|GLEEwind: Episode 1.17 "Bad Reputation"
||[May. 5th, 2010|10:55 am]
The Glee kids post an embarrassing video of Sue that makes her a school laughingstock but also leads to an interesting creative project. A "Glist" is posted that ranks the Glee kids by their level of notoriety, but no one will admit to posting it. Rachel tries to enhance her goody two-shoes rep with disastrous results. Sue outs Will's recent female encounters to the school, causing Emma to question what she feels and knows.
WHAT I LIKED:
- This was an episode where I enjoyed the musical numbers moreso than the story itself. Mr. Schu getting his white rap self on hasn't gotten old yet, and I really enjoyed Rachel's voice on "Total Eclipse of the Heart", one of my favorite songs.
- Second week in a row Quinn was involved in my favorite scene (That's faint praise this week, but still...). Mr. Schu handled that as I would want the teacher of my children to handle it if they were in that situation.
- OK, the "Physical" video was fun, even if Jane Lynch had more autotune than a Jamie Foxx song.
- Maybe it's the sadist in me, but I think it was hysterical that Rachel got called on her bullshit by both Finn and Jesse in this episode. No sympathy at all, and for the first time, the disconnect among the Glee members is more than just surface level.
- The only real happy parts of the episode were the scenes with Sue and her sister. It's nice to see this side of Sue...in small doses.
- OK, Stephen Tobolowski playing the dad was a nice giggle moment.
WHAT I WAS "MEH" ABOUT:
- Molly Shannon's character did nothing for me. Hopefully she's used better in later episodes.
- The whole concept of the episode in general felt forced in terms of how the "Glist" once again had the Glee club on the hotseat. Sooner or later, the writers aren't going to be able to believably go to "survival of the Glee Club" as a plot device.
WHAT I HATED:
- Sue outing Will to Emma as a plot device wasn't forced, it was violated, both in how Sue found out and in Emma's reaction. It's SUE SYLVESTER, for pete's sake, Emma, you don't think that's EXACTLY what she wanted you to do to Will? At no point were the two of you exclusive. *sighs*. In fact, back in "Hello", you said that Will had to be single for awhile...and then you get mad because he was being single, which can include meeting/hooking up with other women. Glee gets a rep for lazy writing at times, and in this case, it was justified.
LINE OF THE NIGHT:
Artie: I'm kind of getting cold feet.
Brittany: Can you even feel your feet?
(Honorable mention: - Quinn: "You're a really good teacher, even if everyone is calling you a man whore")
It was all about the "guilty pleasure" songs this week, and the only one that really tied into the story was "Total Eclipse", which was gorgeously sung and well choreographed/staged, and it drove home the point of what Rachel did.
Everything else was fun but kinda there. Schu goes to the rap well again with "ice Ice Baby", and the "U Cant Touch This" scene was fun for Brittany's hairstyle alone (Artie did a good job with the lead). "Run Joey Run", I swear, I heard on oldies radio three days ago and never knew it was an actual hit, but the melodrama fit the scene and what it was trying to do. And "Physical" wasn't as funny as Vogue nor even remotely relevant to the storyline, but it's a hit in the gay circles (if my Facebook page is any indication). However, please let this be the end of Sue singing for awhile, the novelty is wearing off.
MY FINAL THOUGHT:
If last episode was a small downer after Madonna week, this week was downright depressing. The focus was "consequence of choice", with Will and Rachel taking it in the gut the most this week. It does set up the story leading to Regionals well, with Rachel throwing a massive sabotage into the groups preparation and causing the so-called "bad boy" Jesse St. James to be seen in a sympathetic light. I still think he screws the Glee kids somehow by Regionals, but for now, Rachel, in her own selfish ambition, again alienates those around her. And Will, again, learns something from his students that he should have known better about already.
Here's hoping some better things come out of next week. Kurt and Brittany alone screams comic gold.
Until next time, don't stop believing. ;)