The Rocky Horror Glee Show: A Review

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Confession time: I am unfamiliar with The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I've heard of it, I recognized a couple numbers from "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," but the prospect of an entire hour dedicated to a 35-year old movie struck me as a strange decision by a series that is nothing if not current.

That said... I LOVED this episode, and here's why: it incorporated fun songs into already-established storylines and gave a platform to different characters than usual.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Attire

The relationship between Will and Emma hasn't been featured much this season, but that changed this week, as the inspiration behind honoring Rocky Horror felt organic, like a natural (albeit moronic and self-centered) decision Will would make in the face of losing Emma to Carl.

Unlike the Britney-based trainwreck of a few weeks ago, nothing about this episode felt forced. Which is an impressive feat to pull off, considering how random it may have seemed to some viewers that every song was from a film that came out over three decades ago.

Even those unfamiliar with the music, though, must have enjoyed the performances. Jayma Mays, for instance, was given her second solo - and she didn't just nail it, she likely caused a few broken jaws across the country from men's mouths dropping open so violently.

It was seriously hot stuff.

John Stamos also took full advantage of his character's audition for the play, as I was afraid my wife would leave me on the spot for him when he rocked out to "Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul." Her exact words: John Stamos... who knew? I love you. I totally understood.

Meanwhile, it was interesting that Sue's speech to Will about the dangers of Rocky Horror came during the same week that many critics took exception to the show allowing Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith to pose provocatively for GQ. Sue said it was wrong to put on this play because it wasn't the job of a school to give teens such an outlet to lewd behavior.

An odd parallel to criticisms of the pictorial, isn't it? No way the series somehow planned it that way... right?

Other thoughts on a solid, entertaining hour of television:

  • Becky as Sue for Halloween? Amazing. Give me some chocolate or I will cut you.
  • Finn's body wasn't bad at all. But compared to Sam shirtless, anyone would feel insecure. Move over, Taylor Lautner. Look at this guy!
  • I really wish we could see Brittany's peanut allergy costume.
  • Yes, that was Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf as the cable news reporters who convinced Sue to run her story. They both starred in the 1975 movie.
  • No Puck again this week, but don't worry. He'll return for the November 9 episode.

What did everyone else think?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Glee Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

It always freaks me out to eat candy that someone else has touched.

Emma

How did a production of Rocky Horror turn into my horror?

Will