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Glee, Glee What Are You Doin’ to Me?

Not to rant about tonight’s Glee, at times it was highly entertaining, although bloated with messages (being left out at home, less-than at school and lost about ones self/body image – it’s the teenage trifecta!), I do feel the need to express my dissatisfaction to Murphy and his musical minions in two areas.

Issue #1 – While I’m always greatful to have fellow Okie Kristin Chenoweth guesting on a show that appreciates and shines a spotlight on her amazing singing prowess, how could you ever put that perky blonde pixie in a roller rink setting and not choose something for her to belt out from Xanadu? Was it too obvious? I know you didn’t avoid it for being too dated – I loved Kurt giving us “A House is Not a Home” but it ain’t gonna burn up the iTunes charts. KChen can kill an Olivia Newton-John number as she so deftly demonstrated in an early episode of the gone-too-soon series, and one of my personal favorites, Pushing Daisies.

Issue #2 – Would it have killed you to bring in Idina for even the briefest of scenes? A little Wicked Will sandwich action would not have gone unnoticed nor unappreciated.

These issues aside, you did give me a wonderful duet in your Bacharach medley with a revisit to “A House is Not a Home” mashed up with “One Less Bell to Answer.” Burt is bliss.

Lost: There’s no earthly way of knowing…

There’s no earthly way of knowing / Which direction we are going / Not a speck of light is showing / So the danger must be growing / Are the fires of hell a-glowing? / Is the grisly reaper mowing?”

If you were like me as a kid one of the creepiest mise en scenes (yes, I was using such advanced film and theater terminology in my formative years) that still gives me goosebumps to this day is from the 1971 classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory when the titular candy proprietor, played to off-kilter perfection by Gene Wilder, took his guests on a wild and trippy boat ride. As the scene progresses Wonka begins singing a tune with words and tone so chilling that you absolutely know this adventure will not end well for some.

Saavy Lost viewers (which there are plenty to spare) will notice that last night’s preview for episode 13 “The Last Recruit” (airing April 20th) had this little ditty as its soundtrack and it couldn’t have been more spot-on for the island mystery as it barrels toward a series conclusion. With only 5 episodes left the danger is growing  for all the castaways and we’ll probably all be quite surprised at the direction they’ll be going.

Breaking Bad – Getting Away With it Since 2008

Today I would like to celebrate the programming prowess of AMC – it’s so much more than a channel showing classic american movies.

If you’ve got your finger on the pulse of entertainment buzz you should already know of, and be avidly watching, AMC’s first breakout original progam Mad Men. I would like to now boldly declare that cool cat Don Draper isn’t the only compelling character ruling the airwaves – he’s got stiff competition in the form of  an Albuquerque  high school chemistry teacher. “Wha, wha, what?” you may be asking yourself. Stay with me, there’s more to the story. This particular teacher shaping young minds by day has a moonlighting gig: cooking and dealing crystal meth. Meet the shades-of-grey “hero” of Breaking Bad, Walter White.

Bryan Cranston imbues Walter with the same kind of intense, nuanced bad guy gravitas that James Gandolfini brought to Tony Soprano which has netted him two well-deserved Emmys in the process and deftly made Breaking Bad a show worthy of taking up The Sopranos mantle. The crux of the series is not only following but ultimately feeling for someone introduced as an innocent everyman who chooses to navigate down a conscience-corrosive road of crime all the while maintaining a deluded end-justifies-the-means attitude.

Amazing character development plus the high stakes inherant in dealing with the dangerous underbelly of drug trafficking makes for a series that cannot be missed. Take six minutes to watch a recap of the last two years bringing the uninitiated viewer up-to-speed for tonight’s explosive season three premiere.

Spotlight on: Donald Glover

Thanks goes out to one of my faves in the blogosphere, Wacky (he of Wacky on the Junk, who commands not only my utmost respect in music selections but also television choices), for bringing to my attention this New York Times article on Community‘s Donald Glover. While seeming little more than the token black guy in the misfit cast of community college characters, his comic talent has elevated the easy-to-write-off-as-a-one-dimensional-jock Troy to hilarious heights. Of particular note are the coda moments he’s created with Danny Pudi capping off each episode of the Thursday night NBC hit. Not only has his part in these comedic gems caused me to sit up and take notice of his skill, after learning that his professional pedigree includes a two-year tenure on the writing staff of 30 Rock this rising star has earned much admiration from this faithful funny follower.

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Reminisce and Revisit: Greatest 30 Rock Series Moment

"I only act out 'cause I want your love. DY-NO-MITE!"

Lady, just because I’m an ignorant black man and you paid me a nickel to bust up your chiffarobe doesn’t give you the right to call me ridiculous just ’cause I’m proud of my son.”

I’m no linguist, logophile whathaveyou, but many times while watching comedies just a single word in a joke will create a reaction so strong it affects me for long after the moment has ended. Such is the case with “chiffarobe.” Those who watched this week’s Family Guy will remember it as one of many words used in the extended “you know a person is old when they use this to mean this” gag at the end of last night’s episode “Brian’s Got a Brand New Bag.”

While the Family Guy joke was probably the best in that particular episode, hearing “chiffarobe” evoked a memory from when this word was used as an even better comedic device in a scene from the second season episode of 30 Rock “Rosemary’s Baby,” a scene that I believe to be the best in the series’ still-in-process history. Not only is Alec Baldwin’s sizeable talent on full display playing five(!) characters within a character (which was undoubtedly the reason he nabbed a second straight Emmy win for Best Actor in a Comedy that year) but the fact that the 30 Rock writing team crafted both a Good Times and a To Kill a Mockingbird reference all in two and a half minutes is staggeringly amazing.

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