Friday, December 11, 2009

Imagine my Glee

Having rapped up a very successful premier season launch, Fox's singfest - Glee - was pretty engaging to us folk who enjoy dancin', and swingin', and movin' to the groovin'.

You also need  to find enjoyment in (or at least tolerance for) the drama-filled lives of high schoolers. According to my daughter, the show's trials and tributations are topically pretty realistic - a thought which should frighten a rational parent. To think my daughter finds ventriloquist dummies frightening but this show ... okay?

The show really does deserve applause for its approach to diversity. There's whites and blacks, hispanics, jews and gentiles, gays and straights, even a disabled kid in a featured role on a show about dancing and singing. Jocks, preppies (do they say that anymore?), cheerleaders, nerds, geeks, bullies, and all other groups are there, and there's reasonable dialog about all this. The differences are not ignored or resolved, but are simply present and (kind'a) real. Not bad for a show basically about kids doing pop music covers.

Oh yea, the tunes are pretty much fun, too.

After nine or ten inaugural episodes, the show has gone into hiatus for four months.

******SPOILER ALERT******

When the show returns in April, the club struggles to broaden their diversity when a ventriloquist wants to join.  Faculty advisor Will Schuester searches the rule book to find out whether the ventriloquist would count as one or two voices.  Quinn thinks the dummy might actually be the father of her child, not Puck.  Kurt is worried that the dummy is making a move on Finn. Rachel has a panic attack when the dummy sings better than her. Artie accidentially gets the dummy's arms stuck in a wheel of his chair, tearing one off.  Mercedes keeps trying to explain to the rest where the dummy's voice is actually coming from. Sue Sylvester continues to be a bitch.

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