Glee Review: All About Sex!!!

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"The First Time" was a lot like sex.

If you were just looking for a fun time and a lot of laughs, this episode of Glee was not for you. But if you tune in to be taken deeper into the teenager world, to watch a show that sometimes tries to deliver a message more than a joke, to have a serious experience... then you probably have a satisfied smile on your face right about now.

Rachel and Blaine

I'm more in the former camp, but I can appreciate the latter.

If Glee is going to tackle the issue of losing one's virginity straight (or gay!) on, this is how it should be done. Various points of view were espoused; from Quinn offering advice based on her major mistake, to Brittany admitting the first time is often forgettable and quick, to Tina taking the opposite approach. In the end, the characters involved made their own decisions, and they made them for all the right reasons.

The episode reminded me very much of last season's "Grilled Cheesus," which didn't shove a religion down your throat. It merely acknowledged the many options out there because, let's face it, religion is a topic teenagers talk about. So is sex. I'm sorry, but you can stick it, PTC.

Glee did not celebrate teenage sex this week, as critics have somehow claimed. It simply based an episode around teenage sex. Why? Because teenagers have sex. They had sex long before Glee, or West Wide Story or even Taylor Lautner's abs. The idea that they'd be more likely to have sex due to this episode is pure lunacy. Instead, I'd imagine that a confused teen might be relieved that there are other confused teens out there, and that one's first sexual experience can come in any number of forms, none of which need to define you.

So this is what I liked about "The First Time" and also what I hated. I don't want to take some political stance when writing a TV show review. I don't want to make this a debate over societal message, I want to make it about Coach Beiste thinking Applebee's is a fancy restaurant, or Rachel joking about a People's Choice allowing Finn to get to third base. Okay, she might not have been joking.

Point being: judge me if you'd like, but I like my Glee quick, mindless and humorous. I'm not looking to think too much, I'm looking to laugh. So no Sue, very little Brittany and no real talk of the multiple political campaigns being waged (my favorite season three storylines) left me disappointed. This also felt like another installment just dropped randomly into the flow of a season. Ongoing arcs such as Quinn's baby recovery scheme, Puck's kiss with Shelby and Rory attempting to fit in were simply ignored in favor of The Message of the Week.

Do I understand that one must accept this from time to time if one considers oneself a Gleek? I do.

But I really wanted to make a joke here about how Rachel's Presidential motto is Put a Berry on Top, which could also very well have served as her plea to Finn throughout the episode. But would that have been appropriate, given the gravity of the topic? Probably not, right? That's why I left it out.

What did everyone else think?


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I thought this was a decent episode that handled a topic I worried would go unacknowledged on this show (save a few moments here in there during the first two seasons). The fact is it would unrealistic not to bring up teen sex on a show about teenagers. That being said, the funny moments are not throw-aways and it is certainly alright to discuss them in a review of this episode because those moments are there for a reason (it's called comic-relief). Sure this was a fairly serious episode, but that doesn't mean we weren't allowed to laugh - life is full of serious and light moments and sometimes they happen one after the other or even simultaneously.


I liked it. True they totally ignored the kiss at the end of the previous episode. But kudos to Coach Beist !! Gosh I like her ! Hope they will not break her heart. And yes, teenagers have sex. Conservative parents should chill out a lil bit and stop playing the blind card. I think the episode took the subject in a nice way. The ebd was really sweet.


I really enjoyed "The First Time" as it was a far cry from "Pot O'Gold," which was a crock of crap. Sure, "One Hand, One Heart" was lowered even more from the already lowered key it's sung in the film but "Glee" did a decent version of "A Boy Like That/I Have A Love" that was actually sung in the original keys forcing Lea Michele to abandon her belt and use her legit voice, which was not half bad. Then again, it was also engineered to death but what are you gonna do. Darren Criss sounded like a guy who is actually in a high school production of "West Side Story." I've heard guys in high school sing better than Criss did last night without the aid of recording engineering magic. It's important to note that the gay couple got the equal treatment the straight couple received in terms of story and love scenes in last night's "Glee." That may very well be a first for U.S. prime time network television given how backwards this country is in terms of depiction of sex on television. Daytime soaps have done more explicit gay love scenes but given "Glee's" audience, that wouldn't fly. I actually liked how the "West Side Story" numbers were interspersed throughout the episode to highlight musically what was going on in the non-musical number scenes. I didn't like "Uptown Girl" because the males they featured, including Sebastian, had incredibly nasal and irritating voices. That and the fact that the recording engineers really doctored this particular number bothered me because the end result was still a bunch of guys whose voices were almost indistinguishable from one another but were all annoying nonetheless. My favorite part was Jenna Ushkowitz's speech about how her character Tina lost her virginity. I admire the sex positive attitude of the show and while it's not perfect, "Glee" still treats sex and love stories for teens better than its counterparts such as the awful remake of "90210" and whatever else airs on THE CW. The latest episode of "Glee" was historic for its depiction of gay teen sexuality on U.S. network television. No, it wasn't Skinemax, but teen porn was not the point: "Glee" showed the American audience that gay teens are just like straight teens in that both are sexually curious and, more importantly, the episode debunks the stereotype that gay people - young and old - only seek out sex without love, commitment and romance. To me, that was an important contribution from "Glee" to the current political and cultural discourse on sexuality, marriage equality and just plain equality period.


GOD the writers of glee are just freaking awesome! Seriously, when I first watched it, I expected High School Musica - The TV Show. But glee is so much more, it conveys these amazing messages and it does it without the cliches. Like being different is ok and actually very good or like in this episode: The first time is something that has not to be rushed in, you have to do what feels right. I also thought Arties part of the episode was amazing and very moving :).
Great episode, great show!


I do love Sebastian. I hope I can see him more next time


I watch Glee for the singing and dancing. But every once in awhile they surprise me with their excellent writing and exceptional acting. Last night's episode was one of those surprises. I thought the tie-in with West Side Story was brilliant. The actors for Blaine and Kurt took a very delicate situation and handled it perfectly - actually, more sensitively than Rachel and Finn. The episode was perfect.


A really good episode, with a good storyline, not forced as I've been concerned. For example, everyone having sex anyway (we need an entire episode to go through Emma's issue!). I liked the appear-outcoming of Kurowski, the romantic monologue of Tina, the misunderstanding of an insecure coach... And what I've defined "the passion-redline": Mike, Finn, Artie respectly following, losing, finding their one. We have all points of view, like in "the veriginity-redline". But hell, where the hell was Mercedes?!?!? Why she d'dnt have neither ONE song?!?!?!?! After all the audicion's trouble is the minimum, there was too much Rachel (amasing as ever, but a bit boring). However, my vote for the best sentence was for the Puck's one to Finn: "I'm happy for you dude, and 4 her. Thought will be me, but honestly i've hope it for you"... LOL


I thought this episode was excellent. It conveys a great message, and the music was fantastic. THESE are the kinds of episodes I'd like to see more of - mind you, the subject matter doesn't need to be this heavy all the time, and more jokes can be thrown in, but this easily beats throw-away episodes with crappy modern pop renditions.


Not enough Kurt and Blaine! All this hype about a "makeout" scene in which they didn't actually kiss at all in and their big sex scene was a 2 second close up of blaine's face and them holding hands. I feel like it was too brief, it was beautiful and all but if straight couples can makeout on tv, then not why gay ones? Kurt and Blaine are far more interesting than Rachel and Finn. Isn't glee all about pushing boundaries?

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