I've still got a ton of Blu-ray and DVD reviews to catch up on. Don't think I've forgotten. And there's one title in particular that I have gotten a ton of e-mail about since it hit shelves, and I figure it's time to finally go ahead and deal with it head-on.
It doesn't surprise me at all that "Glee" is compulsively watchable TV. "Popular" was far funnier and far smarter than it had to be for the type of high school show that it was, and "Nip/Tuck" was incredibly entertaining trash for the first few years it was on. Ryan Murphy is the common link between the three shows, and "Glee" seems like the perfect expression of all the skill sets that he's been developing from show to show. "Glee" is unapologetically one of the gayest shows on network TV right now, frequently leaping into high camp with no hesitation, and part of what makes the show so immediately appealing to its fans is the unapologetic nature of the characters. It is always difficult to figure out exactly who you are and the best ways to express that, and it is never more difficult than during high school. That's a pressure cooker version of who you are, and if you make it through high school with some shredded dignity intact, you are truly an impressive human being.