Friday, November 4, 2011

What I’m Watching: Glee

Glee: Season 3, Episode 4 “Pot O’ Gold” (B)

In this episode, we have what could have been something risky and damaging to the show proving to be not so bad, but also not so clear in purpose just yet. The obvious new star of this episode is Irish actor Damian McGinty, who scored his arc thanks to his win of the reality show “The Glee Project.” Fortunately, McGinty is perfectly charming as foreign exchange student Rory Flanagan, and his presence is easily explained thanks to his residency at Brittany’s house and her perception that he is a leprechaun. What’s a bit more amazing is the fact that he gets two solo numbers in his first episode, one to prove to viewers that he can sign as he laments about being green, and the other to show the glee club that he’s just what Sugar Mada wasn’t: talent for the future of glee club. He’s all the more needed now that Mercedes has poached Santana and she has in turn poached Brittany, making Shelby’s all-female group quite the rival. Adoption reality issues aside, I’m not all that moved by Quinn’s troublesome ploy to get Shelby deemed an unfit mother, and there’s no way that’s going to end well. I did heartily enjoy Puck proclaiming how global warming is “awesome” because it increases business for his pool-cleaning skills. It’s refreshing to see this show’s only featured father, Burt Hummel, take off his baseball cap and loudly proclaim his baldness to take on adult bully Sue Sylvester and challenge her in the race, which won’t be easy but will sure be interesting now.

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