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Glee Takes A Giant Step Backwards In Madonna Themed Episode

I would of been willing to give Ryan Murphy and the crew a pass on the first episode after a huge hiatus. Returning with a bang, they took the zonked “American Idol” crowd and woke them up with dazzling renditions of “Gives You Hell,” “Hello,” and “Hello Goodbye.” What made this episode work is that it set the stage for the rest of season one, providing us with some great musical numbers in between.

The second episode (which aired last night) took a huge step back, making “Glee” a cheap musical comedy. What made the first half of the season great was the emotional connection to the songs. I still get goosebumps when I hear Avril Lavigne’s “Keep Holding On.” I can recall the look on Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry’s faces as they sang the song to Quinn Fabray. There was a deep emotional connection in that song because of the episode.

A Madonna themed night scared me right from the start. My fear was that they would have to force Madonna songs to fit into an evolving story line. Although Maddona’s songs are great, limiting the writing to only these songs doesn’t provide for a huge amount that could happen with the plot. A slew of random songs littered the entire show and the plot went from dramatic to cheesy over the hour.

The only redeeming factor was the nights final song “Like A Prayer.” After an emotionless episode, the cast finally took the stage with some passion and made you feel one of Madonna’s best songs. Has the lesson been learned? I love the idea of having famous vocalists (a la Josh Groban) appear on the show but didn’t like having an entire episode devoted to one artists work. Let’s bring the emotional connection back to “Glee” before it turns into Fox’s “High School Musical.”

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  • Comment by jon posted April 22, 2010 at 17:13

    the doors song is “Hello, I Love You” not just Hello

  • Comment by jon posted April 22, 2010 at 17:26

    also your completely wrong for calling it an emotionless episode… it was perhaps one of the most emotional… the dealing with the problem of making the women feel inferior, and the virginity correlations between the different cast members made for an extremely emotional episode, also setting the stage for a finn and rachel relationship (which will have problems because they both lied about their experiences), and a mr. shu and ms. pillsbury relationship (which is on the fast track). We also learned of Sue’s issues and i thought it was a great element of the show for someone who is so full of themselves to have an idol like Madonna. Then you have the realization of the under appreciation both Kurt and Mercedes are feeling, which led them to want to be a part of both the glee club and the cheerios. so to say it was a step backwards is completely wrong. Not only did they set up and advance the story line, but they did it using, quite literally the “Power of Madonna.”

  • Comment by hybaid pcr posted August 02, 2010 at 02:45

    Just watched it for the second time. For real, I was really quite a bit entertained. My aunt likes the show.