Sunday, February 27, 2011

What I’m Watching: Glee

Glee: Season 2, Episode 14 “Blame It on the Alcohol” (C+)

It seems clear that each episode of this show needs to have a starkly defined theme, and while that’s not a problem, sometimes it feels more obvious than it has to be. Keeping that in mind, it’s still quite amusing to see nearly the entire cast get drunk out of their minds and badly suffering from a hangover. I’m rather unimpressed, as tends to be the case, with the acting abilities of Matthew Morrison, whose drunken phone call scene was rather embarrassing, and not for the reasons it should have been. I also don’t like the idea of Sue aggressively trying to get Will into rehab and broadcasting his drunken phone call to her over the loudspeaker system at the school. What did work considerably better was the sight of each of the students and Will in sunglasses and the brief appearance by Principal Figgins as he overenthusiastically greeted Will the morning after his big night. The duet between Blaine and Rachel was fun, and it’s also good to see the father-son dynamic between Burt and Kurt explored, even if some of the Kurt stuff is just as frustrating as it’s always been. This latest twist is an interesting and creative way of keeping Blaine germane to the story, though Kurt got it spot-on when he told Rachel how things are going to turn out for her in the end. Even if it was terribly out of character, Finn’s assessment of the girls and their drunken behavior was rather entertaining.

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