Glee-Cap S3E19: Prom-asaurus
By. Chris Saccaro
The school year is winding down for the students on “Glee,” which brings us to one of the many rites of passage for high school students–senior prom. Just like a real prom, this week’s episode was pointless and full of unnecessary drama. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of pre-graduation sentimentality, as this season has given us in each episode, with the characters choosing to focus on prom instead.
After Rachel’s failed NYADA audition, it’s unsurprising that she would be slightly off in this week. However, she isn’t taking it nearly as bad as one would expect. At least until she finds out that Quinn and Finn are running together for Prom Queen and King–and so begins the vilification of Quinn. Again.
Glee-cap: S3E14 “On My Way”
By Chris Saccaro
No matter what the show is, there is always an inherent problem with “competition” storylines. Whether it’s a state championship in football a la “Friday Night Lights,” or a singing competition as is the case with “Glee,” there will always be two possible outcomes–the team wins or the team loses. Therefore, in order to make the episode truly interesting, the show must supplement the competition storyline with high stakes for the characters, and, if possible, alternative storylines to keep the viewer interested. This week, “Glee” took that idea and pumped it full of Sue Sylvester’s muscle building protein powder.
A few months back, news reports broke that “Glee” would be tackling an episode dealing with the recent number of gay teen suicides, and in a strange misdirection, many thought that episode had come and gone. However, “Glee’s” winter finale, “On My Way,” was likely the episode that the actors were hinting at. The drama of regionals took a back seat to Dave Karofsky’s suicide attempt, forcing many of the characters to deal with the fact that they felt responsible in one way or another.
“Glee” handled this storyline brilliantly. After Kurt’s torment took over Season 2, it would have been gimmicky and slightly less poignant for him to once again deal with the difficulties of bullying. Likewise, Santana would never succumb to suicidal tendencies. Yet, there’s something poetic about Dave Karofsky–Kurt’s former bully, trying to off himself after struggling with his own homosexuality.
Glee-Cap: S3E13 “Heart”
By Chris Saccaro
This week, “Glee” had the utmost privilege of being able to air its Valentines Day episode, “Heart”, on Valentine’s Day. And how does it repay the world? By mixing in religion, homophobia, and Whitney Houston covers!
Sometimes it seems like the writers of Glee are just filling in a “gay/religious storyline” quota. A perfectly normal episode will be plagued with seemingly random storylines dealing with gay bullying or religious dilemmas. And these plotlines are great in small doses. In fact, one should applaud “Glee” for shedding light on these issues when most shows don’t make mention of homosexuality or religion at all, unless it’s for a punch line. But it just happens so much on “Glee” that what would normally be a poignant commentary on our society, becomes an eye-roll inducing lecture.
This was especially true of Glee’s “Heart”. Thankfully though, all of this week’s homophobia stemmed from Santana and Brittany’s public displays of affection, and not something Kurt related. Anyone who has seen even a tiny fragment of “Glee“ knows that there has been enough “Anti-Gay” storylines for Kurt to last a whole series.
Sectionals are here! Which seems like it should be a big deal, but in reality, its not. I mean, it’s not as important as regionals. Or nationals. Or like… Miss universe. But anyway, Glee is here to remind us that every singing competition, no matter how small and unimportant, is still worthy of our time!
This episode begins with Quinn telling Rachel about her master scheme to get Shelby fired, thus, insuring a win for the New Directions. I know whenever I have a plan to get someone fired, I always tell that persons biological daughter. Seriously, what is Quinn thinking? Rachel tries to talk her out of it.
In a very meta conversation, Blaine and Kurt talk about how New Directions is a mess. They are rudely interrupted by Sebastian, which leads to a hilarious verbal beatdown with such gems as “You smell like craigslist”. Anyway, Blaine also shows that like us, he has noticed Finn being awfully mean to him at the glee club meetings.
Oh! And finn thinks he has a solution to Glee Club’s problems: Bring Sam back! So him and Rachel go on a little field trip to Sam’s new place of employment, which just happens to be a strip club! And let me just say, I would not mind seeing Chord Overstreet shake his junk on stage. That being said, Rachel and Finn convince him to convince his parents to let him come back to the New Directions just for sectionals. Now, I don’t know about you, but this seems really rude. I mean, they don’t really care about Sam until they are down 3 people and desperately need someone to just stand in.
Why you gotta be so mean?! Glee-cap S3E04
If I had to assign one Taylor Swift song to this episode of Glee, it would be “Mean”. Seriously, why you gotta be so mean!? I can’t understand how these characters are becoming so hateful. We start off with Brittany’s new irish foreign exchange student aka Leprechaun being harassed by random bullies, right in front of Finn. He does nothing. This theme continues throughout the show, despite him singing “It Ain’t Easy Being Green”.
Along the mean streak, Mercedes is trying to recruit more people to her all girl group, aka Santana and Brittany. Once again, right in front of Finn. He does nothing. Well, other than making jabs towards Mercedes. He then acts like a complete dick to Blaine while trying to give a pep talk about “team unity” and “not turning on each other. I mean, I get it, Blaine’s personality can be really grating. He can definitely be annoying, and preachy, and overly optimistic, but seriously, Finn has been exploding on him a lot.
Then, Santana flips out on Blaine, storms out of the room, and then blackmails the Irish Kid into tricking Brittany into joining the All Girl’s Show Choir.
Quinn is planning on planting “bad parenting” evidence in Shelby’s apartment under the rouse of babysitting Beth, and then calling Child Protective Services. She’s perfectly fine with Shelby going to jail. Then she criticizes Puck’s pool cleaning business, saying that he needs a job that will help support a family. Puck ends up saving the day when Shelby offers him a year round job as pool cleaner at her condo. He feels bad, and removes all of the incriminating evidence from Shelby’s place. Oh! And then they both make out .
Glee-Cap S3E03: Asian F
I’m probably alone in thinking this, but Asian F is possibly one of my favorite Glee episodes of this season. I feel like it really brought a lot of storylines up to the forefront, and changed the dynamics a lot.
The episode starts off with Mercedes’ having a diva-fit. Mr Schue gets on her case for her attitude. But then her new boyfriend gets on her case for not having ENOUGH attitude, chastising her for hugging Rachel before their big west side story audition. Cue the dramatic imaginary musical interlude that merges into the audition. She kills it, cause of course she would. However, they can’t get decide who should get the role, so they decide to have callback auditions, much to Mercede’s dismay (she’s such a fucking bitch, ugh).
But back to the title of this episode, Mike Chang is forced to stop performing, because he got an A-, otherwise known as an Asian F. So he decides not to audition for the musical. How sad. But then his mom catches him blowing off a tutoring session for dancing. In a slightly heartfelt interaction, his mom reveals that she too had a dream that her asian parents didn’t allow (because of course she did). He decides to try out for the musical!
Me and my Hag: Glee-cap S3E01
Summer’s Over! Which can only mean one thing! School is back! Which also means Glee is back! So, as per tradition, Glee starts its season premiere with a bit of exposition via Jew Fro interviewing the glee club members. This serves a dual purpose: milking jew fro for all he’s worth, and to explain to viewers what’s going on! Anyone who’s been following the behind the scenes drama knows that Ryan Murphy said that after this season, the Seniors (read: every cast member in the Glee Club) will be graduating. HOWEVER. The writers see how this may be a bit…touchy, and they decide to make it known that not every kid in glee club is a senior. I’m sure there are things in previous episodes to counter this, but basically Tina, and Artie are confirmed to be Juniors. Through this exposition, we also learn that Sam moved away (due to Chord Overstreet quitting), and Quinn is M.I.A. So, as if this is the first day of school, WELCOME BACK!
After their embarrassing loss at last year’s Nationals, Mr Schuester comes up with yet another brilliant idea that sets out to further embarrass the glee club. Last year it was the whole “New York” themed flash mob. This year, its what he likes to call “The Purple Piano Project”. He gets an A for Alliteration. But that’s all. After a failed Kidz Bop inspired rendition of “We Got the Beat”. Really though, as if Glee’s songs didn’t already remind me of Kidz Bop, they decide to go and cover one of Kidz Bop’s most notorious covers! Sigh. Anyway, that failed, and Artie complains about Tomato Sauce being in his eye, and its just like…um…you have glasses. They must provide at least SOME protection against spaghetti. Also, another thing, how can people react that poorly to Heather Morris dancing in a short skirt on a table?! No one was feeling it! It definitely is a great way to further isolate the Glee Club as freaks.