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Glee Review: Hit Me Baby One More Time

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Glee, you did it again. And I'm not referring to the stellar season premiere from last week. There was so much possibility for good things this week, but overall, the stories fell flat and the episode felt stretched too thin.

While "Britney 2.0" was fun, it proved why tribute episodes are just filler that serve only a moderate purpose.

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"Britney 2.0" had potential. The premise was great. Brittany S. Pierce has a meltdown and turned to her idol, Britney Spears, for inspiration. Yay for singing and dancing.

But tribute episodes are tricky. They can be done well, like the Lady Gaga example, or they can be done, well...not well, like both Britney tribute episodes so far.

Brittany started out as a caricature. She was the stereotypical, airheaded cheerleader found in every television show on which there are cheerleaders. The writers liked her, so they kept her around and made her figure more prominently into the series. I'm okay with that. Really. I like the character. But I don't like episodes like this that highlight a character for the sole purpose of doing nothing of importance with her at all.

She didn't grow this episode. Her character didn't change. Yes, she's being tutored so that she can graduate this year. Yes, she misses Santana. Yes, she's capable of pulling a Britney and orchestrating her own rise back to the top. We all knew most of this already, or could've known it in much less time than this hour took. Especially with everything else the writers crammed in.

There was entirely too much going on tonight.

Sam is suddenly the all-knowing empath of the glee clubbers, able to read everybody and know exactly how they're feeling and why they're doing what they're doing. He did it last week with Marley and this week he was able to read Brittany.

There was the lip syncing bit which served only to solidify the glee club's place at the bottom of the social barrel and give Will Schuester something to yell about.

There was "Jake's a player. Ooh! I know! This is a completely contrived story line! Let's sing 'Womanizer!'" Then there was Jake and Marley, with Jake coming to Marley's mom's defense in the cafeteria. But wait, Jake and Kitty are dating? Since when? Since just after lunch, apparently.

And oh, look! There's Puck! He's here to deliver a few lines to the half-brother he's meeting right now for the first time and then he's flying back to L.A. to live the dream as a pool cleaner. We'll trot him out the next time Will's having trouble getting through to Jake. (You can read Puck's words of wisdom for his half-brother on our Glee quotes page.)

Speaking of Puck flying to Ohio just to meet his half-brother, did you happen to catch Santana? If you blinked, you missed her. I appreciate that this is a show that has the potential to continue because of the revolving doors of high school. But I appreciate the characters we've come to know and love more. Will I be invested in the stories of the new kids eventually? Maybe. But I'm annoyed by the 30 second glimpses of the graduates. If that's all we're getting, I'd almost rather not get them at all. In this manner, their talents are largely unused and that's frustrating.

And that brings me to New York.

Last week, those scenes were my favorite. This week, they were out of place and forced.

There was no reason for Rachel to perform her dance routine to a Britney Spears song, and if they needed a sexy Britney song, there were plenty more to choose from besides "Oops, I Did It Again." Cassie July is right. Lea Michele is beautiful. But Rachel, as a character, doesn't have much sex appeal. And by much I mean NONE. Her icon is Barbra Streisand and she wore knee socks until graduation. While they've given her newer, older, more dramatic make-up, what is with the berets?

If the writers want Rachel to grow up and be sexy, don't force it on us. Make it happen. Put her in this new relationship with Brody (or don't, because that feels forced, too) and let her learn what life is like without Finn and the comforts of Lima, Ohio.

I'm disappointed tonight. I love Glee. I really, truly do. And usually, I can see the good in each episode. But aside from seeing Puck again and hearing him deliver a few one-liners, not in this one.

We're only two episodes in and if this over-stuffed tribute episode is a sign of things to come, I'm not sure I like what I'm seeing.

What did you think of "Britney 2.0"?

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Oops we dit get another triangle love. It's a little similar too the Rachel/Finn/Quinn Thing. But this time its Marley/Jake/Katie. Feel the similarities? I did I liked the episode but rather want too see the old glee club perform one more time. And now we know that britney will graduate, at least lets assume it, she will be gone at the end too :(

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This episode didn't make sense to me. The writers tried to include too much - pre-existing glee club members, new ones, McKinley's day-to-day issues and New York - while trying to tie it up in one neat 'theme of the week'. AND trying to draw parallels to Britney's real life while they were at it. Overkill. The performances were pretty good, but the contexts almost always made no sense.And I really thought Britney would own this episode like in Season 2. Plus all-knowing sam, newbie love-triangle and blink-and-you'll-miss parts aren't helping Glee. The writers need to sort out their priorities.

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I love Glee and have stood by it through all the silly tribute episodes and message of the week. I still don't understand why they did a second Britney episode when there are soooo many more talented artists they could honor like The Beatles or Frank Sinatra. But my biggest problem with this episode is the new people are exactly like the old people. By the end of the episode it was very clear to me that Kitty is the new Quinn/Santana, Jake is Puck/Finn, Unique is a male Mercedes, and as soon as Marley began singing at the end of the episode she clinched her spot as the new Rachel. And once again Tina, Artie, and Sam are in the background.

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I think I just need Finn back and not because I am a huge Finn fan but at least Cory's acting is equal to my favorite Lea. The Dean guy is hot but I think after 2 episodes we see it stops there because his acting is bad and his accent is distracting. SIGH

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I loved this episode i have been a fan of glee for all seasons. I love to see rachel actually getting out of her comfort zone. I can't wait to see how this season will end up.

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I was never a fan of the first 3 seasons of Glee, but was gonna give it one more try in this season.
ohmygod! Are you crazy? Or did you just not think while watching this episode
Rachel choose a Britney song because she found out that New Directions were having antoher Britney week. DUHHHHH!! It reminded her of home.
I understand if you didnt take the time to think about this, but then dont review this show (or any for that matter)

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I LOVED this episode. Glee got hot. Even the school scenes felt fresh; it was almost as if the school was simply a backdrop. Rachel pulled off 'Sexy Britney'. I have to say she scored bonus points for having a guy's hands around her throat and covering her below. Very cheeky. Whilst I do agree with the author, there was too much focus on Brittany, her storyline came together well. Considering Marley and Jake are both new to the series, I felt they owned those scenes together. It left me wanting to see more of their storyline develop. My only issue was seeing Jake paired with Kitty. It's Rachel/Quin/Finn all over again! As for Finn, I can't say I miss him. I think Rachel is more enjoyable to watch when she's not with Finn.

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- Everytime was boring. It made no sense for Marley to sing it but I guess she's the new star and has to sing everything. Kurt could have sung this about missing home, his dad, his boyfriend and being scared about starting his new career. Rachel could have sung this (and Lea can handle an emotional ballad). Brittany could have sung this. Marley sounded nice, but again her voice is bland and has no emotion, so I can't really care. I don't care about her feelings for Jake and I don't see why I should.
Three songs for Marley in this episode and a new romance plot line while Tina sits and twiddles her thumbs. I'd rather focus on the choir room members who have already been there; they're the ones I care about. They should introduce these new characters more gently instead of demanding we care about them. Also, I missed Sugar.

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- Oops I Did it Again was awkward. Rachel didn't dance, she just posed. I think Lea Michele can be very sexy, so I don't know if it's on purpose, but I didn't find the number to be at all sexy. Maybe it was the lack of chemistry with Brody. I also don't think Rachel sounded that great on this number, and I normally love her voice.
- Crazy/Drive Me Crazy was a snooze fest. The actors have no chemistry and I'm not invested in these new characters at all. What a waste of time.
- Gimme More was funny I guess and everyone (except Brittany) looked sexy, but it was also kind of uncomfortable and sad, especially since it was based on Britney's own performance in 2007.

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Songs: - Hold It Against Me was okay, nothing special. I think the lighting took away from the dancing, which is the entire point of a Brittany solo.
- Boys/Boyfriend was silly and sexy. Blaine and Artie sound good together and the actors know how to be effortlessly sexy, no smoke and mirrors (or tables and flash lights) needed.
- Womanizer was a good performance but I didn't like the vocals because there was too much auto tune. I thought the lead up to the song wasn't good enough. They should have had it later in the episode and shown Jake hitting on glee club girls and them coming to realize he's a player and then singing the song.
- 3 sounded really good, but the lack of context makes it kind of forgettable. Brittany trying to shave her head drew the attention away.

Glee Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

Well that was just garbage. Garbage wrapped in skin.

Sue

Brittany: My name is Brittany S. Pierce, and I finally know how Jesus feels in his house way up at the North Pole because I am on top of the world. Senior year was awesome and now I get to relive every minute of it. I'm head Cheerio, vice-Rachel of the Glee club, and now I'm planning a Middle East style sham election that will install me as senior class president for life.
Blaine: Brittany, who are you talking to?
Brittany: I thought I was doing a voice over.

Glee Season 4 Episode 2 Music

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Glee cast hold it against me Hold It Against Me Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast boysboyfriend Boys/Boyfriend Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast womanizer Womanizer Glee Cast iTunes