Terminator Genisys

While it probably ranks up there as one of the greatest movies from the early 1990s, the Terminator franchise has probably been long forgotten. Particularly after recent epic blockbusters from other studios, catering for the fashionable trend for superheroes big of small. You know you are getting old, when it feels longer than seven years ago, perhaps as many as ten since I left work really early to catch an early afternoon showing of Terminator Salvation with Barry, Pav and Scott over at the Vue in Oxford. (Opposite Oxford City’s Kassam Stadium) I really enjoyed the character driven story and the fact that it was all about Marcus Wright and the characters’ journey of self discovery. It was a departure from the previous three movies with no time travel plot line, keeping the action set in the apocalyptic future after SkyNet has decided that all humanity is a threat. While perhaps far from the best of the movies, it was a fantastic attempt to breathe new life into a stale concept and a different perspective on a story told and retold again and again. While I know Salvation was to kick start a new trilogy, it never happened for various reasons. Ultimately the movie stands well on it’s own and does repair a great deal of the damage done by Rise of the Machines. Plus, please do not forget near perfect television show The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which plugged in the gap before Salvation was released at cinemas. Such a shame, the show lasted only two seasons, it deserved much much more.

They should have left this franchise alone but for purely commercial scheming, a fifth film was in development always going to get made once rights issues were resolved and sold to the highest bidder. I remember the anticipation when the first trailer was announced. It took me a long time to digest the fact that Sarah was a young girl. For me this would be very difficult explain away. Discussions with Pav soon after the première of the full blown trailer was that it looked like an extremely good television show, rather than a film and it did appear they were trying to fit in too many plot points from the first two movies. To appease fans of the original but also fresh ideas to appeal to a new audience.

To be honest, I did not really care too much for this movie. If I had not seen it at the cinema, I would not have felt at a loss. Nevertheless my dear friend Pav had other ideas. Our original plan had been to grab a bite to eat before catching the film at Vue Reading on Friday 3rd July. By chance, the moon and stars had aligned perfectly – my spin class was cancelled and my dear wife being away on a weekend team building. I was free but unfortunately Pav was not available and my secondary plans to go get my haircut straight after work fell through, when I arrived at 5:28pm for only my usual barber Pete, to have disappeared home only minutes before. I would have to try again another day.

We finally settled on tonight after multiple Whats App message and confirming times and screening options (I prefer 2D, 3D is just a gimmick now to over inflate already expensive peak cinema ticket prices). I left work a little later than planned, ending up stuck in traffic and joining the M4 a junction later to try and beat the steady jam I could see as I left the office. Eventually I landed in The Oracle at 7pm, an hour until the movie kicked off. We got some food and then headed straight over to Vue Cinema just after 8pm (the movie opened at 7:45pm) to see the final few trailers before the main event. Apart from a few cheesy throwaway lines – I was utterly disappointed. The story had a great deal to live up to and failed on multiple levels. In particular changing a key aspect of the story. Now I understand the writers/producers had to come up with a fresh approach to get bums on seats but you never change the role of your key character. This in my eyes was the biggest crime of this movie. While the special effects lived up to a large budget and the improvement in technology over the past seven years, the story was just too hollow. An excellent review worthwhile reading is over on The Guardian. It felt like two films, the first half trying to establish it’s place within the original movie time line and then jumping off message to establish itself with it’s own identity. The film felt like just a big fat cheque for the former Governor of California. He hardly put in the effort, now I know he is playing a cyborg, so his performance is expected to be a little wooden but even so, you do not get your money’s worth. I think I will have to recommend to Pav a new filter before we book or future cinema trips. Checking the rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. Something tells me that with the time it takes for us to organise a simple trip to the cinema (over two weeks in this case, including the aborted first attempt). Just remind me to not bother with any more Terminator movies, particularly as this was supposedly the first of a new trilogy. My father always says that Hollywood is running out of ideas hence the need to go through the back catalogue and rehash old intellectual properties for the amber nectar – the multi-movie franchise with the possibility to sell additional merchandise. Call me a cynic but some films are just not worth the effort.

Google Now is a fantastic piece of software – it directed me to an article reviewing the various plot holes in this movie and it is only fair that I link to the article. Fifteen is probably being a little lenient in my opinion, there are probably more if you were to consider re-watching but who in their right frame of mind would subject themselves to such a criminal act.

Size Everything Is Not

Few people will admit to singing along to music in the car. Far fewer will decide to share this on a public forum to a potential global audience. As you have probably guessed by now, I am not like other guys! Although my commute is now a mere four miles, that gives little time to enjoy more than two songs. I tend to listen to BBC Radio 2 in the morning and LBC on the drive home. Having said that, this tweet from the parody account of my favourite Hangover character, I can fully relate to!

Earlier this year, I was informed of the Lip Sync Battle segment on the fantastic Jimmy Fallon Show. My brother in law Steve, showed me a few clips on his TV via the YouTube app. (An app which no longer works on my LG TV). My favourite by far was actress Emma Stone (while promoting Spiderman 2 last year) performing the DJ Khaled classic – All I Do Is Win. For some reason, actors are the best people at performing songs without actually singing. Merchant and Gordon-Levritt are worth watching, in another clip as it features a couple of my favourite 1980s songs!

While this worked as a neat segment on The Jimmy Fallon Show it was difficult to see how they would be able to make it a fully living breathing television show in it’s own right. Firstly you would need to have a long list of celebrities willing to square off for the public vote and would the investment be worth the quality in output in the long run? Would celebrities appear knowing they would not be able to promote their current movie, television show, book or tour? You would eventually be at the bottom of the barrel hunting themes and songs. It is not surprising to discover that many networks passed up on the concept until Spike decided to take the risk. The show launched almost two months ago, co-coinciding with the relaunch of the channel. Over here in the UK, the channel landed on Freeview (as well as other digital platforms) and is owned by Viacom – the new owner of Channel 5. The first episode was good and the previews for subsequent episodes looked even better but would it be able to maintain the momentum? What would happen once the buzz died down? The show had been re-tooled as a vehicle for rapper and movie star LL Cool J (also a Producer). He is our host but has little to do other than introduce the acts and award the winner the LSB belt. Completing the presenting line up we have colourful commentator (a term only a US audience would truly understand) Chrissy Teigen (AKA Mrs John Legend). A beautiful woman and ‘girlfriend’ of the network – still unsure of exactly what that means. What is her purpose? Apart from looking extremely pretty throughout she has little use on the show, other than to fill out a few minutes by giving her verdict on the performances. Never truely backing one over the other, perhaps to not offend friends within her circle. After a great start, the only stand-out performances after the opening show have been actresses Hathaway and Blunt. As I have said previously actors make the best participants on this show. That was until week eight (some twenty two days ago) when we had our first fully blown family feud on the show and there were fireworks. Getting dancers to perform on the show, is that really fair? (We have the same question posed on Strictly Come Dancing each year when pop band members are included) I suppose the biggest question is that should you allow actual singers to lip sync? I mean can that not seem a little self destructive? We had dancers Julianne and Derek Hough face off in the ultimate battle of sibling rivalry. By now my expectations were low and I had began to watch the show with little hope that previous performances could or would be beaten. I was wrong!

Julianne Hough

Having watched Julianne’s second performance to the fantastic song by The Lonely Island, I feel there is little I can say apart from request people to search for the clip on YouTube. Trust me, you will not be disappointed! By far the greatest height this expanded version of the show has reached so far. It may have been signed up for a second season but as much as I would like the show to live on much longer, I doubt we will see beyond season two. However, with the popularity of services such as Dubsmash on smartphones, perhaps there is a market for pretending to sing to songs on prime time television. As long as they keep getting the guests to come on and make a fool of themselves, I for sure will keep watching.

Addictive Podcasts

Sometimes I am late to the party, very late, but this does give the added benefit of being able to ‘binge’ listen. On 14th May I came across an article on The Guardian website and was interested to find out more about the Serial podcast, so the next morning I downloaded all twelve episodes and read a little about the case. A potential miscarriage of justice and a teenager sent to prison for almost fifteen years potentially for a crime he did not commit. That was just the start, over the course of the next twelve days, there were going to be many more twists and turns in the narrative.

The man reason this show appealed to me was the age of Adnan Syed, he was less than a year older than me and I recall with great fondness memories from 1999 at college. Truly a coming of age period for me and my friends. It was the year I passed my driving test. Another aspect of the case which appealed to me from the start was having to account for our time. A mere twenty seven minutes in Adnan’s case but it did get me thinking of how difficult it can become to recall our movements from last week, let alone from several months ago.

The podcast is gripping, particularly as you get to hear from Adnan from prison via recorded conversations with the show’s narrator and main investigator Sarah Koenig. The production team do an excellent job in bringing us, the avid listener a little bite size chunk of information each week, as we slowly try to consider who is innocent and who is guilty. Of course the show is not perfect but it does cover a substantial amount of evidence over the course of twelve weeks and you have to consider the amount of time that went into researching a case which was closed over fourteen years ago. All the players have gone from young adults at high school, to fully grown adults with children and families of their own. It will be hard for people to listen to a single episode without wanting to switch over to the next one straight away. As I navigated my way through the final few episodes, there was great news online. Syed had won an appeal to have new witness evidence submitted as part of his appeal process. At the end of the listening experience, my thoughts turned to the unlikely event of ever finding myself in such a predicament. Pulled in the scene by circumstantial evidence which could convince some people you are guilty of a crime. Considering myself a law abiding citizen, I could never believe I would find myself on the wrong side of the law but this case proves how easy the tide can turn. I look forward to season two, which should be released later this year and I will be disciplined to listen once a week. I do not think my ears and mind could handle another binge listen.

Following a gap of a week or so I decided to download the Undisclosed Podcast and begin listening to events again from a different perspective. I was initially put off by the negative reviews of the first episode, comparing the audio quality unfavorably with Serial. Did I really want to invest more of my time in a podcast that just recovered the events from January 1999 once again but with pro Adnan stand point. Ultimately it was my thirst for more information that forced me to download the first episode and go from there. Thankfully quality improves greatly from home recording quality episode one to episode two, which appears to be a full fledged professional release.

Holiday Mode Shopping Music

H&M has become the perfect retail destination prior to any holiday. To be honest, before I met Michelle I never considered the clothes they produced, although it was and continues to be a regular haunt for three of my sisters. However this post is not about the good quality clothes produced by the retailer, instead I am focusing on their fantastic music policy in not just the UK but across Europe. Back in late September 2013 I had to use my memory to record song lyrics that I would then Google later to try and discover the name of the artist and song. I am sure you do this all the time and maybe like me you forget the lyrics or to actual remember to search for them when you are next at the computer screen. Please also note, that it has only been recently that I have had access to Shazam on my HTC One M8. I did have the app installed on my HTC Desire for a brief moment when storage capacity was not an issue. It was actually in early July 2010, almost five years ago that I was in H&M with Michelle in our second city, Birmingham that I heard a song that would stick with me, not just my two week holiday in India but for good. Charice would later even then have a guest spot of a few episodes on my favourite television show Glee.

Let me fast forward to the present, in mid March I was in Bucharest. Travelling light as I always tend to do, I needed to purchase a t-shirt and jumper and we headed to the mall opposite our hotel – The Europa Royale. Being a tourist, you always head for the familiar brands of home and I found myself in H&M, with Priyam and Minal mid afternoon on Friday 13th March and was browsing the Men’s section upstairs and trying to concentrate on the song that was being played. I was not a position to switch on my data plan and use Shazam, so instead noted down some of the lyrics in Google Keep to look up later or even when I go home. I only noted down the following words “Get me out of my mind spiralling”. Somehow, I was able to find out that song was Erica Gibson – Out Of My Mind.

How does this US retailer seem to always find songs that I like? Whether I am in their store in Windsor or further afield, they seem to be on the money with their song choices. Perhaps they have the research that by playing the right songs, the customers will be in the mood to spend even more money. Apart from the trip to H&M in September almost two years ago, on the other two occasion I was either on holiday or just about to go on holiday, so perhaps I was in the mood and mode, reflected so well in the songs.

Unwatched Television Shows

While you may believe I am a television addict and I would not disagree by any stretch of the imagination. The fact remains however that I am very selective on the television shows I do watch and generally tend not to watch the most popular shows. Such as the revelation that, I have never seen a full episode of Friends. Even with Channel 4 showing re-runs on an almost daily basis and even Comedy Central screening the show from the start, I have somehow managed to never catch more than a mere few minutes. Difficult even more so, when my youngest sister, Julie is such a big fan of the show. She would watch episodes back to back most evenings when I was back living at home. I recall house-mate Paul in my final year at University (2004) offering me the last ever episode and wondering why I was not keen to get my hands on the avi (pre HD file format times) he had downloaded. He was rather shocked when I responded that I did not watch the show and had no interest in the ending because I had never seen the beginning. While working with my friend Chris, a die hard fan who had the full DVD boxset at home and was eager to let me borrow and was rather miffed when I politely declined the offer.

Think of some of the most popular shows from the last five to eight years. I can probably guarantee that I have not seen them and at the very least perhaps indulged in one episode only to not be taken by the hype and dropped them like a hot potato. For example – we thought about giving Downton Abbey a chance. Michelle and I watched the first episode and at points it was difficult to understand was this supposed to be a serious drama or comedy. We lasted one episode and never to return. However Mr. Selfridge by the same team, we watched for one entire series, but do not watch any further because we got tired of the same structure to pretty much every episode.

Breaking Bad – probably the most popular television show of recent times (prior to the fantasy action set piece of Game of Thrones) and I have to confess to having not watch a single minute of either show. My friend Pav has tried multiple times to get me to watch BB. While I understand the plot might be compelling, it just has never appealed to me. Plus it appears a show which require more than one hundred percent concentration. I know many people whom have binged watched the show (which seems to be a recent trend in TV watching – even being used as the basis for a recent advert for BT). Watching a show in the modern world is difficult as you have the problem of spoilers being posted all over social media, sometimes unwittingly by your closest friends. This not only destroys your enjoyment of the show but also ruins any potential future viewing pleasure, should you wish to fly through the boxset over a wet Bank Holiday in England. While there is less of a delay between US and UK broadcasts, made easier with access to the internet, it is still difficult to avoid spoilers without perhaps going completely cold turkey but that would include not listening to the radio and avoiding certain colleagues in the office whom may inadvertently mention something during lunch.

There are plenty of shows on my long long list to be watch. Plenty downloaded, waiting to be seen but having only limited time each evening and at weekends, I tend to find myself weeks behind (sometimes even further). There is something special about watching a show as it is aired, as you get to enjoy the shared viewer experience, with complete strangers on Twitter. While this perhaps works best for “event” television, such as reality television finals, it is just as fun to watch a show and then look up the relevant hashtag on Twitter.

So this is my long list of shows I need to get around to watching, most have gone on beyond their first season. Almost Human (watched first episode, unfortunately cancelled after first season), Brooklyn 99 (award winning show into series two), Scorpion, Elementary (watched all of season one, never had the chance to watch further, into season three now and I believe better than BBC Sherlock.) Then we have the recent DC shows – The Flash, Arrow, Gotham. I have only seen the first episode of Gotham. From Marvel I have seen two episodes of DareDevil and according to my friends it is worth watching as it just gets better and better. That is just the tip of the US import iceberg. Other local television shows I have yet to see are Indian Summers from Channel 4 and Arthur & George from ITV. Feeling rather let down that I soldiered through series two of Broadchurch on ITV. Felt rather let down in the end and will not be investing a single second in series three.

Right, time to switch off the laptop and catch up on some television.

Hard Work Forever Pays

It is no secret – I love cars! (Just look at some of the people I follow over on FlickR!) I have always had a thing for cars! Beautiful, exotic cars with a roar coming from the engine! Therefore you do not need to be a mind reader to deduce I am a big big fan of The Fast & Furious movie franchise. Fourteen years ago I caught the first installment in my first year at university in Leicester. I went to see at the local Odeon around the corner from my Halls of Residence. I enjoyed the movie, but never thought it would be so popular to spawn five plus sequels. In fact, I only saw the second and third movies once I had the box-set for Christmas some five years later.

The fourth movie, the effective “main reboot” for the latest movie line I caught at home while working in Newbury. Again I wasn’t overly impressed but felt it was a movie I should really watch in the cinema to truly appreciate all the set pieces. The makers of the franchise, then made the best decision ever, to parachute in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as US Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs to not only rescue the franchise but catapult it to new heights. All movies from the fifth, I have caught at Reading Vue with my dear friend Pav always 8pm and always the showing in our second home (screen four). (Do not ask me why, it has just worked out that way!).

The films bring out the petrol head in me with the insane set pieces – each movie building on the last. Fast Six perhaps was a clear favourite, being set in London with a crazy English villain Owen Shaw, played perfectly by Luke Evans. There was also the gorgeous Rita Ora kicking off the street race from Somerset House around the West End mid way through the movie. Probably the most dramatic part of these entire race, is the fact that they were filming during the London Olympics and could only get permission to shoot two minutes of footage each hour and became only the third production to be granted permission to shoot at Piccadilly Circus. Now all Londoners know that that particular bottleneck can take over an hour to get through during peak time. Yet in the movie, they were screaming around in their cars without a care in the world. The power of movies!

Rita Ora

Anticipation for this latest film almost came to a sudden stop when I woke up one Sunday morning to be informed by my wife (reading the Daily Mail app in bed) that Paul Walker had died in a car crash. I was devastated. The news was confirmed on his official Twitter feed. (I had only started to follow Paul a few months prior to his passing).

While I had seen Paul’s performances in other movies, such as Timeline, I will forever associate him with the FF franchise and the boy next door element he brought to all those films. Michelle had actually met him with her class during the movie première of Eight Below and noted how down to earth and personable he was. As far departed from the aloof Hollywood mega-star as you can get. Over the course of the weeks after that fateful crash on 30th December, we got to hear stories of Paul’s heartfelt generosity. The future of the film franchise was also in doubt and production was put on hold while the cast and crew were given the time they needed to mourn the loss of their star. It was painful, even as somebody who did not know the man, but having watched so much of him on the big screen you begin to feel a connection. Many people may find a statement such as this fake and insincere, particularly with all the other things going on in the world, why am I focusing on the death of a privileged film star. I am just letting people know I understand fully the often repeated phrase – family.

I have been bugging Pav for weeks to book tickets. The film was released over Easter so I gave extra notice to ensure our cinema date did not clash with family plans. Luckily Saturday evening had a window and we booked tickets for peak time in screen four. We walked in a little late, with the adverts on and found our seats quickly. The trailers came on and then the latest instalment could begin.

On my television I have the music video for See You Again playing in the background, as I write this post and I am overcome by so many feelings. Feelings I thought I had laid to rest many many years ago. The Fast & Furious franchise has been a big part of my life, I recall going to see the first movie like it was yesterday. Life as a student at university in Leicester feels like a lifetime ago even if I only left eleven years ago. I wonder what that young man must think of the person I have become now. Well into my thirties and living perhaps a very different life to the one I had imagined. There is also the fact that I cannot go back to 2001 in the archives, I only started blogging in 2002.

While we wait for a full detailed review from the guys over at The Fast Cast I thought it would be good to give just my thoughts on the movie. In one word – epic – everything that we have known to love from the previous movies notched up several levels. There is also very little drop in pace, we move from one set piece to the next, with only a brief narrative to move the plot along. Roman Pearce provides excellent comic relief, as Luke Hobbs is unfortunately laid up for the majority of the film and has little more than an extended cameo. I had been disciplined to watch only two full trailers and not the most recent extended version which featured the stunts in Abu Dhabi. At the gym, I noticed a shot of Vin Diesel stopping himself being thrown out of the side of a skyscraper and wondered what will happen next. The true build up for me started in early March when I listened to the final “Fast Cast” from those great guys over at the Fast Cast blog.

Now I got back from Reading around midnight and had to find out much more about not just the latest movie but the entire franchise. I went straight to Buzz feed and read multiple articles (at least three maybe four). Which I have listed below. Don’t Have Friends Got Family, Making FF7 without Paul Walker and Furious 7 Ending Paul Walker. Trust me to come home after a two hour plus movie and then spend over an hour reading about every little detail of the film. Suddenly it became very important for me to understand the dilemma of completing a movie with one of your main cast members nolonger with us. The ending was a true tribute to the main man – Brian O’Conner. The movie studio had shown not only him but the audience the utmost respect. Rather than killing him off, he was dutifully retired from duty in a scene which brought a tear to my eye.

I have been listening to See You Again constantly since Sunday. Such a beautifully powerful stirring song, it easily evokes the memories of the past. I feel we all sometimes forget to live in the moment and then as soon as the moment has passed, we instantly begin to reminisce of the time gone by. Almost wanting to capture the magic from before it is lost forever. To then become just a images in your memory banks. Maybe it is the melody played so softly on the piano, maybe it is the high impact of the words, rapped by Wiz. Difficult to explain in words, just sometimes a song comes along to capture the mood in tribute to a movie star gone, but also reflect back on your life and where you are at this exact moment.

Spontaneous Bank Holiday

The best days are impromptu days out, planned only the night before. We decided to make the most of the weather on Bank Holiday Monday and headed over towards Bedfordshire and the Woburn Safari Park. Our original plan had been to go to the Paradise Wildlife Park but the website was not working and not allowing us to purchase tickets in our basket. If only companies knew they were losing business based on poor technology infrastructure. Nevertheless, I believe we made the right decision.

Elephants

It’s All Glee To Me

Let me set the record straight once and for all – Glee has always been about the music! We have cared little for the characters and the outrageous plot lines or the person irritating cheerio coach and later principal Sue Sylvester in that particular week’s episode. Having just watched the two hour finale, to not just season six but the entire show, I feel in the right place to finally reflect on a excellent television show of the past few decades, but perhaps not quite the greatest.

My love affair with Glee started when Michelle’s dear friend Shabana, recommended I watch the show, primarily for the Show Choir tutor – Mr. William Michael Schuester. He had not just an amazing voice but was able to shake it on the dance floor. So in late 2009 and into early 2010 I was watching the first series to catch up with the output on E4. Most important to me was the fact the whole premise of the show was fun. It never took itself too seriously and even when plot lines went a little moody, there was always a quick segway into a usual comic music number. The stand out performances for me in that opening season were from Artie in the single episode Dream A Little Dream. They were Safety Dance and Dream A Little Dream. The Men In Hats number would remain my favourite until the start of season two.

I can appreciate the difficult job when the writers took up the reins of series two. How could they top the debut? The result was a slow start until the sixth episode. Many people may have given up at this point but I was keen to give the show the time it deserved. I knew better things would come along eventually. I was right, the introduction of The Dalton Warblers and in particular Blaine Anderson took Glee to new heights. They would remain at this peak for two good seasons. I tended to blog about Glee only when there was a performance worth highlighting or a particular plot point that deserved to be reviewed. However as I mentioned at the start of this post, music was key to everything. The characters were all larger than life, even Principal Figgins whom will always be a hero of mine!

Feeling a little underwhelmed having just watched the final eighty odd minutes of Glee. Although the ending was perfectly poignant, it felt rather rushed to get all the various strings of narrative tied together for a crowd pleasing conclusion. The cast and crew had plenty of fun in this sixth and final season, you could tell with some of the flamboyant song choices (even by Glee standards). My criticism of this limited run, will always be the desire to fill in too many stories into a definite amount of screen time. Never was any plot given the justice it so badly craved. Instead it felt like a brainstorm session gone into overdrive with nobody willing to take the decisive decision, so all ideas got thrown into the melting pot, with no care for how they might end up in the end product on the small screen.

Having said all of that, there were still moments of sheer magic. In episode three, entitled Jagged Little Tapestry there was the mashup performance of King’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and Morissette’s “Head over Feet”. Let me underline that I have never been a fan of the mashup, particularly on Glee. (Personally these types of songs should be left in the hands of the experts, such as music television channel Q) Jane Hayward’s beautiful voice complemented the tender tone of Mason McCarthy to create the perfect balance for a contemporary love song. The show reminded me what a ground breaking album Alanis had released way back in 1995, with so many hit songs. I had to download Head over Feet again to remember how elegantly written and sung the song is, with lyrics such as “You Ask Me How My Day Was…”

Finding it difficult to summarize a show which I have watched religiously for the past six years, but that never quite got under my skin like Greek or Fringe. (I could go into the reasons why, but they are actually scattered across this blog under the tag glee. Feel free to have a rummage around!) Forty three odd minutes spent (usually) on a Sunday morning watching the latest happenings in a high school in Ohio, with larger than life academic staff and children with a multitude of issues for a multitude of reasons. Instead I am going to leave the final few words from articles I found online in the past few days. Firstly Daniel Martin in The Guardian, perhaps puts his finger directly on the button of what gave Glee it’s quintessential charm and why at times it was lost with moving the action to New York. Then from the eyes of a fan aged thirteen at the shows premiere, and still a teenager (just) as the show came to a close – Emily Zauzmer with her Ode To Glee from The Harvard Political Review.

Glee has added so extra spark to my life that the show in my eyes, will never be forgotten. Even if I am far from the demographic that should have registered any interest in the Fox show. Without Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel, I would never have gone to watch Wicked in the West End for my 30th birthday. I would have never have discovered and re-discovered some awesome songs that may otherwise have been forgotten forever. The reality for me, as a fan of 1980s pop was watching Ryan Murphy and team re-work a classic and somehow get the song to fit into the plot. An easier job before they took the elementary option of themed weeks as if this was an episode of The X Factor. Perhaps that was the moment Glee lost some of it’s charm. For me, any show that can launch the career of beautiful Naya Rivera and multi talented Darren Criss (among many more) deserves all the accolades it achieved, even if only at the start. Now while many will put it down to a ‘fad’, I will forever associate the show with fun times I had, watching a comic book musical come to life each week on my television screen.

Sue v Will

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