Friday, April 16, 2010

Greatly Delayed: The Return of GLEE

Gleeks! Even though I kind of hate this term already the following evidence might put me at the top of qualifying for the category of a complete Gleek.

Just some examples; the show is constantly part of discussions wither it be at work or with friends, often directly after the show airs you will find me obsessively listening to the 30 second clips of the songs on Itunes (actually purchasing the songs before they are on an album is for suckers), and most importantly, I have spent much of this week day dreaming about a possible "Like A Prayer" performance on the Madonna themed episode next week. If this sounds nerdy, well, honestly that's just the beginning of it.

It's not hard to see why so many people, nearly 14 million people tuned in for the return of the show last Tuesday, are becoming obsessive about Glee. There is something innately relatable about all the characters that reaches everyone. Even including those that weren't in a show choir, or know absolutely nothing about getting a slushy thrown in their face.

Its also funny, filled with extremely talented young adults (plus Matthew Morrison-need I say more) and the best is the genius musical selections. A mix of current hits, older classics, and not to mention Mash Ups is always entertaining. Speaking of mash ups, may I just say that Halo by Beyonce has never sounded better than when it was put with Walkin' On Sunshine. Every episode has me wondering what they are all going to pull out next which definitely has me tuning in week after week.

The kids are starting to get some heavy fame and the coverage of them on TV and in magazines is growing. Most notable would be Vanity Fair's feature showcasing the boys a la Singin' In The Rain. It's rainin men indeed.

All of the media coverage however does not match up to the complete pandemonium caused by fans. We have always known people are crazy, but this current trend of Flash Mobbbing takes the cake. It seems so simple, just turning everyday life into a musical (who doesn't want that?). Though, it never ceases to amaze me just how great these "impromptu" production numbers turn out.

Over 1,000 people participated at this flash mob held in Seattle last week. I wish I could have made it.

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