Wednesday, March 9, 2011

30-Day Challenge 6: A Tribute To Glee

Question of the Day: What was your favorite toy or game to play as a child?

Day 06: Favorite Superhero and why.

If you've been following me for a while, you already know the answer to this challenge! My favorite hero is Clark Kent, otherwise known as Superman. If you'd like to read the long version of why, check out my Superman post here. The short version? I have always admired how he symbolizes justice and hope and "The American Way." I grew up watching Smallville, which is about Clark Kent during his early years before he becomes Superman. Clark is always able to look at the good sides of people and believe that everybody deserves a second chance no matter what.

Not only does he help so many people each and everyday, but he helps them with no questions asked. Although passersby see the red cape and know it's Superman who has once again saved the day, Clark Kent still receives zero credit. I think that’s a big part of what integrity is…to do these good deeds even when nobody is watching, because you know you’re doing them because it’s the right thing to do, not because you want to attract fame and attention and money. I think Superman sets a really good example of that.

Speaking of of the greatest TV shows that has emerged in the last couple of years is the musical comedy, Glee. The show's popularity and number of viewers has sky-rocketed since it debuted in September 2009; plus, it has won the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy) and additional Emmy awards. From the very beginning, the show has been at the very center of pop culture and awarded full attention by today's youth. An avid Gleek myself, I'd like to point out some of the show's best songs and moments in history.

The "Duets" episode was definitely one of my favorites. "Sing!" by Tina and Michael and this "Lucky" song--featuring Sam and Quinn--were the star duets of the night. This was the second time we heard new guy Sam sing, and this song couldn't help but make me like him even more than before. I don't think I've ever met another television character couple who have as much chemistry as Sam and Quinn!

This adaptation of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry was really well-made and well-sung in my opinion. For the first time, we got to hear the Warblers do their thing. Not only did we realize how much happier Kurt could be in this new school, but also how much of a threat this new Glee club could be to New Directions.

Wow!!! The Glee team took an old classic and turned it into a modern hip-hop tune. This is probably my favorite stage performance by New Directions...absolutely love the choreography and the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow stars in it. From the looks of this song, Glee's budget is over-the-top!

There was one episode during Season One that featured all Lady GaGa songs. I couldn't decide between "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance," but in the end this one won. I mean, look at the costumes. Totally epic.

How could I not feature New Directions' Journey medley from last year's Regionals competition? I absolutely loved this "Finchel" (Finn + Rachel) song and think Rachel's voice is beyond amazing. Even though this song was a part of the last episode in Season One, I think it provided a lot of foreshadowing about the relationship between Finn and Rachel.

So, this is like...the perfect wedding. Every time I hear this song I just want to dance to it, and every time I watch this video that's all I do--dance! This was a wonderful and touching number and I loved how it brought all the best members of the show together.

If there is one episode that had me bawling my eyes out more than once, it was the "Grilled Cheezus" episode in which Religion was the theme of the week. This song was extremely emotional, and I think Chris Colfer did a fantastic job playing Kurt and performing it [this song]. When I looked up "I Want to Hold Your Hand," I was shocked to find that the initial version of this song by The Beatles was upbeat, fast-paced, and fun.

It's really neat how you can take one song and then transform it into something very different. But Glee always does a great job of preserving the original feel and melody of every song they remix.



Talli Roland said...

Glee isn't as popular over here as it is in the US, but I do like it!

Becca. said...

i loved the singing in the rain video :)

thankyou for the comment on my blog :)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

these are great musical selections from Glee. I am also a Gleek so thanks so much for sharing! and i also loved Superman as a kid, and Transformers too.

Alex said...

Glee is also pretty hot here in China. I have a buddy here who is big fan of GLEE.

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