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I'm so very happy with Glee having finally started. I loved the second episode about the same amount as the pilot, a bit more actually since some of the characters that bugged me a bit in the pilot became a bit more sympathetic, such as the football coach and lead-guy's wife (I'm going to go out on a limb and say I don't dislike her, because she seemed to be getting a clue about her own selfishness), that and the humor has become a bit more absurd, which I like. Plus there seemed to be more scenes with Jane Lynch, and any scene with Jane Lynch in it has thus far been utterly hilarious.

Two things bugged me: I hope the other four Glee kids aren't going to be relegated to background singers in the show every episode. I want some focus on them, but so far the show's given them barely any attention. And the songs seem too over produced. I expect the actual music used to have been pre-recored in a studio and the actors to be lip-syncing in the scene, but it shouldn't be so glaringly obvious that's what's happening.

Other than that *love*

Also watched the pilot of Virtuality, which was going to be Ron D Moore's new show post BSG, except it didn't get picked up and all that has been made was a pilot, which was turned into a tv movie.

Basically: at team of astronauts are spent out on a ten year mission to find another habitable planet, while they're on their mission, their exploits are being beamed back to Earth as a reality tv show and they spend most of their free time in a virtual reality programme which has started playing up and a mysterious un-programmed figure is murdering them all. So it's part Star Trek, part Big Brother, part 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It started off boring, the reality-tv thing didn't work for me, and I started ticking off characters I'd seen before in BSG. There was the bratty and hard-as-nails female pilot, the gruff, misanthropic and responsibility-adverse second in command, the very intelligent, self-absorbed and morally ambiguous British guy, the hot white male captain, as well as a character introduced being diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease, a Adama-Tyrol amalgam, the male version of Head!Six, and another I couldn't decide if she was Dee, Boomer or Gaeta.

So yeah, I was not at all surprised at first that it didn't get picked up. But then things on the ship went to hell and it it became really intriguing towards the end, it actually got almost forth-wall breaking, asking if reality was real. (Apparently there was a cut speech in No Exit, in which Ellen Tigh comes very close to suggesting they're fictional characters, so I wouldn't be surpised if RDM went there and had his chacters become vaguely self aware in his next project)

But what really amused me was that if you follow the BSG character archetypes, it's became clear towards the end that RDM finally figured out to what do with Lee Adama: kill him off in the pilot. And with an airlock, no less. So yeah, killing off the show's white male lead in the pilot. That had me sitting back and declaring the show awesome.

As it got interesting and the characters came into their own towards the end, I'm quite sad it didn't get picked up. But then, it was Fox so that was to be expected.

Date: 2009-09-12 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artic-fox.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed Glee as well and will certainly keep watching.

Date: 2009-09-12 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddow.livejournal.com
It is such cute, fun little show. I'm going to stick with it as well.

Date: 2009-09-12 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadeddiva.livejournal.com
I sort of hate that they never figured out what to do with Lee. So they gave him to Dee and then it all went to hell.

Date: 2009-09-12 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddow.livejournal.com
The writer's search for a character arc for Lee did give us some amusing things (namely Fat!Lee), but I really wish the Dee/Lee storyline hadn't happened since it derailed Dee as well. Plus more interesting Lee relationships got thrown by the wayside such as his friendship/mentorship with Roslin. One minute he's her trusted second in command, next they don't talk for a season and a half.

He was a much better character in season four when he was used sparingly and (for the most part) only when the storyline called for his presence.

Date: 2009-09-12 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] airie-fairy.livejournal.com
Damnit, I still have to watch Glee.

Date: 2009-09-12 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddow.livejournal.com
You do! It really is (thus far) a hilarious, insanely quotable show.

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