Glee > Glee Review: Messy Love, Storytelling > Comments Page 3
I think the reviewer makes some pretty valid points. The storylines were totally random--none of the existing arcs seems to have advanced much and Sue was uncharacteristically sweet, which only frightens me for what she might be planning. And as funny as Nene "Pookie an' 'em" Leakes' character was, it seemed like a desperate attempt at ratings.
If you want some input about the music, I thought we were headed for an episode loaded with dated tunes after "Summer Lovin'" and "Wedding Bell Blues"--good performances these kids weren't even ALIVE when these songs were popular. Good save with "Moves Like Jagger" though I could have done without the "Jumping Jack Flash" mashup. The synchro swim number was well done though if you wanna talk dated.....And as for the upcoming MJ tribute, WHY?!?!?!!?!?
Being the mother of a disabled child I found Helen Mirren's brillant performance of Becky's inner voice both beautiful and inspiring. Who are you to say that a Down's child doesn't have the most perfect inner British accent regardless of the words they are saying?
@Lea: Yes, I want build up that is actually spread out through a season. Why must six characters be featured each week? Imagine if we actually had one episode that focused on Finn's desire to join the army... and then one where he learned about his father and struggled with that reality... and then one where he proposed to Rachel.
That's how, you know, actual TV shows are written: with storylines planned out well in advance and given ample time to develop.
I loved it. Have no idea why you are so sour about it, I thought it was the best ep of the season!
@Matt: I don't get it. Really. You hate everything being crammed into one episode yet you want build-up for everything? Like your first reply, you took an example at Beiste not getting 'a build-up' moment? Seriously? Beiste is just a guest-star and you want them to focus on her? What's wrong with you? Have you seen Artie, Brittany, Tina and Damian? They are underdeveloped and you want them to build up a moment for Beiste's elope? Oh please.
And Glee is special for its 'music' yet you find no single place in your review to actually review the songs they cover? But you just decide, "Ooh, let's bash on the storyline and bash and bash!"
And what's with that attitude in your review, "When it returns...with a random Michael Jackson tribute episode. Sigh". You bash at the episode even before it airs. very cute.
@HeatherLuise, I HAVE NEVER WATCHED THAT SHOW, BUT MY FRIENDS DOES. I NEVER GOT INTO IT.
I really can't comment on the show much. My boredorm with all things Glee started last season and I can't even bring myself to watch it anymore. I absolutely detest Sue, Will is boring and they've gone with way too many show tunes. Big thumbs down on this show. Hoping it actually gets cancelled and they put something in that time slot worth watching.
I love that everyone is randomly telling the reviewer that he sucks, and when he brings up the VERY valid points, everyone ignores him. You can't just blindly love a tv show and then get mad that a tv critic might not like it. That is his job, it's not being a 'hater', it's being honest. I still watch glee in the hope that it will get better, but if Finn and Rachel actually get married I am done.
@Picazo I wonder, WHY ARE YOU WATCHING if you dislike it so much? Don´t know what else to do? Or no power over the remote?
This was the best episode of Glee this season. It was fantastic, loved it! The singing was awesome, I really enjoyed it. I loved the "Grease" scene with Mercedes and Sam (both very talented), and the water scene when Will proposed to Emma (very original) LOVED IT!!. I'm so happy they're finally doing storylines about some of the other cast members (sometimes its just too much Rachel-Finn). Overall, this episode was very sentimental and it left me smiling, keep up the good work.
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This show is sooo stupid, i don’t know why people watch it. The only thing this show is doing is ruining Original song for the rest of us.
Hey Matt, I have to say, I agree with you in most of the points you made. One of my girlfriends was over to watch last night and I can't tell you how many times we laughed at parts of the show.
Wemma - We have known this was coming, but you are right. We do go episodes at a time without a real scene between the two.
I didn't mind the Finn joins the Army idea. I didn't even hate the abrupt information of his father. But we couldn't help laugh that Finn goes ring shopping, and will be the best man, and be at the bachelor party. Don't forget. Mr Shue is his teacher/club adviser. it's weird.
Finn proposing to Rachel? I get it. The singing? On par as per usual. I also agree about Sam and Mercedes. How can we root for a couple we have barely seen? I almost forgot she had that big football boyfriend because we haven't seen him either.
I also take exception to the argument that I "trash Glee every week." Please go back and read my reviews over the course of the series. You'll be hard-pressed to find a bigger Gleek. I've despised the last two episodes, no doubt, and I think the show has gone downhill (and I'm not alone, ratings have plunged on season three) since season one... but I don't follow the logic that I have problems with Glee now and therefore should not review it.
My job isn't to gush over a TV show. It's to assess it honestly. By all means, I welcome your feedback and various opinions - but to say writers on this site should only cover shows they like sort of misses the entire point of reviewing a show.
@BrazilianGleeLover: Why isn't it meant to be reviewed as a drama? Please go find quotes from the creator of the show himself, Ryan Murphy. Think back to Glee's bullying storyline... heck, just watch last night's episode!
You don't think Glee is trying to be a dramatic, impactful TV show? If it wanted to truly be all about music, then go ahead and cover 15 songs in an hour; that would be totally different. Just choose a path and stick to it.
But my issue is that there clearly are many times when it wants to tug on our heartstrings, yet doesn't earn those emotional moments because there's no build-up, the storylines have no flow and they are all crammed together into one hour of television. This episode was a prime example.
I agree with Steve's comment. The reviewer obviously doesn't like the show and ends up trashing it every single week. I totally disagree. It's a fun, entertaining show and not meant to be reviewed as a drama.
@Matt: I addressed this before in a comment, but the hiding of the wedding magazines took place on October 4. If anything, that supports my argument that we go weeks and weeks without a peep from Wemma.
I also think Sue's "character growth" is a prime example of how disorganized the show is. Do you really think she won't be back to dissing every member of New Directions next week? Having a character act caring one moment and like a total jerk the next is not "growth." It's a sign of a show with no direction.
I don't understand overall this idea that I can't analyze Glee like a regular show. Because the characters sing, that gives the writers license to not attempt any kind of rational storytelling?
I liked this episode, the songs were great, the storylines a little bit less. Although, I liked the becky storyline, it was quite moving :)
However, we have to admit that glee will never be the same. I don't think they will be able to recreate a season like season 1...
I loved the episode. I loved the songs. I LOVED the storylines.
Wemma are meant to be together - everyone knows that...from bloody 3 seasons ago since they first met! it was TIME they got engaged.
I love them :)
I think the episode was great, good songs too.
Helen mirren/Becky were pure gold IMO.
Finn/Rachel..what a surprise but so lovely.
Was happy to see actual further development/hints towards the Mercedes Sam relationship!
heaps of funny moments and moving ones as well!
I am so sorry but I think that it's time for you to back off, Matt. The only thing you do is complain about every single negative aspect of the show but you didn't even mention the good performance of Jayma Mays, the positive development of the couple Samcedes, etc etc. The only thing that you care about is to criticise the same show that you obviously dislike. What about Hold On To Sixteen? It was a great episode and you review was super short. If you don't like what you're doing, please go away. You're reviews make me angry.
And yes, Glee is random. It always was like that, specially in season 1. So, why do you look so surprised? Whatever, I'm not reading any of your reviews anymore, they are complete trash. Thank you for your time.
No offense, but it's time for a new reviewer. Did you mention any of the positives? The amazing cover of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.' Sue's character growth, the delivery of Emma's speech to Will in their home. And how did you miss the episode where Will found Emma's stash of wedding magazines and they had the discussion about the future and the fact that marriage was the road they were heading down?
And dissing the use Helen Mirren? So very wrong.
I'm split on this episode. First of all, how did Nene end up on this show? I'm not complaining at all but whatttttt? The storylines were messy, but I really enjoyed the songs. That's what it comes down to for me. Rachel was flawless singing "Without You" I actually might like it better than the original. Also, despite Will's hideous tuxedo, I was all smiley and misty eyed during the proposal scene to "We Found Love." Like I said before, at this point I really just watch because I think a lot of them are supremely talented performers! We all know Ryan Murphy gets bored of his shows after a few seasons, hello Nip/Tuck anyone?
This episode of Glee was fantastic, loved it! Loved the songs, they were awesome. I loved the 'We Found Love' scene, and I loved when Will proposed to Emma. I was so happy when he did, I loved that part of the episode. Overall, I was happy with this episode. For me, it was well worth the wait.
Just sayin', being afraid of the future is pretty much one of the worst reasons to marry someone. Also, does Schue actually have no adult friends? Why is the glee club the first people he tells? And Finn is his best man, who Schue wants to look up to? He joined the army on a whim! I cannot believe this show is still on the air and community is off. Seriously, what is happening?!?!
I have to say I gave a scathing review of the xmas epi and agreed with you. I absolutely loved this episode everything about it. Music propelled the story. This episode was all about every emotion of the heart. I guess a girl might be more inclined to feel and see it. I agree about Wemma were dropped of a cliff after s1 finale. S2 was a detriment to their characters. S3 nothing til now. Although there was no lead into Will's proposal it was due time for Wemma. People IRL have bad news dealt them and the way they handle it can make them grow to be better people-Finn. Rachel and Kurt did not notice Finn's pain only their own issues and their effects. Showed all 3 were at a loss to be there for another. Finn proposed for the wrong reason. This propelled His story arc to find his dream. Music beautiful. One of the best this season.
I am sick to death of people saying that you can't review glee like other tv shows. I'm sorry, did I miss something? Does the fact that they sing mean that they can have shit storylines, characters never evolve, and forget about what happened the week before? newsflash- Glee doesn't get a free pass bcause it's 'special'. And as for the argument that they're an ensemble tv show and thus can butcher the characters is a load of crap. Just face it, it's gone downhill, the storylines are ridiculous. Stop treating it like it's the second coming that can't be judged. A reviewer reviews, that's his job- of course it's subjective. And they should not have a reviewer that blindly loves the show no matter what.
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