Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Politics Time

Ok, election is upcoming. Here are some thoughts.

Unfortunately I feel that Australian politics has been watered down. At least half our population (and this is being extreeeeeemely generous) have no idea about party policies and vote purely on personality. It's a popularity contest, not a contest to see who can run our country most effectively. That makes me sad. Our politicians don't feel relatable or accessible, so people either tune out or make superficial judgements. And the election campaigns simply reinforce this with weak slogans and sound bites. It makes me sad that more people aren't passionate about the very nature of how to govern life.

End of rant :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Blog

I'm trialing a new blog.
Let me know if you'd like the address.
I'd rather it was not linked to this, so I won't publicly link them.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Glee

Let me premise this by saying I LOVE Glee!

I am a huge fan of Glee! I love the music, the energy, the characters, just the whole show. It's so much fun!
Last night was the finale and I loved it. It was funny, made me cry, and made me laugh. And did I love the music! Awesome!

However...

Having said all that, the show has some sucky elements. I forgive them all because the end product is so entertaining and enjoyable. But why settle for mediocrity Glee?! You could be so awesome!

Your plot lines are all over the place, you have no continuity whatsoever! What is going on? You carry on these storylines as big arcs, but never have any sort of consistency. You bring back characters and hardly refer to what's gone on with them previously. Here are some of my problems with last night's episode.

First of all the obvious one.
Quinn goes into labor, gets to the hospital and has a baby all in the time it takes to sing bohemian rhapsody?! I know it's a long song, but come on! And I get the whole montage thing, which would have worked really well if you hadn't then gone back to real time. The rest of New Directions make it back to the comp in time for the awards, after Quinn gives birth, ruining any montage type thing you set up, to take it back to literal time passing. What the?! Then Quinn gives her baby up for adoption to someone she barely knows and it's all done on the spot and the paperwork is all filled out. Um, yeah, coz adoption is just that easy!

Then they bring back Josh Groban & Olivia Newton-John. They have both been in the show and were both super lovely and had great rapport with the other characters. Now all of a sudden they're horrible, arrogant douches?! And all this contrived to give Sue a heartfelt moment. I like that Sue had a genuinely heartfelt moment, but they could have set it up better, with better circumstances.
And who the hell gets Josh Groban on a musical show TWICE and doesn't get him to sing?!!!!!!!

The writers are constantly giving the characters huge moments then ignoring them the very next episode! They spent ages setting up the fact that Puck was the father of Quinn's baby, then Finn explodes, gets super angry, then says he can deal with it, but he won't forgive them. Then next episode they're all fine again! Huh?! And they hardly resolved the relationship between Quinn & Puck either. No teenagers (or adults really) are as forgiving as these guys!

And what about Kurt's dad & Finn's mum? Kurt's dad kicks Finn out of the house for calling Kurt a fag even though he says he might lose Finn's mum over it, but he has to protect his son. Then they never tell us what happens! Are Kurt's dad & Finn's mum still together? They can't be living together anymore, unless Finn now lives on his own. Talk about leaving loose ends!

There are seemingly countless things like this that makes Glee less than it ought to be. They have great actors, great music, a huge following, endless celebrity appearances, mostly great dialogue, so why such week story? Come on Glee! Surely you have enough success to afford better writers who can give the show some story strength. It is is desperate need. It will turn a good show into a great one!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Politics

A great post from Howie re: Christians & Politics.
Especially relevant with the election coming up.

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