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Tsukasa

Tsukasa

Member Since 26 Mar 2011
Offline Last Active May 25 2013 03:38 PM
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#2685574 Sorry Jake, You Are Responsible For Who You Sleep With

Posted by Tsukasa on 26 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

Was anyone else annoyed that all the characters involved (Jake, Puck, Kitty) acted like Kitty was being an evil skank and Jake just couldn't say "no" to her even though he was "trying to be a good guy"?

Guys are not mindless dickheads. They can choose not to sleep with someone, especially if that someone has been insane. If he slept with her, it would be his choice.

[/major pet peeve]


#2610993 Rachel's NYADA storyline

Posted by Tsukasa on 07 December 2012 - 01:13 PM

I can see the writers trying to show Rachel overcoming a challenge (put-downs and confidence shatterers from a crazy teacher), but what happened in this episode really didn't feel connected. We suddenly have a new competition, an new challenger that we never actually meet or see Rachel interact with, and the accomplishment has nothing to do with dancing!

I thought the best challenge to Rachel's character was back when she and Kurt went to that pre-NYADA Harmony show where we felt the brave new world where they are not the biggest fishes. Here Rachel gets this grand honour completely out of the blue. Because she does. Then she wins, cause she does.

Rachel Berry never had a confidence problem (at least when it came to her skills and dream). Cassie the ***** seems like an artificial way to introduce a fake problem for her to "overcome".

I am just so glad that she didn't "beat" Cassie because of Brody somehow.


#2561885 Episode Recap: The Role You Were Born to Play

Posted by Tsukasa on 10 November 2012 - 05:56 PM

For me, Kitty is the combination of the worst aspects of Santana and Quinn. I don't even see her as a character.


#2511442 Blaine's actions in this episode

Posted by Tsukasa on 10 October 2012 - 12:18 PM

I am by no means a Kurtsie or a Klaine shipper or any other group member. I suspect the cheating was a cop out by the writers to have an easy out. Some people seem to have extensive head-canons for the ever changing Blaine, but this was pretty much out of left field for a lot of people because it wasn't tied into a larger narrative. And Blaine's explanation, even if interpreted in the best light, still leaves a significant gap to be filled.

And one of my favourite lessons in writing is "just because something happened in real life doesn't make it realistic". A lot of novice writers have this problem, and I've noticed more and more Glee fans try to invert this as an excuse for poor writing. Unless you are aiming for a post-modernist destruction of the Narrative, make sure your stories are cohesive.

"But this is Glee" I can already hear the response :P .


#2273748 Glee Recap: Goodbye

Posted by Tsukasa on 27 May 2012 - 03:37 PM

The funny thing for me is that "Glory Days" is actually a horrible song choice for a graduation. I don't know if A) the writers were under the popular misconception that because it is up-tempo it is a happy song like many people believe, B) they were snipping and twisting the meaning of the song to fit their narrative like "Losing My Religion", or C) it was intentional and meant to apply to Finn et al. and their fears of being "Lima Losers".

The lyrics are beautiful, but it is not a celebratory song.


#2272617 Was it good narrative that Kurt was blindsided and then they dropped that story?

Posted by Tsukasa on 26 May 2012 - 10:55 PM

Personally, I just felt his whole story arc is contrived. It has been him failing most every step of the way in trying to build his resume for a school he just recently learned about. Him not getting into NYADA just isn't that big of a deal, so the writers had to give no (shown) fall-backs. It was silly and did nothing.

For his character growth, we learned that he can't do normal male leads (What the ****, seriously) and that he can't beat panderers with sincerity (Or random dodgeball rules). I just don't see what the NYADA plot they shoved him into this season really accomplished except forced drama. For Rachel, we learned that she really is that special and her tenacity etc. etc. after her contrived failure (they built it up well in the one episode, but it was still silly).

I am afraid they have not just deferred his character growth, but halted it in favour of making him the "martyr" many of us remember from the bullying arc that went off the rails. Hell, even his stalker behaviour on Finn in S1 was shafted for Finn using the f-word and him crying. Only later did Finn make a passing mention of it for why Kurt couldn't sing a duet with a boy (Remember, though, the guys of the club totally deserved a song).


#2264953 Kurt's Letter

Posted by Tsukasa on 23 May 2012 - 09:23 AM

One of the basics in writing is that just because something that can happen in real life doesn't make it "realistic". It is comparable to the infamous example of having a truck randomly hit a character. Could it happen? Sure. Is it good story telling? Not at all. Hell, in real life he wouldn't have made the auditions at all with his crappy application.

What is the theme of Kurt's story arc now?


#2264009 Kurt's Letter

Posted by Tsukasa on 22 May 2012 - 10:37 PM

On it's own, not getting in wouldn't bother me. That Rachel did get in and they gave Kurt nothing else is just nonsense writing. It's like this whole plot has been contrived on the theme that Kurt must be the Saddest Gay.

That these things can happen in reality is besides the point. Thematically, the best one could say is that it sets up angsty development next season (if he's there full-time). But it is so wasteful.


#2255522 Did they really win?

Posted by Tsukasa on 18 May 2012 - 03:51 PM

Don't worry, I thought New Directions was better than Vocal Adrenaline. That isn't what I'm thinking about. There were two elements that really undermined the victory for me.

The first was the Three Stooges they had as judges. Yes, they historically had the celeb judges and completely random people judging. But they didn't do that for Nationals last season. Their big win was because Lohan gave the classic Loser speech of "they weren't the best, but they had good spirit". The reason Hilton wanted VA to win was identity politics. I think they were supposed to balance each other out, but the overly-enthusiastic guy they had in the middle just parroted the same "reasons" and I guess flipped a coin. This is what they've been working so hard for?

And they get back to Lima to have everyone celebrate for them. Maybe it was just me, but I thought the "they'll love us if we win just win Nationals" was meant to be a hopeful delusion. But even with things as they are, it just makes the school insanely fickle and their "support" and "acceptance" extremely shallow. The football hockey guys now accept them because they were declared the best at their gay/sissy competition? And they are just going to bask in that hollow praise?

This was a victory three years in the making, and it just felt superficial and arbitrary instead of victorious and fulfilling. I guess there is precedent with Rachel being Prom Queen...
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#2254574 Quick

Posted by Tsukasa on 17 May 2012 - 10:34 PM

Never liked Quick. I really hope this doesn't overshadow their character development as their "happy ending".


#2249837 Tina standing up for herself (and then realizing she was okay with being in t...

Posted by Tsukasa on 16 May 2012 - 04:39 AM

My problem is that they tried to justify Rachel's supremacy with her Senior status and her hours of practice. But that isn't how these things work in the Real World or in Glee. It is about if you are the best singer. I know Glee decided auditions were evil, but if they had them like everyone in the Real World does this wouldn't be a problem.


#2249521 Meta in Glee

Posted by Tsukasa on 15 May 2012 - 10:54 PM

To me, it smacks of lazy and unplanned writing. I'd prefer my writers to have a cohesive narrative arc and theme that they build. I dislike it when they just copy and paste a post from the forum and now the flaws are magically "fixed" with humour. It would be better to actually resolve issues or avoid poor writing devices in the first place.