When Glee first launched on Fox a couple years ago, I was as big of a skeptic as the rest of ’em. I thought everyone got a little too excited over their cover of Don’t Stop Believing. I thought people were way too entertained by Sue Sylvester, who is now possibly one of the most unoriginal, overdone characters in the history of television.

Having skipped the first two seasons of the show, and publicly denounced the program on several podcasts, I’ve now had a change in opinion.

I decided to start watching Glee from season 3, in part because it’s a very popular fandom here on Hypable and I wanted to be up on it. I didn’t go back to the first two seasons, and I didn’t read summaries. I basically had no clue what was happening in the show other than that Darren Criss was the heartthrob.

Probably for the best. The show has received mixed reviews from critics and fans (particularly about season 2), and I knew if I were to make myself get into the show I would have to jump in quickly.

Having now enjoyed nine episodes, I can safely say that the show is enjoyable from a lowest common denominator perspective. The plot sucks – and mostly everyone agrees about that. But it’s the music and the relatable cast members that keep me and many others interested.

For me to say that what I enjoy most is the music will sound ludicrous to some of you. When I did complain about Glee on podcasts, I mainly focused on how the songs were an “abomination” of the original versions. Moreover, Gleeks were worshipping the covers as if they were the originals. That bothered me, and it still does.

But this season has had songs that I’ve greatly enjoyed. The You and I/You and I mash up, We Are Young, and Rumour Has It/Someone Like You are songs I listen to often. Each episode brings at least one song that can make a chill or two go down your spine.

With that said, the writers really do need to work on shoring up the plotline. It’s quite the mess, and many people probably expected it to be solved following the hiring of several new writers before the start of season 3. The new people brought on board did not help. Come season 4, when Fox and Ryan Murphy once again have to explain the drop in ratings, I’m sure we’ll once again see promises of a “back to basics” Glee like we saw with the current season.

So yes, you could say that at some level I am now a Gleek.

New ‘Power Rangers’ movie costumes revealed

The suits for the ladies are... questionable.

12:30 pm EDT, May 5, 2016

Can we morph into a world where female super heroes don’t have to wear high heels?

EW.com has exclusively revealed the first look at what the new Power Rangers costumes will look like when they hit the big screen next year. Check them out below.

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The new suits are explained as “alien” according to costumer designer Andrew Menzies. “It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”

Noticeably in the picture, both the Pink Ranger and the Yellow Ranger’s costumes feature full busts and even wedge heels. Haven’t we learned anything about last year’s Jurassic World protests!?

This photo comes after the previously released photo of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa which also featured a brand new look.

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What are your thoughts about the new Power Rangers suits? Should they have stuck a little closer to the original concept from the hit ’90s TV show?

Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017. The cast includes Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy.

Veronica Roth’s upcoming science fiction novel is titled Carve the Mark, and hits store shelves on January 17, 2017.

An official website (complete with a countdown clock!) launched Thursday morning. It reveals the cover (above) and synopsis for Carve the Mark, which will apparently appeal to “fans of Star Wars and Divergent.”

The cover is interesting, as it appears to show cuts made in stone, with something like gold seeping out of the openings. “Honor has no place in survival,” the book’s tagline reads.

Here’s the full synopsis:

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Intriguing! I’m liking the sound of these currentgifts and their influence on this science fiction world.

Previous reports have described Carve the Mark as the first part in a duology, with part 2 getting a release in 2018.

This will be the first book published since Roth wrapped up the Divergent Series. Although Allegiant was released in 2013, a book with short stories about Four arrived the following summer.

You can pre-order Carve the Mark here. Do you think you’ll be reading it?

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle may have only just crash-landed in a dumpster near you, but we’ve already got information on the second book!

According to his newly upgraded website (hey! us too!), the second book in Rick Riordan’s latest Greek mythology series will be released on May 2, 2017 and is titled The Dark Prophecy. That doesn’t sound ominous at all.

The synopsis reads, “Zeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered 16-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.”

Riordan’s fancy new website has a cool feature where, as you scroll the page, the dotted yellow line is replaced by a solid red one, like you’re really seeing yourself exploring the world as you venture through his books. (Accurate.) The Hidden Oracle took place in New York City, but our map tells us Apollo will be venturing into the unknown for the second book. Or has that bit of information just not been set in stone yet? There was something about Indiana…and bananas.

The Trials of Apollo is already off to a fantastic start. Check back later for our review of The Hidden Oracle and other in-depth coverage.

What did you think of ‘The Hidden Oracle’?