Saturday, April 30, 2011

What I’m Watching: Glee

Glee: Season 2, Episode 18 “Born This Way” (B)

As far as entertainment goes, this episode was a knockout. With several notable grand performances and some powerful celebrations of character, this was one of the most enjoyable episodes of the season. There are a few important holes to be addressed, but I won’t spend too much time on that. Mainly, it’s the notion that Karofsky could so quickly go from being a demonizing, horrible bully to an enforcer of non-bullying throughout the halls of McKinley High. Principal Figgins in particular is a bothersome character who seems to back whoever shouts loudest and whatever works most conveniently for the trajectory of the plot at that moment in time. I do like the pairing of Santana and Karofsky, even if it makes no logical sense, not to mention the fact that Karofsky would never be caught dead wearing a beret. Seeing everyone talk about and feign vomiting upon seeing the two of them as a couple was entertaining. Welcoming Kurt back to the school is a nice development, and since Blaine was so popular, it’s likely that he’ll either recur as Kurt’s boyfriend or end up transferring himself to McKinley so as to be kept involved in everything. Lauren going to war with Quinn was an amusing subplot, and this whole prom king and queen craziness sort of goes over my head, but I guess that’s what high school can be like sometimes. I’m glad that Will and Emma are continuing to bond again, and I’m hopeful that their relationship can begin blossoming anew.


Richter Scale said...

I see you didn't mention the whole Rachel/nose job story. I thought it was good, and pretty plausible that Rachel would get self-conscious about her nose when a doctor mentions it, although I did not like the Barbra Streisand/mall dance. Couldn't Kurt just sing a Streisand song? The whole thing at the mall was too much.

Having said that, this is probably my favorite episode this season, and it's saying quite a bit, because I think I can count how many episodes I've liked with just my two hands. I loved that the episode was so entertaining and reall enjoyedthe message. My favorite part of it were the T-shirts, particularly Puck's T-shirt. I don't know if you noticed it, it said "I'm With Stupid" (spelled correctly unlike Brittany), only his is pointing down instead of up.

Movies with Abe said...

I hadn't noticed that, and the shirts were clever! I didn't miss the mall performance since the spectacle element, for me, has always been one of the strongest things about the show. Rachel's plotline was fine - it just seems that she juts so much out from the rest of the cast in the way that her storylines take her in a different direction. Mainly, it puzzles me that she's still considered a lead along with Matthew Morrison when everyone else is supporting.