It’s elimination night, which is never fun, but I am very curious to see who’s going to the semifinals, or more importantly, who’s not. I’ve got to think Bristol or Kurt has gone as far as he or she can, but you never know. They don’t call Bristol bulletproof for nothing. Although I don’t know what anyone calls Kurt. Maybe Big Football Player, but that isn’t really relevant to how many votes he gets.
Just when I think “Glee” can’t confuse me anymore than it already has, along comes “Never Been Kissed” to introduce a whole new level of…well, whatever that was. It sure looked like an hour of television, but it played more like a combination of wish fulfillment coupled with audience punishment. Look: there are a lot of different subsets in the overall “Glee” audience. The show doesn’t move to the beat of just one drum. What might be right for me may not be right for some. But no matter which of the different strokes you subscribe, I can’t imagine any of you actually liked tonight’s episode.
And quite frankly, that’s a painful thing to say. I have no problem bashing the show when it’s bad, and a lot of Season 2 falls under that category. But previous misfires didn’t contain a topic that is actually important, one vital especially in light of recent events. Although it probably was filmed long before Tyler Clementi’s suicide and the rise of the “It Gets Better” campaign, the issue of bullying is one that demands not only more attention, but also a level of sensitivity that “Glee” rarely, but occasionally, demonstrates.
Having that topic in a Kurt-centric episode had the potential for actually pushing past the mere mindless entertainment into something actually vital. Auto-tuned performances? Fine and dandy. An episode that promoted understanding, compassion, and tolerance in between the singing/dancing? Even better. Not every episode of “Glee” has to address something socially relevant, but if it chooses to actually address it, then it has a responsibility to treat that topic humanely and with great sensitivity.
What we got instead was fantasy on one hand and complete hypocrisy on the other.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Nov. 9) "Glee" after the break...]
After a week away, "The Event" returns with "I Know Who You Are," and with the kitchen sink in tow, giving us an episode full of dramatic explosions, alien portals, Russian spies and, who can forget, mutant elderly little girls. I'm reminded of that "Simpsons" bit where Burt Reynolds describes the ludicrous plot of his new movie before nonchalantly adding: "It's garbage!" Seriously, this shit is garbage. About the best thing I can say is that at least now "The Event" is descending into the sort of bad you laugh at and have a bit of fun with.
[Full recap of Monday's (Nov. 8) "The Event" after the break...]
So, it’s yet another “let’s throw spaghetti at the wall” gimmick night on “DWTS.” Oh, yay. Although this one is actually kind of intriguing, in that it’s actually something professional dancers do in competition -- the celebrities won’t know what song they’ll be hoofing it to for their second dance (well, not until mere minutes before they perform, at least). This could be a wonderful challenge or it could be a train wreck, but undoubtedly it will make Jennifer Grey grab some part of her body in agony, as she’s falling apart because she’s FIFTY, dammit, and Brandy will say with a frightening intensity that she REALLY REALLY WANTS THIS, and honestly, that’s become kind of the core of the show at this point, so let’s get to it.
For an episode simply titled “Rose,” this week’s “Vampire Diaries” sure was complicated. The curse, the doppelganger, the doppelganger’s doppelganger, the sacrifice – tons of new details surfaced to flesh out the series’ next arc, but does anyone care about the new vampire baddies yet?
The problem is, Katherine was such a delicious villain that it’s hard to leave her locked in the tomb while other old school vampires step up to give Elena, Stefan, and Damon something to worry about. Elijah and his “Originals” might spice up Mystic Falls in the weeks to come, but tonight they just gave us a serious Twilight/”True Blood” vibe – a little bit of the Volturi mythos here, a dash of Russell the vampire king of Mississippi there.
That said, these greater vampire politics promise fascinating returns as we learn that the vampire world exists outside of Mystic Falls (as if!) and wonder how the Elena-as-sacrifice storyline will play out. Besides, what Delena fan could complain about an episode that sees Damon deliver the heartfelt admission we’ve been waiting for – and in the most heartbreaking way possible – while other unexpected couples stumble their way toward romance. (Bonneremy vs. Tyroline: Who makes the better pair?)
[Full recap of Thursday's (Nov. 4) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Rose," after the break…]
A lot has happened since “Fringe” aired its last episode. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series, the Republicans took back the House of Representatives, and the television landscape now has 50% less J.J. Abrams influence thanks to the cancellation of “Undercovers.” But Over There, much less time has passed for our Olivia. Only a few days have transpired from her perspective. But those have been sleepless days, haunted by a subconscious that looks an awful lot like Peter Bishop.
[Full recap of Thursday's (Nov. 4) "Fringe" after the break...]
We're down to the final six in this cycle of "ANTM," and you have to give it to Liz. She whines about everything, but at least that “everything” includes her own work.
“My commercial was horrible,” she mentions. “It was God-awful.”
Yes, the product for said commercial is even sillier than the commercial itself, but Tyra is Tyra, and she’s allowed to be as silly as she wants, fools.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Nov. 3) night's "Top Model" adventure after the break...]