Can’t Contain My Glee   

Can we just take a moment and talk about last night’s episode of Glee? Or maybe just bask in the hotness that is Matthew Morrison?

Matthew Morrison as Will on GLEE on Fox. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Carin Baer/FOX
©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Carin Baer/FOX

I can’t believe how quickly I had a changed my mind about this show. I’ve come to really care for it so quickly. Take this post. It’s the first time in a really long time that I’ve been truly anxious to talk about a show. Or maybe that’s because I actually saw this episode back in July at Comic-Con and I’ve had to wait so long to talk about it? Still. Even then I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. To fangirl over the best parts. There are just some shows that are even better when you get to share them with fellow fans and Glee feels like that kind of show.

Because of my sudden investment, I have been reading the critical reviews of the show avidly during the past month. It’s funny how it seemed beloved by critics last Spring and now they’re suddenly pulling a back a bit. Although it amuses me when people say it’s too sweet… because, what? Like Pushing Daisies before it, you shouldn’t be fooled by how the show looks or sounds. There’s definitely a darker element at work. I enjoy when good dark humor is disguised as a bubbly and upbeat show!

Anyway. On to this episode. Loved it! Here’s a mix of quotes and comments:

  • “Threatening you? No. Presenting you with an opportunity for you to compromise yourself? You betcha!” Jane Lynch is a comedic genius.
  • I love the editing choices on this show. Both visually and sound-wise. This is where the show also reminds me of Pushing Daisies. Not because they use the same elements but because they both surprised me with such a unique look and feel at a time where it’s pretty difficult to stand out.
  • Jessalyn Gilsig plays Terri on GLEE on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Carin Baer/FOXWhile I get the complaints about Terri being too much, the truth is that she doesn’t bother me. Or, rather, she bothers me the way she’s supposed to bother me. I don’t think she brings down the show at all. In fact, I think it’d be hard to like Will if he was flirting with Emma when he had a wife at home we actually liked. Not that he’s right to flirt with her either way but at least we understand why he lets himself have those little moments with Emma. From his voiceovers, I get the feeling that he truly does love her and love can often make us blind to someone’s faults. I suspect her actions do bother him but that he just hasn’t admitted that to himself yet. I’m hoping that Emma will continue to be the one who helps him realize it (like she did in the pilot when she pointed out that he owed it to himself not to give up his dreams).
  • “This is where our daughter or gay son will sleep.” HAHAHAHAHA.
  • “It’s my very own Sophie’s Choice!” Seriously, how can I hate Terri? Those lines are great.
  • Gold Digger! I know a lot of people hate the lip synching on this one but I have decided they are doing it intentionally and, for that reason alone, it doesn’t bother me that much. I do think they need a better job at actually singing the song while they are performing so it wouldn’t be as noticeable. There are times you can tell that they’re only half-heartedly mouthing the words and that’s when the choice to use the studio version of the song really causes a disconnect.
  • Also, it’s funny to hear people talk about being amused to hear how much the song was censored for TV but it sounded like they just used the radio version of the song to me. Am I wrong? Was it even more censored than that? I mean, I own the uncensored version of the song but I’m used to hearing it on the radio so it didn’t stand out to me at all.
  • Emma catches Rachel trying to throw up in the bathroom on GLEE.Love the camera angle on Rachel trying to throw up. Not to mention my favorite line of the episode… “One day, when you’re older, that’ll turn out to be a gift.” I SO wanted to tweet that during Comic-Con. Ask Amrie, I repeating it because I couldn’t stop laughing at it. Perfect delivery by Jayma. So matter-of-fact.
  • The brochure’s in Emma’s office continue to crack me up. “WOW! There’s A Hair Down There!” HAHAHA.
  • Again, Sue steals the show, “I will not be treated like a second class citizen because of my gender.”
  • “Oh my God! You killed him! What are you going to do?!” I’m sorry, Finn hitting the postman makes me clap my hands over my mouth horrified that I find it so funny. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
  • Emma and Will and the chalk on the nose scene! The piano in the background is so great. I’m not even bothered that they went there so quickly because it’s such a small moment. Yes, it means a lot, but it’s that kind of flirting that leads to the bigger moments. I like that they go there and then have them pull back. Plus, the chemistry is there. If nothing else it illustrates why they plan to push these two together.
  • The pep assembly is too awesome for words. Love how Emma cheers for Glee and the evil glare it earns her from Sue.
  • So, ya know, I’ve read comments on various websites today and wasn’t too surprised to see people a little shocked and disappointed at the sexual references in this episode. (The gag comment surely was going to guarantee some of that?) Some even said the “Push It” number was a little too raunchy. But here’s the thing… I LOVED this song when I was in high school. LOVED IT. So I thought it was pretty realistic to have the kids themselves decide to perform to it. If Will had approved it, then I’d agree that maybe it went too far but instead it was a good example of how high schoolers like and do inappropriate things without quite realizing just how inappropriate is to do so.
  • “My first thought was that your students should be put into foster care.” Oh, Sue, don’t change.
  • Emma cleans and polishes her grapes before eating them on GLEE.Visually speaking, my favorite scene of the episode is Emma cleaning and polishing her grapes. I just love how sharp the colors are and the camera cuts, etc.
  • Finn to Rachel, “Well, when I first joined I thought you were kind of insane. You talk a lot more than you should and, to be honest with you, I looked under the bed and made sure you weren’t hanging out under there. But then I heard you sing…” I loved that he flat out tells her he thought she was crazy.
  • “Contrary to your beliefs, it’s not all about you.” Interesting that Will then says the same thing about himself. It is true that he was basically trying to relive the fun he had performing the disco number in glee club by having his glee club sing it, but it felt like he was also referring to his marriage situation and I don’t think any of us would say he’s been making his marriage all about himself at all. That he feels he has is a good insight as to why he’d still be with Terri and not have the same issues with her that viewers already do.
  • I don’t really love how they had Rachel singing in the hallway. I think that musical number would have been just as effective if she had just been spying on Finn and Quinn in the hallway in between her singing in her bedroom and the auditorium. After all, she’s not actually singing in the hallway at that moment and we all know it. Prior to this, none of the musical numbers really have spilled over into the actual “world.” I’m not against a musical like bent to the show but I think that’s a shaky line for other viewers and the show should be very careful in going there.

Overall, the episode was outstanding. It definitely holds up to multiple viewings. I definitely liked it a lot more than the pilot. Obviously, since I wasn’t shy in admitting the pilot didn’t leave me excited for the show back in May. Now? In love! One episode and I’m all in! Ha.

I do remain skeptical about whether it’ll be able to win over your average American viewer but I’m hopeful Fox will keep it around for a full season at least. They’ve got a lot invested in it and it is the type of show to bring them income beyond the commercials they sell. With their decision to bring back Dollhouse, I think they’ve shown that they’re trying to think beyond just ratings. All those soundtrack and iTunes sales might not compare to selling ads but I think they are a good incentive to give the show a little more time to find an audience.

Either way, I can’t WAIT for next week’s episode!! Do I really have to wait 6 more days? Ugh.

Note: I’m avoiding all information on what numbers are being performed and/or what music is being used from episode to episode from this point forward. I ask that you respect that when commenting about the show. Thanks!

4 Responses to “Can’t Contain My Glee”

  1. 1
    Spads says:

    Reading this made me want to watch it again. And I might. I still have the last 5 min of SPN though…

  2. 2
    Kelly says:

    I liked the second episode a lot better than the first. More plots were developed and there were more songs, so I’m happy and will definitely keep watching.

  3. 3
    Kelly says:

    oo and i also thought it was kind of weird that she was singing in the hallway because this show isn’t a musical. It’s a television about people singing in real life not singing instead of speaking

  4. 4

    Glee was so silly, but so cute. Gotta love boys in football uniforms dancing in a game.. and the dad saying he knew the kid was gay since he was 3 was too sweet!. Too bad, I never get to watch TV. By the way, I miss you, Rae!