Commenter Shout-Outs: Your Recent Thoughts on the Glee Movie, Breaking Bad, and True Blood

Greetings, friends, and welcome back to another fun-filled edition of Commenter Shout-Outs—the one time of the week during which our readers get top-billing. This week, you guys vented about the big-screen version of Glee, cheered about Breaking Bad, and noodled over True Blood. And we were listening!

The Glee movie—or “3D Concert Movie,” as it was billed in multiplexes—was a turkey, not even managing to find a place in the Top 10 new releases. Was this just an aberration, we asked, or does it point toward a bleak future for Gleeks?

beowulf579 had a sound, outsider’s analysis of where things might have gone awry:

Speaking as a non-Glee person (never watched the show ever) I can tell you what went wrong. I didn't even know there was a movie coming out. When you are taking a franchise to the next level (as in movies), there should be such a buzz that even non-fans will know it's out there. But there was none of that with this.

The other factor missing is that it sounds like there were no "real" stars. The only time I hear about Glee is when Britney Spears is going to be on or that some specific band's music is going to be featured. If there was anything like that [in the movie]... again, I never heard about it. This is why the movie failed, but making up half of your investment in the first weekend isn't all that bad.

For a Gleek perspective, we turn to bmshull:

I love Glee, so naturally I went to see the movie. I felt the movie was a complete letdown. I thought the movie would be like the Hannah Montana concert movie that I went to see with my little sister, the entire concert with some behind-the-scenes footage. What I got was a few clips of the concert woven through fan commentary. I am a fan of Glee. I know what it means to the fans. I don't need to hear from people how much of an impact it has. I just felt that, had I wanted to know what the fans think, I could have logged on to any fan site and learned the same things I did while watching what I thought was going to be a recorded version of the concert.

Finnegan77 saw a creative team who’d lost their way:

The movie failed because [Ryan] Murphy and his band of merry men started to believe all of their own hype and forgot why people watch their show. People watch for the entertainment value, not to see heart-wrenching, "true-ish" high school stories. They watch to see what idiocy the Lima Losers are going to get into next, for their mistakes and oddly quirky and tangled interrelationships. The songs further the stories of these kids, and that's why they work.

Unfortunately, Murphy et al have decided that their fans are all high school kids (I'm suuuuure not, since I watched the demographics of the moviegoers in our town, and saw more 40-something couples than anyone else) who want to see less of their favorite characters and more of three unknown teens. What is this guy smoking?

No skits, no explanations for why the numbers were chosen or why they were put in their particular order. No Tina, no Sue, no Mr. Shue. Why was fan-favorite [Chris] Colfer barely seen (notice the intentional framing of Lea [Michele] ONLY in close-up during their duet?) and only heard once, why was the young gay man's story of Kurt's inspiration sandwiched between numbers by Amber and Darren?

This "film" did nothing for the franchise except give the impression it's out of gas.

Finally, DavidJackson8 was disappointed by the movie’s poor word-of-mouth:

I didn't know there was a Glee movie. Had I known, I'd have intentionally not gone and seen it.

The news that AMC ordered sixteen final episodes of Breaking Bad came as a huge relief in a week where stories swirled that the network was too cash-poor to properly support its non-Mad Men series.

Geertvdheide sees five seasons as the perfect length for a show like this:

Good to read there's more fans in these comments who are happy with this news, like I am. Good shows end on their own terms. The worst possible situation for writing a TV show is having the chance of it being canceled at any time. That makes it impossible to lay down effective story arcs. Breaking Bad wasn't supposed to be an indefinitely extendable show like The Simpsons or Law & Order. It needs to end, and I'm confident now that it will end well. Besides, five seasons is quite a lot for a show of such rare quality. If only Firefly and Carnivale got this many episodes! But at least some shows get the chance. I'm happy :)

MikeMuller1 has already plotted out the finale for Vince Gilligan and his crew. No charge!

Well, so how will it end? I'd go for the bad ending: Walter Jr. becomes addicted to blue meth now that they have the money, Hank recovers and goes after everyone, starting with Gus (which leads to Walter and Jesse becoming the drug kingpins for a short time). When Hank realizes that Walter is the genius cook he sets him up for a trap. Jesse is killed, Walter goes to jail. Skyler as well for accessory to murder, the baby goes to Hank and Marie. Walter Jr. is seen roaming the streets and buying meth from Badger. Final scene is Walter White in prison, with a doctor telling him that the cancer is back and he has two weeks left to live. The end!

'Cause after what has happened over the years I'd be disappointed if the [final] message would be that crime pays. He should [end up] in a situation where everything is worse than when he first started to break bad.

Finally, our True Blood commentary by screen-grabber extraordinaire Lily Sparks inspired some lively discussion.

TimeSpiraling is finding it difficult to suspend disbelief:

The show is good, but my goodness, the whole Eric/Sookie thing is a little ridiculous. The spell cast on him just feels very ambiguous, and too malleable as an all-purpose story-telling device to create tension between Sookie, Bill, and Eric.

Even though we're starting to learn more about the chivalrous Eric, I still do not actually care about that person because I don't believe he is real. He is too 'shiny.' So, am I supposed to believe that Antonia cast a spell that turned the most powerful vampire around into a trustworthy servant of his vampire king? Weird ...

As much as we all hate Tommy, I must point out what a fantastic character he is. He is flawed, real, rigid, and he is able to elicit real emotions from the viewers. In this case we actually do not like his character. It's not that we think it is bad writing, or uninteresting, or that we don't like the storyline... we don't like him and that is good acting, and that is good storytelling.

Arch_Angel88 just wants to see two of the show’s more annoying characters (so hard to choose!) eliminated.

It seems I'm not the only one who wants Tara and Tommy to meet an (un)timely demise. I will be creating a fanclub site, Our goal is to reach 10,000 signatures on our online petition, which we will then send to Alan Ball and the writers of True Blood. With your help we just might get these horrendous characters killed off.

Acrobit, meanwhile, is just nostalgic for how things used to be around Bon Temps:

"Sookeh, Ah forbid it!" ...I miss that.

And that’s that. Another great week of feedback. We’ll see you here next Friday. In the meantime, keep watching, and keep talking!

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