This week's Glee
saw the kids make a bad reputation for themselves--they do say a bad rep is better than no rep at all--and that means an excursion into songs that have just become to cheesy, or cringe-worthy, or both. And, as expected, we got mixed results. Some were definitely pardoned. Some didn't need pardoning. And some? Err... "Ice Ice Baby"
Originally by Vanilla IceGlee
-fied by Matthew Morrison
I'm honestly tired of all the dancing-in-the-choir-room-while-Will-raps scenes. Sure, the song was okay, but whenever this sort happens I cringe. I think that's enough for today, thank you..."U Can't Touch This"
Originally by MC HammerGlee
-fied by Kevin McHale and a handful of New Directions kids
Now, this was a little more fun, especially for someone like me who oddly liked their really risky take on "Push It" early in the season. Still, there's something a little iffy about this performance. Must be the song."Physical"
Originally by Olivia Newton-JohnGlee
-fied by Olivia Newton-John and Jane Lynch
Among all the songs this week, though, this is the one I get the least. Sure, it gave us Olivia Newton-John, and it made me go, "she still has that voice?" but the entire thing felt like filler to me. In an episode that's best described as an assault of zingers, this performance was a damper.
"Run Joey Run"
Originally by David GeddesGlee
-fied by Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Jonathan Groff and Mark Salling
I haven't heard this song before. (Thankfully, I guess.) I wouldn't have thought this song had a bad reputation because I actually liked it. Rachel's theatrical face? The constant changing of leading men half-inspired by The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
? The cameos from Santana, Brittany, and of all people, Sandy? Win."Total Eclipse of the Heart"
Originally by Bonnie TylerGlee
-fied by Lea Michele
But I'm a sucker for Glee
's emotional moments, which is why I liked "Total Eclipse of the Heart" more. Sure, I actually like the song. And I liked the visuals that accompanied it: the lack of answers, the walk-out, and now that I watched it four times, the ballet part, which was a pretty smart (but odd) metaphor. Plus points for having Brandon Bryant and Melissa Sandvig from So You Think You Can Dance
.(Images courtesy of Fox)