glee premiere + ugly betty finale

A beginning and an end…

YAY, it’s back! LOVE this show. But like my friend Sarah, I have to admit that I enjoy this show for the novelty of it. I love the musical numbers, get a kick out of the whiplash-inducing storylines (Rachel/Puck, Rachel/Finn, and now Rachel/Jesse), and adore the snappy dialogue (“Did you know dolphins are just gay sharks?” – oh, Brittany) — but I’m not totally invested in any of the characters. I love them, sure — how can you not love Rachel’s self-absorbed ambition or Puck’s cockiness? I just don’t feel connected or protective of them the way I do with other characters.

As far as the episode…
— Is it just me or did (almost) everything that happened in Sectionals get bumped back to “normal?” Sue and Emma are back teaching (Sue I understand but what happened with Emma?), Finn and Rachel aren’t dating, and Brittany and Santana are scheming with Sue again. Like I said earlier, storyline whiplash. But for some reason, this kind of back and forth doesn’t bother me with this show.
— I like Rachel/Finn (though not enough to officially ship them) but I wanted to knock some sense into both of them! I get the feeling that Rachel only likes the idea of Finn (he’s popular, cute, sings). She doesn’t actually know him. I mean, I know it’s in her personality to be overly enthusiastic about things but Finn *just* found out his best friend and ex-girlfriend slept around behind his back. Cut him a little slack! Not that Finn is any better going out with Brittany and Santana. OMG, these two.
— I’m so torn about Will. I want to like him but he makes the absolute worst choices. Like… MAKING OUT WITH SHELBY WHEN HE HAS A GIRLFRIEND.
— I’ve never seen or heard Jonathan Groff in anything before and I thought he was great! It’s nice to finally have Lea Michele sing with someone who’s actually her vocal equal (sorry Cory). Too bad his scheming was totally projected in that one look he shared with Idina Menzel’s character. This show is so predictable.
— Loved seeing more Mike Chang! Maybe they’ll actually develop his character a little bit this season? If not, I’d be happy with more dancing. 😀

Can’t wait for next week’s Madonna episode!

Ugly Betty
I haven’t watched the last 2 seasons of Ugly Betty (it got a little too over the top for me) but I loved it once upon a time so I wanted to see how it all ended. There were many storylines that I didn’t understand (Amanda and her father, Wilhelmina having a boyfriend in jail, etc) but whatever, I still enjoyed seeing the characters get their happy endings. And yes, I totally cried at the end when Betty says goodbye to her family before leaving for London. Waahhhh.

Back when I watched the show, I DID NOT even think of Betty and Daniel as anything other than friends but after all the hints of Daniel’s feelings in this episode, I totally got on board that ship. When Daniel signs Betty’s contract release form, his quiet sadness about her leaving seriously killed me. I totally forgot how great Eric Mabius is.

And their final scene! It worked for me as an acknowledgment of the possibility of a future relationship. Their flirty banter, awkward hug, and Betty looking back as Daniel watches her walk away… well, that was all just icing on the cake.

Finally, loved the final title card. Just… BETTY. Perfect.