My Weekly Adventures #38

Time sure flies by! February was a busy busy month. I barely had a moment to catch my breath. As I mentioned in the previous My Weekly Adventures, its really a ton of behind the scenes stuff as I barrel through reading and TV series and movies. I also had an eureka moment over the last two weeks and have finally figured out that I’m a photographer and not an artist so to figure out a beautiful banner for Tranquil Dreams was not going to happen out of graphic design but rather, putting together a photo! It only took 2 years to figure it out. Haha! Sad, right? Now to actually put it together, right? Let’s hope that’ll be soon! Creative juices are flowing through me and it feels awesome! I just have so many ideas and not enough time but I love being busy. Things to look forward to is always great.

However, this past two weeks have been pretty cool with Montreal events picking up yet again. We got some really cold weather and now these past two weeks have been nice and cool.

Musical: Mamma Mia [Farewell Tour]

Mamma Mia

My girl friends and I were incredibly lucky to be able to go to see the farewell tour of Mamma Mia! Sure, we had to pay and all but we learned about this so late and still managed to find seats not exactly next to each other in the same row but we found seats one behind the other in a decent spot. I love Mamma Mia! Love it to absolute bits! I’ve really only seen the movie and despite it not being perfect in some ways, I really enjoy the music and humor and all. Seeing it live in its original musical form was amazing. Everyone did fantastic and it was incredibly fun the entire time.

Montreal Joue Festival

Montreal Joue Festival

Montreal Joue is going on right now. It started with the Independent Games of Montreal that ran on February 25th for 12 hours and had about 30 games. I managed to see all the games but only got the chance to try out 7 of them. Some I have tried at previous festivals and also the reason why I opted out to save myself some time. Others had incredible amounts of people all the time that I just had to skip it because I hadn’t slotted out a full day for the festival. If you want to see a more detail recap, you can find it at That Moment In where all the gaming content I do is here. It is the first time I’ve made it out to this festival and after this I believe the game festivals in Montreal start looping back to the ones I started with last year. It always amazes me how small these spaces look and how many games can fit into it and always with its fair share of surprises. For those interested, there are still lots of events going on like society games and what not. They had the retro games one as well. You can find it all on their festival page.

Oscars Night

Oscars happened this past weekend. If you’ve been a long time follower here, you’ll notice that its the first year since I’ve started covering movies that I haven’t had an Oscars recap. The fact is that since I moved out to my own place, I don’t have actual TV. Last year, I was able to stream it on the local channel online. This year, they blocked it out to only users with a TV subscription and I don’t have that. I find that a little stupid because it feels like times are going backwards. However, #firstworldproblems, right? So, I’ll stop complaining about it. I just thinking that Academy Awards should probably do something about streaming it online since you know, a ton of big shows like these do it anyways. Its the beauty of the Internet. Regardless, it wouldn’t have made a difference to me seeing as I saw none of the best picture picks and only saw Zootopia and Captain Fantastic and perhaps some random smaller categories.

Point is, I didn’t see it so no recap. I’m a little unhappy about how I didn’t get to see it but hey, my husband and I chose a much more fun choice and binged Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix. Two more episodes to go this weekend and I’ll be doing a recap on that, as a sidenote.

Health & Class Update

Moving on to a good and not so good note, 2017 has just been a crap storm in terms of my health. Bugs and ear problems plagued me last time. Luckily, the bug never came back. I even caved and ended up going to the doctor to figure out what was wrong with my ear. Luckily, no infection so that was taken care of and I’m enjoying hearing perfectly well. Its definitely fantastic. Except that same evening that the ear thing was resolved, my eye decided to have something go wrong. If you’ve been here a few years, you’d know that a few years ago, I suffered a few months of that also. It sucks that its back but at least I’m dealing with it the best I can to hopefully get rid of it without having to go have another mini surgery because that hurts like hell. I’m not kidding when its really bumming me out and taking a whole lot of energy to stay positive and just keep on keeping on especially with work going through a stressful phase the past week. Luckily, that is somewhat over…the keyword here being somewhat.

Other than that, my online class is in the final week now. Trying to get ready to do the final assignment and final test. Not a huge fan of tests of any sort but its okay. I’ve learned some cool stuff in this class. While I would have loved to free up time, I apparently am crazy and for some deal thing, I ended up signing up for a month membership for the classes to take up something else. I’m still deciding what but I’m leaning towards photography or guitar. I do have a guitar glaring at me every single day that I don’t know how to play at all but have always wanted to. I’ll decide soon but this is going to be the last month I have planned for any more of these classes since things get busy with work afterwards and I just won’t have time. Plus, all those new segments I’m working on are going to need some time and love to put together. ūüôā

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Valentine’s Marathon: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Next up in the Valentine’s Marathon is a classic that I’ve been meaning to see and that’s Singin’ In the Rain! Lots of popular songs and a musical seems like a great formula. Not to mention it looks incredibly fun to watch.

Let’s check it out!

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Singin' In the Rain

Director: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

Cast: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. – IMDB

¬†Singin’ In the Rain is a classic and I finally can see why. There isn’t much I can say that hasn’t been said before. I’m pretty sure of that. Its not only a romantic story but an incredibly light-hearted, comedic and fun one. The music is wonderful and the idea of watching Hollywood change from silent movies to sound brings in this new adventure for everyone as they embrace change. Not to mention that the entire cast is totally awesome and charming with a lot of character.

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Our main characters here are Debbie Reynolds as Kate who turns a cold shoulder when they first meet at big silent film star, Don Lockwood who then gets intrigued. There’s so much here to love in her character. For one, the moment we see her in that number jumping out of a cake and locks eyes with Don before doing that cute little dance with her crew is fantastic. That whole scene sets off the right tone of the chemistry and the charm both of these characters have. Don Lockwood is played by Gene Kelly and this man’s smugness as Don is awesome. It creates the perfect type of character that challenges each other. Although their romance develops relatively quickly, it is believable. Aside from them, another rather big role (although its more of a supporting role), is Don’s best friend, Cosmo who is a complete goofball in so many ways but also an incredibly talented musician. Together, these three create the lighthearted atmosphere this movie needs especially with sound numbers like “Good Morning”. Before Kate shows up, Don and Cosmo also have some great moments to show how strong their friendship is and how on beat they are together, not to mention a little silly. It brings so many layers to these characters.

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In a rather outrageously funny character way was this scene above and it really ¬†highlights Jean Hagen’s character, Lina Lamont who is a great silent star but the moment she opens her mouth, you realize that the transition to movies with sound is really not for her anymore. At least back then when it was full of music and elegance, there was really no place for her as she learns to round her words and be used to speaking into a microphone. However, it did bring a lot of humor as we saw the disasters that it’d bring. Not to mention, the little dramas that she would like to cause for the diva that she was as she grasped to stay alive in the changing movie business. On that note, other characters also helped, like Douglas Fowley as Roscoe and Millard Mitchell as R.F., the latter pretty much runs the studio.

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Its funny that Singin’ in the Rain before I saw it seemed like just another musical. Probably much better in calibre because its a classic. For that, it didn’t disappoint me at all. In fact, what made it even rise higher in my books and actually is incredibly perfect in many ways is that it has something for everyone (or mostly because I’m sure some people don’t share the same type of love I had). Why I say this is because my husband who is not into musicals or romantic comedies sat there and enjoyed the humor it had and the colorful characters. For that, it makes it even better because the songs compliment a fantastic movie that brings just the right tone of humor and balances it with a story that has notes of romance but also something more to give it even more substance.

I love Singin’ in the Rain. Its a great movie and definitely well worth its classic title and in my heart, I truly believe it has something for everyone to love. The cast is fantastic, the story is awesome and the music is simply great. There are some catchy tunes and probably a lot that you have already heard. Debbie Reynolds is so adorable to watch and Gene Kelly is charming in a full of himself kind of way but really pulls it off and we can’t forget Donald O’Connor who is a comedic highlight that keeps the movie fun and entertaining. Its a little bit of everything fitted so perfectly well together.

Have you seen Singin’ In the Rain?

***Since this was supposed to be yesterday’s post, I’ll have another Valentine’s marathon review going up later today.***

Grease: Live (TV Special 2016)

Did any of you catch the Grease: Live musical show last Sunday? I don’t have a TV so I didn’t but I managed to stream it on the public broadcasting network CTV in Canada online. ¬†Grease is one of my favorite movies ever! Its feel-good and fun and all that lovely stuff. ¬†You can check out my review for original movie¬†HERE. Its one thing to want to do Grease since its a huge feat in itself but to do it live, that is taking it to another level. When I heard about it, I’m not going to lie, I was pretty impressed especially with the cast that it had.

Let’s check it out, shall we?

Grease: Live (2016)

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Director: Thomas Kail & Alex Rudzinski

Cast: Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Carlos PenaVega, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jordan Fisher, Keke Palmer, Ana Gasteyer

After enjoying a summer romance, high school students Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High. There Sandy must contend with cynical Rizzo and the Pink Ladies in attempt to win Danny’s heart again.-IMDB

¬†Grease is a 2 hours and 15 minute live musical experience. ¬†There are little bits that were changed from the original. ¬†It feels like some songs were changed up and some scenes were modified, however, it does remain true to the original. ¬†Its a blast to watch and one that remembered to keep the point of Grease intact. ¬†The music was catchy, the young love was full of chemistry and the characters were fun and energetic to watch. ¬†The effort and practice that the cast had to make sure it all flowed perfectly between acres of set and going from one location to the next was definitely impeccable and one that I admire. ¬†I’m not exactly sure that having a live audience on set was really a good choice but at least it felt like it kept the energy there even if it at times, it emphasized that this was a show and not a story (if you know what I mean).

Grease Live

I guess, I would have to contradict the show part a little because the pro to it being that way is that there are added hosts. ¬†While I’m not crazy about the whole sending to commercials and whatnot sort of thing and I did stream it after so it meant nothing to me essentially, the starting bit with the cast credits and whatnot lead in by the cast running around and going through the sets with Jessie J singing was a really nice touch. ¬†Before I talk about the cast who are the highlight here, let me just say, how great is it that Boyz II Men played the Teen Angels and did that singing bit? Really awesome!! That’s my answer to that.

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Finally, the cast! The highlight of the show was really in the cast and the energy that they brought. ¬†Aaron Tveit played Danny Zuko is perfect because he has the charisma to do it. ¬†If you don’t believe me, check out his video singing Popular from Wicked. ¬†Its a girl part but he adds such an adorable touch to it. ¬†With Danny Zuko, I absolutely thought he was so fun to watch. ¬†This guy is simply great! I’m not exactly sure I’ve been a great fan of Julianne Hough at the beginning of her career but in the last few years, she’s really changed my view of her and I’ve grown to appreciate her, maybe more as a performer and dancer than an actress but they let her show off some great dance moves and she does have a nice voice (which she did also show us in Burlesque). ¬† Aside from that, Vanessa Hudgens probably was the show stealer especially since she proved that she’s extremely professional especially with the passing of her dad just the day before. ¬†She did a stellar performance for Rizzo and brought on a nice attitude that the character had. ¬†Talking about this, the show did end with a little dedication to her father and that was a very respectable thing to do as well.

Grease: Live

Moving on, ¬†Frenchy was always a really nice character in the original, while I didn’t dislike it, I thought that someone other than Carly Rae Jepsen might have done a better job, however, it was better than I expected. ¬†No complaints there. The boys playing the T-Birds was fun to watch. ¬†I really like Jordan Fisher playing Doody a lot. ¬†One of the other girls in Pink Ladies, Marty, played by Keke Palmer did a super fun number as well. I could go on with the cast and really say how I enjoyed each one. ¬†But I won’t, because it would be boring and if you don’t know the original, all this would probably seem meaningless. However, that isn’t saying that this one has a little something that is different, maybe its because its live and while there are parts that you know are just practical effects and playing with lights and whatnot to imitate a certain scene, it was done really good.

Overall, Grease: Live did not disappoint at all. ¬†It was almost as fun and energetic as the movie its based on. ¬†The set and the accomplishment of this might just open doors for more of these TV special live musicals to take place and that is something I’d look forward to a whole lot. ¬†Of course, that would have to include being able to get a cast that is as charismatic as this one to pull it off. You can see the hard work and the chemistry that the cast (and probably the crew) has worked together to make this happen. ¬†The effort for Grease: Live is definitely noted by me and if I had the chance, I’d watch it again. ¬†It respects the original and makes it suitable for TV, without hurting the story and what Grease meant to the audience whether its the catchy songs or the story about young love.

Did you catch Grease: Live on TV last weekend? Did you like it? Are you a fan of the original Grease?

Game Review: Elite Beat Agents (2006) for Nintendo DS

Check out my review of Elite Beat Agents for Nintendo DS over at That Moment In! ūüôā

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The Rundown: Are you in a snag? Have you hit your breaking point? Just scream for help! That’s when an elite government agency lead by Commander Kahn dispatches his three agents to motivate and encourage you to overcome those obstacles through their song and dance. It doesn’t matter if you are the lost puppy or the desert-stranded popstars or even a pirate trying to find the treasure, they will be there for you. There will be a time when you can turn around and help them when music-hating aliens invade Earth and it’s up to you to back them up.

Impressions: I’m a huge fan of Musical games.  Something about them are upbeat and fun. They are also really simple and the best way to relax even when you have to try and try and try to pass a level. Its pretty much based on a quick reaction time to…

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Netflix A-Z: Grace Unplugged (2013)

We’re back with the letter G in our Netflix selection. ¬†I had to make a little switch because the original choice was The Great Gatsby and I’m trying to not have overlapping genre and The Great Gatsby is very much a romance which I just did in The Fault in Our Stars. ¬†I don’t frequently make these changes and they shouldn’t occur again since I gave a quick look over the first round of Netflix A-Z remaining. ¬†G had some choices, but I ended up choosing a smaller movie because The Fault in our Stars was a pretty known and popular choice. ¬†Netflix has a lot of hidden gems so part of this is to try and dig those out. ¬†My choice is Grace Unplugged. No idea what its about but it said inspirational and music and I like both of these sorts of movies. ¬†I’m kind of a sucker for them.

Let’s check it out!

Grace Unplugged (2013)

Grace Unplugged

Director: Brad J. Silverman

Cast: AJ Michalka, James Denton, Kevin Pollak, Shawnee Smith, Michael Welch, Zane Holtz

Grace Trey is the ideal Christian teen who is also a phenomenal singer. But at the tender age of eighteen, after she gets the music break of a lifetime and is thrust into the “real world” – her faith is put to the test. – IMDB

Just in case you happened to land on my blog and reading this and I don’t dive in my religious beliefs, I’m not Christian. ¬†I have no religion but I believe that there is a higher force. ¬†What it is, I don’t know yet. ¬†But I respect different religions and I have family that are Christians. ¬†But to me, religion is really a belief and putting your faith in someone. ¬†You can disagree, its fine. ¬†I’m not here to disagree but that is what I’m saying is that even if you aren’t Christian, you can understand a movie like this one, Grace Unplugged. ¬†There is not other way than to make these movies formulaic but for whatever reason, not even Grace discovering that she really was just lost in her faith and beliefs, it touched me. ¬†Grace UnpluggedOne of the contributing factors of what makes Grace Unplugged engaging to watch is the very good cast. ¬†I don’t know a whole lot of the cast in other movies, except for Kevin Pollak and Zane Holtz who both play a supporting role and Shawnee Smith and James Denton look incredibly familiar. ¬†Oh, and who can forget Michael Welch who was in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. ¬†Regardless, they all held cliche but convincingly good roles. ¬†AJ Michalka plays Grace Trey who wants to be more than just the sidekick of her father in their church band. ¬†She wants the world to know her ability and that she is more than the shadow under her father who was a one hit wonder who lost his path to drugs and alcohol back in the days and then fell out of the music business. ¬†She wants to prove that she can do more and share her talent with the world. ¬†Its a journey to like Grace’s character and that is all because of how the character is developed. ¬†Like I said, it is a very formulaic sort of inspirational story for her but Grace starts off as a girl who is naive and doesn’t know much in the world and somewhat spoiled and stubborn is anything and she can be frustrating to watch but as you watch her character grow, even if it might be a little rushed and the turnpoint is not even complicated, she does grow and becomes someone we want to root for.

Grace Unplugged

As her parents roles, we have her father, John played by James Denton who plays a much more important supporting role.  Mom, Michelle is played by Shawnee Smith.  Mom plays a much smaller role in this movie than the father figure and just his influence to Grace.  In a way, I think this movie meant a little more to me because of the father-daughter relationship it had. I guess it brought back some feelings I had as I was growing up.  Let me tell you, the father daughter chemistry here is done pretty well and it convinced me enough that it made me a little emotional about the whole thing and I even got a little misty, no tears but just watery eyes, you know.

Aside from the characters being formed by a strong cast, Grace Unplugged has many good themes embedded in it. While it looks like a movie about belief and faith (for Christians) and its about being inspirational, there are themes of a family, authority and just dealing with all the issues we have in a coming of age story.  It forces in a little side story about love and the values of the music business.  Deal is: its about finding yourself and that is the true message in this movie.  Its finding who you are and not the value that other perceive you as and being true to who you want to be regardless of anything else.

Am I saying Grace Unplugged is perfect? No. ¬†I’m just saying that its a decent inspirational movie with some good music that carries an effective message. Plus, its about finding where you belong in many ways and having the courage to face who you are and where your beliefs/faith lie. For me, the family angle was the most inspirational part of Grace Unplugged. ¬†Sure, its a little cliche and follows a very simple formula that most inspirational/music/religious movies might follow but this one carries very good and believable performances that worked for me. I definitely think its worth a chance ūüôā

Have you seen Grace Unplugged? Do you enjoy watching music-related and/or inspirational movies?

Any guesses for the H selection? Think adaptations from a novel.

Grease (1978)

I’d like to consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to musicals. ¬†I know that there’s a ton that I haven’t seen but I’ve also seen a good bunch of them and they are possibly one of my favorite genres ever to watch. ¬†Imagine the surprise when I tell you that before 2 weeks ago, I’ve never seen Grease before. ¬†I know of Grease and I’ve seen the Grease based episode on Glee before. ¬†I’m relatively okay with the younger days of John Travolta and I know that Olivia Newton-John is in it, even though I’ve never actually seen her in any movies. ¬†Its always been on my list but I’ve just never gotten around to it.

Here we are! My friends dropped by with their little one (I talked about it HERE) and while we had nothing to do while she took care of her mommy duties, we sat down to watch Grease ūüôā

Let’s check it out!!

Grease (1978)

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Director: Randal Kleiser

Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Jeff Conaway, Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, Kelly Ward

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? – IMDB

¬†I have no idea what has taken me this long to watch Grease. ¬†Grease is a fun high school musical film full of great songs and great characters. ¬†While I was completely convinced with the whole romance between Danny and Sandy and it begged for a little more development, the music and dance choreography was so great and really memorable. ¬†Watching this actually ¬†made me realize that I knew most of the songs before I even watched this. ¬†Maybe my parents watched this when I was young and it stuck in my memory? I don’t know.

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My version of Grease’s review wouldn’t be complete without tackling the concept of young John Travolta. ¬†I had a bit of respect for him until he really creeped me out in this year’s Academy Awards. He looks a tad plastic and I haven’t quite enjoyed his recent movies. ¬†I can’t even remember them anymore. ¬†But young John Travolta, early in his career, I believe, was fantatic. ¬†Sure, like any musical brought to the big screen, there’s a tad of overacting and whatnot but Danny is such a great character. ¬†He’s the school bad boy and the leader of the T-Birds but he falls in love for Sandy. ¬†The choice now is deciding whether he can give up his image for this girl. ¬†The character development of his character was pretty good from trying to hide his feelings to being an encouraging leader to his friends (especially about their rundown crappy car and turning it into Grease Lightning) and by the end, he’s changed in his own way. John Travolta in this role was really great. ¬†He carried it amazingly and while I sat around wondering if John Travolta in his younger self was handsome, I do admit he had a bit of charm going for him as Danny.

Plus, he had his buddies in T-Birds and they made up for a lot of humor as well.  Just looking at the supporting role in his best friends Kenickie (Jeff Conaway).  That guy kind of grew on me a little.

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Turning to the other side, the ladies. ¬†Sandy is from Australia originally and due to a change of events, she ends up in the same school as Danny. ¬†And through some way, she ends up hanging out with the Pink Ladies lead by Rizzo (Stockard Channing), a independent girl who holds her on but really is quite soft-hearted when you get to know her. ¬†Her and Kenickie have an interesting vibe. ¬†The other Pink Ladies are all unique in their own way, each one has their own personality. Two of these girls are more highlighted: Rizzo and Frenchie. ¬†Frenchie’s all about living in her dreams but uncertain about her future. Its a good reflection of high school and trying to figure out what to do with your future, at least a glimpse of it.

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Going back to our main lady, Sandy. ¬†She’s a sweet, good girl. ¬†She has her own principles and really likes Danny but she wants him to accept the guy that she spent the summer with. ¬†The contrast between the characters and the individually they were all pretty good but the development of the romance between Danny and Sandy was a little lacking and same kind of goes for Rizzo and Kenickie. ¬†Not to say that when they were together it didn’t have their own little spark but what made up for it was definitely the upbeat music. ¬†I could get that the fast pace of events going on and the music and dance sequences really kept the audience engaged in the movie and that’s the plus to all this.

Overall, Grease is a fun upbeat teenage musical full of great dance sequences and amusing characters and catchy songs. ¬†Its absolutely addictive to watch (and I’m saying this because I watched it a lot of times the week after I saw this which is what delayed writing this actual review…). ¬†I love Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta as Sandy and Danny respectively. ¬†Although their story could be a little more developed, same goes for Rizzo and Kenickie, there was still a nice chemistry going on between the couples. ¬†Definitely a must-see and an awesome time altogether! ūüôā I may be one of the few that haven’t seen this but if you haven’t, you should!

Have you seen Grease? What do you think of John Travolta? Which is your favorite song?

TV Binge: Glee (Season 5)

Honestly, I’ve been in the mood for TV series and there’s is an endless amount of shows I need to catch up on or just simply start. ¬†Netflix doesn’t make choosing very easy and I probably end up taking more time trying to choose what to watch than actually watching the movie. ¬†Either way, Glee was updated with Season 5 maybe a week or two ago and I started it up right away! One thing is that, Glee ended recently and its always a happy and fun show to watch. ¬†The last two seasons haven’t been great on story or content but I always liked how the Glee cast mash up the songs and put it into the context of what was going on.

Let’s check this out! ūüôā

Glee (Season 5)

Glee

Creator: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Cast: Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Darren Criss, Chord Overstreet, Becca Tobin, Jacob Artist, Melissa Benoist, Blake Jenner

¬†In case you are not current with Glee, Glee follows McKinley High School’s Glee Club called New Directions lead by Mr. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison). ¬†This group is not the cool kids and they are always bullied for being different from the rest of the group. ¬†At the same time, cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) is always out to get in their way. ¬†In Season 5, the first group has already graduated including Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Santana (Naya Rivera) who have moved to pursue their dreams in New York City. ¬†While at the same time, the glee club in McKinley is lead by now seniors: Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Sam (Chord Overstreet), Blaine (Darren Criss) and Artie (Kevin McHale) and with the younger blood, they hope to win the Nationals a second year in the row, in fact with the changes at McKinley, a lot lies on them winning it.

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In a nutshell, that’s what Glee is about. ¬†I guess if you didn’t watch the first 4 seasons, you probably won’t be inclined to watch this one. ¬†Season 5 was a step up from Season 3 and 4. ¬†What works here is how they now incorporate whats going on in Lima and McKinley and NYC and the graduates. ¬†In fact, the song choices and themes are pretty good (for example, The Beatles). ¬†The season started a little rocky and I wasn’t really sure if I could get into it but they did find some sort of balance. ¬†While the young blood isn’t quite as strong plot wise. ¬†Let’s face it: the original Glee club had a lot of drama in the first two seasons to make up for everything that they didn’t really have much to work with and be different. ¬†But they were still good singers and they were going somewhere, except they weren’t enough to build a deep connection with the audience (at least they didn’t with me). ¬†As much as I enjoyed watching them, I didn’t really mind whether they were there or not and it felt like the focus was on the original members of Glee club anyways.

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Another factor that had some of the best episodes was how they kept Finn (Cory Monteith) and his death into it. ¬†There was a lot of tugging heartstrings to keep that feeling there. ¬†It wasn’t just the tribute episode, which was done extremely well, and I have to admit that I did shed quite a bit of tears there. ¬†But then, they chose Seasons of Love to open the episode and I love that song. ¬†That episode was definitely the best one in the whole season. ¬†They didn’t stop there though. ¬†Finn’s character was a constant reminder throughout the entire season and I respect that, except at some point, I started wondering if it was really a way to keep the dedicated viewers to keep coming back since he was a key character. ¬†Still, I liked how they added that in.

Glee

On the New York City tangent, a new deeper friendship develops between Santana being part of Kurt and Rachel’s life. ¬†At the same time, they also have guest appearance for a few episodes with Adam Lambert. ¬†I was never too familiar with him except for the few songs that hit the radio but this guy is pretty good. ¬†I like his style and flair that he added to the show. ¬†Plus, once the focus of the show landed more on New York City after graduation and phased out McKinley a little, the tone changed and it made it feel a lot more like it was watching Glee from the first few seasons but just in a different place. Its not a bad thing and they work hard to give them more older decisions that have to determine their future. ¬†Glee was always a lot about these kids following their dreams and fighting against the norm and it seemed to be reaching for those roots again and I personally really appreciated that.

Overall, Glee Season 5 kicks it up a little more. ¬†Maybe its that season 4 helped build liking the new blood in New Directions and also getting used to flipping between New York City and McKinley so it works out better. ¬†At the same time, Cory Monteith’s death gave his character a lot of heartstrings that were being tugged as we remembered his character and all the influence it had on the plot and the show in general. ¬†He is definitely missed. ¬†The music they choose was really good and I enjoyed it all for the essence of what Glee is. ¬†It may be a new place but seeing the old cast appear as guests for a few episodes also really added to it all as well. ¬†I definitely enjoyed Season 5 of Glee and I look forward to how they end it all in Season 6.

Are you or were you a fan of Glee? Have you seen Season 5? What do you think of it? Have you finished the show?