- precious. And then just the throw away bits, like the principal grooving out during the performance and then giving them a list of songs approved by his pastor. Really, I need to process. I don't think it was as seamless as the the first episode, things didn't flow quite as smoothly. It felt much more like they were laying the groundwork for what's to come next while the first ep almost could have stood on its own. But I couldn't believe that it was over when it was over, and once I saw the preview for what's coming up, I am so looking forward to next week. And yes, it makes me want to sing and dance. Too bad for those who hear and see that.
Me: You're so right. Sometimes that disconnect happens with a pilot. It's like they made it to get on the network and then they tell them it could be a series and they haven't thought it out yet.
I have to say, I don't like the thing between the teachers, the whole, he's going to leave his wife vibe. I mean, she's kinda crazy but she's not evil.
The principal was hilarious but any opportunity for 'I say a little prayer' is ok with me. love that song.
Her: Zactly. You could see them ending it at "Don't Stop Believing" if it didn't get picked up. With this one, they were scrambling a little bit. The sister-in-law and kids came completely out of nowhere, unnecessary. I'm curious to see how the whole teacher relationship plays out. Both the counselor and wife have issues. Will has a savior/White Knight complex. I'm willing to cut the wife a break because she didn't make them buy the house they can't afford, but if she fakes pregnant for too long, my patience will run thin. The Sheets and Things riff cracks me up.
I love that the quarterback apparently really can sing but apparently really has no rhythm. I was watching him dance. I don't think you can fake being a half step off like that. I also love anything that gives dorks a chance to shine. Remember the White Shadow? All those cute basketball players in shorts? I had a crush on the team manager. In however many years the show was on, he had like three lines. Total dork. My type of people.
As long as the dialogue stays sharp and the music stays good, I'm a happy girl. What happens when they win/lose the competition, though? Is this a one season deal?
Me: Loved the White Shadow! One time my friend and I were at a restaurant and saw Thomas Carter, the goodlooking one with the afro, and she said, 'Hi thomas' and he stopped and smiled graciously and then he thought about it and said, 'hi, uh, Do I know you?' I just burst out laughing because he was so sincere.
Did you ever watch James at 15?
But back to Glee. I hate the fake pregnancy thing on shows too. That should be retired.
I think they have to lose. Like in the first Rocky; lose and come close, so that they stay underdogs but have a reason to strive. Unless they can do something interesting with the idea of dorks rising and what that's like. But can that be interesting?
Her: You're right. They may have to lose. It's like when the two stars finally have sex on a show and all the tension just disappears. Never good. It killed Moonlighting. Almost killed Cheers. Got to have something to keep things edgy. Losing = edge.
Gawd, I remember Thomas Carter, yes indeedy do. Sort of semi-remember James at 15. Lovedlovedloved Square Pegs -- before SJP went all Sex in the City -- but that's my dork complex, again.