mzminola_of_old: (quiet)
Okay, so this is me kind of rambling about Peter Hale, and eventually Stiles. Includes descriptions of things they've done in canon, so heads up.

Liar Liar EVERYTHING On Fire )

...thoughts?
mzminola_of_old: (quiet)
Okay, so I've consumed the first season of Community, and now I need to say stuff because it was running through my head all through work today.

I'm going to use semi-metaphor. Because it's about language, and communication, so I'm stylizing a bit but still I think talking about what the characters are actually doing? Hopefully I will be clear. Please let me know.

A Silver Tongue And The Silver Screen )
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Glee plays with stereotypes, and cultural narratives, and media narratives, and being/not-being their stereotype.

It touches on the Paper Mirror too, most blatantly when Tina says that if there aren't any Asian Sexy Symbols out there for her, she'll just have to become one.

cut for length )
mzminola_of_old: (quiet)
I think Kairi from the Kingdom Hearts game series is asthmatic.

My thoughts on the subject are as follows )

So my headcanon says that Kairi is an asthmatic Princess of Heart.
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Season 1, Episode 4, maybe about 25 minutes in? When the football team is in the choir room to learn how to dance.

We start partway through, with Schuester facing the team (while Kurt sits in a chair and watches) saying “A five-six-seven-eight, step-ball change, up, dun dun dun duh, bum bum buh bum, a buh buh bow," and then he blows a whistle to get them to stop.

I have no idea if he walked them through whatever they were doing first. The guys in the back row are copying the guys in the front row, they're decently together but not moving very much, and after the cut away and back, none of them are in the same position as each other.

He tells them they're doing good, but not relaxed/loose enough, and says "it's just like you're playing, football, all about the lateral movements, stay low and-" Kurt nudges him to the side. "Watch Kurt."

Kurt turns his back to the team, so they can directly copy, not mirror him (not that we see Schue giving them anything to mirror).

Kurt vocalizes each move that he does, not with a move-name, but with body-part name, a bit of description.

“All right boys, five-six-seven, hand, hand, point to the finger, hip, head, oop, sneak attack to the ring, comb through hair, slap the butt.”

That’s when Tanaka whistles for them to stop.

Pretty much that chunk of time encompassed by the above dialogue from Kurt, the team starts out staggered in their movements, but the longer Kurt demonstrates, the closer they get to being in sync with each other.

Intriguing.

Mar. 7th, 2012 06:27 pm
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Emma Pillsbury is presented in Season 1 as having germaphobia and OCD.

Ken Tanaka: wipes saliva on her car door handle, and later makes reference to "I'll put up with all your crazy."

Will Schuester thanks her helping with "one of my problems" and says "maybe I can help with one of yours" and then wipes chalk-dust on her nose after she takes half-step back, protesting.

Terri Schuester / del Monico licks her thumb and wipes it on Pillsbury's mug, and also flicks silverware.

Sue Sylvester...makes a reference to "struggling with mental illness" and...

and...

I cannot think of an instant where Sue Sylvester triggers Emma Pillsbury. I think she said something stinging during the car wash, though I don't recall what.

Sue Sylvester: continuing to subtly Not Be A Total Dick. unlike all the other adults at McKinley in Season 1
mzminola_of_old: (ninja)
so I noticed this )

Just wanted to make sure I wrote that down somewhere.
mzminola_of_old: (sad)
fairly disjointed )

On My Way

Feb. 21st, 2012 06:09 pm
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I only really have two coherent thoughts at the moment.

behind cut because the episode just came out so who knows who has actually had a chance to see it )

All my other thoughts are this jumbled snarl.
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
Rocky spoilers for anyone who cares )

...at this point I just kind of went ASJFLKDNVLKCGHCLVNGCNMX at my computer for a while.

Perception

Feb. 17th, 2012 07:56 pm
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I wasn't part of Glee fandom back when Rocky Horror Glee Show aired, so I'm assuming all the kvetching about why is the school musical just done by the Glee club? Why aren't there open auditions? We had non-Glee theater kids back in Sandy Ryerson's school musical in season one, where are they? has been done? Gotten out of the way? Okay, right, moving on.

and maybe my thoughts has already been said somewhere, but here they are anyway )

...okay yeah that's all for the moment.
mzminola_of_old: (wtf?)
So the competing Show Choirs in Glee need at least twelve members, and in the Trouble Tones we meet Sugar, Mercedes, Santana, and Brittany. We see more members, though they don't front, and really, Sugar doesn't front either.

I got the impression from dialogue that the Trouble Tones members we see-but-don't-meet are fellow Cheerios.

And I thought to myself, since Mercedes was on Cheerios for a while sophomore year, that means everyone in the Trouble Tones, except Sugar Motta, has explicitly worked with Coach Sylvester.

Now I'm curious as to how the Cheerios in the Trouble Tones interacted with Sugar.
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Rewatched I Kissed A Girl while waiting for The Spanish Teacher air, and took notes, since it was the last day it'd be on the Fox website.

thoughts )
mzminola_of_old: (angry)
While meta discussions are what got me into Glee, I initially watched it all fairly quickly and lightly, with only a few things standing out to me and demanding to be Thought Upon. I've since rewatched select episodes to discuss them better, and I will totally go back and watch (probably all of) it again later.

Right now, one of the things sticking out to me is Schue's treatment of Mercedes in Asian F, and how it resonated with me.

Expressing limits and saving face )
mzminola_of_old: (ninja)
Thoughts on Glee's Michael Jackson tribute episode.

First, I saw it in low quality, fairly jerky, jumping from one still to another, but with great sound. I've only seen a few scenes with quality motion visuals. I'm looking forward to next week when I can watch it again with better details.

Because damn does this show do amazing things with details. I'll probably throw more thoughts out then.

thoughts! )

In conclusion: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
Reading these amazingly detailed episode reviews: latest one

The note about Mercedes being the first person Kurt came out to popped at me, and I had some thoughts on it.

I for sure agree that it shows a level of trust Kurt has in Mercedes.
I'd like to add that I think it also shows a level of his care for her; he knows she was hurt by him leading her on, and arguably feels bad about that, especially since he let her think he liked Rachel over her (and at this point in the show, neither of them like Rachel).

So I'd say part of Kurt telling Mercedes he's gay is his trust, and part is him, as a friend, wanting to reassure her that him not wanting to date her? Isn't anything to do with her. Part guilt for lying to her / using her crush as a cover, part "please don't ever doubt that you are wonderful".

Edit: is this similar to in Grilled Cheesus when Kurt agrees to go to Mercedes church? A pattern where Kurt hurts Mercedes feelings, and then in an effort to make her feel better, makes himself vulnerable to her?
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
Way back in Season 1, in Throwdown, Will flunks all but three of the Cheerios in Spanish class. "Answered every question with a drawing of a sombrero".

At some point in the show, Sue says that WMHS doesn't have a SPED program.

I'm pretty sure she had to be forced by the administration to have open tryouts for the Cheerios, because she usually does things by invitation only?

Sue is super-focused on winning, and we see her inviting in people who help her with that goal. Quinn/Santana/Brittany are good at the physical tasks, and are the three Sue goes to at the beginning to infiltrate Glee Club. She boots Quinn as Quinn approaches the more visible stage of her pregnancy.

Kurt and Mercedes are invited in for singing, and we see them do the physical aspects of their routines pretty dang well. Sue threatens to boot Mercedes if she doesn't drop some pounds, and Mercedes (after some support from Quinn) tells her to go fuck herself (though in words that won't get her suspended from school).

Becky Jackson ends up as Head Cheerleader, with on-screen fierceness.

So that's six Cheerios we get to know.

In season 2, Sue steps down from her position as Principle in order to better protect Kurt.

It's been established that the school's pecking order puts jocks and Cheerios on top. Kurt and Mercedes are shown gaining popularity and some physical safety when in uniform. Brittany is a trendsetter and wins the student election...we also see her getting laughed at in her classes and ridiculed by a teacher.

Quinn gets slushied when her pregnancy gets out, and Santana gets threatened when the ad outing her runs. So it's not a complete shield.

In the case of Brittany and Becky, it's hard to tell how much being on the Cheerios got them to where they are on the social ladder, and how much is because of their inherent awesomeness.

With Mercedes we got an instant boost in popularity, to the point where it helped Puck.
With Kurt I think we got some safety from the uniform.

Wow I'm kind of rambling. What I'm building up to is, I don't think Brittany and Becky are alone in the Cheerios.

I think Sue Sylvester has been quietly inviting in kids who have the ability to win national championships, and who also would normally be destroyed by the rest of the student body.

Sue is mean and hard and often cruel and pushes and pushes and pushes and produces National Champions.
National Champions who are flunking Spanish.
And have been flunking for several years.
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
There's some really neat meta on the Glee posts I've been reading about "voice stealing". And I re-watched most of The Power of Madonna, and it definitely struck me in that episode.

thoughts )

I mean, what would he have done if one of the girls said she hated Madonna?
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
And have to write down my thoughts on Kurt.

I know Kurt has his Horrible Moments, but so far he impresses me. Like the football thing; it wasn't even his lie, it was a cascade of "oh god are we in trouble?" that resulted in one of his friends telling his dad he was on the football team.

But he goes with it.

And Oh My God. "I am here to audition for the part of kicker."
And the music. DESPITE Finn saying it was a bad idea. Because Kurt knew dancing up to it was the way for him to make the kick. Here he is, in front of the gang of jerks who regularly toss him in the dumpster (while he's still in his Transparent Closet) and he doesn't conform to the traditional way of football, he does it HIS FUCKING WAY.

Despite the fact that doing things his fabulous way had a very high chance of getting him beat up even worse, for coming onto their turf with his fabulosity.
But he fucking does it. He god damn dances his way to that kick.
As I put it to my roommate, he has ALL OF THE BALLS.

Oh, and the dumpster, can I say how impressed I am by the actor? Best "I hate everyone" glare ever.
Because the first two times we see it (pilot and next episode) it's Will Schuster, the god damned teacher, sees Kurt backed against the dumpster, surrounded by larger guys.

And Schuster (who is Mr. Oblivious) is all "Making new friends Kurt?"
And Puck who replies "he sure is"
Kurt says nothing. Kurt just watches him walk by.

Once the teacher is gone, they toss him.
Same thing the next episode, Mr. Schu tosses a greeting, and Kurt is fucking silent and staring.

And the thing is, Kurt hands one of them his bag, and the first time we see this event, his only protest is that his coat is new.

The combo of not calling out to the teacher for help, or even trying a "oh I have a homework question" tactic, not kicking or flailing, not yelling, just trying to mitigate the damage to his belongings...

It says to me that this has happened so much Kurt has learned there is nothing that will stop it. And that all he can do is not get hurt further.

Because I don't see the boy who danced up to the football as someone to go quietly into the dumpster the *first* time it happened, at least.
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