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Travis ([personal profile] torachan) wrote2009-11-15 05:51 am
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Glee 1x09

As this show goes on, I'm really finding less and less "glee" in watching it. And yet I can't seem to stop. But this is just a warning that this post is not squee-filled, and I doubt future posts will be, so if you don't want to see criticism, move along. And if you want to tell me how wrong I am, then by all means, go ahead, but chances are I won't respond. I just don't have the energy to argue this right now.

Glee 1x09
I had been dreading this episode and really had to psych myself up to watch it (which means I didn't watch it until Friday), and then had to psych myself up again to write about it. :-/

One thing I was dreading did not happen, but I'm not sure if that's because the spoilers I'd heard were wrong, or something got changed, or if they were never for this episode in the first place. I'd heard that Artie was going to have dream sequences out of the wheelchair, and that this was one of the reasons they'd needed an actor who could walk. I guess we'll see whether or not that happens in future episodes.

I'm not even sure where to start with this ep. I like the idea of Tina and Artie, but Tina's plotline...gah. In conjunction with Rachel and Finn's subplot about getting him a job, I just really don't know what the audience is supposed to take away from this. Why do we need two examples of people faking disability to get special treatment? And Rachel threatening to sue and using her gay dads just really, really does not sit right with me. Like when Leverage has Hardison "play the race card", it just ends up reinforcing the audience's idea that "those people" are always unfairly demanding special treatment. (And yeah, Tina's admission was followed up by Artie telling her it was wrong, but what about Finn? Will that be dealt with in the future? Even if it is, I don't think it undoes the damage.)

ETA: And I got off on a tangent and then forgot to mention that it wasn't just Tina's lying that I had a problem with, but the fact that they decided to get rid of her stutter altogether. I hated that it seemed to be used as an excuse not to give her more lines (not as if they really needed one), but she was there and her stutter wasn't simply a punchline. This episode turned it into one, though. She was shy and didn't want to do her report. So she's been faking a stutter for all these years. Hahaha! Hilarious! /ETA

Speaking of Finn, wow, this show really hates women, doesn't it? I cringe every time Quinn or Terri (who thankfully wasn't in this episode) is onscreen because I know I'm going to get more "pregnant (or 'pregnant') women are all lying scheming bitches" stuff. And that's sad, because I actually think Quinn and Puck are really cute together.

Which brings me to another point. Puck and Quinn were originally introduced as what seemed like smaller parts than Kurt, Artie, Mercedes, and Tina, and yet surprise, surprise, they have become major characters. Just like the other straight, white, ablebodied couples. And again, I like those two (far better than Finn and Rachel or Will and Emma), and I like the way they've been characterised (for the most part, minus Quinn's scheming of course) and how they've grown from the cookie cutter jock and cheerleader they were introduced as, but that's the problem! It just highlights how shafted the other characters get.

Let's see, what else happened? Oh, Kurt. Again, this was a storyline that I liked in theory but not in practice. I loved that Kurt wanted to protect his dad (who is awesome, and actually did have a legitimate reason to complain to the school), but I'm frustrated that the writers made yet another choice that results in Rachel getting the spotlight again (though at least the other kids got to sing in the wheelchair song). (And her getting her way. I want to punch her in the face every time she whines about how she should get to sing every damn song. While it sucks to be unpopular, I did not feel sorry for her at all when she was whining about Kurt maybe getting the role.)

And of course there's Artie. This was his Very Special Episode, so the writers could pat themselves on the back and then go back to sidelining him. This post on access_fandom has links to criticisms by disability activists and I suggest reading them.

Oh, and Mercedes. Can she please have a line that's not "sassy" and about being black?

Things I liked...? Like I said, I did like Tina/Artie and Puck/Quinn. I did like Kurt's storyline. It's just that they all come together to form a bundle of fail. Mostly I liked that there was hardly any Will in this episode, and no Emma or Terri.

Oh, and the principal. I continue to love him big time.

Oh! How could I forget Sue? First off, I had read an article that said there would be a character with Down's Syndrome and "you'd be surprised who it was", which made me so scared that they were going to somehow have an already established character be revealed to have Down's, But I see they must have meant the surprise was that it was Sue's sister and that she was actually nice to her. Yes, Sue has a softer side. Touching. I'm not sure what the point of it was, though. We'll probably never see the sister or the cheerleader with Down's again.

I was also dismayed that they chose to have her sister in a home (in bed (bed-ridden?) in a home, no less).

[identity profile] 2009-11-15 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Even if the wheelchairs were donated, it's still plot!fail, I think...
why would an organization donate (expensive!) wheelchairs to kids who can walk?

And those were pretty damn fancy chairs, I have to say.

It niggles at me.
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[identity profile] 2009-11-15 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, it's odd. I wasn't paying 100% attention, so I missed the reason why they had these wheelchairs, but my feeling was that it was something like "hey, I randomly found these wheelchairs, so I thought we should use them!" in a "they appeared magically because we needed them for a plot point!" kind of way.