‘Glee’ Season 4, Ep. 14 Review: “Did you Vapo-rape my ex-boyfriend?”

By Jennifer Lund Glee as a series started out channeling the sort of cockeyed optimism that kept Rachel Berry singing into her hairbrush at night and posting the videotaped results to her MySpace page – despite the hate they received. In fact, the series’ pilot featured club director Will Schuester … Continue reading

‘Parks and Rec’ Season 5, Ep. 13, Review: This Ain’t Downton, and It Sure as Hell Ain’t Eagleton

“In order to save our park, we have to destroy the entire town.” It’s a play on what passes for moral relativism in action movies, but Leslie utters it with sincere gravitas. Leslie, Ann, and Chris are in the middle of an Emergency Drill—an exercise that Pawnee has failed 12 … Continue reading

‘Glee’ Season 4, Ep. 13 Review: “I have more diva in my little finger than you have in your whole angry inch!”

By Jennifer Lund Musicals, especially ones as over the top as Glee, don’t really need an excuse to bust out some real diva moves. And yet, this episode (aptly titled “Diva”) has several good reasons and uses them all to its advantage. The show opens with a voiceover from Kurt, … Continue reading

‘Parks and Rec.’ Season 5, Ep. 12 Review: All The Women Who Are Independent, Throw Your Hands Up At Me

I wrote two weeks ago that Parks and Recreation was arguably more of a feminist show than 30 Rock, because the show is purely about Leslie and her career ambitions. That’s not entirely an accurate statement. Feminism can mean a lot. Some women want to be housewives, some women want … Continue reading

‘Glee’ Season 4, Ep. 12 Review: ‘I feel like taking a gander at that glorious taco right now!’

By Jennifer Lund There’s an old joke about the word ‘naked’ and its various pronunciations – ‘naked’ means you’re not wearing any clothes, whereas ‘nekkid’ means you’re not wearing any clothes and you’re up to something. Last night’s episode of Glee proved that there’s another definition, and it has nothing to do … Continue reading

’30 Rock’ Season 7, Ep. 12 & 13 (Series Finale) Review – Six Sigma Wheel of Happiness Domination

A kooky show by the name of 30 Rock debuted on NBC on October 11th, 2006. For me, 30 Rock will always be the show that followed me into true adulthood. In 2006 I graduated college, had my first place (which lasted 3 days before my girlfriend—now wife—moved in), and first … Continue reading

‘Glee’ Season 4, Ep. 11 Review: ‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’

By Jennifer Lund This episode of Glee is entitled simply, “Sadie Hawkins”, referring to the dance of the same type. (For people who’ve managed to suppress unfortunate high school memories, the distinguishing feature of this kind of dance is that the girls have to ask the guys.) Picking up on … Continue reading

‘Parks and Rec’ Season 5, Ep. 11 Review: You’ll Never Find a Beau With That Domineering Tone

It goes without saying that Parks and Recreation is a feminist show. Moreso, I’d argue, than 30 Rock, which always gave equal screen time to Liz’s career goals and romantic pursuits. Parks has always been about Leslie’s career. Relationships have been used as storylines, sure, and yes, she is happily … Continue reading

‘…and that’s what you missed on Glee!’

By Jennifer Lund Unless you’ve been living under under a rock for the past three years, you’ve heard of the musical juggernaut that is Glee. The little-musical-TV-show-that-could has spawned two live concert tours, a limited-release feature film from the second of these tours, several musical and karaoke apps and games … Continue reading

‘Parks and Rec.’ Season 5, Ep. 10 Review: We Need To Have A Real Peace Pipe Smoking Session

It should be no secret that my favorite comedy hour of all time is Dave Chappelle’s For What It’s Worth. Chappelle made a career on outrageousness, a crazy voice, and a willingness to push any envelope that could be pushed. Parks and Recreation has a similar craziness-rooted-in-truth shtick. So when … Continue reading