This whole crazy thing started back in 2016. My family was looking for something to watch on Netflix and decided on Glee, mostly because the Kid enjoyed the Land of Stories books so we were able to talk her into it. (“Hey! That author you like used to be an actor on this show. Let’s check it out!”)
I fell in love with the show, and one thing led to a podcast.
But it was also 2016. The election coverage was raging, the country was bitterly divided, and I couldn’t deal with it. I mean, I participated, I voted (for sure–I always vote!) but I couldn’t listen to the podcasts or read the news websites I usually followed. It was all stressing me out. Instead, I found myself watching Glee over and over and over again.
Eventually, I found a happy medium–I got used to the country being a trash fire, got involved with a few organizations, made some friends on Twitter who shared my obsessions, and returned to a normal amount of television consumption, balanced out with creative activities and a normal amount of news consumption.
But with the midterm elections heating up, I’m feeling overwhelmed again, and I need to go back into my Glee bubble. Not completely–I volunteer every day for the ACLU and I will definitely vote (I always vote!)–but I need a break from news sites and podcasts.
If you’d like to join me in the bubble, you’re more than welcome! I thought it would be fun to chat with friends while I watch, so I started a discussion over on elsiedate.com. You can find it (you have to sign up for elsiedate first) by looking in the Musical Theatre section and clicking on “Musical Theatre–discussion”
Then click on “The Glee Bubble” (see above) and you can join in the discussion from there. I’m planning to watch about two episodes per evening, at roughly 8pm Eastern.
There are no rules really, except be nice to each other and please no bashing of actors under any circumstances. So we’ll see what happens. I expect that people will pop in and out, or maybe the whole idea will fizzle, or maybe we’ll end up with a core of regular viewer/discussers.