Go Ahead and Hate on 'Glee': 7 Problems with 'Original Song'
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I actually liked this week's big Glee event, "Original Song." All
of the songs were connected to the plot, they actually showed
continuity with Santana's feelings for Brittany and Will's relationship
with Holly, and Kurt and Blaine finally hooked up.
However, as the kids sang in their original song "Loser Like Me," "Just
go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth." Ask and you shall receive,
so to make sure Glee continues to feel like the outsider, allow me to offer seven hater-ific things about "Original Song."
Opening with a Song
The very first thing we saw in the episode was Blaine singing Maroon 5's "Misery." Starting with a song was disorienting and I had no idea what I was watching. The show works best when the performances actually have a context, so I hope they never start an episode with a number again.
The Blaine Show
A large storyline in this episode was about how the Warblers are all about Blaine and how he seemingly takes every single solo the group has ever done. While Blaine briefly tried to rectify this by doing a duet with Kurt, the message was lost when their second number as Regionals, Pink's "Raise Your Glass," went right back to Blaine taking on the lead as the rest of the group backed him up. Blaine is good, but he's not the second coming, so surely there must be at least one other Warbler who can actually sing. Also, the fact that Darren Criss sang on three of the songs from last night, more than any other actor, is a bit insulting to all the people who've been on the show since the beginning and don't get the chance to shine (Artie, Tina, etc).
New Directions Goes Back to the Same Old Formula
Do you remember at Sectionals when the kids realized that they can't win if they do the same old routine of a Rachel Berry ballad followed by a rousing group number featuring Rachel and Finn? Well, they clearly haven't, because they used the exact same formula.
Kathy Griffin and Loretta Devine
If you're going to get two fairly recognizable actresses, would it kill the show to give them more than one minute of screen time? Even worse, Griffin's hacky Sarah Palin jokes were uninspired and unoriginal while her opening line, "First of all, I am not a witch," wasn't funny five months ago when it was actually relevant. Also, if you're going to cast Loretta Devine, let the woman sing because she has some serious pipes.
The Slushie Machine and the Foam Fingers
Fans of Glee could be amused by the fact that the Regionals performance ended with a slushie machine being pushed out as New Directions the confetti on the audience. However, getting slushies thrown in your face isn't exactly something that happens to everyone, so it was a self-indulgent stunt that made no sense in an actual performance. Also, where did all of those foam fingers come from when Kurt passed them out during the performance? It's those tiny moments of pure absurdity that make me unable to completely invest emotionally in the show.
No Vocal Adrenaline
Last season New Directions competed against Vocal Adrenaline at Regionals, so unless the rules were changed, I don't understand why the former champion didn't make a return appearance. Did the competition redrew the district lines so Vocal Adrenaline is no longer in this region? I would have a appreciated even the tiniest reference.
It's been a problem I've had with Glee all season. In the season 2 premiere they introduced Rachel's rival, Sunshine Corazon, and Vocal Adrenaline's new coach, Dustin Goolsby. Yet there hasn't been a single reference to either of them since then. It feels like a huge missed opportunity and a complete failure by the writers to keep that storyline alive.
I'm sure a lot of Glee fans will disagree with me and think I'm just nitpicking, and to you I repeat the words of New Directions: Just go ahead and hate on me.
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