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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?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (310 Votes)

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Ronald-simkins

On the other hand technically there were two rapes last night and of course there was Puck's rape of the mother of his child soooooo where is the outrage?

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As much as I adore gLee (and I do!) I was somewhat diappointed and nonplussed about this episode. I love kurt and blaines momnets, it was lovely to see Tina talking (I hate that it does seem like she is slipping through the cracks when I think there is soooo much potential there! I would love to hear tina sing a full solo that isn't interupted by hecklers, Tina mentions being an asian sex symbol in season two and I think they should run with that and have Tina do some renditions of j.pop and j rock songs...I would LOVE to see her do a song by BoA or Utada Hikaru or even go heavy with some Gackt or Miyavi...but for the love of goddess NO AYUMI HAMASAKI she is so overrated!) But I am so unbelievably tired of finnchel!!!! I was actually happy to see Finn so upset and I will laugh out loud and leap for joy if rachels dreams are also crushed soon. I haven't liked rachel berrys character since day one and have been waiting and hoping for something bad to happen to her ( I know I'll get cruxcified for saying that but its what I think) like maybe she'll get mugged and beaten up, or not make it into her precious school (it would be awesome of mike chang got in though! Like he applied but didn't tell anyone cause it might get back to his dad) I'll be happy to see both finn and rachel leave at the end of this season cause I can't take anymore of their solos when there are other members who deserve some spotlight like TINA and Mike Chang (who has always been my favorite character).

Ronald-simkins

Good review - and we knew it was NEVER going to be KISH - untoppable on network TV which is why they got dumped.

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I liked this episode but COMPLETELY agree with the reviewer (which I may think is a first :) ) !

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Glee seems like it's starting to level off or start diping. Most shows have a shelf life and it seems Glee's will be about 3 or 4 seasons. Two great new shows are Revenge & Once Upon a Time.

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This was a pretty short review for a really heavy episode. No reference to Coach Beiste's romantic involvement or the return of Karofsky or even the most prominent development for the season thus far for Kurt(imo) with the introduction of Sebastian, I loathe him so already. I thought this was a pretty good episode, I'm curious to see where they'll go with some of these potential story arcs. So sad to see the tension between Mike and his dad but maybe I'm biased because I have a friend who's in a "Mike Chang" sort of situation - Opera degree vs. Ophthalmology degree (and yes my friend is Asian) - Also, to answer your question, I would consider myself a Glee fan but not a "Gleek". Why would anyone want to refer to themselves as projectile saliva?

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personaly i like this week episode... U know i think i would feel more uncomfortable with kurt and blaine talking about the first time but the writers just make it so natural that i was ok with that. Being straight i have no shame to say that kurt and blaine are my favourite couple by far so i was like c´mon there's no need to introduced them in this path but again i said it just feel so natural.
I must agreed with you saing what the hell no Sue? And so little of Brittany o Rory (im just into this new direction leprochaun).
I like Tina telling her first time (just like anybody think it would be) and Brittany's first time just like an alien abdution (like it was for me).
So thumbs up for this week episode ;)

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Can I just say do you think that Mercedes could have pulled off the vocal needs of Maria that rachel did in this episode? ...no way

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OK, lemme get this outta the way first.
@phil, step away from the crack pipe and start packing for Betty Ford. There...that's better. As for the ep, sure it was romantic and not at all risque or inappropriate. However it left me cold musically (songs from a 50s musical and an 80s tune by Billy Joel--the writers know this IS 2011 right?) and as the reviewer said, someone hit the "pause" button on the ongoing story arcs--with the possible exception of the dynamic between Mike and his Dad (and BTW, would the writers please take that lump of coal outta the Dad's butt--surely it's a diamond by now). Hopefully next week's ep will mark a return to "normal."

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@Over it - Then why are you writing on this board?

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