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Report Cards Are In: 'Glee' and 'Battle of the Blades'

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 28th 2009 11:37PM

I recently completed a project where my main goal was to provide viewing pleasure to others. By itself, I realize that sentence sounds rather scandalous, so I will clarify - it is a yarn calendar. Completing this project and making it public brought forth many helpful suggestions and ideas.

In some corners, these remarks would be considered criticism, but it is all phrased in a similar tone to my grade-school report cards - encouraging, reassuring and with only the mildest suggestion that improvement is necessary.

It struck me that there is not enough of this sort of advice in the world, and as I'm getting so much, I should pay it forward. And I knew exactly who needed my advice the most - two of the most promising new shows of the 2010 season. Like me, they have so much potential. Living up to it is another story.
I recently completed a project where my main goal was to provide viewing pleasure to others. By itself, I realize that sentence sounds rather scandalous, so I will clarify - it is a yarn calendar. Completing this project and making it public brought forth many helpful suggestions and ideas.

In some corners, these remarks would be considered criticism, but it is all phrased in a similar tone to my grade-school report cards - encouraging, reassuring and with only the mildest suggestion that improvement is necessary.

It struck me that there is not enough of this sort of advice in the world, and as I'm getting so much, I should pay it forward. And I knew exactly who needed my advice the most - two of the most promising new shows of the 2010 season. Like me, they have so much potential. Living up to it is another story.


'Battle of the Blades'

It's perfectly clear what CBC is hoping to achieve with 'BoB'. They would like some of the 'Hockey Night in Canada' audience to come spend more time on the network, and I think it has worked. (Exceeds Expectations)

But sometimes it feels like the slavish devotion to the hockey-watcher has CBC forgetting this is a figure-skating show. The fact of the matter is the women skaters on the show are, for the most part, more famous and recognizable than their male partners, even to hockey fans. It would be one thing if Wayne Gretzky was out there, but 'BoB's male cast is made up of players only dedicated fans will remember clearly (except for troll-like Tie Domi).

Despite this, we rarely hear from the women. CBC, give the skaters two microphones, not one to share, and tell Kurt Browning part of his job is to manage those kiss-and-cry interviews, not just stand there. Make sure we hear from the women who have actual expertise in this sport. (Needs Improvement)

I'm also exasperated by the guest judges, most of whom come from a hockey background, and insist on bringing up each contestant's days as an enforcer, or making some innuendo about soft hands. We get it - they used to be NHLers. This was one thing in the first few weeks of the show, but we're into jumps and one-handed lifts now and it wouldn't kill us to hear if they are being done well. (Working At Grade Level)

Here's where I'll get really daring, CBC, and give you some big advice for next season. Consider adding another hour to the show, on a third night. In this hour, take the short clips we see before each performance and expand them - give us more time to see the training, and more time to get to know the contestants and their partners. Show us how hard it is to learn that first waltz jump. Do it right, and you may have a show that appeals as much to fans of 'Dancing With the Stars' as 'Coach's Corner'. (Always Show Your Work)


'Glee
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I think the problems with 'Glee' can be summed up as a lack of focus. Plot, characters, and even style seem to shift not just from episode to episode, but from commercial break to commercial break. (Test for ADHD)

There is something to be said for being unpredictable, but 'Glee' does more flip-flopping than a presidential nominee. Is Rachel selfish or selfless? Is Finn smart or stupid? Does Shue loves his wife or Emma? Is Quinn evil or...not evil? Sometimes questions like these can be the engine of a show, but not when every single character changes their mind every 10 minutes.

Besides, we know what the driving engine of the show is, right? The music!

I even have problems with the music. Here's the thing - it feels like the plot of an episode is thrown together to make room for a song, instead of the other way around. (Has Trouble with Problem Solving)

And lately, the arrangements are kind of...boring. They sound just like the original except with music theatre voices filling in. I'll say one thing - that pretty much sums up what my high school show choir did to the music they performed, but I doubt it's what 'Glee' has in mind. (Creative - but Not Recommended for Gifted Program)

So here's my advice, 'Glee'. Choose a through-plot and stick to it. And please ditch this Emma-Ken marriage story-line - it's disgraceful. (Says Inappropriate Things in Class)

Perform fewer songs, but do a better job choosing the right song and finding an original way to present it. (Manage Workload Better)

Do you have some gentle advice for your favourite show? Post it in the comments.

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