Top Ten Tuesday: the Long Goodbye

Well this is definitely the roughest going for any post I’ve written so far. Let me tell you, finding and watching all these clips? I’ve been weeping steadily since about the third one. You’re welcome.

I think I’m in the minority when it comes to tv characters dying. And by that I mean I’m not often all that outraged by it. There are certainly characters that I have and will mourn, but I’m not throwing in the towel if my favorite bites it. And I’m not one to find death a cop out for the writers – I’ll leave it to others to think up crazy ways to write off their favs. Death happens to every one of us. It’s how all our stories will end. And it almost never gives us a clean wrap-up.

So I get that people are up in arms right now about Derek Shepherd’s last episode. But I’m not one of them.

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Glee: Who Are You Now, Ms. Rachel Berry?

rachel-berry-two-gay-dads__oPtSo Glee ended a few weeks ago. It had what I thought was a decent finale. An hour flashback to see the pilot episode from the kids’ point of view, rather than Will Scheuster, followed by an hour of saying good-bye and getting a glimpse into the future. Those two episodes made for a nice full circle kind of feeling, seeing where the original five came from and then where they ended up.

But watching 2009 got me thinking about something. Something I’d had a fleeting thought about awhile ago, but never really explored. Rachel didn’t have too much of her own story in this episode, since we’d seen her decision to join the glee club in the pilot. But she was a bit of a catalyst in Mercedes’ story. And it was her part in Mercedes’ story that got me thinking, and made me rewatch several of Rachel’s voiceovers and story lines throughout the series to further think through this little theory I have. And here it is.

I don’t think Rachel self identifies as white.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Glee Songs

Glee is ending this Friday, and I promise that I will chill when it’s over and will stop talking about it. Well…probably not.

Now, I want to make it very clear that I am in no way unemployed with a lot of free time between job hunting and interviews, and therefor absolutely did not spend the better part of two days putting together the ultimate list of all the Glee songs ever released in order from best to worst. And then I would like to point out that I did not decide half way though that I was going about that task in a bad way, and so absolutely did not start over. Absolutely not. Because that would be crazy.

I’ve seen a lot of these lists going around the past few days, and they’ll probably keep coming as the show finally winds down. It’s definitely funny seeing just how differently people viewed the show. There are some standards that everybody loves, but there are songs that people list as the best that I don’t even remember happened and songs that people list as the worst that for some reason have stuck themselves in me and won’t let go. I mean, Glee sang over 700 songs, of course there’s going to be a little difference of opinion.

So here you go. 10 of my favorite Glee numbers, one from each of the show’s six seasons with four extras thrown in for good measure. And I refuse to put any of the renditions of either “Don’t Stop Believing” or “Don’t Rain on My Parade” on this list, because – as wonderful as they are – everyone is tired of hearing about those two songs.

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Glee: When Love was Wilder than the Wind

gleerjOkay, I’m well aware that I just talked about Glee yesterday, but get over it because we’re talking about it again today. Specifically, we’re going to talk about Rachel Berry and Jesse St. James. So buckle up, babies! Because I had a lot more thoughts and feelings about Jesse’s return than I thought I was going to and I’m going to share them with you whether you want it or not.

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Glee: And in the End

gleeI have watched Glee since the beginning. I was there in May of 2009, after the finale of that season’s American Idol, and have been there ever since. Glee has had a lot of wonderful moments over the years, and a number of truly maddening moments as well, but I’ve stuck by it until then end. And I’m happy with that.

It seems to me that people are so far fairly unsatisfied with this last season. Not that that’s a real surprise. People have been unsatisfied with Glee since the back half of Season One. It’s never been quite what people want it to be. Things are tying up too neatly or not at all. Kurt and Blaine as well as Santana and Brittany get married, but what about their futures, their career aspirations? Kurt and Blaine get back together, but do they actually work though any of the problems they had in their relationship? What happened on Mercedes’ tour? Is she doing another album? Are Puck and Quinn really together, because he was getting pretty close with Mama Anderson at the wedding? Really, we’re going to have a whole episode based around Sue, who even likes that character? And really, who cares about this newest crop of New Directions? Why do they have to have stories? They should just be in the background while we focus on the real show.

And it’s that last complaint that led me to finally, formally realize an unpopular opinion I think I hold.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ladies Night

This past Sunday was International Women’s Day (and also, my birthday which is almost as important). So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re going to celebrate women. I realize that there’s absolutely no way to make a comprehensive list of awesome women and awesome female moments and relationships with just ten measly entries, so take this list as a jumping off point. This is a mere smattering of great characters and great shows, but it’s ten moments that have stuck with me: ten moments of women standing up for themselves, of women supporting other women, of women fighting for their families, and of women loving themselves. Enjoy the clips.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Black History Month

February is Black History Month. And as it’s winding down, I wanted to take the time recognize some of my favorite black characters, past and present, in television.

Diversity, in all its forms, is something that should be recognized and celebrated, and is a virtue that television is still struggling with. But I have faith that it’s working in the right direction. This season on broadcast tv alone saw the introduction of How to Get Away With MurderEmpireBlack-ishJane the Virgin, and most recently Fresh off the Boat – all programs that predominantly star and celebrate people of color. All five of these shows have done well both critically and commercially, and not just with niche audiences made up of the people the shows represent. More is needed. More is definitely needed. But strides are being made.

So please join me in celebrating just a small portion of black excellence in television.

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