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I’m about halfway through Season 1 of Glee, which I picked up on DVD after having it highly recommended to me by multiple friends.  And indeed, it is a very fun show.  The ever-present drama and comedy of your standard sit-com (this one set in a high school) is as expected, maybe even a little better than usual because the characters seem to display more genuine emotion.  The fact that the cast breaks out into song, musical-style, about 2-3 times an episode is also totally awesome, and I really enjoy it for the same reason I enjoy singing along with the radio and singing along at karaoke – sometimes you’ve got emotions that are easiest to release via song.

Above all, however, the thing that makes me most happy about Glee is the show’s theme: that people are happiest when they are being themselves, even it means looking foolish in front of others.  I’m sort of a sucker for emotional moments in television, but it hits me harder in Glee because the aforementioned message is reinforced time and time again through the winding plot.  It’s an ideal I strive for in my own life and it resonates with me as the characters of the show struggle with it in their own circumstances.

I don’t want to give it a full blown review quite yet, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who shamelessly sings in the shower, hums along to the radio, or just enjoys emotional, musical television.

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Review: Fringe

I am only really watching one TV show right now, and that’s Fringe. (I would be watching Glee as well, except that I am out of space on my iPad and I wanted to watch the first two seasons first.)  Unsurprisingly, the first thing I compare Fringe to is the X-Files, since the two are related in genre and in architecture: a through-line of conspiracy and global secrecy and strangeness, backed up by one-off “monster” episodes where the team investigates something strange/weird/horrifying.  I basically stopped watching X-Files because I went to college and had no TV/little time, not because I didn’t want to watch it anymore, so I was interested enough in Fringe when I discovered it to pick it up on DVD and begin watching it in its 2nd season.

Fringe does a lot of things right.  The dynamics among the main three characters – Olivia, the cop/Mulder; Peter, the skeptic and requisite shady-connections guy/Scully; and Walter, Peter’s father and the mad scientist – is really pretty interesting, and keeps a lot of the less plot intensive episodes going strong.  I am in love with the primary conceit of the series (which, minor spoilers, involves a parallel universe), and I feel like they have the right pace to revealing things about the overarching plot.  I also really like the positioning of unexplained mysteries on the periphery – unlike Lost (another Abrams show), Fringe keeps things connected enough that I never feel like I am being pushed from mystery to mystery, and even when not everything is explained, I have a good feeling about the world created.

On the other hand, Fringe has recently restarted and I am bothered a bit by the pacing of action.  If the entire season progresses along the arc created in the first few episodes, which is a trite sort of infiltration plot, I’ll be pretty upset, because it is breaking apart the character dynamics that I have come to appreciate.  I almost think said plot would have been waaaay better earlier in the series, as a means by which to increase closeness to the characters as opposed to the reverse.

Overall: B+
Authenticity of Crazy Scientist Character: A
Ratio of Conspiracy/Overarching Plot to Monster Plot: B+
Future Prospects: B- (but I still highly recommend watching seasons one and two!)

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