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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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Matt-richenthal

@Ryan: "Practicing religion" is a completely regular, often-used term. I, for example, am a non-practicing Jewish person. You can look it up or talk to others, but that's a typical expression.

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Okay first of all who says "practising Christians" ..its a religion not witchcraft...Second of all you are just getting depressing,,you keep saying you are trying to be positive but you are trying to pick the silliest little things to complain about as if they are the worst things a series could do, the episode wasn't that bad at all. And the whole adultery thing about "Saving all my love for you", they are a lot of songs that can be taken out of context,,glee has done that before and it still made sense even if the original was about something else and you could even argue that, that is what it means for Joe,,,cheating on his faith therefore a type of adultery but that would just be picky...it was just a little love song were some flirting was going on However I do agree that they could continue story-lines on for more than one episode...even though I liked the Blaine and Kurt reunion,,,was really sweet and all but I think it would been better for the episode to end with Blaine texting Sebastian again,,would of created some drama and what not :P So there, stop being a big grump, the episode wasn't as bad as you are making it out to be.. Rant over.

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I think Glee has about run it's course and probably see one more season and thats it. Very similar to The OC another fox drama that was a huge hit in the begining and fell of in the end. Very few High School shows have a long successful shelf life. The exception would be 90210 which was pretty much the original High School show and was able to move the characters far beyond high school.

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Best part of the episode was seeing Heather Morris dance ! Need to get her and Mike Chang more airtime !!!

Allison-berry-barbieri

Oh, and Mr. Shu....he went from very enthusiastic teacher to HUGE creep fast. The crap being written for Matthew Morrison... I don't even know how he can deliver his lines with a straight face anymore! Everything he says is a cheesy cliche that has more place on an early 90's episode of "Save By The Bell", or something so borderline inappropriate for a teacher to say that my skin crawls...
I miss the Matthew Morrison/Mr. Shu that rapped to "Bust a Move" while he explained why that music was cool to his clueless students...

Allison-berry-barbieri

We get it, Ryan Murphy...you are "down" with the hot-button issues...but why are you turning Glee into a giant PSA?! The first season was witty, interesting and an interesting way to turn merge a TV show with a musical. Now, it's like every episode is attempting to have some kind of "groundbreaking" moment. And, apparently gone are the extended story arcs, huh? I like the Joe/Quinn chemistry (save for the "I'm a devout Christian but I could possibly give up my faith to have sex with you" thing)and thought their moments were sweet, if a bit out of the blue. I also didn't mind the Kurt and Blaine stuff, because that is actually something that could happen in HS if your bf/gf is a year older and going off to college. But they seemed perfectly happy last episode so where is that coming from? The one thing that I DID really like about his episode was Darren Criss. He is truly talented!

Allison-berry-barbieri

I fully agree with your review. And, as a practicing Christian, "Joe's" character is insulting...I agree with the commenter (Matthew) that said "...it hurts to see a bunch of characters who call themselves Christian who routinely give up their faith and principles. It seems every demographic gets a fair portrayal except Christians, and I would rather them have no characters with that faith at all than to continue time and time to show believers who abandon their beliefs at the first opportunity." The entire conversation between "Sam" and "Joe" was an attempt for RM to explain to his Christian fan-base why it's okay for them to accept all his storylines.

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continued) The most atrocious thing of the night was not giving the only character to state her idol is Whitney a solo. Amber Riley has said that both in and out of the show. Tina and Mercedes have wonderful soulful voices yet none of them got a solo last night. Glee is no longer about talent. They have lost my respect. They only like to give songs to Rachel/Fin, Kurt/Blaine, and even Brit/Santana.The show's main couples. Brittany can't even sing and yet she gets to sing more then Tina (who is played by Jenna a BROADWAY SINGER)

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The one thing I did notice.. no Rory. I know he had a limited number of episodes.. but he was just.. gone. No goodbye, nothing. Is he really done?

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I guess count me in the minority here. I enjoyed the episode. Not so much for the tribute to Whitney, but for the music & stories. So what if they wrapped up an entire cheating & making up in 1 episode. I still enjoyed it for what it was. I knew most of the songs, but I didn't know the one that Blaine sang when he'd been "cheated on", and I didn't know the song at the end where everyone slowly joined in. I cried at certain moment, laughed at others. Because you know what? In the end, it's a tv show meant for me to just.. enjoy. Last week however, I could barely sit thru the disco crap- the kids already made it clear last year, they HATE disco. Frankly, not a fan of it either. There was probably 1 song that didn't make me want to mute my tv last week.

Glee Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

Quinn, you're still dancing in my dreams. And you can fly and breathe fire.

Brittany

We're hanging on Whitney because she was incredible and we love her, so don't put your baggage on us.

Santana
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