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Glee Review: It's Not Right, It's Really Not Okay

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I turned on my TV for a Glee episode tonight… and a Whitney Houston cover concert came on.

Yes, I knew what to expect going in to "Dance With Somebody," considering the set-ups for previous tribute episodes - cover song; random scene to serve as fodder for the next cover song; rinse; give Will some cheesy cliches to utter; repeat - but this installment came across as especially galling because it was in honor of someone who died just a couple months ago.

A cynic would view the episode as a chance to exploit Whitney's death for ratings.

A Gleek would shed a tear over Chris Colfer's version of "I Have Nothing" and think there's no better way to honor the legend.

I'm guessing most people would fall somewhere in between.

Glee Does Whitney

Me? I just want good television. And this was anything but. The scenes in between numbers were simply brutal to watch. I'd have preferred if Glee abandoned any pretense that it could contrive a correlation between Whitney's passing and the seniors graduating and simply gone American Idol on us, giving each cast member a chance to sing a Whitney classic.

It would have been far less insulting than the following storylines:

  • We've seen Joe and Quinn interact for approximately five minutes on Glee. Now, in the course of less than an hour, he's crushing on Quinn... then immediately wanting to sleep with her... then wondering if he ought to give up his faith for her. It's impossible to imagine this character isn't a major slap in the face to practicing Christians. Joe is a walking stereotype, devoid of development and personality, who just shows up here and there when Glee wants to give religion 10 minutes of air time.

P.S. The song Joe and Quinn sing to each other, "Saving All My Love For You," is about ADULTERY.

  • We've seen nothing resembling problems between Kurt and Blaine, until the former randomly starts flirting - and, yes, of course, cheating - with some guy he met at the music store, solely so Blaine can launch into "It's Not Right, But It's Okay." Problems between a senior and a junior dating because the former is leaving? Absolutely realistic and a welcome storyline. Problems created and solved within one episode, just to provide context for a song? Sadly, typical Glee these days.
  • Note to Will: find some friends your own age. Moving your wedding date so a bunch of high school kids can perform at it? That's simply crazy and creepy.

So, no, it won't come as a surprise to loyal readers of my Glee reviews that I abhorred this episode. I apologize to those who are sick of hearing my complaints each Tuesday night, but I assure you: I'm sick of writing them. I really do want my old Glee back, though at least I knew not to expect it this week. I didn't enjoy tribute episodes even during the show's prime.

Here's a positive: I always get a kick out of Emma's pamphlets!

But that's about it. So you take over, readers. Respond to the following poll questions and share your thoughts on "Dance with Somebody."

DID KURT CHEAT ON BLAINE?

 

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PERFORMANCE?

 

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON TRIBUTE?

 

Review

Editor Rating: 1.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.3 / 5.0 (334 Votes)

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    It is completely understandable that Will wants the kids to perform at his wedding. He has been with these kids since he took over the glee club and now he is losing them because they are moving on so he wants them to perform as almost a closing to their story and because of how much they have changed his life. The moment kind of reminds me of when the teacher from Freedom writers was told she couldn't be with the kids she was working with for two years. It's hard to let go of people who have meant so much to you.

    The past few episodes have been hitting me hard because I am a College freshmen so I remember having the feeling of leaving my friends and family to go of to school. I was so upset about it (last episode I was crying so hard when Blaine said The reason he was avoiding Kurt was because he was practicing living everyday alone next year ... oh my god.)

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    If you highly correlate your faith with attempting to not make sins, then having sex would be giving up your religion. Hence, Joe's thought that he would be giving up his religion to be with Quinn and the associated feelings. I honestly don't think that Joe's character or the writing is disrespectful. It sounded quite similar to what a high school teenager would sound like. If you are a Christian then you may have forgotten what it's like to be a teenager. Keep in the mind the "age" the actors are portraying. You people need to take this as a cheesy high school drama, and I enjoyed this episode.

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    The whole Joe and Quinn storyline just seemed like a whirlwind of wackiness. Seriously, what was going on there? Yes, I can definitely believe that Joe has grown to like Quinn and that he’s thought about her sexually. But really? After not even dating her, and not even knowing her for more than a few weeks he wants to sleep with her? Now, I realize with your average teenage boy, that wouldn’t be much of a stretch. But Glee has made it a very big point to show that Joe is very devoutly religious which should make pre-marital sex out of the question. Not only that, where in the world did giving up his religion come into play? Why is that even discussed? First off, we know they both share the same religion. It’s not as if Quinn is Jewish and her orthodox parents won’t allow her to date/marry a Christian. So why is it an issue of giving up his faith? And secondly, if every Christian had to give up their faith if they sinned (in this case premarital sex), there would be no Christians left. It’s entirely possible to be a Christian and still sin. And as a person who is Catholic and waiting until marriage, yeah it’s tough but it’s certainly doable.

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    I understand that Will would like to have the kids attend the wedding. That seems like a sweet gesture. I find it a tad odd that he'd like to have them sing. But I think it's downright strange that his primary concern right now seems to be having them perform on a big stage on his wedding, so much so that he’s willing to change the date. Not once did he even ask what Emma wants. And the one time Emma was contributing her opinions on the wedding (with Mr. Lavender), Will abruptly stops her. Wow! If this is any indication of how their married life will be, it looks like another divorce is forthcoming for Will. It looks like Will has an unhealthy obsession with the Glee club as he can't seem to do anything in his personal life without them. I think he definitely needs a few more adult friends, after all, where has Beist been?

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    For those of you saying that the writer of this article should be fired - why? Because he disagrees with you? Personally, though I may not always agree with Matt, I still enjoy seeing someone else's perspective on Glee. Why even read a review if you only want your opinions validated?

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    glee is getting worst (and maybe always to overrated for everyone to admit, i stop watching the third season, since i lost track of the story and learn that the popular songs and the oldies will never beat the original.

    to think that i was a hardcore gleeks before and even defended it against the haters, but guess what? they're usually spot in on for their criticism. RIB particularly Ryan Murphy is a jackass on their writing, they simply stop caressing and caring for their characters as well as their viewers. too many characters scattering, not to mention that awful glee project. it's just not worth to watch anymore and hardly memorable.

    honestly i think community had a swell job doing a parody about it. their one episode was better than glee ever did in 3 seasons. wake up people! glee is not or never been fighting for minorities or underdogs, they're just about a bunch of perky, unrealistic, unrealistic teens on high dose of hormones trying to give cheesy autotuned songs and make it their own.

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    I can't believe that hater is still writing the reviews...

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    Oops, too many words, anyway, continuing from below: Then there was Joe and Quinn, I get that he might like her and the chemistry was there, but the whole giving up his Christianity for her didn't make sense. Why would he have to? Finally, there was the contrived bust up between Kurt and Blaine. Yes Blaine will clearly be upset about his boyfriend going to New York, but they could have written something better. I don't usually criticise glee, I love it so much, but I have to say that this episode was a mess. I love Whitney and the first and last songs made me feel emotional. Also Kurt sounded nice, but the rest of it was weak.

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    I loved glee last week; there were actually some plot developments in-between songs. This week however, it was so random that I'm not sure where to begin. I'll start though with Mercedes and Sam who had a wonderful scene together last week which made it clear that the feelings between them were mutual. Fast forward a week and the only exchange between them was an angry one and they were never anywhere near each other. Emma’s line about them being a perfect fit sounded like the writers mocking the pairing. We’ll see if I’m wrong, but I don't get what they are doing. Are they scared to put them together? I'm from England and I'm aware that interracial relationships are taboo in America but I don't know the extent of it. Anyway, there’s potential for great storylines with them but I wonder if we'll ever get them. Then there was Joe and Quinn, I get that he might like her and the chemistry was there, but the whole giving up his Christianity for her didn't make sense. Why would he have to? Finally, there was the contrived bust up between Kurt and Blaine. Yes Blaine will clearly be upset about his boyfriend going to New York, but they could have written something better. I don't usually criticise glee, I love it so much, but I have to say that this episode was a mess. I love Whitney and the first and last songs made me feel emotional. Also Kurt sounded nice, but the rest of it was weak.

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    I disagree there were looks and interest between Quinn and Joe from the valentines episode so that was not out the blue at all. I loved this episode I thought Blaine was amazing about Kurt moving on, the texting bit was over the top as these two have always seemed solid with Kurt being a little more into Blaine then the other way round. Cried when Chris sang I have nothing he was brilliant it been so long since he has been able to show it.




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