Glee Review: Oops, They Did a Tribute Episode Again

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Don't hate me, Gleeks. But this was a terrible episode.

There was no plot, no flow, no attempt at storytelling whatsoever. Heck, "Brittany/Britney" wasn't even an episode of television. It was mostly just a mash-up of music videos, as various Glee characters did their best Britney Spears imitations.

Brittany S. Pierce

For about 30 seconds, it was very cool and impressive to see how well Heather Morris could pull off Britney. But about halfway into "I'm a Slave 4 U," I realized: I don't wanna see these actors impersonate a famous pop star; I wanna see them act as the characters I've grown to love, singing something that relates to whatever they are thinking or feeling, based on current storylines, relationships, etc.

The best Glee numbers connect the material to the characters in a very personal way. But most of these covers existed solely because there actually was a Facebook campaign for a Britney Spears episode. For perhaps the first time in television history, it's as if the fans wrote an episode - and the result was a mess of musical numbers that never came together at any point.

In its previous tribute episode, "The Power of Madonna," Glee didn't lose track of its storytelling. There were actually a few major developments, most prominently Finn sleeping with Santana and Rachel deciding not to do the same with Jesse. Each song helped to move the plot forward.

But, ironically, Rachel's rendition of "The Only Exception" was the only example of a similar single this week... and it was the only non-Britney cover of the hour! Moreover, every cameo of Britney herself felt out of place and forced.

Still, thanks to one number and a few memorable one-liners, there were some highlights:

  • The group's performance of "Toxic" was one of the show's best to date. Ideally, this would have been the only Britney number. The episode could have kept the premise of Will refusing to take on Spears, only to eventually cave and show off for Emma in the same manner.
  • Sue taught Becky how to make a citizen's arrest? Amazing.
  • Every line out of Brittany's mouth was funnier than the previous one. ("This room looks like that room on that spaceship when I got probed.")

What did you think of the episode? Were you happy to just sit back and let the show pay tribute to Britney Spears for an hour, or would you prefer a more organic feel to songs that fit into the grander story?


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Brittany was FREAKIN awesome this episode! She should DEFINITELY get more screen time, same goes for Quinn and ofc there's the obligatory NEEDS MOAR SUE SYLVESTER GODDAMNIT!


yes but lindsay( who said "just because he is handicapped doesnt mean he cant be on the team") he clearly knows, and is fine with not being on the football team because of his wheel chair. beccy is different. her handicap can still allow her to cheer; there is no way possible for Artie to play football. stupidest idea that they have come up with on Glee.


I agree with the review, it wasn't a good episode. Way too many dream sequence and re-enactment. Even with Brittany's dancing, so she is talented may be 1 or 2 songs is enough. If we want to watch good dancing, we can watch other dancing shows. The story lines in this Ep is very unconvincing. Especially with WEMMA and FINCHAEL developments. I love Glee, I wish they do better next time. @ML House, I like your review, it's funny and alway pretty objective. I would like in the future, if you could comment a bit more on their acting skills. For example - I think Jayma has done a very good job in this episode despite the storyline. She gives Emma a slightly different feel than the love sick person from before.


I totally agree with everything said... except for the part that the girl was better tha britney mmmmm don't think so


is this real life lol for the youtube reference


I think this has alot to do with whether u grew up with these songs, nd i dont jus mean actively hearing them on radio or seeing them on TV. I mean u are in that slim age group, (Britney, Spice girls, backstreet boys, Nsync, christina) Those days, if u actively GREW UP with these guys, watched them, went fan crazy over them, this episode would be amazing. If ur older or younger then that slim age group, lol ur not gonna get this episode. Watching them recreate Britney was, WOW


What happened to the previous 20 episodes of Quinn's character development?


this is a horrible review


"Finn can fly?" Brittany was hilarious!!! That and the principaky speach were the best parts of the episode. Sue was fun as well. The rest just so so....


paramore is tons better than britney friggin spears

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Brittany: He discovered America.

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