Monday, June 7, 2010

What I’m Watching: Glee

Glee: Season 1, Episode 21 “Funk” (B-)

It’s hard to find this episode believable by any stretch of the imagination, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. I know that’s never been the point of this show, but this episode in particular took things pretty far. I did have the benefit of watching this hour with two very emotive spectators who were appalled by Will making a move on Sue and Terri contemplating making a move on Finn. Will’s seduction of Sue is just silly, really, and Sue’s refusal to do something nice for Will in exchange for his show of compassion should serve to negate any possibility that she actually has any feelings at all. It was occasionally amusing, but nothing more. Regarding Terri’s return, it’s puzzling to me that she keeps on coming back, very much like a cockroach. As far as I can tell, she’s despised universally by fans, and the glee club and their director have enough problems without her sexual scheming. It’s important to remember that her potential affair with Finn is truly crossing the line, because despite actor Cory Monteith being 28 years old, his character is supposed to be a mere sixteen. Quinn’s display of funk was altogether too ridiculous, and I’ll thank my fellow episode viewers for their repeated emphasis of the fact that women who are eight months pregnant can not move around like that. We’re building next week toward the inevitable Regionals, and it’s really about time. There’s been a lot of treading water on this show in terms of moving the story forward one centimeter at a time, and hopefully next week will provide some fulfillment. This show sure will be around a long time – it was renewed a few weeks ago for a third season. Even though the second one hasn’t even begun yet, some people are counting on this show succeeding wildly for the next few years. Or just trying to make sure the stars don’t sign other contracts.


Richter Scale said...

I have to say, I also found this episode fairly ridiculous and disturbing at times (and this is coming from someone who's been a fan from the start). I didn't mind Will's seduction of Sue, as it was fun to see her get a taste of her own medicine and it was great to get a glimpse into her loneliness (and it was a reminder that Jane Lynch is amazing) but Terri's seduction of Finn is crossing a line, and for the first time, I actually didn't find any numbers particularly memorable (maybe I'm just not a fan of funk or rap). It's a shame, because I've enjoyed this half of the season more than the first, but this episode was a little too much (even the Quinn/Mercedes rivalry seemed forced, especially after what Quinn did for Mercedes in the episode "Home"). I'm still looking forward to tomorrow's finale. I do think Glee has become just a tad too big for its own good, but we'll see where they take it.

Movies with Abe said...

Well said! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the finale when my review posts next week!