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Glee: Britney/Brittany (2010)
Brittany S. Pierce
Classic Glee. This Britney Spears inspired episode was fun and did a great job of paying respect for some of the best of Britney Spears. The episode also features John Stamos (from ER) who offers the Glee club to educate them on dental hygiene, and ends up treating the majority, as the one's treated experience hallucinations after general anesthesia as they perform covers of Britney Spears' music.
What I loved about this episode is how it was just plain fun but it could've had a lot more character development. One disappointment was how many of the covers performed were done during the hallucinary stages and I would've liked to have seen more Glee club performances. Brittany and Santana's recreation of the hit "Me Against The Music" (which was a song I had long forgotten) was done well and their recreation of the original video looked just like the real thing. Kurt (Chris Colfer) stole scenes in this episode and it could've been nice to see him play a larger part in this episode. I would've loved it if Ryan Murphy explored the relationship between Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) and Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) but instead they barely had lines. Britney Spears' cameo appearances were also ones to watch out for. A good episode.
The Pacific (2010)
Fantastic series, but unfair comparisons to BoB...
Firstly, I would like to say what a fantastic program Spielberg and Hanks have produced. "The Pacific" follows the service and lives of 3 marines serving in the Pacific war. These 3 men, Eugene "Sledgehammer" Sledge, Robert Leckie and John Basilone are 3 real men who's stories have been conveyed in this miniseries.
I have read countless reviews and complaints about how this program did not live up to the hype of "Band Of Brothers" but I believe that it shouldn't be. Both BoB and The Pacific have been planned and written by at least one member of the Ambrose family, and in The Pacific's case, Hugh Ambrose has conveyed these stories.
Hugh explains how the Pacific war was a complicated war to discuss as multiple events were taking place at the time. Some including Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, the battle of Bataan, Okinawa, Peleliu and much more. Ambrose has focused on 5 characters in his companion novel but the 3 men are the only one's which have been portrayed in the series. It may not have the same characterisation as BoB but it focuses on the lives of real men, and if you call it "boring" and "unenjoyable" you're basically saying that they're lives are not worth learning about.
You will need to see this in a professional viewpoint and forget about BoB when reviewing this.
All in all, the series was perfect. If not for the comparisons made to BoB, I'm sure this show would've looked amazing to everybody. Joe Mazzello portrays Sledge with a fantastic performance that we are positioned to empathize with, he deserves an Emmy for his role. Rami Malek though, as Merriell "Snafu" Shelton was the biggest scene stealer however, with his unusual humour. Malek delivers a fine performance.
Fantastic program and I hope you guys will love it.