Friday, May 6, 2011

What I’m Watching: Glee

Glee: Season 2, Episode 19 “Rumours” (C+)

I find it hard to negotiate the intersection of such silly plotlines as Brittany’s rather hilarious show and Sue’s muckraker newspaper with Sam’s entire family suddenly living in a hotel. This show doesn’t do much better, suddenly shifting in tone by having Rachel and Finn pay Sam a surprise visit reminiscent of their trip to the hospital designed to educate Rachel that she’s not the only person in the world, which borders on being overly preachy. The return of April Rhodes was completely random and uncalled for, and I’ve never been less excited to see Kristin Chenoweth. She was a special guest star, and to have her flaunted back in without much of a purpose is a huge waste of her talents and a detriment to the overarching story. Will’s Broadway dreams haven’t been brought up in so long, and to have them invoked anew so randomly is clumsy. I found Brittany’s dismay at being called stupid by the one person who had never called her that decently dramatic, but I’m still not so sure what to make of her relationship with Santana. Rachel and Finn going on stakeouts together is a continued dragging out of their would-be romance that should really be put to a merciful end. I would say that this isn’t the worst use of Sue we’ve seen in a while, and it’s amusing to hear the reasons that everything on her legion committee wanted to take down Will, particularly the nutty Terri who needs to move back into her apartment.

1 comment:

Richter Scale said...

I didn't find anything wrong with the Sam storyline, mostly because the performances made it all feel very genuine. I liked seeing more of Sam, a character we didn't know that much of before tonight, so I was happy to see that these characters are struggling. It gives the show one more dose of relatibility, especially for the economy we're in. Also, remember, this show is aimed at kids and young adults, so it has to be able to entertain as well as teach lessons, and even if it doesn't always do it in the subtlest of ways, I like it when the show tries with a stoyline like this.