‘Rise’ shined bright but fell like a shooting star during it’s first season

Don’t Stop Believin’ until your Totally Fucked

When I originally reviewed the NBC television, “Rise,” I gave it a 3 out of 5 and called it a gritty reboot of “Glee.” Now that its first, and only, season is over. I thought it was time to give some final thoughts on “Rise” now that I have seen all the episodes. It’s time to talk about “Rise.”

The show follows a new teacher and his drama club as they put on a controversial play in a conservative town in Pennsylvania. As they get ready to perform “Spring Awakening,” the show also covers all the crap that is going on in their lives. Sexual Abuse, self-acceptance, living in a foster home, teen pregnancy, and just living in a small mind town is what this show covered. 

“Rise” improved after the first episode. It grew and improved to stand on its own two feet and not just be a gritty reboot of “Glee.” It’s rather unfortunate that “Rise” won’t be returning for a second season. I understand and get why but this is the kind of show that is needed. It was extremely depression for most of the episodes. And most of the character had to grow on you. I didn’t like the main teacher until the very last episode. The only characters I truly liked from start to finish was Simon and Gordy.

The storylines for the show was stereotypical and predictable to a certain degree. By the time they turned away from being stereotypical, you got uninterested in them. I do give them props for the way they handled their LGBTQA storylines. They were handled in a way that wasn’t expected and done before on TV, especially on network television. I was invested in them and I would like to know what happened to them after it all ended.

I think if “Rise” didn’t start to find its footing until halfway in, there probably would be a second season. But it lost people with the lack of interesting storylines in the beginning. “Rise” wasn’t a bad show. It was just one that was ahead of its time. I hope there is a chance that it will get saved because I would like to know what is happened after the finale. The finale was depressing. It wasn’t the way that the show should have ended.

The Verdict

“Rise” is a good show. It just took too long to get good. By the time it did, it was too late. I do recommend the show if you are just looking for something to watch. It’s only 10 episodes so it won’t eat up a lot of your time. I only improved my rating by .5 just because it suffered from growing pains and it was bad.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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NBC’s new show ‘Rise’ hits some high notes…and some flat ones

Don’t Stop Believin’

It’s been three years since “Glee” ended it’s run. The show introduced the world into how cool it was to be different, and to be yourself. It also made everyone and their brother want to join either musical theatre and/or show choir. Now, we have a gritty show that shows what musical theatre is really about. Here’s a gif that shows my reaction when it reminded me of “Glee” within five minutes:

“Rise” follows a high school drama teacher that takes over the department and wants to break barriers and shake up the social ecosystem. The show itself is based on a true story but it felt too close to what “Glee” was. Literally, the first episode was set up the same as “Glee” first episode was. I noticed it within the first ten minutes. You’re going to get that because it’s literally the same premise. A high school teacher tried to get students to break out of social norms and follow their hearts. It also doesn’t help that both advisors for the groups are extremely passionate about glee club and musical theatre. 

As a fan of “Glee,” I think it was rather too soon to try to capture what “Glee” brought to mainstream media and pop culture. Where “Glee” shined, “Rise” doesn’t seem to rise up to all that it can be. The pilot was rushed and really didn’t make sense. There are parts that are you can really see happening and then there are parts that would never happen in high school. Would high school student start a full-on rap verse during a pep rally?

There’s also just too much going on. Every character in the show has some sort of drama. If it wasn’t all shown in one episode, it the premiere would have been way better. Literally, you got every single character’s back story. Because of this, there wasn’t any satisfying conclusion to the premiere. It just felt like “oh, this happened.”

When I watched “Rise,” it felt like I watched it all before because it was set up like “Glee.” It tried too hard to not be like “Glee” when it should have been somewhere in the middle. Sure, it doesn’t seem like we will be getting new singles every fucking episode, which was annoying and grand at the same time, but it would be nice to hear some of the songs and if they will be any good. “Rise” just feels like a more mature and adult version of “Glee.”

It doesn’t have the magic of what “Glee” gave us and it takes itself a little too seriously. It’s fucking musical theatre. There’s no need to have it be like overly cutthroat. “Rise” was a bit too overdramatic. I just wish it was there were a little less drama and more comedy. It just needs to stop taking itself so seriously.

The Verdict

“Rise” doesn’t seem like it’s a bad show, but the first episode did little to build up to excitement to what pretty much was a gritty “Glee” reboot. Hopefully, it finds its footing in its short 10 episode season. My biggest complaint was that it felt like I have already seen it. If you have seen or was a fan of “Glee,” then “Rise” is something you will watch just for the nostalgia of “Glee.” If you didn’t see “Glee,” you will more than likely enjoy “Rise.”

“Rise” airs on NBC at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, after “The Voice.” That just screams ratings. That was sarcasm by the way.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Katy tries to ‘Rise’


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Like our girl Britney Spears, Katy Perry surprised fans on Thursday with the release of “Rise.” “Rise” is the theme for the 2016 Rio Olympics and it’s not a bad song. It’s not a great song though.

The song meaning is probably the best part of the song. But the beat of the song is okay. The song starts off rather loser and stays that way until the chorus. Then BAM! it’s came in like a wrecking ball and it just feels awkward. I get the point of having pick up beat at the chorus but just doesn’t work.

It’s not her best song but as Katy said, it’s not her lead off her new album so there is still hope for more like “Prism.”

Here’s the song:

Rating: 3 roars out of 5


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