A couple more television reviews for this week – only two, because the Glee one is going to be quite long and I don’t want to bore anyone!
No Ordinary Family: Wow! I really enjoyed this! I knew that I probably would, but it was even better than I was expecting. It has got some really bad reviews, and it is in a terrible time slot in the states (up against Glee and NCIS). I can understand some of the criticism; a lot of people said that it was too much like a live-action The Incredibles, but I don’t really agree. I thought it was good fun. It was fun waiting to see what each member of the family would have as a superpower, and I knew that the son would, of course, end up with something. It’s also not dissimilar to Heroes, but it has a warmth that Heroes didn’t have, probably because it is centred around a family. Whilst I was watching it and enjoying it, I did wonder where things might go next, because it can’t just be about them discovering their powers. Then the bank robber with the super human speed turned up, and I realised that it probably has plenty of places it can go, and some of them will end up being quite dark. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it pans out.
Glee: The long awaited and much-hyped Britney Spears episode. I can’t really decide how I feel about it. I generally liked the songs (though Baby One More Time wasn’t really all that good, as far as I am concerned). But the storyline? Let’s face it, there wasn’t one. It was like Ryan Murphy thought, “I really want Britney in this episode, how can I do it? Well I can’t, so I’ll just have them all hallucinating about her, and never mind the plot.” I know that Glee is all about the music, but I enjoy the storylines too, and I honestly think if you took this episode out, you wouldn’t lose any coherence of storyline, between last week’s episode and this week’s (though obviously time will tell). In last season’s Theatricality, Glee paid tribute to Lady Gaga, and whilst it was amazing, they did only two Gaga songs. This episode boasted five Britney songs, and yet it wasn’t amazing. I honestly don’t think they needed Britney herself to be in the episode either. They managed a whole Madonna episode last season without a cameo from the lady herself, and that was one of the standout episodes to date. Britney’s cameos felt completely forced, and totally unnecessary. And bless her, for someone who has actually starred in a film, she can’t really act, can she?
Having said all this, there were some positives, not least Brittany herself. Her monologue at the beginning explaining why she didn’t want to ‘do Britney’ was genius, and delivered in the perfect Brittany way. Emma was back (she was missed last week), and with her she brought the unspeakably hot John Stamos. What an incredibly good looking man he is. Also, how funny did Rachel look against Finn in the locker room – so tiny! I wish Artie would lose his ‘street’ way of talking. Is this a new thing or is that just me? “Yo, Spears is fierce yo,” is not really something that I need Artie to say. Ever. And funnily enough, Will has gone from being mega attractive to being mega annoying and ever so slightly creepy. Weird. My favourite song of the episode was either Toxic or Me Against the Music. Also, You Are the Only Exception – the only non-Britney song of the episode. Both very good. I tried to pick a favourite quote from the episode, but seeing as it was an epic episode for Brittany quotes, I leave you with a selection of my favourites.
“He discovered America.”
“This room looks like the one on that spaceship where I got probed.”
“Please don’t pull out all of my teeth. When I smile I’ll look like an adult baby but with boobs.”
“Are you a cat?”
“It’s Britney. Bitch.”
“It looks like a Jewish cloud.”
“Finn can fly?”