Have you ever gotten “invested” in something that you have no control over? Sure you have, we all have. Politics is one thing we have at least some control over, but entertainment isn’t. We all have our own loves, and hates, in this area… Some like sitcoms, others prefer crime-drama; some like Rap, and others like Country.
Today I got around to watching the latest episode of Glee on Hulu. Take it or leave it, I have to admit that this show is one of my “guilty pleasures.” Something not everyone will understand, and may earn me a bit of ridicule by my friends. They covered an attempted suicide by one of the side-characters, a decidedly masculine one, who was outted at his school. It was all a bit… After school special. Enemies became friends, everyone was sad, but nothing really changed, except Sue Silvester.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really like Kurt. It’s not the gay part I take issue with, it’s the overt femininity that annoys me. I don’t understand how being gay has to mean acting like a woman with no self control, on cocaine. If you like guys, wouldn’t you want one that… Acted like a guy? I am not gay, so correct me if I’m wrong.
I’m not really a Rachael Berry fan either, or Fin… I watch for Sue, Mercedes, Santana, and Quinn. Is it strange that all my favorite characters are women? I find Brittany strangely entertaining. I don’t want to give it away, in case you haven’t seen it, but the end really pissed me off. I think the predictability of it made it all that much worse. Now, for over a month, I will have to wait and stew about what came of it.
What is it with the mid-season breaks? Why do we have to have mid-season finales? Why can we not just enjoy our normal weekly slice of faux teen dramedy, House-isms, and White Collar cons? Do these things actually increase the ratings, or are they just there to give writers enough time to refine a story arch before the season finale?
I know there is nothing I can ever do about it, I can rant and rave from here to the end of the world. That doesn’t stop be from being very annoyed by it all. I am guessing that they do it to ensure that they get higher ratings when they return to the air, but in this world of online viewership, DVRs, and DVD collections, do the ratings even matter? I don’t think so.
I feel cheated, and I’m not really even sure I know why. I can say that in the grand scheme of TV history, Glee doesn’t come close to shows like Seinfeld, MASH, Cheers, and House. Yet, I still look forward to it for some unintelligible reason. That is especially surprising considering the fact that I LOATHE musicals.
**Just to explain, because I may get a lot of nasty comments on the second and third paragraphs, I am not trying to diminish the seriousness of suicide or bullying. I know that there is a real problem with cyber-bullying, especially with regards to gay teens. That said, I didn’t really find it “moving” in any way, nor was it convincing in it’s “solution.” They took a very serious subject and almost glossed over it, so I decided not to spend a lot of time focused on that. I will probably make another post dedicated to the subject later.**