The fall television premieres are drawing closer and this television fanatic cannot wait. Every year I like to make a wish-list of certain things I would like to see happen on a particular show. My record is fairly sucky, I tend to root for couples that don’t stand a chance or the death of a character that is vital to the series (*cough* Peyton *cough*). I have made wish-lists for the shows that I plan to watch this coming fall. There are a lot of shows, so don’t judge.

Glee –-> Season 2, September 21 @ 7- FOX

Glee‘s mix reviewed first season ended on a high note. However I have high expectations for the hit show’s sophomore season. Not least of which is the Britney Spears tribute episode, which better be freaking epic. From interviews I’ve seen, Ryan Murphy & Co. are making some good changes (fewer songs and more dialogue, more Mike Chang, Brittany and Santana) and some I find questionable (Finn/Rachel together the entire season and Tina falling out of love with Artie). If it’s not too much, creative team, I have a few requests:

  1. More Quinn: Quinn has become my favorite character on the show and I can’t wait or her to be the HBIC of McKinley High again. Quinn’s screen time slowly dwindled last season, which needs to change and give the girl some solos! Dianna Agron admittedly has one of the weakest voices in the cast, but I personally loved “Papa Don’t Preach.” I like Quinn with both Finn and Puck, so I don’t necessarily care where they take that storyline. Since it seems like they are choosing to go the Puck route, I will at least need some interaction between Finn and Quinn, they got royally screwed over in the back nine.
  2. Improve consistency: The back nine of season one had little to no consistency with the first half. One minute Finn is admitting he’s not over Quinn, the next he is professing his love for Rachel.
  3. Minimal Finn/Rachel overall: I have no positive feelings for this “power couple” at all. I think they’re my new Lucas and Peyton. I feel like I should them because it’s inevitable that they’re going to end up together, but somehow I cannot stand them together. I have already braced myself for a season chock full of puke-worthy Finchel moments, but if all possible – keep them to a minimum, that’d be lovely.

Here ends my Glee season two wish-list. I’m expecting my hopes for the season will end in devastation but it’s nice to dream.

Best Characters: Comedy Edition

Entertainment Weekly recently featured their 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years, and while I agreed with some (i.e. Harry Potter), there were others that had me scratching my head (Homer Simpson is number one?!) While I obviously couldn’t possibly make a top 100 list without it becoming ridiculously redundant and biased to sparkly vampires and pop musicals, I have selected my three favorite characters when it comes to comedy (drama, sci-fi and horror to follow).

1. Eric Matthews, Boy Meets World

Starting out as simply the girl-obsessed older brother, we didn’t get truly introduced to the pure idiocy and comic genius that is Eric Matthews until about season 5 of Boy Meets World.  From the countless FEENY calls to his dimwitted attempts to earn Rachel’s affections, his simple one-liners can floor anyone with a sudden fit of the giggles. Eric Matthews was once and to this day remains the television character that can make me laugh and marvel in his stupidity for days on end.

Seriously, need I say more?

2. Seth Cohen, The O.C.

Witty, sarcastic humor; snappy comebacks, utter obliviousness to the world around him; and an affinity for emo bands, all wrapped up in a lovable comic-book geek. Seth Cohen has to be the most adorable self-proclaimed nerd to grace our television sets.

3. Sue Sylvester, Glee

Haters to the left. If there’s one good thing that came out of Glee, it’s the character of Sue Sylvester. Her compulsion to be utterly frank with just about anyone she meets be it about their hair, social status or ethnicity has made for some of the best comedy this past year. My roommate and I were in tears after watching her latest Sue’s Corner.

RECAP: Glee, Journey


Okay. Let’s face it: the first 13 episodes and the back 9 episodes of Glee are practically two different television programs. Ever since Glee‘s spring debut, I have become less and less enthused to tune in on Tuesday nights. The back 9 did have its highlights, Lea once again rocked every song thrown at her, the cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” had me in Glee-induced tears for the first time, and I loved seeing the continuance of Artie and Tina’s relationship. But the complete lack of closure with the Finn-Quinn-Puck storyline, Santana getting more songs than Tina/Quinn, and the whole rushed “I’m your mother” storyline with Shelby had me wondering if the creative team was smoking something or just didn’t care about continuity at all.

But this episode “Journey”, the first season finale, was something different. It was a constant reminder of the brilliance that the pilot brought. It brought the comedy, the drama, and the sickly-sweet moments together in an absolutely perfect combination. It felt like a personal shout out to all the disgruntled gleeks who lost faith in the geniusness of Glee. It was as though Ryan Murphy was proclaiming to the world: Don’t stop believing.

I had two predictions going into tonight’s episode: Nude Erections…pardon me, New Directions was going to lose and Shelby was going to adopt Beth Drizzle Jackie Daniels Fabray-Puckerman. 2 for 2. I rock.

Considering the fact that before the back 9 I hadn’t cried during Glee, it was even more impressive that I started squirting salt water from my eyes within five minutes of the episode starting (Damn you Tina Cohen-Chang, Asian love). On a scale of 1-5 tissue boxes, “Journey” gets three. For the record, 5 tissue boxes= the LOST finale and I don’t think another television show will be able to top that one.

The whole Journey mash-up was easily New Direction’s best performance to date, HOLY KEY CHANGE EPICNESS. Cory Monteith’s vocals have improved so much since the pilot. Remember his horrendous take on John Travolta? Shiver. I was so distracted by the epicness of the Journey medley that I completely overlooked the girls’ ad campaign for Bump-Its, the tinfoil dresses, and Artie’s overly greased hair-do. Hell, I even forgot about the Finn to Rachel “I love you”…bitter. As much as I love ND, Vocal Adrenaline without a doubt knocked them out of the park. Jonathan Groff MUST make a return in season two. I would gladly marry his voice. I thought the “Bohemian Rhapsody”/birth scene was awkwardly clever. I really don’t think many mothers-to-be shout out “LET ME GO!” during the birthing process, but oh well, this is Glee-verse. Oh and by some miracle, Quinn gave birth to a two-month-old baby! No wonder it hurt so bad…

This might be the first Glee episode ever where I loved every single song featured. This is saying something since I truly despise Queen and Journey. Yes, I am aware that I have horrible taste in music. The highlight for me had to be “To Sir With Love.” Everyone on this show is such a pretty crier, I look like Sandra Oh. And it ain’t pretty.

The ever so eloquently-spoken Mr. Schuester speaks these words in the beginning of the episode, “Life only really has one beginning and one end and the rest is just a whole lot of middle. And I love you guys too much to not let you make the most of it. Now, I was going to quit once, but you guys brought me back with ‘Don’t Stop Believing‘…” Congratulations, Glee, you’ve officially brought me back. See you in the fall.

Top 7 Sue Sylvester Quotes

Sue Sylvester aka Jane Lynch is easily the best character from Glee. Her snappy one-liners have the ability to send me into a complete laughing fit for minutes at a time. Entertainment Weekly did a list of her most outrageous quotes, here are some of my favorite that did make the cut:

“That was the most offensive thing I’ve seen in 20 years of teaching –and that includes an elementary school production of Hair.

”…I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some dark, cold night, I will steal away into your house…and punch you in the face.”

“You think this was hard? Try auditioning for Baywatch and being told they’re going in  another direction. That was hard.”

“I don’t trust a man with curly hair. I can’t help picturing small birds laying sulfurous eggs in there, and I find it disgusting.”

”I like minorities so much, I’m thinking of moving to California to become one.”

”Look at me. Even in the heat of battle, I’m so elegant, regal. I am Ajax, mighty Greek warrior.”

”I, for one, think intimacy has no place in a marriage. Walked in on my parents once, and it was like seeing two walruses wrestling”

And these SHOULD have been a part of this collection of awesomeness:

  • [to Will] You are about to board the Sue Sylvester express. Destination : HORROR
  • [to Jacob] Are you an Eve who was born a Steve? Because if you are I think there’s a special school that would better address your needs, and I think that school is in Thailand.

Top 5 Glee Performances

April 13th. Thanks Winter Olympics. With two months and a day until Glee resumes on FOX, I have decided to do a countdown of my favorite performances from the first thirteen episodes.


  • Lean On Me, Ballad – As much as I love Lea and Cory, it was nice to see a song that didn’t feature them as the leads.
  • Keep Holding On, Throwdown – Poor Quinn. I love how the whole glee club supports her in this song. I also appreciated the black and white outfits. Very classy, New Directions, very classy.
  • Somebody to Love, The Rhodes Not Taken – Consider this choice #5.5. I love this song.

5. Papa Don’t Preach, Hairography

Dianna Agron doesn’t have the strongest voice in the cast, but her sweet voice works really well with the cover of this Madonna classic. Puck’s lone guitar adds a little pizzazz and their cute glances at each other during the song are made of win. The song also ties in well with the pregnancy story line, she’s keeping her baby! (Please name her Drizzle).

4. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Sectionals

This was easily the best that Cory Monteith has sounded thus far. His solo was very John Mayer-esque and didn’t sound overly auto-tuned for once. The only thing that kind of bothered me was the audience standing up and having a party while they were performing… does this ever really happen?

3. My Life Would Suck Without You, Sectionals

This number was adorable. From the hodgepodge of choreography from their numbers thus far to Mr. Schue’s slow motion run to catch Emma before she left, the final song of the first half of the season kept a smile on my face the entire time.

2. It’s My Life/Confessions, Vitamin D

For me, the boys’ mashup outshone the girls’ by a long shot. Kurt’s intense stares, Finn’s utter lack of dancing ability, and Mike’s “pop and lock”…all of these things contributed to my runner up for favorite routines.

1. True Colors, Hairography

Hands down, favorite song so far on “Glee”. I love that Tina finally got a solo. The visual aesthetics were great, the different colored shirts, the simplicity of the stools. The glances between the different characters didn’t require dialogue, the unspoken elements were perfectly communicated. Yay.

images courtesy of Cory Monteith Daily, Dianna Agron Online