The Mini Warbler Strikes Again

Warning: this post contains 500% of your daily cuteness allowance.

If you haven’t seen the video of the little boy dancing to the Warbler version of “Teenage Dream,” go do that now.  I’ll wait… Super adorable, right?!

Well, this little Warbler is back, this time with “Raise Your Glass” as performed by Blaine and the Pips.  I didn’t think it was possible but I think this one is even more adorable than the original Katy Perry flavor.  The part with the couch?  I seriously couldn’t contain myself it was so cute.

I hope this made you as happy as it made me!

THE GLEE PROJECT: “Individuality”

When The Glee Project was first announced, I thought for sure Ryan Murphy just woke up that morning and decided to mess with us.  Glee is already an overcrowded show that can’t manage to give storylines to quite a lot of its cast (hi Mercedes and Tina!).  Besides that, a reality show designed to pit teenage divas against one another seemed bound to implode.

So imagine my surprise when I watched it (only because it’s on Hulu and I was bored) and actually enjoyed it!

I’m still not fond of adding another character to the show but I do believe I’m going to like the process of choosing that person.  Each episode of The Glee Project will have a theme, like last night’s which was individuality.  The theme is supposed to represent something the current members of Glee possess or something the show itself represents or endorses or some such nonsense.  Whatever.  And then the contestants will be given a homework assignment before performing it in front of the very special guest judge of the week.

Last night Darren Criss (my love) was that judge and he actually gave some pretty good feedback in the bits we saw.  Then the judge picks a winner of the challenge who gets some one-on-one time with the actor.  Matheus won this week and I do like his voice but I kind of forgot about him by the end of the episode.

Then there’s some choreography practice and studio time in preparation for the big music video of the week.  This time that was the “Firework” video that was released sometime last week as an introduction to the show.

At the end of the episode, three contestants have to sing for their lives in front of Ryan Murphy and his silly hat.  Those unlucky three this week were Ellis, Damian, and Bryce (pictured left) who ended up being sent home.  What’s nifty about this part is that they don’t get to choose the song they have to sing.  It adds even more pressure to an already stressful situation but I like that.  Sure, it’s kind of unfair if one person knows their song super well and someone else doesn’t but that’s the nature of showbiz I suppose.

And if they got to choose their own songs we’d never have gotten to see poor little Irish Damian singing “I wish I was Jesse’s girl” and that would be unacceptable.

I really like the format of the show because it breaks the episode up and makes it all go by super quick.  Plus it shows a little of what all goes into an actual episode of Glee.

As of right now I’m kind of loving Marissa, Cameron, and to my surprise, Samuel (pictured right).  I immediately liked Marissa and Cameron.  They both seem pretty laid back and confident without coming across as cocky.  When Samuel first came on screen, though, I figured I’d have trouble liking him because dreads and a nose ring?  No thank you.  But, man, if I can’t take my eyes off him when he’s on screen.  Of course it helps that he’s got one of my absolute favorite voices based on the little we’ve seen so far.

I’m intrigued to keep watching and see how my favorites change as I get to see more of the contestants.  Was anyone else pleasantly surprised by what they saw?  Any favorites yet (or least favorites)?

The Glee Project airs on Sundays at 9 on Oxygen.

Finale Season Recap Part II

Time for part II of my impressions of some of the season finales that aired this year.  You can find part I here.  As before, I’ll try not to be specific about plot points, but there will be minor spoilers.

Most Likely to be Watched Over and Over: Parks and Recreation, “Li’l Sebastian”
NBC aired the final two episodes back-to-back, but this wasn’t a two-part finale like Community was so I’ll just be focusing on “Li’l Sebastian.”  Firstly, poor Li’l Sebastian.  He was a true hero to the city of Pawnee and humanity in general.  May he rest in peace.  Secondly, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) have one of the best relationships on television right now, comedy or otherwise.  If nothing else, they have the sweetest.  The finale was everything I’ve come to adore about this show including an unbelievable amount of funny.  It also set up next season well by introducing a realistic conflict for Leslie and Ben, a new job for Tom (No Tom! Come back! And bring DJ Roomba with you!), and the incomparable Ron Swanson sans mustache (the horror!) and confronted by Tammy I (the horror!).

Biggest Waste of My Time: Glee, “New York”
Glee‘s never exactly been known for its continuity or realism or, you know, logic of any kind.  But I still expect a bit more than what I got in the finale.  It really seems like the writers just don’t care anymore.  That’s the only explanation I can come up with for such a poorly written episode.  This show choir which has been talking about nationals for an entire two seasons finally gets to go and two days before taking the stage they have NO SHOW.  They haven’t written a word of their songs, choreographed, practiced anything at all, nothing.  The only things to like about this episode were Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) fabulous duet (though the circumstances surrounding that scene were equally absurd) and Kurt and Blaine’s (Darren Criss) adorable scene at the end.  The rest?  Horrible and unexcusable. I honestly didn’t even enjoy the other musical numbers which, let’s face it, are the only reasons I’m still watching.  Well, that and Darren Criss.

Most Tear-Inducing: Parenthood, “Hard Times Come Again No More”
Nearly every episode has me close to tears in the best way possible but the finale finally pushed me over into actual crying.  Amber’s (Mae Whitman) breakdown and apology to her mother was too much for me.  Seeing her so beat up (physically and emotionally) and coming to her Mom for forgiveness after everything she’d gone through this season was beautiful.  I’m also intrigued by Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina’s (Monica Potter) storyline for next season which was revealed at the end of the episode.  I can’t wait to spend another year crying, smiling, and crying some more with the Braverman’s.

Best Cameo: Cougar Town, “Something Good Coming”
It was an overall solid finale but the absolute best part came early on.  Community‘s Abed (Danny Pudi) showed up for a brilliant background cameo.  I love the love between these two shows and this moment was perfect.

Most Suspenseful: Castle, “Knockout”
I realize there was no reason to be as stressed during this finale as I was, but I couldn’t help it.  Obviously neither Castle (Nathan Fillion) nor Beckett (Stana Katic) were going anywhere, but I knew a major death was coming and any of the other characters were fair game.  I was particularly worried for my beloved Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas).  And every scene between the leads was full of tension.  My favorite was actually not the last scene but rather the argument they had in Beckett’s apartment.  Man, was that well done by everyone involved.  Note to Bones: this is how you do a compelling season finale that makes measurable progress in the main relationship without upsetting everyone in your audience.  Just saying.

There were plenty of other finales that I could talk about but these were the ones I felt most strongly about one way or the other.  Were there any finales you thought were exceptional or exceptionally bad?  I’d love to hear what everyone else thinks!