TV: A not so “dynamic” ‘Glee’

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Rating: 3/5


I knew it; last week was just too good to be true. Once again, Ryan Murphy has shown how commercialized Glee has become and how it has lost its initial punch.

Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride…

Blaine (Darren Criss) heads the Society of Superheroes leading to the theme of the episode. There is no rational reason for this to happen. Why?! This has to be the dumbest idea ever. Yes, The Avengers was the most successful movie of 2012 and yes, superheroes have been and will always be awesome, but they have no place to be included in a show about high school.

However, all of the superhero references and the serious tone of Blaine’s voice when discussing the Society of Superheroes made my geeky heart smile.

A love triangle exists between Marley (Melissa Benoist), Jake (Jacob Artist) and Ryder (Blake Jenner). Jake and Ryder get into a fight over Marley, and Finn (Cory Monteith) – dressed like a Mr. Schuester clone – breaks it up.

Finn’s first day as the glee club director is just embarrassing. He fumbles, is disoriented and has a terrible Sectionals idea. So, he goes to Beiste (Dot Jones), who tells him to be the superhero that the club needs.

Blaine goes to Dalton to get the New Directions’ stolen Nationals trophy back and meets the new captain of the Warblers, Hunter Clarrington (Nolan Gerard Funk). The trophy was a trap to lure Blaine back to Dalton and play on his abandonment/ depressed feelings. Blazer and all, Blaine sings “Dark Side” with the Warblers.

Does anyone else remember Nolan from that Nickelodeon movie, Spectacular. Thus, this cool boy attitude is quite the joke to me. But that cat, OMG; whoever had that idea is a genius.

Once again, Blaine saved the scene – anytime Darren sings Kelly Clarkson is heaven. Anytime he sings in general is heaven, but it’s even better when it’s Kelly Clarkson.

Jake and Ryder, because of Finn’s assignment, duet to “Superman” and have one of the best harmonies I have ever heard. Their voices both matched the song so perfectly, and who doesn’t love R.E.M.?

The two get into another fight after the song, but this time Finn just looks helpless. You are Frankenstein; you are ten times their size – jump in there! He then assigns the two the “Kryptonite Lesson” and wants the two to tell the other their deepest secrets. You know, so they can be best girl friends.

Blaine wants to go back to Dalton because he feels more at home there and isn’t constantly reminded of Kurt (Chris Colfer) everywhere he goes there.

Jake tells Ryder he feels that he has never fit in because he is half black, half white and half Jewish. With the cuts to the scenes of jocks bullying him, I can get this, but in all honesty, I think the writers need to come up with some better problem that afflicts him.

Ryder tells Jake that he cannot read. I knew this from spoilers I read online and thought it was stupid, but with Blake’s acting, I can believe it.

I hate Kitty. First, she prompts Marley to keep purging and now she is complimenting on her hot body. This whole bulimic-body image thing with Marley is one of Ryan Murphy’s worst ideas ever. Kitty continually urges Marley to purge while no one else notices she is doing it.

Also, why does this have to be Marley’s issue? All the glee club members have some conflict or thing that stigmatizes them (homosexuality, a handicap…), and without this, Marley would just be a normal girl and how dare a regular person want to join the glee club.

Kitty and Marley duet to a rocking version of “Holding Out For a Hero.” As much as it hurts me to say, Kitty performed well, and Marley knocked it out of the park.

Finn takes Ryder to the special ed teacher at McKinley for a reading/literacy test. He struggles through it and is diagnosed with dyslexia. And again, Blake delivers a fabulous performance that touches your heart.

Because Jake told Finn about Ryder’s problem, Ryder and Jake are now friends. While I’m happy that annoying feud is over, orly that they are best buds that quickly.

Sam (Chord Overstreet) wants Blaine to stay and asks for one day to show Blaine that he isn’t a villain but a hero. The two duet to “Heroes” while a montage of the glee club doing service work is shown. Because all Blaine needed was to do some community service work to feel better.

“Blam” or “Slaine” – whatever your preference – steal the trophy back from the Warblers in a superhero-nerdy fashion.

Ryder cancels his plans with Marley because he has to see a dyslexia specialist. Kitty twists it into the idea that he is canceling plans because Marley is fat. STOP IT! Marley, however, decides to embrace a new ideal and asks Jake to hang out instead. Oh, I can taste the drama.

The New Directions perform “Some Nights,” because how dare they miss a single pop hit. However, I did like the throwback of their costumes to season one’s first performance of “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Ryan Murphy can you take a step back and think about how to make this show realistic again? Season one was so relatable and overall magnificent and now it’s all just ridiculous.


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