“If I focused on the things I can’t change, the things that have hurt me, what people have done to me, then they would have already broken me. They would have killed me inside and out. I can get up in the morning and I don’t feel sorry for myself, I don’t hate my life. You have a lot of people in here that all they can think about is what they don’t have and how much they want out and how much they want something else. But for some reason, this situation has helped me to see more of what I do have and to be thankful for that. You know, I have, in a lot of ways, I have a truly incredible life.” ~ Damien Wayne Echols
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky, 2011)
Glee [Season 3 Episode 10] - “Yes/No” Air date: 17/01/12
Gleeks rejoice! The New Directions (or, at least subsets of the group) are BACK. Here are some of my thoughts on “Yes/No.” *SPOILER ALERT*
Overall, a fairly decent episode. I love that we got to see more of Becky (with her inner monologue being voiced by Helen Mirren) and, while I’m usually partial to Evil Sue, episodes where we see her tender side (i.e. mentoring Becky) are a welcome change.
The opening number (pictured below), a re-enactment of “Summer Nights” from the musical Grease, was really fun! Can more Glee-makes from Grease with Sam and Mercedes happen? Please? Speaking of songs, one of my unexpected favourite numbers was “Wedding Bell Blues,” a rare solo offered to Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury) which was made that much more utterly amazing with Beiste and Sue singing backup and donning their best Royal Wedding head-wear.
Artie was awesome in this episode, including his solo for the mash-up “Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” but Mr. Schue’s borderline epileptic dance moves/faces distracted me way too much in this number. I just don’t understand the writers’ intentions with Mr. Schue’s character during Season 3; he’s gotten way too overly sexualized and creepy as “one of the kids.” That being said, I’ll make an exception for the Finn/Schue teacher-student relationship. That look on Finn’s face when Will asks him to be his best man? Too cute.
Speaking of, your heart really goes out to Finn in this episode. Of course, there’s another one of those strange “ambush” moments when all the parents confront a student in one of the classrooms and drop a major bomb: Finn’s “war-hero” Dad didn’t actually die in Iraq, he died of a drug overdose. Bwahhhh! Which, later prompts yet another Rachel-singing-to-Finn duet and A PROPOSAL. Whaaaaat? Yeah, this is going to end well… :/
Other [Random] Observations:
Did Sam call Coach Bieste “sir”?
Cutest Klaine googly-eyed moment EVER during “Without You”
I love Rachel, but why all the Rachel songs? Where was Quinn, Kurt, Puck?
Is Mr. Schue supposed to be … [Kurt voice] Jesus?
I freaked out a little when Artie wheeled himself face first into the pool.
Glee producers: did you REALLY think Klaine fans would accept you NOT panning to the left there? I f*cking saw that.
"Of course you’re laughing at it, but there’s much to be said for the life of men among men… with no… luxuries, no ornamentation. Utter simplicity. It’s rough and it’s coarse, perhaps, but it’s also clean - it’s clean as a rifle. There’s no speck of dust inside or out… and it’s immaculate in its hard young fitness… it’s chivalry. They’re seldom out of one another’s sight. They eat, and they train, and they shower, and they play jokes… and go to the brothel together. They sleep side by side. The barracks room offers many a lesson in courtesy and how not to give offense. They guard the next man’s privacy as though it was their own. And the friendships, my lord. There are friendships formed that are stronger than… stronger than the fear of death. And - they’re never lonely. They’re never lonely. And sometimes I envy them…”
~ Marlon Brando as Major Weldon Penderton Reflections in a Golden Eye (John Huston, 1967)
Wow. Visually stunning. Beautiful use of colour and incredible digital effects in the “creation” sequence. I almost think the film would have worked better if they had cut out all of the whispery prayer voiceover and instead trusted that the images would drive the story forward. Interesting narrative structure and great acting from the three boys. Beautiful 1950s set design and costuming.