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10 April 2012 @ 09:42 pm
Glee: Big Brother  
Right, so confession time: I actually watched a bit of Glee back during its first season. I wasn't addicted to it or anything but I found myself not changing channels when I ran across it on my TV from time to time. From what I recall about the show, it wasn't as ridiculous as the display I saw tonight. Was this a particularly silly episode or did the show just collapse under its own over the top-ness?

Oh, the things I watch for Matthew Bomer.


While watching this episode, I amused myself with the idea that Neal Caffrey had infiltrated Lima High in efforts to bring down some sort of art fraud operation working out of the school's gym. But then all the incessant dramatic singing made this a difficult fantasy to hold onto. Eventually, I had to give into the fact that this was not Caffrey but Cooper Anderson (did no one object to the fact that the name is a real famous person's name reversed?), the older brother of Blaine.

Bomer sang a total of two numbers, both duets (unless you count the free credit ratings commercial jingle). The Gotye cover I'd already seen so that wasn't a surprise in that it was enjoyable if a bit creepy given the song's lyrics and that it was sung by two brothers. The Duran Duran mash up was...less enjoyable. Both he and Darren Criss sounded fine but the renditions of "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio" made me want to kick a kitten. But Bomer sings incredibly well and I'm hoping someone else out there capitalizes on it.

I do have to hand it to Bomer for diving straight in. He gave his best performance of a narcissistic, self-absorbed bad actor with all the nuance this show deserved (read: two dimensional) though as a guest star he looked like he knew how supremely ridiculous everything was. I actually found myself a bit in awe of Darren Criss that he actually tried to make all the dramatic singing work with zero irony in his facial expression. The whole "Fighter" sequence where he had to sing in the gym shower and then in front of the wall of TVs all featuring Cooper's face was...let's just say it takes a certain amount of talent to be able to do that and not look like a total ass. I doff my cap to you, good sir.

All in all, this episode didn't make want to return to Glee by any means. And it made me doubly grateful that White Collar got renewed for another season. Still, I do have to thank Glee in that without this episode, I would never have gotten the chance to see Bomer teach a masterclass in acting that was inspired by Nick Cage (who got referenced!).

 
 
 
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on April 11th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)
I do have to thank Glee in that without this episode, I would never have gotten the chance to see Bomer teach a masterclass in acting that was inspired by Nick Cage (who got referenced!).

*has trouble processing the reality of this* What!? WHAT!?

I didn't know how badly I wanted that to exist until just now. Ha. That's fantastic. XD
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 11th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
It was a small small moment in an otherwise stupid episode. I wish I could use a less direct, blunt word but stupid is really the only way to describe what I witnessed last night.

But I will quote Kurt Hummel's statement that Matt Bomer is "the best looking man in North America."
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on April 11th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
I wish I could use a less direct, blunt word but stupid is really the only way to describe what I witnessed last night.

How about "tepid"? I enjoy the word, and there are so few instances in which it can be deemed appropriate. XD

But I will quote Kurt Hummel's statement that Matt Bomer is "the best looking man in North America."

Well, to that, I must concur. Kurt, when did you develop the ability to recognize universal truths? Perhaps he knows the meaning of life, as well.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 11th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
"Tepid" is way too mild a word for the hyperbolic display that is Glee.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on April 11th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
"Inane," perhaps?
k is obviously for hurricanekatarzi on April 11th, 2012 08:52 am (UTC)
Glee started off really, really good - and then just...got ridiculous. And then despite managing a really good coming out storyline for Kurt, write the absolute worst I've seen for Santana. It basically jumped the shark sometime in the early third season, and I just...yeah. No. Cannot even deal with this anymore lol. (As for Darren Criss - he and some of the other cast members come right from theatre, with very little TV experience between, if any, which really explains why the show can work - those actors simply don't understand that there is a world where overdramatic singing and ridiculous plotlines aren't bog standard for a show, and that is kind of awesome haha.)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 11th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Darren Criss' theater background explains a lot. He was fearless and did not even flinch at some of the horrendous motions he had to pull.